Washington, DC, 20001
Plaintiff-Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar
Platinum Level Sponsor: Counsel Financial
Sponsored by Baron & Blue and Williams Kherkher
About the Seminar:
AAJ Education's next Plaintiff-Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar will be held on October 1, 2014 with a reception the evening of September 30, prior to the October Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) hearing scheduled in Louisville, KY. This program is designed to prepare trial lawyers representing plaintiffs in pharmaceuticals and medical device cases for the JPML hearing with the latest case strategies, updates, and a networking reception hosted by Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C., and Thomas Law Offices.
AAJ Member Fee: $645
You can attend your first AAJ Education Seminar at 50% off, if you are an AAJ member & have been admitted to the bar for five years or less. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college).
AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by, and attending with, an AAJ plaintiff attorney (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, or Leaders Forum) with the same firm address.
Hear from a past participant:
"It was a great networking opportunity. It was also a great chance to get educated by some true experts who are passionate about obtaining justice for their clients. This helps me to grow my practice by having the knowledge to properly screen cases and recognize cases."
––Kathy A. Brown, Charleston, WV, 12 years in practice
Open only to AAJ Plaintiff Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and AAJ Paralegal Affiliates.
Contact Education 800.424.2725 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 | email@example.com
Tuesday, September 30
Testosterone Therapy Litigation Group Business Meeting
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Hosted by Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C., and Thomas Law Offices
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 1
Registration (Continental Breakfast Available)
8:00 – 8:45 am
8:45 am – 12:30 pm
Roger C. Denton, MO
Kristine Kraft, MO
Neil "Ned" E. McWilliams, FL
Janet G. Abaray, OH
Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks
Lou Bograd, KY
Ronald E. Johnson, KY
Trent Miracle, IL
Timothy J. Becker, MN
12:30 – 1:30 pm
1:30 - 4:00 pm
Keynote Presentation: Model MDL Practices
Christopher A. Seeger, NY
Fluoroquinolones (Levaquin and Avelox)
Bill Robins, NM
T. Matthew Leckman, PA
General Motors Ignition Defect Update
Lance Cooper, GA
B. Kristian W. Rasmussen, III, AL
Janet G. Abaray
Janet G. Abaray concentrates her practice in personal injury, products liability, pharmaceutical, complex, and civil litigation. She has served as co-lead counsel in both the Copley Albuterol class action litigation and Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch MDL, and as lead counsel for the Fen-Phen Redux diet pill class action and MDL. She is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Class Action Litigation Group, Preemption Law Litigation Group, and Business Torts Section. She is also a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, and Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers. Ms. Abaray is a managing shareholder for the Cincinnati, Ohio office of Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C.
Timothy J. Becker, course advisor
Louis M. Bograd
Lance Cooper is the founding partner of The Cooper Firm, located in Marietta, Georgia. He concentrates his practice on product liability cases involving automobile design and manufacturing defects. Before forming the firm in March 2006, Mr. Cooper was a partner with the law firm of Cooper Jones & Cooper where he represented plaintiffs in substantial personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Cooper was lead counsel for his clients in several civil jury trials, including trials against General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Honda, Toyota, Kia, Continental General Tire, Hilton Hotels, and the Department of Transportation. He is a past president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, past president of the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association, and also serves on the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Trustees.
Roger C. Denton
Yvonne M. Flaherty, course advisor
Robert K. Jenner, course advisor
Ronald E. Johnson, Jr.
Kristine K. Kraft
T. Matthew Leckman
T. Matthew Leckman is a partner at Pogust Braslow & Millrood LLC located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Leckman concentrates his practice in mass torts and complex pharmaceutical and medical device litigation and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2010 – 2014. He is currently active in the GranuFlo dialysis litigation, the Cymbalta withdrawal litigation, and serves on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee for the testosterone MDL, In re: Testosterone Replacement Therapy Products Liability Litigation. In his spare time, Mr. Leckman serves as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the Drexel University School of Law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, AAJ’s Leaders Forum, AAJ’s Actos Bladder Cancer Litigation Group, Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group, and Testosterone Therapy Litigation Group.
Neil “Ned” E. McWilliams, Jr.
Karen Barth Menzies, course advisor
Tobias L. Millrood, course advisor
Trent B. Miracle
B. Kristian W. Rasmussen, III
B. Kristian W. Rasmussen, III concentrates his practice in pharmaceutical, mass torts, class action, and personal injury litigation. Mr. Rasmussen is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts, Dialysis Equipment, Products and Clinics Litigation Group, Pradaxa Litigation Group, and Preemption Law Litigation Group. He is the former cochair of AAJ’s Chantix Litigation Group and Vioxx/Bextra Litigation Group. Mr. Rasmussen currently serves on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as cochair of the discovery committee for In re: Chantix Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2092.) Mr. Rasmussen’s prior litigation experience includes being designated as co-lead trial counsel for In re: High Sulfur Content Gasoline Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1632) and serving as a member of the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee as cochair of the discovery committee for In re: Bextra and Celebrex Unfair Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation (MDL No. 1699.) Before entering private practice, Mr. Rasmussen prosecuted cases as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Florida and served the United States Navy as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Mr. Rasmussen is a partner with Birmingham, Alabama based Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris, P.C.
Bill Robbins, III
Bill Robins, III concentrates his practice in personal injury, product liability, environmental, and commercial litigation. While pursuing his Juris Doctorate at the University of Houston Law School, he received the A.A. White Dean’s Scholarship, the Bankston, Wright & Greenhill Award, and the University of Houston Law Foundation Academic Excellence Award. He is a member of the Houston and American Bar Associations, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Association. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) and served as cochair of AAJ’s Acetaminophen Injury Litigation Group. Heard Robins Cloud & Black LLP has offices in Houston, Texas, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Christopher A. Seeger
Tad Thomas, moderator
AAJ's room block is closed, but a limited number of rooms are still available at the Louisville Marriott Downtown at a special group rate of $169 per night (single or double occupancy) plus state and local taxes of 15.01% for the nights of September 30th and October 1st. For availability, please contact Ashley Kempson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to include your check in/check out dates with your request.
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
- Continuing legal education credits, which can be applied towards AAJ’s professional recognition programs
- Reference materials on a USB drive
- Complimentary daily continental breakfast and coffee
- Networking Reception
This seminar is open to AAJ Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum) and AAJ Paralegal Affiliates who represent plaintiffs in pharmaceuticals or medical device cases. It is held the day prior to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) and is designed to prepare lawyers with the very latest on the topics discussed at the hearing.
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
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