2016 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows

April 20-22, 2016
Scottsdale, Arizona


The 2016 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows will be held April 20-22 at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The conference is designed for Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America to enhance their already superior trial skills, to address practical issues and topics challenging litigators in today’s changing legal environment, and to afford each individual the opportunity to hear from and interact with some of North America’s finest trial and appellate lawyers.

A portion of the program will be presented by the rotating faculty of the Trial Law Institute and will count toward its Trial Master Certification, contemporaneously with CLE credits.

Participants will be provided with advanced tools for continued success and expertise in trial techniques, evidence presentation, courtroom technology, case evaluations and marketing, as well as negotiations and alternative dispute resolution.  New Fellows of the LCA will be formally inducted into the society during the black tie Celebration of Fellows Gala on Thursday, April 21.  The conference will also give Fellows the opportunity to network with other distinguished attorneys from across North America and enjoy the beauty and charm of the “west’s most western town.”


Scottsdale, Arizona has been described as the desert version of Miami’s South Beach, making it a perfect destination for those looking for sunshine and sophistication when vacationing out west.  This city not only has a gorgeous desert backdrop, but a bustling downtown area with high-end shopping and world-class restaurants.

Scottsdale is continually ranked as one of the premier golf and resort destinations in the world.  If golf is not your game, consider an extravagant spa experience as Scottsdale boast more spas per capita than any other city in the country.  Scottsdale is nestled in the Sonoran Desert where there are many hiking trails in the outskirts of the city, ranging from easy to challenging.

No trip to Scottsdale would be complete without experiencing Taliesin West, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school from 1937 until 1959, which has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona.  The complex is located in the northeast fringe of the city, at the base of the McDowell Mountains.

The Scottsdale Arts District located in Downtown Scottsdale, adjacent to Old Town, has a very high concentrations of galleries, studios and museums that are open to the public.  The Scottsdale Arts District can be segmented into three distinct districts.  The largest is the Scottsdale Main Street Arts District, home to the largest and most diverse collection of styles and genres, the more contemporary Marshall Way Arts District, and Old Town, the more touristy and western-themed district.

7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona


The AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess provides the perfect setting to enjoy al fresco living in the blooming Sonoran Desert.  As in the Native American tradition, you’ll live in harmony with nature…vast open spaces, lushly landscaped grounds, regal Saguaro cacti and a burning orange sun sinking behind the majestic mountains will inspire and energize you.  From the rich purple hues of the desert sunset to the green agave plants and coral pinks and butter yellow of blooming cactus flowers, the natural palate at play is one of the most unique and stunning in the world.

Four top ranked Arizona restaurants, innovative spa and fitness programs at Well & Being Spa, six sparkling pools and two newly renovated 18-hole championship golf courses — one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open — this highly acclaimed Scottsdale resort is truly an experience like no other.

The hotel offers the following amenities to LCA conference attendees:

  • Complimentary wireless internet access in guest rooms
  • 24-hour Room Service
  • Complimentary daily access to 24 hour Fairmont Fitness Center
  • $5 per night for self-parking (valet is available at $20 per night with in/out privileges)
  • 10% spa discount at Well & Being Spa (discount may not be used in conjunction with any other specials or on already discounted menu pricing)
  • Use of the hotel’s five sparkling pools
  • Use of the hotel’s catch-and-release fishing lagoons
  • Access to two newly renovated TPC championship golf courses (green fee not included in room rate)

limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available for this conference.  In order to obtain the group rate, which is only available to conference attendees and their guests, please make your reservations by Monday, April 4, 2016.   Reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling the hotel directly at 800.344.4758.  Please specify the LCA’s 2016 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows to take advantage of the following group rate:

  • $309*   Fairmont Room (Single or Double)

A deposit in the amount of one night’s room and tax is required at the time the reservation is made.

*Posted group rate does not include $12.00 per person charge for round trip porterage or $2.00 per person (per day) charge for housekeeping services.  

There will be an additional charge of $30.00 per person (per night) for each guest over double occupancy.  Maximum occupancy per room: four (4).  Children under 18 years of age may share the same room with parents at no additional charge.

If utilized, golf club storage is $6.50 per night/per bag and will be added to the room folio as well.

Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00 PM on arrival day and reserved until 12:00 PM on departure day.

Requested room/bedding type is not guaranteed and is based on availability at the time of arrival.  All special requests must be made at the time of booking.

Rates will be honored three (3) days pre and post-conference, based on availability of Fairmont Standard Rooms at time of reservation.  Rooms and rates on pre and post-conference dates are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Making your reservation early is strongly suggested.  If room block capacity is reached on or before April 4, 2016, the LCA rate will not be guaranteed and may no longer be available. 

In order to accommodate our guests who might have an early Friday (4/22) afternoon departure, the hotel’s Bellmen Staff will conduct a complimentary bag pull, for completely packed and zipped luggage.  (Advanced notice to LCA staff is required if this service is required.)

Please familiarize yourself with the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Cancellation Policy as the LCA is not responsible for any cancellation fees or other hotel charges.  When reservations are made, a deposit equal to the first night’s room rate plus tax is required.  The deposit is fully refundable if cancellation is made at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled date of arrival.  Deposits are non-refundable within (72) hours prior to the day of arrival.  Departure dates are reconfirmed at check in.  An early departure fee of one night’s room and tax will be assessed unless the hotel is provided 24-hour advance notice of an earlier departure.

If you are unable to reserve your room prior to Monday, April 4, 2016, please contact Jessica Sullivan at Jessica.Sullivan@litcounsel.org or 212.724.4128 to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.

All major airlines have service to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport with many direct flights arriving daily.  Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a short 30-minute drive from the airport with cab, car and shuttle service readily available.  Or just let the hotel’s concierge know when you will be arriving and they will arrange transportation service for you.

For driving directions, please click here.

Transtyle Transportation is the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ preferred transportation service.  Estimated price for a one way airport transfer for a sedan or SUV can be found here.  For advance reservations, please call 800.410.5479.


Valet parking: $20 USD per night for overnight including in-and-out privileges.  *Hybrid drivers enjoy 50% off Valet Parking.

Self parking: $5 USD per night.

Visitor parking: visitor parking does not apply to guests visiting Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa or dining at any outlet.  Please note: Parking rates are subject to change due to seasonal events.
$8 – Valet Parking
$5 – Self Parking


Initial Social Schedule of Events S 2016

2016 Spring Faculty & Topics

Spring 2016 Conference Sponsors Final List

Approximately 8 hours of MCLE credit has been or will be requested, including at least 1 hour of ethics credit.  Certificates of Attendance will be provided to each attendee.

If you have any questions regarding MCLE credit, please contact Julia Land at Julia.Land@litcounsel.org or 212.724.4128.


The 2016 LCA Spring Open will be held at The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  The annual scramble will begin with a double tee start at 7:40 AM.

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale

Home to the PGA TOUR’s fan-favorite Waste Management Phoenix Open, The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has hosted some of contemporary golf’s greatest moments since opening in 1986.  The course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf specifically to serve as the stage for the tournament – what’s now become the largest spectator golf event in the world.

Lush fairways surrounded by desert vegetation and breathtaking mountain views enhance the golf experience on this 18 hole, par 71 course.  One of the most dramatic holes on the TPC Stadium Course is the 15th hole.  It is a reachable par-5 with water surrounding an island green, with bunkers in the front of the green and a lake to the left it creates an interesting challenge for all.  Throughout the rest of the course, players will find an ideally balanced layout that blends challenge and playability while appealing to all levels of ability.

The 2016 LCA Spring Open

Please note that the tee times are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the high demand for tee times, reservations must be made no later than March 23.  Due to financial commitments made to the resort by the LCA, cancellations received on or after March 24, 2016, are nonrefundable.

The cost is $260 per person.  This fee includes the following:

  • 18 Holes of Golf
  • Golf Car with Laser Link Range Finder
  • Practice Facility
  • Forecaddie for each foursome (gratuity not included)
  • Shoe Service
  • Personalized Cart Signs and Scorecards
  • Bag Tag and Yardage Book

**Rental clubs are available for $75 (plus tax).

CLICK HERE to register for the 2016 LCA Spring Open.



Pamper yourself from head to toe during your stay at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Well & Being Spa, an innovative fusion of spa and wellness.  Discover a uniquely rewarding and deeply personalized palette of experiences, from the exhilaration of aerial hammock yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage.  You’ll go home feeling energized, enlightened, empowered.

Well & Being has generously extended a 10% spa discount to our conference attendees and guests.  (Please note discount may not be used in conjunction with any other specials or on already discounted menu pricing.)  You must advise that you are with the LCA at the time of booking in order to receive the discount.  Due to the high demand for the resort’s state-of-the-art spa facilities, you are strongly encouraged to make arrangements in advance.  Please call 480.585.2732 to schedule a spa appointment.

Pampering amenities at Well & Being include:

  • Men’s and women’s private changing areas and locker storage
  • Wet steam room
  • Eucalyptus inhalation room
  • Swedish dry sauna
  • Hot therapeutic whirlpool
  • Cold plunge pool
  • Swiss shower

Please click here to view the spa menu.

Please click here to view the spa price list.


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