2018 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows

October 24-26, 2018
Newport, Rhode Island

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Conference Overview

The 2018 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows will be held October 24 – 26 at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina in Newport, Rhode Island. 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 North America’s finest trial and appellate lawyers.

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, October 25. The conference will also give Fellows the opportunity to network with other distinguished attorneys from across North America, earn CLE credit and experience the beauty and splendor of the City by the Sea.

Newport, Rhode Island

Home to spectacular scenery, awe-inspiring architecture and inviting hospitality, the charming, coastal New England town of Newport glistens like a well-polished gem. With its summer cottages the size of palaces and its century-old status as a yachting capital, Newport is the quintessential playground of American aristocracy.

Newport’s rocky coastline and sandy beaches became known as America’s First Resort during the 1870-1900 Gilded Age. Today, 11 properties and landscapes, seven of which are National Historic Landmarks, are open for tours. The Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile path running from Memorial Boulevard to Ocean Drive, includes breathtaking ocean vistas and glimpses of Newport mansions on Bellevue Avenue.

Located at the mouth of Narragansett Bay – named a Top 12 world adventure destination by National Geographic – the Newport region is home to fresh seafood, inviting inns and resorts, beaches and plenty of ways to enjoy the water. Home to yachting’s prestigious America’s Cup and U.S. Naval Station Newport, the city is also known as the Sailing Capital of the World.  Sit back and enjoy the view while “Sight-Sailing” around Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay or hop aboard a former rum-smuggling yacht for an narrated tour of the rich history and legends of this amazing seaport. Or, if you would prefer to learn to sail, several individualized or group programs are readily available. For a different perspective, rent a kayak and explore the endless locations  on the Narragansett Bay 40 mile coastline.

Take a tour of the Gilded Age mansions that were once summer homes of Astors, Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, or peruse the Newport art galleries diverse collections of local, national and international talent. There is never a shortage of activities ranging from art, film and dance to fishing, biking, sailing, vineyards, golf, beaches, state parks, scenic walks, and cruises. Make the most of your escape by indulging in shopping the one-of-a-kind boutiques or savor mouthwatering finds at a number of diverse restaurants. Come visit the City by the Sea.

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina
1 Goat Island
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Situated on Goat Island and surrounded by picturesque Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina offers the seclusion of a private island while being a short walk from the heart and history of the charming waterfront cobblestone streets of Newport.

The hotel offers the following amenities to LCA conference attendees and guests:

  • Late Check-Out on Friday, October 26, 2018
  • 20% Discount on services at Seawater Spa
  • $15 Discounted Daily Resort Fee (Daily Resort Fee is valued at $35 per day)
  • Luxury Shuttle Transportation To/From Downtown Newport
  • Complimentary Guest Room Wireless Internet Access
  • 24-Hour Access to Fitness Center
  • Nightly Turndown Service

A 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, reservations must be made before Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 401.851.3332. Please specify the Litigation Counsel of America’s (LCA) 2018 Fall Conference & Celebration of Fellows to take advantage of the following group rate:

  •  $259* (Single or Double)

*Posted group rate does not include roundtrip porterage charge of $12.00 per person, per room or Daily Resort Fee of $15.00 per room, per night and applicable taxes. Room rates are subject to state and local taxes (currently totaling 13%), plus a $1 (per night) Newport Tourism Assessment Fee.

There will be an additional charge of $25.00 per person (per night) for each guest over double occupancy. Maximum occupancy per room: four (4).

Guest accommodations will be available at 4:00 PM on arrival day and reserved until 11:00 AM on departure day. Check-out on Friday, October 26 has been extended until 12:00 PM (noon) for LCA conference attendees.

Rates will be honored three (3) days pre-and post-conference based on availability at time of booking and rooms may be subject to a higher rate and/or length of stay restrictions. Rooms 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 September 26, 2018, the LCA rate will not be guaranteed and may no longer be available.

If you are unable to reserve your room prior to Wednesday, September 26, 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.

Please familiarize yourself with Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina’s Cancellation Policy as the LCA is not responsible for any cancellation fees or other resort charges. All reservations must be accompanied by a deposit equal to the first night’s room rate & tax and guaranteed by a major credit card at the time of booking. The deposit is fully refundable if cancellation is made before 4PM EST 5 (five) days prior to the scheduled date of arrival.  The deposit is non-refundable if cancellation is made after 4PM EST 5 (five) days prior to arrival.  Departure dates are reconfirmed at check-in and may be changed at this time without penalty.  Any guest who checks out prior to their scheduled departure date as confirmed at check-in will be responsible for an early departure fee of one night’s room and tax.

Conveniently located in the heart of New England, Newport is easily accessible by car, train, bus or plane!


T.F. Green Airport (PVD) is serviced by major domestic airlines and car rental agencies and only 30 minutes away from the resort.  Click here for directions from PVD to Gurney’s.


Kingston, RI (KIN): Connections to Newport, RI: Van/car service is available to Newport, RI. Call 401.295.1100 for information and reservations (required).

Providence, RI (PVD): Complimentary shuttle bus service between the Providence train station, convention center, downtown, and the Providence to Newport Ferry terminal.


Self-Parking is available on an hourly basis per entry as follows:

  • 0 to 2 Hours: $8 USD
  • 2 to 3 Hours: $12 USD
  • 3 to 4 Hours: $16 USD
  • 4 to 24 Hours: $20 USD

Overnight Valet Parking with Unlimited Entry: $35 USD per night

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Please click here to view 2018 Fall Faculty & Topics.

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 at the conclusion of the General Session.

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

Seawater Spa

With floor-to-ceiling views of the surrounding sea, Seawater Spa is imbued with the healing power of water. The spa’s amenities are designed to cleanse, calm, beautify, and enhance overall well-being. Before or after a treatment, enjoy the dry eucalyptus sauna, 24-hour fitness center, private sun deck, heated indoor pool, coed relaxation area, or salon.

Treatments include facials, massages, scrubs, wraps, and aromatherapy. Each treatment is instilled with the properties of one of the five “natural elements”: breath (to clarify and vitalize), waves (to hydrate and purify), coast (to recover and renew), glow (to detox and energize), and blossom (to brighten and flourish).

Seawater Spa has generously extended a 20% discount off regular treatments 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 401.851.3225 to schedule an appointment.

Click here to view the spa menu.

Spa Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Spa Policies

The Seawater Spa requires 24-hours notice to cancel an appointment without penalty and 48-hours notice for cancellation of multiple services.  Cancellations with less than the required notice will be charged the full service fee. Late arrivals will receive the best treatment possible within the remaining appointment time; full treatment cost applies.

For your convenience, a 20% gratuity is added to all services and is paid directly to the service provider. Additionally, a $5 administration fee is applied to all spa services.



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