Second Annual Complex Commercial Litigation Conference scheduled for April 6

Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017
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Plan to attend the Massachusetts Bar Association's Second Annual Complex Commercial Litigation Conference on April 6, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. This year's conference will feature a keynote address from Supreme Judicial Court Justice Margot Botsford (ret.).

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)

Bankruptcy
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 (Massachusetts Superior Court, Business Litigation Session)
  • Hon. Linda E. Giles (Massachusetts Superior Court)
  • Hon. Timothy S. Hillman (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts)
  • Hon. Stephen E. Neel (ret.) (JAMS)