Litigation Management: Managing Your Outside Resources and Costs

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: October 18, 2019
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  • Hiring Outside Counsel
  • Managing Resources
  • Managing Litigation Costs
  • Case Management
  • Litigation Strategy
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 18, 2019


The goal for any litigation strategy is to efficiently achieve a favorable outcome for your company. This often involves hiring outside counsel, investigative work, research resources, and more. For in-house counsel, this includes managing a reasonable litigation budget. How can you ensure you’re making the most of your resources and balancing your costs? Join litigation management experts as they discuss strategies for managing your resources specifically in litigation situations.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference on October 18th, 2019.

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Leah Montesano

Vice President, Litigation
Discovery, Inc.

Leah Montesano is the Vice President of Litigation at Discovery, Inc. She is the Global head of litigation, managing domestic and international litigation strategy on a range of issues, including commercial disputes, breach of contract, torts, defamation, bankruptcy, and intellectual property.

Minh Merchant

Associate General Counsel, Director of Litigation & Employment
Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Minh Merchant is the Associate General Counsel at Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Erika Selli

Haug Partners

Erika Selli is a Partner at the New York office of Haug Partners, who focuses her practice on patent litigation. Ms. Selli has represented clients in all stages of trial and appellate proceedings before federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Her litigation practice extends to a variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, computer software, business methods, and commercial products.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Selli also has experience in freedom to operate and validity opinions, performing IP due diligence investigations, and assessing FDA issues pertinent to patentability issues and litigation proceedings. In law school, she was a member of the St. John’s Law Review and gained practical insight regarding the judicial process while interning for Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson of the Eastern District of New York.

Before law school, Ms. Selli received her B.S. magna cum laude from Union College, where she conducted research related to the embryonic development of the PPT1 gene in drosophila.

Karin Ashford

Vice President
Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Karin Ashford is the Vice-President of Legal and Business Affairs at Penn National Gaming, Inc., a Pennsylvania based casino gaming company which, through its subsidiaries, owns, operates or has interests in 29 casinos and racetracks in 17 jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada, and which has recently expanded into social online gaming offerings. She concentrates her work on representing the company in litigation brought against, or sometimes brought by, the company. She is the legal advisor for the company on all cyber-related issues.

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