For nearly three decades, ACI’s Drug and Medical Device Litigation Conference has been the premier event for pharmaceutical and medical device companies and their outside counsel. This conference provides a unique platform to exchange cutting-edge thinking on the latest developments and challenges in product liability litigation. It covers evolving theories behind new claims and the guiding principles for minimizing damage in times of crisis.

What to Expect

Expert Faculty: Each year, the conference features top-notch, experienced in-house counsel, renowned defense practitioners, and distinguished jurists.

Proactive Defense Tools: Attendees gain the necessary tools to effectively defend against an increasingly aggressive plaintiffs’ bar and heightened public and political scrutiny.

Networking Opportunities: Join industry veterans and first-timers alike to learn and network.


Record-Breaking Attendance: Last year’s event saw 400+ industry professionals in attendance.

Premier Status: Recognized as the leading forum for drug and medical device product liability litigation.

29th Anniversary: This year’s event promises to continue the tradition of excellence.

Past Esteemed Conference Chairs

Many of the industry’s leading drug and medical device counsel have lent their time and expertise to help pioneer this flagship event. Here is a look at some of our event co-chairs whose dedication have allowed this conference to grow into the premier products liability litigation event for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries for nearly 30 years.

Sonia Arnold
General Counsel – Lilly Oncology, Eli Lilly and Company

Max Heerman
Senior Legal Counsel, Litigation, Medtronic

Bradley E. Lerman
General Counsel, Medtronic

Gary McConnell
Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Bayer

Rita McConnell (ret.)
Vice President, Chief Litigation Counsel, Medtronic

Monique Hunt McWilliams
Assistant General Counsel, Eli Lilly and Company

Michael Parini
Executive VP, Chief Legal Officer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sarah Padgitt
Associate General Counsel, Baxter International

William J. Ruane
Vice President, Associate General Counsel – Litigation, Wyeth

Join us this December for the 29th Anniversary event and be part of the industry’s most influential gathering!