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Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences


Malini Moorthy (Chair)
Medtronic, Vice President and Chief Deputy General Counsel

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

Adam Moskowitz (Conference Topics Coordinator)
The Moskowitz Law Firm

General Counsels & Litigation Department Heads

Sheila BrodbeckPfizer, Inc.Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Christopher GuthBayerSenior Counsel – Corporate Litigation
Carrie HazardEndo International PLCSenior Vice President and Associate General Counsel
James HolstonMerckExecutive Director, Managing Counsel
Jocelyn HunterHome DepotVice President and Deputy General Counsel
Robert D. HunterAltec, Inc.Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Leah LorberGlaxoSmithKlineAssistant General Counsel, Dispute Resolution and Prevention
Ellen FarrellToyota Motor North America, Inc.Assistant General Counsel
Munjot SahuEli Lilly and CompanyCounsel-Litigation and Legal Compliance (Designate)
Matt ShanleyExxonMobilAssistant General Counsel – Litigation
Barney ShultzState Farm Insurance Co.Vice President – Counsel

Law Firm Partners

Frederick BakerMotley Rice LLC
John BeisnerSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Sheila BirnbaumDechert LLP
Elizabeth CabraserLieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
Mark FilipKirkland & Ellis LLP
Robert HeimDechert LLP
Kimberly JusticeFreed Kanner London & Millen LLC
Adam LevittDiCello Levitt & Casey LLC
Ted MayerHughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Dianne NastNastLaw LLC
Peter PrietoPodhurst Orseck PA
Christopher SeegerSeeger Weiss LLP
Chilton VarnerKing & Spalding LLP

*Italicized names generally represent plaintiffs.

Public Interest

Jocelyn LarkinImpact FundExecutive Director

Emeritus Advisory Council

Phillip A. Wittmann
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

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.