ALF And NY City Bar Seminar Focus: Reduce Corporate Litigation Costs And Still Win Your Case

Monday, September 1, 2008 - 01:00

The Atlantic Legal Foundation and the New York City Bar Association will present a special CLE program on Thursday, October 30, 2008. The title of the program is "How to Reduce Corporate Litigation Costs and Still Win Your Case."

This full-day program shows in-house and outside counsel for corporations how to reduce litigation costs without sacrificing successful results. The program will provide the practical guidance and strategies needed to succeed in corporate litigation both to experienced attorneys seeking to refine and update their skills as well as to less-experienced attorneys seeking an overview. The program features an outstanding faculty of 12 General Counsel of major corporations, nine leading law firm litigators, and five federal and state judges. During a series of interactive panel discussions, the panelists will respond to questions from the moderator. The speakers will focus on strategies and practical advice for maximizing the cost-effectiveness and productivity of corporate litigation. In particular, they will discuss techniques for advancing a client's interests as well as potential pitfalls or traps for the unwary. Topics covered will range from planning, budgeting and fee arrangements, to electronic discovery and litigation technology, and will include ethics issues in corporate litigation.

The Co-Chairs of this program are: Henry N. Butler, executive director, The Searle Center on Law, Regulation and Economic Growth, Northwestern University School of Law; Augustus I. duPont, vice president, general counsel and secretary, Crane Co.; and Frank H. Menaker, Jr., DLA Piper US LLP. The moderator is Robert L. Haig, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

The speakers include the following general counsel of major corporations: Paul T. Dacier, executive vice president and general counsel, EMC Corporation; Jennifer M. Daniels, vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Barnes & Noble, Inc.; Janet Dhillon, senior vice president and general counsel, US Airways Inc.; D. Cameron Findlay, executive vice president and general counsel, Aon Corporation; Jonathan P. Graham, senior vice president and general counsel, Danaher Corporation; Anastasia D. Kelly, executive vice president, general counsel and senior regulatory and compliance officer, American International Group, Inc; Sandra Leung, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Peter M. Lieb, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, NCR Corporation; Roderick A. Palmore, executive vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance and risk management officer, General Mills, Inc.; Stephen R. Reynolds, general counsel, Alcatel-Lucent; Thomas L. Sager, senior vice president and general counsel, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; and Jeffrey S. Sherman, senior vice president and general counsel, Becton, Dickinson and Company.

Other speakers include the following leading corporate litigators: John M. Callagy, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Evan R. Chesler, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Gary P. Naftalis, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP; James W. Quinn, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Roy L. Reardon, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Louis M. Solomon, Proskauer Rose LLP; Stephen D. Susman, Susman Godfrey LLP; John L. Warden, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; and Dan K. Webb, Winston & Strawn LLP.

United States District Judges Richard J. Holwell, Colleen McMahon, and Richard J. Sullivan and New York State Supreme Court Justices Bernard J. Fried and Charles E. Ramos have also agreed to participate as panelists. In addition, Ronald E. Gots, M.D., Ph.D, chief executive officer of the International Center for Toxicology and Medicine, will be a speaker.

The program will be held at the House of the New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, in Manhattan. The program will take place from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Attendees will receive 7.0 MCLE credits including 1.0 ethics credit. Immediately following the program, there will be a networking cocktail reception for speakers and registrants. The cost to attend is $405 for New York City Bar Association members and $545 for all others. The registration fee includes lunch and the cocktail reception. For reservations, call the New York City Bar at (212) 382-6663 or go to