Class Action Seminar | The American Association For Justice

Class Action Seminar

December 6, 2018
Program Information:

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.

Registration Fees:

$695 for AAJ Members

Members of the Class Action Litigation Group save $50 on registration! Use promo code CLASSNYC at checkout or call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of these special savings. 

Extend Your Stay: Save $100 when you attend both the Class Action Seminar and Weekend with the Stars!​ This discount is not available online. To take advantage of this offer, send your registration form by email (education@justice.org) or fax (202-625-7084), or call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791.

If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this seminar for 50% off. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college). Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage.
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 from the same firm with the same firm address. Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage.

Contact AAJ Education: 800-622-1791 | 202-965-3500, ext. 8612 | education@justice.org

Agenda:

Thursday, December 6

Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:30pm
• Welcoming Remarks and Faculty Introductions
• Emerging Cases: Litigation Updates and Trends to Watch
• Tackling the Class Certification Motion
• Key Considerations with Selecting Your Class Representative

Lunch Break
12:30 - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 - 5:00pm
• Ascertainability for Prodominance/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?

Invited Faculty:

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.

Dawn Barrios

DAWN BARRIOS
Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP

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.

Mark P. Chalos

Mark P. Chalos 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.

Robin Greenwald

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.

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.

Deepak Gupta

DEEPAK GUPTA
Gupta Wessler, PLLC

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.

Amy. E. Keller

AMY E. KELLER
DiCello Levitt & Casey, LLC

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 in In re Propulsid Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1355 (E.D. La.); In re Rezulin Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1348 (S.D.N.Y.); In re Vioxx Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1657 (E.D.La.); In re Orthopedic Bone Screw Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1014 (E.D. Pa.); In re Diet Drug Litigation, MDL No. 1203 (E.D. Pa.); and In re Xarelto Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2592 (E.D.La.). 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.

Annika Martin, course advisor

Annika 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. 

Ricardo M. Martinez-Cid

RICARDO M. MARTINEZ-CID
Podhurst Orseck, PA

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.

Whitney Street

WHITNEY STREET
Block & Leiton, LLP

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.

Housing:

AAJ has a limited number of rooms available at The Westin New York at Times Square at a special group rate of $399.00 per night for single and double occupancy, plus any applicable taxes (currently 14.75%) and fees. To reserve a room, CLICK HERE or call the Westin reservation line at (888) 627-7149 and state that you are booking with the American Association for Justice. For cancellations or alterations to existing reservations contact the hotel directly. AAJ is not responsible for cancellation or early departure fees.

The cut-off date for reservations at the Westin New York at Times Square is November 14, 2018.

The Westin New York at Times Square
270 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Program Location:

The Westin New York at Times Square
270 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 201-2700

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AAJ has filed for CLE/MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  In many jurisdictions, final approval is not available prior to the program and contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards.  Total available credit hours may vary by jurisdiction.  AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading our FAQ calling the CLE Coordinator at 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.​

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before November 28, 2018, will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing November 29 - December 3, 2018, will result in a voucher for the entire registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received within 48 hours of the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or education@justice.org.

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