Product Liability Insights for 2021: In-House and Trial Lawyers’ Perspectives on Navigating the Year Ahead

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 12:00PM - 2:00PM

As we prepare for a new year still facing global daily disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, please join us for a virtual seminar in which industry leaders and trial lawyers will discuss the business and product liability risks they are seeing and new challenges they anticipate in 2021.

Panel 1 - Leading Teams and Navigating Issues in the Time of COVID-19

A panel of industry leaders from the life sciences and manufacturing sectors will discuss the key issues they face in guiding their companies through the significant business, health, legal, and economic challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Points of discussion will include:

• Issues in-house legal teams are confronting and how their practices and needs have changed in the post-COVID-19 environment.

• Strategies companies are utilizing to plan ahead for a post-pandemic period.

• Tips for retained counsel to better support and partner with in-house colleagues during these continued uncertain times.

Panel 2 - The Future of Jury Trials

Few aspects of the law were impacted more dramatically by the coronavirus pandemic than jury trials. In 2020, companies, attorneys and judges were forced to rethink every aspect of the trial process and navigate how to conduct trials that were fair for all parties and safe for everyone involved. A panel of prominent trial lawyers from around the country will discuss how companies can best anticipate and prepare for jury trials going forward and what long-term impacts on jury trials may result from this COVID-19 pandemic.

Points of discussion will include:

• Predictions for how courts and litigants will handle in-person and remote jury trials in 2021 and as court systems begin to re-open throughout the country.

• Lessons learned from in-person hearings, mock jury exercises, and jury trials conducted during the pandemic.

• The pandemic’s effect on juror attitudes and decision-making.