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Injured Babies Representing Our Little Heroes September 11-13, 2016 Encore Las Vegas

Jim Bartimus (Bartimus, Frickleton Robertson, Leawood, KS) concentrates his practice in the areas of medical negligence and pharmaceutical litigation. was voted “Best Medical Negligence Lawyer” in Missouri in 2007, and has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He was selected \"Litigator of the Year Kansas City\" 2010 by Best Lawyers. He is a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. He has served on the national board of American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society of Barristers and the American Association for Justice.

Mark A. DiCello (The DiCello Firm, Mentor, OH) has been recognized by federal and state courts throughout the country for his accomplishments and ability including; appointment to co-lead counsel in the Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobuturator Sling Products Liability Litigation, by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Columbus Division; appointment to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the matter of In Re: Propecia (Finestride) Product Liability Litigation in the Eastern District of New York; and appointment to the Science Committee for the consolidated matter of In Re: Stryker.

Peter J. Flowers (Meyers & Flowers, Chicago, IL) is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and the elite Verdict Club Society. He has been named an Illinois SuperLawyer in the area of medical malpractice and recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his peers, a distinction earned by only 5% of the state’s lawyers. Mr. Flowers is a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association during it’s successful fight to protect the rights of patients.

Theonia K. Boyd, MD, Director, Division of Anatomic Pathology, Boston Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, is board certified in Anatomic Pathology and Pediatric Pathology. Dr. Boyd attended Johns Hopkins University for college. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1984, she graduated from the Utah School of Medicine 1988. Thereafter, Dr. Boyd pursued postdoctoral training at a number of schools, including the University of North Carolina and Harvard Medical School, where she completed a fellowship in pediatric and perinatal pathology. Dr. Boyd has held academic appointments at Tufts Medical School as well as at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine.

James Casey, The DiCello Law Firm, Mentor, OH, is a trial lawyer. In fact, he began his legal career with a medical malpractice verdict of more than $1 million. After that verdict, he received a major complement - he was asked if he would consider representing physicians and hospitals. Mr. Casey accepted the offer and spent the next several years defending those accused of medical malpractice. Over time, he realized he felt most comfortable in a cour room alongside people injured by bad medicine not those accused of delivering it. Mr. Casey has devoted his legal career almost entirely to the area of medical malpractice, earning more than $100 million for his clients.

Paul A. Casi, II, Louisville, KY, handles all types of birth injury cases and is a member in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Casi was awarded the Dan Cullan Award from AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group in 2015. He served as co-chair of the Group from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Casi has been listed in Kentucky Super Lawyers since 2008 and Best Lawyers in America since 2010. He is President of the Kentucky Justice Association. Mr. Casi initially distinguished himself by graduating first in his class at University of Louisville School of Law.

Joseph Cullan, MD, JD, Cullan & Cullan, Omaha, NE, began working with his father Daniel B. Cullan MD JD, one of the first physician/trial lawyers in the country to specialize in representing catastrophically injured children. He worked with his father on nationally recognized cases, which obtained record verdicts and settlements throughout the country, including the largest trucking accident verdict in Nebraska, the largest medical malpractice verdict in Nebraska, the largest premises liability award in Nebraska, as well as the largest wrongful death verdict in Nebraska. Most recently, Dr. Cullan obtained a record $19.6 million verdict for a paralyzed Montana man. He has been recognized as obtaining the highest verdict in Nebraska and the twenty-seventh highest verdict in the United States by the National Law Journal. Dr. Cullan is also Past Chairman of the American Association for Justice’s Birth Injury Litigation Group.

Patrick Cullan, MD, JD, Cullan & Cullan, Omaha, NE, began practicing law with his father, Daniel B. Cullan MD JD, one of the first physician/trial lawyers in the country. Their first trial together as a father-son trial team resulted in a record $6.7 million verdict. Dr. Cullan continues the strong tradition started by his father, and has recovered tens of millions of dollars for catastrophically injured clients, including the largest trucking accident verdict in Nebraska, the largest medical malpractice verdict in Nebraska, the largest premises liability award in Nebraska, as well as the largest wrongful death verdict in Nebraska. Most recently, Dr. Cullan obtained a record $19.6 million verdict for a paralyzed Montana man.

Bobby DiCello (The DiCello Firm, Mentor, OH) worked as Assistant County Prosecutor in the largest prosecutor’s office in the State of Ohio, The Cuyahoga County before joining the firm. As a prosecutor, he quickly earned the rank of In-Charge Supervisor, managing 16 prosecutors and tried more than 40 major jury trials. His practice at the firm focuses on civil rights, police misconduct, wrongful death, class action and mass tort. He handled the appellate work for Donzinger v. Chevron.

Jill Gilling, RN, Legal Nurse Consltant, Cleveland, OH, serves an independent legal nurse consultant primarily in medical malpractice cases. Her case involvement is all-inclusive from case intake through trial presentation and everything in between (records, review, literature research, depo prep, obtain and work with experts, focus groups, trial exhibits and demonstratives, etc). Ms. Gilling graduated in 1997 from the University of Toledo in consortium with the Medical College of Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Her clinical nursing experience is as a neuro/trauma ICU nurse at Summa Akron City Hospital, a level one Trauma Center. Ms. Gilling is mid-way through the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.

Michael A. Kelly (Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, San Francisco, CA) set the standard for metal-on-metal artificial hip litigation with his March 2013 $8,341,000 verdict in the first DePuy ASR /Johnson and Johnson case. A member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, Mr. Kelly has been annually selected by the Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the Top Ten lawyers in Northern California. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, given to a member of the Association for contributions to the teaching of Trial Advocacy.

Adam Malone, Malone Law, Atlanta, GA , has a trial practice focused on helping families in cases involving brain and spinal cord injuries, burns, amputations, and wrongful death. In 2008, Mr. Malone was featured as one of the top 12 lawyers in Georgia under the age of 40 by the Fulton County Daily Report. That year, the National Law Journal highlighted one of his jury verdicts as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the nation in 2008. That case arose out of the needless amputation of a 14 year-old athlete's right leg due to careless communication between the doctor and nurses attending him and resulted in a record-setting jury verdict of $24,529,286.00. He is recognized as a member of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Mr. Malone is board certified in the complex area of medical negligence by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA).

Pamela Pantages (The Becker Law Firm, Cleveland, OH) focuses her practice on obstetric and pediatric malpractice with more than 21 years experience. She has a Masters degree in speech pathology and audiology and successfully pursued a medical career before going to law school. Ms. Pantages is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, member of the Melvin M. Belli Society, and International Society of Barristers.  Ms. Pantages has represented babies and children in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Alabama and Georgia. She was selected by her peers as an Ohio SuperLawyer since 2009.

Barry Schifrin, M.D., Northridge, CA, is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology and practices fetal medicine and maternal medicine plus obstetrics and gynecology. As a young doctor, Dr. Schifrin worked on the team that pioneered the electronic fetal monitor. But he spent decades after the technology was widely adopted sounding the alarm about how doctors can misinterpret readings from the devices. He graduated from Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine Science/The Chicago Medical School North Chicago, IL in 1963.

Christian D. Searcy (Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, FL) has for 38 years litigated cases primarily involving catastrophic injury and death. At age 29, he had the distinction of being the youngest lawyer in the United States to achieve a verdict of $1 million for a single personal injury lawsuit. Mr. Searcy received the War Horse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association in 2006 and the Perry Nichols Award by the Florida Justice Association, its highest award, in 2005. He is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, which is by invitation only and limits its membership to the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S. and past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Christopher Stombaugh (DiCello, Levitt & Case, Mentor, OH) has been a thought leader on applying many of the cognitive neuroscience techniques. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Stombaugh's expertise has led to several record setting jury verdicts, often seven and eight figures. He was, until recently, a partner at the Keenan Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Stombaugh is the Past President for the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He has been names to Super Lawyers for Wisconsin since 2010.

Robert J. Talaska (The Talaska Law Firm, Houston, TX) has focused his legal career on birth injury cases for over two decades and is a nationally recognized birth injury medical malpractice expert. A Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, Mr. Talaska was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2009. He recently received a $2.7 million verdict on a no offer shoulder dystocia case. He is a past chairman of the AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group.

Gerald Tremblay, MD, Bartimus Frickleton Roberts, Leawood, KS, after completing his neurology fellowship, practiced child neurology at one of the Midwest's leading academic children's hospitals. In 1994 he graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and joined a premier Kansas City medical malpractice defense firm as an associate. “Although patient care and resident education were rewarding, I thought obtaining a law degree would offer new challenges and another way to apply my clinical background,” said Mr. Tremblay.

Conference Overview

Birth injuries are devastating for all involved, especially since they are often preventable. This is when the trial lawyer, with the right knowledge and expertise, can help both the child and the family.

Injured Babies: Representing the Little Heroes brings together a faculty of some of the best health care and legal professionals to explain all aspects of the case from intake to trial or settlement. Valuable to the beginner as well as the seasoned trial lawyer, check out the agenda below to understand the breath of the program and how to increase your knowledge and skills in handling these difficult, but rewarding cases.

If you spend three days with these 18 superstars in the medical and legal fields you will be able to understand more, prove more and win more when representing these little heroes.

  • Sunday, September 11

    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m Registration with Light Lunch
    12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Conference Program
    Case Selection: How Do I Know if I Have a Case
    Mark DiCello, Dr. Jerry Tremblay, Jill Gilling, RN
    Effective Voir Dire in Brain Damaged Infant Cases
    Adam Malone
    Placental Pathology: The Tea Leaf Experts
    Dr. Theonia Boyd
    Managing the Top Defenses in Infant Cases
    Pete Flowers, Chris Searcy
    Analysis and Use of EFM: What Does It All Mean
    Dr. Barry Schifrin
    Use of Neuro Imaging in Elevating Pattern and Timing of Fetal Injury

    Monday, September 12

    9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
    Breakfast and Lunch Included.
    The Issues and concerns in Handling the VBAC Case
    Paul Casi
    Elements of a Perinatal Asphyxia Case - What Does HIE Mean?
    Dr. Jerry Tremblay
    Effective use of demonstrative exhibits in Brain Damaged Infant Cases
    Joe Cullan, Pat Cullan
    Top 10 Tips for Trying a Brain Damaged Infant Case
    Pam Pantages
    Interpretation of Umbilical Cord Blood Gasses
    Dr. Marcus Hermansen
    Don't Forget the Teachers and the IEP
    Jim Casey
    Pitfalls in Newborn Resuscitations
    Dr. Marcus Hermansen
    Effective Openings and Closings
    Mike Kelly
    From the Battlefield: What We Have Learned from the Wars Won and Lost
    Jim Bartimus, Bob Talaska, Chris Searcy, Mike Kelly

    Tuesday, September 13

    8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
    Breakfast Included.
    Talk to the Hand: Reducing Resistance to You, Your Message and Your Verdict
    Chris Stombaugh
    Panning the Art of the Story in the Courtroom
    Bobby DiCello
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    Conference Room Rate

    360 Advocacy has secured a limited block of suites on a first-come, first serve basis at the group rate of $219 for Sunday thru Thursday and $249 for Friday and Saturday. The room block will end August 30, 2016.

    Although the room block is closed, we can still get you a room at the block rates above. Just call us - 719.578.9645 with your arrival and departure dates.

    Continuing Legal Education

    An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 19.00 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 22.80 credit hours, including 2.4 ethics hours for 50 minute states) has been submitted to all mandatory CLE states. Number of credits awarded will vary based on state regulations. Please bring your license and/or bar information with you to the program.

    Conference Guarantee

    We take our pledge of excellence seriously. If the Conference does not live up to your expectations, we will refund your registration fee. Because the faculty will use real cases from their own files and share information only available at the Conference, you will be agreeing to the confidentiality of the program when you have been accepted into the program. The Conference is open to plaintiff personal injury attorneys only and anyone who represents personal injury defendants and/or insurance companies are ineligible to attend. The confidential nature of 360 Advocacy programs does not allow for audio or video recording, and the written materials are only available to attendees.

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