Mealeys Water Contamination Conference (H20CON)

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

Location: Marina del Rey, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 26, 2005 End Date/Time: Sep 27, 2005
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Conference Chaired by

Stanley N. Alpert, Esq., The Alpert Firm,
New York

Michael J. Hartley, Esq.,
Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava & MacCuish LLP, Los Angeles

Registration Fee

The registration fee includes continental breakfast each day, one luncheon, attendance at all conference sessions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, networking reception, and coffee breaks. The registration fee is $1145 for the first attendee.

How to Register

Fax is the best way to enroll, allowing us to attend to your registration immediately. Please fax this form to (610)768-0303, call 1-800-MEALEYS, (610)768-7800, e-mail or mail this form with payment to Mealey Publications™, P.O. Box 62090, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0230. Receipt of payment guarantees your registration.

Special Discounts*

• Early-Bird registration — by 7/20/05 — $300 off — $845

• Corporate Discount — $200 off — $945

• Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $150 off — $995

• Government employees — one-third off — $765

• Sitting judges — attend free

• Paralegals — two-thirds off — $380

* Cannot be combined with any other offer.

Special Needs

Should you have any special needs, please contact Mealey’s at least three weeks prior to the conference, to allow us time to make reasonable accommodations.

Cancellation Policy

Registrants who cancel on or before September 12th will receive a full refund. Registrants canceling from September 13th-19th will receive a full credit towards another Mealey’s conference. Cancellations made after September 19th will be subject to a 25% administrative fee; the remaining amount will be credited towards another Mealey’s conference. Credits must be used within one year of the date of issuance. Attendees who are paid in full and do not attend the conference forfeit a refund or a credit voucher. Substitutions may be made at any time.

Hotel Accommodations

The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey is located at 4375 Admiralty Way, just 10 minutes from Los Angeles International Airport. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 310-823-1700. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending Mealey’s Water Contamination Conference, September 26-27, 2005. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $220 a night for a single or double room. The cut-off date for this rate is September 6th. After that date, this rate will be offered based on space availability. Please note, there are a limited number of rooms in our room block so make your reservations early.

For alternative hotels and rates, please call us at (610) 768-7800.

Conference on Audiotape

If you cannot attend this conference, take advantage of our new audiotape conference service. For more information call 1-800-MEALEYS or e-mail

CLE Credit

Credits will be available from all states with mandatory requirements. For more information visit and click on ‘CLE Credit’, or call 1-800-MEALEYS

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please call 1-800-MEALEYS for more information on exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities.

Speakers, sessions and times may be subject to last-minute changes.

Monday, September 26, 2005

8:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Stanley Alpert, Weitz & Luxenberg

Michael Hartley, Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava
& MacCuish

9:00 Emerged & Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater Systems: Future Litigation over Toxic or Persistent Chemicals

Duane Miller, Miller Axline & Sawyer

Paul Rosenfeld, PhD, Environmental Chemist & Remediation Scientist, UCLA

Richard Pleus, PhD, Director and Toxicologist, Intertox

Additional speaker to be announced

10:15 Morning Break

10:30 MTBE: New Rulings in the Federal MDL Break Ground(water)

Moderator: Stanley Alpert, The Alpert Firm

Robert Gordon, Weitz & Luxenberg

Additional speaker to be announced

11:30 Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water: The Debate Over
a Perchlorate National Standard Continues

Moderator: Michael Hartley, Weston Benshoof Rochefort
Rubalcava & MacCuish

Sujatha Jahagirdar, Clean Air-Clean Water Advocate, Environment California

Additional speaker to be announced

12:30 Luncheon & Keynote Address

2:00 Vapor Intrusions: The Groundwater Contamination That Won’t Go Away

Ellen Relkin, Of Counsel, Weitz & Luxenberg

James Clark, PhD, Principal, Toxicologist, Soil Water Air Protection Enterprise (SWAPE)

Cheryl Vollweiler, Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker

Matthew Traister, O’Brien & Gere

3:15 Afternoon Break

3:30 The Debate Over “Industry-Funded Science” –
The Importance and Use of Regulatory Standards in Water Contamination Cases

Moderator: Michael Hartley, Weston Benshoof Rochefort
Rubalcava & MacCuish

Gary Praglin, Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack

Michael Axline, Miller Axline & Sawyer

Ward Benshoof, Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava
& MacCuish

Robert Loewen, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

4:45 Networking Reception

Sponsored by DPRA, Inc.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

8:00 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Top 10 Strategies Every Toxics Attorney Needs for
Litigating Groundwater Contamination Cases

David Rosen, Rose Klein & Marias

Dennis Reich, Reich & Binstock

Michael Hartley, Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava
& MacCuish

Richard Faulk, Gardere Wynne Sewell

10:00 Morning Break

10:15 Judicial Perspectives – Facing Case Management Challenges in Groundwater Contamination Cases

Hon. Marina Corodemus, Retired

Additional speakers to be announced

11:15 Calculating the Risk – Effective Communication of
Exposure Risk to Judges, Juries & Communities

Speaker to be announced

12:00 Adjourn