The Quest for Silverado



April 7-10, 2005


Silverado Resort
Napa Valley, California

Evoking elegance and sophistication of days past,
the Silverado Resort, located in Napa Valley wine country, California,
invites guests to step back in time and be pampered with luxury accommodations.

The Resort provides the undeniable comforts that
keep guests coming back to this 1,200-acre retreat
located at the gateway to the Napa Valley Wine Country.




Special Event for Spouses / Significant Others
Friday, April 8, 10:00am
Grapes Make More Than Wine Cooking Class
Let our professionally trained chef expose you to other wonderful and tasty ways to utilize the grape. Wine, the common by-product of grapes, can be used to better complement the grapes you will find and enjoy in the crepes we call “Veronique”. With a contrast of textures, the chef will demonstrate and assemble a mouth watering culinary delight appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Having fun in a marriage is imperative when bringing food and wine together. We hope your experience is one of intrigue, interest and interaction. Bon Appetite!

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2005
-- AGENDA UNDER DEVELOPMENT --
Thu -- 7:00p
Welcome! Opening Reception and Dinner at the Fairway Deck

Thu -- 10:00p
Hospitality Suite and Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament
Cigars, Wine, Munchies and Lots of Talk
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2005
-- AGENDA UNDER DEVELOPMENT --
Fri -- 7:30a
Continental Breakfast on the Fairway Deck
Fri -- 8:30a
OPENING REMARKS - SILVERADO BALLROOM

Susan Artinian -- 2005 Chair
Dykema
Detroit, MI
Fri -- 8:35a
WELCOME FROM SEMINAR CO-CHAIRS

Scott O'Connell
Nixon Peabody;
Boston, MA

Mark Miller
Wildman Harrold; Chicago, IL
Fri -- 8:40a

Roger
McCleary

Beirne, Maynard
& Parsons

Houston, TX
LITIGATION JEOPARDY
Test your knowledge on cutting edge issues in subjects ranging from ethics, Sarbanes-Oxley, experts, discovery and other current litigation topics.
Fri -- 9:00a

Marshall
Grossman

Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan

Los Angeles, CA
DEMOLISHING EXPERT WITNESSES AND EXPERT WITNESS MALPRACTICE
Since Daubert, expert witness work is not a free ride. Marshall Grossman shares his techniques built on decades of experience destroying opposing experts and delivering friendly experts unscathed after cross-examination.
Fri -- 9:20a

Dan
Stephenson

Dykema
Ann Arbor, MI
CHOICE OF LAW AND PUNITIVE DAMAGES
State-specific procedural rules and substantive law could leave unwary defendants deprived of discovery on punitive damages issues. An overview of choice of law issues as they relate to punitive damages, with examples from recent cases.
Fri -- 9:40a

Barry
Halpern

Snell & Wilmer
Phoenix, AZ
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ARBITRATION
Forum Selection, Process Control and Enforceability
The American legal system's primacy in international business dispute resolution is no longer assured as international consumers of litigation services seek quicker and more predictable solutions that satisfy the requirements of a growing body of international law. Business dispute arbitration agreements that may have served companies well five years ago require a close look today to account for rapid changes in international legal standards that call into question traditional jurisdictional, discovery and processing expectations.
Fri -- 10:00a

John
Fitzpatrick

LeClairRyan
Richmond, VA
“RED FLAGS” FOR EVALUATING TRIAL LAWYERS
When a GC or Senior VP of Claims has a high exposure case, what questions should be asked when selecting a lead trial lawyer and what answers should cause clients to "run for the hills"? An entertaining discussion of counsel evaluation process.
Fri -- 10:20a
Coffee and Refreshment Break on the Fairway Deck
Fri -- 10:50a

Joseph
Hatchett

Akerman Senterfitt
Tallahassee, FL
INSIDE THE COURT OF APPEALS: APPELATE ADVOCACY FOR THE TRIAL LAWYER

Fri -- 11:10a

Steve
Mooney

Weinberg Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial
Atlanta, GA
THE VALUE OF THE VIDEOTAPED DEPOSITION
Surprises and More
The practical use of videotaped depositions at settlement conferences and in trial. Discover the pitfalls that await the unwary practitioner and inhouse litigation counsel unfamiliar with the rules regarding the use of this discovery tool.
Fri -- 11:30a

David
Harris

Lowenstein Sandler
Roseland, NJ
ANTITRUST'S SECOND EDGE: PREDATORY BUYING POWER
The global economy has spawned innovative buying arrangements that some commentators view as tending to foreclose or limit competition. Usually concerned with the market power of the seller to control output and price, antitrust law may be moving to concern about buyer power, and domination of markets for raw materials and manufactured products by certain buyers as restraints of trade. Where we are, what's happening and how it impacts everyone in the chain of distribution.
Fri -- 11:50a

Sheila
Carmody

Snell & Wilmer
Phoenix, AZ
BRAVE NEW WORLD: THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT 2005
Too good to be true? The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 achieved in one swift signing a goal companies and their lawyers advocated for over a decade.

The Act is not perfect - but state courts will no longer be a haven for questionable "national class actions."t.
Fri -- 12:05p

Mike
Bell

Lightfoot, Franklin & White
Birmingham, AL
KEEPING THE JURY ENGAGED AND OPEN-MINDED IN A CATASTROPHIC CASE
Catastrophic personal injury cases with sympathetic plaintiffs result in juries looking for a deep pocket. A good, truthful story with persuasive points can make the jury listen. Keeping the jury interested and open-minded long enough to hear you out and deliver a sympathy-free verdict.
Fri -- 12:25p

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS
A

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: Buena Vista / Sutter Home

Moderated by:
Alex Marconi
Snell & Wilmer

with discussion by:
Jeff Ment

Rome McGuigan

John Sandberg
Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard

Paul Yestrumskas
Playtex Products

B

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: Chappallet / Mondavi

Moderated by:
Hugh Gottschalk
Wheeler Trigg Kennedy

 

with discussion by:
Jack Sharman
Lightfoot Franklin & White

Peter Van Dyke
CNA

Steve Gannon
Wachovia Securities

C

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: The Arbor
(Rain location: Silverado Ballroom)

Moderated by:
Bobby Hood
Hood Law Firm

 

with discussion by:
Gord McKee
Blake Cassels & Graydon

Scott McLester
Cendant

D

COMMERCIAL LITIGATION
Room: Royal Oak

Moderated by:
Linda Woolf
Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann

 

with discussion by:
Tony White
Thompson Hine

Jack Sharman
Lightfoot Franklin & White

E

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: Chandon/Beringer

Moderated by:
Hal Morlan
Akerman Senterfitt

with discussion by:
Joseph Ortego

Nixon Peabody

Roger McCleary
Beirne Maynard & Parsons

David Barclay
Republic Services

Fri -- 1:30p

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Golf Tournament at the Silverado South Course
An excellent way to enjoy Silverado's natural beauty is to play its 18-hole Napa Valley Wine Country south golf course, in the distinctive style of its architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The resort's courses cover 360 acres and feature lush vegetation, ponds, lakes, three sweetwater creeks, trees arching over the fairways and artfully placed traps and greens. Home of the Transamerica Senior P.G.A. Championship, Silverado will host the Smothers European Mercedes-Benz Napa Valley Mustard Festival Golf Benefit on the South Course. See card at http://www.golfersweb.com/golfsnfr/silver.htm.
The Ultimate Winery Tour -- Part I
Situated in the heart of Napa Valley's Stags Leap District, Pine Ridge specializes in producing wines that embody the unique characteristics of the appellations in which their estate vineyards are located. Since the winery was founded in 1978, old world traditions have been fused with innovative viticultural and winemaking practices to yield powerful, yet balanced, Bordeaux-style red wines and Chardonnays with classic aromas, rich textures and lingering flavors of French oak. With over 220 acres of densely spaced vineyards located throughout five of Napa Valley's most renowned appellations, Pine Ridge estate-bottled wines have consistently received critical acclaim, with the Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon ranking among the top ten wines in the world.
The Silverado Spa
Inspired by the serene sophistication of a classic Roman spa, The Spa at Silverado offers fitness, Spa and salon services surrounded by tranquil garden courtyards and breathtaking scenic views. Our goal is to offer both the novice and seasoned spa-enthusiast a haven of absolute relaxation and healthy rejuvenation - our philosophy is, quite simply, to create joy.
Tennis
Come and play at Silverado's Tennis Center offering 17 plexi-pave courts in a truly majestic setting. The full-service pro shop offers the latest in fashions for men and women, including top of the line shoes and state of the art tennis racquets. Our resident tennis pro will organize a variety of tournaments for both avid and casual competitors, with an emphasis on fun and participation.
Fri -- 6:30p
Busses Board

Fri -- 7:00p

Dinner at
The Culinary Institute

Greystone’s terraced gardens of herbs, vegetables, and flowers provide the perfect introduction to the vibrant colors, enticing aromas, and bustling activity of the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant. Local, seasonal ingredients are the inspiration for the cuisine, which features California’s bounty from the land and sea.

Begin your wine country experience on the terrace, with views across the Napa Valley vineyards, or in front of a roaring fire in the lounge. The beverage menu offers unique tasting flights as well as our chefs’ favorite wines by the glass or bottle. You’ll also enjoy traditional and creative seasonal cocktails and northern California microbrews on tap.

The dazzling restaurant space, created by noted designer Adam Tihany, offers a view of the chefs at work from every hand-crafted table. We invite you to relax and settle into your meal with Today's Temptations, which is an array of delicious "small" bites to be shared by all at the table. Our chef's calls them temptations because they are inspired by the culinary artisans, farmers and foragers who bring their tempting products to the kitchen door everyday. Enjoy the variety of flavors with a glass of sparkling Querenica Brut Rose, a Greystone exclusive. Then, perhaps, sample one of our first-course soups, salads, or pastas. What better place to experience the mingling of food, wine, and friends than the Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, in the very heart of California’s wine country.

Fri -- 10:00p

Hospitality Suite and Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament
Cigars, Wine, Munchies and Lots of Talk
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2005
-- AGENDA UNDER DEVELOPMENT --
Sat -- 7:30a
Continental Breakfast on the Fairway Deck
Sat -- 8:30a
WELCOME FROM SEMINAR CO-CHAIRS

Scott O'Connell
Nixon Peabody;
Boston, MA

Mark Miller
Wildman Harrold; Chicago, IL
Sat -- 8:40a

Steve
Hankins

Morgenstein & Jubelirer
San Francisco, CA
SAFEGUARDING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Is your IP in the vault where it should be? When was the last time you looked? Some current strategies for cataloging, safeguarding and putting your IP to work for your company before it is taken and put to work by others.
Sat -- 9:00a

Nancy
Marshall

Deutsch Kerrigan
& Stiles

New Orleans, LA
UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES: THE NEWEST FRONTIER
Unfair trade practice statutes that prescribe unfair or deceptive acts or practices allowing enforcement by plaintiffs are being now applied to professionals and product manufacturers as an alternative to traditional liability models. This new approach provides conflicting standards and the potential finding of liability in the absence of any standards. The various state statutes, modeled under the Federal Trade Commission Act, provide little guidance for what an "unfair trade practice or deceptive act."
Sat -- 9:20a

Brian
Lewis

Wildman Harrold
Chicago, IL
TOP TEN ETHICAL ISSUES FACING IN-HOUSE COUNSEL
Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll
The resolution of conflicts by in-house counsel is taking on paramount importance since the Enron debacle. Who does in-house counsel represent and who must be notified of conflicts? Brian Lewis will be providing answers to this and other important ethical issues, including unauthorized practice issues, reporting attorney misconduct and the role of counsel in lobbying and other business efforts.
Sat -- 9:40a

Moderator:
Bruce
Friedman

Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan
Los Angeles, CA
PANEL DISCUSSION ON
THE ASSAULT ON ATTORNEY/CLIENT PRIVILEGE

The attack on attorney-client privilege, criminal liability of in-house counsel.





Panel:
Dan
Fisk

V.P., Gen. Counsel and Sec.
Computer Sciences Corp.

Steve
Kravit

Kravit, Hovel, Krawczyk & Leverson

Milwaukee, WI
Sat -- 10:20a
Coffee and Refreshment Break on the Fairway Deck
Sat -- 10:50a

Austin
McGuigan

Rome McGuigan
Hartford, CT
WHEN CIVIL WRONGS RESULT IN CRIMINAL CHARGES
The trend toward criminalization of formerly civil offenses. Companies now must be alert to the potential for criminal prosecution resulting from workplace accidents, faulty products, environmental discharges and other wrongs previously the exclusive domain of the civil law.
Sat -- 11:10a

Moderator:
Dennis
Duggan

Nixon Peabody
Boston, MA
PANEL DISCUSSION:
CONSUMER FRAUD AND MASS TORT CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
Developments in the management of tobacco, mold, asbestos, FRT plywood, silicone breast implants, Fen-Phen diet drugs, Pondimin, lead paint, Propulsid, Rezulin, PPA, latex gloves, and groundwater air pollution cases involving cancer clusters, property damages, and consumer fraud.




Panel:


Hon. Marina Corodemus

(ret.)
Civ. Div., NJ
Sat -- 11:50a
CLOSING REMARKS BEFORE BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

Susan Artinian -- 2005 Chair
Dykema
Detroit, MI
Sat -- 12:00p

BREAK-OUT SESSIONS

A

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: Royal Oak

Moderated by:
Bob Kerrigan
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles

with discussion by:
Jeff Williams

Morgenstein & Jubelirer

Yakub Hazzard
Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan

Maureen Middleton
Primerica Financial Services

Bill Bower
CNA

B

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: Chappallet / Mondavi

Moderated by:
Steve Johnson
Hecker Brown Sherry and Johnson

with discussion by:
Lee Hollis
Lightfoot, Franklin & White

John Worden
Morgenstein & Jubelirer

William Scarff
Allergan

C

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION
Room: Martini / Trefethen

Moderated by:
Josh Preece
Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner & Preece

 

with discussion by:
Ted LeClercq
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles

Chris Williams
Travelers

Andrew Upton
Citigroup Global Markets

D

ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY
Room: Sebastiani / Domaine Chandon

Moderated by:
Sam Santo
Lowenstein Sandler

 

 

with discussion by:
Tony Lathrop
Moore & Van Allen

Bob Mullen
Morgenstein & Jubelirer

E

LITIGATION MANAGEMENT
Room: The Arbor
(Rain location: Silverado Ballroom)

Moderated by:
Tracy Van Steenburgh
Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnson

with discussion by:
Alice Hector
Akerman Senterfitt

Kelly Corr
Corr Cronin

Joel Brighton
Wachovia Corporation

Sat -- 1:30p

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Golf at Silverado South
An excellent way to enjoy Silverado's natural beauty is to play its 18-hole Napa Valley Wine Country south golf course, in the distinctive style of its architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The resort's courses cover 360 acres and feature lush vegetation, ponds, lakes, three sweetwater creeks, trees arching over the fairways and artfully placed traps and greens. Home of the Transamerica Senior P.G.A. Championship, Silverado will host the Smothers European Mercedes-Benz Napa Valley Mustard Festival Golf Benefit on the South Course. See card at http://www.golfersweb.com/golfsnfr/silver.htm.
The Ultimate Winery Tour -- Part II
Learn the secrets to making great Napa Valley wines at Trefethen. Our vineyard tours detail the unique geology and climate of this section of California and looks at the discoveries made by early wine pioneers. Enjoy wine tasting with spectacular panoramic views.
Wine Country Photography Safari
Learn photography in the beautiful Wine Country with renowned photographer Keith Rosenthal. Keith is fun and a great teacher. His hands-on class provides each guest with individual attention for all levels of photographic experience. The class will be in the field with private access to the vineyards and barrel rooms of famous wineries. Bring your own camera or with advanced notice, we will purchase digital or disposable cameras for your guests. Everyone will have a good time and learn how to take better photographs.
The Silverado Spa
Inspired by the serene sophistication of a classic Roman spa, The Spa at Silverado offers fitness, Spa and salon services surrounded by tranquil garden courtyards and breathtaking scenic views. Our goal is to offer both the novice and seasoned spa-enthusiast a haven of absolute relaxation and healthy rejuvenation - our philosophy is, quite simply, to create joy.
Tennis
Come and play at Silverado's Tennis Center offering 17 plexi-pave courts in a truly majestic setting. The full-service pro shop offers the latest in fashions for men and women, including top of the line shoes and state of the art tennis racquets. Our resident tennis pro will organize a variety of tournaments for both avid and casual competitors, with an emphasis on fun and participation.
Sat -- 7:00p

Dinner
Dinner at Markham Vineyards

It all begins with a casual, yet elegant reception, complete with Markham wines specially paired with hors d'oeuvres. Our guests are free to roam the facility, view the current art exhibit, or enjoy the wonderful courtyard water gardens. After working up an appetite for a memorable dining experience, we pull out all the stops. We invite everyone to enter Markham's historic Stone Cellar. This magnificent room was the original winemaking facility and is still in operation today. It was built in 1879 with rough hewn stone from Glass Mountain. These stone walls are surrounded by hundreds of oak barrels filled with red varietals.
Sat -- 10:00p
Hospitality Suite and Texas Hold 'Em Poker Finals
Cigars, Wine, Munchies and Lots of Talk
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2004
-- AGENDA UNDER DEVELOPMENT --
Sun -- 8:00a
Business Meeting For Network Member Firms:
Breakfast Meeting
Location: Vintner's Court


This CLE program is produced by The Network of Trial Law Firms, Inc., a not-for-profit business league organized as a 503(c)(6) corporation, on behalf of its 26 member law firms and more than 4,000 attorneys in 90 offices throughout the United States and Canada. The Network is well-known for its outstanding CLE programs. Since 1993, we have produced more than 25 cutting-edge CLE programs on trial and litigation management topics.



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