Law Seminars International Presents: The Second Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Litigating Class Actions
The new landscape after a big year in the Supreme Court

December 6 & 7, 2012
The Gleacher Center in Chicago, IL

Who Should Attend

Attorneys, business executives, and consultants involved with class action litigation and governmental officials involved with parallel investigations

Why You Should Attend

Seminal decisions from the United States Supreme Court and leading federal appellate courts defining and redefining the scope of class action practice have come fast and furious over the past several years. The Supreme Court already has two cases on its October docket that may further dramatically reshape the class action litigation landscape. These developments, as well as ongoing developments in the appellate courts, trial courts and Congress, have the potential to impact virtually every business, consumer and shareholder in the U.S. Lawyers and business leaders alike need to be aware of this changing landscape and the effect it may have on the bottom line.

This class action litigation conference is designed to provide a cutting-edge and in-depth exploration of this vibrant area of the law. Our faculty is comprised of leading class action practitioners, judges and service providers from across the United States who will discuss strategies from both plaintiffs' and defendants' perspectives. This two-day conference will include discussions of the latest developments in significant areas of the law affected by class action practice, including recent decisions concerning antitrust, arbitration rights, damages calculations, forum issues, securities and other financial transactions, consumer protection, contracts, false claims act/whistleblower claims, governmental investigations, labor and employment, and Internet privacy, to name just a few.

Whether you are an experienced legal practitioner, in-house counsel, a business leader, or involved in any endeavor affected by class action litigation, this conference will answer your questions and provide strategies and insight into this important legal field.

Program Co-Chairs: Todd C. Jacobs, Esq. of Grippo & Elden LLC and Adam J. Levitt, Esq. of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC

What You Will Learn


Thursday, December 06, 2012

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Adam J. Levitt, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC / Chicago, IL

Todd C. Jacobs, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Grippo & Elden LLC / Chicago, IL

8:45 am

Qui Tam Litigation and Parallel Government Investigations

Plaintiff perspective

Reuben A. Guttman, Esq.
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A. / Washington, DC

Defendant perspective

Christopher B. Wilson, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Chicago, IL

9:45 am

Positioning a Case for Settlement: A Key Consideration from the Very Beginning of a Case

Analyzing risks on both sides early; understanding pros and cons of opponent's position; finding important things to give to other side, which are not to you; focusing everyone on big risks early and often; creating a near trial atmosphere from the start

Myron M. Cherry, Esq.
Myron M. Cherry & Associates LLC / Chicago, IL

10:15 am


10:30 am

Class Certification Trends and Motions to Dismiss Class Allegations

Nationwide certification issues; state groupings (i.e. Pella); recent Seventh Circuit jurisprudence (Text and ENH); Third Circuit (Sullivan); standing (including Judge Koh's views, Judge Ware's views, and First American v. Edwards)

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, Esq., Moderator
Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP / Chicago, IL

Plaintiff perspective

J. Gerard Stranch, IV, Esq.
Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC / Nashville, TN

Timothy G. Blood, Esq.
Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP / San Diego, CA

Defendant perspective

Scott Voelz, Esq.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP / Los Angeles, CA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Class Actions and Arbitration: The Aftermath of Concepcion

Key post-Concepcion developments in the law governing the enforcement of arbitration agreements: American Express III (2d Cir.); Coneff and Kilgore (9th Cir.); D.R. Horton (NLRB, appeal pending in 5th Cir.); Consumer Financial Protection Bureau study

F. Paul Bland, Jr., Esq., Senior Attorney
Public Justice Foundation / Washington, DC

Archis A. Parasharami, Esq.
Mayer Brown LLP / Washington, DC

2:15 pm

Watching for Ethical Challenges from the Start of the Case

Ethical issues at the beginning, middle, and end of a case including adequacy challenges and settlement efforts

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

3:15 pm


3:30 pm

Smith v. Bayer and New Life for Repetitive State Court Class Actions

The case asked: Can a federal court that has denied class certification prohibit certification of a similar case by a state court? The new life that the case breathes into some state court class actions; practical application on the class action practice

William E. Hoese, Esq.
Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C. / Philadelphia, PA

4:00 pm

Developing Trial Strategies and Approaches

Plaintiff perspective

Van Bunch, Esq.
Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C. / Phoenix, AZ

Defendant perspective

Gary M. Elden, Esq.
Grippo & Elden LLC / Chicago, IL

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by: Grippo & Elden LLC and Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC


Friday, December 07, 2012

8:30 am

Recent Developments in Post-Certification Motions

Reconsideration motion; Rule 23(f) petition; merits discovery; experts; summary judgment; motion for trial plan; decertification issues

Christopher M. Murphy, Esq.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP / Chicago, IL

9:00 am

Electronic Discovery: Plaintiffs' Counsel, Defendants' Counsel and the Client's Perspective

Defendants'/corporation's perspective

Matthew A. Bills, Esq.
Grippo and Elden LLC / Chicago, IL

Plaintiffs' perspective

Mark A. DiCello, Esq.
The DiCello Law Firm / Mentor, OH

10:15 am


10:30 am

Lead Plaintiff "Pickoffs," Offers of Judgment, Moving to Dismiss Class Allegations and Other Early Attacks on the Class Process

Recent strategic and jurisprudential trends concerning early attacks on the class process; plaintiff "pickoffs;" motions to strike class allegations; the Seventh Circuit's handling of this issue in Damasco v. Clearwire

Todd C. Jacobs, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Grippo & Elden LLC / Chicago, IL

Adam J. Levitt, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC / Chicago, IL

11:15 am

Recent Developments in Antitrust Class Actions

Common evidence of damages; class certification standards; Twombly issues; summary judgment

Spencer Weber Waller, Esq., Moderator, Professor and Director, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies
Loyola University Chicago School of Law / Chicago, IL

Joseph Goldberg, Esq.
Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. / Albuquerque, NM

Michael J. Freed, Esq.
Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC / Bannockburn, IL

Leslie M. Smith, P.C., Esq.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP / Chicago, IL

Andrew S. Marovitz, Esq.
Mayer Brown LLP / Chicago, IL

12:30 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Class Actions: Views From the Bench

The Hon. James F. Holderman, Chief U.S. District Court Judge
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois / Chicago, IL

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Current Developments and Trends in Securities Class Actions

Impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; outlook for the Court's next term; strategies and defenses for class actions arising from mergers and acquisitions

Howard S. Suskin, Esq., Moderator
Jenner & Block LLP / Chicago, IL

Impact of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; outlook for the Court's next term; strategies and defenses for class actions arising from mergers & acquisitions

Thomas H. Burt, Esq.
Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP / New York, NY

E. Powell Miller, Esq.
The Miller Law Firm, P.C. / Rochester, MI

Pamela G. Smith, Esq.
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP / Chicago, IL

3:45 pm

Trying a Class Action Case

What to say when your case goes all the way: Examining jury instructions; opening and closing arguments; maintaining certification at trial

Norman E. Siegel, Esq.
Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP / Kansas City, MO

"Humanizing" a corporate defendant at trial

Ralph H. Palumbo, Esq.
Summit Law Group / Seattle, WA

4:45 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $845 with a group rate of $635 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $565. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $422.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2012. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13 (incl. 1 ethics) IL CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at The Gleacher Center at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive in Chicago, IL 60611; (312) 464-8787. Check for a list of River North hotels.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials (either a binder or searchable CD), is available for $855. The course materials alone 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

Todd C. Jacobs, Program Co-Chair, managing principal at Grippo & Elden LLC, litigates and tries complex business cases. He focuses on class-action defense, shareholder derivative actions, complex commercial contract cases, mass tort insurance coverage litigation and intellectual property matters.

Adam J. Levitt, Program Co-Chair, partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLC, focuses on class actions and complex commercial litigation, on both the trial and appellate court levels, in federal and state courts nationwide.A

Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, Moderator, litigation partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, focuses on pharmaceutical products liability, consumer class actions and commercial disputes for Fortune 50 companies.

Matthew A. Bills, principal at Grippo and Elden LLC, is chair of the Electronic Discovery Resource Group, and is consulted on all types of electronic discovery issues. He is a member of the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Committee.

F. Paul Bland, Jr., Senior Attorney at Public Justice is responsible for developing, handling, and helping Public Justice's cooperating attorneys litigate a diverse docket of public interest cases.
Full bio and contact info for F. Paul Bland Jr. at Public Justice Foundation

Timothy G. Blood, managing partner at Blood Hurst & O'Reardon LLP, focuses on complex litigation, including class action litigation. He is a recognized expert on consumer fraud law.

Van Bunch, shareholder at Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint, P.C., has tried class action cases to verdict and settlement in several state and federal courts, including Smith v. American Family in Missouri and other cases in Arizona, California and West Virginia.

Thomas H. Burt, partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP, concentrates in securities class actions and complex commercial litigation.

Myron M. Cherry, managing partner at Myron M. Cherry & Associates LLC, has tried business and commercial cases in federal, (including the Supreme Court) and state courts.
Full bio and contact info for Myron M. Cherry at Myron M. Cherry & Associates LLC

Mark A. Dicello, trial lawyer and partner at The DiCello Law Firm, focuses on Trucking Litigation and has been lead trial and liaison counsel in complex civil matters resulting in large plaintiff verdicts and settlements.

Gary M. Elden, principal at Grippo & Elden LLC, litigates complex commercial civil matters. He has tried jury cases in more than a dozen jurisdictions from DC and New York, to California

Michael J. Freed, founding partner of Freed Kanner London & Millen LLC, specializes in complex litigation with an emphasis in antitrust and securities actions. Previously, he was a trial and appellate attorney with the U.S. DOJ, Antitrust Division.

Joseph Goldberg, senior shareholder at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A., largely confines his practice to antitrust, class actions and complex commercial litigation.

Reuben A. Guttman, director at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., focuses on litigation and class actions. He represents clients in claims brought under the Federal False Claims Act and securities laws.

William E. Hoese, shareholder at Kohn Swift & Graf, P.C. was co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in In re Skin-Cap Products Liability Litig., MDL 1243 (S.D. Fla.). He participates in antitrust cases, as well as securities, mass tort, consumer and other commercial cases.

The Honorable James F. Holderman is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was appointed to the Court on April 4, 1985 and was named Chief Judge in July, 2006.

Andrew S. Marovitz, partner and practice leader in the Litigation Group worldwide at Mayer Brown LLP, concentrates on antitrust and complex commercial litigation in monopolization, price fixing, market allocation and conspiracy cases.
Full bio and contact info for Andrew S. Marovitz at Mayer Brown LLP

E. Powell Miller, CEO at The Miller Law Firm, P.C., focuses on all aspects of litigation. He has been retained by many Fortune 500 clients to represent them in litigation.

Christopher M. Murphy, partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, focuses his practice in the areas of class actions and complex commercial litigation. He heads the firm's Class Action group and also the Chicago Trial Department.

Ralph H. Palumbo, founder, Summit Law Group, has tried cases in antitrust and trade regulation, environmental law, product liability, commercial and contract disputes, and trade secrets/non-competition agreements.

Archis A. Parasharami, partner at Mayer Brown LLP, is co-chair of the Consumer Litigation & Class Action Practice and a member of the Supreme Court & Appellate Practice.
Full bio and contact info for Archis A. Parasharami at Mayer Brown LLP

Stephen M. Rummage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, has defended consumer class actions, securities fraud claims, right of publicity actions, contract disputes and construction.

Norman E. Siegel, partner at Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP, practices in the areas of white collar crimes, litigation & appeals, class actions (plaintiff,) complex litigation and federal trial practice.

Leslie M. Smith, P.C., partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, concentrates her practice in the areas of pharmaceutical and class action litigation.

Pamela G. Smith, partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, focuses on the defense of public companies and their directors and officers in securities class actions, M&A litigation and corporate governance disputes.

J. Gerard Stranch, IV, member at Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, focuses on complex litigation including shareholder derivative actions, securities, class actions, anti-trusts and ERISA 401k litigation.

Howard S. Suskin, Moderator, partner in the Litigation Department at Jenner & Block LLP, is Co-Chair of its Class Action Practice. He has first-chair experience representing clients in civil and criminal securities matters.

Scott Voelz, partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, represents clients in class and mass actions involving product liability and property damage claims, environmental and toxic tort cases, contract and construction claims, oil and gas lease disputes and employment claims.

Spencer Weber Waller, Professor and Director, Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies, at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, worked for the U.S. DOJ, in the Foreign Commerce Section of the Antitrust Division and in the Chicago Strike Force of the Criminal Division.

Christopher B. Wilson, partner at Perkins Coie LLP, represents clients in commercial litigation matters, including in qui tam actions arising under the Illinois Whistleblower Act.
Full bio and contact info for Christopher B. Wilson at Perkins Coie LLP