2023 DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar

March 8–10, 2023 | Chicago, Illinois

Medical doctors in a room

Enhance Your Ability to Defend Medical Malpractice in the New Normal

Join us in Chicago for a seminar that has something for everyone, including analyses of high-profile legal events that “broke the internet.” Topics include medical practice after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the impact of live-streaming trials, and the ethical minefield that is representing a provider in a malpractice claim when the provider is also facing criminal charges for medical decisions. Each day features networking opportunities in a variety of settings, including our Premier Networking Reception at AceBounce, with the Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute attendees, on Thursday evening.

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Issues of importance to clients post Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
  • Potential claims arising from COVID-19 complications.
  • Trial advocacy from a reporter’s perspective.
  • Ethics considerations for concurrent criminal and civil cases.
  • How to recognize and navigate gender dynamics in the courtroom.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Attending the Thursday night Premier Networking Reception.
  • Joining the highly popular Women in the Law Meet and Greet.
  • Participating in a small group roundtable with seminar presenters.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • CHG Healthcare

*Subject to change

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

Katherine Otto
Katherine Otto
Program Chair
Edward J. Guardaro, Jr.
Edward J. Guardaro, Jr.
Program Vice Chair
Laura D. Eschleman
Laura D. Eschleman
Committee Chair
Erika Amarante
Erika L. 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

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  Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $1,395 $1,695
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $995/person $995/person
Government Government members will receive the applicable government rate for the seminar upon login. If the government rate does not appear after logging in, please call DRI directly at (312) 795-1101 to receive the discounted rate. Invoices can be sent after purchase upon request.

*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.

**Group registration is for registering 4 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Premier Networking Reception | AceBounce
Sponsored by: Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP

Date: Thursday, March 9 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets are $100 each, available at checkout. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each)
Location: AceBounce, 230 N Clark St., Chicago, IL

Join the Medical Liability and Health Care Law & Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute to reconnect with your DRI friends at Chicago’s AceBounce, sponsored by Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP. Less than a mile from the seminar hotel, bounce on over to enjoy light appetizers and adult beverages while showing off your paddle skills. AceBounce is the perfect spot for a night of laughter and fun around a table.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Time (Central) Program Room
1:00 p.m. Registration Opens  
2:00–5:00 p.m. TICKETED EVENT: From Blank Canvas to Masterpiece: The Art of the 30(B)(6) Deposition Workshop

With plaintiffs’ attorneys attempting to circumvent written discovery limitations through 30(B)(6) depositions, successful trial attorneys need to be attuned to analyzing and deconstructing the 30(B)(6) deposition notice properly and determining the appropriate corporate designee(s) at the outset. Defense counsel can stop plaintiffs’ counsel in their tracks with thorough preparation of these witnesses and effective defense of these depositions, including instruction on the Reptile Theory. The 30(b)(6) workshop providing attendees of this interactive program with the tools necessary to push back on the deposition notice and, ultimately, prepare and defend the witness at deposition.

Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to practice techniques with highly skilled trial attorneys. One-on-one and small group exercises will ensure that you are prepared to mount an impactful defense. Act now to reserve a spot as space is limited to 30 seminar registrants at $350 each. You can reserve your spot for this workshop while registering for the seminar.

Victoria L. RonemusFullerton Beck LLP, White Plains, NY
Jamie W. DittertSturgill Turner Barker & Moloney PLLC, Lexington, KY
Andrew DeSimoneSturgill Turner Barker & Moloney PLLC, Lexington, KY
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr.Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV 
5:30 p.m. Jump Start Your Seminar Networking Experience

Whether you’re a new member, non-member, seasoned attendee, or in-house counsel, join committee leaders and your fellow attendees to learn how to make the most of your networking opportunities this week.
6:00 p.m. Networking/Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Time (Central) Program Room
8:00 a.m. Registration  
8:30 a.m. Coffee & Conversations

The early bird gets the most out of this networking session. Get to know the early risers in the group over a cup of coffee. Rise, shine, caffeinate and connect!
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV
Katherine Otto, Messner Reeves, LLP, CO and NY
9:15 a.m. COVID-19 Complications in ICU Patients

Patients requiring an ICU stay following severe COVID-19 symptoms can experience a myriad of complications that prolong their care. This presentation will address the downstream respiratory and tracheostomy complications most seen in this patient population.

Matthew Roginski, MD, MPH, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break  
10:30 a.m. Recruiting and Retaining Talent in Medical Malpractice Defense: A Stakeholder Discussion

This panel includes a partner, associate, and a carrier representative who will explore the challenges with recruiting, training, and retaining legal talent within our industry.

Katherine Otto, Messner Reeves LLP, CO and NY

Laura D. Eschleman, Nall & Miller LLP, Atlanta, GA
Daniel DeLay, Messner Reeves LLP, Denver, CO
Molly E. Sachson, Coverys, New York, NY
11:30 a.m. Advising Health Care Clients after Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health: Medical, Legal, and Constitutional Perspectives

Two speakers, an OB/GYN and a Constitutional Law professor, will discuss the impact of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision in both the medical field and the legal profession.

Carrie A. Cwiak, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Paul Salamanca, University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law, Lexington, KY
12:30 p.m. Networking Lunch (included in registration)

Join the Medical Liability and Health Care Law & Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute seminar attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none.
2:00 p.m. One Billion Views and Counting: The Depp v. Heard Trial

Two celebrities with competing defamation claims aired their dirty laundry publicly and in real time in the most watched trial ever. Their respective lawyers gained instant notoriety and attention from online spectators. This presentation will examine the very different courtroom styles of the lawyers involved and how that impacted the outcome of the case.

Meghann Cuniff, Law & Crime News, Los Angeles, CA
3:00 p.m. Medical Liability Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
3:30 p.m. Small Group Networking and Roundtable Discussion

Interested in exploring topics further? Several of our presenters will be offering roundtable discussions limited in size and running for 20 minutes each. When time is up, move to the next roundtable, meet new people in a small group setting, and gain deeper understanding of each presenter’s topic. There will be time allotted for attendees to attend at least four roundtables.
5:30 p.m. Women in the Law Meet and Greet  
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception | Ace Bounce
Sponsored by: Skarzynski Marick & Black LLP

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Friday, March 10, 2023

Time (Central) Program Room
8:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service  
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Edward J. Guardaro, Jr., Fullerton Beck LLP, White Plains, NY
9:10 a.m. Fundamentals and Case Law Concerning the Patient Safety Work Product Privilege, Immunity and Confidentiality Protections

This session will review recent case law and critical statutory provisions concerning the nonwaivable Patient Safety Work Product Privilege, as well as Immunity and Confidentiality protections for conversations and information surrounding healthcare providers' efforts to improve the quality of patient care delivery.

Peggy Binzer, JD, Alliance for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (AQIPS), Alexandria, VA
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break  
10:30 a.m. Jurors Are Always Watching: Gender Dynamics in the Courtroom

This talk will address the social science data and research regarding our understanding of gender in our society, the changing norms surrounding gender, and tips for navigating gender dynamics in the legal profession.

Amie Levesque, PhD, University of Denver, Denver, CO
11:30 a.m. Radonda Vaught Lessons: The Ethical Challenges of Managing Dual Legal Investigations

The Radonda Vaught criminal case caught the attention of nurses and health care administrators because health care providers fear that it may embolden law enforcement to further prosecute medical mistakes. Defense counsel may find themselves increasingly representing clients in a civil claim concurrent to an ongoing criminal investigation, which creates complex ethical and legal issues that must be addressed.

Matthew P. Keris, Marshall Dennehey, Scranton, PA
Erin Myers, Mercy Health, Cincinnati, OH
Kathryn J. Stimson, Stimson LaBranche Hubbard, Denver, CO
12:30 p.m. Adjourn  

Hotel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. Take advantage of the group rate of $159.00 Single/Double 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 February 7, 2023, to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after February 7, 2023, are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.

CLE Information

Earn up to 7.00 hours of continuing legal education hours, including one (1) hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

Medical Liability and Health Care Law CLE by State


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

BDC Bleeke Dillon Crandall Attorneys
H|B|S Hall Booth Smith, P.C. Attorneys at Law
Messner Reeves LLP logo Sturgill Turner Wiggin and Dana

Thank you to our Official Supporter: TBD

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

Open Books

Open Books

DRI Cares and the Medical Liability Committee is proud to work with Open Books at this year’s seminar. Open Books provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the sale of donated books.

This year’s project will be a virtual book drive – Gift of Books – that will provide high-quality and culturally-relevant books to amplify the importance of literacy and reading across Chicago. Through the Gift of Books program, The Open Books team is able to curate classroom and whole-school libraries with books that better reflect the communities they partner with so that all readers can see themselves and their cultures in the stories they read. As youth read and discuss books with more representative characters, research shows that they are more likely to see increased academic achievement and reader engagement.

There are two ways to participate in the book drive: (1) select specific titles you would like to donate; or (2) make a general donation ($3/book) and Open Books will order popular titles that Chicago youth will love.

Learn More and Donate


NEW in 2023 – 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 hours that have been approved by each jurisdiction and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

View On-Demand Library

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Invisible or Mixed-Visible Diversity – Combatting Bias

Often diversity programs and initiatives are focused on visible traits such as gender or race, but bias exists related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and some disabilities that are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to address these biases and to create an environment where those with invisible or mixed-visible diversity can operate at the highest level.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Ronna Kinsella, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC, Memphis, TN

Law Practice Management Credit

Succession Planning: Failing to Plan is a Plan to Fail

Succession planning is considered one of the most pressing issues facing not only law firms but also clients. Senior partners are working into their golden years and can sometimes be reluctant to engage in a succession plan, but clients want to know that there is a plan for the transition of their work without interruption. Join us to learn:

  1. the importance of succession planning for the benefit both the law firm and its clients;
  2. how succession planning impacts retention and continuity of the firm and client relationships;
  3. how to approach the subject with senior attorneys; and
  4. strategies for implementing a successful succession plan.

Marie E. Chafe, Conn Kavanaugh, Boston, MA
Matthew Cairns, Textron Inc., Providence, RI
Elizabeth M. Brotten, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant, Birmingham, AL


Technology, Ethics & Remote Work: What You Need to Know Now

The Rules of Professional Conduct regarding competence and diligence require all lawyers to keep abreast of changes in technology. This webinar will provide you with tips and information on new issues related to technology and the practice of law, including the challenges of the remote work environment. You will learn the ethics and professionalism considerations when using technology in your practice and your ethical duties when it comes to “keeping abreast of changes” in technology.

Amber Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Johnson, Barron & Newberger PC, Milwaukee, WI
Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, LA

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Lessons for Lawyers from the Science of Well Being

This presentation will focus on the practical steps that we can take as individuals to improve well-being, drawing on recent research from cognitive science and beginning with the preface that happiness can be learned and applied. Specifically, we will provide an evidence-based arsenal of practical tools that lawyers can apply in their own lives to improve their well-being.

Emma Ross, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL
Shayna Cook, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL

Other Information

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