Litigating in the Red Zone: Fee Arrangements and Efficiency When the Stakes Are High

MARCH 15, 2012, 1:30 – 4:30pm
and other cities in September and October, 2012

A 3-hour symposium directed to big-ticket commercial and products litigation and its cost. Special emphasis on the use of alternative fees in such cases and achieving efficiency in the face of high stakes.

The program will feature remarks by the chief legal officers and litigation heads of some of the country’s largest businesses and organizations, but will remain a small and informal event. About 25 persons are expected to attend and participate.

Discussion, presentations, and dialogue will all occur around a U-shaped conference table format to promote interaction and collegiality.

A complimentary cocktail and food reception will immediately follow the symposium from 5-6:30 PM.

Speaking and leading dialogue will be:
Christian (Chris) Campbell, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Yum! Brands, Inc.
Frank A. DiPiero, Vice President and Segment Counsel, Electronic Systems, Goodrich Corporation
John C. Fennebresque, McGuireWoods, Charlotte
Jana Litsey, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Litigation and Regulatory Inquires, Bank of America
David Rowan, Chief Legal Officer, The Cleveland Clinic
Thomas J. Sabatino, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Walgreen Co.
Marta Stein, McGuireWoods LLP, Chicago
Taras (Terry) Szmagala, Vice President and General Counsel, Industrial Markets, Eaton Corporation
Peter Weinberger, Spangenberg Shibley & Liber, Cleveland
Rebecca Weinstein Bacon, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, Chicago

And other inside legal leaders and accomplished trial lawyers.

Among the questions to be discussed and debated:

  • Why are alternative fees seemingly more popular in high stakes cases?
  • Do alternative fees really promote efficiency and speed?
  • What is most important to the general counsel in a “red zone” case?
  • Are there things that quality plaintiff’s trial lawyers see that corporate defendants don’t seem to?
  • Is there such a thing as too much efficiency?
  • Do mega cases warrant different approaches to early case assessment?
  • Are there ADR alternatives to traditional arbitration or mediation?
  • When do you need more than one law firm on the same case?

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please email Joseph W. Bauer at your soonest convenience. Attendance will be limited to 25 companies. There is no registration or attendance fee.

Make your own lodging reservation at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge where a special rate of $189 per night (plus tax) has been secured. Call 1-800-325-3589 to secure your reservation. The hotel also will offer the rate for 2 nights before and 2 nights after the event date.

Ground transportation to and from the Charlotte airport is available through the hotel.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be sought and are expected to be approved for those interested in them.

A complimentary cocktail and food reception will follow the roundtable from 5-6:30 PM.