Advisory Council
Duke Law Distinguished Lawyers Series

  • 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
  • Murray Garnick, Altria
      Senior V.P. & Assoc. General 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
  • Allen Nelson, Crawford and Company
      Executive V.P. & General Counsel
  • Adam Levitt, Grant & Eisenhofer, PA
  • Timothy Pratt, Boston Scientific Corporation
      General Counsel
  • 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 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.