The LCA's Complex Commercial Litigation Institute held the 2018 CCLI Winter Conference at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, February 9-10. On Friday evening, members of the CCLI and their guests were treated to a cocktail reception at The Edge at Mandarin Bar located on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing guests with stunning views of the city’s famous Strip. Following the cocktail reception, guests went to The Cosmopolitan for dinner at Chef José Andrés’ Jaleo Las Vegas and got to know one another, networked and enjoyed a night out in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

On Saturday morning, attendees gathered at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas for the general session. Presentations included Trial Aikido by Michael Ehrenstein, Ehrenstein|Sager, Miami, Florida; Litigating Indemnity Obligations in Commercial Contracts by Meryl Macklin, Bryan Cave, San Francisco, California; and Litigation Funding in Commercial Litigation by Mark Jacobs and T. Wynne Morris, Arrowhead Capital, New York, New York. After the morning break, presentations included Summary Jury Trials by CCLI President Kenneth J. DeMoura, DeMoura|Smith LLP, Boston, Massachusetts; Recent Racketeering Trial/Verdict by Edward F. Hennessey, IV, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, Charlotte, North Carolina; and Recent FRE Changes on Electronic and Social Media Evidence by Mark W. Williams, Sherman & Howard, Denver, Colorado. Following a round-table discussion, Adam Arceneaux, Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana, presented Unintended Consequences in Business Litigation. The 2018 CCLI Winter Conference concluded with a networking luncheon.

The Complex Commercial Litigation Institute (CCLI) is an Institute of the Litigation Counsel of America. CCLI is a group of LCA Fellows throughout the U.S. and Canada who focus their practices on complex commercial litigation. The mission of the CCLI is to provide a forum to (i) share and develop best practices in litigating and trying complex commercial cases; (ii) share specialized expertise; (iii) provide a nationwide resource for local procedural and substantive knowledge; and (iv) engage in the education of complex litigation practitioners through speaking engagements and publications.