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Program Overview

Pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers encounter numerous risks which, if not handled properly, could lead to litigation. Risks include the challenges of properly marketing products, complying with numerous regulations and emerging adverse events. Mass tort litigation, and challenges based on the False Claims Act and the Antikickback Statute among others, pose perpetual risks along with handling the erosion of time tested defenses such as the learned intermediary doctrine. With an ever-shifting tide, it is important to stay current on these topics. Register now to learn from top attorneys whose focus is watching for and defending against these risks.

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys who regularly represent drug and medical device companies
  • In-house and outside counsel analyzing risk exposure for drug and medical device companies
  • Trial counsel needing to stay on top of critical trends

What You Will Learn

  • Assessing risks with marketing and promotion
  • Counseling clients on risk prevention strategies
  • Relationships with health care providers


Samuel J. Abate, Jr.

Samuel J. Abate, Jr. is a partner in Pepper Hamilton’s New York office. Mr. Abate focuses his practice in civil litigation, with an emphasis on the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device companies in complex litigation involving marketed products and medical devices. He also advises clients on issues relating to electronic discovery.

Mark C. Hegarty

Mark C. Hegarty is a partner in Shook Hardy & Bacon’s Kansas City office. His practice is focused on nationwide complex litigation, including the defense of pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. Mr. Hegarty has spoken on numerous occasions regarding various litigation topics, including at DRI’s Drug and Medical Device’s Annual Seminar.

Allison M. Brown

Allison M. Brown is a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Princeton office. Ms. Brown has extensive experience in complex litigation, including commercial, environmental, pharmaceutical product liability, and mass tort actions. She also served as trial counsel in a high-profile antitrust case to block a multi-billion dollar merger between two companies.

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