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IP Institute 2017 Annual Conference


IP Institute 2017 Annual Conference
Louisville, Kentucky
September 14-15, 2017

We welcome you to join us at the IP Institute’s Annual Conference on September 14-15, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Our membership is exceptional.  Our Louisville conference will follow the learn-from-each-other symposium format that has been so successful at our last two meetings in Park City, UT (June 2016) and Ocean Reef, FL (January 2015).  Half-hour presentations will be given by those who so choose on a IP-related topic they select.  The program is fast-paced, eclectic, and pertinent.

Member comments about our Park City meeting include:

  • Leon Carter from Dallas: I had an absolutely marvelous time. It was great getting to meet each of you and I am looking forward to seeing you all again in the near future.
  • Barry Irwin from Chicago: Fantastic job to the organizers and presenters!
  • Sid Leach from Phoenix: I appreciate the effort that everyone put into the event.  I enjoyed meeting everyone, and look forward to attending the next event.

Dennis Murrell of the Middleton Reutlinger law firm is our gracious host.  We have made special arrangements to stay at Hotel 21c, in downtown Louisville.  Hotel 21c uniquely combines the best of southern hospitality with a contemporary art museum.  Visit Hotel 21c website.

We look forward to deepening our relationships again in Louisville, September 14-15.  See you in Louisville.

LCA 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows


LCA 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows
May 3-5, 2017
La Fonda on the Plaza
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows will be held May 3-5 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The conference is designed for Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America to enhance their already superior trial skills, to address practical issues and topics challenging litigators in today’s changing legal environment, and to afford each individual the opportunity to hear from and interact with North America’s finest trial and appellate lawyers.

A portion of the program will be presented by the rotating faculty of the Trial Law Institute and will count toward its Trial Master Certification, contemporaneously with CLE credits.

Participants will be provided with advanced tools for continued success and expertise in trial techniques, evidence presentation, courtroom technology, case evaluations and marketing, as well as negotiations and alternative dispute resolution. New Fellows of the LCA will be formally inducted into the society during the black tie Celebration of Fellows Gala on Thursday, May 4. The conference will also give Fellows the opportunity to network with other distinguished attorneys from across North America, earn CLE credit and experience the splendor of the American Southwest.



La Fonda on the Plaza
100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501


Located in the heart of Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza is regarded as one of the best Santa Fe Plaza hotels, and provides guests with an authentic New Mexican experience complemented by 4 Diamond distinctive services. Offering a wealth of luxury services, La Fonda is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Plaza, sitting on a coveted location that is said to have hosted an inn since the 1600’s.

La Fonda is more than just a base for exploring the area’s sights; it is one of the sights itself and is said to be the gathering place of Santa Fe. One of the hotel’s most prized possessions is its art collection which contains more than 685 original pieces in the still growing collection.

Just a few of La Fonda’s many awards include the following:

  • Historic Hotels Award of Excellence, Best Historic Hotel (76-200 rooms), 2016
  • New Mexico Top HAT Premier Award for Hotel of the Year, 2016
  • AAA Four Diamond Award Winner, 2013-2016
  • #7 Top Hotels in the American Southwest, Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards, 2015 & 2016


A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available for this conference. In order to obtain the group rate, which is only available to conference attendees and their guests, reservations must be made before Wednesday, April 5, 2017.

Reservations can be made online by CLICKING HERE or by calling the hotel directly at 505.982.5511, #1. Please call between the hours of (Mountain Standard Time):

Monday – Friday: 7 AM-8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 9 AM-5 PM

If booking by phone, please specify the Litigation Counsel of America’s (LCA) 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows to take advantage of the following group rate:

* $179* Traditional Rooms
* Room rates are subject to 7% Lodger’s Tax and 8.3125% Gross Receipts Tax, totaling 15.3125%. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

There will be an additional charge of $15.00 per person (per night) for each guest over double occupancy.  The maximum occupancy per room is four (4). Children under 12 years of age may share the same room with parents at no additional charge. Please note that roll-away beds are limited.

Guest accommodations will be available at 3:00 PM on arrival day and reserved until 12:00 PM on departure day.

Rates will be honored three (3) days pre-and post-conference, based on availability of Traditional Rooms at time of reservation. Rooms and rates on pre-and post-conference dates are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Making your reservation early is strongly suggested. If room block capacity is reached on or before April 5, 2017, the LCA rate will not be guaranteed and may no longer be available. All special requests must be made at the time of booking.

If you are unable to reserve your room prior to Wednesday, April 5, 2017, please contact Jessica Sullivan by email or by calling 212.724.4128 to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.

Please familiarize yourself with La Fonda on the Plaza’s Cancellation Policy as the LCA is not responsible for any cancellation fees or other hotel charges. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of arrival to avoid penalty. Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to arrival will forfeit one night’s room rate and tax. No-shows will be charged the full room revenue for the dates of the reservation. Departure dates are reconfirmed at check-in and may be changed at this time without penalty. Any guest departing before his or her reconfirmed departure date will be subject to a one-time, “early-out” penalty fee of $100 plus taxes.


FELLOW/ASSOCIATE FELLOW EARLY-BIRD: $1,395 (on or before Tuesday, March 21, 2017)

NON FELLOW: $1,995


Guests are invited to attend the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, May 3, and the Celebration of Fellows Gala on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The conference registration fee is fully refundable for cancellations received on or before Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Cancellations received between March 22 and April 11, 2017, will result in a refund, less a $95 processing fee. Due to the financial commitments made to the hotel by the LCA, cancellations received on or after Wednesday, April 12, 2017, will be refunded at fifty (50%) of the total fee, or the total fee may be credited to a future LCA event. Substitutions may be made at any time without charge.

To make a cancellation and/or request a refund, please call 212.724.4128 or email Julia Land or Jessica Sullivan.



Approximately 9 hours of MCLE credit has been or will be requested, including at least 1 hour of ethics credit. Certificates of Attendance will be provided to each attendee at the conclusion of the General Session.

If you have any questions regarding MCLE credit, please contact Julia Land by email or call 212.724.4128.


For complete details, visit LCA 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows

Scottsdale, Arizona


IPI will be hosting a networking meeting at the LCA Spring Conference on April 21, 2016, at 3:30 pm.

Park City, Utah Meeting June 23-24, 2016

SRDV - Exterior at Dusk

The Intellectual Property Institute will meet on June 23 and 24, 2016 at the St. Regis Hotel. The hotel is about 7,500 feet above sea level overlooking the town of Park City, which is about a 45 minute drive from the Salt Lake Airport.

The IPI will begin the meeting with a welcome cocktail party and dinner on Thursday evening June 23 at an outdoor terrace at the hotel overlooking the Wasatch Mountains. Guests and spouses and family members are welcome to attend.

On the morning of Friday June 24 after breakfast at the hotel, IPI presenters will each give thirty minute talks focusing on various aspects of the prosecution of IP cases. These presentations will be interactive, designed to enable IPI members to learn from one another. We will invite a federal judge from Salt Lake to give a brief talk over lunch.

In the afternoon of that day we will focus on the business aspects of IP practice including law firm profitability. Again the discussion will be free flowing to ensure that all members gain value from the experiences and expertise of each other. That evening we will end the formal program with a cocktail reception and dinner at the hotel to which guests, spouses and family members are welcome. A program brochure outlining the talks will be posted before the event.

Over the weekend IPI members and their families are welcome to stay at the St. Regis, either by the pool or to raft, hike, golf or fish.  Depending on interest, we will organize a rafting trip to the Weaver River, a hike up the Wasatch Mountains or a mini golf tournament.

This Park City meeting, like the one at Ocean Reef in January 2015, will give IPI members the opportunuty to not only increase their IP trial skills but to continue to build trusting referral relationships with other members and our sponsors.

Interested in learning more about this program? Please contact Andrew Berger, Chair of the IPI @ Allen Hinderaker, Chair-Elect at or Kara Cenar, Vice Chair at See you there.

Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston, South Carolina
October 7, 2015
A blended mix of IP strategies involving branding, trade secrets and copyright is now needed to fill the void caused by the costly, uncertain and changing patent landscape. Come join us in Charleston from 2 pm to 5 pm on October 7 (right before the beginning of LCA’s Fall Conference) for a roundtable discussion on this timely topic. There we will focus on alternative litigation strategies we as trial lawyers should adopt before or during trial to protect the value of our client’s most valuable intangible assets.

This is not another “what are the impacts of the Alice decision” discussion because “Alice challenges” and “Post Grant proceedings” are already one of IP life’s realities. Instead we look to the next question raised by our clients – if not patents then what?

The mission of the IPI includes the sharing of ideas and solutions based on our collective experience and thought leadership. Our goal is to give each attendee at this roundtable new strategies to navigate this changing landscape. Come join us and share your knowledge and judgment. For those staying for the LCA conference, we will have a further discussion of this topic over lunch on Thursday October 8. If you plan to come or for more information, contact Allen Hinderaker: or Kara Cenar: