Mealeys Bad Faith Litigation Conference (BADCON)

Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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

Craig Kline, Esq., Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP,
Los Angeles

Matthew J. Schlesinger, Esq., Reed Smith LLP,
Washington, DC

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 $995 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 08/01/05 $300 off — $695

• Corporate Discount — $200 off — $795

• Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $50 off — $945

• Government employees — one-third off — $730

• Sitting judges — attend free

• Paralegals — two-thirds off — $365

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 Hotel is located at 10 Avenue of the Arts, just 30 minutes from Philadelphia International Airport. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel by calling 215-523-8000. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending Mealey’s Bad Faith Litigation Conference, September 26-27, 2005. A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $210 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 and Continental Breakfast

9:00 Introduction and Opening Remarks

Craig Kline, Carroll Burdick & McDonough

Matthew Schlesinger, Reed Smith

9:15 Types of Bad Faith: An Update on What Courts
Have Held To Be Bad Faith and What Conduct Is Not Bad Faith

Philip Maxwell, Law Offices of Philip K. Maxwell

William Shelley, Cozen O’Connor

10:15 Morning Break

10:30 Preparing for the Bad Faith Trial: Identifying the Tools That Will Help You To Save Time and Become More Efficient In Preparing for Trial

Frank Darras, Shernoff Bidart & Darras

Rodney Eshelman, Carroll Burdick & McDonough

11:30 Expert Techniques for Trying a Bad Faith Case

Dean Hansell, LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae

Additional speaker to be announced

12:30 Networking Luncheon

1:45 What You Need To Accomplish In a Coverage Investigation
This session will provide you with an analysis of how to conduct a coverage investigation in the underlying first party situation and how to evaluate the behavior and conduct of the counsel that could ultimately be the subject of the bad faith case

William Barker, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal

Angela Elbert, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg

2:45 Can An Insurer Use Counsel To Protect Investigative Materials?

Stefan Passantino, McKenna Long & Aldridge

3:15 Afternoon Break

3:30 Effective Jury Instructions

Speaker to be announced

4:00 The Duty To Defend/Duty to Settle

Paul Engstrom, Engstrom, Lipscomb & Lack

William Friedrich, Farella Braun + Martel

5:00 Networking Reception

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

8:30 Continental Breakfast

9:00 Ethics Issues for Dealing with Experts That Every
Bad Faith Litigator Needs To Understand

Jay Levin, Reed Smith

10:00 Morning Break

10:15 Panel Discussion: Hear From the Bad Faith Experts Themselves

Moderator: Laura Foggan, Wiley Rein & Fielding

John Di Liberto, Insurance Consultant

Allan Windt, Claims Handler, Expert Witness & Author of Insurance Claims & Disputes, Representation of Insurers & Insureds

Stephen Prater, Professor of Law, Santa Clara State University*

11:15 Analysis of What Evidence Can Come Into the Case and What Will Be Excluded

Brent Cooper, Cooper & Scully

Additional speaker to be announced

12:00 Adjourn

* invited