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Cutting Edge Bet the Company Mega Class Action CLE
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Cutting Edge Bet the Company Mega Class Action CLE

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Ethics |  Trial and Litigation |  Business Law
Richard C. Godfrey |  Lexi J. Hazam |  Paul G. Karlsgodt |  Robert Klonoff |  Matthew Preusch |  Meredith Price |  Lois O. Rosenbaum |  Christopher A. Seeger |  David F. Suger
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Original Program Date :
Feb 16, 2016
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Seminar Location Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Portland, OR

Cutting Edge Bet the Company Mega Class Action CLE
Originally held on February 16, 2016

Support the Public Interest Law Project and get CLE credit while learning from an all-star panel of attorneys involved in recent and current high profile class actions.

Among the panelists are lead counsel in the Volkswagen Diesel Emissions case, the National Football League concussion case, the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon case, and the General Motors Ignition Switch case.


Panel 1

Chris Seeger: NFL – The challenges and rewards of serving as lead counsel in one of the most highly publicized class actions in history

David Sugerman: Achieving a mega-victory in Oregon

Lois Rosenbaum: How to defend securities fraud suits (including why securities fraud suits often follow mass tort class actions)

Matt Preusch: The Volkswagen Fiasco

Ethic Rountable: Ethical issues in settling class actions


Panel 2

Lexi Hazam: Introduction to qui tam actions and follow-on class actions

Rick Godfrey: Lessons learned from defending high profile class actions

Paul Karlsgodt: A primer on data breach class actions

Ethics Roundtable: Communications with class members and incentive payments to class members



Robert Klonoff, Lewis & Clark Law School:  Author of a leading textbook and articles on class actions, and a frequent expert witness - Member, Federal Civil Rules Committee (FCRC)

Chris Seeger, Seeger Weiss:  Counsel for plaintiffs in the National Football League concussion injury MDL, Volkswagen Emissions, and numerous pharmaceutical cases

Rick Godfrey, Kirkland & Ellis: Defense counsel on many complex claims, including British Petroleum in Deepwater Horizon, as well as GM Ignition

Lexi Hazam, Lieff Cabraser: An emerging leader within the plaintiffs' bar, Lexi J. Hazam represents clients in mass torts cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions

Paul Karlsgodt, Baker Hostetler: National leader of Baker Hostetler's class action defense team, with a focus on data privacy and consumer class actions

David Sugerman, Attorney, P.C.: A highly successful Oregon plaintiff class action attorney who has represented plaintiffs in high profile cases, including a consumer fraud action against British Petroleum for illegal debit charges.

Lois Rosenbaum, Stoel Rives: Has defended numerous public and private companies in class actions, including securities fraud and RICO cases

Matt Preusch, Keller Rohrback:  Practices in Keller Rohrback's nationally recognized complex litigation group

Guest Commentator: 
Meredith Price, Perkins Coie: Focuses on complex litigation at Perkins Coie, clerked for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit, and for the Honorable Michael H. Simon of the U.S District Court for the District of Oregon.


All net proceeds from this CLE will go to benefit the Lewis & Clark Law School Public Interest Law Project.  Out-of-town panelists paid their own travel and lodging expenses to come to Portland and participate because they are enthusiastic about the idea of combining a CLE with public interest fund-raising.  

The Public Interest Law Project provides public interest summer clerkships, and supports the law school's Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) for graduates doing public interest work.



Richard C. Godfrey's Profile

Richard C. Godfrey Related seminars and products:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Mr. Godfrey is a senior litigation partner of Kirkland, and a director and/or Trustee of various non-profit educational and cultural institutions, including Boston University, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Augustana College, The Appleseed Foundation, and The American Air Museum in Britain, among others. He has over 36 years of experience as a trial and appellate counsel litigating numerous complex and class action matters, including as counsel for BP in matters arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (MDL 2179, E.D. La.), and as GM’s counsel in the Vehicle Ignition Switch Recall Litigation (MDL 2543, S.D.N.Y.). Mr. Godfrey is the 2013 recipient of the Pillars of Justice Award, presented by the Appleseed Foundation and the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice in recognition of his contributions to pro bono work.

Lexi J. Hazam's Profile

Lexi J. Hazam Related seminars and products:

Lief, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein

An emerging leader within the plaintiffs’ bar, Lexi J. Hazam represents clients in mass torts cases and qui tam actions, as well as complex class actions.

Lexi represents hip replacement patients in the DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal, and Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant injury lawsuits, representing over 300 clients and working with leading regulatory experts. Lexi has been appointed by the court overseeing the nationwide Benicar MDL litigation to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, and serves as Co-Chair of the MDL Plaintiffs' Science and Experts Committee. She has also spoken at several conferences on Benicar injuries and Benicar lawsuits.

Lexi has spoken at two conferences for plaintiffs’ counsel on the DePuy litigation. She has also spoken on mass torts topics at the Women En Mass conference for women in mass torts, the annual CAOC conference, and the California Lawyer's Product Liability Roundtable.

Paul G. Karlsgodt's Profile

Paul G. Karlsgodt Related seminars and products:

Baker Hostetler

Paul has significant experience defending class actions in the complex and cutting edge area of data privacy. Paul has also played a lead role in defending class actions arising out of three of the top four largest healthcare breaches in history, as well as various other healthcare breach class actions arising out of hacking, theft, and inadvertent disclosure.

Paul led a cross-office team in the successful defense of a California hospital in one of the largest data breach class actions ever filed under the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act. The client, which initially faced more than $500 million in potential statutory damages exposure, ultimately prevailed in all aspects of the case and the case was finally dismissed by the plaintiff with no payment by the defendant.

Paul coordinated the defense in state and federal courts in Missouri and Illinois in a multidistrict litigation against a grocery store chain arising out of a payment card data breach. The case was ultimately resolved by a nationwide settlement, which was finally approved over the significant efforts of objectors to block it.

Capitalizing on his experience in the courtroom, Paul obtained a denial of class certification after serving as lead counsel in a multi-day evidentiary hearing in a consumer class action involving the sale of uninsured motorist insurance coverage.

Paul played a central role in a nationwide class action against a telecommunications company, mitigating the effects of discovery sanctions that had been imposed against the client prior to retaining BakerHostetler. The cutting-edge electronic discovery case ultimately was settled favorably for the client.

As lead counsel for an insurer in a putative class action in California involving auto body shop labor rate surveys and direct repair programs, Paul obtained an order granting judgment on the pleadings and was able to settle the case on an individual basis while an appeal of that judgment was pending.

Robert Klonoff's Profile

Robert Klonoff Related seminars and products:

Lewis & Clark Law School

Professor Klonoff served as Dean of the Law School from 2007-2014. His areas of expertise include class action litigation, civil procedure, and appellate litigation. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on class actions, published by West, and the author of the West Nutshell on class actions, as well as the author of numerous law review articles. He is also the co-author of a leading text on trial advocacy and co-author of a West Nutshell on federal appellate practice. Moreover, he has written numerous articles on class actions and other topics. He has taught and lectured throughout the United States and in several foreign countries on class actions and appellate litigation. In addition, he is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and served as an Associate Reporter for the ALI’s class action project, “Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation.” He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and served as a Reporter for the 2005 National Conference on Appellate Justice. He is also an elected member of the International Association of Procedural Law, and he serves as an advisory board consulting editor of Class Action Litigation Report (BNA).

After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Klonoff clerked for the Honorable John R. Brown, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then served as an Assistant United States Attorney in D.C. and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. After his government service, he was a visiting professor at the University of San Diego Law School. He later served for many years as a partner at the international law firm of Jones Day. At Jones Day, Professor Klonoff handled complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels and also held the administrative post of chair of the pro bono program for all of the firm’s 20+ offices. He received an award from the DC Bar for public service, was instrumental in establishing a free walk-in clinic in DC’s Shaw neighborhood, and served as a board member for the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs and for Bread for the City. As well, while practicing at Jones Day, Professor Klonoff served for many years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

In 2003, Professor Klonoff was selected as the Douglas Stripp/Missouri Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Missouri/Kansas City School of Law. As the holder of this position, Professor Klonoff received two awards for most outstanding teacher and an award for service to the law school community. Professor Klonoff was also selected by the third year class to deliver the 2007 commencement speech. In 2013, Professor Klonoff was awarded the Oregon Consular Corps’ individual award for international engagement.

Professor Klonoff has extensive litigation experience. He has argued eight cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Gentile v. Nevada Bar and Kungys v. United States, and has argued dozens of cases in other federal and state appellate courts throughout the country. He has also tried dozens of cases (primarily jury trials). In addition, he has served as an expert witness on class action issues in numerous federal and state court cases, including the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation and the National Football League concussion litigation. He has personally represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side in more than 100 class actions. His pro bono cases have included death penalty, civil rights, and veterans’ rights cases.

In 2011, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed Professor Klonoff to serve as the academic member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules. He was reappointed by Chief Justice Roberts in May 2014 for a second three-year term.

Matthew Preusch's Profile

Matthew Preusch Related seminars and products:

Keller Rohrback LLP

Matthew Preusch practices in Keller Rohrback’s nationally recognized Complex Litigation Group. Before joining Keller Rohrback, Matthew served as an honors attorney in the Oregon Department of Justice’s appellate and trial divisions. Prior to his legal career, he spent ten years as a journalist in the Pacific Northwest, covering regional and national news for The Oregonian, The New York Times, and other publications. Professional and Civic Involvement

Oregon State Bar Association, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Case Notes Editor

Federal Bar Association, Member.

Meredith Price's Profile

Meredith Price Related seminars and products:

Perkins Coie LLP

Associate Meredith Price focuses on complex commercial litigation. She has experience drafting memoranda, pleadings and motions related to civil, class action, patent and environmental litigation in federal and state courts.

Meredith clerked for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. While a clerk, Meredith focused on class action law, specializing in issues related to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, the scope of appellate review under Rule 23(f), and class certification under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23. Meredith was a guest lecturer for Penn State Law’s Class Action Seminar and during the summer of 2015, she researched cutting-edge issues and attended the invitation-only Class Action Settlement Conference hosted by the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies.

In another clerkship, for the Honorable Michael H. Simon on the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, Meredith gained experience with complex commercial litigation as well as jury and bench trials.

While in law school, Meredith was named the 2013 Environmental Advocate of the Year in Lewis & Clark’s inaugural competition by a panel of federal judges, consisting of Chief Justice John R. Roberts, Jr., Circuit Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain and District Judge Anna J. Brown. She was also a two-time finalist in Pace University School of Law’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and won the National Animal Law Competition in the area of legislative drafting & lobbying.

Before pursuing a career in the law, Meredith was a licensing analyst in the legal department at Intel Corporation, providing business analysis and executing transactions related to patent acquisitions and divestitures, cross licensing and strategic intellectual property initiatives.

Lois O. Rosenbaum's Profile

Lois O. Rosenbaum Related seminars and products:

Stoel Rives LLP

Lois Rosenbaum joined Stoel Rives LLP in 1977 and has been a partner with the Litigation group since 1981. She has represented numerous public and private companies and their officers and directors in defending class actions, SEC and other government actions and investigations, and M & A litigation, and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation, fiduciary duty disputes, Internet-defamation, unfair competition, Lanham Act, and RICO cases. She has served as national coordinating counsel in major products liability litigation involving asbestos and contaminated food products and has served as special counsel to special litigation committees and audit committees.

Ms. Rosenbaum has been listed for many years as a Tier 1 lawyer in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and has been designated Best Lawyers’ 2014 and 2016 Oregon Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year and by her peers as Best Lawyers in America for securities litigators, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and commercial litigation.

Ms. Rosenbaum was an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Kampelman (D.C.),from 1974-1975, and at Orrick Herrington Rowley & Sutcliffe (San Francisco) from 1975-1977.

Christopher A. Seeger's Profile

Christopher A. Seeger Related seminars and products:

Seeger Weiss LLP

Christopher A. Seeger is broadly admired as one of the nation’s most versatile, innovative and accomplished members of the plaintiff’s trial bar. Since founding Seeger Weiss LLP in 1999, Mr.Seeger has earned leadership appointments from state and federal courts throughout the United States in many of the country’s most complex and noteworthy multidistrict litigations. Mr. Seeger earned his law degree magna cum laude in 1990 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Cardozo Law Review, and which honored him with its Alumnus of the Year Award in 2009, the highest honor bestowed on an alumnus of the Law School. Mr. Seeger’s undergraduate career was similarly distinguished, graduating summa cum laude in 1987 from Hunter College of the City University of New York, which inducted Mr. Seeger into its Alumni Hall of Fame in 2007. In recognition of his preeminence in the trial bar, Hunter College honored Mr. Seeger with its Distinguished Alumni Lawyer Award in 2013.

Mr. Seeger is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, a member of the Dean’s Advisory Counsel, Cardozo School of Law, a member of the Advisory Board, NYU Law School’s Center for Civil Justice, and a member of the Advisory Counsel, Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies, among other prestigious designations. Mr. Seeger regularly lectures nationwide on a myriad of complex litigation issues and has taught a class in Trial Advocacy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. As a professional outlet, Mr. Seeger competes in the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, culminating in a Gold Medal victory in the 2012 Pan American No-Gi Jiu Jitsu Championship in his age and weight class. Seeger Weiss LLP has offices in New York, NY, Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, PA.

David F. Suger's Profile

David F. Suger Related seminars and products:

David F Sugerman Attorney PC

David F. Sugerman Attorney, PC is a law practice dedicated to protecting consumers. The firm has had special success on structural cases—those rare, important cases that take on fundamental problems. Some of our major successes include a $409 million consumer fraud class action over BP for illegal debit card charges, an $85 million federal court win for Oregon veterans poisoned in Iraq by defense contractor KBR, and a multimillion dollar settlement against Comcast for illegally charging cable TV late fees.

David represents consumers. His practice spans a range of areas, with a focus on complex injury and consumer class action cases. David opened his solo law practice in January 2010. From 1991-2009, he practiced in the Portland law firm of Paul & Sugerman, PC. David is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Oregon.

David has had remarkable success as a trial lawyer. His most notable verdict, Scharfstein v. BP West Coast Products, was tried in state court. As lead counsel, David achieved a recordsetting consumer class action verdict, with a judgment that will exceed $400 million. The case is ongoing.

In federal court, David was part of a trial team that obtained an $85 million verdict for a group of Oregon Army National Guard veterans poisoned in Iraq at a KBR work site. The case, Bixby v. KBR, has been refiled in Texas, following a remand from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

David received the Oregon State Bar President’s Award in 2008. David was admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2011. Martindale-Hubble gives David its highest peer review rating of 5.0.


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