2024 DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar

February 28–March 1, 2024 | Miami, Florida

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Learn Winning Strategies for Defending Medicine’s Most Relevant and Controversial Issues!

DRI Members can register now and get best pricing thanks to exclusive, limited-time Early Access Registration! Everyone else can take advantage of Early Bird Registration starting December 1 through January 16. View registration information here.

Join us in Miami, Florida, for an engaging and exciting seminar that will address some of medicine’s most relevant and controversial issues. Topics include: a maternal fetal medicine and pediatric neurology “blockbuster” two-part series addressing common themes and countervailing claims in a birth injury case; the latest insight into gastroenterology and hepatology, including use and possible claims related to weight loss injectables; the newest concerns and claims in sports medicine and the problems facing treatment of elite athletes; and issues of social inflation and combating jury influence. Each day has dedicated time for networking opportunities in a variety of settings such as dine-arounds and an offsite event on Thursday night.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to better analyze and prepare for a birth-related injury claim.
  • Trial advocacy related to the use of medical literature.
  • Ethics considerations in engagement letters.
  • How to recognize and defend against claims related to the newest weight loss trends.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Attending dine-arounds with colleagues from all over the country.
  • Joining the Thursday night off-site networking event.
  • Participating in a small group roundtable with seminar presenters.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
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Thank You to DRI's Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee Leadership

Edward J. Guardaro, Jr.
Edward J. Guardaro, Jr.
Program Chair
Joseph G. Mattson
Joseph G. Mattson
Program Vice Chair
Erika Amarante
Erika Amarante
Committee Chair
Andrew DeSimone
Andrew DeSimone
Committee Vice Chair
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr.
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr.
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Registration Information

DRI Members enjoy exclusive early access to seminar registration. Don’t miss this limited-time opportunity to secure your spot before other registrants, and at the lowest price. Everyone else can register for Early Bird starting December 1 through January 16.

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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Member Only Early Access
(Now thru Nov. 30)
$1,195 Not Offered Not Offered
Early Bird Registration*
(Dec. 1–Jan. 16)
$1,395 $1,795 $1,715
Regular Registration*
(Jan. 17–Feb. 27)
$1,595 $1,995 $1,915
Onsite Registration $1,695 $2,095 $2,015
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095 per person $1,095 per person $1,095 per 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.

Not a DRI Member? Select the Non-Member Bundle and Save!

^ Not a DRI Member and new to DRI? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle and receive up to 9 months of membership when you register for the DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law Seminar. You’ll be able to add this special offer to your cart at check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

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*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 four 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, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Event at the XXXXX
Sponsored by: ABC

Date: Wednesday, Month Day from 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar (guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out)
Location: XXXXX, Address, City, State


Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
1:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Effective Use of Medical Literature in the Modern Medical Malpractice Case

Medical literature is often a double-edged sword. One article can be both helpful and harmful to the defense of your case. Work in small groups to learn from highly skilled practitioners on the most effective use of literature as both a sword and a shield at trial and deposition. This session is open to all seminar attendees.

Whitney L. Burkett, Esq., Hepler Bloom, LLC, Chicago, IL
Andrew DeSimone, Esq., Sturgill Turner Barker & Moloney PLLC, Lexington, KY
Philip L. Willman, Brown & James PC, Saint Louis, MO
Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Jackson Kelly, PLLC, Charleston, WV
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, February 29, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Thomas J. Hurney, Jr., Jackson Kelly PLLC, Charleston, WV
Edward J. Guardaro, Jr., Fullerton Beck LLP, New York, NY
9:15 a.m. Injectable Medications for Weight Loss: Possible Concerns for Future Litigation

Injectable medications for weight loss are gaining popularity, spurring media coverage and litigation. Hear from a gastroenterologist on the latest science and learn how best to defend these claims.

Emilie K. Mitten, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Victoria L. Ronemus, Fullerton Beck LLP, White Plains, NY
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. Birth Injury Blockbuster Part I: The MFM Perspective

This session will address some common themes in birth injury litigation, including fetal heart rate monitoring, the indications and timing for delivery, and practical tips for understanding this complicated area of medicine.

Laura Ann K. Froning, Esq., Wiggin and Dana LLP, New Haven, CT
Christian Pettker, MD, Professor, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
11:30 a.m. Birth Injury Blockbuster Part II: The Neonatology Perspective

In Part II of our Blockbuster, Dr. Goldsmith will explain what happens after birth, including monitoring of cord gases and blood gases, the markers for encephalopathy, cooling protocols, and how to defend the claim that an earlier delivery would have changed the outcome.

Kim L. Woodland, Bendin Sumrall & Ladner LLC, Atlanta, GA
Jay P. Goldsmith, MD, Clinical Professor, Section of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
12:30 p.m. DRI Cares
12:30 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch (with Litigation Skills Seminar)

Join the Litigation Skills Seminar attendees for lunch and networking opportunities that are second to none.
2:00 p.m. Malpractice Claims by the Professional Athlete Against Medical Professionals: The Optics and Defense of the Science

Sports medicine has recently seen a spike in litigation with some of the highest awards in recent history. This presentation will focus upon the genesis of the recent litigation and how medical professionals can best address the problems.

Bill Moutzouros, MD, Chief of Sports Medicine at Henry Ford Health System; Head Team Physician for NBA Detroit Pistons, Detroit, MI
3:00 p.m. The Informed Consent Dialogue: Old School v. New School and how to Avoid Future Claims

Physicians can improve the informed consent dialogue to ensure their patients understand their treatment options and make an informed decision. Clear presentation of the informed consent discussion in the record can also help to avoid claims and litigation. Join us for an engaging presentation by Dr. Lloyd Hey on the newest techniques in Group Dialogue.

Lloyd Hey, MD, MS, Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Care, Chapel Hill, NC
4:00 p.m. Committee Business Meeting
4:30 p.m. Small Group Networking
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception

Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception. More details to come.
8:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds

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

Friday, March 1, 2024

Time (Eastern) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Joseph G. Mattson, Esq., Devine Millimet, Manchester NH
9:10 a.m. Making Case Stories Come Alive!

David Mann shares the secrets of crafting persuasive stories for defense cases in court. He shows DRI lawyers how to build on the facts to add a dynamic narrative arc that grabs attention and keeps it. He demonstrates how to make a story resonate by unfolding it strategically, while using vocal inflection and body language to make it come alive. This is a 1-hour distillation of David’s full-day legal seminars, delivered with the humor and energy of a veteran performer.

David Mann, Simple Message, Minneapolis, MN
10:10 a.m. Coffee Break
10:25 a.m. Let’s Talk About It! An Open Forum (Joint Session with Litigation Skills)

You have questions? Ask them! Attendees will engage in a joint discussion about current issues and cases in their respective jurisdiction. With insights from top trial counsel and in-house counsel on the current state of social inflation, tort reform, and jury verdicts, you won’t want to miss this engaging discussion.

Siobhan Briley, Pugh Hagan Prahm, PLLC, Coralville, IA
Joseph Fontak, Leader Berkon Colao & Silverstein, LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Phillip Sarnowski, Roetzel Andres, Columbus, OH
11:25 a.m. Working the Crowd: The Ethics of Joint Representation (Joint Session with Litigation Skills)

Multiple representation reduces cost per client and provides benefits like common strategy and discovery efforts but with possible risks for the lawyer and for the clients. Conflicts of interest, communication difficulties, and privilege are at the top of list of issues that can result in disciplinary complaints and legal malpractice claims. Join us to discuss the benefits and risks of joint representation, best practices in creating and maintaining joint representation, specific areas of risk, and strategies to address those risks in your practice.

Alyssa A. Johnson, Barron & Newburger, P.C., Milwaukee, WI
Noah Fiedler, Esq., Barron & Newburger, P.C., Milwaukee, WI
12:25 p.m. Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. Take advantage of the group rate of $309.00 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 January 30, 2024, to be eligible for the hotel's group rate. Requests for reservations made after January 30 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

Earn up to 9.00 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE), including 1.00 hour of Ethics from this seminar.

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

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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

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, January 18th. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the Phoenix community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

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