Christopher M. McDonald--> On December 3-4, 2012, WFBM Partner Christopher M. McDonald helped moderate a distinguished panel of experts on Diesel Exhaust claims at HarrisMartin's "New Industrial Toxins Litigation Conference" in Marina del Rey, California at the The Ritz Carlton Hotel.  The panel was entitled The Potential Health Effects of Diesel Exhaust Particles.

Chris's practice focuses on environmental litigation with an emphasis in toxic tort defense.  He has successfully represented manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in multiple-party litigation involving exposure to chemicals, metals, abrasives and silica.  He is also experienced in handling matters involving insurance bad faith, premises liability, product liability and complex personal injury litigation.  Chris has been involved in several mediations and has second chair trial experience involving these types of claims.

The overall theme of this year's conference covered a broad array of toxic tort subject matter, such as An A to Z Discussion of Litigation Arising from Disease Caused by Exposure to Acrylamide, Bromopropane, Chlorinated Compounds, Diacetyl, Ethylene Oxide, Formaldehyde, Gasoline/Diesel Exhaust, Hydroquinone, Hydro-Fracking and more.  The conference also featured multiple networking opportunities.

For more information about the conference, you can view the conference page on the HarrisMartin website here, or you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  directly.
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--> On December 12, 2012, WFBM Partner Jennifer A. Cormier joined a nationally-recognized, accomplished group of asbestos litigators at the HarrisMartin California Asbestos Litigation Conference at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza in Los Angeles.  Jennifer's panel topic was Making the Most of Settlement Conferences – Tips and Requests from the Court.

Jennifer's practice focuses on environmental litigation with an emphasis on the defense of asbestos defendants. Throughout her career, she has successfully represented manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premises owners in multiple-party litigation involving exposure to a variety of toxins.   A significant part of Jennifer's practice is devoted to the strategic negotiation of settlements for a number of the firm's clients in the areas of asbestos and toxic torts.  Over the last eight years, she has successfully negotiated over a thousand favorable resolutions for our clients.

Other panels at the conference covered such topics as: Coordination of Southern California Asbestos Cases, Appellate Court Decisions, The Current Status of Asbestos Litigation in California – Perspectives from the Bench, Punitive Damages in Asbestos Cases, Pretrial In Asbestos Cases – A Perspective from the Bench, The Trial of An Asbestos Case - A Perspective from the Bench, The 13th Juror – The Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Etc., and The Use of Memory Experts in Asbestos Cases Deposition Limits – An Update on AB 1875.

For more information about the conference, you can view the conference page on the HarrisMartin website here, or you can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  directly.