Advisory Council for The Duke Conferences

  • Malini Moorthy (Chair), Bayer Corporation  
      Head of U.S. Litigation Department
  • Frederick Baker, Motley Rice LLC
  • Julie Fink, Pfizer, Inc.
      Corporate Counsel
  • John Beisner, Skadden Arps Slate
      Meagher & Flom LLP
  • James Grasty, Merck
      V.P. & Assistant General Counsel
  • Sheila Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel
      Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • David Howard, Microsoft
      Corporate V.P. & Deputy General
      Counsel - Litigation and Antitrust
  • Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser
      Heimann & Bernstein LLP
  • Jocelyn Hunter, Home Depot
     V.P. & Deputy General Counsel
  • Mark Filip, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Robert D. Hunter, Altec, Inc.
      Senior. V.P. and General Counsel
  • Daniel Girard, Girard Gibbs LLP
  • JoAnn Lee, ExxonMobil
      Assistant General Counsel - Litigation
  • Robert Heim, Dechert LLP
  • Allen Nelson, Crawford and Company
      Executive V.P. & General Counsel
  • Kimberly Justice, Kessler Topaz
      Meltzer & Check LLP
  • Timothy Pratt, Boston Scientific Corporation
      General Counsel
  • Adam Levitt, Grant & Eisenhofer, PA
  • Leah Lorber, GlaxoSmithKline
      Assistant General Counsel, Dispute
      Resolution and Prevention
  • Adam Moskowitz, Kozyak Tropin &
      Throckmorton LLP
  • Barney Shultz, State Farm Insurance Co.
      Vice President - Counsel
  • Peter Prieto, Podhurst Orseck PA
  • Anthony Walsh, GE's Power & Water
      Executive Counsel - Litigation
  • Christopher Seeger, Seeger Weiss LLP
  • Jocelyn Larkin, Impact Fund
      Executive Director
  • Len Simon, Robbins Geller
      Rudman & Dowd LLP

  • Chilton Varner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Phillip Wittmann, Stone Pigman
      Walther & Wittmann LLC
*Names of lawyers primarily representing plaintiffs are italicized.

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.