Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

General Counsels & Litigation Department Heads

Malini Moorthy (Chair)Bayer CorporationVice President & Associate General Counsel; Head of Global Litigation
Dena Sharp
(Vice Chair)
Girard Gibbs LLPAntitrust Attorney
Steven BenzEli Lilly and CompanyAssistant General Counsel
Ken CutshawCrawford and CompanyPresident & CEO, GCG, a Crawford Company
Sheila BrodbeckPfizer, Inc.Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
James GrastyMerckV.P. & Assistant General Counsel
Jocelyn HunterHome DepotV.P. & Deputy General Counsel
Robert D. HunterAltec, Inc.Senior. V.P. and General Counsel
JoAnn LeeExxonMobilAssistant General Counsel – Litigation
Brad LermanMedtronicSenior V.P. and General Counsel
Leah LorberGlaxoSmithKlineAssistant General Counsel, Dispute Resolution and Prevention
Jody PorterToyota Motor North America, Inc.Assistant General Counsel
Timothy PrattBoston Scientific CorporationGeneral Counsel
Barney ShultzState Farm Insurance Co.Vice President – Counsel
Anthony WalshGE’s Power & WaterExecutive Counsel – Litigation

Law Firm Partners

*Italicized names generally represent plaintiffs.


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

Public Interest

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.


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