Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences
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Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

Leadership

Malini Moorthy (Chair)
Bayer Corporation, Vice President & Associate General Counsel; Head of Global Litigation

Dena Sharp (Vice Chair),
Girard Gibbs LLP, Antitrust Attorney

Adam Moskowitz (Conference Topics Coordinator)
The Moskowitz Law Firm

General Counsels & Litigation Department Heads

NameCompanyPosition
Tiffany BenjaminEli Lilly and CompanySenior Director, Litigation and Legal Compliance
Sheila BrodbeckPfizer, Inc.Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
James GrastyMerckVice President and Assistant General Counsel
Carrie HazardEndo International PLCSenior Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Kirkland HicksLincoln Financial GroupExecutive Vice President and General Counsel
Jocelyn HunterHome DepotVice President and Deputy General Counsel
Robert D. HunterAltec, Inc.Senior Vice President and General Counsel
JoAnn LeeExxonMobilAssistant General Counsel – Litigation
Brad LermanMedtronicSenior Vice President and General Counsel
Leah LorberGlaxoSmithKlineAssistant General Counsel, Dispute Resolution and Prevention
Jody PorterToyota Motor North America, Inc.Assistant General Counsel
Barney ShultzState Farm Insurance Co.Vice President – Counsel
Anthony WalshGE’s Power & WaterExecutive Counsel – Litigation

Law Firm Partners

NameFirm
Frederick BakerMotley Rice LLC
John BeisnerSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Sheila BirnbaumQuinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Elizabeth CabraserLieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
Mark FilipKirkland & Ellis LLP
Robert HeimDechert LLP
Kimberly JusticeKessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP
Adam LevittDiCello Levitt & Casey LLC
Dianne NastNastLaw LLC
Peter PrietoPodhurst Orseck PA
Christopher SeegerSeeger Weiss LLP
Chilton VarnerKing & Spalding LLP
Phillip WittmannStone Pigman Walther & Wittmann LLC

*Italicized names generally represent plaintiffs.

Public Interest

NameOrganizationPosition
Jocelyn LarkinImpact FundExecutive Director

About the Advisory Council

The Advisory Council helps plan, organize, and hold bench-bar-academy conferences. The purpose of the conferences is to effect practical improvements in the administration of justice on issues of relevance to the practicing bar. The conferences are modeled on the 2010 Bench-Bar-Academy Duke Conference, which included about 15 federal judges and 75 well-experienced lawyers. That conference led to proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, known as the “Duke Rules Package,” which was published for public comment here. The proposed amendments will have a profound impact on the scope of discovery and on a party’s obligations to preserve evidence, especially electronically stored information. The Distinguished Lawyers Series of conferences will seek to effect comparable improvements in the administration of justice in other areas of the law. These events are entirely funded by revenue from registration fees.