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Gleason CLE Event – Opioid Litigation: Extraordinary Justice in Extraordinary Times

November 12, 2019

Fairmont Hotel  |  501 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

5:00 p.m. Registration | 5:30 p.m. Presentation & Discussion  |  6:30 p.m. Networking Reception


Opioid Litigation:  Extraordinary Justice in Extraordinary Times

“Ordinarily, the resolution of a social epidemic should be the responsibility of our other two branches of government, but these are not ordinary times.”

     – Judge Dan Aaron Polster, September 26, 2019

As the first bellwether trial in the Opioid MDL begins, what is at stake, and what is the judicial system’s role? During this CLE session, the panelists will discuss some of the unique legal issues surrounding the ongoing opioid crisis, and how litigators, courts, trustees, claims managers, insurance companies and healthcare providers all work within the judicial process to solve a social crisis.

A networking reception and cocktail hour will follow this panel discussion



Michael G. Connelly, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP, and national coordinating counsel for pharmaceutical companies in defense of opioid-related actions.

Hon. (Ret.) Judith K. Fitzgerald, Shareholder, Tucker Arensberg and former bankruptcy judge who has adjudicated more cases involving section 524(g) asbestos trusts than any other bankruptcy judge in the country.

John M. Hagan, Partner, K&L Gates, and counsel for policyholders in insurance coverage disputes including asbestos cases.

Bruce E. Mattock, Shareholder, Goldberg Persky & White, P.C., local counsel for City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Erie County in their ongoing civil actions against Purdue Pharma, L.P., et al., local counsel for the Steering Committee for the Pennsylvania opioid MDL, and member of Plaintiffs’ Trust Advisory Committee for numerous 524(g) asbestos trusts.