Alternative Litigation Funding: a Roundtable Discussion Among Experts

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

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Panel 1: Moderate Stakes Litigation

Panel 2: Large Commercial Litigation

Panel 3: Obligations of Lawyers

In recent years a new phenomenon called Alternative Litigation Funding (ALF) has begun to have a major impact on lawsuits.  ALF is the name given to two sets of practices that are similar in some respects, but different in others. In one, small amounts, up to about $10,000, are provided to personal injury or other modest stakes plaintiffs, to enable them to pay their expenses while their case is pending. In the other, sophisticated investors put up large sums—often several million dollars—to help fund large commercial litigation. The unifying aspect is that the advances in both situations are non-recourse, which means that the investor is only paid if the plaintiff wins or settles the case.

The symposium touched on three topics, including consumer litigation, commercial litigation, and lawyer issues and obligations.

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Conference Note

Panel: Moderate Stakes Litigation
Moderator: Alan Morrison, GW Law

Panelists:
Gary Chodes
, Oasis Legal Finance (Submission)
Kirby Griffis, Hollingsworth LLP (Submission)
Burton Leblanc, Baron & Budd (Submission)
Susan Lorde Martin, Zarb School of Busines, Hofstra University (Submission)
Arthur Wilmarth, GW Law (Submission)

Panel: Large Commercial Litigation
Moderator: Jonathan Molot, Georgetown Law Center

Panelists:
Michael Abramowicz
, GW Law (Submission)
Sean Coffey, Blackrobe Capital (Submission)
Richard Fields, Juridica Capital Management
Deborah Hensler, Standford Law School (Submission)
Bill Rubenstein, Harvard Law School (Submission)
Gary Rubin, Skadden (Submission)

Remarks  were made by Kenneth Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP; former Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001

Panel: Obligations of Lawyers
Moderator: Roger Trangsrud, GW Law

Panelists:
Thomas Morgan
, GW Law (Submission)
Anthony Sebok, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Submission)
Philip Schaeffer, White & Case (Submission)

The event is co-sponsored by the James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center. 


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