Asbestos by jolinmilioncherie


February 14-15
The Ritz-Carlton
Pentagon City
Washington, DC

Conference Chaired by
Dean A. Hanley, Esq.
Paul, Hanley & Harley LLP
Berkeley, CA
Robert H. Riley, Esq.
Schiff Hardin LLP

  “Whether you are just beginning in asbestos litigation
   or are an experienced practitioner, this conference is
              educational and will improve your skills.”
                              — Hon. Richard T. Rombro
                                                               MEALEY PUBLICATIONS
                                                               P.O. Box 62090                    FIRST-CLASS
                                                               King of Prussia, PA 19406-0230   U.S. POSTAGE
Mealey’s Asbestos Litigation 101                                                                    Mealey
Now more than ever — with a keen focus returning to the
issue of federal tort reform legislation — you and your
associates need to be ready to adjust and refine your strat-
egies to meet the challenges and opportunities of a new
litigation environment. Mealey’s Asbestos Litigation 101
Conference can help!
From claims evaluation to settlement strategies, the his-
tory of the litigation to new defendants, this comprehen-
sive program is designed to give new attorneys the basics
and experienced attorneys the latest case news, medical
updates, and trial tactics.
Over the course of 9 in-depth conference sessions, we will
examine the history and the landscape of asbestos litiga-
tion, the medicine involved (understanding pulmonology
and mesothelioma), and the most effective trial tactics.
Special attention will be given to federal and state legis-
lative proposals, their prospects and goals. You’ll also get
practical advice on claims valuation, effective settlement
strategies, and presenting evidence to a jury.
Of course, you’ll do more than just listen. Q&A periods
following each session allow you to clarify speaker points,
add your own observations, or ask questions that apply to
your specific case challenges. And you’ll enjoy many op-
portunities to network with colleagues and clients.
The Co-Chairs
Robert H. Riley, Esq., is a member of Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago where he focuses his
practice on product liability and complex personal injury litigation and heads the firm’s prac-
tice in this area. Mr. Riley also has extensive experience in antitrust and commercial disputes.
He has played the lead role in Schiff Hardin’s successful defense of personal injury and prop-
erty damage claims against manufacturers of asbestos-containing products, including large
consolidations and nationwide class actions. Mr. Riley has tried asbestos cases across the
country for almost twenty years and has also defended individual and class action product
liability suits involving a wide range of industrial equipment and consumer products, includ-
ing car seats, gas grills, drinking glasses and gas heaters. Mr. Riley received his B.A. from
Denison University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Dean A. Hanley, Esq., is a partner of Paul, Hanley & Harley in Berkeley, CA, and has prac-
ticed exclusively in asbestos litigation since 1993. Before founding his firm, Mr. Hanley was
trial counsel for three San Francisco Bay Area asbestos litigation firms, including Brayton
Harley Curtis and the Law Offices of Jack Clapper, where he spent most of his time in back
to back trials on behalf of asbestos workers. He has obtained numerous multi-million dol-
lar plaintiff verdicts, including numerous punitive damage awards. Mr. Hanley is a member
of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the San
Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the New York State Bar
and the California State Bar. Mr. Hanley received his B.A. from the University of California,
Berkeley and his J.D. from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

CLE Credit
Credits will be available from all states with mandatory requirements. For more informa-
tion visit and click on ‘CLE Credit’, or call 1-800-MEALEYS.

Registration Information
Registration Fee
The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, attendance at all conference ses-
sions, a copy of the conference handbook on CD, networking luncheon and coffee breaks.
The registration fee is $1095 for the first attendee.
How to Register
Fax is the best way to enroll, please fax this form to (610)768-0303, or call 1-800-
MEALEYS, (610)768-7800, e-mail or mail this form
with payment to Mealey Publications, P.O. Box 62090, King of Prussia, PA 19406-0230.
Receipt of payment guarantees your registration.

   Special Discounts
   • Additional registrants from the same firm or company — $150 off — $945
   • Government employees — one third off — $730
   • Sitting judges — attend free
   • Paralegals — two thirds off — $365

Special Needs
Should you have any special needs, please contact Mealey’s at least three weeks prior
to the conference, to allow us time to make reasonable accommodations.
Hotel Accommodations
The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City is located at 1250 South Hayes Street, just 10 minutes
from downtown Washington. Attendees should make reservations directly with the hotel
by calling (703) 415-5000. When making reservations, indicate that you are attending
Mealey’s Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference, February 14-15, 2005. A block of rooms
has been reserved for attendees at a rate of $ 215 a night for a single or double room. The
cut-off date for this rate is January 14th. After that date, this rate will be offered based
on space availability. Please note, there are a limited number of rooms in our room block
so make your reservations early.
For alternative hotels and rates, please call us at (610) 768-7800.
Cancellation Policy
Registrants who cancel on or before January 31st will receive a full refund. Registrants
cancelling from February 1st- February 7th will receive a full credit towards another Mealey’s
conference. Cancellations made after February 7th will be subject to a 25% administrative
fee; the remaining amount will be credited towards another Mealey’s conference. Credits
must be used within one year of the date of issuance. Substitutions may be made at any time.
Mealey’s Asbestos Litigation 101 Conference

Monday, February 14, 2005
8:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00   Introduction and Opening Remarks
       Dean A. Hanley, Esq., Paul, Hanley & Harley LLP Berkeley, CA
       Robert H. Riley, Esq., Schiff Hardin LLP Chicago

9:15   Historical Overview & Current Landscape of the Litigation
       • Brief description of the origin and beginnings of asbestos litigation
       • The evolution of asbestos litigation into the landscape that currently exists
       • Overview of the parties, traditional defendants, bankruptcies and new defendants
       Shepard A. Hoffman, Esq., Law Offices of Shepard A. Hoffman, Dallas
       John T. Robinson, Esq., McCarter & English, LLP Hartford, CT*

10:00 Morning Break

10:15 Legislative Update and the Future of the Asbestos Litigation
      • Analysis of the proposed legislation: what was included in the legislation and
        what was the goal of a legislative solution
      • What are the legislative possibilities?
      • What is the future of the litigation in light of the legislation?

11:15 Asbestos Related Diseases: Lungs 101, Understanding Pulmonology and
      Analysis of Mesothelioma
      • Analysis of how asbestos fibers get into the lungs and the impact on lung function
      • A comprehensive overview of how asbestos affects and impairs the lungs
      • Detailed overview of mesothelioma, the causes of the disease, how asbestos
        exposure can cause or contribute to the disease, as well as a discussion on
        pathology of asbestos related diseases
      Arnold Brody, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology
      and Laboratory Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
      I. Allan Feingold, MD, FRCP®, FCCP Chief, Division of Pulmonary Medicine,
      South Miami Hospital, Miami

12:30 Networking Luncheon

1:30   The New Face of Asbestos Claims – Emerging Trends in the Litigation
       • Non-traditional defendants
         - Identification of the new parties and why they are being brought into the litigation
         - Analysis of the causes of action being alleged and defenses being raised
         - Review of complaints and petitions in cases involving the non-traditional defendants
         - How has the litigation changed with the inclusion of these new parties?
       • Low dose exposure cases
       • Asbestos Premises Liability
         - Who is being sued?
         - Analysis of recent cases: status of motion practice, discovery, verdicts,
         - How do the traditional premises cases differ from other suits?
       John W. Bridger, Esq., Strong Pipkin Bissell & Ledyard, L.L.P Houston

2:45   Afternoon Break
3:00    Ins and Outs of Claim Evaluation
        • Factors to consider in determining the value of a case
        • Effective claim evaluation techniques and tools
        • Insurance coverage analysis – evaluating claims for purposes of the insurance
          coverage debate

4:00    Effective Settlement Strategies
        • Determining whether a case should be settled
        • Tactics for effective settlement negotiations
        • Analyzing different types of agreements and why one may be more desirable than others

5:00    Networking Reception

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
8:00    Continental Breakfast

9:00    Trial Tactics – Part I
        • Outlining your theories of liability and causes of action
        • Defenses to plaintiffs’ claims
        • State of the Art — using information on who knew what and when at the trial

10:00 Morning Break

10:15 Trial Tactics – Part II
      • How to analyze medical records
      • Practical tips on how to effectively use medical data in an asbestos trial
      • Discovery and motion practice
      • Insights into jury selection and making your case to the jury
      Susan J. Cole, Esq. Bice Cole Law Firm, P   .L., Miami

11:15 Asbestos Bankruptcy Update
      • Landscape of the bankruptcies: Who has gone bankrupt and when?
      • The effect of a bankruptcy on the plaintiff’s case
      • The effect of a bankruptcy on the defendants’ case
      Richard D. Milone, Esq., Gilbert Heintz & Randolph LLP Washington, DC

12:15 Adjourn


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