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April 23, 2012

Fillmore Riley lawyers to attend TAGLaw's International Law Conference in San Francisco

Kelly Beattie and David Kroft, partners at Fillmore Riley LLP, will attend an international conference from May 7 to 9 hosted by TAGLaw®, a leading alliance of independent law firms from around the world. Fillmore Riley has been a member of TAGLaw since 2010.

Among the topics discussed will be developing trends in international arbitration and why, based on extensive research, a noted law professor feels that mid-sized firms are effective competition to multi-national firms. Justice Charles Breyer, a U.S. District Court Justice for the Northern District of California, will welcome the alliance members and deliver a presentation on developing trends in international arbitration.

One of the most controversial topics at this conference addresses a change in the British legal system that now allows outside investors to fund law firms. “We expect a lively debate on this topic,” said Bob Sattin, TAGLaw’s president. “A dramatic increase in funding for British firms could make them strong competitors against firms that cannot take equity funding, yet many countries have not allowed outside investment in law firms for fear of a conflict of interest between those outside investors and the firms’ clients.” Carole Silver, a leading scholar in international law at the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University, will moderate the debate.

TAGLaw will also offer several sessions on firm management and opportunities for specialists in various aspects of the law to exchange ideas and information. The conference will conclude with a gala event at City Hall for all of the attendees.