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Asbestos Litigation Conference: A National Overview and Outlook

September 10th - 12th, 2012
Fairmont San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Fairmont, San Fransico, CA

Fiarmont San Fransico, Penthouse Belcony


John B. Manning, Esq.John B. Manning, Esq.,
Cooley Manion Jones LLP, Boston, MA
Rick Nemeroff, Esq.Rick Nemeroff, Esq.,
The Nemeroff Law Firm, P.C., Dallas, TX
Joseph F. Rice, Esq.Joseph F. Rice, Esq.,
Motley Rice LLC, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Paul SlaterPaul Slater, Senior Counsel,
General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT


Cost $1395.

Perrin Conferences offers limited complimentary registrations for in-house counsel and insurance professionals at live Perrin Conferences events.* 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.

For those attorneys who are seeking financial aid for this or any of our events, please contact Lynnsey Perrin directly for further information and instruction on how to apply.

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 Bethany Long.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by August 27, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a $200 administrative fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.

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 $279 per night (single rate) for the Main Building, $309 per night (single rate) for the Tower Building.

We have opened up an additional room block at The Huntington Hotel. Please call the reservations department (415-474-5400) and reference Perrin Conferences Rate. The conference rate is $279.00 for a Superior/Deluxe Room. Room rate is non-refundable and reservations cannot be cancelled.

Presidio Golf Course

Golf Tournament

Join us at Presidio Golf Course on Sunday, September 9 for the Perrin Conferences Annual Networking Golf Outing. The tournament will be a modified shotgun start starting at 12:30pm. For more information on the event and to sign-up email Bethany Long or call 610-220-1817. Visit the course website: www.presidiogolf.com

Golf Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us by August 27, and we will refund your tournament fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a 50% cancellation fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time.

Chair Bios:

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, San Francisco, CA, 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 multiple products manufacturers, he directs all aspects of the defense of over 200,000 asbestos lawsuits pending in all 50 states.

John concentrates his practice in products liability, toxic torts, asbestos defense, mass torts, litigation management, food liability, professional liability, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, environmental litigation, class actions, intellectual property litigation, and commercial and insurance disputes. He has tried dozens of cases and has extensive experience in appellate practice, alternative dispute resolution, expert witness development, and national 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.

Rick Nemeroff, Esq., The Nemeroff Law Firm, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Founder of The Nemeroff Law Firm, Rick has over $100,000,000 in jury verdicts from cases he has tried across the U.S.A.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, B.A. in English Literature

Hofstra University School of Law, J.D

Member of many local, state and national organizations, including AAJ and ABOTA

Serves as a Trustee on the Foundation Board of the Park City Medical Center
Serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Park City Day School

Rick lives in Park City, UT with his family.

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, in which the tobacco industry agreed to reimburse states for smoking-related health costs. 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.

Joe has held leadership and negotiating roles involving the bankruptcies of several large organizations, including AWI, Federal Mogul, Johns Manville, Celotex, Garlock, W.R. Grace, Babcock & Wilcox, U.S. Gypsum, Owens Corning and Pittsburgh Corning. He remains a key player in developing and negotiating the structured settlements of asbestos manufacturers emerging from bankruptcy and has worked on numerous Trust Advisory Committees.

Currently, Joe directs the Motley Rice securities litigation team in securities fraud litigation, shareholder derivative cases and actions against proposed merger and acquisition transactions. He is sought after by investment funds for guidance on strategies to increase shareholder value and enhance corporate governance reforms and asset recovery through litigation. He also serves on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill MDL In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon" in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, and, as a lead negotiator, helped reach the settlement with BP that was submitted to the court for approval on April 18, 2012. Under the settlement, two proposed class actions settled, once of which is the largest civil class action settlement in U.S. history.

Joe continues to negotiate on behalf of the firm's clients in anti-terrorism and human rights, environmental, drugs, devices and catastrophic injury cases. He held a crucial role in executing the strategic mediations and/or resolutions in all of the firm's aviation liability and damages cases against multiple defendants on behalf of families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks who opted out of the Victim Compensation Fund. In addition to providing greater answers, accountability and recourse to victims families, the resulting settlements shattered a settlement matrix developed and utilized for decades, and the litigation helped provide public access to evidence in an archive of selected discovery materials gathered in the litigation.

A frequent guest speaker, Joe has presented as numerous conferences and seminars nationwide, including the National Asbestos Litigation Conference, the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems, the Public Funds Summit, Class Action Settlements: Approval, Distribution and Oversight Workshop and several asbestos bankruptcy and complex litigation conferences.

Described as one of the nation's five most feared and respected plaintiffs lawyers in corporate America in a poll of defense counsel and legal scholars conducted by Corporate Legal Times, Joe was cited time after time as one of the toughest, sharpest and hardest-working litigators they have faced. As the article notes, For all his talents as a shrewd negotiator ... Rice has earned most of his respect from playing fair and remaining humble. Joe was a 2012 recipient of the SC Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award. In 2011, the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association honored him with its platinum Compleat Lawyer Award, and he was highlighted in the 2011 Litigation edition of The Legal 500 (mass tort and class action: plaintiff representation- toxic tort). The inaugural edition of Benchmark Plaintiff, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Plaintiff Firms & Attorneys recognized Joe as a "Litigation Star" in its national rankings for mass torts/products liability, as well as its South Carolina rankings in environmental, mass tort and products liability. Recognized as an AV rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, he has been named to each annual edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2007 and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition for his work in mass tort litigation/class actions- plaintiffs. He has been included in every edition of South Carolina Super Lawyers since 2008 and, in 2010, was named a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers. The American Lawyer described Joe in 2006 as "one of the shrewdest businessmen practicing law." In 1998, Joe received the President s Award of the National Association of Attorneys General. In 1999 and 2000, he served on the faculty at Duke University School of Law as a Senior Lecturing Fellow, and he has taught classes at the University of South Carolina School of Law, Duke University School of Law and Charleston School of Law on the art of negotiating. Joe serves his community through several organizations, including First Tee of Greater Charleston, the Center for Birds of Prey and the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children's Center, for which he co-chaired the inaugural Campaign for the Next Child. In 2010, MUSC Children's Hospital honored Joe with its Johnnie Dodds Award for his longtime support of its annual Bulls Bay Golf Challenge Fundraiser and continued work on behalf of our community's children. The University of South Carolina awarded Joe and his family with its 2011 Garnet Award for their passion for and devotion to Gamecock athletics. Joe was also awarded the 2011 Tom Fazio Service to Golf Award in recognition of his efforts to help promote the SC Junior Golf Association Programs.

He is a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Inns of Court, South Carolina Association for Justice and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Joe received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law (1979) and a B.S. from the University of South Carolina (1976). He is licensed in DC and SC and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuits, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska and the District of South Carolina.

Paul Slater, Senior Counsel, General Electric Company
Fairfield, CT

In his role as Senior Counsel for Corporate Environmental Programs, Mr. Slater has presided over GE's strategy in a number of the Company's most complex litigations in the areas of toxic tort. He has played a leading role in designing and implementing GE's strategy in its Asbestos Litigation, including overseeing GE trials in a number of jurisdictions, including Madison and Cook County, IL, San Francisco, CA and Philadelphia, PA.

Mr. Slater is also involved in internal Health and Safety policy and provides counsel to GE regarding general environmental liability and risk issues, including working on product liability issues associated with existing and new products.

Paul Slater is a graduate from Brooklyn Law School (JD, 1987) and Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (BA, 1984).

Conference Sponsors

Aiken Welch Court Reporters Bates White Economic Consulting Brydon Hugo & Parker
Carr Maloney Cooley Manion Jones LLP CRE Computer & Audiovisual Solutions
Decision Quest Dinsmore Legal Counsel. Eppley Court Reporting
Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting Foley & Mansfield Forman Perry Watkison Krutz & Trudy LLP
Garreston Resolution Group SOMA Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
HG Litigation Services K&L Gates KCIC
Keais Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP Magna Legal Services
Margolis Edelstein MCS Records & Reporting Meagher & Geer PLLP - Attorneys at Law
Nemeroff Law Firm - A Professional Corporation Nera Economic Consulting Walsworth Franklin Bevens & McCall LLP
Offit|Kurman - Attorneys at Law PACE Claim Services PohlmanUSA.com Court Reporting
Poole Shaffery Attorneys at Law RecordTrak Robson Forensics
KCIC Segal McCambridge SOMA
Walsworth Franklin Bevens & McCall LLP