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
  • Julie Fink, Pfizer, Inc.
      Corporate Counsel
  • Sheila Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel
      Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • James Grasty, Merck
      V.P. & Assistant General Counsel
  • Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser
      Heimann & Bernstein LLP
  • David Howard, Microsoft
      Corporate V.P. & Deputy General
      Counsel - Litigation and Antitrust
  • 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
  • Leah Lorber, GlaxoSmithKline
      Assistant General Counsel, Dispute
      Resolution and Prevention
  • Adam Levitt, Grant & Eisenhofer, PA
  • Allen Nelson, Crawford and Company
      Executive V.P. & General Counsel
  • Adam Moskowitz, Kozyak Tropin &
      Throckmorton LLP
  • 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
  • Len Simon, Robbins Geller
      Rudman & Dowd LLP

  • Chilton Varner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Jocelyn Larkin, Impact Fund
      Executive Director
  • Phillip Wittmann, Stone Pigman
      Walther & Wittmann LLC
*Names of lawyers primarily representing plaintiffs are italicized. In-house council members are entitled to Gold-Level Sponsor Benefits; law firm council members are entitled to Silver-Level Sponsorship benefits. See the Center for Judicial Studies sponsorship page for details. 

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.