“Hello ‘Proportionality,’ Goodbye ‘Reasonably Calculated,’” Features Panelist Daniel Girard at Joint Conference of ABA Section of Litigation and Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies


Girard Sharp founding partner Daniel Girard has been invited by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies to speak at the San Francisco session of a 13-city series of programs on the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16, 26, and 37.

The amendments that took effect on December 1, 2015 are expected to usher in some of the most significant changes to the discovery process and case management in more than ten years.

Mr. Girard joins District Court Judges Lee Rosenthal, Jeremy Fogel, and Susan Illston; Magistrate Judges Paul Grewal and Elizabeth Laporte; and distinguished attorneys Elizabeth Cabraser, Arturo Gonzalez, and Laurence Pulgram for a discussion of the amendments, their implications for civil litigation, and how their implementation will change attorney practice. The program will also include a discussion of the application of the new Rules to various hypotheticals.

The 13-day series of panels spans a six-month period, with similar discussions previously hosted in New York, Philadelphia, Newark, St. Louis, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.; and future panels slated to take place in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and Miami, in addition to San Francisco.

The series of dialogues is intended to “further the understanding of the case-management techniques that will help courts and litigants realize the Amendments’ full potential to make discovery more targeted, less expensive, and more effective in achieving justice.”

The San Francisco session of the ABA Rules Amendments Roadshow will take place on January 28, 2016 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse.

Daniel Girard’s Reputation for Excellence

Daniel Girard has been recognized by his peers and the federal judiciary as an expert on class action and complex litigation.

Mr. Girard served on the United States Judicial Conferences Advisory Committee on Civil Rules from 2004-2010, and remains an active contributor to the Rule-making process. He was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts to a three-year term on the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure beginning on October 1, 2015.

Last September, Mr. Girard joined other seasoned attorneys, academics, and judges in Dallas, Texas to a Civil Rules Committee mini-conference on proposed amendments to Rule 23, governing class actions.

Mr. Girard has been included among The Best Lawyers in America for five consecutive years since 2012, and was named 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco for Mass Tort Litigation and Class Action for Plaintiffs. He has been honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2007-2015), Top 100 in Northern California, and earned an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing him in the highest class for professional ethics and legal skills.

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