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On November 12th, 2015, Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.) will present at the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2015 Women of the Section of Litigation Conference.  This year’s program is entitled, “Presumed Defective: The Impact of the Malfunction Theory on Products Cases,” and will be led by a panel of experts.  The panel will discuss how the courts have begun to embrace the malfunction theory in product liability cases, a theory that allows a plaintiff to establish the existence of a product defect with circumstantial evidence supporting an inference that an unspecified defect must have caused the accident because all other possible causes are absent.  In light of this new theory, the panel will explore effective ways to plead, prosecute and defend against such causes.  Judge Brown will be joined by fellow panelists, Sarah Cronan of Husqvarna Group, Ryan Nilsen of Bowman and Brooke, LLP and Cathleen Combs of Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC.  Carolyn Purwin Ryan of Cipriani & Warner PC will moderate the discussion.

Hon. F. Keith Brown, (Ret.) is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems.  Former Chief Judge of Kane County, he has extensive experience in settling personal injury, workers’ compensation and commercial matters.  As a mediator, Judge Brown is know for his keen ability to easily connect with people and promote productive communications between all parties.  Judge Brown is a beloved pillar of the community, who has been recognized numerous time for his community service.

For Judge Brown’s full bio, click here.

For more information about the presentation, email Carolyn Purwin Ryan at

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"Judge Hanlon was an amazing mediator! While I have known her for years, I have never appeared in front of her or mediated a case with her. During a 10-hour mediation with her, I marveled at how hard she worked to get this case settled, and, more importantly, how great she communicated with my clients. She was calm, measured, reassuring, and so incredibly knowledgeable on the facts and mediation tactics. Judge Hanlon will always be on the top of my list for future mediations."

Richard I. Levin, Esq.Levin, Riback & Adelman