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HB Attorneys Featured at March 2017 IDC Toxic Tort Seminars

Partner Gregory W. Odom has organized two upcoming seminars focusing on mass toxic tort litigation.

As Chair of the Events Committee for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC), Odom has been responsible for planning IDC’s 2017 Spring Symposium, as well as the “Beginner’s Guide to Mass Toxic Tort Litigation” seminar.

“The Beginner’s Guide” (which will be held on March 9, 2017, at the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company in Chicago) is aimed at educating attorneys with limited toxic tort litigation experience.

Topics to be discussed at the Spring Symposium (which will be held on March 10, 2017 at the Gleacher Center in Chicago) include:

  • Defending clients that are new to toxic tort litigation
  • Personal jurisdiction issues unique to toxic tort litigation
  • The sole proximate cause defense
  • The emergence of talc litigation
  • A judicial roundtable on toxic tort litigation
  • An insurance carrier panel discussion

HeplerBroom Partner Patrick Stufflebeam and associate attorney Elizabeth Kellett will lead a seminar entitled, “Is Talc the New Asbestos? The Emergence of Talc-Related Lawsuits and the Ethical Issues Arising from this Litigation.” Stufflebeam will examine why talc litigation has become such an important aspect of toxic tort litigation, the scientific principles involved in these cases, and the keys to defending talc-related lawsuits. Kellett will discuss ethical issues that can arise during talc litigation, including ethical considerations related to widespread legal advertising.

To learn more about each of these seminars, including how to register, please visit: