Litigation Lessons Under the Sonoran Sky
2022
April 28 - May 1
Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain
Marana, AZ
 

Program Agenda

  • Thursday April 28, 2022
  • Friday April 29, 2022
  • Saturday April 30, 2022
5:00p - 6:00p

Trial Network WIN Society Reception

6:00p - 9:00p

Cocktail Reception and Group Dinner Poolside

9:00p - 1:00a

Hospitality Suite

6:30a - 7:30a

Sunrise Yoga

7:00a - 8:30a

Breakfast and Program Registration

Amy Sorenson

Amy Sorenson

Snell & Wilmer
Utah
8:30a - 8:35a

Opening Statement by The Trial Network Chair

8:35a - 8:40a

Welcome from the Seminar Chairs

Greg Marshall

Greg Marshall

Snell & Wilmer
Arizona
8:40a - 9:00a

Classing Up Your Class Action Act

Last term, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted TCPA class actions, walked back defense-friendly personal jurisdiction jurisprudence, and dove back into the muddy waters of Article III standing, leaving class action litigants whip-sawed. This session reviews the fallout of these significant decisions and what they mean for corporate defendants.

Malissa Wilson

Malissa Wilson

Forman Watkins & Krutz
Mississippi
9:00a - 9:20a

Workplace Behavioral Issues: Handling Thorny Situations

Responding to problematic employee behaviors can be a thorn in the side of in-house counsel. This session covers how to recognize behavioral problems and mitigate legal risks, as well as appropriate disciplinary measures for employees whose performance and inappropriate behavior could lead to significant litigation.

Haley Cox

Haley Cox

Lightfoot Franklin & White
Alabama
9:20a - 9:40a

The Rise of Nuclear Verdicts

Nuclear jury verdicts—which often defy reason and are emotionally motivated—are on the rise, even in so-called conservative jurisdictions. This session explores the psychological impact of COVID-19 and modern political unrest on juries. It also provides strategies for defense lawyers to avoid a nuclear strike by delivering compelling and persuasive arguments in this volatile environment.

With Discussion by Christina Marinakis – IMS / Litigation Insights

Katie Reilly

Katie Reilly

Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell
Colorado
9:40a - 10:20a

Panel: Are Non-Competes Dead? The Paths Forward for Businesses

On July 9, 2021, President Biden signed the executive order, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy,” and directed the FTC to curtail the use of non-compete clauses. While the FTC has not yet taken action, the executive order tracks a growing trend among state legislatures eliminating, restricting, and even criminalizing the use of non-compete agreements. This panel discusses potential implications for businesses and provides strategies for protecting trade secrets, customer relationships, and confidential information in light of these anticipated measures.

Panelists:
Marcy Heronimus – Lumen
Sherin Sakr
– WellBiz Brands
Marissa Ronk – Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell

10:20a - 10:50a

Coffee and Refreshment Break

David Suchar

David Suchar

Maslon
Minnesota
10:50a - 11:50a

Panel: Blockchain, Smart Contracts and Cryptocurrency: Addressing Litigation Risks

In promoting investment in cryptocurrency, actor Matt Damon states that “fortune favors the brave.” But does bravery mean flouting legal risks? This panel provides an overview of the blockchain, NFT and cryptocurrency space and explores developing legal issues, including implications of smart contracts, actual and potential litigation, and the application of familiar legal issues to this new asset class (IP and ownership rights, fraud and theft, regulation, attempts to mainstream smart contracts, litigation finance, etc.)

Panelists:
Alex Levine– Dapper Labs
Joshua Metcalf
– Forman Watkins & Krutz
Todd Williams – Corr Cronin

11:50a - 12:00p

Gather Lunch for Break-Out Sessions

Tony Lathrop

Tony Lathrop

Moore & Van Allen
North Carolina
12:00p - 1:00p

Break-Out Track A: Driving the Docket - How Innovation and Investments in Transportation and Infrastructure are Shaping Litigation

The transportation sector is transforming rapidly, driven by technological innovation and unprecedented nationwide investment in infrastructure, and this transformation will undoubtedly change the industry’s legal landscape. This session explores areas of law that may be impacted by the disruption of the transportation industry, including liability and insurance for automated and shared vehicles, right of way and property access, mobile privacy and data security, employment relationships, and increasing pressure on governments to modernize transportation infrastructure.

Discussion Leaders:

Greg Boulanger – HNTB

Mike Garcia – Domtar Paper (former President)

Jennifer White – Volkswagen

Tony Rospert

Tony Rospert

Thompson Hine
Ohio
12:00p - 1:00p

Break-Out Track B: Outside Counsel Report Card - Best Practices and Pet Peeves

If you graded your outside counsel on a report card, what letters would you assign for communication clarity, billing and budgeting, partnership, and productivity? This panel of in-house counsel outside counsel does just that, and also shares best practices employed by their teams to manage ever-increasing workloads. In-house counsel also share sources of frustration with law firms which, despite a stated willingness to improve case management, have much room for improvement if they want an “A” in meeting the needs of in-house counsel.

Discussion Leaders:

Ross Andre – Southern Company

Ryan McManis – Lumen

Maureen Middleton – Primerica

Andowah Newton – LVMH Moet Hennessey

Dee Dee Stephens-Broussard – Liquid Power Specialty Products

Racheal Turner – Twitch.tv (Amazon)

Derek Stikeleather

Derek Stikeleather

Goodell DeVries Leech & Dann
Maryland
12:00p - 1:00p

Break-Out Track C: Using Recent Changes to Daubert and FRE 702 to Support Exclusion of Expert Testimony

The bane of defense counsel is hearing the court say, “It goes to the weight of the evidence” or “It’s a jury question” in response to a carefully prepared Daubert challenge to an especially unreliable expert opinion. Recent changes to Federal Rule of Evidence 702 take direct aim at such permissive decisions as “wrongly decided.” This session shares trial techniques that employ the most recent developments in Daubert law to keep unreliable opinion testimony out of the courtroom.

Discussion Leader:

Shilpa Bhatia – Providence St. Joseph Health

1:30p - 5:30p

Recreation: Golf, Jeep Safari, City Slickers Cattle Drive, Nature Photography

6:00p - 9:00p

Group Cocktails and Dinner

9:00p - 1:00a

Hospitality Suite

6:30a - 7:30a

Sunrise Yoga

7:00a - 8:30a

Breakfast and Program Registration

8:30a - 8:40a

Welcome Back from the Seminar Chairs

Ray Lewis

Ray Lewis

Deutsch Kerrigan
Louisiana
8:40a - 9:00a

Tales from the Other Side: Lessons Learned as Plaintiff’s Counsel

In May 2021, defense attorney Ray Lewis switched sides and obtained a $26 million judgment for his corporate client as plaintiff’s counsel. Opposing counsel’s failed approach in the case is a cautionary tale that changed the way Ray defends his own clients. This session explores what plaintiff’s counsel doesn’t want you to know about common defense tactics.

Gabriele Wohl

Gabriele Wohl

Bowles Rice
West Virginia
9:00a - 9:20a

Corporate Crime Time: Navigating the Department of Justice’s Changes to Government Investigations

The Deputy U.S. Attorney General recently laid out the DOJ’s aggressive approach to corporate crime under the Biden administration. What will these changes look like for companies facing investigations, and how should companies respond? This session answers these questions and shares tactics for conducting internal investigations to mitigate potential misconduct and non-compliance.

Moheeb Murray

Moheeb Murray

Bush Seyferth
Michigan
9:20a - 9:40a

Long COVID: The Pandemic’s Lasting Effects on Supply-Chain Litigation

The coronavirus pandemic glaringly brought to light that a disruption anywhere along our just-in-time supply chain can create substantial and costly ripple effects in our interconnected business world. This presentation discusses the legal ramifications of COVID’s continuing impact on supply-chain disputes; explores the circumstances under which force majeure and commercial impracticability defenses are available; and highlights recent decisions on insurance coverage for COVID-related business interruption.

Lauren Fisher White

Lauren Fisher White

Christian & Barton
Virginia
9:40a - 10:20a

Panel: Employment Litigation in the COVID Era: Vaccine Mandates, Religious Accommodations, and Disability Discrimination

COVID-19 upended many workplaces, resulting in an explosion of employment litigation nationwide. As a result, courts have had to address unique legal issues with sometimes limited precedent. This panel provides insight into how the courts have decided employment issues related to COVID-19, including mandatory vaccination, the accommodation of religious beliefs, and disability discrimination in light of the global pandemic.

Panelists:
Julie Moore – Bowles Rice
Robert Shimberg – Hill Ward Henderson

10:20a - 10:50a

Coffee and Refreshment Break

Jessie Zeigler

Jessie Zeigler

Bass Berry & Sims
Tennessee
10:50a - 11:10a

Ethics: Getting a Fair High-Stakes Trial Amidst Corporate Villainization in the Media

When companies face litigation and are simultaneously villainized in the media, there may be times when the rule of law in the court room doesn’t seem to apply. While there are options for dealing with unfair rulings, defendants must carefully consider the ethics rules of the state/forum and weigh the pros and cons of their options. This session offers strategic tools to build a more constructive defense and counteract damaging media spin, all while staying within the bounds of ethics rules.

Vito Gagliardi, Jr.

Vito Gagliardi, Jr.

Porzio Bromberg & Newman
New Jersey
11:10a - 11:30a

Litigating Against a Moving Target: Challenges Posed by the Constantly Changing Positions of the NLRB

Perhaps no other federal agency so readily disregards recent decisions as the NLRB, which has established, gutted, and reestablished positions over the past eight years. Because the NLRB touches almost every employment relationship in the country, attorneys and their clients need to keep current on the decisions of this agency, where change is the only constant. This session offers insights on navigating the legal challenges posed by the NLRB’s constantly moving target.

Jack Sharman

Jack Sharman

Lightfoot Franklin & White
Alabama
11:30a - 11:50a

Presidents, Judges, and Police: Lessons from Unconventional Advocacy

Today’s lawyers must be able to investigate, analyze, and persuade in unconventional landscapes where technology, policy, and personalities drive the narrative. These new crisis environments and vague gray areas often lack a playbook to manage impatient stakeholders, unaccountable social-media commenters, and agenda-driven regulators. This session provides such a playbook complete with checklists and highlights key strategies learned while representing clients in three different landscapes: the House January 6 Committee investigation, a trial to remove a sitting judge from the bench, and an accountability review of a police department.

Amy Sorenson

Amy Sorenson

Snell & Wilmer
Utah
11:50a - 11:55a

Closing Argument by The Trial Network Chair

11:55a - 12:00p

Gather Lunch for Break-Out Sessions

Scott Etish

Scott Etish

Gibbons
Pennsylvania
12:00p - 1:00p

Break-Out Track A: The Sky is Falling - Avoiding Discovery on Discovery

Most attorneys have been involved in litigation where they suspect an adversary failed to produce all relevant electronically stored information (ESI). Whether the omission was intentional or due to a failure to properly preserve ESI, the requesting party faces the difficult decision of whether to pursue “discovery on discovery,” also known as “metadiscovery,” which entails looking into the adversary’s efforts to search for, locate, preserve and collect relevant ESI. This discussion among in-house and outside counsel explores the pros and cons of pursuing “discovery on discovery.”

 

Discussion Leaders:

Aaron Boone – Bowles Rice

Amanda Stacy Hartman – 7-Eleven

Shelly DeRousse

Shelly DeRousse

Freeborn & Peters
Illinois (Northern)
12:00p - 1:00p

Break-Out Track B: Bankruptcy Basics for Trial Lawyers and In-House Counsel

Bankruptcy activity was down in 2020 and 2021 thanks to pandemic-related government subsidies and loans that artificially propped up businesses’ cash flow, closed courts, and moratoriums on foreclosures. Now that subsidies are drying up and litigation is proceeding, companies will not have the same financial incentives to delay filing for bankruptcy, and bankruptcy will again become part of defense strategy. This session discusses bankruptcy procedures, code sections, and rules, as well as negotiation tactics to maximize recovery when a defendant files bankruptcy.

Robert Shimberg

Robert Shimberg

Hill Ward Henderson
Florida
12:00p - 1:00p

Break-Out Track C: Cybersecurity - The Lawyer’s Role During and After a Cyber-Incident

Businesses face a number of key legal issues during and after a cyber-incident, and attorneys play a critical role in protecting their clients and shielding them from potential future liability. This session explores outside counsel’s experiences and invites in-house counsel to share insights on their role after a cyber-incident.

Discussion Leader:

Racheal Turner – Twitch.tv (Amazon)

1:30p - 5:30p

Recreation: Nature Hike, Painting Class, Missile Museum Tour, Mountain Biking, Line Dancing Instruction, Survival Training

6:00p - 9:00p

Cocktails, Closing Night BBQ Dinner and Live Music

9:00p - 1:00a

Hospitality Suite