2022 DRI Medical Liability & Health Care Law Seminar

February 2–4, 2022 | Las Vegas, Nevada

DRI Medical Liability Health Care

Join DRI in Vegas for its 2022 Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar!

Join your colleagues for the 2022 DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, February 2–4 in Las Vegas, Nevada at Planet Hollywood. The annual two-day seminar has something for everyone, including comprehensive and interactive presentations by experienced attorneys, health care providers, support specialists, and in-house leaders on the latest topics in medical liability and health care law. This year will also include joint sessions with DRI's Litigation Skills Seminar in which the presenters will discuss the most recent trends in trial tactics and outcomes. Networking events include dine-around opportunities with fellow women in the law and young lawyers, a DRI for Life run/walk, and a community service project. Register now to ensure your place at this cutting-edge seminar.

View registration information here, and make sure to register by January 17 for the best pricing!

What You Will Learn:

  • The most recent trends in prevention and treatment of stroke
  • How to interpret and utilize neuropsychology testing in defending claims
  • Updates to neuroimaging modalities and its use in litigation
  • An overview in EMR systems and the potential uses and pitfalls in litigation
  • How to effectively manage attorney and client stress before and during trial

Expand Your Network By:

  • Enjoying joint receptions or events with members of the Medical Liability and Health Care, Litigation Skills, and Products Liability committees
  • Attending dine arounds to see old friends and meet new people
  • Joining other young lawyers for meet and greet

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Thank You to DRI's Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee Leadership

Meg Hatfield Yanacek
Meg Hatfield Yanacek
Program Chair
Katherine Otto
Katherine Otto
Program Vice Chair
Laura D. Eschleman
Laura D. Eschleman
Committee Chair
Erika Amarante
Erika Amarante
Committee Vice Chair
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr.
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr.
Law Institute

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Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

DRI Member Pricing: $1,295
Non-Member Pricing: $1,595

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by January 17, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate.

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Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
1:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. DRI Cares Community Service Event
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).
7:30 p.m. Young Lawyers Dinner

Join other young lawyers and first attendees for food, fun and networking (on your own).

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Jackson Kelly, Charleston, WV
Meg Hatfield Yanacek, Hall Booth Smith, P.C., Atlanta, GA
8:15 a.m. Tactile Jurors: Methods for Modernizing the Use of Medical Demonstratives at Trial

The millennial generation is now one of the largest generations represented in jury pools. This panel will discuss the nuances of the millennial juror, how their receptive learning differs from past generations, and how to adapt trial tactics to the most common types of learning styles seen in this generation. The panel will also discuss methods for modernizing evidence, including the use of 3D and interactive evidence, that attracts and keeps the jury's attention.

Noah Wick, Trial Exhibits, Seattle, WA
Richard Gabriel, Decision Analysis, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
9:00 a.m. Before the Lawsuit: The Hospital's Perspective Before A Medical Malpractice Claim Even Occurs

Ever wonder how the facility responds to an event long before a claim or lawsuit is filed? Learn what risk management techniques are utilized in an effort to avoid events that may result in a lawsuit. This topic will also discuss potential best practices after an incident or sentinel event occurs, but before a lawsuit is filed. Additionally, the speaker will review studies demonstrating why patients still litigate even when the medical facility has completed a thorough and transparent investigation into the event.

Staci Barbour, PeaceHealth, Vancouver, WA
Cameron Padilla, PeaceHealth, Springfield, OR
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. Following the Trail: An Overview of EMR and Potential Uses During Litigation

The days of paper records are over, and electronic medical record ("EMR") systems are now routinely used throughout most medical facilities. This panel will provide a generic overview of how EMR systems work, how different electronic systems can communicate, and how the data is stored. The panel will also discuss the EMR-related requests most often seen during litigation, alternative positions for and against production, and techniques for utilizing the EMR and related technology to support defense themes.

Andrew DeSimone, Sturgill Turner, Lexington, KY
Joseph Buchholz, Aspen Litigation Support, Denver, CO
11:45 a.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:15 p.m. A Heart-to-Heart Talk on Cardiac Function: Common Cardiac Disorders and Treatment

A recent study revealed that nearly six in 10 cardiologists are sued at least one time in their career. Understanding cardiac physiology is therefore vital to defending these claims. This topic will provide a basic overview into cardiac medicine, including the physiology of the heart, the most common cardiac disorders, methods for measuring cardiac health, and potential interventions for cardiac dysfunction.

Mario Pyles, M.D., Ascension Medical Group, Noblesville, IN
2:00 p.m. Don't Stroke: Recent Updates on Stroke Prevention Medicine and Treatment

There have been recent updates to clinical guidelines concerning both the prevention and management of acute stroke. This topic will discuss the recent clinical trends in early identification of those at risk for stroke, as well as an overview of methods for determining they type of stroke that is occurring and potential treatment options.

Fernando Goldenberg, M.D., The University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. Interactive Session on DE&I: How Truly Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Panel Counsel Positively Impacts Your Case

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than buzzwords. They are vital to the success of the justice system, the attorneys who represent clients, and the carriers who cover claims. This interactive session will discuss the importance and benefits of having a truly diverse panel counsel and trial team.

Hon. Zuberi Williams, District Court of the State of Maryland, Rockville, MD
4:00 p.m. Updates to Neuropsychology Testing: What Does It All Mean?

Neuropsychology testing is utilized in many lawsuits to allege cognitive injury and causally connect the deficits to the injury. This topic will provide an in-depth discussion of what tests are administered, what the tests are actually measuring, and the interpretation of the data. The topic will also discuss the role of neuropsychology findings in litigation, including limitations of applying the data to allege causation.

Campbell Sullivan, PSYD, ABPP-CN, Biggs Institute, San Antonio, TX
5:00 p.m. Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).
9:00 p.m. Premier Networking Event: Commonwealth

Join attendees from the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar, Product Liability Conference, and Litigation Skills Seminar for a premier networking event at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas. Enjoy a unique venue with an iconic rooftop showcasing downtown Fremont Street views. Build your book of business and reconnect with colleagues while enjoying “Old World” Las Vegas at its best!

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the Questions to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by January 27, 2022.

*The cost is $100 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
6:00 a.m. DRI For Life Event

More details forthcoming.
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Katherine Otto, Messner Reeves, Houston, TX
8:15 a.m. “Pro”-tips: Practical Professional Athlete Principles for Trial Players- (Lawyers, Witnesses, Insurance Representatives and Parties)

What can trial counsel learn from a counselor to professional athletes? How can counsel help the cast of characters to perform at their peak throughout trial? During-the-Trial strategies: controlling perfectionism, slowing down the game, staring down doubt, and relaxation on command.

Jeff is a professional performance coach and therapist with experience counseling professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, and the Olympics. Hear how Jeff’s professional counseling translates into your trial preparation as a trial attorney guides the conversation about trial performance techniques.

Jeff Miner, LPC, M.Ed., Triumph Program, Kansas City, MO
Chris Turney, Turney Law Group, Kansas City, MO
9:15 a.m. The Psychology of Witness Prep

No one views the world precisely the same way. Similarly, not every witness can be prepped precisely the same way. Learn about the psychology behind identifying a witness's strength and weaknesses, methods for adapting to the witness's communication style, and techniques for ensuring witnesses are fully prepped for high stress situations.

Ed Tori, M.D., MedStar Health, Columbia, MD
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: The Stress of Trials and What We Can Do To Help Each Other

This panel will discuss the most frequent causes of stress leading up to trials from their perspective as the carrier or the trial attorney. The panel will gently provide an overview of the internal stressors leading up to trial, the preferred "dos and donts" for each stakeholder, and ways the stakeholders can work as a team to minimize additional stress in what is an already stressful situation.

Chris Bottcher, Esq., McGlinchey, Birmingham, AL
Lance Morely, Lending Tree, Charlotte, NC
Brittnie Hayes, COPIC: Medical Liability Insurance, Denver, CO
Cynthia Kolb, Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, Plymouth, MN
11:45 a.m. The Tripartate Relationship Between Attorney, Client, and Insurance Carrier

Hospital systems often employ and insure physicians, but physicians can also be independent contractors and/or insureds under a third-party policy. This topic will discuss the potential conflicts in representation that may arise in the various and coverage settings.

Kori Chambers, IU Health Risk Retention Group, Indianapolis, IN
12:45 p.m. Adjourn

Hotel and Travel Information

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CLE Information

Earn up to 11.00 hours of continuing legal education hours from this seminar.

Medical Liability and Health Care CLE Information (PDF)


DRI's Medical Liability and Health Care Law is proudly sponsored by:

Crowley Fleck Attorneys PLLP H|B|S Hall Booth Smith, P.C. Attorneys at Law
Wiggin and Dana

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

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