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Primerus Defense Institute

The Primerus Defense Institute (PDI) is a collaborative endeavor engaging Primerus defense attorneys and corporate defense representatives for the purpose of lowering business litigation costs and reducing exposure to liability. Attorneys and clients work together in a highly cooperative, low-pressure environment that leads to relationships built on trust. Participating corporate clients are leaders in their respective industries, and participating defense attorneys, like all Primerus attorneys, meet the highest of quality standards.

The PDI is a valuable resource for corporations seeking outside counsel in distant jurisdictions. That’s because the PDI alliance is a global network of over 600 of the finest independent defense lawyers with expertise in nearly every aspect of corporate defense litigation. The PDI makes it easy to find highly skilled, seasoned litigation counsel around the world. The PDI provides continuing legal education in the areas of liability avoidance and litigation management. Corporate defense counsel and their clients participate in an annual Convocation to explore, discuss and share best practices in reducing risk, handling claims and defending lawsuits.

Primerus Defense Institute - Member Firms

Member FirmLocation
Atchley, Russell, Waldrop & Hlavinka, LLP Texarkana, Texas USA
Atchley, Russell, Waldrop & Hlavinka, LLP Texarkana, Arkansas USA
Atkin Winner & Sherrod Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Bennett Law Firm, P.A., The Portland, Maine USA
Bennett Law Firm, P.A., The Concord, New Hampshire USA
Bos & Glazier, Trial Attorneys Grand Rapids, Michigan USA
Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona USA
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Mexico City, Mexico MEX
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Reynosa, Tamaulipas MEX
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Matamoros, Tamaulipas MEX
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Monterrey, Nuevo Leon MEX
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua MEX
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Queretaro, Queretaro MEX
Cacheaux Cavazos & Newton Tijuana, Baja California MEX
Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton Guadalajara, Jalisco MEX
Cardelli Lanfear P.C. Detroit, Michigan USA
Christian & Small LLP Birmingham, Alabama USA
Coleman & Horowitt, LLP Fresno, California USA
Collins & Lacy, P.C. Columbia, South Carolina USA
Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP Binghamton, New York USA
Degan, Blanchard & Nash, PLC Baton Rouge, Louisiana USA
Degan, Blanchard & Nash, PLC New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Demler, Armstrong & Rowland, LLP San Francisco, California USA
Dillingham & Murphy, LLP San Francisco, California USA
Donato, Minx, Brown & Pool, P.C. Houston, Texas USA
Downs ♦ Stanford, P.C. Dallas, Texas USA
Elam & Burke Boise, Idaho USA
Fain, Major & Brennan, P.C. Atlanta, Georgia USA
Foland, Wickens, Roper, Hofer & Crawford, P.C. Kansas City, Missouri USA
Formosan Brothers Taipei, Taiwan TWN
Fowler Bell PLLC Lexington, Kentucky USA
Fusthy & Manyai Law Office Budapest, Budapest HUN
Goodman Allen Donnelly Richmond, Virginia USA
Hennelly & Grossfeld Los Angeles, California USA
HHG Legal Group Perth, Western Australia AUS
Hinkle Shanor LLP Roswell, New Mexico USA
Hinkle Shanor LLP Artesia, New Mexico USA
Hinkle Shanor LLP Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
Hinkle Shanor LLP Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Singapore, Singapore SGP
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC Guangzhou, Guangdong CHN
Houser Henry & Syron LLP Toronto, Ontario CAN
Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP Tacoma, Washington USA
Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP Seattle, Washington USA
Kennerly, Montgomery & Finley, P.C. Knoxville, Tennessee USA
Laxalt & Nomura, LTD Reno, Nevada USA
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP New York, New York USA
Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP Islandia, New York USA
Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis, Ltd. Chicago, Illinois USA
Magelby Cataxinos & Greenwood Salt Lake City, Utah USA
Matthews & Zahare, P.C. Anchorage, Alaska USA
MME Legal | Tax | Compliance Zurich, Zurich CHE
Neil, Dymott, Frank, McFall, Trexler, McCabe & Hudson APLC San Diego, California USA
Nicklaus & Associates, P.A. Coral Gables, Florida USA
Nicklaus & Associates, P.A. Miami, Florida USA
Nicklaus & Associates, P.A. Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA
Norchi Forbes, LLC Cleveland, Ohio USA
Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. Tampa, Florida USA
Oppegard Law Firm Moorhead, Minnesota USA
Oppegard Law Firm Fargo, North Dakota USA
O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
O'Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. Eau Claire, Wisconsin USA
Rendigs, Fry, Kiely & Dennis, LLP Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Roberts Perryman St. Louis, Missouri USA
Roberts Perryman Springfield, Missouri USA
Roberts Perryman Belleville, Illinois USA
Roe Cassidy Coates & Price, P.A. Greenville, South Carolina USA
Roeca Luria Shin LLP Honolulu, Hawaii USA
Rosen Hagood Charleston, South Carolina USA
Russell Advocaten B.V. Amsterdam, The Netherlands NLD
Saalfield Shad, P.A. Jacksonville, Florida USA
Smiling, Smiling & Burgess Tulsa, Oklahoma USA
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Nashville, Tennessee USA
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Memphis, Tennessee USA
Spicer Rudstrom PLLC Chattanooga, Tennessee USA
Stephenson & Dickinson Law Office Las Vegas, Nevada USA
Summers, McDonnell, Hudock & Guthrie, P. C. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Summers, McDonnell, Hudock & Guthrie, P. C. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA
Szilagyi & Daly Hartford, Connecticut USA
Thomas J. Wagner, LLC, Law Offices of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Thomas Paschos & Associates, P.C. South Jersey, New Jersey USA
Thornton, Biechlin, Reynolds & Guerra, L.C. San Antonio, Texas USA
Thornton, Biechlin, Reynolds & Guerra, L.C. McAllen, Texas USA
Trevett Cristo P.C. Rochester, New York USA
Vatier & Associes Paris, France FRA
Watts, Donovan & Tilley, P.A. Little Rock, Arkansas USA
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg, Virginia USA
Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC Harrisonburg, West Virginia USA
Whitten Law Office Indianapolis, Indiana USA
Widerman Malek, P.L. Melbourne, Florida USA
Widerman Malek, P.L. Daytona Beach, Florida USA
WINHELLER Attorneys at Law & Tax Advisors Frankfurt am Main, Germany DEU
Zupkus & Angell, P.C. Denver, Colorado USA

Primerus Defense Institute - Practice Groups

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2017 Primerus Defense Institute Convocation
Naples, Florida
April 20 – 23, 2017

Agenda– Barbarians at the Gate 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

An Update in Trends in the Law by Practice Area

Professional Liability
  • Thomas Winner – Atkin Winner Sherrod (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Trevor Atkin – Atkin Winner Sherrod (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Christine Booze – Atkin Winner Sherrod (Las Vegas, NV)        
Transportation
  • David Fink – Lewis Johs Aviles Avallone (Islandia, NY)
  • Tim Sullivan – Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. (Tampa, FL)
Premises Liability
  • Richard Spicer – Spicer Rudstrom (Nashville, TN)
  • James Whalen – Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt Pontikis (Chicago, IL)
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Peter Dworjanyn - Collins and Lacy (Columbia, SC)
Products Liability
  • Raymond Lyons, Jr. – Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt Pontikis (Chicago, IL)
  • Bradley Nahrstadt – Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt Pontikis (Chicago, IL)
Friday, April 21, 2017

Who and Where are the Barbarians: Knowing the Adversary and the Battlefields  
  • Dale Thornsjo – O’Meara, Leer, Wagner & Kohl, P.A. (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Mark DiGiovanni – Vice President, Litigation Management – Global Indemnity Group, Inc. (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
  • John Huckenpoehler – Senior Counsel, Claim Legal – Construction – Travelers (Baltimore, MD)
  • Scott Hofer – Foland, Wickens, Hofer & Crawford, P.C. (Kansas City, MO) 
  • Michael King – Hennelly & Grossfeld LLP (Marina del Rey, CA)
  • Brad Nahrstadt – Lipe Lyons Nahrstadt Pontikis (Chicago, IL)
Battles in the Workplace: Trends & Emerging Challenges in Labor Law
  • Alice Paylor – Rosen Hagood (Charleston, SC)
  • Roger Brothers – Buchman Provine Brothers Smith LLP (Walnut Creek, CA)
  • Hugh McCabe – Neil Dymott Frank McFall Trexler McCabe & Hudson (San Diego, CA)
  • Tom Paschos – Thomas Paschos & Associates, P.C. (Haddonfield, NJ)
  • Sloane Perras – Chief Legal Officer, The Krystal Company® & On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (Dunwoody, GA)
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Preparing for the Siege – Strategies for Early Case Assessment to Improve Outcomes
  • Frank Szilagyi – Szilagyi & Daly (Hartford, CT)
  • Fred Johs – Lewis Johs Aviles Avallone LLP (Islandia, NY)
  • Tim Sullivan – Ogden & Sullivan, P.A. (Tampa, FL)
  • Stefanie Warner – Director, Claim, HAI Group (Hartford, CT)
  • Robert Woods – Senior Vice President, Claims, Energi, Inc. (Peabody, MA)
Who Are the Barbarians – Shaping Perceptions
  • Richard Gabriel – Decision Analysis (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Art Roeca – Roeca Luria Shin LLP (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Tony Jaswal – Costco (Issaquah, WA)
After the Siege – Lessons Learned from the Battlefield (Salon III & IV)
  • Jay Downs – Downs.Stanford, P.C. (Dallas, TX)
  • Marc Dedman – Spicer Rudstrom, PLLC  (Nashville, TN)
  • Richard Gabriel – Decision Analysis (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Nathan Brown – Corporate Counsel, The Kroger Co. (Cincinnati, OH)

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