What: The legal environment greatly impacts our state’s competitiveness for jobs, business investment and growth.You were selected to join us for an exclusive event to analyze timely legal reforms being made not only here in North Carolina but nationally that may impact your bottom line.

The 2015 Legal Reform Conference held in Pinehurst will detail national and state reforms. You will learn about recent reforms to the business legal climate that will create more jobs and wealth for North Carolina. You also will be asked to participate in a discussion about how to make our future better and the work that remains to be done. The importance of your participation and work for a fair and balanced business legal climate will be vividly illustrated by the stunning saga that Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC experienced in asbestos liability.

8:30 am

9:00 am
Welcome Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

9:15 am
Overview of Key Tort Reforms in the US
Mark Behrens, Partner, Shook Hardy and Bacon

9:45 am
A 3 Year Update, A Lay of the Land in NC
Richard Stevens, Of Counsel, Smith Anderson
Other Speakers To Be Invited

10:30 am

10:45 am
Asbestos Transparency: The Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC Horror Story
Kirk Warner, Partner, Smith Anderson
Mark Behrens, Partner, Shook Hardy and Bacon

11:15 am
Positive Change Driven by the Private Sector
Medical Malpractice Reform: David Sousa, COO and Chief Legal Counsel, Medical Anti-Patent Troll Legislation: John Boswell, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, SAS

Lunch and Keynote:Transparency and Private Attorney Contract Legislation
Mr. Tiger Joyce, President, American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)

1:00 pm
A Look Ahead: How Do We Make NC Still More Competitive
Gerald Roach, Partner, Smith Anderson
Sandra Van der Vaart, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, LabCorp
Michael Cunningham, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Red Hat
Lou Patalano, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, BCBSNC

1:45 pm
Closing Remarks & Adjourn