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Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook

September 19th - 21st, 2011
Fairmont San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Fairmont, San Fransico, CA

Fiarmont San Fransico, Penthouse Belcony


Peter Kraus, Esq. Peter A. Kraus, Esq.,
Waters & Kraus, LLP,
Dallas, TX
John B. Manning, Esq.John B. Manning, Esq.,
Cooley Manion Jones LLP, Boston, MA
Joseph F. Rice, Esq.Joseph F. Rice, Esq.,
Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC


Cost $1395

All in-house counsel and insurance professionals always complimentary at Perrin Conferences.* Special Restrictions Apply. Registration fee is $1395 and includes private website access to course materials, continental breakfast, lunches, refreshment breaks and networking receptions. Group discounts available, please inquire.

Applications are being made for CLE & CE to all states as requested by attendees. Credit hours will be posted as soon as approvals are received.

For more information, email Lynnsey Perrin or Julie Steward.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us before September 1 and we will refund your registration fee, less a $200 administrative processing fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows will not receive a refund. Alternatively, we will provide access to the course materials and a $150 registration certificate to be used within the next 12 months at a future Perrin Conferences event. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts. Registration cancellations and request for refund must be made in writing and emailed to Lynnsey Perrin or mailed to 200 Coldstream Drive, Berwyn, PA 19312.

Conference Sponsors

Aiken Welch Court Reporters Brook Hollow Financial Brydon Hugo & Parker Litigation and Trial Attorneys
Cooley Manion Jones Kurowski LLP CourtReporterDepot.com - The source for nationwide deposition serivces Crowe Paradis
DeMichelle Deposition Reporters Esquire Solutions - an Alexander Gallo Compnay Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz & Tardy - Attorneys at Law
Garretson Resolution Group Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP HG Litigation
Jackson Jenkins Renstrom LLP KCIC: Kenesis Corporate and Information Consulting Keais Records Service, Inc.
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP Magna Legal Services
MCS - Records and Reporting MotleyRice LLP - Attorneys at law The National Law Review
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Walsworth Franklin Bevins & McCall, LLP Waters Kraus Paul

Hotel Room Block

Call the Fairmont Global Reservation Centre 1-800-441-1414 and reference Perrin Conferences' room block at the Fairmont San Francisco. The conference room rate is $259 per night (single rate) for the Main Building, $289 per night (single rate) for the Tower Building. Both rates include complimentary breakfast in Laurel Court Restaurant each day for hotel guests who reserve a room.

We have opened up two additional room blocks. Call the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco Hotel at 1-800-662-4455 and reference Perrin Conferences' room block. The conference room rate is $349 per night for a standard room. Please note that these rooms are non-refundable, non-cancellable and non-changeable.

Additionally, you can call the Huntington Hotel at 415-474-5400. The conference room rate is $255 per night, which is non-refundable. Reference the Perrin Conferences' room block for the special discounted rate when calling.

18th hole at Harding Park

Golf Tournament

Join us at Harding Park Golf Course on Sunday, September 18 for the Perrin Conferences Annual Networking Golf Outing. We will be scheduling specific tee times for this year's tournament with the first tee time kicking off at Noon. For more information on the event and to sign-up email Julie Steward or call 856-207-2815. Visit the course website: www.harding-park.com

Co-Chair Bios:

Peter A. Kraus, Esq., Waters & Kraus, LLP
Dallas, TX

Peter Kraus is a founding and managing partner of Waters & Kraus, LLP. A native of Dallas, Texas, Peter earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Texas. He began his career as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C., and has since focused his practice on toxic torts and pharmaceutical injury litigation. He has tried numerous asbestos and pharmaceutical cases to verdict in state and federal courts across the country, including many multimillion-dollar verdicts. He is an ardent supporter of consumer and victims' rights, having testified before the Texas Legislature and frequently lobbied Congress on behalf of asbestos litigants. Peter also serves on several asbestos bankruptcy creditor and trustee advisory committees. He is involved in steering committees for both U.S. and Texas asbestos multidistrict litigation, and has served on the ABA Commission on Asbestos Litigation. Licensed to practice law in Texas and Virginia, Peter has been elected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates by his peers. He has been recognized on the D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas list and the Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers list from 2003 to 2010. In addition, he is a current board member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and a former board member of Public Justice (formerly known as Trial Lawyers for Public Justice). He is also a member of the American Association for Justice and the Dallas Bar Association.

John B. Manning, Esq., Cooley Manion Jones LLP
Boston, MA

John B. Manning is a senior partner with Cooley Manion Jones LLP in Boston, MA. He chairs the firm's Products Liability and Toxic Tort Defense Group, which has an active national presence with offices in Boston, MA, Providence, RI, Wilmington, DE, and, through its California affiliate Cooley Manion Jones Hake Kurowski LLP, San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA. John represents dozens of corporations in litigation throughout the country and serves on several clients' National Trial Teams. As National Coordinating Counsel for an international products manufacturer, he manages all aspects of the defense of over 200,000 asbestos lawsuits pending in all 50 states.

John concentrates his practice in civil litigation, products liability, toxic torts, asbestos, pharmaceutical litigation, food liability, intellectual property, professional liability, and commercial disputes, and he has extensive experience in trial and appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution, expert witness development, and litigation management. John has served as an expert witness regarding issues in asbestos litigation; he is a frequent speaker and commentator on products liability litigation; and he has coordinated clients' lobbying efforts in the U.S. House and Senate to create national asbestos legislation. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

John is a graduate of Harvard University (B.A., cum laude, 1988) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1991), where he was a member of the Law Review.

Joseph F. Rice, Esq., Motley Rice LLC
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Motley Rice co-founding member Joe Rice is recognized as a skillful and innovative negotiator of complex litigation settlements. As lead private counsel for 26 State Attorneys General, he played a central role in crafting the landmark Master Settlement Agreement, the largest civil settlement in U.S. history. Over the past two decades, Joe has also been recognized for his role in structuring some of the most significant resolutions of asbestos liabilities on behalf of victims injured by asbestos-related products. He remains a key player in developing and negotiating the structured settlements of asbestos manufacturers emerging from bankruptcy.

Joe is also active in securities fraud litigation, shareholder derivative cases and actions involving proposed merger and acquisition transactions. Joe continues to negotiate on behalf of the firm's clients in anti-terrorism, human rights, aviation, environmental, drug, device and catastrophic injury cases.

Described as one of the nation's "five most feared and respected plaintiffs' lawyers in corporate America" by Corporate Legal Times, Joe was cited time after time as one of the toughest, sharpest and hardest-working litigators they have faced. In addition to many other awards and recognition, earlier this year, the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association named Joe a recipient of its Compleat Lawyer Award.

Press Release:

The 2011 Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook Joins Renowned Plaintiff and Defense Attorneys in One of the Industry's Largest Conferences

Perrin Conferences hosts the Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview & Outlook at The Fairmont San Francisco, Sept. 19-21, 2011, joining together the Asbestos Industry's top insurance, corporate, legal, and science experts who will discuss and debate current trends and litigation affecting companies and influencing juries. To register, visit www.PerrinConferences.com

Berwyn, PA (PRWEB) July 14, 2011 -- Conference Chairs Peter A. Kraus, Esq. Waters & Kraus, LLP, Dallas, TX, John B. Manning, Esq., Cooley Manion Jones LLP, Boston, MA, and Joseph F. Rice, Esq., Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC will lead the program and discuss highly relevant litigation topics affecting companies and influencing juries.

Panel discussions include the future of the Federal MDL; recent verdicts, decisions and events in key jurisdictions such as California, Madison County and Philadelphia; tactics and strategies in cases involving Navy equipment, take-home exposure and premises liability; emerging issues in industrial hygiene and asbestos medicine; recent developments in asbestos bankruptcies, insurance coverage, and Medicare reporting; and the unique perspective held by our esteemed and renowned judicial, in-house counsel, and insurance panelists. This year's conference will also feature Voir Dire and Opening Statement demonstrations with feedback from jurors who have sat on previous asbestos trials. See here for the detailed agenda.

Panelists include renowned in-house counsel, insurance professionals, plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges and scientists including:

Dan Brehm, Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer, Resolute Management Mid-Atlantic Division, Philadelphia, PA; Arnold R. Brody, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Nina Lynn Caroselli, Senior Vice President, Claims TIG Insurance Company, RiverStone Claims Management, LLC, Manchester, NH; Michael Glackin, Managing Counsel - Products, IP & DAS Litigation, Dow Chemical Co., Midland, MI; Michael A. Graham, MD, Professor and Co- Director, Division of Forensic and Environmental Pathology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Chief Medical Examiner, St. Louis, MO; Hon. Sherry Klein Heitler, New York State Supreme Court, New York, NY; Cindy Koehler, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Boston, MA; Hon. Jo-Lynne Q. Lee, Asbestos Department Judge, Alameda County Superior Court, Oakland, CA; Victor L. Roggli, MD, Professor of Pathology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; Paul Slater, Esq., Sr. General Counsel, General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT, and Linda Tatka, Claims Director, Fireman's Fund /Allianz Insurance Company, San Francisco, CA.

The 2011 Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook will include multiple unique networking opportunities, including a golf outing. Each successive year has seen an increase in attendance, with over 375 of the industry's key influencers attending in 2010. To register, visit our website.

Perrin Conferences, a national leader in hosting legal-based continuing education programs with joint plaintiff and defendant litigation conferences, established this conference in 2009. This and our other legal conferences and webinars have consistently received recognition for the caliber of the agenda, the vibrant discussions, the attendees, and the effectiveness of the networking opportunities.

For more information on this event and our other legal conferences and webinars, visit www. PerrinConferences.com.