Law Seminars International Presents: The Annual Two-Day Conference on

Litigating Class Actions
New developments in state and federal law and best strategies for winning or defending class actions

(For this past program, we offer two options for purchase: a Homestudy (DVD and written materials) or written materials alone.)

May 7 & 8, 2009
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Corporate and trial attorneys, corporate executives and governmental officials responsible for managing class actions litigation

Why Order

Class actions dominate the litigation landscape. They create massive liability exposure for defendants, attract the attention of regulators and law enforcement officials, generate bad publicity, undermine corporate public relations, and draw whistleblowers out of the woodwork. Whether in finance, securities, antitrust, consumer, employment or other areas, class actions multiply and magnify the risks of missteps in litigation.

This seminar brings together a national panel of leaders from both sides of the class actions bar, and members of the judiciary, to explain current and important developments in state and federal laws affecting class actions, and to share innovative strategies to meet the business and legal challenges of class actions.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Thomas L. Boeder, Esq. and Timothy G. Fielden, Esq.

What You Will Learn

What Attendees Said


Thursday, May 07, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Thomas L. Boeder, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

Timothy G. Fielden, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Assoxiate General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

8:45 am

Update on Class Action Litigation Trends

National trends and what they tell us about the best current strategies and arguments for winning or defeating class certifications

Charles B. Casper, Esq.
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP / Philadelphia, PA

9:30 am

Decisional Trends for Consumer Fraud Cases Affected by California's Section 17200

How California's consumer protection laws compare with other states; standing requirements for plaintiffs; causal links; injury in fact requirement; limits on awards

Steven B. Weisburd, Esq.
Dechert LLP / Austin, TX

10:15 am


10:30 am

Pre-Filing Strategies and Preparation

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, Esq.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP / San Francisco, CA

11:30 am

Special Address: Managing the Public Relations Element in the First Critical Hours of a Case

Richard S. Levick, Esq., President and CEO
Levick Strategic Communications / Washington, DC

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Special Judicial Panel: From the Bench on Class Actions

Problematic class action issues for plaintiffs and defendants

The Hon. Robert S. Lasnik, Chief Judge
United States District Court, Western District of Washington / Seattle, WA

The Hon. James R. Verellen, Commissioner
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I / Seattle, WA

2:30 pm

How to Assess Expert Testimony at the Class Certification Stage

The use of experts in class actions litigation from plaintiff and defense perspectives

Ugo Colella, Esq.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP / Washington, DC

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Litigating Class Actions Between Certification and Trial

Reconsideration motion, Rule 23(f) petition, merits discovery, experts, summary judgment, motion for trial plan and decertification motions

Fred B. Burnside, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

Reconsideration motion, Rule 23(f) petition, merits discovery, experts, summary judgment, motion for trial plan, and decertification motions

John W. Phillips, Esq.
Phillips Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP


Friday, May 08, 2009

8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 am

Special Substantive Law Considerations for Consumer Protection Class Actions

Plaintiff's perspective

Beth E. Terrell, Esq.
Terrell, Marshall & Daudt PLLC / Seattle, WA

Defendant's perspective

Kathleen M. O'Sullivan, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

9:30 am

Substantive Law Considerations for Labor and Employment Class Actions

Plaintiff's perspective

Martin S. Garfinkel, Esq.
Schroeter Goldmark & Bender / Seattle, WA

Defendant's perspective

Karen F. Jones, Esq.
Riddell Williams P.S. / Seattle, WA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Settlement Strategies and Issues

Plaintiff's perspective

Christopher I. Brain, Esq.
Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC / Seattle, WA

Special master's perspective

Catherine A. Yanni, Esq.
JAMS / San Francisco, CA

Defendant's perspective

Thomas L. Boeder, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Trial Strategies and Approaches

Plaintiff's perspective

Steve W. Berman, Esq.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP / Seattle, WA

Defendant's perspective

Jeffrey A. Hollingsworth, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Avoiding Ethical Traps in Settling Class Actions

When and how to negotiate attorney's fees; important differences between common fund and statutory fees cases, valuing non-monetary class benefits and judicial candor in claims-made settlements

Stephen Michael Rummage, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

4:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12.25 WA CLEcredits including 1 ethics. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1255. The written course materials or searchable CDs of the course materials are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Faculty Bios

Thomas L. Boeder, Program Co-Chair, is firmwide Chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice of Perkins Coie LLP. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and named a "Super Lawyer". Previously he was Chief of the Consumer Protection, Antitrust and Criminal Law Enforcement Divisions, Washington State Attorney General's Office.

Timothy G. Fielden, Program Co-Chair, is Associate General Counsel in the Litigation Group at Microsoft Corporation where he has a record of successfully defending Microsoft in consumer class actions.

Richard S. Levick, Special Address, is President and CEO of Levick Strategic Communications, honored as Crisis Agency of the Year by the Holmes Report. He was named to the PRNews Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement.

Steve W. Berman, founder and managing parter of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, has been lead or co-lead counsel in high profile securities, consumer, products liability, antitrust and employment class actions. The National Law Journal names him one of the top 100 attorneys in the U.S.

Christopher I. Brain, member at Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC, focuses on complex real property, business and class action litigation. He handles purchase agreement disputes, specific performance and foreclosure actions, restrictive use covenant and construction cases.

Fred B. Burnside, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses on class action defense and other complex commercial litigation. He is Co-Chair of the firm's Class Action Defense Group and Deputy Chair of the Litigation Practice.

Elizabeth J. Cabraser, founding partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, represents plaintiffs in mass tort, investment and consumer fraud, product liability, toxic contamination, employment discrimination, and civil rights actions. National Law Journal and California's Daily Journal name her among the top 100 lawyers in America and top 30 securities litigators.

Charles B. Casper, partner at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP and Chair of their Class Action Defense Practice Group, defends class actions, computer software and hardware litigation, commercial and antitrust litigation and environmntal insurance.

Ugo Colella is a litigation partner and Head of the Class Action Group in the Washington, D.C. office of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. He focuses on business-related civil litigation and is experienced in the complexities associated with class actions and multidistrict litigation.

Martin S. Garfinkel, partner at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender and member of the firm's Employment Law Practice Group, focuses his litigation practice on employment class actions.

Jeffrey A. Hollingsworth, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, specializes in defense of multi-plaintiff discrimination claims and class action employment litigation for large commercial business and public employers. He is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" and as a "Super Lawyer".

Karen F. Jones, managing principal at Riddell Williams P.S., counsels businesses on employment matters and has been lead counsel in individual and class claims of discrimination, wage hour issues and unfair competition. She was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.

The Hon. Robert S. Lasnik is Chief Judge of the United States District Court, Western District of Washington. He chaired the Ninth Circuit's Public Information and Community Outreach Committee and is on the Judicial Council and Judicial Conference U.S. Budget Committee.

Kathleen M. O'Sullivan, partner and Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Group at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on complex business litigation, class action defense, constitutional litigation and appellate litigation. She was named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics.

John W. Phillips, of Phillips Law Group PLLC, practices in consumer class actions, mass tort product liability, environmental exposure cases, and complex commercial litigation with a focus on Intellectual Property. He has defended and prosecuted class actions in state and federal courts throughout the country.

Stephen M. Rummage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses on appeals and litigation, emphasizing consumer class actions. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA.

Beth E. Terrell, member of Terrell, Marshall & Daudt PLLC, focuses on complex litigation, including the prosecution of consumer fraud, defective product, securities, and wage and hour class actions. She has been co-lead counsel on many multi-state and nationwide class actions.

The Hon. James R. Verellen is Commissioner at the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division I. Previously he was shareholder of Vandeberg, Johnson and Gandara, where he focused on general civil litigation and commercial, business and real estate law.

Steven B. Weisburd, partner with Dechert LLP's Litigation Group, focuses on civil litigation and consumer fraud class actions. He is a member of the firm's Mass Torts and Products Liability, Media, and Appellate Practice Groups.

Catherine A. Yanni, of JAMS, has mediated and acted as Special Master/Discovery Referee. She specializes in class action, including settlement implementation and mass tort cases.