8:55 Welcome and Introductions
9:00 Business or Legal? Navigating Complex Privilege Issues
Sarah A. Sheridan, Moore & Van Allen PLLC, Charlotte
Attorneys, particularly those working as in-house counsel, often wear multiple hats and are expected to provide both legal and business advice. This session provides an overview of recent North Carolina case law developments regarding the scope and limitations of the attorney-client privilege, particularly in the context of when communications contain intertwined legal and business advice.
9:58 Using Experts in Complex Litigation
Demi L. Bostian, Robinson Bradshaw, Chapel Hill
Brian D. Burns, FORVIS LLP, Richmond, VA
Emma T. Kutteh, Robinson Bradshaw, Charlotte
Cases can be won or lost on the strength of expert testimony. This session provides the perspective of both an experienced expert witness and lawyers on strategies for how to best utilize expert witnesses in developing a winning case strategy.
11:08 The Opioid Litigation: Reaching a Global Settlement
W. Swain Wood, Morningstar Law Group, Raleigh
The opioid litigation has been one of the largest nationwide litigations in history, involving private plaintiffs and attorneys general from across the country. In this session, Swain Wood, the first assistant attorney general, summarizes the global settlement reached recently between a number of states and the large opioid defendants.
11:41 Building Trust (With Colleagues, Clients and the Bench)*
Taylor M. Dewberry, Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan LLP, Raleigh
Jeremy M. Falcone, Ellis & Winters LLP, Greensboro
Jane Y. Paksoy, IQVIA, Chapel Hill
Preetha Suresh Rini, Robinson Bradshaw, Chapel Hill (Moderator)
This panel of speakers, with experience in private practice and in-house roles, illustrates practices for building trust with colleagues, opposing counsel, clients, and neutral mediators and judges. The panelists examine professionalism and candor, and they also discuss how achieving and maintaining a high level of trust increases success for both the individual lawyer and the law firm as an organization.
12:42 Lunch Break
1:12 The Price We Pay as Professional Problem Solvers†
Candace A. Hoffman, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program, Raleigh
Compassion fatigue has been widely studied in social workers and first responders to crisis situations. New ground-breaking research has revealed the impact of this condition on those working in the legal profession. Given that compassion fatigue is akin to burnout, this session resonates deeply for lawyers from all practice areas. This session focuses on the condition itself, the brain science behind it, why and how lawyers may find themselves vulnerable to it, and how to mitigate it.
2:12 Insurance Issues in Complex Litigation
Gary S. Parsons, Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP, Raleigh
Insurance is not always the first thing lawyers think about when a client is sued, but it should be on the list. As Harvard University recently found, failing to consider antitrust in a timely fashion can have multi-million-dollar consequences. This session addresses important issues around insurance that all litigators should keep in mind.
3:22 Business Court Panel Discussion
Chief Judge Louis A. Bledsoe III, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Judge Adam M. Conrad, North Carolina Business Court, Charlotte
Judge Mark A. Davis, North Carolina Business Court, Raleigh
Judge Julianna T. Earp, North Carolina Business Court, Greensboro
J. Matthew "Matt" Gorga, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Raleigh (Moderator)
Judge Michael L. Robinson, North Carolina Business Court, Winston-Salem
Luke C. Tompkins, Ward and Smith PA, Raleigh (Moderator)
Frequently regarded as the highlight of the section's annual CLE, this panel discussion features sitting business court judges, who offer their perspectives about practice before the business court.
* Indicates portion providing Ethics/Professional Responsibility credit
† Indicates portion providing Substance Abuse/Mental Health credit
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