TACOMA, Wash. (Legal Newsline) - HarrisMartin is hosting its third asbestos conference since the beginning of 2014 this summer, addressing growing trends and controversies in one of the nation's largest and longest running mass tort litigations.

HarrisMartin's Northwest Asbestos Litigation Conference has been scheduled for June 6 in Tacoma, Wash. at the Hotel Murano. The day kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and registration and concludes at 6 p.m. after a networking cocktail reception.

The full schedule is listed below:

- 8:30 a.m. - Welcome remarks: Where Have the 20 Years Gone?


  • Katherine M. Steele of Williams Kastner in Seattle

  • Matthew P. Bergman of Bergman, Draper & Ladenburg in Seattle


- 8:50 a.m. - Local and National Asbestos Filing Trends

  • Melissa K. Roeder of Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. in Seattle


- 9:10 a.m. - Current Legal Issues in Washington and Oregon: Equipment Litigation, Premises Liability Take Home Exposure and Employer Direct Action

  • Jeff Dunbar of Ogden, Murphy & Wallace in Seattle

  • Mark B. Tuvim of Gordon, Rees, Scully & Mansukhani, LLP in Seattle

  • Brian F. Ladenburg of Bergman, Draper & Ladenburg in Seattle,

  • Phil Talmadge of Talmadge/Fitzpatrick in Tukwila


- 10:10 a.m. - Current Issues in Asbestos Medicine: "Substantial Factor" Causation, Fiber Type; Lung Cancer; Low Dose Exposure

  • Gilbert Purcell of Brayton Purcell in Novato, Calif.

  • David A. Shaw of Williams Kastner in Seattle


- 11 a.m. - Asbestos Trials: View from the Bench and Bar

  • Judge Stephen K. Bushong with the Oregon Circuit Court in Multnomah County, Portland Ore.

  • Chris S. Marks of Sedgwick LLP in Seattle

  • James P. Nevin, Jr. of Brayton Purcell, LLP in Novato, Calif.


- 12:15 p.m. - Luncheon Speech: What Every Asbestos Litigator Should Know About Federal Court

  • Judge Ronald B. Leighton with the U.S. District Court Western District of Washington in Tacoma, Wash.


- 1:30 p.m. - Emerging Trends in Asbestos Discover and Motion Practice in Oregon and Washington

  • Barry N. Mesher of Sedgwick LLP in Seattle

  • George S. Pitcher of Williams Kastner in Portland, Ore.

  • Anna D. Knudson of Bergman, Draper & Ladenburg Seattle

  • Jeffrey M. Wolf of Williams Kastner in Seattle


- 2:15 p.m. - What Every Washington Lawyer Needs to Know about Oregon Practice and What Every Oregon Lawyer Needs to Know about Washington Practice

  • Diane J. Kero of Gordon, Thomas & Honeywell, LLP in Seattle

  • Jeanne F. Loftis of Bullivant, Houser & Bailey, P.C. in Portland, Ore.


- 2:45 p.m. - Current Issues in Asbestos Bankruptcies

  • Matthew P. Bergman of Bergman, Draper & Ladenburg in Seattle


- 3:00 p.m. - Ethical Issues in Asbestos and Mass Tort Litigation: Group Settlements; Witness Preparation and Discovery

  • Professor John Strait with Seattle University School of Law in Seattle

  • Kristen Houser of Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender in Seattle


- 4:00 p.m. - Future Trends in Asbestos Litigation: Where Are We Going From Here?

  • Matthew P. Bergman of Bergman, Draper & Ladenburg in Seattle

  • Katherine M. Steele of Williams Kastner in Seattle


- 5:00 p.m. - Networking Cocktail Reception

From Legal Newsline: Reach Heather Isringhausen Gvillo at asbestos@legalnewsline.com

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