Perry Weitz to Co-Chair Perrin Conferences’ Asbestos Symposium

Perrin Conferences has selected nationally prominent mesothelioma victims champion Perry Weitz of Weitz & Luxenberg to co-chair its fourth annual asbestos-litigation symposium Dec. 2 at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan, the law firm today revealed.

The symposium — “Litigating Asbestos Cases in Today’s Environment, Featuring Insights from the Bench: The Judicial Perspective“— will afford eight judges from New York trial and appellate courts and the New York City Asbestos Litigation Special Master the chance to share their views on the cutting edge issues of current asbestos litigation, the firm said.

A pioneer of asbestos practice, Weitz helped write the book on how to litigate these cases. For that reason, he is an obvious and excellent choice to chair the symposium, the firm said.

In addition to his role as co-chair of this important conference, the sponsor has announced that Weitz’s responsibilities will include giving opening remarks and moderating a panel entitled “2014’s Most Significant Rulings, Developments and Open Issues to Watch For.”

Weitz will not be the only attorney from his firm participating in panel discussions at the Perrin Conferences event, according to Weitz & Luxenberg. Also set to appear:

  • Asbestos Bankruptcy Department managing attorney Lisa Nathanson Busch, who will offer her views in a panel on “The Plaintiff Perspective & Update on Asbestos Trusts.”
  • Asbestos Litigation Unit associate attorney Alani Golanski, who will address the issue of “Substantial Contributing Factor in NYCAL Cases.”
  • Asbestos Litigation associate attorney Charles M. Ferguson, who will help explore the topic “In the Trenches: NYCAL Rulings.”
  • Asbestos Litigation associate attorney Danny R. Kraft Jr., who will lend his voice to the panel tackling the topic “Lung Cancer Cases — The Rising Tide.”

The much-anticipated day-long symposium is expected to draw more than 200 professionals representing all perspectives in asbestos litigation, Perrin Conferences indicated. Among them will be many of nation’s most influential asbestos attorneys.

The firm co-founded by Weitz is well-known for obtaining eye-popping asbestos verdicts and settlements. For example, the $190 million verdict it won last year for four asbestos-exposure victims is believed to be New York City’s largest-ever consolidated asbestos verdict, the firm noted.

Weitz & Luxenberg is credited with obtaining verdicts and settlements in excess of $17 billion for all the different types of personal-injury and mass-tort clients it represents, while Weitz himself is responsible for more than $7 billion of that total, the firm disclosed.

The Perrin Conferences event promises opportunities aplenty for learning, information sharing and networking. Qualified attendees will receive Continuing Legal Education credit, organizers reported.

For the detailed conference agenda, registration and hotel information, please visit www.PerrinConferences.com. The New York Athletic Club is located at 180 Central Park South, Manhattan.

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