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Peter Chaffetz and Steven Reisberg Speak at 2015 IBA Annual Conference in Vienna

Where Advocacy Meets Business

October 2015 – The International Bar Association is hosting its Annual Conference in Vienna this week.  More than 6000 delegates have converged upon the Austria Center Vienna to attend nearly 200 working sessions.  Two of Chaffetz Lindsey’s partners, Peter Chaffetz and Steven Reisberg, are speakers at the conference.

Steven was a panelist at the “Smarter ways to educate your court” session, held on Tuesday, October 6th (from 2:30pm to 5:30pm).  The panel, sponsored by the IBA’s Litigation Committee, discussed expert witnesses and questions surrounding the use of them in court, including: Do court-appointed experts have the expertise? Are party-appointed experts independent? What alternatives exist? The panel also discussed how to handle confidentiality and privilege, as well as cutting-edge methods of presenting evidence, such as 3D-animated videos.

The panel was chaired by Bettina Knoetzl (Wolf Theiss, Vienna, Austria) and Christopher Richter (Woods LLP, Montreal, Québec, Canada).  Additional panelists included:  Yvette Borrius (Höcker Advocaten, Amsterdam, Netherlands), Richard Briggs (Hadef & Partners, Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Caroline Edwards (Travers Smith, London, England), Robert Hunter (Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London, England), Paul Oberhammer  (Vienna University Department of Civil Procedure Law, Vienna, Austria), and Thera van Swaay de Marchi  (Pinheiro Neto Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil).

Peter Chaffetz was a session co-chair and panelist at the “How to market a litigation department” workshop, held on Wednesday, October 7th (2:30pm to 5:30pm).  The panel, sponsored by the IBA’s Law Firm Management Committee, engaged panelists and attendees to discuss questions such as: What is the best way to market a dispute resolution department? What should it offer, how should it charge and what should be its brand? The panel included the marketing director of a global law firm and dispute resolution partners from a variety of firms around the world. Some in-house counsel also provided insights.  It was structured to be a highly interactive experience and, by the end of the session, everyone was armed with ideas to make their business development efforts more effective.

Peter’s co-chairs of the session were Michael Hales (Minter Ellison, Perth, Western Australia, Australia), Matt McCahearty (Macfarlanes LLP, London, England).  Additional panelists included: Shawn Chen (HSBC, London, England), Myra Garrett (William Fry, Dublin, Ireland), Damian Morris (ICAP PLC, London, England), Laurie Robertson (Baker & McKenzie, London, England), Pedro Soares Maciel(Lefosse Advogados, São Paulo, Brazil), and Alvin Yeo (WongPartnership LLP, Singapore).

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