2016 Agenda

17th Annual Legal Reform Summit
The Litigation Machine
October 26, 2016 | Washington, DC


The Summit gathers business and industry leaders and preeminent issue experts to discuss the current state of legal reform. 

Agenda is subject to change. View a PDF of the full agenda here.

 
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
 
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks | Watch Video
  • Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
 
9:15 - 9:40 a.m. Speeding Ahead: Regulators & Litigators on the Class Action Accelerator | Watch Video

This segment will address the current regulatory agenda that will drive an increase in class action litigation, including the CFPB's anti-arbitration rule; the DOL's fiduciary duty rule; and the NLRB's joint employer rule. It will also explore the ways in which plaintiffs' lawyers are circumventing CAFA and other existing protections. 
  • Ross Higman, Senior Associate General Counsel, Wal-Mart
  • Eugene Scalia, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Interviewed byJoan Gartlan, Principal, Sutton Group LLC
 
9:40 - 9:55 a.m. Dismantling the Machine: The Importance of Diversity in Law Departments | Watch Video
  • Mark D. Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Massachusetts Mutual Financial Group 
 
9:55 - 10:25 a.m. Zipcar or Zeppelin? The Direction of Data Privacy Liability – Part I | Watch Video

This panel discussion among important privacy players-the federal government, state enforcers, and private industry-will address the intersecting role of each in the future of data security and privacy liability. 
  • Tanya Madison Cunningham, Chief Privacy Counsel, TD Bank
  • Kiran Raj, Deputy General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security
  • The Honorable Sean D. Reyes, Attorney General, State of Utah 
  • Moderated by: The Honorable Robert M. McKenna, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and former Attorney General, State of Washington 
 
10:25 - 10:35 a.m. Zipcar or Zeppelin? The Direction of Data Privacy Liability – Part II | Watch Video

This interview will offer insights into ILR's data privacy message testing results and their implications for future policy. 

Executive Summary: National Digital Privacy Phone Survey Key Findings
  • Bill McInturff, Partner and Co-Founder, Public Opinion Strategies
  • Interviewed by: The Honorable Robert M. McKenna, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Former Attorney General, State of Washington 
 
10:35 - 10:40 a.m. Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation: State Legislative Achievement Award | Watch Video
 
10:40 - 10:55 a.m. Pulling the Emergency Brake: Enforcement Off the Rails | Watch Video
  • Connie Lewis Lensing, Senior Vice President, Legal Department, FedEx Express
 
10:55 - 11:20 a.m. Third-Party Litigation Financing: The Financial Turbine Powering Lawsuits | Watch Video

This interview will feature defense and plaintiffs' lawyers supportive of third-party litigation financing (TPLF) disclosure during litigation. The panelists will recount their own experiences in navigating the use of TPLF in the courtroom and offer best practices, including how to add inquiries about TPLF to discovery requests.
  • Joseph F. Rice, Founding Member, Motley Rice
  • Brackett B. Denniston, III, Senior Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, Incoming Chairman, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and Senior Vice President and General Counsel, General Electric Company (Retired)
  • Interviewed by: Jeanne Meserve, Director of Training, The Communication Center 
 
11:20 - 11:25 a.m. Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation: Outstanding Alliance Award | Watch Video

11:25 - 11:40 a.m. Q&A Session for Morning Segments
 
11:40 a.m. - Noon Networking Break/Luncheon Transition

Noon - 1:10 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote Address
  • Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation: Legal Reform Champion Award | Watch Video
  • Special RemarksThomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce | Watch Video
  • Keynote Address: The Honorable Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee and Former Governor of Massachusetts | Watch Video
 
1:10 - 1:25 p.m. Break

1:25 - 1:40 p.m. Gumming Up the Works: Multi-Plaintiff Mass Torts | Watch Video
  • Malini Moorthy, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Bayer Corporation
 
1:40 - 2:15 p.m. The Third Wheel: Unconventional Drivers of Liability Expansion | Watch Video

This segment will address the concerning trend of outside entities, beyond traditional litigants, developing and promoting new sources of liability. These new players range from taxpayer-backed health organizations to municipalities to influential legal organizations. 

New Report: Big Bucks and Local Lawyers: The Increasing Use of Contingency Fee Lawyers by Local Governments
  • John Fund, Author and National-Affairs Columnist, National Review
  • Thomas H. Hill, Senior Executive & General Counsel, Global EHS Operations, General Electric (GE)
  • Michael M. Maddigan, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Richard Silbert, Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel, Purdue Pharma
  • Interviewed by: Jeanne Meserve, Director of Training, The Communication Center 
 
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. The Over-Enforcement Boiling Point | Watch Video
  • Robert M. Cary, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP 
 
2:30 - 2:35 p.m. Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation: Outstanding Organization Award | Watch Video 

2:35 - 2:50 p.m. Fueling Lawsuits: Trends in Trial Lawyer Drug and Device Advertising | Watch Video

This segment will explore trends in trial lawyer prescription drug advertising and how these ads may be driving litigation in certain jurisdictions. 

Resource: Television & Online Litigation Claim Solicitation - Recent Trends
  • Rustin Silverstein, President, X Ante
  • Interviewed by: Joan Gartlan, Principal, Sutton Group LLC 
 
2:50 - 2:55 p.m. Legal Reform Summit Award Presentation: Research & Policy Award | Watch Video

2:55 - 3:10 p.m. Q&A Session for Afternoon Segments

 
3:10 - 3:55 p.m. Election 2016: Who’s At the Controls?

This segment will feature two TED Talk-inspired presentations and an interview exploring how millennials will play in the 2016 election, analyzing the rest of the electorate, and discussing the political outlook, balance of power, and what's at stake. 

Millennials, Full Steam Ahead 
  • Kristen Soltis Anderson, Author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up)

The Great Electorate Engine

  • Mark Halperin, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Politics

Interviewed by
Scott Reed, Senior Political Strategist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
 
3:55 - 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
  • Lisa A. Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Networking Reception
 

  • 2017 Legal Reform Summit Recap