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Evaluating Top Concerns About Litigation Finance

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This is a virtual event, accessible online and over the phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

Description

Law firms and their clients are increasingly turning to litigation finance to fund commercial lawsuits. While the benefits of funding are evident, and the demand for funding is increasing, the industry remains unregulated and opaque. Perhaps because of this, many lawyers are hesitant about using third-party financing for their litigation matters. Join us for this webinar in which a panel of leading industry experts, practitioners, and litigation funders will discuss why lawyers are concerned about litigation funding—and whether they are right to be.
 
Educational Objectives:

  • Learn about how attorney-client privilege, attorney work product, and disclosure concerns are understood and addressed in the litigation finance context
  • Hear about a number of other concerns that lawyers voice about the industry, including running afoul of fee-sharing rules and the risk of facing actions for collateral damages from funders 
  • Learn from our panel of experts how to safely navigate the waters of litigation finance, and what is on the horizon for the industry

 Who would benefit from attending this program?
•    Law firm associates; law firm partners; corporate counsel; litigation funders 

Presenters

Alanna Clair
  • Partner
  • Dentons US LLP

Alanna Clair is a partner at Dentons in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on professional liability and law firm defense, as well as insurance coverage and bad faith defense. She is currently the co-chair of the Attorneys’ Liability Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Professional Liability Litigation Section, which focuses on issues unique to litigators who prosecute or defend claims against attorneys and other professionals. Alanna writes and speaks frequently on issues of attorney liability and insurer exposure, including in a bi-monthly column in the Daily Report. She is also the co-author of “The Lawyer’s Handbook: Ethics Compliance and Claim Avoidance” as well as several editions of “Georgia Legal Malpractice Law.” Alanna is a graduate of Wellesley College and University of Michigan Law School.

 

William Marra
  • Portfolio Counsel
  • Validity Finance

William C. Marra is Portfolio Counsel at Validity where he works with clients and the investment team to evaluate cases during our diligence phase and to implement client-focused solutions that meet litigants’ funding needs. Prior to joining Validity, Will was a litigation attorney at Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, where his practice focused on high-stakes commercial and constitutional cases at all levels of the federal and state courts. Will has also served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Will received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College. Prior to law school, Will worked as an associate consultant at Bain & Company. While in college, he served as President of The Harvard Crimson.

Anthony Sebok
  • Co-Director
  • Jacob Burns Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law, Cardozo School of Law

Professor Sebok is an expert on legal ethics, litigation finance, tort law, and insurance law. Before coming to Cardozo in 2007, he was the Centennial Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Research at Brooklyn Law School where he taught for 15 years. He was a Fellow in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University from 2005-06, and in 1999, he was a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Edward N. Cahn of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Professor Sebok’s casebook, Tort Law: Responsibilities and Redress, which he coauthored with John Goldberg and Benjamin Zipursky, is used at several leading law schools. He is the author of Legal Positivism in American Jurisprudence, articles and essays on jurisprudence, and is the coeditor of The Philosophy of Law: A Collection of Essays. Professor Sebok has served as an expert witness concerning issues of litigation finance and is the Ethics Consultant to Burford Capital.  He is a member of the American Law Institute and is an MPRE Subject Matter Expert for the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Annie Pavia
  • Legal Analyst
  • Bloomberg Law

Annie Pavia is a Legal Analyst at Bloomberg Law. She focuses on the development of practical guidance and analysis for litigators. She has been with Bloomberg Law since 2016, and prior to that practiced as a litigation associate with Latham & Watkins LLP for five years. Annie is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law. 
 

Continuing Education

Credits:
1.0 General COA, 1.0 CLE
Level:
Basic
Production Date:
04/21/2020