Stris & Maher to Lead General Counsel Intellectual Property Seminar at Chambers Forum: New York

Stris & Maher is pleased to announce that the firm will be hosting and participating in the General Counsel Intellectual Property Seminar at the New York Chambers Forum on June 20.

Led by Brendan Maher, Founding Partner, and Elizabeth Brannen, Chair of Stris & Maher’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, the panel discussion will cover current issues of interest to corporate General Counsel whose companies face IP litigation risks. It will examine recent developments and trends in three main areas of IP law: (i) copyright law; (ii) patent law; and (iii) the Lanham Act, with a focus on offering practical suggestions for reducing IP litigation risk and resolving cases favorably.

Read more about the IP Seminar and Forum here.

GCs can register here.




Peter K. Stris to Speak at Montana Trial Lawyers Association

Date: November 20, 2018

Topic: Peter K. Stris will share his insights at the Montana Trial Lawyers Association. Find the event information here.

Suggested Citation: Peter K . Stris, Arguing Before the Supreme Court, Montana Trial Lawyers Association, Missoula, MT (

Bridget Asay to Speak about Appeals in the Second Circuit

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Venue: United States District Courthouse in Rutland, Vermont.

Topic: The Vermont Chapter of the Federal Bar Association has invited Bridget Asay to provide insights on crafting and arguing appeals in the Second Circuit. The CLE is titled “Sugaring off” the Appeals Process in the Second Circuit – What Works? and will feature  Judge Peter W. Hall of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, accompanied by appellate attorneys Bridget Asay and John Serafino.  The event is free for FBA members. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event’s website. 

Suggested citation: Bridget Asay, “Sugaring Off” the Appeal Process in the Second Circuit – What Works? Vermont Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, US District Courthouse, Rutland, VT (May 17, 2018).

Dana Berkowitz to Speak About Recent Developments in Securities Litigation and Microsoft v. Baker

Date: October 24, 2017

Venue: New York City Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Topic: Dana Berkowitz will speak on a panel entitled Recent Developments in Securities Litigation, hosted by the New York City Bar Association’s Securities Litigation Committee. The panel will discuss recent cases with the potential to have a significant impact on securities litigation, including Microsoft v. Baker. For more information, including registration, visit the New York City Bar Association’s website.

Suggested citation: Dana Berkowitz, Panelist, Recent Developments in Securities Litigation, Securities Litigation Committee, New York City Bar Association, New York, NY (October 24, 2017).

Bridget Asay Describes Working as the Solicitor General for Vermont

Date: October 16, 2017

Venue: Yale Law School, Sterling Law Building, Room 121, 127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Topic: Yale Law School has invited Bridget Asay to talk about her experience working for the State of Vermont as its first-ever Solicitor General, handling major appeals and civil litigation in a wide variety of areas. This event will be open to the Yale Law School community only.

Suggested citation: Talk with Bridget Asay ’95, Former Solicitor General of Vermont, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT (October 16, 2017).

Elizabeth Brannen to Address Trade Secrets before Federal Circuit Bar Association

Date: November 3, 2016

Venue: Federal Circuit Bar Association, 1620 I St. NW, Ste. 801, Washington, DC 20006. The panel will also be streamed live via webcast.

Topic: On November 3, Elizabeth Brannen will serve on a panel with three other experts. Panelists will explore the overlaps and distinctions among the Defense Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and state-specific Trade Secrets Acts. They will also address the effects of concurrently pending state and federal cases, strategies for obtaining supplemental jurisdiction over state law-based trade secret claims, and whether the DTSA requirement for a claimant to be an owner of a trade secret differs from that of current state laws. For more information about the event or to register, please visit the Federal Circuit Bar Association’s website.

Suggested citation: The Interplay Between the Defend Trade Secrets Act and State Law, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Washington, DC (November 3, 2016).

Dana Berkowitz to Speak at National Forum on ERISA Litigation

Date: October 28, 2016

Venue: Park Lane Hotel, 36 Central Park S., New York, NY 10019

Topic: The American Conference Institute has invited Dana Berkowitz to speak on a panel at the 13th National Forum on ERISA Litigation. The National Forum on ERISA Litigation features an exceptional faculty of in-house counsel, federal judges, and leading outside counsel plaintiff and defense litigators. A number of panels this year will focus on prominent Stris & Maher representations, including Gobeille and Montanile.

Ms. Berkowitz will speak on a panel entitled, Medical Provider Claims: Assignment, Standing and Penalties. She and other panelists will discuss lawsuits brought by medical providers against plans and insurers, assignments of patient claims to medical providers, standing under ERISA, state law and preemption concerns, and claims of fraud and discrimination. For more information, visit the institutes’ website.

Suggested citation: Medical Provider Claims: Assignment, Standing and Penalties, 13th National Forum on ERISA Litigation, New York, NY (October 28, 2016).

Stris & Maher Sponsors Pension Rights Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala

Date: October 6, 2016

Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

Topic: The Pension Rights Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary at a gala reception on October 6, 2016. At the gala, the Center will honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to retirement security. The Center will honor the following individuals with Superhero Awards:

Phyllis C. Borzi, Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration, U.S. Department of Labor

J. Mark Iwry, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Retirement and Health Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Thomas Reeder, Jr., Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Norman P. Stein, Senior Policy Advisor, Pension Rights Center & Professor, Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University

For more information, please visit the Pension Rights Center’s website.

Suggested citation: 40th Anniversary Gala, Pension Rights Center, Washington, DC (October 6, 2016).

Radha Pathak to Discuss Impact of New Civil Procedure Rules on ERISA Litigation

Date: September 8, 2016

Topic: The American Bar Association Joint Committee on Employee Benefits is hosting a webinar on September 8, 2016 to discuss the amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The amendments have been in effect for nine months. Radha Pathak will participate in the webinar and evaluate how the amendments have impacted fiduciary and complex ERISA litigation. She will also share strategy suggestions. For more information, visit the American Bar Association’s website.

Suggested citation: Radha A. Pathak, New Civil Procedure Rules and ERISA Litigation: One Judge’s View (along with Counsel) – 9 Months In, ABA Joint Committee on Employee Benefits, Webinar (scheduled September 8, 2016).

Daniel Geyser to Summarize Key U.S. Supreme Court Cases from 2015 Term

Date: July 14-16, 2016

Venue: Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

Topic: Each year, the College of the State Bar of Texas hosts an annual multi-day CLE event. The College has, yet again, invited Daniel Geyser to present the annual U.S. Supreme Court Update. He will summarize and explain critical Supreme Court cases from the previous term. This will be Dan’s fifth Supreme Court Update presentation at this annual event. For more information about the event, please review the Texas Bar College’s brochure.

Suggested citation: U.S. Supreme Court Update – October Term 2015, 18th Annual Texas State Bar College Summer School, Galveston, TX (July 14, 2016).