HarrisMartin's Opioid Litigation Conference: The State Court Case Against the PBMs, Retailers and Distributors Agenda

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Day 1, Wednesday, May 08, 2019

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

Continental Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Opioid State-Court Litigation Overview and Opening Remarks

Shelly Sanford, Watts | Guerra LLP, Austin, TX
Dara Hegar, The Lanier Law Firm, Houston
Mikal C. Watts, Watts | Guerra LLP, Austin, TX

9:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pharmacy Benefit Managers’ Role in Opioid Utilization and Reimbursement

Joanne Cicala, The Cicala Law Firm PLLC, Dripping Springs, TX

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

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

Recovery System Models and the Spectrum of Recovery: A Look at Addiction and Dependence Recovery From the Streets to a Sober Environment

Jason Howell, RecoveryPeople, Austin, TX
Mark Kinzly, Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI), Austin, TX

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

What ARCOS Data Tells Us and State Court Alternatives to ARCOS Data

Matthew Daniel, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, Dallas
Jonathan Novak, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas
Jay Henderson, Fibich Leebron Copeland Briggs, Houston

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Claims by the State Attorney’s General

Bradley Beckworth, Nix Patterson LLP, Austin, TX

Majed Nachawati, The Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, Dallas

Patrick Sweeten, Associate Deputy AG for Special Litigation, Office of the Texas Attorney General, Austin, TX

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Overview and Update: Claims Filed in State Courts

Jeffrey B. Simon, Simon Greenstone Panatier, PC, Dallas
Mark P. Robinson Jr., Robinson Calcagnie, Inc., Newport Beach, CA
Mark York, Director, McDowell County Drug Project, Charleston, WV

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Lunch Sponsored by CS Disco Inc.

CS Disco Inc.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Causes of Action Under the Uniform Drug Dealer Liability Act: A Guide for Participating States

J. Gerard Stranch IV, Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, Nashville, TN
F. Jerome Tapley, Cory Watson Attorneys, Birmingham, AL

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Developments in Criminal and Civil Liability for Corporate Executives

Shelly Sanford, Watts | Guerra LLP, Austin, TX

2:15 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

When and How are Retail Pharmacies Wholesalers, and Wholesaler Roles in the Opioid Crisis

Hon. John F. Garvey (Ret.), Carey Danis & Lowe, St. Louis
Beth A. Kaswan, Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP, New York

2:55 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The Case Against McKesson

Mike Gallagher, The Gallagher Law Firm, LLC, Houston
Jim M. Perdue Jr., Perdue & Kidd, Houston

3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

The Recovery High School and Youth Recovery Programs

Lori Holleran Steiker, Ph.D., Steve Hicks Professor of Addiction, Recovery and Substance Use Services, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX
Julie McElrath, LMSW, LCDC-I, Executive Director, University High School, Austin, TX

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Opioid Crisis from County Officials’ Perspectives

Benjamin L. Goetten, Jersey County State’s Attorney, Jerseyville, IL
Hon. Ann E. Callis (Ret.), Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., Edwardsville, IL

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Strategies and Reasons for State Court Filings

Mikal C. Watts, Watts | Guerra LLP, Austin, TX

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

Networking Cocktail Reception

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Date & Time

May 08, 2019
8:00AM - 6:15PM