Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

  • Malini Moorthy (Chair), Bayer Corporation  
      Head of U.S. Litigation Department
  • Frederick Baker, Motley Rice LLC
  • Steven Benz, Eli Lilly and Company
      Assistant General Counsel
  • John Beisner, Skadden Arps Slate
      Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Joseph Blanco, Crawford and Company
      Executive V.P. & General Counsel
  • Sheila Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel
      Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Julie Fink, Pfizer, Inc.
      Corporate Counsel
  • Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser
      Heimann & Bernstein LLP
  • James Grasty, Merck
      V.P. & Assistant General Counsel
  • Mark Filip, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Jocelyn Hunter, Home Depot
     V.P. & Deputy General Counsel
  • Daniel Girard, Girard Gibbs LLP
  • Robert D. Hunter, Altec, Inc.
      Senior. V.P. and General Counsel
  • Robert Heim, Dechert LLP
  • JoAnn Lee, ExxonMobil
      Assistant General Counsel - Litigation
  • Kimberly Justice, Kessler Topaz
      Meltzer & Check LLP
  • Brad Lerman, Medtronic
      Senior V.P. and General Counsel
  • Adam Levitt, DiCello Levitt & Casey LLC
  • Leah Lorber, GlaxoSmithKline
      Assistant General Counsel, Dispute
      Resolution and Prevention
  • Adam Moskowitz, Kozyak Tropin &
      Throckmorton LLP
  • Jody Porter, Toyota Motor
    North America, Inc.
      Assistant General Counsel
  • Dianne Nast, NastLaw LLC
  • Timothy Pratt, Boston Scientific Corporation
      General Counsel
  • Peter Prieto, Podhurst Orseck PA
  • Barney Shultz, State Farm Insurance Co.
      Vice President - Counsel
  • Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP
  • Anthony Walsh, GE's Power & Water
      Executive Counsel - Litigation
  • Chilton Varner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Phillip Wittmann, Stone Pigman
      Walther & Wittmann LLC
  • Jocelyn Larkin, Impact Fund
      Executive Director
*Italicized names generally represent plaintiffs.

The Duke Conferences 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 at!documentDetail;D=USC-RULES-CV-2013-0002-0001.  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.