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.

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

Andrew DeSimone
Andrew DeSimone
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

Join the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee

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 20, 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. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Time (Pacific) Session Description
12:45 p.m. DRI Cares Community Service Event

Click here for more details about Three Square Food Bank.
1:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join your fellow colleagues at local Dine-Arounds, all while enjoying Las Vegas! Sign-up for Dine-Arounds here.
7:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Dinner - Limited Capacity (RSVP REQUIRED)

After last year’s success, we will be partnering with the Litigation Skills and Product Liability committees again for a Young Lawyers Dinner. The dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Carmine’s at Caesar’s Palace. With a great view of the strip and fantastic family style Italian food, we are glad we could plan this event to network with our fellow young lawyers. Speaking from experience, the Young Lawyers dinner is a great opportunity to meet other first-time attendees/young lawyers, network, and start off the seminar with some fun!

If you would like to RSVP, please contact David Vaughn, Nick Rauch, or Murray Flint to reserve your spot. Spots are already filling up and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. Our reservation can only accommodate 50 attendees.

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
Andrew DeSimone, Sturgill Turner, Lexington, KY
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)
11:45 a.m. Women in the Law Luncheon

Join attendees from the Medical Liability and Litigation Skills Seminars for a Women in the Law networking luncheon onsite at Planet Hollywood.

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 21, 2022.

*The cost is $73 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable. There’s a maximum of two tickets per person.
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. 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
Brittnie Hayes, COPIC: Medical Liability Insurance, Denver, CO
Cynthia Kolb, Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, Plymouth, MN
Lance Morley, Lending Tree, Charlotte, NC
5:00 p.m. Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
5:45 p.m. Networking Reception
6:45 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Reconnect with friends and build your book of business at local Dine-Arounds, all while enjoying Las Vegas. Sign-up for Dine-Arounds here.
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

Join your DRI friends and colleagues for a morning walk/run. We’ll meet in the lobby of Planet Hollywood at 6:00 a.m. The run/walk will begin promptly at 6:15 a.m. Enjoy views of Las Vegas before heading to morning programming sessions! If you have any questions, please contact Erika Amarante.
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. 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
9:15 a.m. “Pro”-tips: Professional Athlete Principles for Pretrial Preparation of Lawyers, Witnesses, Insurance Representatives, and Parties

What can trial counsel learn from a counselor to professional athletes? How can attorneys prepare the cast of characters to perform at their peak throughout trial? Learn from a counselor for elite athletes tips for assessing the mental preparation of yourself and the trial “players,” and helping everyone rise to the occasion at trial. He also will teach you to evaluate performance like a pro, to help you improve your game and obtain better outcomes in the future.

Jeff Miner, LPC, M.Ed., Triumph Program, Kansas City, MO

Chris Turney, Turney Law Group, Kansas City, MO
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. “Pro”-tips: Game-Time Principles for Trial Players from a Sports Counselor

Like professional athletes during a game, trial lawyers, parties, and witnesses need to be flexible and maintain their focus during trial. How can counsel help the cast of characters respond to the unexpected and perform at their highest level during trial? A high-performance sports counselor will teach strategies to use during trial to control perfectionism, slow down the game, stare down doubt, and relax on command.

Jeff Miner, LPC, M.Ed., Triumph Program, Kansas City, MO

Chris Turney, Turney Law Group, Kansas City, MO
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


NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, 3667 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Take advantage of the group rate of $69.00 Single/Double (plus a $39.00 resort fee per room per night) in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by January 4, 2022 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after that date are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.

Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

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
Harman Claytor Corrigan Wellman
Sturgill Turner
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.

DRI Cares

Three Square Together We Can Feed Everyone

Join the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee for the DRI Cares community service event with Three Square Food Bank. This local organization works to bring wholesome food to its local community and end to fight hunger. For just a $1 donation, Three Square can provide three meals to hungry community members of Las Vegas. We kindly ask for your donation to help support this great organization.

Sign-up to Join the DRI Cares Project
Make a Monetary Donation

Three Square is also in need of the following non-perishable items:

  • Canned items, including meat, tuna, ham, salmon, stew, chili, spam, peanut butter, soups, beans
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Boxed cereal, oatmeal, flour, instant mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rice
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, shaving products
  • Diapers, baby wipes
  • Toilet paper, paper towels, plastic storage bags (e.g., baggies/Ziploc bags), disposable eating utensils
  • Soy, almond and rice milk, gluten-free canned/boxed soups, rice pasta, gluten-free mac and cheese, rice cereal, alternative nut butters (almond, sunflower, cashew and walnut)

These can be shipped directly to Three Square (4190 N. Pecos Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89115) or dropped off when you check-in for the seminar.

Event Terms

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In-House Counsel and Claims Executives Initiatives

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