CLE Program

Second Annual Complex Commercial Litigation Conference


Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Hyatt Regency Boston
1 Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA, 02111

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MBA Law Student : $0.00
MBA Paralegals : $75.00
MBA New Admittee : $75.00
MBA Member : $99.00
Non-member : $180.00

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Plan to attend the Massachusetts Bar Association's Second Annual Complex Commercial Litigation Conference on April 6, at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. This year's conference will feature a keynote address from Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford (ret).

Cocktail reception to follow

Programming panels include:

Intellectual Property
The Impact on Commercial Litigation One Year After the Defend Trade Secrets Act
One year after the enactment of the Defend Trade Secret Act, panelists discuss the scope and impact of this new statute on commercial litigation; its practical applications in employment, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements; and strategies for protecting proprietary information.

Hon. Marianne B. Bowler (D. Mass.)
Russell Beck, Esq. (Beck Reed Riden)
Andrew O’Connor, Esq. (Goulston & Storrs)
Damian LaPlaca, Esq. (Devine Millimet, moderator)

Hot Topics Concerning Discovery Disputes and D&O Claims in Bankruptcy
Judge Panos will provide his perspective and approach toward efficiently resolving discovery disputes. He will discuss early judicial intervention into discovery disputes in the bankruptcy context one year after the revisions to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, with a focus on proportionality and dispute resolution. The panel will also look at some of the issues that arise between the bankruptcy estate and the bankrupt party's officers and directors, including D&O claims, insurance coverage, policy and payment issues, the automatic stay, and the resulting claims against the bankruptcy estate.

Judge Christopher J. Panos (Bankruptcy Judge, District of Massachusetts)
Thomas S. Vangel, Esq. (Murtha Cullina)
Christopher M. Condon, Esq. (Murphy & King)

Business Litigation
The Perspective from the Other Side of the Bench
This presentation will examine realistic, substantive and procedural quandaries that attorneys encounter on a regular basis — from the perspective of judges from four different forums in which business litigators practice.

Hon. Edward P. Leibensperger (Mass. Superior Court, Business Litigation Session)
Hon. Linda E. Giles (Mass. Superior Court)
Hon. Timothy S. Hillman (U.S. District Court for the District of Mass.)
Hon. Stephen E. Neel (ret.)


Lindsay M. Burke, Esq., Program Co-chair
Kenney & Sams PC, Southborough
John O. Mirick, Esq., Program Co-chair
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
Julie Green, Esq., Program Co-chair
Attorney General's Office - Boston, Boston
Laurence A. Schoen, Esq., Program Co-chair
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC, Boston
Hon. Margot Botsford (ret.), Panelist
Hon. Marianne B. Bowler, Panelist
Massachusetts U.S. District Court, Boston
Hon. Linda E. Giles, Panelist
Massachusetts Superior Court
Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, Panelist
Massachusetts U.S. District Court - Worcester, Worcester
Hon. Edward P. Leibensperger, Panelist
Massachusetts Superior Court
Hon. Stephen E. Neel (Ret.), Panelist
JAMS/ Chair of POST Commission, Boston
Hon. Christopher J. Panos, Panelist
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts, Worcester
Russell Beck, Esq., Panelist
Beck Reed Riden LLP, Boston
Christopher M. Condon, Esq., Panelist
Murphy & King PC, Boston
Damian LaPlaca, Esq., Panelist
Andrew O'Connor, Esq., Panelist
Goulston & Storrs PC, Boston
Thomas S. Vangel, Esq., Panelist
Murtha Cullina LLP, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Complex Commercial Litigation Section

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