Weitz & Luxenberg trial attorney Danny Kraft, Jr. is one of the presenters scheduled for an upcoming seminar sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE). The seminar, “Contemporary Issues in Mass Torts: Applying Lessons from Talc and Beyond”, covers a range of topics related to this area of litigation.

On this Zoom videoconference, legal professionals provide an analysis of how to handle mass tort cases successfully. It stresses that the lessons learned from the recent and ongoing New Jersey Johnson & Johnson talc lawsuits can help attorneys better litigate future mass tort cases.

Presenting at Important Seminar Session

The seminar features nine different sessions and is streaming online. Kraft’s session is being held on January 21, 2021, at 10:10 a.m. EST. It is entitled “Gatekeeper Function of Courts for Experts: Standard Federal and State Court Rulings.”

Kraft is addressing the role of judges as gatekeepers regarding how scientific and medical evidence can be presented in trials and how these decisions affect other, future litigations. He plans to expand on his thoughts concerning ongoing talc litigation recently presented at the New York Asbestos Litigation Conference.

“The practice of law is complex and always evolving, and it is important that we keep current,” states Kraft. “I am proud that the NJICLE has asked me to participate, sharing my legal perspective with others. It is my sincere hope that my fellow attorneys can benefit from the knowledge and experience I have to offer.”

Kraft has extensive experience in asbestos and mesothelioma litigation, having won several multimillion-dollar lawsuits for clients of Weitz & Luxenberg. Kraft has been with W&L since 2012 and was selected as one of the “Top 40 under 40 attorneys” by the National Trial Lawyers in 2014.

Distinguished Session Panelists

As part of a four-person panel, Kraft joins a sitting judge, a former judge, and another respected mass tort attorney. In addition to Kraft, the panel includes Judge Robert B. Kugler, Judge Marina Corodemus (Ret.), and Timothy I. Duffy.

Judge Kugler is a Senior United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He was commissioned to the court in December of 2002 and assumed senior status in November of 2018. He was also appointed by Chief Justice John Roberts to be a judge of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in May of 2017.

Judge Corodemus was a Superior Court Judge for the New Jersey State Court from 1993-2004. She now divides her time between her private practice and serving as a special master for federal and state courts. She also serves as president of the Academy of Court Appointed Masters.

Timothy I. Duffy is an experienced attorney with an extensive trial and appellate record. He is a founding partner of Coughlin Duffy LLP.

“It is an honor to be asked to serve with these other panelists,” says Kraft. “Examining current issues in litigation and how they can affect future trials is something the legal community needs to be aware of.”

Additional Conference Sessions

Other presentations in the conference session include: Current and Prospective View of Federal and State MDLs: Talc a Case Study; Understanding the Science: Recommended Research for Lawyers; Challenges in Mass Tort Settlement Plans; Notes from the Asbestos Wars; Proving Causation – Cosmetic vs. Non-Cosmetic Products; Confidentiality Orders, Spoliation and the Ghosts of Christmas Past; Mass Tort Bankruptcy Strategies on Both Sides of the “V”; Doesn’t Matter What the Jury Said, I’ll Win up on Appeal. Appellate Litigators Share Their Experiences; and Pandemic Trial Practice in a Zoom World


The NJICLE is a division of the New Jersey State Bar Association and sponsors continuing legal education seminars and publications. It provides training and products for New Jersey bench and bar members.

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