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Once again, we’ve been asked to shill for a DRI Drug and Medical Device meeting.  Since we’re defense side shills by nature, we are only too happy to oblige.  Here goes:


It is that time of year again.  Trees blooming, people sneezing, and the Drug and Device defense bar is getting ready for the Annual DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar.  Here goes our shameless plug for the Seminar that we hope the majority of our readers will attend.

DRI Drug and Medical Device Seminar 2013 will be held May 16-17 in New York City at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown.  Most of you know of the Seminar as the preeminent program for in-house and outside counsel who represent pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.  Many of you attend year after year.  Here are just a few of the key reasons to attend again this year.

The program:

  • Judge Arnold New of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas will present on recent changes in the Court.
  • An experienced jury consultant and trial lawyer analyze a focus group on juror perceptions of the FDA
  • The Honorable Raymond Lohier of the Second Circuit will speak at the Diversity Luncheon.
  • In-house counsel and a presenter from the American Tort Reform Association will instruct on “judicial hellholes” from both the judicial and legislative perspective.
  • The trial team for the St. Jude Silzone Heart Valve litigation will provide an overview of their successful defense of a 19-month class action trial.
  • An experienced FDA attorney will present on new FDA priorities and how they impact our industry.
  • In-house counsel will have their own exclusive in-house only breakout session.

And many more….

Other benefits:

  • All in-house counsel can attend for FREE, either as a member of DRI or via sponsorship by an outside counsel.
  • A record number of in-house counsel are expected given the geographic location.
  • FREE wi-fi in the conference room (so, yes, you can multi-task and even read this blog.
  • All of the usual networking events will be in full swing.
  • The Sheraton is all NEW with a 180MM renovation.
  • AND, the hotel block was just extended to May 1st, so you still have time to register and reserve your room at the discount rate.

And did we mention that this year the Seminar is in NYC?  We hope to see you there.

For questions, feel free to contact Gail Rodgers.