TTLA 4th Annual Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Seminar
February 10, 2017
Westin Domain Hotel | 11301 Domain Drive | Austin, Texas
Earn up to 7.50 hours MCLE credit including .50 hr ethics credit


7:30 AM

Registration Opens

8:25 – 8:30 AM

Welcome Remarks

8:30 – 9:00 AM

Settlement Administration: Avoiding Common Pitfalls (.50 hr)


Scott Freeman

The Settlement Alliance, Houston, TX

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Emerging Torts (.75 hr)


Shelley Hutson (Mod.)

Clark, Love & Hutson, Houston, TX


Ellen Relkin

Weitz & Luxenberg, New York, NY


Pete Flowers

Meyers & Flowers, Chicago, IL


Tim Becker

Johnson Becker, St. Paul, MN

9:45 – 10:30 AM

Strategies for Key Depositions: “The Prescribing Doctor and Corporate Witness"    PPT (.75 hr)


John Boundas

Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, Houston, TX


Ed Blizzard

Blizzard & Nabers, Houston, TX

10:30  – 10:45 AM


10:45 – 11:45 AM

Preparing for Trial: 90 Days Out (1.00 hr)


Jim Perdue, Jr.

Perdue & Kidd, Houston, TX


Fidelma Fitzpatrick

Motley Rice,  Providence, RI

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM

Existing Torts (.75 hr)  Paper 1    Paper 2


Erin Copeland (Mod.)

Fibich Leebron Copeland Briggs Josephson, Houston, TX


Doug Monsour

The Monsour Law Firm, Longview, TX


Leigh O’Dell

Beasley Allen, Montgomery, AL

12:30 – 1:00 PM

Break to Grab Lunch and Visit with Vendors

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Perspectives from the Defense Bar (1.00 hr)


Scott Love (Mod.)

Clark, Love & Hutson, Houston, TX


Ellen Reisman

Reisman Karron Greene, Washington, DC


Jim Murdica

Barnes & Thornburg, Chicago, IL


Cliff Merrell

Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Atlanta, GA


Rob Adams

Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, MO

2:00 – 2:45 PM

A Case Study in Risperdal: Building a Liability Case through the Defendant’s Marketing Program (.75 hr)


Jason Itkin

Arnold & Itkin, Houston, TX

2:45 – 3:00 PM


3:00 – 3:45 PM

Federal Rules/ESI Update: Making Proportionality Rules Your Own (.75 hr)


Ariana Tadler

Milberg LLP, New York, NY

3:45 – 4:15 PM

Ethical Finality in Mass Tort Settlements    PPT   (.50 hr)  


Prof. Lynn A. Baker

University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX

4:15  – 5:00 PM

The Department of Justice’s Selective Prosecution of Mass Tort Attorneys (.75 hr)


Mikal Watts

Watts Guerra, LLP, San Antonio, TX

5:00 PM


Adjourn to Seminar Reception • Westin Domain Hotel, Primrose Foyer


8:00 PM – Midnight

AAJ Welcome to Austin PartyBrazos Hall, 204 East 4th Street, Austin