Advisory Council
Duke Law Distinguished Lawyers Series

General Counsels, Litigation Department Heads,
and Law Firm Partners

  • Malini Moorthy (Chair), Bayer Corporation
       Head of U.S. Litigation Department
  • Julie Fink, Pfizer, Inc.
       Corporate Counsel
  • Murray Garnick, Altria
       Senior Vice President & Assoc. General
  • James Grasty, Merck
       Vice President & Assistant General
  • David Howard, Microsoft
       Corporate Vice President & Deputy General
       Counsel - Litigation and Antitrust
  • Jocelyn Hunter, Home Depot
       Vice President & Deputy General
  • Robert D. Hunter, Altec, Inc.
       Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
  • Joann Lee, ExxonMobil
       Assistant General Counsel - Litigation
  • Jana Litsey, Bank of America
       Deputy General Counsel - Litigation
       and Regulatory Inquiries
  • Timothy Pratt, Boston Scientific Corporation
       General Counsel
  • Allen Nelson, Crawford and Company
       Executive Vice President & General Counsel
  • Barney Shultz, State Farm Insurance Company
       Vice President - Counsel
  • Anthony Walsh, GE's Power & Water
      Executive Counsel - Litigation




  • Frederick Baker, Motley Rice
  • John Beisner, Skadden Arps Slate
       Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Sheila Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel
       Urquhart & Sullivan
  • Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser
       Heimann & Bernstein
  • Mark Filip, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Daniel Girard, Girard Gibbs
  • Robert Heim, Dechert
  • Kimberly Justice, Kessler Topaz
      Meltzer & Check LLP
  • Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP
  • Len Simon, Robbins Geller
       Rudman & Dowd
  • Chilton Varner, King & Spalding
  • Phillip Wittmann, Stone Pigman
       Walther & Wittmann
  • Honorable Anthony J. Scirica (ex officio
  • Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal (ex officio)
  • Professor Joseph Blocher (ex officio)



The Duke Law Judicial Studies Center formed the Advisory Council to help it plan, organize, fund, and hold law-reform bench-bar-academy conferences.  The purpose of the conferences is to effect practical law reform 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 law reform in other areas of the law.