Attorney General Thurbert Baker co-leads Dentons’ US State Attorney General practice and serves on the firm’s US Board. He served as the attorney general for the State of Georgia for 13 years under three different governors. He has been consistently selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine. In 2009 he was the recipient of the first annual Barack Obama Political Leadership award from the National Bar Association for his pioneering achievements as a public servant and an elected official. Attorney General Baker also has served as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) from 2006-2007, been recognized as one of “America’s Top Lawyers” by Black Enterprise Magazine, and served for over a decade as NAAG’s representative to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates. He also spent eight years in the Georgia House of Representatives and served in Governor Zell Miller’s Administration as the House Floor Leader, sponsoring several pieces of significant legislation, including the HOPE Scholarship awarded to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement and attend college in Georgia.
Donald G. Gifford
Donald G. Gifford is the Edward M. Robertson Research Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law whose principal research and teaching specialties are torts, products liability, and mass torts. Gifford earlier served as dean of the law school. He is the author or editor of several books, including a leading torts casebook and the definitive five-volume treatise on tort law, and numerous articles. Gifford served as a student organizer for the late Democratic Ohio Congressman John Seiberling’s first campaign in 1970. After serving as the Chair of the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Commission in the early 1990s, he later advised both the National Paint and Coating Association (now the American Coatings Association) and DuPont on childhood lead poisoning prevention legislation and mass tort litigation.
Markus Green, ESQ
Markus Green, currently an Assistant General Counsel for Pfizer, Inc., was the Executive Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey serving as Chief of Staff under Attorney General Peter C. Harvey. He assisted in supervising the Department of Law and Public Safety, managed complex civil and criminal litigation matters, and implemented statewide policy initiatives, including the Help America Vote Act State Plan and the Statewide Automated Victim Notification System. Before that, Mr. Green served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau. Mr. Green received his Bachelor degree Summa Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and his Juris Doctorate degree With Honors from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.
Leah Lorber is Assistant General Counsel at GlaxoSmithKline. Over the past several years, she has become involved in and a leader of several organizations in the liability public policy community. From 1994 through 2005, Ms. Lorber was an attorney in private practice, most recently at Shook Hardy & Bacon in Washington, D.C. Before that, Ms. Lorber was a reporter for the Albuquerque Journal and the Salem (Oregon) Statesman-Journal. She attended the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.
Adam Morey is Vice President of Public Affairs at J Strategies, a boutique public relations and strategic communications firm in Albany, New York. He previously oversaw and implemented the public relations, government affairs, and social media strategies for the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, a civil justice reform organization. In that position, he provided expert testimony, engaged with the press, built coalitions and strengthened alliances, and worked with members of the New York State Senate and Assembly to support legislative efforts to lower infrastructure insurance costs, protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits, and regulate predatory lending. Adam’s columns have been published in local and national publications including the Washington Examiner, New York Post, Crain’s New York Business, Journal News, Auburn Citizen, and the Albany Times Union. Before establishing a career in public affairs, Adam worked in the wine industry in Manhattan and Albany.
Kim is the President of the Civil Justice Association of California. She previously served as the Association’s Legislative Director and then Vice President-Legislation, having worked for CJAC since 2005. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Law School, she is a former state and federal prosecutor and, along with her husband, a co-founder of the Adelante Foundation of Honduras, a micro-credit not for profit organization. In between college and law school, she worked at the Support Network for Battered Women and worked as a volunteer lobbyist and organizer for the California alliance Against Domestic violence all through law school.
Tom was developing multi-million dollar wind energy projects in the Northeast United States when he learned firsthand how New York’s legal environment stifles economic development. Tom was attempting to hire a local construction crew in Western New York, but the insurance costs were too high, pushing him and his company, Horizon Wind Energy, to develop projects in other states. Tom soon discovered that New York’s liability environment was driving these insurance costs and he joined the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York in 2011. Since then, LRANY has grown and Tom has become a leading expert in the field of legal reform. He has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist, and has been interviewed by broadcast media outlets across the state including, Fox News and WNYC. Prior to his work developing wind farms for Horizon Wind Energy, Tom worked for PBS flagship station WGBH-TV.