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The Institute for Complex Litigation and Mass Claims


The Institute’s Judicial Advisory Board provides leaders within the complex litigation bench an opportunity to participate in a strategic dialogue about lessons learned and anticipated new challenges, as well as a mechanism to share these insights with their colleagues in the bench and bar.  The Board’s membership was comprised through the recommendations of their peers within the judiciary, in an effort to identify both the thought-leaders who helped shape the law and practice to this point, as well as those judges that will be instrumental in driving the practice in the years to come. 

  • Carl Barbier (La. E.D.)
  • Karen Caldwell (KY E.D.) (JPML)
  • Sara Ellis (ND Ill.)
  • Eldon Fallon (La. E.D.)
  • Donovan Frank (Minn.)
  • Joseph Goodwin (W.Va. S.D.)
  • John Lee (Ill. N.D.)
  • Brian Martinotti (N.J.)
  • David Proctor (Ala. N.D.) (JPML)
  • Casey Rodgers (Fla. N.D.)
  • Cynthia Rufe (Pa. E.D.)
  • Amy St. Eve (7th Cir.)
  • Edmund Sargus (Ohio S.D.)

Recognizing the strategic role of the interplay between state and federal courts for parties and counsel, the Institute has formed a working group focused specifically on these issues.

  • Brian Martinotti (N.J.) (Co-Chair)
  • William Highberger (Los Angeles, CA) (Co-Chair)
  • Daniel Buckley (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Rachelle Harz (Bergen County, NJ)
  • Carolyn Kuhl (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Arnold New (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Mary Wiss (San Francisco, CA)

The Institute also works to actively further the development of new entrants to the complex litigation space, as well as programs to help enhance the awareness of new techniques and lessons learned among experienced players.  We are grateful for the tremendous work of Judges John Lee (MDL) and Amy St. Eve and Sara Ellis (Class Actions), in leading these efforts.

  • John Lee (Ill. ND) and Casey Rodgers (Fla. N.D.) – MDL Chairs
  • Amy St. Eve (7th Cir.) and Sara Ellis (Ill. ND) – Class Action Co-Chairs

We recognize the late Judge Beverly O’Connell (Cal. C.D.) for her service as a member of our Judicial Advisory Board, and will present our first award in her honor at our state/federal coordination conference in May.

We appreciate the efforts and guidance of special masters Cathy Yanni and Ed Gentle, as well as the ongoing leadership of former judicial advisory board members and federal judges David Herndon and Jay Gandhi.