Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., held its 12th annual Legal Conference & Expo at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center on Thursday, Nov. 15. More than 1,600 Alabama lawyers in private practice registered to attend the event, where they learned about the most current cases Beasley Allen attorneys have successfully litigated, as well as emerging legal issues. The event also featured a step-by-step explanation of the firm’s talc litigation against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of women who allege the company’s talc products cause ovarian cancer.
The trial-track presentation helps reinforce takeaways for conference participants. Last year, attendees were taken through the steps of preparing for and litigating a personal injury / products liability case.
“The success of the 2017 case review reinforced the notion that attorneys want real-world examples to take with them,” said Beasley Allen Attorney Leigh O’Dell, who is helping lead the talc litigation for the firm’s Mass Torts section. “We are excited to bring the latest in mass torts litigation to our attendees and do not take lightly the opportunity to serve as a resource for our colleagues across the state in this area of litigation as well as the others we will address this week.”
The event is the largest of its kind in the state and one of the top five legal conferences in the country. It offers eight hours of free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit certified by the Alabama State Bar. As with years past, the conference topics emphasized emerging areas of litigation and practice areas that are crucial to trial lawyers’ success. Practice areas include Product Liability, Business Litigation, Consumer Fraud, Toxic Torts, Medical Device and Drug litigation as well as Legal Ethics.
“We are excited to extend the opportunity for fellow Alabama attorneys another year. It is important to not only share experiences but also network and build relationships for everyone’s success,” said Beasley Allen Attorney Gibson Vance. “This year’s event offered fresh insights for the Alabama legal community with a focus on case and trial preparation and legal marketing tips for private practice lawyers.”
Beasley Allen Principal & Founder Jere Beasley discussed the important role lawyers play in improving society. Additional special guest speakers included the Honorable Chief Judge W. Keith Watkins, Middle District of Alabama; Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner; and Alabama State Bar General Counsel Roman Shaul.
Attendees also visited with more than 20 of the nation’s top legal service providers along with this year’s platinum sponsors, Physician Life Care Planning, Freedom Reporting, Inc., Jackson Thornton Valuation and Litigation Consulting Group, and Baker Reporting. Representatives from other legal and community groups, including the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Association for Justice, were on hand to offer attendees information about how their organizations assist Alabama lawyers.
“It is an honor to once again welcome lawyers from across Alabama to Montgomery for the Beasley Allen Legal Conference,” said Dawn Hathcock, Vice President, Destination & Brand Development for the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Beasley Allen Legal Conference entertains around 1,500 lawyers from all over the state and each guest has an opportunity to see what Montgomery has to offer as a destination, translating into return visits for vacations, events or additional meetings. An added benefit of the state’s largest legal conference being held in Montgomery is that it provides a huge economic impact in the River Region estimated to be roughly a million dollars.”
For more information, visit beasleyallen.com/events/legal-conference.