Speaking Engagement

Resolving the Complex Dispute: ADR and MDLs (and Class Actions and More)

American Bar Association TIPS & YLD Section Conference

New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York, NY

Blank Rome partner Deborah Greenspan and of counsel Fredric M. Brooks will serve as speakers at the American Bar Association’s TIPS & YLD Section Conference, cosponsored by the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (“TIPS”) and the Young Lawyers Division (“YLD”). The conference is being held May 3 through May 6, 2023, at the Marriott Marquis in New York, New York.

Deborah and Rick’s session, “Resolving the Complex Dispute: ADR and MDLs (and Class Actions and More),” will take place on Wednesday, May 3, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.


The vast majority of cases in the federal court system are consolidated in multidistrict litigation (“MDL”); class actions are abundant; mass torts are the subject of dozens of conferences, seminars, and debate, with cases filed in multiple state and federal jurisdictions; and multiparty cases involving disputes over vast sums of money are increasingly prevalent. These types of disputes present unique challenges for judges and court systems. In one recent case, the judge noted that it could take decades (or longer) to try all the cases that had been filed. This program will provide practical insights on how to position these complex cases for resolution and the use of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) techniques to assist. The panel includes practitioners and experienced neutrals who will address the particular issues that arise in the context of major class actions, MDL cases, insurance recovery cases involving multiple insurers, and mass tort consolidations. The panel will illustrate procedures and techniques using “real life” examples and will provide important lessons learned from experience.

  • MODERATOR: Fredric (Rick) Brooks, Of Counsel, Blank Rome LLP, New York, NY
  • Deborah Greenspan, Partner, Blank Rome LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Randi Ilyse Roth, Complex Settlements, P.C., St. Paul, MN
  • Corey M. Stern, Partner, Levy Konigsberg, LLP, New York, NY
  • Jeff Kichaven, Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Peter Woodin, JAMS, New York, NY

For more information or to register, please visit the event webpage.