HarrisMartin's National Opioid Litigation Conference Agenda

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Day 1, Tuesday, October 03, 2017

7:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.

Continental Breakfast & Registration

Continental Breakfast Sponsored by Fears Nachawati Law Firm and Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough.



8:20 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Welcome By Co-Chairs and Opening Remarks

Paul J. Hanly Jr., Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York
Shelly Sanford, Watts Guerra LLP, Austin, TX

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

How Big is the Opioid Problem?

Julia Lurie, Writer, Mother Jones, San Francisco

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

The Opioid Crisis: How It Was Created and What To Do About It - A Pain Doctor’s Perspective

Thomas E. Loeser, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, Seattle

John D. Loeser M.D., Professor Emeritus of Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle

9:45 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

The Science, Over-Promotion and Risks of Fentanyl

Steven E. Aks, DO, FACMT, FACEP, Director, The Toxikon Consortium, Division of Toxicology; Department of Emergency Medicine Cook County Hospital; Professor of Emergency Medicine, Rush Medical College, Chicago

10:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Concrete Examples Toward a Multifaceted Solution to the Opioid Epidemic

Professor Juliet Sorensen, Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Chicago

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Current Landscape of Opioid Litigation

Shayna E. Sacks, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, New York
Derek W. Loeser, Keller Rohrback Law Offices, LLP, Seattle
Mark Pifko, Baron & Budd, P.C., Los Angeles

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Case Selection Criteria

Matthew Daniel, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, Dallas
Arati C. Furness, Fears & Nachawati, Dallas

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

The Value of Data & Analysis in Targeted Marketing to Consumers - Opioid Addictions

Steve Nober, Founder/CEO, Consumer Attorney Marketing Group (CAMG), Woodland Hills, CA

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Who are the Governmental Action Plaintiffs and What are the Causation Theories?

David Charles Laborde, Laborde Earles Law Firm, Lafayette, LA
Hunter J. Shkolnik, Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, New York
Daniel Richards, Richards Rodriguez & Skeith LLP, Austin, TX
Derrick “Digger” Earles, Laborde Earles Law Firm, Lafayette, LA
Lexi J. Hazam, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, San Francisco

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Lunch Sponsored by ILS.


1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

The Case for Distributor Liability - Who Had Their hand on the Opioid Hose?

James C. Peterson, Hill, Peterson, Carper, Bee & Deitzler, PLLC, Charleston, WV

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Damage Theories for Entities

Paul J. Hanly Jr., Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York
Sarah Burns, Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, Alton, IL
James D. Young, Morgan & Morgan, PA, Jacksonville, FL
Mike Papantonio, Levin Papantonio, Pensacola, FL

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break

2:45 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Practice Advisory: Using The Hi-Tech Form for Electronic Collection of Medical Records

Paige Boldt, Watts Guerra LLP, San Antonio

3:05 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Law Enforcement Perspective: Strategies for Management and Resolution of the Opioid Epidemic

• Views from a Former Prosecutor, State Legislator and Current County Sheriff
Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, Cook County Sheriff's Office, Chicago

3:35 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.

Theories for Approaching Class Actions and Individual Actions on Opioid Over-Prescription Cases

Gale Pearson, Pearson, Randall, & Schumacher, P.A., Minneapolis
Victoria Maniatis, The Sanders Firm, New York
John A. Yanchunis, Morgan & Morgan, PA., Orlando, FL

4:10 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The Role of Pharma in Changing Prescribing Habits

Shelly Sanford, Watts Guerra LLP, Austin, TX
Zachary L. Wool, Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix, L.L.P., New Orleans
Andrew Kolodny, M.D., Co-Director, Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, Institute for Behavioral Health, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Overcoming a Strong Warnings Label and Marketing Strategies

Mikal C. Watts, Watts Guerra LLP, San Antonio
Tommy Fibich, Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs, Houston
Mike Gallagher, The Gallagher Law Firm, LLP, Houston

5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Networking Cocktail Reception

Networking Cocktail Reception Sponsored by Watts Guerra LLP.


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