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2017 November E-Newsletter
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2018 Winter Meeting
February 24-28, 2018
Amelia Island, FL

Ladder Down Programs
Beginning in January, 2018
Phoenix, San Francisco & Seattle

& Graduate Program
May 20-23, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

Master Trial Advocate Certificate Program
April 6-8, 2018
Philadelphia, PA

2018 Annual Meeting
July 29-August 4, 2018
Location: Wailea Beach, HI
Upcoming Webinars
November 28, 2017
December 13, 2017
Corporate Counsel

Christopher M. Gaul
Great American Insurance Company
Cincinnati, OH

Jared W. Heald
Evans General Contrctors, LLC
Alpharetta, GA
Steven E. Pope
Nativis, Inc.
Seattle, WA
Caryn S. Siebert
Knight Insurance Group
Los Angeles, CA
Defense Counsel

Francis H. Brown, III
McGlinchey Stafford
New Orleans, LA

Robert E. Sumner, IV
Moore & Van Allen, PLLC
Charleston, SC

Tracy S. Prewitt
O'Bryan, Brown & Toner, PLLC
Louisville, KY

Jay C. Salsman
Harris, Creech, Ward, Blackerby, PA
New Bern, NC

Josh M. Snell
Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, PLC
Phoenix, AZ
James G. Welsh, Jr.
David & Hamrick, L.L.P.
Winston-Salem, NC
Federation Publications

From the President 
Federation Promotion

Prior to the passing of the gavel, I put together a committee called Attract, Connect, Transform ("ACT").  One of the components of this initiative, was to identify the best channels of communication to distinguish the FDCC as the most preeminent defense organization in the United States and internationally.  Understanding the value and importance of a robust social media presence, the ACT committee launched a new FDCC LinkedIn page to serve as a tool to promote the organization while at the same time, providing value to members.

LinkedIn is one of the most powerful social networking tools available for attorneys, law firms, and corporations.  It's exclusively for professionals looking to network and showcase their expertise and experience.  The marketing firm we retained said there was no better way to spread the word about the Federation.


Colleagues and potential clients are turning to LinkedIn as a source of information on attorneys, law firms, and corporations making LinkedIn a crucial place to illustrate the most flattering professional profile possible.  Are you and your firm taking advantage of this powerful opportunity? If not, the FDCC is here to help. If you or your firm is currently utilizing LinkedIn, are you reaching your goals?


There are many different goals that attorneys, firms, and corporations can achieve via LinkedIn. It’s important to understand what LinkedIn can do and how you plan to make the most of its capabilities.  For some, it’s a way to showcase their experience and expertise. For others, it can be used to connect with potential referral sources, whether lawyers or other professionals, or even clients. Others use LinkedIn as a source of information to support their practice, including news and legal updates relevant to their area of practice.  What makes sense for you and your firm?


To answer this question, the FDCC has put together a webinar you won’t want to miss.  Learn how the FDCC is using LinkedIn to promote the FDCC and provide value to members.  Determine if you are using LinkedIn’s capabilities to its fullest potential, develop your own social media plan, and find out how you can track your progress to reach your goals.  On November 28th at 1:00 P.M. EST, Frank Ramos and Marisa Trasatti will present “LinkedIn – The FDCC, Your Firm, and You.”


If you haven’t already, check out the FDCC’s new LinkedIn page and be sure to follow the page to stay up to date with all FDCC happenings.  New content will be posted on a daily basis and will include important information on upcoming events, promotional videos, section updates, substantive legal articles, legal news, featured members, new members, member triumphs, and more.  We want to spread the word about Federation Exceptionalism.


Our goal is for every FDCC member to follow the page.  I would encourage all of you to add your membership with the FDCC to your profile page.  Showcasing your membership with the FDCC, proves you are an integral force within your community and an involved member within your industry. Adding your membership to your profile is simple.  Here are step-by-step instructions.


1.     Login to your LinkedIn Account and open your profile;


2.     If you have the Organizations section already added to your profile, simply scroll to it and click the pencil (edit) icon to enter into edit mode.




If you don’t have the Organizations section added to your profile yet, add it by scrolling below the Contact Information section at the top part of your profile.  If you don’t see “Organizations” as an option, select “View More.”


3.     In the Organization field, type the name of the organization.


4.     In the Position(s) Held field, type the position you held.


5.     Fill in the remaining fields and click the “save” button


I am looking forward to sharing with you all of the exciting new initiatives the FDCC is offering members and am hopeful that through these initiatives the FDCC can provide all members with benefits that will be of value to you and your practice and allow every member an opportunity to get more involved in the organization.



Scott Kreamer



Registration for Amelia Island Winter Meeting Opens Soon

We are all looking forward to Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner. Mark your calendars for the day you return to work, Monday November 27, to register for the Winter Meeting at the Omni on Amelia Island. Registration opens that day, and an email blast containing the registration link will be sent out that day. You will also receive a hard copy of the registration brochure in the mail following the opening of online registration.
A few quick points and reminders:
Corporate and Industry Members: your registration is FREE for this conference. We are expecting a lot of Corporate and Industry Members to take advantage of this opportunity, especially since the meeting is short and the venue is readily accessible.
Corporate and Industry Guests: registration is also free for guests who satisfy the criteria to be admitted to the FDCC as a Corporate or Industry Member, but this is limited to the first 25 guests who register. If you have someone in mind, please notify me or Regina to make sure we have a spot for them.  We already have spots taken so act quick!
Cuba: this trip is ON. We are still planning to go to Cuba right after the Amelia meeting. Trip details and registration information will be included in the Amelia Island registration brochure. Space is limited so - again - register early.
Register Early: detecting a theme here? We are expecting a big turnout. Activities will fill up and rooms will go quickly. So register and book your room early.
See you soon in Ahhh...melia - it's less than 4 months away!
Brett Preston,
Convention Chair
Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications for 2018
The FDCC Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the popular Barb Currie Diversity Scholarship for 2018. Named after the spouse of long-time FDCC member Edward J. Currie, Jr., the scholarship is committed to the inclusion of diverse professionals in our organization and the legal profession.
All diverse law school students and prospective students are eligible to apply. The scholarship offers a 5,000 academic scholarship award and access to impactful internship opportunities.
An application consisting of a personal statement, writing sample, and references is due by email on January 15, 2018 to Diane Polscer
We hope you will share this opportunity with any current or prospective legal students, admissions advisors or counselors, and families within your networks.
More information may be found here.
2018 Ladder Down Programs Beginning in January

Applications are now being accepted for the FDCC's Ladder Down programs! Classes will begin in January. Programs will take place in Phoenix, San Francisco, and Seattle.
The Ladder Down program is a unique, year-long program that provides leadership training and mentoring opportunities that empower women in the legal industry and help them become leaders in their firms and corporations.
Click here to learn more about these great programs and for registration information.
Save the Date for LMC 2018

The FDCC's Litigation Management College & Litigation Graduate programs return this May in Philadelphia! More info coming soon, in the mean time contact our Deans with any questions.
Litigation Management College:           Litigation Management Program:
   Todd A. Roberts                                         Lauren Curtis
Don't Forget to Renew Your Membership

As a reminder, you can pay your 2017-2018 dues online by entering your username and password in the Sign-in section on the FDCC website:, or you can mail your payment to:
FDCC, 275 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126
If you have forgotten your user name or password please feel free to contact Membership Coordinator, Debbie Boehm at 
FDCC  | |
275 N. York Street
Suite 401
Elmhurst, IL 60126

more Calendar

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2020 FDCC Winter Meeting

FDCC Insurance Coverage Training Academy

7/25/2020 » 8/1/2020
2020 FDCC Annual Meeting

Featured Members
Charles MeyerO'Hagan Meyer, PLLC, Richmond, VA

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