Broadcast Date: Monday, August 10, 2020
from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)



Litigation funding has become a rapidly expanding corporate finance tool in the U.S. for companies and law firms of all sizes. Although relatively new, litigation funding is growing in use and prevalence, as it offers several significant benefits to commercial litigants and their lawyers. It can provide clients the capital they need to pursue cases while also managing cash flow and it allows law firms to share measured risk with their clients and take on more cases. With the changing legal landscape, however, funding remains often misunderstood. It’s important for litigants and lawyers to understand the ethics rules and guidelines that can impact funding and the best practices for selecting and working with funders.

In this LIVE Webcast, seasoned commercial litigation lawyers Laina Hammond (Validity Finance, LLC) and Adam S. Mocciolo (Pullman & Comley LLC) will provide the audience with an in-depth analysis of the recent developments in litigation funding. They will also present important issues surrounding this significant topic including practical tips and strategies to mitigate relevant issues and risks.

Key Issues:

  • Overview of Litigation Funding
  • Trends and Developments
  • Risks, Issues, and Opportunities
  • Best Practices
  • Outlook


Course Level:



Advance Preparation:

Print and review course materials


Method of Presentation:

On-demand Webcast (CLE)



General knowledge of litigation financing


Course Code:



NY Category of CLE Credit:

Areas of Professional Practice


Total Credit:

1.0 CLE

Speaker Panel:

Laina Miller Hammond , Investment Manager & Legal Counsel
Validity Finance, LLC

As head of Validity’s Houston office, Laina Hammond leverages her extensive litigation experience to partner with leading trial attorneys to help clients manage risk. In her role, Laina handles everything from finding the right cases to structuring the financial terms of Validity’s investment and monitoring the case through the course of litigation. Laina’s more than sixteen years as a trial lawyer representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial and energy litigation uniquely position her to identify and work with talented lawyers with strong cases and great clients. Armed with that experience, Laina and her team are able to quickly evaluate case merits and structure deals that provide companies and law firms the capital they need to pursue worthy cases without financial constraints.

Adam S. Mocciolo , Member
Pullman & Comley LLC

Adam S. Mocciolo is partner in a Connecticut office of Pullman & Comley, LLC, where he focuses his practice on commercial litigation and investigations, including:

  • Financial fraud and asset recovery
  • Internal corporate misconduct
  • Antitrust

Among his engagements receiving national press attention are representation of a bank defendant in a $7-billion antitrust case involving merchant acceptance of Visa and Mastercard payments in the United States; a fraudulent transfer claim litigated across four jurisdictions in the U.S. and the Caribbean in which his creditor client sought to claw back ten-figure charitable donations by a debtor to a university; and a year-long investigation into the organizational response to sexual abuse in a Roman Catholic diocese, in which he and his colleagues evaluated the managerial tenures of several prominent cardinals.

Adam holds law and public policy degrees from the University of Connecticut, Harvard University, the University of Mannheim, Germany, and the University of Adelaide, Australia.  Prior to entering the practice of law, he served on the professional staff of a United States senator.


Laina Miller HammondInvestment Manager & Legal Counsel

Validity Finance, LLC

  1. Overview of Funding
    1. Who Uses It
    2. Why Do They Say They Use It
    3. What Are the Key Benefits?
  2. Why Now?
    1. Funding is Likely to Increase in the Current Economic Downturn
    2. How Can Funding Be Used as a Tool for Recovery for Law Firms
    3. Plaintiffs
    4. Defendants
  3. Ethics & Regulatory Landscape Overview
    1. What Is on the Horizon
    2. The Latest Ethical Considerations in the US
  4. Best Practices in Negotiating a Litigation Finance Contract - Tips for What to Look Out for and Watch at Each Stage

Adam S. MoccioloMember

Pullman & Comley LLC

  • Litigation finance is a business-development tool for litigators. It helps remove business model and firm culture obstacles to contingency work. It also provides a value-creating service that a litigator can cross-sell to corporate partners’ clients.
  • A funder’s case evaluation is valuable to counsel. It can provide independent confirmation (or contradiction) of counsel’s view of the case, and help to identify strengths and weaknesses in the theory / evidence.
  • Strict attention is needed to differentiate between work product that can be shared with a funder, and attorney-client privileged material that should be held back.

Date & Time:

Monday, August 10, 2020

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (ET)

Who Should Attend:

  • In-house Counsel
  • Litigation/Arbitration Funders
  • Hedge Funds & Private Equity Firms
  • General Attorneys
  • Legal Counsel
  • Litigation Officers
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Laina Miller Hammond Investment Manager & Legal Counsel
Validity Finance, LLC
Adam S. Mocciolo Member
Pullman & Comley LLC



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