Class Action Seminar
The Westin New York at Times Square | New York, NY
Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher
About the Seminar:
The class action is one of the most powerful legal tools available within our country. It levels the playing field between corporate giants and economically powerless individuals. It brings justice to individuals harmed by mass-produced products or standardized corporate practices. Join us in New York City on December 6 for a one-day Class Action Seminar to learn how you can use this powerful legal tool to help your clients receive justice.
$695 for AAJ Members
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Thursday, December 6
Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am
9:00am - 12:30pm
• Welcoming Remarks and Faculty Introductions
• Emerging Cases: Litigation Updates and Trends to Watch
o EPIC Failure—Wage & Hour Cases post-Epic
o The Swarm that’s Coming—Environmental Class Actions to Track
o Defeating Goliath—Sex Abuse Class Action Cases
• A View from the Bench: Biggest Mistakes in Complex Cases (Judges’ Panel)
• Tackling the Class Certification Motion
12:30 - 1:45pm
1:45 - 5:00pm
• Key Considerations When Selecting Your Class Representative
• Ascertainability for Predominance/Manageability Purposes Under Rule 23(b)(3)
• Article III: Data Breach Cases
• Article III: Telephone Consumer Protections Act (TCPA) and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) Cases
• So, You Settled the Case: Now What?
Lori E. Andrus
Lori E. Andrus is a leader in the fight for equal pay. Ms. Andrus specializes in class actions and complex litigation. Ms. Andrus has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV rating for legal ability and ethical standards and was recognized as a “Top 50” Northern California Super Lawyer in 2016. In 2015, the National Law Journal named Ms. Andrus as one of the nation’s 75 “Outstanding Women Lawyers.” Ms. Andrus is also a recognized leader in mass torts. She is currently an appointed member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (“PSC”) in the Essure Birth Control Device Yaz/Yasmin J.C.C.P. litigation in California State Court. Ms. Andrus is a regular contributor for the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Trial Magazine and is an AAJ PAC Eagle donor. She has also earned plaudits for her stewardship of Women En Mass (WEM). Ms. Andrus serves on the Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California, the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors for AAJ, and on the Advisory Board for Emerge California. Andrus Anderson, LLP is located in San Francisco, California.
Caroline F. Bartlett
Caroline F. Bartlett focuses her practice in litigation and dispute resolution, mass torts, consumer fraud and securities class actions and complex financial and commercial disputes. Ms. Bartlett graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2004, where she received the Raymond Del Tufo Award for highest scholastic average in Constitutional Law and the Chicago Title Insurance Award for academic excellence in Real Property. Before entering private practice, Ms. Bartlett was a judicial clerk in both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to joining Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody & Agnello, PC, Ms. Bartlett engaged in commercial litigation, products liability, and mass tort defense at the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP. She currently serves as a Director of the Federal Historical Society of the New Jersey District Court. Ms. Barlett is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), Supreme Court Historical Society and Federal Bar Association. Carella, Byrne, Cecchi, Olstein, Brody & Agnello, PC is located in Roseland, New Jersey.
Anne W. Bloom
Anne Bloom has a distinguished record of accomplishment in both academia and public interest law. Before becoming the Executive Director of the Civil Justice Research Initiative, she was the Director of Public Programs for Equal Justice Works in Washington, DC, and Associate Director of the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Law at McGeorge Law School where she taught courses in litigation, law and politics, and public interest law. Before becoming a professor, Anne was a staff attorney at Public Justice in Washington, DC. She holds both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in political science and has authored many articles on civil justice-related subjects. Her most recent publication is a co-edited volume with David M. Engel and Michael McCann, Injury and Injustice: The Cultural Politics of Harm and Redress (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Mark P. Chalos
Mark P. Chalos, CLE liaison for AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has been appointed to leadership roles in numerous complex civil proceedings and has authored a book and articles for the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Trial Magazine regarding holding foreign companies accountable for injuries they cause in the United States. He is an AAJ PAC Falcon and State Donor. Mr. Chalos is a frequent speaker at legal seminars nationwide on a variety of civil litigation topics. He has also been cited by top tier media outlets including The New York Times, Associated Press, CNN, Fox News, CBS This Morning, and MSNBC. Mr. Chalos has been named among The Best Lawyers in America, Mid-South Super Lawyers, “Nashville’s Best Lawyers,” and Nashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.” Mr. Chalos is the managing partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Hon. James C. Francis, IV (Ret.)
Hon. James C. Francis, IV (Ret.) is a distinguished lecturer at City University New York Law School. Previously, he was a United States Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York from 1985 to 2017 and served as Chief Magistrate Judge from 1998 to 2000. Following graduation from law school, Judge Francis clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York. He then joined the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit of the Legal Aid Society where he conducted impact litigation in the areas of housing and education and served as director of the Disability Rights Unit until his appointment to the bench. From 2003 until 2017, Judge Francis was an Adjunct Professor at the Fordham University School of Law where he taught Constitutional Torts. He has served on the Legal Assistance, Federal Courts, Disability Rights, and Professional Responsibility Committees of the New York City Bar Association and the Federal Judiciary Committee of the New York State Bar Association. Judge Francis lectures frequently on electronic discovery, employment litigation, constitutional torts, legal ethics, and pretrial practice.
Robin Greenwald heads the Weitz & Luxenberg Environmental Toxic Torts and Consumer Protection Litigation group. She successfully served the firm as lead counsel in multidistrict litigation against more than 50 petroleum companies for contaminating the nation’s groundwater with the gasoline additive MTBE (methyl tertiary butyl ether). Ms. Greenwald led the trial and class action settlement as a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee in the 2010 British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (MDL No. 2179). Ms. Greenwald is the past co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s Herbicides and Pesticides Litigation Group. She is a member of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group; Qui Tam Litigation Group; Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group’ Products Liability Section; and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. Greenwald also generously donates to AAJ PAC. Weitz & Luxenberg, PC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in New York, New York.
Stephen J. Herman, course advisor
Stephen J. Herman practices with Herman, Herman & Katz, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice, a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the year in 2005, and a former member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees. The author of America and the Law: Challenges for the 21st Century, Mr. Herman teaches an advanced torts seminar on class actions at Loyola Law School and an advanced civil procedure course in complex litigation at Tulane. Mr. Herman served for six years as a Lawyer Chair for one of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) Hearing Committees and currently serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Rules of Professional Conduct Committee. For the past seven years, Mr. Herman has served as co-liaison/co-lead Class Counsel for Plaintiffs in the BP Oil Spill / Deepwater Horizon Litigation. Mr. Herman is an AAJ PAC Eagle member and is a partner with Herman Herman & Katz, L.L.C., an AAJ Leaders Forum member, located in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Steven J. Kelly
Steven J. Kelly is the chair of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Criminal/Sexual Violence Practice Group. He represents plaintiffs, especially those from traditionally marginalized groups, who seek justice as victims of violence. Prior to joining Sanford Heisler Sharp, Mr. Kelly was a partner at the regional law firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, where he founded a crime victim practice group. Prior to that, Mr. Kelly litigated anti-trust and complex commercial litigation cases for Miles & Stockbridge and DLA Piper. Mr. Kelly works out of Sanford Heisler Sharp’s Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC offices.
Frederick S. Longer
Frederick S. Longer specializes in representing individuals who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, medical devices, other defective products and antitrust violations. Mr. Longer has extensive experience in prosecuting individual, complex and class action litigations in both state and federal courts across the country. Mr. Longer has a wealth of experience in mass torts and has frequently been the chairman or member of the Law and Briefing Committee in numerous multi-district litigations. He has authored numerous articles including ABA, Service of Process in China (April 2012); Trial, The Federal Judiciary’s Super Magnet (July 2009). He was also featured in Herbert J. Stern and Stephen A. Saltzburg, Trying Cases to Win: Anatomy of a Trial (Aspen 1999). Mr. Longer is a member of the American Association for Justice and is an AAJ PAC MCLUB donor. He is also a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. Levin Sedran & Berman is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.)
Hon. Frank Maas (Ret.) served for 17 years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, including a two-year term as Chief Magistrate Judge. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Maas was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, a partner in the New York City office of a large commercial litigation law firm headquartered in upstate New York, and First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation. As First Deputy Commissioner, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an internal affairs agency and oversaw the City’s internet security efforts. Judge Maas is nationally known for his expertise in electronic discovery issues. He is a frequent speaker at the Conference on Preservation Excellence, E-Discovery Institute Leadership Summit, and other venues. Judge Maas is a member of the Federal Bar Association S.D.N.Y. Chapter Executive Committee; the Federal Bar Council; the Federal Magistrate Judges Association; the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and, the New York State Bar Association. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section since the founding of the Section. Judge Maas now works at JAMS in New York, New York.
Annika K. Martin, course advisor
Annika K. Martin has extensive litigation experience in cutting-edge environmental, mass tort, product defect, and consumer protection cases and a demonstrated facility for explaining complex legal matters in simple terms. She has served as a resource for journalists on these and other matters, both on television and for print media. An active member of the legal community, she serves as the co-vice chair of the Class Action Litigation Group and on several committees within the American Association for Justice (AAJ), including Amicus Curiae, Legal Affairs, Publications, Public Education, and the Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP). Ms. Martin is also a working group co-captain for Women En Mass, and a dialogue leader for the Sedona Conference. She also speaks and writes regularly on issues of class actions, mass torts, and e-discovery. Ms. Martin generously donates to AAJ PAC Falcon. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is an AAJ Leaders Forum member and Ms. Martin works in their New York, New York office.
Doug J. McNamara
Doug J. McNamara—of counsel at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Consumer Protection practice group—specializes in litigating complex, multi-state class action lawsuits against manufacturers and consumer service providers such as banks, insurers, credit card companies, and others. Mr. McNamara is a highly regarded speaker who has presented at several forums on such topics as federal preemption, class certification, and civil litigation and is the author of scholarly articles focusing on emerging legal issues. He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP); Personal Jurisdiction Litigation Group; Class Action Litigation Group; Preemption Law Litigation Group; and Litigation Group Leaders Council. Mr. McNamara is a generous PAC Eagle donor, and he works out of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll’s Washington, DC office.
Hon. Andrew S. Peck (Ret.)
Hon. Andrew J. Peck (Ret.) served for 23 years as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York, including a term as Chief Magistrate Judge from 2004 to 2005. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Peck was in private practice for 17 years, focusing on commercial and entertainment litigation, including copyright and trademark matters, with extensive trial experience. At DLA Piper, Judge Peck advises on innovative and efficient solutions to the challenges of information management, both within and outside the litigation context. He frequently speaks at conferences concerning eDiscovery issues. Judge Peck also is available to serve as an arbitrator, mediator and Special Master. Judge Peck is recognized internationally for bringing electronic discovery competency to the attention of both the judiciary and bar. Indeed, he is widely described as the first judge to tackle the subject of e-discovery head on. In March 2018, the New York Law Journal called Judge Peck "one of e-discovery's most influential figures." Among the honors he has received, American Lawyer named him to its list of the Top 50 Innovators of the Last 50 Years as its Judicial E-Discovery Innovator.
David L. Selby, II
David L. Selby, II, co-chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group, handles all aspects of mass tort and class action litigation for his firm, Bailey & Glasser. Mr. Selby spent his first few years after law school in public service as an Assistant District Attorney for the Tuscaloosa County DA's office. After leaving the DA's office, he spent several years as a partner at Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff & Brandt. In 2000, as one of the co-founders, he started the firm of Kee & Selby. Within a very brief time, this firm grew from four to eight lawyers and was a go-to firm in the Birmingham area for many aspects of litigation. As Mr. Selby’s practice became more concentrated in the areas of mass torts and class actions, he decided to join Bailey & Glasser in 2012, which is located in Birmingham, Alabama.
David F. Slade
David F. Slade focuses on consumer protection, with an emphasis on data privacy and data security. Extending his advocacy beyond litigation, he also organized a cyber safety training summit for Arkansas law enforcement and victim assistance professionals, in conjunction with the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA). In addition to his work in the class action context, Mr. Slade is a member of the Volunteers Organization, Center for Arkansas Legal Services (VOCALS), an organization committed to pro bono advocacy. Mr. Slade is a member of AAJ’s Consumer Privacy/Data Breach Litigation Group and the Personal Jurisdiction Litigation Group, among others. Carney Bates & Pulliam, PLLC is located in Little Rock, Arkansas.
David Stein represents consumers in complex consumer protection and financial fraud cases. He currently serves as co-lead counsel in the In re Honda CR-V Vibration multidistrict proceedings and is also among the attorneys representing patients, health care providers, and consumers in a lawsuit against Banner Health arising from a data breach that exposed sensitive information of nearly 4 million people. Mr. Stein’s advocacy in consumer protection and class action litigation has earned him several awards and accolades, including recognition in the 2017 “Top 40 Under 40” list published by the Daily Journal. Mr. Stein was also selected as a 2017 “Top Class Action Attorney Under 40” in Law360’s Rising Stars, one of only four attorneys nationwide to be selected for the honor. He has also been named a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers for four consecutive years. He is frequently called upon to discuss emerging issues in class actions, and regularly contributes his insights and commentary to Consumer Law Watch, a blog analyzing developments in the law of consumer class actions. Mr. Stein is an active member of the American Association for Justice, including membership in AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group. Gibbs Law Group, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Oakland, California.
Beth E. Terrell
Beth E. Terrell concentrates her practice in complex litigation, including the prosecution of class actions on behalf of consumers and employees, Ms. Terrell routinely serves as co-lead counsel on multi-state and nationwide class actions. She also represents individual employees including those who have suffered from race, gender, age, marital status, and disability discrimination. Ms. Terrell has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court. She is a frequent speaker at legal conferences on a wide variety of topics, including consumer class actions, employment litigation, and electronic discovery. Ms. Terrell has been often recognized as a “Super Lawyer,” was named one of the “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers” of 2012 and 2013 and has been awarded an “AV” rating in Martindale Hubbell by her peers. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and an AAJ PAC Eagle donor. She is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Employment Lawyers Association and National Employment Lawyers Association. Ms. Terrell is a founder of the Terrell Marshall Law Group, located in Seattle, Washington.
Lynn A. Toops is a class action attorney who concentrates her practice on complex litigation on a local and national scale. Ms. Toops frequently serves in national leadership roles on behalf of the Cohen & Malad, LLP, class action team in a variety of lawsuits, including data breach lawsuits. Ms. Toops was recognized by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association as the Consumer Advocate of the Year based for her work on behalf of Hoosier families that adopted special needs children out of foster care that were not paid an adoption subsidy that Indiana’s Department of Child Services had promised to pay to the families. She has been named to the Thomson Reuters Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star list every year since 2011. She has also been recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers for her class action work for several years. Ms. Toops is an AAJ PAC donor, and she is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Mark H. Troutman
Mark H. Troutman concentrates his practice on class action, battling some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated companies. After spending the beginning part of his career doing defense work, Mr. Troutman is dedicated to vindicating the rights of consumers against corporate misdeeds. Mr. Troutman’s work takes him across the country, practicing in state courts throughout Ohio and federal courts from California to Virginia. As a co-author of the leading guide on Ohio Consumer Law for nearly a decade, Mr. Troutman has kept up with the emerging trends in consumer law. Mr. Troutman is an active member of the American Association for Justice as an AAJ PAC donor and a member of several litigation groups including AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group. Isaac, Wiles, Burkholder & Teetor, LLC is located in Columbus, Ohio.
Nicole Wiitala is an associate in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her bachelor’s degree cum laude from Pace University and her law degree cum laude from Pace University School of Law. As part of the firm’s Criminal/Sexual Violence practice, Ms. Wiitala also represents students and professors at secondary schools and universities who have been victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, other forms of gender discrimination and retaliation, in violation of Title IX and other federal and state laws. Ms. Wiitala began at Sanford Heisler Sharp as a law clerk in September 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Wiitala was a judicial extern for the Honorable Edgardo Ramos in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She also worked as a Summer Associate at Havkins, Rosenfeld, Ritzert, & Varialle and interned in the Litigation Bureau at the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York.
Matthew R. Wilson
Matthew R. Wilson is a principal at Meyer Wilson located in Columbus, Ohio. He prosecutes the firm's class action and mass tort cases and serves as counsel for certified and putative classes in cases pending throughout the country involving defective products, privacy of medical information, violations of the federal telephone consumer protection statute ("TCPA"), mortgage problems, securities fraud, and deceptive advertising. Mr. Wilson has served as chair of the Central Ohio Association for Justice Class Action Committee since 2007, and he is a member of the Class Action Preservation Project Committee with Public Justice. He is frequent speaker on class action law and practice.
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