Lieff Cabraser partners Annika K. Martin, Elizabeth J. Cabraser, and Mark P. Chalos will be featured as distinguished attorney participants at Emory University Law School’s Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims Next Generation Rising Stars Conference on December 14, 2016. Co-created by Ms. Martin, the program invites emerging leaders in the legal industry from both the defense and plaintiffs side of the complex litigation bar to gather and exchange ideas, and to benefit from the experience of established leaders in complex litigation like Ms. Cabraser and Mr. Chalos, among many others. The conference, intended to provide in-depth information on leadership roles in complex litigation in order to expand the breadth, depth, and diversity of the complex litigation bar, is aimed at attorneys who have been practicing between 7-18 years.
The conference will focus discussion on the multifaceted structural barriers and challenges that new partners face as they transition into leadership roles in complex litigation. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from judges and in-house counsel, and leading litigators (including Ms. Cabraser and Mr. Chalos) on how lead counsel is chosen, and how lawyers can overcome these challenges of landing a leading position in complex litigation, especially when it comes to convincing a judge to appoint you rather than your mentor or colleague.
Ms. Martin (who also serves on the Next Generation Advisory Board) will be moderating a panel titled “Getting Selected for Leadership – What Decision Makers Look For and How to Overcome Common Barriers,” on which Mr. Chalos will be a panelist. Ms. Cabraser will serve as a distinguished speaker on the “What the Judiciary Can Do” panel discussion.
Created by Emory University Law School, the Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims provides a forum for advancing dialogue about complex litigation strategies, challenges, and evolution. In addition, it offers advanced training for the complex litigation bar at all levels of practice, as well as host judicial seminars, bar conferences, academic programs, and research.
The Institute’s Next Generation Board develops training events to promote the next generation of leaders within the complex litigation bar. Members of the board bring their expertise to help progress the leadership in complex litigation, particularly when it comes to ethnic, gender, and other forms of diversity within the bench and bar.
About Annika K. Martin
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Ms. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation, including plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries resulting from accidents involving GM vehicles sold with a defective ignition switch; patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication; and individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, and Halliburton.
About Elizabeth Cabraser
A name partner and co-founder of Lieff Cabraser, Ms. Cabraser chairs the firm’s personal injury and environmental litigation practice groups. One of the nation’s leading class action litigators and possessing unparalleled expertise in complex civil litigation, she has served as court-appointed lead, co-lead, or class counsel in scores of federal multi-district and state coordinated proceedings. Today, she serves in court-appointed leadership positions in several of the nation’s highest profile civil cases, including a solo leadership role in the VW “Clean Diesel” Emissions case, as well as lead positions in the GM ignition switch defect and Takata defective airbag cases.
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.
Through jury trials, Mr. Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.