Save The Date - The National Legal & Medical Malpractice Conference hosted by the ABPLA will be May 4-6, 2017 in Nashville at the new Thompson Hotel. Full schedule available Feb 1st.
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ABPLA Board of Governors
2017 National Legal & Medical Malpractice Conference Presenters
This presenters will not only help you earn your continuing education credits for the year but will provide you with knowledge to use in your practice every day. Earn up to 11 hours of CLE credit depending on your state's bar requirements.
Richard B Litzky- Understanding Electronic Health Records
Rick Litzky has enjoyed a career as an imaginative Health Care Executive and technology consultant, in both hospital and community settings. As a co-owner of his own Medical Review consultancy until 2011, Rick came to appreciate the nuances of litigation support in all types of medical-legal cases. Leading Medical Legal Spider since that time, Rick combines a “Big Picture” view of our health care system with a career’s experience dealing with medical details to deliver innovative solutions in the most challenging situations.
Justin Kahn- Persuasion: Psychology & Presentation
For over 20 years, Mr. Kahn has written the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure Annotated as well as the South Carolina Rules of Evidence Annotated published by the South Carolina Bar CLE Division.
John P Blumberg- Devil’s Advocate
JohnP. Blumberg is a board-certified trial lawyer and a board-certified specialist in legal malpractice and medical malpractice cases. He served for many years on the national Board of Directors of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He serves as an instructor of trial and litigation skills and has written dozens of articles for professional legal journals. He frequently serves as an expert witness.
Fanz Fogt, MD PHD MBA- Greatest Concerns of Pathology in Legal Action
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia Department. He received his medical degree from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Fogt, has addressed the ABPLA Diploamtes on several occasions, on various topics pertaining to Pathology and Medical Malpractice.
A Legal Malpractice Panel Discussion - Memorable Mistakes Attorneys Have Made
Clint is the current President of SEABOTA
Ray McNamara has tried over 100 cases over 40 years of practice. He has been an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. His appellate work includes arguing before the Mississippi Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. While Practicing, he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law where he taught Commercial Law, Remedies, Pretrial Practice and a week long Trial Skills Course. His areas of specialty are: Civil
Rights Law, Employment/Labor Law, Insurance Coverage, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Premises Liability and Product Liability.
Gary L Brooks has practiced law in Oklahoma City since 1975. Mr. Brooks has concentrated his practice in the field of medical negligence with an emphasis on birth trauma cases. He also handles products liability and other personal injury cases involving death, brain injury, or catastrophic injuries. He has obtained numerous million dollar or greater verdicts and settlements for his clients. Mr. Brooks has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at legal and medical programs. His office frequently has medical residents rotate through in order to become more familiar with the practical workings of the legal system.
William F McMurry is a professional liability attorney, practicing in Kentucky. He settled a class action for 243 survivors of priest sexual abuse. He later sued the Vatican, resulting in the first Federal Court ruling holding the Vatican accountable for the failure of Bishops to report childhood sexual abuse to authorities. He is a past President of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and is a board certified specialist in medical and legal malpractice. Mr. McMurry has devoted his life to helping victims of medical and legal malpractice, as well as victims of childhood abuse.
David Boyd Prior to his retirement from litigation on December 31, 2014, David Boyd's trial practice included liability defense of attorneys, and other professionals, and representation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants including business litigation, construction disputes, and product liability actions involving aircraft, watercraft, motor vehicles and machinery. David is admitted to practice in California, and he has appeared before numerous state and federal courts in the Midwest and western United States. David is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and a diplomate with the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA). David is board certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, and he is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and a Northern California Super Lawyer.
Randall L Kinnard- Lessons from the Courtroom
Randall L. Kinnard is a partner at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, located in Nashville, Tennessee. He focuses his practice exclusively on plaintiffs' personal injury and wrongful death litigation, assisting people who have been harmed by the negligence of others in matters involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, and defective products. During his career, Mr. Kinnard has been able to obtain numerous significant settlements and jury awards for his clients, including $22.2 million for a surgical error that led to his client being paralyzed from the waist down. It was reported at the time that this represented the highest medical malpractice award ever given to an individual by a Tennessee jury.
Gary Gober- Presentation of Damages in the Brain Injury Case
Gary Gober is the founder of The Gober Law Firm. For over 40 years he has litigated cases in both criminal and civil courts in the state of Tennessee, representing a host of seriously and permanently injured men, women and children in cases ranging from brain injuries to burn injuries. He has successfully represented thousands of Tennesseans who were seriously injured on the job and has conducted free public seminars to inform working people about their legal rights in workers compensation.
John Romano- Proving and arguing liability in professional malpractice cases to conservative jurors: The art, the science, the myths, & the insanity
John has successfully litigated to a verdict nearly every type of civil and criminal case, including those involving failure to diagnose cancer, product defects, drug and vaccine defect litigation, libel and slander, vehicular collisions, personal injury, murder, armed robbery and wrongful denial of health insurance benefits. He lectures across America on trial advocacy and tort and criminal law, has authored three textbooks, and has published more than 100 articles in national publications or papers for national presentation.
Adam Malone Effective Voir Dire in Medical Negligence Cases
Adam Malone is based in Atlanta, Georgia and dedicates his entire practice to helping families in cases involving brain injury, spinal cord injury, burns, amputation, and wrongful death. Adam has obtained record jury verdicts, including a $24.5 million verdict in a case involving an above-knee amputation which is reported to be the largest personal injury verdict ever returned in Albany, Georgia. Adam has also earned a reputation for excellence in the appellate courts. Due to Adam’s work, the Georgia Supreme Court struck down the state’s cap of $350,000 on non-economic damages in medical negligence cases as violating the constitutionally guaranteed right to trial by jury. This ruling not only permitted his client to recover the amount of damages determined by the jury in that case - it was much more important than that. This decision ensured that all patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to trial by jury and the right to be completely compensated in an amount determined by jurors, not legislators.
Brian Holohan- Current Trends in Legal Ethics
Brian has tried over thirty jury cases to conclusion (verdict or directed verdict) and another approximately thirty bench trials and State Bar attorney discipline cases. Brian has briefed and argued approximately 25 appeals in the Arizona Court of Appeals, Arizona Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit. Brian has lectured on professional liability and ethics on numerous occasions for seminars put on by the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, National Business Institute, ABPLA, and at Hinshaw's national Legal Malpractice and Risk Management symposium.
Douglas Chandler- Cyber Risks & Legal Malpractice
Co-Founder and Executive Committee Member of the State Bar of Georgia Professional Liability Section, and an active lecturer and panelist on the topics of Law Firm Risk Management, Legal Professional Ethics, and Malpractice Prevention. He has been recognized multiple times by his peers and Atlanta Magazine as a Super Lawyer and Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Franklin Pierce III - Fraudulent Misrepresentation and Fraudulent Advertising in Medical Malpractice Cases
Francis E. (Frank) Pierce, III is a Florida native, born in Gainesville, Florida and has lived most of his life in Orlando. He returned to Gainesville for undergraduate and law school at the University of Florida. He graduated from law school in 1978 and has been engaged in a civil trial practice in Orlando since that time. Frank specializes in defending physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases, defending pharmaceutical companies in medical product liability cases, and he handles complex civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Frank was part of the team defending the first Bendectin morning sickness drug case filed in the United States, in the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, which ultimately led to the Daubert evidentiary line of cases recently adopted by the Florida Legislature as an amendment to Section 90.702, Fla. Stat. Frank represented Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals in their multi-district Bendectin cases in Florida in state and federal courts, Proctor & Gamble in their Toxic Shock Syndrome cases in Central Florida, and Eli Lilly in their Zyprexa pharmaceutical litigation in Central Florida. Frank represented State Farm Insurance in all of their first party homeowner mold claims arising from the 2004 hurricane season. He has argued appellate cases in four of the five appellate district courts, the Florida Supreme Court and the Eleventh United States Circuit Court of Appeals. Frank is a past president of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and is a frequent lecturer on a variety of topics involving civil litigation.
Randall Scarlett- Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
Mr. Scarlett is a President’s Club Member of the American Association for Justice and is a past Chair and current Board Member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Section of the American Association for Justice. Mr. Scarlett also serves as a member of the Leaders Forum of that organization. Mr. Scarlett is a member in good standing of the Consumer Attorneys of California, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association, the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association (out of state member), the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to having been nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Mr. Scarlett also serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Scarlett is a member of the Board of Directors and is past president of the BELLI SOCIETY