GPB Capital Investor Update 11-30-21

GPB Capital News Investigation

GPB Capital News Investigation

GPB Capital investors file numerous lawsuits to recover their losses after two years of bad news from GPB.

PALM BEACH, FL, USA, November 30, 2021 / — It is unclear what if any sums GPB Capital investors may recover through any restitution efforts resulting from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation into GPB. Any sum that may later get paid out in restitution is separate from any potential sums that could be recovered by investors through separate actions against various other parties. Our office represents many investors who have (and who continue) to recoup their damages and losses associated with GPB investments recommended by financial advisors who were registered through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). These clients have filed private, confidential (often expedited) arbitration claims to recover investment losses," according to Attorney Matt Thibaut, a securities fraud attorney from

Attorney Thibaut's explanation and the response were in reference to the lawsuit filed by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) involving GPB Capital. Although there are various rumors that the defendant is creating some type of a plan to initiate the process of potentially returning some investor funds, nothing formal has been finalized and most investors are still out of their original investment and have not received distributions since late 2018.

The SEC case filing alleges that almost the entire $1.7 billion raised by GPB Capital from some 17,000 retail investors may have been wiped out. It is believed that nearly one quarter or approximately 4,000 of the 17,000 investors are senior citizens, many who could ill afford a significant loss of investment principal and many of whom were looking to rely upon the distribution income stream to supplement their income during their retirement years.

Investors are encouraged to contact the experienced attorneys at or to call 1-800-856-3352 to schedule a fast, friendly claim evaluation from an experienced securities fraud attorney, and to receive their free "GPB Capital Investor’s Guide". The GPB Capital Investor’s Guide includes a variety of information designed to help investors understand the issues related to their GPB Capital investments and the status of the pending investigations and details related to the GPB investments, as well as their various potential options to recover investment losses and damages. For investors who call, there is no obligation, and they will receive an immediate appointment with an experienced attorney who can provide them with fast, free, friendly advice and a preliminary case.

Non-registered private placement investments such as those similar to GPB Capital were actively sold by more than 60 different FINRA-registered broker-dealers, many of which had financial advisors soliciting these investments based on the lure of hefty fees and commissions, and often choosing to ignore what might be in the investor’s best interests, and instead focused on selling the maximum amount of high-commission investment products they could sell, with little (if any) attention focused on the propriety, suitability, proper risk disclosure, accuracy of the representations, and even the investor risk profiles.

On behalf of several investors who have lost money in GPB, KlaymanToskes is investigating their FINRA arbitration claims. GPB securities that are included in the investigation:

-GPB Automotive Portfolio, LP
-GPB Holdings II and III
-GPB Eurobond Finance PLC
-GPB Cold Storage, LP
-Armada Waste Management
-GPB NYC Development, LP
-GPB Waste Management, LP
-GPB Holdings, LP
-GPB Holdings Qualified, LP

What can investors do now?

While there is/was one or more class action claims pending that involved GPB Capital, as well as various other parties, the large majority of GPB Capital investors who have decided to take action, have determined that a customer dispute (a private arbitration) through the Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Office of Dispute Resolution is the quicker, more efficient, and most direct opportunity to address these matters and help them achieve a recovery. These claims are typically filed against the financial advisor and/or brokerage firms that originally recommended the investment in GPB, or otherwise provided ongoing investment advice related to GPB investments.

The FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution provides a process for a private, confidential, non-public arbitration. In that process, discovery generally involves a document exchange (and no depositions). For most investors, this is a faster and more efficient option to pursue, and to further streamline the process, they opt to retain experienced investment fraud or securities fraud lawyers to assist them through the FINRA dispute process.

Some of the issues raised in these claims sometimes involve detailed legal and regulatory matters related to the FINRA-registered broker-dealer efforts surrounding the due diligence process as well as an investigation into various potential negligence related to the sales practices or supervision issues. Overall, an experienced investment fraud or securities fraud attorney can help their clients identify any areas where a financial advisor or broker-dealer firm may have negligently failed their investor customer when it came to approving, selling, supervising transactions and investments in GPB Capital funds.

Haselkorn & Thibaut, P.A., is a nationwide law firm that specializes in securities arbitration claims on behalf of investors across the country, and with offices in Florida, New York, Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina. Their website can be found at, and they have a team of attorneys who have recovered millions of dollars for investors through the FINRA arbitration process.

If your investment losses with GPB Capital investments are substantial, we are here to help. Experienced attorneys at Haselkorn & Thibaut, P.A. are available for a fast, friendly, free consultation as a public service. Call today for more information at 1-800-856-3352 or visit our website.

The sole purpose of this release is to investigate the manner in which GPB Capital Holdings investments were approved for sale by broker-dealers to investor clients, including new product reviews, due diligence, as well as the sales practice and supervision related to these investment products and investment strategies. If you have any knowledge or experience with these matters, please contact the lawyers at Haselkorn & Thibaut, P.A. at 1-800-856-3352.

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Crescent Signs PNC Bank to New and Expanded Leases at The Crescent in Uptown Dallas

The Crescent is a unique 1.3 million-square-foot luxury, mixed-use development combining iconic architecture with modern amenities.

The Crescent office and retail complex is the centerpiece of the Uptown Dallas/Turtle Creek Class AA office market, set amongst quality amenities, including casual and fine dining and luxury retail.

PNC Bank, which selected The Crescent to enter Dallas market in 2017, expands office space to 55,519 square feet in the Uptown Dallas mixed-use office complex

Surrounded by desired amenities in pedestrian-friendly Uptown Dallas, The Crescent has been able to attract and retain a high percentage of customers from financial, legal, and professional services.”

— Tony Click, Vice President Leasing for Crescent

DALLAS, TX, US, November 30, 2021 / — Crescent Real Estate LLC (Crescent) extended and expanded lease space for PNC Bank at The Crescent®. PNC Bank extended terms on existing leases of 16,900 square feet while expanding space in The Crescent to a total of 55,519 square feet. PNC Bank initially leased space in The Crescent in June of 2017.

“The Crescent provided many advantages as PNC Bank’s office when we first entered the Dallas market and has helped us grow,” said Brendan McGuire, Regional President of PNC Bank. “The Crescent is a convenient location, has the necessary amenities, and attracts professional firms, especially banking and wealth management, all of which will help sustain our growth.”

PNC Bank is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States. The company has provided financial expertise and services for more than 160 years.

“We strive to provide a great customer experience, and we work hard to provide the easiest way to bank and invest that helps customers achieve financial well-being,” said McGuire. PNC Bank customers have secure and convenient access to personal financial expertise, tools, and competitive products and services, according to McGuire.

Billy Gannon and Howard Watkins of Transwestern represented PNC Bank. Tony Click and Jordyn Allen of Crescent represented The Crescent.

“We welcomed PNC Bank to The Crescent in 2017, knowing they would be successful in the Dallas market. We are pleased that we can help PNC grow its footprint at The Crescent,” said Click, Vice President of Leasing for Crescent.

“Since we offer a premier asset surrounded by desired amenities in pedestrian-friendly Uptown Dallas, The Crescent has been able to attract and retain a high percentage of customers from financial, legal, and professional services,” Click said.

The Crescent’s iconic Phillip Johnson three-tower design with significant retail and inspiring outdoor green spaces provides customers a serene work environment and a connection with nature. The Crescent’s mix-use retail provides convenient, upscale amenities with casual and fine dining options, the luxury Hotel Crescent Court and Spa, and Stanley Korshak, a Dallas emporium that pampers customers with service and high-quality merchandise.

Crescent Real Estate LLC (Crescent) is a real estate operating company and investment advisor, founded by Chairman John C. Goff, with assets under management, development, and investment capacity of more than $10 billion. Through the GP Invitation Fund I and the GP Invitation Fund II, the company acquires, develops, and operates all real estate asset classes alongside institutional investors and high net worth clients. Crescent’s premier real estate portfolio consists of Class A and creative office, multifamily, hospitality, and senior living assets located throughout the U.S., including The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, and the wellness lifestyle leader, Canyon Ranch®. For more information, visit

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Veteran's Outrage Over Afghanistan Withdrawal Leads to #1 New Book

People jumped from the Twin Towers in terror on 9/11, and fell from U.S. Air Force planes fleeing in terror from the Taliban in Kabul, 2021.

In 2001 and 2021, the war began and ended with similar horrifying images of people falling to their death because of terrorism.

The author speaks with CNN New Day's John Berman about people trapped by the Taliban takeover of Kabul, Afghanistan..

The author speaks on national TV about the Fall of Afghanistan.

The author's loyalty to U.S. military veterans fueled the writing of first major book on the end of the War in Afghanistan, and is now an Amazon #1 New Release.

The way in which we’re pulling out is something that’s disgraceful … a betrayal of what our soldiers have bled for.”

— Séamus Fennessy on NBC’s TODAY Show

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2021 / — Author and combat veteran Séamus Ó Fianghusa (Fennessy) channeled his outrage over the misconduct of the 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal into writing the first major book about the war’s end, The Pullout Sellout: The Betrayal of Afghanistan and America’s 9/11 Legacy.

It is now Amazon’s #1 New Release in Military Law and #1 New Release in Central Asia History. It contends that the U.S. senior leadership dishonored the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the sacrifices of American veterans.

Ó Fianghusa (Fennessy) spoke on CNN, NBC, and on numerous other media outlets during the Afghan Crisis of 2021. When media attention waned after the 20th anniversary of 9/11, he took to writing in order not to let the sacrifices of American troops be forgotten. He insists on demanding accountability from the Biden Administration.

“The Pullout Sellout” is available on Amazon in paperback, hardcover, and Kindle. It will also be available online at the Barnes & Noble website before Christmas.

The initial release of the Kindle edition was on Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, in order to commemorate the sacrifices of U.S. veterans. The paperback and hardcover were launched Thanksgiving week in thanksgiving for the sacrifices of American troops since September 11, 2001.

Im Úr Blasta, LLC (founded October 7, 2020) is the exclusive publisher for the works of Séamus Ó Fianghusa (Fennessy): author, combat veteran, and scholar. Séamus has been dubbed “the historian of the Fighting 69th” by Fox News. He has been interviewed about the end of the Afghan War by major news networks in the U.S. and Ireland. He is also an army infantry veteran with over 20 years of military service. "Heaven Help Us, Now!," Séamus’ recent book about St. Jude, patron of lost causes, was the Amazon #1 Best Seller in Christian Saints.

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EDRM Releases Results of Global Web and Social Media Collections Survey Sponsored by Trusted Partner, Pagefreezer


Setting the global standards for e-discovery

The results of this report echo the challenges we’ve heard from customers and other industry professionals.”

— Peter Callaghan, chief revenue officer for Pagefreezer.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2021 / — Setting the global standards for e-discovery, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) is pleased to release the results of its inaugural global web and social media collections survey, sponsored by EDRM trusted partner, Pagefreezer. The survey results will be released on an eDiscovery Week webinar, with a downloadable report, on December 1, 2021.

The goal of this survey was to understand the key challenges legal professionals are facing when it comes to the collection of web and social media content for use during legal matters. The survey examined the most important data sources that legal teams contend with on a regular basis, and also explored the the biggest barriers to successful collection and use of this online evidence.

“The results of this report echo the challenges we’ve heard from customers and other industry professionals,” said Peter Callaghan, chief revenue officer for Pagefreezer. “Massive data volumes have rendered manual collections and traditional e-discovery methods much less effective. What’s needed are new solutions and approaches that are not only capable of dealing with large data volumes, but also able to facilitate collection processes that are consistent, repeatable, and reliable across a multitude of data sources.”

“Given how central web and social media content has become to everyday communication and collaboration, it’s an area that no organization can ignore. However, many legal teams are still trying to identify satisfactory systems and processes.” said Mary Mack, CEO and chief legal technologist at EDRM. “Upstream data reduction and downstream review and production difficulties make web and social collection a full EDRM challenge.”

Register for the Pagefreezer sponsored EDRM Global Web and Social Media Collection Results webinar here.

Date: December 1st, 2021
Time: Noon Eastern

About Pagefreezer
Pagefreezer is a leading provider of website, social media, mobile text, and enterprise collaboration recordkeeping and data collection solutions for the public and private sectors. Pagefreezer’s solutions help organizations collect and preserve evidence from unstructured data sources for both defensive and offensive legal purposes. These records are routinely used by hundreds of organizations for both legal and compliance matters.

Pagefreezer is a SaaS application that lets organizations of all sizes monitor data sources like website and social media accounts, and team collaboration tools, and permanently preserve this content in evidentiary quality. Archived data (including edited and deleted content) can be replayed as if it’s live and if often used for litigation and regulatory compliance.

Additionally, Pagefreezer offers WebPreserver, a Chrome extension that automatically and defensibly captures evidence from third-party websites and social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Learn more at

About EDRM
Empowering the leaders of e-discovery, the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) creates global practical resources to improve e-discovery, privacy, security and information governance. Since 2005, EDRM has delivered leadership, standards, tools, guides and test datasets to improve best practices throughout the world. EDRM has an international presence in 113 countries and growing and an innovative support infrastructure for individuals, law firms, corporations and government organizations seeking to improve the practice and provision of data and legal discovery. Learn more about the EDRM today at

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Wells|Trumbull Wins $4.5 Million Settlement for Injured Man and his Family

The law firm is dedicated to helping people who have suffered severe injuries and deserve financial compensation.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2021 / — Wells|Trumbull is pleased to announce it has won an impressive $4.5 million settlement for a severely injured man and his wife.

Wells|Trumbull is a personal injury law firm located in Seattle, Washington. Founded by Ben Wells and Josh Trumbull, the firm is committed to providing exceptional legal services designed to help clients in receiving the financial compensation they deserve. The team at Wells|Trumbull takes a hands-on approach to every case, always putting clients at the forefront.

In the firm’s most recent news, Wells|Trumbull recently tried a jury trial stemming from a collision between two dump trucks. In the case, an empty dump truck lost control, crossed the center line, and T-boned another dump truck which was full of dirt. As a result of the collision, the dump truck with dirt rolled over onto its side, leaving the male driver with extensive injuries.

After hearing the case, the jury determined that the injured man should be compensated $4.5 million for pain and suffering, including a lumbar facet injury and PTSD. Treatment included conservative care, chiropractic, massage, physical therapy, and a rehabilitation doctor. Two radio frequency ablations were performed with only temporary relief.

At the trial, Wells|Trumbull argued that this was a permanent injury to the 26-year-old young man and to his wife who has been forced to deal with her husband’s physical and emotional troubles. The defendant argued that the plaintiff would be receiving PRP treatments that would likely diminish his symptoms. They also argued that his symptoms were minimal and that the plaintiff did not try hard enough to resume his lifestyle.

Additionally, the defendant argued that the plaintiff was contributory negligent and could have avoided the crash. At this point, Play NF offered a video of the crash following dump truck along with testimony of an eyewitness photographs to dispel the defendant’s arguments.

During the trial, the plaintiff called a rehabilitation doctor who testified about the permanent nature of the man’s injury and the inevitability of posttraumatic arthritis. The plaintiff also called a retired neurosurgeon who testified about PTSD and the facet injury. Play also called a speech therapist testify about his memory and word selection problems.

“At Wells|Trumbull all we do is help people with severe injuries,” says the firm. “We are glad we won the case for this young man and his wife.”

The case number for this trial is 20-2-02783-31.

For more information about Wells|Trumbull, please visit

About Wells|Trumbull

Wells|Trumbull is a personal injury law firm in Seattle that boasts a proven approach to obtain great jury verdicts and settlements. The firm was founded by Ben Wells and Josh Trumbull, both renowned and respected attorneys in their field. Wells|Trumbull offers free case evaluations to support anyone who needs legal assistance in a personal injury case.

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LEX Reception Celebrates 1 Year of Giving Back Program

LEX Reception, legal answering service

LEX Reception, legal answering service

Their program demonstrates the power of organizations working together to make an impact on the planet and its most endangered species.

We’re proud to give a voice to species in need, raising awareness and funds for global conservation organizations.”

— Fiona Stevenson – Head of Mattering & Impact at LEX Reception

PORTLAND, OREGON, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2021 / — LEX Reception, the specialized legal answering service, is celebrating one year of its pledge to give back to endangered species. As a business built on listening and caring for its clients, LEX Reception listens to species in need and works to protect the most vulnerable animals on the planet. At a time when many companies consider their corporate responsibility around Giving Tuesday, LEX Reception hopes to inspire more businesses to make their own commitments to the planet.

LEX Reception pledged, one year ago, to give back 1% of their revenue to endangered species, as part of their broader commitment to sustainability and protecting our planet. Since November 2020, they have supported some of the most threatened animals in the world, including the vaquita porpoise, the red wolf, and the mountain gorilla.

Their donations have made tangible impacts for many species struggling today. For example, their donation to the International Rhino Foundation enabled two legal training sessions to be run for over 206 rangers in South Africa. This training and knowledge from experienced advocates will contribute to “technicality-free” arrests and more convictions in court for wildlife trade crimes, like those threatening the Black Rhinoceros. One ranger called it “the most important training they have ever received”.

Fiona Stevenson, Head of Mattering & Impact at LEX Reception, says “We have a duty to our planet and the species that we share it with, to lessen our impact and protect those most in need. We’re proud to give a voice to species in need, raising awareness and funds for global conservation organizations.”

Their giving back program has not just impacted threatened species, it has served as a focal point for their team. Bre Swanson, Operations Director at LEX Reception says, “We’re a team united by caring. We motivate ourselves every day knowing that we make a difference to other people’s lives, whether that be by answering calls and saving our clients’ time, or by making our monthly donations possible to protect these incredible species. When we’re learning from our latest non-profit partner, I can see the passion that our employees bring to everything they care about. It has definitely brought us closer together as a team.”

Giving back has always been a core value of LEX Reception. The company was built around a home-working model, to reduce the carbon footprint caused by daily commuting and a physical office building. LEX receptionists also take up to two paid days per year to give back to their community, whether this is delivering food to families in need, planting trees, or supporting local animal centers. Per year, this results in more than 3,000 hours of time volunteered by the LEX team.

About LEX Reception: LEX Reception is a legal answering, receptionist, and chat service dedicated to helping people and the planet. With more than 12 years of experience, they support more than 2,000 law firms in building strong relationships with leads and clients.

Through LEX Reception's pledge to give back to the planet, it donates every month to protect endangered species. In October, LEX Reception’s Marketing team changed its name to become the Mattering team. As a business focused on hearing more from people and planet, marketing no longer felt an accurate description for its aspirations.

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LEX Reception
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Leadership Development: Onsite and Virtual Workshops Using Myers-Briggs, DISC Certified and Emotional Intelligence

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

The Cooper Consulting Group is announcing the offering of 16 leadership workshops for organizations using Myers-Briggs, DISC, and emotional intelligence.

CHINO HILLS, CA, USA, November 30, 2021 / — Cooper Consulting Group is excited to announce they are offering 16 Leadership Development Programs to organizations in both virtual and in-person format. Leaders are central now more than ever as organizations face constant change and seek to keep employees engaged.

Businesses can gain a competitive edge by investing in their leaders. This will help them attract, develop, and retain talent, drive strategy execution, and increase organizational success in navigating change.

Cooper Consulting Group is a nationwide training development company that helps organizations get results. They have over 45 years of combined experience and are certified in powerful tools including the MBTI®, DISC®, Hogan®, FIRO-B®, and CPI 260®.

Organizations that are interested in leadership development can contact Cooper Consulting Group by calling (877) 461-1020 or by visiting

Leadership development has been a hot topic for years now. Leadership development increases employee engagement and improves an organization's ability and capacity to address talent gaps. It also reduces turnover headaches and associated costs.

Great leaders inspire, motivate, and retain talent that helps organizations succeed. However, the skills to lead effectively are not automatic.

Many organizations are trying to find the best way to develop their leaders. Some of the most popular methods currently used include leadership coaching, mentoring, and group-based workshops.

The future of leadership development in the current environment and digital world is uncertain. New technologies and medical/wellbeing concerns have caused many companies to rethink the way people work, moving towards remote and hybrid work models.

The rise of virtual work has now seen effects including reduced employee engagement and more and more employees looking to change jobs/companies.

Not all leadership development programs are designed to adapt to this changing environment. This is because most leadership development programs are created using outdated models that are not relevant in the digital age or changing times.

Cooper Consulting Group takes all these factors into consideration when developing programs.

The most popular topics and skill areas for leadership development include:

– Developing Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

– Improving Decision Making

– Improving Team Dynamics

– Uncovering Leadership Potential

– Understanding Interpersonal Needs

– Training Inspiring Leaders

– Inspiring Motivating Managers

– Increasing Leadership Effectiveness

– Giving and Receiving Constructive Feedback

– Coaching for Leaders

– Developing Effective Leaders

– Targeting Personal Development

– Investing in Executives

– Identifying and Developing Individual Talent

– Cultivating a Culture of Leadership

– Developing Stronger Leaders

Cooper Consulting Group is led by Dr. Christie Cooper, the founder and president. Dr. Cooper’s mission is to “Inspire Learning and Leadership Development to help leaders and teams be their best.” Dr. Cooper brings extensive real-world business experience that benefits clients, including holding senior positions as a Regional Manager and Corporate Trainer with Mars Inc.

Dr. Cooper holds an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She is a Master MBTI Practitioner®, a Board-Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Center for Counseling and Education. She is also a Certified Trainer in Emotional Intelligence, a Channel Partner with the Ken Blanchard Company, and a Certified Analyst in Behaviors and Motivators with Target Training International.

Cooper Consulting Group also conducts Job Benchmarking using a proprietary assessment.

Additional certifications and expertise include:

– DiSC® Assessment

– Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)

– Hogan® Assessments

– FIRO-B® and FIRO Business®

– CPI 260®

– EQ Certified Trainer

– TKI® Conflict Modes

– Strengths-Deployment Inventory (SDI®)

– Ken Blanchard Situational Leadership

– Situational Team Performance

– IMPACT Teaching

Organizations that are interested in leadership development can contact Cooper Consulting Group by calling (877) 461-1020 or by visiting the website at

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Perrin Conferences to Host Annual New York Asbestos Litigation Conference In-Person

The 2021 New York Asbestos Litigation Conference will be held in-person on December 7, 2021 at the Sheraton New York Times Square.

We’re excited to be back in-person this year and have a great lineup of prominent plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, in-house counsel, and insurance professionals ready to share their insights.”

— Lynnsey Perrin, President & CEO of Perrin Conferences

WAYNE, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2021 / — Perrin Conferences has announced that it will host its 2021 New York Asbestos Litigation Conference on December 7, 2021 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. This conference brings together the best judges, attorneys and industry professionals for noteworthy panels and key discussions focused on New York asbestos litigation.

This year’s agenda features an overview on the current asbestos issues and outlook for 2022 in New York metro and upstate New York, appellate and summary judgment decisions, an update on talc litigation, a panel offering the judicial perspective, ethical issues for the future of asbestos litigation, and plenty of networking opportunities.

“We’re excited to be back in-person this year and we have a great lineup of prominent plaintiff and defense attorneys, judges, in-house counsel, and insurance professionals ready to share their insights.” said Lynnsey Perrin, President & CEO of Perrin Conferences.

This year’s conferences chairs are:
• Charles M. Ferguson, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., New York, NY
• Suzanne M. Halbardier, Esq., Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC, New York, NY
• Paul Slater, Esq., Senior Counsel, General Electric Company, Fairfield, CT

Participating Judges include:
• Hon. Erin P. Gall, Oneida County Supreme Court, Utica, NY
• Honorable Gerald Lebovits, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York, NY
• Honorable Adam Silvera, Asbestos Coordinating Judge, Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York, NY

Speakers at the conference include:
• Joseph W. Belluck, Esq., Belluck & Fox, L.L.P., New York, NY
• Jerome H. Block, Esq., Levy Konigsberg LLP, New York, NY
• Daniel P. Blouin, Esq., Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York, NY
• Donald Blydenburgh, Esq., Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC, New York, NY
• Patti L. Burshtyn, Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., New York, NY
• Kerryann M. Cook, Esq., The Cook Group, New York, NY
• John Comerford, Esq., Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC, Buffalo, NY
• Deena M. Crimaldi, Esq., O’Toole Scrivo, Cedar Grove, NJ
• Meagan E. Dean, Esq., McGivney Kluger Clark & Intoccia, P.C., New York, NY
• Peter Dinunzio, Esq., Clyde & Co US LLP, New York, NY
• Seth A. Dymond, Esq., Belluck & Fox, L.L.P., New York, NY
• Brian Early, Esq., The Early Law Firm, L.L.C., New York, NY
• Jordan Fox, Esq., Belluck & Fox, L.L.P., New York, NY
• Timothy Gallagher, Esq., McMahon Martine & Gallagher, LLP, Brooklyn, NY
• Alani Golanski, Esq., Director, Appellate Litigation Unit, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., New York, NY
• David J. Goodearl, Esq., Leader Berkon Colao & Silverstein LLP, New York, NY
• Suzanne M. Halbardier, Esq., Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC, New York, NY
• Elizabeth Hanke, Vice President, KCIC, Washington, DC
• Jason Hodrinksy, Esq., The Gori Firm, New York, NY
• Kylie Holladay, Claims Analyst, The Riverstone Group, Atlanta, GA
• Armand Kalfayan Esq. The Cook Group, New York, NY
• Robert I. Komitor, Esq., Levy Konigsberg LLP, New York, NY
• Danny R. Kraft, Jr., Esq., Weitz & Luxenberg P.C., New York, NY
• Elizabeth Kelly, Esq., Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP, New York, NY
• James Kramer, Esq., Simmons Hanly Conroy, New York, NY
• Jonathan B. Kromberg, Esq., Darger Errante Yavitz & Blau, New York, NY
• Bridget Longoria, Esq., Assistant Vice President, Resolute Management Inc., Philadelphia, PA
• D. Todd Mathews, Esq., Bailey Glasser, Webster Groves, MO
• Stephen Novakidis, Esq., Foley & Mansfield, New York, NY
• Lisa Pascarella, Esq., The Law Firm of Pascarella DiVita, Holmdel, NJ
• Justin Reinhardt, Esq., MG+M The Law Firm, New York, NY
• Perry Shusterman, Esq., Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, New York, NY
• Erin Smith-Corbally, Senior Claims Analyst, The RiverStone Group, Boston, MA
• Judith A. Yavitz, Esq., Darger Errante Yavitz & Blau LLP, New York, NY

The conference also offers Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit for qualified candidates. Please contact Bethany Corio at if you have any questions regarding accreditation.
For more details on registration, please contact Lynnsey Perrin at or visit the Perrin Conferences website at

About Perrin Conferences
The leading national provider of joint plaintiff/defendant litigation conferences, Perrin Conferences offers comprehensive and specialized continuing legal education both live and virtual in an atmosphere of learning, networking, and sharing. Perrin Conferences, a woman-owned business, brings together preeminent national talent in specialty legal fields, and ensures its conferences deliver innovative content, networking opportunities and career development. Attendees gain insights that cannot be found anywhere else. Follow the latest news from Perrin Conferences on LinkedIn at or Twitter @PerrinConf. For more information on the company and upcoming conferences please visit

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Tennessee Doubles Down in Support of Animal Cruelty by Showcasing the “Big Lick” on New State Archives Building

Tennessee State Archives Building Displays 'Big Lick'

Tennessee State Archives Building Displays ‘Big Lick’

Tennessee State Archives Building Displays 'Big Lick'

Tennessee State Archives Building Displays ‘Big Lick’

Tennessee State Archives Building Exterior | Photo Credit: Elvis Wilson

Tennessee State Archives Building Exterior | Photo Credit: Elvis Wilson


New Building Features Tennessee Walking Horse Performing Unnatural, High-Stepping Gait Induced by Torturing and Soring Horses

It’s shameful to see the State of Tennessee double down in support of the pain-based ‘big lick’ gait that’s now displayed on the walls of its new archives building.”

— Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA, November 30, 2021 / — Today, Animal Wellness Action, the Animal Wellness Foundation, and the Center for a Humane Economy, weighed in on the State of Tennessee’s New Archives Building that features a giant engraving of a ‘big lick’ Tennessee Walking Horses on its walls. While the new facility opened in April of this year, the engraving of the ‘big lick’ horse on its entrance went largely unnoticed until a local anti-soring advocates contacted AWA about the display this week.

“It’s shameful to see the State of Tennessee double down in support of the pain-based ‘big lick’ gait that’s now displayed on the walls of its new archives building,” said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action and a past president of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders’ & Exhibitors’ Association who was recognized in 2020 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, II for his work to end soring. “This exaggerated movement of the horses’ front legs is induced by driving nails into the sensitive part of the horses’ feet or by applying burning chemicals onto their pasterns and then putting giant, stacked shoes and ankle chains on their feet. This image should be archived only as a historical footnote about this animal cruelty that runs rampant in the state.”

The Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act, which would help end soring, has long been blocked by Senators from Tennessee and other southeastern states and enforcement of the 1970 Horse Protection Act by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture has been intermittent at best, with just a handful of criminal prosecutions of violators. AWA has been pushing for comprehensive legislation to root out soring and stop this abuse from being put on display at numerous horse shows in the South.

“Placing the ‘big lick’ on the façade of the new state archive building is a brazen and embarrassing display of animal cruelty, especially when the University of Tennessee and other state institutions don’t want anything to do with this kind of malice toward horses,” added Wayne Pacelle, president of the Center for a Humane Economy. “Since the Prevent All Soring Tactics (PAST) Act was first introduced in 2012, more than 350 members of the U.S. House and Senator – strong majorities in both chambers, including lawmakers from both parties – have called for reform and the end of this abuse.”

Earlier this year, Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby published a series of articles on the scourge of soring, and the political maneuvering that has ultimately led to a stalemate on the issue of soring in Washington, D.C. And this new development comes on the heels of convicted horse-abuser Jackie McConnell, returning to the world championship show.


Leaders at Animal Wellness Action have worked to enact the PAST Act since 2012 when it was first introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., and Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. The original measure would ban the use of large, stacked shoes and ankle chains in the showring, eliminate the industry’s failed self-policing program, and would increase penalties for those caught soring horses.

The PAST Act only achieved passage of the measure through the House in 2019 as result of changing the bill’s name to the U.S. Senator Joseph D. Tydings Memorial PAST Act to honor the late Joe Tydings, a Democrat for Maryland who authored the HPA in 1970 and passed away in 2018. The measure cleared the U.S. House by a vote of 333 to 96, but with opposition from Senators who hailed from Tennessee and Kentucky and 96 House Republicans opposing the measure, the bill was dead on arrival in the Upper Chamber. In light of that circumstance AWA pulled together representatives still involved in the breed to form revisions to the PAST Act that would help get the measure through the Senate, but that effort failed as well.

The PAST Act has been reintroduced in the 117th Congress by Sens. Mike Crapo, R-Ida., and Mark Warner, D-Va., now with 51 cosponsor in the Senate, and in the House by Cohen, and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., now with 243 cosponsors, and remains pending with referral to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Senate Committee on Science, Transportation, and Technology.

Animal Wellness Action (Action) is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty. We champion causes that alleviate the suffering of companion animals, farm animals, and wildlife. We advocate for policies to stop dogfighting and cockfighting and other forms of malicious cruelty and to confront factory farming and other systemic forms of animal exploitation. To prevent cruelty, we promote enacting good public policies, and we work to enforce those policies. To enact good laws, we must elect good lawmakers, and that’s why we remind voters which candidates care about our issues and which ones don’t. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Animal Wellness Foundation (Foundation) is a Los Angeles-based private charitable organization with a mission of helping animals by making veterinary care available to everyone with a pet, regardless of economic ability. We organize rescue efforts and medical services for dogs and cats in need and help homeless pets find a loving caregiver. We are advocates for getting veterinarians to the front lines of the animal welfare movement; promoting responsible pet ownership; and vaccinating animals against infectious diseases such as distemper. We also support policies that prevent animal cruelty and that alleviate suffering. We believe helping animals helps us all.

The Center for a Humane Economy (“the Center”) is a non-profit organization that focuses on influencing the conduct of corporations to forge a humane economic order. The first organization of its kind in the animal protection movement, the Center encourages businesses to honor their social responsibilities in a culture where consumers, investors, and other key stakeholders abhor cruelty and the degradation of the environment and embrace innovation as a means of eliminating both.

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Animal Rights Lobbyist Marty Irby Interview with Laurie Hood on Soring and the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse

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Catharine de Lacy

Accomplished director, executive, and strategic advisor is the latest to have earned this global distinction.

Catharine is a systems thinker, which is a critical skill for those serving in risk governance positions in this time of greater need for best-in-class risk governance.”

— David R. Koenig, President and CEO of The DCRO Institute

COLUMBUS, UNITED STATES, November 30, 2021 / — The DCRO Institute, a global nonprofit focused on bringing risk expertise to the boardroom and c-suite, announced today the award of the prestigious Certificate in Risk Governance to Catharine de Lacy of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, in the United States.

Catharine is an accomplished director, executive, and strategic advisor. She has more than 25 years of experience as a global executive and corporate officer at Fortune 500 companies. Catharine serves as an Independent Director at a private entity and as an advisor to a start-up B corporation in the e-commerce sustainability space. She served as an Independent Director of TORC Oil & Gas Ltd (TSX: TOG), where she chaired the EHS & Sustainability (EHS&S) Committee. Catharine has served as a board member for several nonprofits and international associations and a two-term Trustee at Merrimack College. Her board roles include Board Chair, Development Committee member, and Finance Committee member. Catharine also served as President and board member of a captive insurer for a Fortune 1000 specialty materials producer.

"Catharine is a systems thinker, which is a critical skill for those serving in risk governance positions," said David R. Koenig, President and CEO of the DCRO Institute. "Her award of the Certificate in Risk Governance positions her even more strongly for valuable board service in this time of greater need for risk governance," he continued.

The Certificate in Risk Governance is awarded to those who have completed an intensive 17-course education program and evaluation. The curriculum is designed for current and aspiring board members who seek to advance the governance of risk-taking at their organizations and those who interact with boards. Taught by some of the world's leading figures in risk governance, the program features lessons by nearly 50 board members, c-level executives, and well-known authors from five continents.

The Certificate in Risk Governance program, also known as The Board Members' Course on Risk™, is unique. No course on risk for board members as robust as this – depth, practicality, and global expertise – exists anywhere else. The fundamental Duty of Care for directors around risk is to ensure that our organizations take risks well in pursuit of our goals and ambitions. This course furthers the fulfillment of that duty. Information about the Certificate in Risk Governance program is available for download.

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About the DCRO Institute – The DCRO Institute works globally to bring risk expertise to the boardroom and c-suite. Graduates from our programs are leaders in boardrooms and c-suites on five continents. Our goal, which is emblazoned on our logo, is to help organizations Innovate, Sustain, and Create Value. Visit to learn more.

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