October 08, 2015 at 8:00 AM Central
Pre-Paid (Member): $30.00
Pre-Paid (Non-Member): $35.00
Pay at the Door (Member): $40.00
Pay at the Door (Non-Member): $45.00

Doors Open: 8:00am

Networking: 8:00am - 8:30am

Program: 8:30am - 9:30am

Continental breakfast will be provided for pre-registrants, continental breakfast for walk-ins subject to availability

We invite pre-registrants to submit a one page resume in advance, which will be combined and made available to the speaker and to the attendees.

Non-members who submit a full application to join FEWA as a member by end of business on Monday following the meeting will get a rebate to make their registration the member rate


1.25 Hours of CPE Credit will be awarded at this presentation

1.0 CFLC Credit available

1.0 MCLE Credit (pending approval)


Trial as Drama: What Experts Need to Know About Theater in the Courtroom

From the perspective of trial attorney Bruce Duffield of Bryan Cave LLP, Chicago office.  Mr. Duffield’s greatest strength has been described as his courtroom experience. He has tried nearly 50 cases to verdict in jurisdictions nationwide, as well as formal arbitrations, involving a wide variety of complex commercial and product liability issues. Join the Chicago chapter for this special presentation by Mr. Duffield where he will relay his extensive experience with theater in the courtroom and what you need to know!



Bruce Duffield has practiced as a trial attorney for 35 years, concentrating in product liability defense, commercial disputes, class action defense, and construction litigation. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, his experience includes the defense of manufacturers of a wide range of industrial, chemical, aviation, marine, automotive and consumer products in jurisdictions nationwide, involving highly technical issues of product design, manufacture and performance, and regarding complex medical issues of causation and disability.

Mr. Duffield’s commercial litigation experience includes the successful defense of several national class actions; construction disputes among owners, architects and builders; contractual disputes among parties to commercial transactions; and the defense of nursing home litigation. Mr. Duffield also has resolved complex commercial matters through AAA arbitrations.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Duffield has counseled manufacturers on preventative steps that can be taken to reduce liability exposure before suits happen. His experience includes evaluating prototype designs, conducting hazard analyses, preparing safety manuals and product decals, evaluating industry accident data for possible product design improvements, overseeing recalls and safety bulletins, preparing for ISO 9000 certification and implementing document management and retention programs.

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123 Wacker Conference Room
123 N. Wacker Drive 13th Floor, Suite 1301
Chicago, IL 60606