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Past Events

  CLE: "Litigation Budgets & Legal Spend in Corporate Legal Departments
  May 25, 2017 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  NALFA Professional Development Program

 

Panelists
Robert Ackermann, Chief Litigation Counsel, CLMG Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Luanne Ellison, Senior Manager of Legal Operations, Baxter International (Deerfield, IL)
Katie Neill, Compliance & Litigation Counsel, ARS National Services Inc. (San Diego, CA)

Course Description
A panel of corporate counsel address a range of issues in managing outside legal fees and costs in litigation across industry sectors.  Panelists discuss effective litigation management measures to control outside legal spend including litigation budgeting, legal bill review, the use of vendors, data, and software.  Panelists also cover the economic realities of litigation such as outside retention agreements, billing and fee disputes and more.  Course materials included.  This CLE program was recorded and is available for purchase for $125.



  CLE: "Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable"
  April 27, 2017 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 Ethics Credit Hours in CA, FL, IL, OH, PA & TX (Approved)

 

Panelists
Carole J. Buckner, Principal, Buckner Law Corp. (Newport Beach, CA)
Susan D. Carle, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law (Washington, DC)
Anne P. Ray, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP (Chicago, IL)

Course Description
A panel of some of the nation's top legal ethics experts cover a range of ethical issues on attorney fees and legal billing.  Panelists review the state ethical rules related to reasonable attorney fees and proper legal billing practices.  Panelists address the latest issues on attorney fee ethics including ethical issues regarding fee splitting, litigation financing, settlement ethics and more.  Panelists consider several real world ethical fee hypotheticals in the context of the business of law.  Course materials included.  This CLE program was recorded and is available for purchase for $125.

 

CLE: "View from the Bench: Awarding Attorney Fees in Federal Litigation"
  March 24, 2017 @ Noon-2:00pm (Central)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours in CA, FL, IL, OH & TX (Approved)


Panelists

The Honorable Fredric Block, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
The Honorable David R. Herndon, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
The Honorable Kristen L. Mix, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Course Description
A panel of sitting federal judges address a range of issues in awarding attorney fees and expenses in large, complex litigation in federal court.  Panelists discuss the nuts and bolts of attorney fee awards including fee calculation methods, fee award factors, and fee allocation issues.  Panelists also offer judicial insight on attorney fee claims and provide practice tips for fee-seeking and fee-challenging litigators.  Course materials included.  This on-demand CLE program is available for purchase for $125.




  CLE: "View from the Bench: Awarding Attorney Fees in Complex Litigation"
  October 28, 2016 @ 1:00pm-3:00 (Eastern)
  2.00 CLE Credit Hours in NY, NJ, OH & PA (Pending)


Panelists

The Honorable Avern L. Cohn, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
The Honorable Frank Maas, Chief Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
The Honorable Lisa M. Smith, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Course Description
A panel of sitting federal judges address a range of issues in awarding attorney fees and expenses in large, complex litigation in federal court.  Panelists discuss the nuts and bolts of attorney fee awards including fee calculation methods, fee award factors, and fee allocation issues.  Panelists also offer judicial insight on attorney fee claims and provide practice tips for fee-seeking and fee-challenging litigators.  Course materials included.  This on-demand CLE program is available for purchase for $125.

 

 

    CLE: "Fee-Shifting Litigation: Prevailing Party Issues & Fee Claim Strategies"
    October 13, 2016 @ 12:00pm-2:00 (Central)
    2.00 CLE Credit Hours in CA, FL, IL & TX (Pending)


Panelists

John D. O'Connor, Principal, O'Connor & Associates (San Francisco, CA)
Paul B. Porvaznick, Partner, Davis McGarth LLC (Chicago, IL)
Jerome C. Studer, Managing Director, Legal Fee Solutions LLC (Chicago, IL)

Course Description
Despite the American Rule, fee-shifting litigation is prevalent throughout the U.S.  Panelists address a range of issues that arise in large, complex fee-shifting cases.  Panelists discuss the different types of fee-shifting provisions and statutes, prevailing party issues, and winning and defeating prevailing party fee claims in court.  Panelists also consider fee entitlement issues, fees as sanctions, use of fee experts, and methods for calculating reasonable prevailing party fees and expenses.  Course materials included.  This on-demand CLE program is available for purchase for $125.

 

 

  CLE: "Attorney Fees in Class Actions: Fee Calculations, Hot Issues & Trends"
  September 29, 2016 @ 1:00pm-3:30 (Central)
  2.50 CLE Credit Hours in CA, FL, IL & TX (Pending) 


Panelists

Lance A. Harke, Founding Partner, Harke Clasby & Bushman LLP (Miami, FL)
Jeffrey D. Light, Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP (San Diego, CA)
Joseph J. Siprut, Founding and Managing Partner, Siprut PC (Chicago, IL)

Course Description
A panel of nationally prominent class action plaintiffs' counsel cover a range of attorney fee and expense issues in class action and MDL cases.  Panelists discuss recent state and federal class action fee decisions that focus on fee calculation methods, cy pres awards, fee reductions and more.  Panelists also consider a host of hot issues on attorney fees in class actions including fee recovery strategies, responding to fee challenges, and fee allocation issues.  Finally, panelists examine court trends in class action fee awards from across the U.S., including fee calculation methods and introduce new fee award factors.  Course materials included.  This on-demand CLE program is available for purchase for $125.

 

  CLE: "Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable"
  July 28, 2016 @ 1:00pm-3:30 (Central)
  2.50 Legal Ethics Credit Hours in California, Florida, Illinois & Texas


Panelists

Carole J. Buckner, Principal, Buckner Law Corp. (Irvine, CA)
Gwendolyn H. Daniel, Partner, Smith Tozian Daniel & Davis PA (Tampa Bay, FL)
Jan L. Jacobwitz, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables, FL)
Stephanie L. Stewart, Partner, Meyer Law Group LLC (Chicago, IL)

Course Description
A panel of some of the nation's top legal ethics experts cover a range of ethical issues on attorney fees and legal billing.  Panelists review the state ethical rules related to reasonable attorney fees and proper legal billing practices.  Panelists address the hot issues and developments in attorney fee ethics including proper legal billing practices, referral fees, outsourcing, litigation financing and more.  Panelists also consider several real world ethical fee hypotheticals in the context of the business of law.  Course materials included.

 

  CLE: "Bankruptcy Fees in Large Chapter 11 Cases"
  May 26, 2016 @ 2:00pm-4:00 (CDT)
  NALFA Professional Development Program


Panelists

The Honorable Kevin J. Carey, Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware
Robert M. Fishman, Member, Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC
Nancy B. Rapoport, Professor of Law, UNLV Boyd School of Law

Course Description
In complex bankruptcy cases, bankruptcy counsel often generate million of dollars in legal fees.  Panelists cover a range of fee and billing issues that arise in large Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.  Panelists take an in-depth look at the role of the bankruptcy fee examiner, the process of review and other ways bankruptcy courts manage fees and expenses, including fee review committees, fee auditors and software programs.  Panelists also examine the role of the U.S. Trustee and the new UST fee guidelines.  They also present red flag issues for timekeepers.  Finally, panelists conclude with a discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision, Baker Botts v. ASARCO and bankruptcy court decisions interpreting ASARCO.  Course materials included.

 

  CLE: "View from the Bench: Awarding Attorney Fees in Complex Litigation"
  April 1, 2016 @ 12:00pm-2:00 (CDT)
  Approved for 2.00 CLE Credit Hours in California, Florida, Illinois & Texas


Panelists

The Honorable Milton I. Shadur, Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The Honorable William G. Young, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
The Honorable Victor A. Bolden, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Course Description
A panel of sitting federal judges address a range of issues in awarding attorney fees and expenses in large, complex litigation in federal court.  Panelists discuss the nuts and bolts of attorney fee awards including fee calculation methods, fee award factors and fee allocation issues.  Panelists also offer judicial insight on attorney fee claims and provide practice tips for fee-seeking and fee-challenging litigators.  Course materials included.


CLE: "Attorney Fee Awards in Patent Litigation Post-Octane Fitness"
January 28, 2016 @ 2:00pm-4:00 (CDT)
Approved for 2.00 CLE Credit Hours in California, Illinois & Texas

Panelists
Alexandra H. Moss, Associate, Durie Tangri LLP (San Francisco, CA)
Rudolph A. Telscher, Principal, Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC (St. Louis, MO)
M. Kelly Tillery, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP (Philadelphia, PA)

Course Description
A panel of prominent patent infringement attorneys address a range of issues in patent attorney fee awards since the Octane Fitness and Highmark Supreme Court rulings.  Panelists discuss the Supreme Court decisions and their impact in the landscape of litigating patent cases.  Panelists focus on the new "exceptional" case standard, fee recovery and winning and defeating attorney fee claims in court.  Panelists also discuss patent fee award statistics, current court trends, practice tips and the future of patent fee awards.  Course materials included.  This on-demand program is available for purchase for $125.

 

  CLE: "Legal Bill Review Programs in the U.S.: Process & Methodology"
  November 19, 2015 @ 2:00pm-4:00 (CDT)
  NALFA Professional Development Program


Panelists

Andre E. Jardini, Founder & President, KPC Legal Audit Service Inc. (Glendale, CA)
Laura S. Pillsbury, Senior Team Leader, Bottomline Technologies (Portsmouth, NH)
Jerome C. Studer, Managing Director, Legal Fee Solutions LLC (Chicago, IL)

Course Description
All legal bill review programs in the U.S. confront the same types of issues.  A panel of qualified legal bill auditors discuss their approach to analyzing legal billing entries in a variety of contexts.  Panelists address a range of issues including computerized versus manual review, billing guidelines issues, use of accumulated data and more.  Panelists also explore best practice measures and solutions to common challenges in legal fee analysis.  This program is designed for internal and outside legal bill review professionals, corporate counsel and defense counsel.  UK Costs Lawyers are invited to register.  Course materials included.  This on-demand CLE program is available for purchase for $125.

 

  CLE: "Attorney Fees & Ethics: It Pays To Be Reasonable"
  September 24, 2015 @ 2:00pm-3:30 (CDT)
  Approved for 1.50 Legal Ethics Credit Hours in California, Florida, Illinois & Texas


Panelists
Carole J. Buckner, Principal, Buckner Law Corp. (Irvine, CA)
Jan L. Jacobowitz, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables, FL)
Ronald C. Minkoff, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC (New York, NY)

Course Description
Panelists discuss a range of the hot ethical issues that arise when attorney fees and legal billing are at issue.  Panelists review the ethical rules related to reasonable attorney fees and proper billing practices.  Panelists address the hot issues in attorney fee ethics including the ethical pitfalls in fee agreements, fee splitting, fee disputes, litigation financing and more.  Panelists also consider real world ethical fee scenarios in the context of the business of law.  Course materials included.

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CLE: "Attorney Fees in Class Actions: Fee Calculations, Hot Issues & Trends"
July 23, 2015 @ 2:00-3:30 (CDT)
Approved for 1.50 MCLE Credit Hours in CA & TX

Panelists
Brian S. Kabateck, Managing Partner, Kabateck Brown Kellner LLP (Los Angeles, CA)
Marc R. Stanley, Principal, Stanley Law Group (Dallas, TX)
David S. Stellings, Partner, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP (New York, NY)

Course Description
A panel of prominent class action plaintiffs' counsel cover a range of complex attorney fee issues in class action litigation.  Panelists discuss recent class action fee decisions that focus on contract attorneys, cy pres awards, preparing fee requests and strategies for dealing with professional objectors.  Panelists also consider a host of hot issues on attorney fees in class actions including fees in coupon settlements, fee allocation and fee splitting agreements.  Finally, panelists examine court trends in class action fee awards from across the U.S., including federal circuit splits on fee calculation methods.  This program is designed for plaintiffs' and defense counsel, as well as in-house counsel.  Course materials included.

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  CLE: "Bankruptcy Fee Examiners in Large Chapter 11 Cases"
  May 28, 2015 @ 2:00pm-3:30 (CDT)
  Professional Development Certificate Provided by NALFA


Panelists

Jeffrey L. Cohen, Partner, Cooley, LLP (New York, NY)
Walter W. Theus, Jr., Senior Trial Attorney, USDOJ U.S. Trustee Program (Washington, D.C.)
Nancy B. Rapoport, Professor of Law, UNLV Boyd School of Law (Las Vegas, NV)

Course Description
Walter W. Theus, Jr. leads a panel discussion with bankruptcy fee examiners Nancy B. Rapoport and Jeffrey L. Cohen, covering a range of issues on professionals fees and expenses in large, complex Chapter 11 cases.  Panelists address why the Bankruptcy Code makes the court review fees for reasonableness and examine the new fee guidelines set forth by the USDOJ's U.S. Trustee Program.  Panelists focus their discussion on the role, benefits and results of the options available for bankruptcy courts: fee examiners, fee review committees, fee auditors and software programs.  They also offer a host of red flags that trigger a review of fees and consider interim fee awards versus final fee awards.  Finally, panelists conclude with a discussion of the Baker Botts v. ASARCO case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.  This program is designed for creditor and debtor counsel, fee examiners and USTP trustees and attorneys.  Course materials included.

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CLE: "Winning Attorney Fees in Court: Use of Experts, Case Strategies & Hot Issues"
March 26, 2015 @ 2:00pm-3:30 (CDT)
Approved for 1.50 CLE Credit Hours in CA & TX

Panelists
Trey Cox, Founding Partner, Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox (Dallas, TX)
Hon. Stephen E. Haberfeld (Ret.), Neutral, JAMS (Los Angeles, CA)
John D. O'Connor, Principal, O'Connor & Associates (San Francisco, CA)

Course Description
Judge Stephen Haberfeld moderates a panel discussion with attorney fee experts John O'Connor and Trey Cox, concerning case strategies, using experts, for winning and defeating attorney fee claims in court and arbitration.  O'Connor and Cox discuss effective fee presentation, fee calculation, and the introduction of key evidence, often best and occasionally only possible via expert testimony.  Judge Haberfeld offers tips and comments from his judicial and arbitral perspective.  The panel concludes by addressing several hot issues and trends along the fee recoverability spectrum.  This program is designed for fee-seeking and fee-challenging attorneys, including corporate counsel.  Course materials included.

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The Attorney Fees Conference - 2013

Bar Association of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
October 25, 2013

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The Attorney Fees Conference - 2011

Loyola Law School
Los Angeles, CA
November 17, 2011

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L.A. Attorney Fee Conference: "It Pays To Be Reasonable"

Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
June 24, 2010

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The S.F. Attorney Fee Dispute Program: "Attorney Fee Disputes in a Volatile and Uncertain Economy"

Golden Gate Law School
San Francisco, CA
March 19, 2009

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L.A. Attorney Fee Litigation: "It Pays To Be Reasonable"

Southwestern Law School
Los Angeles, CA
June 19, 2008

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