Jenner & Block Partner Robert L. Byman spoke at the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) Spring 2011 Meeting, which took place in San Antonio, Texas on March 3-6, 2011. Mr. Byman, who is a Regent of the ACTL, moderated a panel discussion on March 4, titled “Out With the Old – The Legality of Law Firm Retirement Policies.” Panelists addressed the tradition of mandatory retirement that still exists in many law firms, despite the American Bar Association’s urging that these policies be abandoned; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s view of mandatory provisions; and alternatives to mandatory policies that can help manage the issue of the underperforming older lawyer.
Mr. Byman is a partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. He represents clients on diverse issues ranging from patents and intellectual property, securities and commodities, and civil rights, to contractual disputes concerning such fields as construction, insurance, financing, franchising, and corporate acquisitions. Mr. Byman was lead trial counsel in the largest jury verdict ever in the State of Connecticut; he served as lead counsel to the Firm's Chairman, Anton R. Valukas, in his capacity as Examiner in the Lehman Bankruptcy. Mr. Byman also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator.
Mr. Byman also is a regular columnist on Federal Civil Procedure issues for the National Law Journal and has authored more than 80 articles, chapters and texts on various trial practice subjects. He is a frequent speaker and faculty member at seminars, continuing legal education and law school trial advocacy programs.