Speaking Engagement

Global Litigation & E-Discovery ConfEx

Executive Conference Center
1601 Broadway
New York, NY

Blank Rome partners Massimo F. D’Angelo, Craig Weiner, and Scott E. Wortman will serve as panelists at Global Litigation & E-Discovery ConfEx, being held Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at the Executive Conference Center in New York, New York.


The conference will unify a diverse group of legal professionals, including in-house counsel, general counsel, heads of litigation and e-discovery, contracts managers, data privacy heads, heads of risk and compliance, cybersecurity managers, forensics and investigation managers, head legal and company secretaries, chief legal officers, law firm partners, and law tech professionals and feature keynote addresses, case study presentations, collaborative roundtable discussions, and exhibitions. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and exchange ideas with peers on the latest trends and best practices in litigation and e-discovery.

Blank Rome is pleased to be a sponsor of the conference.


Managing Disputes Related to Fraud, Corruption, and White-Collar Crimes in the USA Region
9:30–10:10 a.m.

  • Latest trends in fraud and fraud detection methods
  • Understanding attitudes toward fraud in the USA region
  • Conducting fraud risk assessments to mitigate risks
  • Identifying common fraud issues in M&A and investments
  • Effective due diligence to uncover deal breakers and mitigate risks
  • Improving anti-fraud policies and procedures
  • Developing a harmonious litigation strategy to address fraud issues


  • Massimo D’Angelo, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Sylvia Simson, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Jessica Fisher, Senior Counsel, IBM
  • Elyse Glazer, Associate General Counsel, HSBC
  • Jesse Melman, Senior Counsel, Compliance & Ethics, Zoom
  • Amy Walsh, White Collar Defense Partner, Orrick

Exploring Alternative Dispute Resolution in the USA: Arbitration vs. Mediation and Beyond
12:10–1:10 p.m.

  • How does the USA market stand to capture the increasing volume of international arbitrations?
  • Recent amendments to the arbitration & dispute rule & regulations in USA
  • Should arbitration be used instead of litigation?
  • Can mediation be effectively used in connection with arbitration? If so, at what stage?
  • How effective is mediation generally? In what circumstances or jurisdictions is it most effective?
  • Should companies include mediation clauses in their standard commercial contracts?
  • Is there a particular format best used for incorporating mediation into a dispute resolution clause?
  • Mediation: what in-house counsels expect?
  • Binding ADR (decision of third-party)
  • Dispute resolution in the court system
  • Advantages/disadvantages of arbitration over the courts


  • Craig Weiner, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Paul Gupta, Partner, Rimon P C
  • Richard Boone, Partner, Wilson Elser LLP
  • Alex Patchen, Managing Partner, Liston Abramson LLP
  • Hal Shaftel, Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Craig Tractenberg, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Siddartha Rao, Litigation Partner, Romano Law, PLLC
  • Viktoriya Torchinsky-Field, Vice President, Legal, Avantor, Inc.
  • Adam Gross, Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • B. Ted Howes, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Monica Wahba, Assistant General Counsel, Reckitt Benckiser LLC

The Evolving Landscape of Litigation: Advancements and Accessibility for the Future
2:40–3:20 p.m.

  • What resources are needed to resolve disputes effectively?
  • Who should do the work—barristers, solicitors, external experts, or algorithms?
  • What contributes to the escalation of cost?
  • The disclosure pilot and the impact of innovative technology
  • Litigation funding and alternative fee arrangements
  • Leaning into an online future


  • Christine Rodriguez, Partner, Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Thania Charmani, Senior Associate, Winston & Strawn
  • Scott Wortman, Partner, Blank Rome LLP
  • Ayana Free, Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Compliance, Via Transportation, Inc.
  • Gary Eisenberg, Partner, Perkins Coie LLP
  • James Sherer, Partner, BakerHostetler LLP

For more information and to register, please visit the conference webpage.