Law Seminars International Presents

An Intensive Two-Day Conference on

Innovative Strategies for Litigating Class Actions

How to Successfully Litigate and Meet Business and Legal Challenges

November 12 & 13, 2007
Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA
Register      Download PDF Brochure

Who Should Attend

Corporate and trial attorneys, corporate executives and government officials responsible for managing class action litigation

Why Attend

Class actions dominate the litigation landscape. They create massive liability exposure for defendants, attract the attention of legislators, inspire bad press (and sometimes good press), have the capability to overwhelm corporate public relations, and draw whistleblowers out of the woodwork. Whether in finance, securities, antitrust, consumer protection, employment or other areas, class actions multiply and magnify the risks of mis-steps in litigation. Enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and Proposition 64 in California have created major challenges for class action plaintiffs but the extent and efficacy of the new defenses based on these developments is still unclear. This seminar brings together a national panel of leaders from both sides of the class action bar to explain current and important developments in state and federal laws affecting class actions and class arbitrations, and to share innovative strategies to successfully litigate and meet the business and legal challenges of class actions. Program Co-Chairs: Henry Joseph Escher III, Esq. and Gregory P. Stone, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~Substantive and strategic issues in class certification/decertifcation ~Arguments for winning or defeating class certifications ~California's unfair practices statutes ~Pros and cons of parallel class actions in state and federal courts ~Special substantive areas: Antitrust; wage and hour; product liability claims ~Electronic discovery issues in class action litigation ~Judicial view of class action litigation ~The role of expert testimony ~Settlement strategies

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Our firm determined this was the best Class Action seminar around. ~ Speakers were very high quality and provided a lot of useful info. ~ Thank you. It was a very informative seminar.


Monday, November 12, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Martin Bern, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Henry Joseph Escher, III, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dechert LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Gregory P. Stone, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / Los Angeles, CA
8:45 am Recent Developments in Class Action Litigation
  National trends in emerging strategies and arguments for winning or defeating class certifications
  Robert D. Phillips, Esq.
Reed Smith / Los Angeles, CA
9:30 am The Intersection of California's Unfair Practices Statutes and Class Action Litigation
  Steven B. Weisburd, Esq.
Dechert LLP / Austin, TX
10:15 am Break
10:30 am The Pros and Cons of Parallel Class Actions in State and Federal Courts
  Meeting the challenges presented by parallel class actions: Tactical, strategic and substantive issues
  Henry Joseph Escher, III, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dechert LLP / San Francisco, CA
11:15 am "Merits" Discovery and Dispositive Motions Before Class Certification
  Plaintiff's perspective
  Norman B. Blumenthal, Esq.
Blumenthal & Nordrehaug / La Jolla, CA
  Defendant's perspective
  Raoul D. Kennedy, Esq.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP / San Francisco, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Substantive and Strategic Issues in Class Certification/Decertification
  Plaintiff's perspective
  Marc M. Seltzer, Esq.
Susman Godfrey L.L.P. / Los Angeles, CA
  Defendant's perspective
  Charles B. Casper, Esq.
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP / Philadelphia, PA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Special Substantive Areas
  Richard Parker, Esq.
O'Melveny & Myers LLP / Washington, DC
  Wage and hours
  Malcolm A. Heinicke, Esq.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Product liability claims
  Ralph H. Palumbo, Esq.
Summit Law Group / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Reception Sponsored by Dechert LLP and Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Martin Bern, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Henry Joseph Escher, III, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Dechert LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Gregory P. Stone, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP / Los Angeles, CA
8:45 am Role of Expert Testimony
  Recent developments in the role of economic experts testifying on class certification in securities, antitrust and other litigation: Strategies to employ experts, when and how to effectively use them
  Alan J. Cox, Ph.D., Senior Vice President
NERA Economic Consulting / San Francisco, CA
  Market research surveys: Demonstrating similarity or dissimilarity of experiences, including product uses and outcomes; addressing factors such as numerosity, commonality, typicality, and adequacy of representation
  Mohan Rao, Ph.D., Director
LECG, LLC / Evanston, IL
  Robert L. Klein, President
Applied Marketing Science, Inc. / Waltham, MA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Electronic Discovery Issues of Particular Importance in Class Action Litigation
  Lawyer's perspective
  Michael J. Hassen, Esq.
Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Expert's perspective
  Peter Garza, Senior Vice President
First Advantage / Rancho Cucamonga, CA
11:30 am Judicial View of Class Action Litigation
  Most problematic class action issues for plaintiffs and defendants
  The Hon. Jonathon H. Cannon, (Ret.)
JAMS / Orange, CA
  The Hon. James L. Smith, (Ret.)
JAMS / Orange, CA
  The Hon. Stephen Sundvold, Superior Court Judge
Orange County Superior Court / Santa Ana, CA
  Robert L. Becking, Esq., Research Attorney
Orange County Superior Court / Santa Ana, CA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Settlement Strategies and Issues
  Plaintiff's perspective
  Kristen E. Law, Esq.
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP / San Francisco, CA
  Defendant's perspective
  Stephen M. Rummage, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
3:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. 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 Tuesday, November 6, 2007. 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

Law Seminars International is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for 11.75 California MCLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles at 506 South Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, CA 90071. Call the hotel directly at (800) 245-8673 for reservations and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International conference. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
More about the Location
Map & Directions

If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
Order Homestudy

Faculty Bios

Martin Bern, Program Co-Chair, is a litigation partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, specializing in commercial litigation and consumer class actions. His litigation focus includes unfair competition, product liability and energy law.

Henry Joseph Escher III, Program Co-Chair, a litigation partner with Dechert LLP, focuses on business litigation, specifically on trial and appellate matters, and is experienced in consumer class actions, antitrust, unfair competition and insurance class actions. He was named a "Northern California Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics.

Gregory P. Stone, Program Co-Chair, a litigation partner at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, specializes in complex civil litigation, including antitrust, IP, commercial disputes and business torts. He is lead counsel in two 17200 class actions pending before the California Supreme Court.

Robert L. Becking is a Research Attorney for Judge Stephen Sundvold of the Orange County Superior Court.

Norman B. Blumenthal, managing partner at Blumenthal & Nordrehaug, focuses on consumer and securities class action, civil litigation and transactional law.

The Hon. Jonathan H. Cannon (Ret.), mediator and arbitrator with JAMS, served on the Orange County trial courts and mediated a nationwide settlement involving approximately 400,000 policyholders and the insurance company for using non-OEM parts in repairing automobiles after accidents.

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

Alan J. Cox, Ph.D., Senior Vice President at NERA Economic Consulting, has experience in class action matters in antitrust and securities. He gives expert testimony on damages issues in intellectual property, breach of contract and other matters.

Peter Garza, Senior Vice President of First Advantage, specializes in litigation support services, including computer forensics, electronic data discovery, data recovery services, expert consulting and fact-finding for litigants. Previously he was a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service conducting and supervising investigations.

Michael J. Hassen, partner with Jeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro LLP, focuses on general business and commercial litigation, intellectual property and unfair competition matters. He is experienced in class actions and unfair business practices.

Malcolm A. Heinicke, partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, focuses on labor and employment litigation and counseling, complex commercial litigation, specifically on wage/hour, discrimination and consumer class actions. He serves via appointment by Mayor Gavin Newsom as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Taxicab Commission.

Raoul D. Kennedy, partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializes in commercial litigation including unfair competition and class actions. He was named in "The Best Lawyers in America" and inducted into the California State Bar Litigation Section's Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Robert L. Klein, President and founder of Applied Marketing Science, Inc., is an expert witness on matters involving marketing science and consumer behavior related to trademark infringement, confusion, patent damages, class certification, trade secrets and sales forecasting.

Kristen E. Law is a class action attorney at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP , representing plaintiffs in product liability class actions. She also teaches at California State University East Bay in the paralegal certification program.

Ralph H. Palumbo, founder of Summit Law Group, has been lead trial counsel in complex commercial, antitrust, products liability and environmental cases. He has been named in "The Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers", "125 Best U.S. Litigation Lawyers" and "The Best Lawyers in America".

Richard Parker, partner with O'Melveny & Myers LLP and co-chair of the firm's Antitrust/ Competition Practice, focuses on antitrust and other litigation matters before enforcement agencies and the courts. He returned to the firm after three years at the Federal Trade Commission as Director of the Bureau of Competition. "Legal Times" named him a Leading Lawyer in Antitrust.

Robert D. (Bo) Phillips, Jr., partner with Reed Smith, is a business litigator with extensive experience in class action defense, defense of claims of unfair competition, unfair business practices, and false advertising, life insurance and financial services litigation, employment, ERISA, product liability and trade secret litigation.

Mohan Rao, Ph.D., Director at LECG, LLC, specializes in intellectual property, antitrust economics and economic analysis in complex commercial disputes. He wrote the chapter on econometric analysis in the "Litigation Services Handbook" and has expertise in the design and analysis of surveys.

Stephen M. Rummage, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses on appeals and complex litigation, emphasizing consumer class actions. He has been named in "The Best Lawyers in America" and as a leading business lawyer by Chambers USA.

Marc M. Seltzer, partner with Susman Godfrey L.L.P., concentrates on prosecution and defense of complex business law cases, including antitrust, securities, corporate and financial institution law matters. . Southern California Law & Politics named him a "Super Lawyer".

The Hon. James L. Smith (Ret.), arbitrator, discovery referee and mediator with JAMS, served on the Orange County Superior Court as a trial court judge for 26 years.

The Hon. Stephen Sundvold is a Superior Court Judge for the Orange County Superior Court. He has served the Orange County courts since 1990.

Steven B. Weisburd, partner with Dechert LLP's litigation group, concentrates on complex 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.