Associate General Counsel for Johnson and Johnson to Speak at School of Law

Lexington, VA Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Taysen Van Itallie, Associate General Counsel for Johnson & Johnson, will speak at the Washington and Lee School of Law on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room. During his address, titled "Civil Justice Reform Issues in Legislation and Rule Making," Van Itallie will discuss the obligation of in-house attorneys to improve public justice. The lecture is open to the public.

Active in the civil justice reform community, Van Itallie is co-chair of the operating committee of the Civil Justice Reform Group, which is composed of the general and senior counsel of forty-three major U.S. corporations. He is also on the boards of the American Tort Reform Association, the European Justice Forum and the Institute for Legal Reform of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

At Johnson & Johnson, Van Itallie is responsible for global litigation and manages a team of 14 attorneys. He joined Johnson & Johnson in 1996 after nineteen years at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York City, where he had been a partner since 1985.

At Patterson Belknap, Van Itallie's litigation practice included trial and appellate work in the fields of product liability, antitrust, patent, employment and general commercial litigation. He is a 1977 graduate of Columbia University School of Law, where he was Kent and Stone Scholar, and a 1973 cum laude graduate of Harvard College.

Mr. Van Itallie's lecture is sponsored by the W&L Health Law Association and the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development. The Health Law Association is an educational organization devoted to the legal issues and professional advancement in the health law field.

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