5 Tips For Serving As A Successful Special Master

By Allissa Wickham

Law360, New York (July 08, 2014, 8:42 PM ET) — If you’re an attorney with a knack for complex litigation, you may someday be asked to serve as a special master when a case threatens to consume an excessive amount of a court’s already-scarce time.

Appointed by a judge to oversee specific issues in a suit, a special master’s duties can truly run the gamut and may cover anything from resolving discovery issues to overseeing the administration of a class action settlement.

Given the complex and often highly technical nature of these assignments, serving as a special master might feel like a formidable endeavor — but it doesn’t have to be. After speaking with several experienced special masters, Law360 has compiled five tips for achieving a smooth, productive process if you ever find yourself in this role.

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Aggregate Settlements and Ethical Considerations in Mass Tort Claims

By Judge Marina Corodemus (Ret.) and Renee Henderson, Esq.

(As Published in The Legal Intelligencer on 1/23/13)

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The past few years have witnessed a sharp increase in the use of the aggregate settlement as the go-to device for globally resolving mass tort claims. However, as with most new devices, the excitement over the novelty can sometimes outpace ethical considerations. En route to an aggregate settlement, plaintiffs and defendants are free to negotiate a resolution without judicial supervision. Attorneys beware; this route may lead to catastrophe for those not apprised of the ethical implications that arise during all phases of settling in the aggregate.

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