Lauren G. Barnes
Lauren Guth Barnes is a partner at Hagens Berman’s Boston office, where she has worked since 2003. Her practice focuses on consumer protection, RICO, and antitrust litigation against drug and medical device manufacturers, including complex class actions and personal injury cases for consumers, large and small health plans, and state governments. Ms. Barnes currently represents health benefit providers in the firm’s copay subsidies class litigation; direct and indirect purchasers of Skelaxin, Prograf, and Androgel; and individuals harmed by pharmaceuticals such as Yaz, Actos, and thalidomide and medical devices including the Taxus stent and pelvic mesh. She recently worked as pro bono counsel in a successful challenge to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ exclusion of legal immigrants from the state’s universal health care program in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the exclusion unconstitutionally violated those immigrants’ rights to equal protection under the law. Ms. Barnes serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, is the current Chair of AAJ’s Women Trial Lawyers Caucus, and served as the Co-Chair of AAJ’s Class Action Litigation Group in 2011-2012.
F. Paul Bland, Jr.
F. Paul Bland, Jr., is a Senior Attorney for Public Justice and Of Counsel at Chavez & Gertler. He has argued or co-argued and won more than 25 reported decisions from federal and state courts across the nation, including cases in six of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and at least one victory in nine different state high courts. He was named the “Vern Countryman” Award winner in 2006 by the National Consumer Law Center, which “honors the accomplishments of an exceptional consumer attorney who, through the practice of consumer law, has contributed significantly to the well-being of vulnerable consumers.” In 2010, he received the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s “Champion of Justice” Award. In the late 1980s, he was Chief Nominations Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986, and Georgetown University in 1983.
Robert G. Bone
Robert Bone is Professor of Law and holds the G. Rollie White Excellence in Teaching Chair at The University of Texas School of Law. He joined the UT faculty in January 2010. Previously he was the Robert Kent Professor in Civil Procedure at Boston University School of Law. Professor Bone received his B.A. degree from Stanford University in 1973 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978. Following law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr. and served as an associate at the Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow, before joining the University of Southern California law faculty in 1983. Professor Bone is a leading scholar in the fields of civil procedure, complex litigation, and intellectual property. He has published numerous articles in leading law journals, a book entitled The Economics of Civil Procedure, and several essays in other books, and he has given many lectures and talks. Professor Bone was selected to give the 2000-2001 Boston University Lecture in honor of his scholarly achievements, and he received Boston University’s highest teaching award, the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1991.
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr.
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., a partner in the Los Angeles and
Washington, DC, offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, is CoChair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law Group, its Crisis Management Group, and the Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments Group. He is a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees. Mr. Boutrous has represented clients in federal and state appellate courts throughout the nation in a wide spectrum of cases, including punitive damages, class action, securities, employment, environmental, insurance, product liability, antitrust, business torts, privacy, arbitration, criminal, and constitutional litigation. He is responsible for the nationwide appellate strategy for several major companies and has successfully persuaded courts to overturn some of the largest jury verdicts and class actions in history. He also represents media organizations, reporters, and others in a wide array of First Amendment, access, subpoena, defamation, freedom of information, prior restraint, newsgathering, and copyright matters.
Arthur H. Bryant
Arthur H. Bryant is the Executive Director of Public Justice, which marshals the skills and resources of over 2,500 of the nation's top plaintiffs’ attorneys to fight for justice through precedent-setting and socially significant litigation. Public Justice is the only public interest law firm in the country that both prosecutes a wide range of individual and class action litigation and has a special project designed to preserve class actions and prevent their abuse. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, Arthur has twice been named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America by The National Law Journal. He has been honored for his commitment to the public interest by, among others, Harvard Law School, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA), and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, which renamed its public service award the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award.
Elizabeth J. Cabraser
Elizabeth J. Cabraser is a founding partner of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein with 34 years’ experience representing plaintiffs in securities, product liability, consumer fraud, mass tort, civil rights, and employment discrimination litigation in federal and state courts. She served as court appointed lead/co-lead counsel in over 85 federal multidistrict and state proceedings, currently serving in leadership roles in the Toyota and B.P. Oil Spill litigations. She teaches complex litigation at Berkeley and Columbia Law Schools, is Editor-in-Chief of California Class Action Practice and Procedure, and regularly writes on class action complex litigation and due process topics for law reviews and practitioners’ publications. In 2010, Ms. Cabraser was appointed to serve on the Federal Rules Advisory Committee. Her recent publications include “The Essentials of Democratic Mass Litigation,” 45 Colum. J.L. & Soc. Problems 499 (2012); “Apportioning Due Process: Preserving The Right to Affordable Justice,” 87 Denver U. L.Rev. 437 (2010); “When Worlds Collide: The Supreme Court Confronts Federal Agencies with Federalism in Wyeth v. Levine; 84 Tulane L. Rev. 1275 (2010); and others.
Eric. L. Cramer
Eric L. Cramer is a managing shareholder with the Philadelphia law firm of Berger & Montague, P.C., where he has practiced since 1995. Mr. Cramer has been substantially involved in trying antitrust class actions, and is responsible for winning substantial settlements for his clients and class members in multiple cases totaling well over $1 billion. Mr. Cramer is also a frequent speaker at antitrust conferences and has written widely in the fields of class certification and antitrust law. Among other writings, Mr. Cramer has co-authored Antitrust, Class Certification, and the Politics of Procedure, which the Third Circuit recently cited in Behrend v. Comcast Corp. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University (1989), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1993. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Antitrust Institute and the current President of COSAL (Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws).
Jonathan W. Cuneo
Jonathan W. Cuneo is the founding member of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP, and its predecessor firms (including the Cuneo Law Group, PC). Mr. Cuneo has over twenty-five years of experience successfully representing plaintiffs in complex antitrust, civil and human rights, consumer protection, corporate governance, and securities class actions before federal and state courts. Mr. Cuneo brings to his legal practice the benefit of nearly a decade of government service-- first as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel of the Federal Trade Commission (1978-1981) and then as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on the Judiciary (1981-1986). He serves as General Counsel and Legislative Representative of the Committee to Support the Antitrust Laws. For 16 years he served as General Counsel of the National Association of Shareholder and Consumer Attorneys. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Cuneo has lectured and published on antitrust law, class action litigation, and other legal subjects. His publications include articles in Class Action Reports, the Georgetown Law Journal, The Nation, the Legal Times, and the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal. With Albert A. Foer, Mr. Cuneo co-authored The International Handbook of Private Enforcement of Competition Law.
Joshua P. Davis
Joshua P. Davis serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Professor, and Director, Center for Law and Ethics at the University of San Francisco School of Law. He writes in various areas from antitrust to free speech and jurisprudence but, most relevantly, on procedure in complex litigation. His recent work has focused in particular on the standard for class certification.
Howard M. Erichson
Howard Erichson teaches civil procedure, complex litigation, and professional responsibility at Fordham Law School in New York City. One of the nation's leading experts on the procedure and ethics of complex litigation, Professor Erichson has published widely on such topics as class actions, mass tort litigation, aggregate settlements, and coordination among lawyers. He is the past chair of the Civil Procedure Section of the Association of American Law Schools and has served on the District Ethics Committee and the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. Erichson is author of the book Inside Civil Procedure and co-author of the casebook Complex Litigation: Cases and Materials on Advanced Civil Procedure. His articles have appeared in the Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Michigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and other leading publications. Professor Erichson graduated from Harvard University and from New York University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. He joined the Fordham Law School faculty in 2007 and was elected Professor of the Year in 2012.
Brian T. Fitzpatrick
Brian T. Fitzpatrick is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on class actions, federal courts, judicial selection and constitutional law. He has published numerous articles on class action litigation, including his 2010 study in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies entitled An Empirical Study of Class Action Settlements and their Fee Awards. Professor Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 as an associate professor, after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. Before earning his law degree, Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, for his Civil Procedure course for the 2008-09 academic year.
Richard D. Freer
Richard D. Freer is the Robert Howell Hall Professor of Law at Emory. He has authored or co-authored 13 books, including casebooks on Civil Procedure and Complex Litigation, as well as dozens of articles in those fields. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D. from UCLA. After clerking for Chief Judge Edward Schwartz of the Southern District of California and Chief Judge Clement Haynsworth of the Fourth Circuit, he practiced litigation at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. At Emory, Professor Freer is the recipient of the University Scholar/Teacher Award, the Emory Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Ben F. Johnson Award for Faculty Excellence. Seven graduating classes have named him Professor of the Year. A member of the American Law Institute since 1988, he served as Adviser to that organization’s Federal Judicial Code Project.
Myriam E. Gilles
Myriam Gilles is a professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, and was a litigation associate in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis before joining the faculty at Cardozo. Her scholarship focuses on class actions and aggregate litigation, access to justice, civil rights and structural reform litigation. Her articles have appeared in the Columbia Law Journal, the California Law Review, the Michigan Law Review and the University of Chicago Law Review, as well as other scholarly journals. Professor Gilles teaches torts, products liability, and aggregate litigation.
George G. Gordon
George G. Gordon is a partner in the Philadelphia office of Dechert LLP, where is co-chair of the antitrust/competition group and co-chair of the life sciences practice. Mr. Gordon focuses his practice on antitrust litigation, counseling and government investigations and has been rated among the top tier of antitrust attorneys in Pennsylvania by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States. Mr. Gordon has also been recognized by The Legal 500 (U.S.), which noted in its 2009 edition that he “has ‘top-notch’ antitrust class action litigation credentials.” In addition, he has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Benchmark Litigation, and was included in The National Law Journal’s 2005 “40 Under 40,” a group of the country’s 40 leading young lawyers, chosen for their achievements and contributions to the legal profession.
Geoffrey C. Hazard
Geoffrey Hazard is perhaps the primary figure in legal ethics in the country today. His treatise Civil Procedure (Foundation, 5th ed., 2001), with Fleming James, Jr. and John Leubsdorf, is a mainstay of American legal education. He continues to write prodigiously, including the ALI/UNIDROIT Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure, which has become a model of civil procedure for international commercial disputes; a treatise; and many articles, particularly on joinder, including class actions, and discovery. His book with Angelo Dondi, Legal Ethics: A Comparative Study (Stanford, 2004), compares ethics in the legal professions of modern industrialized countries. He is the recipient of numerous awards as well as seven honorary degrees.
Deborah R. Hensler
Deborah R. Hensler is the Judge John W. Ford Professor of Dispute Resolution and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at Stanford Law School, where she teaches courses on complex litigation, the legal profession, and empirical research methods. She has written extensively on mass claims and class actions and is the lead author of Class Action Dilemmas: Pursuring Public Goals for Private Gain. In 2011 she was appointed to a Chair in Empirical Legal Studies on Mass Claims at Tilburg University (Netherlands). Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, Professor Hensler was Director of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ). In 2009 she was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Hensler is the founder of the Stanford Global Class Action Exchange and is the co-editor of Class Actions in Context: How Economics, Politics and Culture Shape Collective Litigation (forthcoming).
Laura J. Hines
Laura Hines’s scholarship examines the intersection of civil procedure and tort law, with a focus on aggregate litigation and punitive damages. She joined the faculty at the University of Kansas School of Law in 1997 from the Washington, DC, law firm Arnold & Porter, where her practice primarily involved mass tort class action litigation. Before that, she clerked for Chief Judge Donald P. Lay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, where she served as a note editor on the Michigan Law Review.
Samuel Issacharoff is the Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. His wide ranging research deals with issues in civil procedure (especially complex litigation and class actions); law and economics; constitutional law, particularly with regard to voting rights and electoral systems; and employment law. He is one of the pioneers in the law of the political process; his casebook Law of Democracy (co-authored with Stanford’s Professors Pamela Karlan of Stanford University and Rick Pildes of NYU) and dozens of articles have helped to create a vibrant new area of constitutional law. He is also a leading figure in the field of procedure, both in the academy and outside. He has served as the Reporter for the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation of the American Law Institute and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Robert Klonoff has served as the dean of the Lewis and Clark Law School since 2007. His legal experience includes clerking for Chief Judge John R. Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, working as an Assistant United States Attorney and an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States, and serving as a partner at the international law firm of Jones Day. He is the author or co-author of several books and numerous scholarly articles on class actions, appellate litigation, and trial advocacy. As a private attorney, Dean Klonoff handled more than 100 class actions. He has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court, as well as numerous other cases in appellate courts throughout the country. He has taught law at Georgetown, the University of San Diego, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In September 2011, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Dean Klonoff to serve as the academic member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules.
Richard Marcus holds the Coil Chair in Litigation at UC Hastings in San Francisco. He is co-author of leading casebooks on Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure. Since 1996, he has been the Associate Reporter of the U.S. Judicial Conference's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, and in that capacity was a primary drafter of the 2003 amendments to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23. He is the Reporter to the Advisory Committee's Rule 23 Subcommittee, which was created in 2011.
Alan B. Morrison
Dean Morrison is the Lerner Family Associate Dean for Public Interest & Public Service at GW Law. For most of his career, Dean Morrison worked for the Public Citizen Litigation Group, which he co-founded with Ralph Nader in 1972 and directed for over 25 years. His work involved law reform litigation in various areas including: open government, opening up the legal profession, suing agencies that fail to comply with the law, and protecting unrepresented class members in class action settlements. He has argued 20 cases in the Supreme Court, including victories in Goldfarb v. Virginia State Bar (holding lawyers subject to the antitrust laws for using minimum fee schedules), and Virginia State Board of Pharmacy v. Virginia Citizens Consumer Council (making commercial speech subject to the First Amendment), among others. He is a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and was its president in 1999–2000. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, served as a commissioned officer in the US Navy, and was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York.
Linda S. Mullenix
Linda S. Mullenix holds the Morris & Rita Atlas Chair in Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law. She earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and practiced appellate litigation in Washington D.C. In 2007 she held the Fulbright Senior Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento, Italy. During 1989-90, she was a Supreme Court Fellow in Washington D.C. She has published seventeen books on complex litigation, federal courts, and civil procedure. Professor Mullenix is a contributing editor and writer for Preview of Supreme Court Cases and a regular columnist for the National Law Journal for more than twenty years. Professor Mullenix has written hundreds of articles relating to class action litigation and procedural law, published in Cornell Law Review, Georgetown University Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Vanderbilt Law Review, as well as numerous other journals. She served as Reporter for the ABA Tort & Insurance Section Special Task Force on Class Actions; Reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Committee for the Southern District of Texas; Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers; a consultative member of the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure; and the Complex Litigation Project. Professor Mullenix has worked on Canadian class actions, class litigation under the Brazilian Consumer Protection Act, and London arbitrations relating to mass tort settlements.
William B. Rubenstein
William B. Rubenstein is the Sidley Austin Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. His writing and teaching focus on civil procedure and complex litigation. After graduating from Yale College (magna cum laude, 1982) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude, 1986), Rubenstein clerked for the Hon. Stanley Sporkin in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Rubenstein then worked as a Staff Attorney with (1987-1990) and Director of (1990-1995) the ACLU’s National LGBT and AIDS Projects. In those capacities, he litigated civil rights cases in state and federal courts throughout the country and oversaw the ACLU’s work in these areas. While in practice, Rubenstein taught courses on sexual orientation law at Harvard, Yale, and Stanford Law Schools and authored the first law school casebook in the area. From 1997-2007, Rubenstein was a professor at UCLA School of Law, where he founded the Williams Institute. Professor Rubenstein joined the Harvard faculty in 2007. His work currently emphasizes class actions: he has widely published, litigated, lectured, consulted, and served as an expert witness in the field. Rubenstein is the sole author of Newberg on Class Actions and is in the process of re-writing the 11-volume treatise for its Fifth Edition.
Bruce H. Schneider
Bruce H. Schneider is a litigation partner in the New York office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. Mr. Schneider specializes in antitrust and securities litigation, and is the leader of the Firm’s antitrust practice. Stroock represents a variety of clients that include arbitration provisions in consumer contracts, some of which include limitations on a party’s right to assert claims on behalf of a class. Mr. Schneider is also a member of Stroock’s Class Action and Financial Services Litigation Group, nationally recognized as a leader in the representation of financial institutions and financial services companies in litigation matters. In that capacity, he was part of the team that defended American Express in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, presently before the Supreme Court. The views expressed by Mr. Schneider are his own, and do not purport to be the views of his Firm or its clients.
Edward F. Sherman
Edward Sherman served as Dean of Tulane Law School from July 1996 through June 2001, after 19 years on the faculty of the University of Texas School of Law, where he was the Edward Clark Centennial Professor of Law. After law school, he clerked for a federal judge and practiced in a Texas law firm. He has taught at numerous institutions around the world, including Harvard Law School (Teaching Fellow, 1967-69), Chuo University School of Law, Tokyo (1995), and University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2002). Professor Sherman is an expert on civil procedure, complex litigation, and dispute resolution and is co-author of widely used casebooks and treatises on those subjects. He has been General Counsel of the American Association of University Professors and Reporter for American Bar Association projects. In 2004, he received the ABA’s Robert B. McKay Award for the law professor who has contributed most to the advancement of justice, scholarship, and the legal profession. He is currently Reporter for the ABA Task Force on Disaster Insurance Coverage.
Gerson H. Smoger
Dr. Gerson H. Smoger is a partner at the law firm of Smoger & Associates, P.C., based in Dallas, TX and Oakland, CA. In 2012 he was named national Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Public Justice Foundation and Missouri Environmentalist of the Year for his work as lead trial counsel in the case of Alexander vs. Fluor. In 2003 he was named by Public Justice as a finalist for its Trial Lawyer of the Year award for his work on Price vs. Philip Morris. In 2009-2012 he served as Chair of Legal Affairs for the American Association for Justice and in 2008-2009 he served as President of the Public Justice Foundation. Dr. Smoger has been a frequent lecturer for national and international legal, scientific and medical conferences on such diverse topics as class actions, cognitive dysfunction, the art of cross examination, expert witnesses, and exposure to a wide array of toxic substances. In 2003 he successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court the right of Vietnam veterans to bring suit for Agent Orange despite the 1984 class settlement. Dr. Smoger earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley.
David F. Sorensen
David F. Sorensen is a shareholder of Berger & Montague, P.C., in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Duke University and Yale Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sorensen practices mainly in the area of antitrust class actions, representing plaintiffs, and has been involved in numerous cases relating to competition between brand and generic drugs. He argued for plaintiffs in In re DDAVP Direct Purchaser Antitrust Litig., 585 F.3d. 679 (2d Cir. 2009), the first appellate decision addressing whether direct purchasers have standing to bring antitrust claims for overcharges arising from fraudulently obtained patents. He is currently co-lead counsel in a number of similar cases relating to delayed generic competition, including one pending before the Supreme Court, In re K-Dur Antitrust Litig. Mr. Sorensen shared the 2009 Trial Lawyer of the Year award bestowed by Public Justice, and has been named one of Pennsylvania’s “SuperLawyers” every year since 2005 in Philadelphia Magazine.
Jay H. Tidmarsh
Jay Tidmarsh, an expert in complex civil litigation and civil procedure, joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1989. A member of the Wisconsin Bar, he practiced as a trial attorney with the Torts Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1982 to 1989. He served as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School in 2000 and at Harvard Law School in 2003. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the American Law Institute. He teaches principally in the areas of civil procedure, complex civil litigation, federal courts, torts, civil rights, constitutional law, and remedies. He is the author or co-author of six books, including casebooks in the fields of civil procedure and complex litigation, as well as numerous law-review articles in the fields of civil procedure, complex litigation, federal courts, and torts. He has served as Chair of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure and as a member of the AALS Committee on Professional Development.
Roger H. Trangsrud
After serving on the University of Chicago Law Review, Professor Trangsrud clerked for Justice Walter Rogosheske of the Minnesota Supreme Court and practiced law with the DC firm of Hogan & Hartson. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the Law School, where he has taught civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, remedies, and complex litigation. His writings are primarily in the fields of complex litigation and jurisdiction.
He was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1993, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2000; he served in that position until 2006 with the exception of one year as Interim Dean of the Law School in 2004–05. Recently, he co-wrote a new casebook, Complex Litigation and the Adversary System, and a treatise on Complex Litigation: Problems in Advanced Civil Procedure.