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Litigating Asbestos Cases in Today's Environment Featuring Insights from the Bench: The Judicial Perspective

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Roosevelt Hotel New York
New York, NY

Chairs:

Julie R. Evans, Esq., Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, New York, NY
Perry Weitz, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York, NY

Registration:

Cost $895.

All in-house counsel and insurance professionals always complimentary at Perrin Conferences.* Special Restrictions Apply. Registration fee is $895 and includes private website access to the course materials, refreshment breaks and a networking reception. 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.

Cancellation Policy: If you cannot attend, please notify us prior to November 23, 2012, and we will refund your registration fee. Cancellations received on or 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.

Applications are being made to all CLE states as requested by attendees.

As always, all in-house counsel and insurance professionals receive complimentary attendance at Perrin Conferences. Please contact Bethany Long to register with the complimentary rate.

For more information on registration, email Lynnsey Perrin or Bethany Long.

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Hotel Room Block Information

Please call The Roosevelt Hotel New York reservation line (1-888-833-3969) and reference Perrin Conferences’ room block. The conference room rate is $349 per night.

Chair Bios:

Julie R. Evans, Esq., Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, New York, NY

Julie Evans is chair of Wilson Elser’s Toxic Tort, Environmental & Energy practice. Julie’s practice is focused on litigation mass tort, toxic tort, as well as product, premises and general liability matters.  Julie is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Operations Group and has spearheaded attorney mentoring and education programs at the firm, as well as the firm’s Women’s Professional Development Group.

Since 1986, Julie has been litigating cases involving exposure to toxic substances, including asbestos, benzene, latex, lead paint, mold, painting related chemicals, perchloroethylene, roofing chemicals, sick building cases and talc.  Julie has litigated product liability cases, several large environmental insurance declaratory actions, as well as commercial cases.

In her mass tort practice, Julie acts as lead counsel for defendants in the New York City area and upstate New York asbestos litigation.  She is also regional counsel for several clients, litigating their claims pursuant to a coordinated strategy, in several states.  Julie represents premises defendants, product and equipment manufacturers and distributors , as well as government contractors, shipyards and  the aviation industry.

Julie chairs the monthly defense counsel meeting for all defendants in the New York City Asbestos Litigation, and is a member of the Medical Defense Group.

Perry Weitz, Esq.,Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York, NY

Perry Weitz is the founding senior partner of the nationally renowned tort law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, based in New York City, and acknowledged as one of the country’s foremost asbestos, pharmaceutical, environmental, and products liability attorneys and consumer advocates. He has successfully pioneered litigations in various fields and is a skilled negotiator and legal lecturer. The National Law Journal has listed Weitz & Luxenberg as one of the most dynamic and fastest growing litigation firms in the country and in 2003 The American Lawyer named Mr. Weitz as one of the nation’s top 45 youngest and most accomplished lawyers. Recently, the National Law Journal also listed Weitz & Luxenberg as a premier member of the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” of leading litigation firms. Mr. Weitz has been accorded “Best Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” recognition for every year of these programs’ existence.

Mr. Weitz is the firm's principal settlement negotiator, having resolved thousands of cases for hundreds of millions of dollars. Under Mr. Weitz’s personal direction the firm has settled thousands of asbestos cases and has prosecuted numerous national mass tort actions such as DES, Silicone Breast Implants, Vioxx, Baycol, Zyprexa, Rezulin and Seroquel. The firm has an ever-enlarging environmental tort practice, and Mr. Weitz’s efforts in securing a $424 million settlement in the MTBE gasoline additive litigation earned him a nomination as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Public Justice Foundation. Mr. Weitz has personally tried numerous cases to verdict, obtaining several multi-million dollar jury verdicts in many landmark trials.

Mr. Weitz has served a court-appointed liaison counsel for New York City and Federal asbestos litigation, New York State and Federal breast implant litigation, and New York State DES litigation. Mr. Weitz has been appointed class counsel in the country's largest asbestos bankruptcy proceedings, including being appointed Present Claimants' Class Counsel in the Johns- Manville limited fund class action by the Hon. Jack B. Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York. He currently serves as either chairman or member of many asbestos litigation bankruptcy-related Trust Advisory Committees.

Mr. Weitz chairs the Tort Section of the New York County Lawyers Association, and is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice. He is a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Mr. Weitz is active philanthropically and serves on the Board of Trustees of North Shore University Hospital, the Dean's Counsel of Hofstra University Law School, the Legal Aid Society, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Men's Division of the Children's Medical Fund (affiliated with Schneider Children's Hospital) and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Conference Sponsors

Brydon Hugo & Parker Bates White Economic Consulting Carr Maloney
Cooley Manion Jones LLP Cooley Manion Jones LLP FPWKT
Garreston Resolution Group HG Litigation Services K&L gates
KCIC Keais Magna Legal
MCS Records & Reporting PACE Claim Services Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting
Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting Robson Forensics KCIC
Segal McCambridge SOMA Williams Kastner
Wilson Elser