Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

General Counsels & Litigation Department Heads

Name Company Position
Malini Moorthy (Chair) Bayer Corporation Vice President & Associate General Counsel; Head of Global Litigation
Steven Benz Eli Lilly and Company Assistant General Counsel
Ken Cutshaw Crawford and Company President & CEO, GCG, a Crawford Company
Sheila Brodbeck Pfizer, Inc. Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
James Grasty Merck V.P. & Assistant General Counsel
Jocelyn Hunter Home Depot V.P. & Deputy General Counsel
Robert D. Hunter Altec, Inc. Senior. V.P. and General Counsel
JoAnn Lee ExxonMobil Assistant General Counsel – Litigation
Brad Lerman Medtronic Senior V.P. and General Counsel
Leah Lorber GlaxoSmithKline Assistant General Counsel, Dispute Resolution and Prevention
Jody Porter Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Assistant General Counsel
Timothy Pratt Boston Scientific Corporation General Counsel
Barney Shultz State Farm Insurance Co. Vice President – Counsel
Anthony Walsh GE’s Power & Water Executive Counsel – Litigation

Law Firm Partners

*Italicized names generally represent plaintiffs.

Name Firm
Frederick Baker Motley Rice LLC
John Beisner Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Sheila Birnbaum Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
Elizabeth Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
Mark Filip Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Daniel Girard Girard Gibbs LLP
Robert Heim Dechert LLP
Kimberly Justice Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP
Adam Levitt DiCello Levitt & Casey LLC
Adam Moskowitz Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP
Dianne Nast NastLaw LLC
Peter Prieto Podhurst Orseck PA
Christopher Seeger Seeger Weiss LLP
Chilton Varner King & Spalding LLP
Phillip Wittmann Stone Pigman Walther & Wittmann LLC

Public Interest

Name Organization Position
Jocelyn Larkin Impact Fund Executive 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.