Mealeys Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference

Venue: The Westin Chicago River North

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Event Date/Time: Jul 22, 2004 End Date/Time: Jul 23, 2004
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Thursday, July 22, 2004

8:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks

Randall A. Bono, The Simmons Firm, LLC, East Alton, IL

Robert N. Spinelli, Kelley Jasons McGuire & Spinelli, L.L.P., Philadelphia

8:45 Historical Perspective on the Litigation: Where We Are Today and How We Got Here

Plaintiff perspective: Michael J. Brickman, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook
& Brickman, LLC, Charleston, SC

Defense perspective: Mark P. Goodman, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York

9:30 Asbestos Medicine Overview

Jill A. Ohar, M.D., FCCP, Department of Internal Medicine-Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Additional speakers to be announced

11:00 Morning Break

11:15 The New Face of Asbestos Claims – Emerging Trends in the Litigation

Plaintiff perspective: Gary O. Galiher, Galiher DeRobertis, Nakamura Ono
Takitani, Honolulu

Defense perspective: Lori M. Elliott, Hunton & Williams LLP, Richmond, VA

12:00 Networking Luncheon

1:00 Direct Actions Against the Insurance Companies

Bruce Carter, Law Office of Bruce Carter, Fairfield, OH

Additional speakers to be announced

2:00 Claim Valuation: Insiders’ Perspectives

Claims perspectives:

Daniel P. Myer, CMC Claims Management Services, Lawrenceville, NJ

John D. Dickhoff, Connecticut Valley Claim Services Company, Rocky Hill, CT

Carrier perspectives: Speakers to be announced

3:00 Afternoon Break

3:15 Judicial Perspectives on Asbestos Litigation

Moderator: Randall A. Bono, The Simmons Firm, LLC, East Alton, IL

Hon. Harry A. Hanna, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland

Hon. Richard T. Rombro, Circuit Court, Baltimore City, Baltimore

4:30 Ethical Issues in Group Settlements

Francis E. McGovern, Professor, Duke University School of Law, Durham, NC*

5:30 Networking Reception

Friday, July 23, 2004

8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:30 Preparing your Asbestos Case: The Importance of Product Identification

Plaintiff perspective: Aaron J. DeLuca, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston

Defense perspective: F. Ford Loker, Miles & Stockbridge P.C., Baltimore

9:30 Preparing your Asbestos Case: State of the Art

Plaintiff perspective: Shepard A. Hoffman, Law Offices of Shepard A. Hoffman, Dallas

Defense perspective: Timothy McGowan, Kelley Jasons McGuire & Spinelli, Philadelphia

10:15 Morning Break

10:30 Trying An Asbestos Case Part I: Pre-Trial Procedures

Rick Nemeroff, Nemeroff Firm, Of Counsel to Belluck & Fox, LLP,New York

Additional speaker to be announced

11:30 Trying An Asbestos Case Part II: Preparing an Expert for Deposition and Trial

Speakers to be announced

12:30 Adjourn