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Medical Malpractice Conference for Tennessee Attorneys

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12th Annual
Medical Malpractice Conference for Tennessee Attorneys

Join us for the 12th annual Medical Malpractice Conference for Tennessee Attorneys, May 14-15 in Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville School of Law.

Enhance your skillset by learning the most up-to-date information and developments in malpractice cases. Gain valuable perspective from both plaintiff and defense attorneys on the most recent case law changes and what 2020 has in store for navigating the industry.

Immerse yourself in the learning process while networking with featured speakers: Davidson County Judge Joe Binkley, Judge Michael Spitzer of the 21st Judicial District, and the most experienced and knowledgeable experts from across the state.

Obtain your annual requirement of  up to 15 total hours of CLE: 12 hours of general plus 3 hours of dual ethics/professional, during this extraordinary two-day event!

The conference site is conveniently located just outside of downtown Nashville with plenty of FREE parking and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Highlights include:

  • Recent Developments in Healthcare Liability Actions
  • Case Law update
  • The Use of Technology in Medical Malpractice cases
  • Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Ethical Considerations in Medical Malpractice
  • Analyzing the Reptile Theory
  • Practical Tips for Navigating Appellate Practice
  • The Rise of Medical Battery and Informed Consent
  • Opening/Closing Statements in Medical Malpractice Trial
  • Hot Topics in Healthcare Liability Discovery
  • Hospital Liability
  • And More!

Your Distinguished Faculty

Brandon Bass

Brandon Bass practices with the Law Offices of John Day, P.C. with an emphasis on civil litigation including medical malpractice. He is Treasurer for the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association and winner of its “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year” award for 2017. He has been selected as one of the top 50 lawyers in Nashville and top 100 in Tennessee by Super Lawyers and named in Best Lawyers in America for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation. Brandon is board certified in civil practice.

Brandon has given more than a hundred CLE speeches throughout the Southeast and has authored articles in national and statewide legal magazines. He is also committed to teaching his three children that hair metal was cool.

Judge Joe Binkley, Jr.

Judge Joe Binkley, Jr. is Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court for the 20th Judicial District serving Davidson County, Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Vanderbilt University in 1966. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law and was also admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1969.

Judge Binkley practiced law in Nashville as a solo practitioner for 39 years (1969-2008). He was appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court in April 2008 by Governor Phil Bredesen and was elected by popular vote in August 2008. He was re-elected by popular vote in August of 2014. He is a member of the Nashville Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation as well as a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Association. He is a Trustee of the Nashville Bar Foundation as well as a Board Member of the Nashville Bar Association. He is also an Emeritus member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. Judge Binkley is serving his tenth consecutive term as the Presiding Judge of the 18 State Trial Court Judges in the 20th Judicial District.

C. Bennett Harrison

C. Bennett Harrison joined Cornelius and Collins, LLP in 1983 and is partner in the firm. The focus of his practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis in the areas of professional liability, commercial law, entertainment law, bankruptcy. Ben represents plaintiffs and defendants, and is admitted to practice in all state courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He is also certified by the Tennessee Supreme Court as a Rule 31 Listed General Civil Mediator.

With over forty years of litigation experience, Ben is adept at resolving a broad range of civil disputes and he has handled a considerable amount of professional liability cases. In the healthcare field, Ben has litigated numerous malpractice claims for healthcare professionals and hospitals. He also resolves credentialing issues between doctors and hospitals, and commercial disputes out of the practice of medicine. 

Justin Joy

Justin Joy is a shareholder in the Memphis office of the Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C. law firm, serving as the firm’s privacy officer and heads the firm’s cybersecurity practice group. He provides counsel to clients in the area of information privacy and cybersecurity including incident investigation, breach response management, regulatory compliance, privacy and security policy review and drafting, and cyber risk management.

Specifically, in the area of healthcare, Justin counsels covered entities and business associates on a variety of matters pertaining to HIPAA Privacy Rule, Security Rule, and Breach Notification Rule compliance.

He also represents healthcare groups in state and federal regulatory investigations.  Justin speaks frequently to various groups and organizations on the topic of information privacy and cybersecurity.

Justin is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  He is a 2001 graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a law and MBA degree from the University of Memphis.

Jenney Keaty

Jenney Keaty, of Morgan and Morgan, is a plaintiff’s attorney in Nashville, Tennessee where she handles wrongful death, medical malpractice, and other tort injury litigation for individuals and families across the State of Tennessee. She represents severely injured people, or people who have lost a loved one as the result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. She has tried cases to a jury in multiple counties in Tennessee, including being awarded a $1.75 million verdict for the plaintiffs in a medical malpractice case by a Rutherford County jury last year.

A member of the 2018 TBALL (Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law) class, Mrs. Keaty’s reputation and experience have earned her several professional recognitions, including being named a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star (top 2.5% of attorneys in the mid-south) in 2015, 2016, and 2017; one of the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 in 2014, 2015, and 2016; and one of Nashville’s Top 30 Under 30 young professionals in 2012. She has received the highest possible rating - an AV Preeminent rating - on the Martindale-Hubble Peer Review in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Clint Kelly Clint Kelly of the Kelly Firm is board certified in medical malpractice law by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and represents plaintiffs in health care liability cases. He graduated from Montgomery Bell Academy, Rhodes College, and obtained his law degree from Memphis University where he served on the Law Review and Moot Court Board. He was president of the Tennessee Chapter and Southeastern Region of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a member of the International Society of Barristers.
Wendy Longmire

Wendy Longmire is an experienced and tenacious litigator, who excels in and out of the courtroom. A member of Ortale Kelley since 1987, Ms. Longmire has honed her skills representing major companies and individuals who find themselves in conflict. Her career began with a judicial clerkship with Judge Walter C. Kurtz of the Fifth Circuit Court of Davidson County, Tennessee. Ms. Longmire, a partner since 1993, has tried hundreds of matters in jury and nonjury settings.  She handles complex civil litigation involving death and personal injury alleged to have resulted from professional negligence and simple negligence, healthcare liability, products liability, negligent design and employment disputes.

In addition to her active litigation practice, Ms. Longmire is a Rule 31 listed General Civil Mediator. Ms. Longmire routinely presents seminars involving complex tort liability. She stays active in the community. She is a Past-President for Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women and serves as Vice-Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee. She volunteers her time to: Nashville Pro Bono Program; The Davidson County Mock Trial Competition; The Nashville Symphony; and serves on the Nashville Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. Ms. Longmire is presently serving on the Nashville Bar Association Board of Directors and was recently elected to the position of Second Vice President- elect of the Nashville Bar Association. Ms. Longmire was also named Best of the Bar 2017 for her skills in litigation.

Ann E. Lundy

Ann E. Lundy, Butler | Snow, Assistant Practice Group Leader, Health Law. As a member of the Health Law Practice, Ms. Lundy represents hospitals and health systems, physicians, and ancillary services providers on regulatory, operational, and transactional matters including Medicare and Medicaid payment, the federal Stark and Anti-kickback laws, EMTALA, HIPAA privacy and security compliance, state law licensure and compliance issues.

Experience: Vice President, Legal Affairs, not-for-profit regional health system responsible for legal, compliance, risk management, and quality. Assisted health system in the establishment of eleven provider-based clinics, four of which were certified by Medicare as rural health clinics. Represented hospital throughout the self-referral disclosure protocol to resolve various potential violations of the federal Stark Law with CMS. Assisted large academic medical center throughout a 340B HRSA audit, including resolution of manufacturer repayment obligations.  Represented hospitals in response to CMS Immediate Jeopardy findings arising out of various issues, including violation of EMTALA and Medicare Conditions of Participation. Assists hospitals in the resolution of violations of HIPAA, including development of corrective action plan and patient notification. 

Gary Massey, Jr.

Gary Massey, Jr. grew up in Lincoln County, Tennessee, in a family that had been farming in that area for more than a hundred years. Gary graduated summa cum laude from Freed Hardeman University with degrees in Bible and History. After college, Gary attended the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated magna cum laude and served as an editor of the Cumberland Law Review.

In 1998, Gary and Michelle moved to Chattanooga where they have lived ever since. In 2000, Gary co-founded his own law firm, now called Massey & Associates. The firm takes pride in giving regular people a voice in the face of power and unfairness. The firm focuses on personal injury and employment law, including medical and nursing home malpractice. In the past twenty years, Gary has overseen the growth of the firm to include six lawyers and many staff members. During that time, the firm has served more than 10,000 clients and recovered tens of millions of dollars in cases involving physical injuries.

Margaret Moore

Margaret Moore is a member of Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC. She has represented hospitals and medical centers throughout Tennessee at the trial court and appellate levels. Margaret’s trial experience includes cases involving premises liability, medical/hospital negligence, wrongful death and the representation of physicians and hospitals in cases of professional liability.

Margaret is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and Nashville Bar Association and a former Secretary of the Nashville Bar Association. Before beginning private practice in 1996, she served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Barbara N. Haynes in the Davison County Third Circuit Court. When not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with her two children and traveling.

Marty Phillips

Marty Phillips is a member of Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC in Jackson, and has been associated with the firm since receiving his law degree in 1991 from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Phillips is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship is limited to one percent of the attorneys in any individual State or Province, but in practice far less than one percent ever qualifies for the honor. He has been named Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law by The Best Lawyers in America, and he has been named to the Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee by Super Lawyers.

He is a past Chairman of the Medico-Legal Committee of the Tennessee Bar Association. Mr. Phillips has significant experience representing clinics, hospitals, physicians, and nurses in medical malpractice actions. He also has significant experience in general civil litigation. Mr. Phillips is a member and the Group Leader of the Firm’s Medical Malpractice Practice Group. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to medical malpractice and trial practice. He is the author of “The Admissibility of Failing the Board Certification Exam,” published by the Defense Research Institute. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Medical Malpractice Law, and has been recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers® for at least ten consecutive years.

David Randolph Smith

David Randolph Smith of the Law Offices of David Randolf Smith and Associates has been a trial attorney for 42 years. Smith was also a professor of law at Vanderbilt Law School (1983-1988) teaching torts, evidence and professional responsibility. His practice has included success at the trial level and on appeal in a number of landmark Tennessee Supreme Court cases:  Jordan v. Baptist Three Rivers Hosp. (establishing that wrongful death damages include loss of consortium); Barkes v. River Park Hosp., Inc.. ($10.8M judgment establishing direct duty owed by hospital); Ashe v. Radiation Oncology Associates, 9 S.W.3d 119 (Tenn., Dec 27, 1999) (NO. M199700036SCR11CV) (establishing law of  informed consent); Bennett v. Trevecca Nazarene Univ. (assumed duty of care); Payne v. Caldwell (locality rule and causation).

In 2014 he served as plaintiffs’ counsel against pharmaceutical company Endo Health Solutions who agreed to pay $193 million to settle a qui tam case. He served as plaintiffs’ counsel in the Tri-State Crematory class action litigation against fifty-six funeral homes and Georgia Farm Bureau  insurance company ($80 million judgment) and represented class members who received $39.5 million in settlements from the funeral homes. He was the lead liaison plaintiffs’ attorney for in the NHC fire litigation where nineteen people lost their lives and resulted in confidential settlements. Most recently, in January 2020 he was selected to the Plaintiffs'' Steering Committee in the Allergan Biocell Textured Breast Implant Products Liability Litigation MDL pending in the District of New Jersey before United States District Court Judge Brian Martinotti.

Judge Michael E. Spitzer

Judge Michael E. Spitzer, 21st Judicial District Circuit Judge, Division V, was born in Jackson, Tennessee, and remained a resident of Jackson until he began his college work in 1968. Upon graduation from the University of Tennessee at Martin, Spitzer began his professional career as a schoolteacher for a self-contained 8th grade class and subsequently became a principal in the Lewis County school system. During law school and upon his graduation from the law school at Memphis State University in 1982, Spitzer worked in the general counsel’s office for United Inns of Memphis until he returned to Hohenwald, Tennessee, where he had been a school teacher and principal to begin his legal career with the firm of Keaton, Turner, & Spitzer. Spitzer remained with this firm until the death and retirement of his partners in 2004, at which time he continued as The Spitzer Firm, later Spitzer & Heath, after taking on a partner. Spitzer was appointed Circuit Judge by Governor Bill Haslam in September of 2018 to fill the vacancy in the newly-created Division V of the 21st Judicial District, primarily serving Hickman, Lewis, and Perry Counties. Spitzer was appointed Commission Chair of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program in June of 2019.

Chris Tardio

Chris Tardio, of Gideon, Cooper and Essary, PLC has been representing health care providers and entities since 2004 in a wide variety of matters. He has represented the largest health care companies in the world, medical groups and clinics across the state, and individual physicians from Bristol to Memphis, in virtually all types of matters in federal court, state court, and administrative tribunals. He is also licensed in Kentucky and regularly represents health care providers in South Central and Western Kentucky. Clients trust Chris with matters from the most complex to the most simple.

Chris has extensive experience in professional negligence cases, from pre-suit investigation through trial and appeal. He has represented health care companies and providers in disputes with federal agencies, state boards, and insurance companies. He has successfully represented parties on both sides of peer review matters, both on the physician side and the hospital side.

Andrew Tharp

Andrew Tharp has extensive litigation experience, having sat first or second chair in more than 35 trials. Andrew practices in Butler Snow LLP’s Nashville office where he handles a wide array of litigation, including pharmaceutical and medical device, medical malpractice, products liability, labor and employment, and commercial cases. He is admitted to the Tennessee State Bar, all Federal District Courts in Tennessee, and the United States Supreme Court. Andrew is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Nashville Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the American Bar Association – in which he holds a leadership role within the section of litigation.

Agenda

Day One — Thursday, May 14, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Case Law Update
Brandon Bass
Law Office of John Day P.C.

  • Summarizing the key holdings of every significant case in the last year
    • Must a provider respond to pre – suit notice with the names of other providers?
    • How much expert testimony is needed to survive summary judgment?
    • What must medical authorizations include for pre – suit notice?

9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Opening Statement and Closing Arguments in Medical Malpractice Cases
Chris J. Tardio, Esq.
Gideon Cooper and Essary, PLC

  • The law on opening statements and closing arguments
  • Effective opening statement strategies in malpractice cases
  • Effective closing argument strategies in malpractice cases
  • Use of technology in opening and closing.

10:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

MORNING BREAK (10 mins)

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program
Judge Michael Spitzer

  • History of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Rule 33 of the Tennessee Supreme Court establishing TLAP and setting its purpose, mission, administration, and the newly created Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program Foundation
  • Tennessee Code Annotated Title 23, Chapter 4, concerning confidentiality and immunity
  • ABA research and findings concerning the profession
  • Clinical perspective from clinician Linsey O'Connell
  • If time permits, a meditation exercise and stress management

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

Practical Tips for Navigating Appellate Practice
Marty Phillips
Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell, PLC

  • Preserving issues for appeal
  • The record on appeal
  • Briefs on appeal
  • Oral argument

12:20p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

LUNCH (30 Mins)

12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

The Rise of Medical Battery and Informed Consent in the Era of Assembly Line Medicine: Ethical Considerations
Clint Kelly
The Kelly Firm

  • Development of medical battery and informed consent claims
  • Differences between medical battery and informed consent claims
  • Direct correlation between assembly line medicine and claims of medical battery and informed consent
  • Ethics – maintaining civility during depositions

1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Pitfalls and Recent Developments in the filing of Healthcare Liability Actions
Judge Joe Binkley

  • Healthcare Liability Act overview
  • Requirements of pre – suit notice including timing and procedure
  • Requirements of certificate of good faith
  • Vicarious liability claims – Suing the principal for actions of the agent
  • New developments under Abshure v. Methodist Healthcare – Memphis Hospitals
  • Direct claims under Barkes v. River Park Hospital, Inc.

2:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.      

AFTERNOON BREAK (10 mins)

3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Use of Experts
David Randolf Smith
Law Offices of David Randolf Smith & Associates

  • Selection of Experts
  • Locality Rule
  • Rule 56
  • Causation
  • Appellate Practice & the Record

4:10 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.

Ethics in Medical Malpractice Cases
Wendy Longmire
Ortale Kelley Law Firm

Day Two – Friday, May 15, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION & CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Basic Instincts: Analyzing the Reptile Theory
Andrew D. Tharp
Butler & Snow, LLP

  • An overview of the reptile theory
  • The reptile theory in action
  • A defense counsel’s perspective on combatting the reptile theory

9:05 a.m. – 10:05 a.m.

Tips to Avoid Tricks in Sending Pre – Suit Notice:  An Update on Case Law and Substantial Compliance
Jenney Keaty
Morgan & Morgan

10:05 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

MORNING BREAK (10 mins)

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

The Use of Technology in Medical Malpractice Cases
Justin Joy
Lewis Thomason

  • Keeping the case organized with technology
  • Using technology to help make your case in court
  • Privacy obligations when using technology
  • Keeping data secure and what law firms should do when there’s a problem

11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.

The Plaintiff’s Perspective: Helping your Client Endure the Uncertainties of the Case and Ethical Considerations
Gary Massey Jr.
Massey & Associates, PC

  • Managing client expectations and frequency of communication
  • Properly assisting severely injured clients
  • Preparing your client for trial
  • Ethical considerations in handling issues with heirs

12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

LUNCH (30 Mins)

12:50 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Hot Topics in Healthcare Liability Discovery
C. Bennett Harrison, Jr.
Cornelius & Collins, LLP

  • Use of Rule 30.02(6) against institutional defendants, such as hospitals
  • Effects of the privileges and immunities afforded by the Tennessee Patient Safety Quality Improvement Act (TPSQIA)
  • Ability to obtain standard of care or causation testimony from fact witnesses not designated as expert under Rule 26.

1:55 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Hospital Liability: Defense Perspective
Margaret Moore
Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC

  • Defending nurses’ depositions
  • Defending corporate representative depositions
  • Compatible defenses between hospitals and physicians

2:55 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.      

AFTERNOON BREAK (10 mins)

3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

The Complex Web of State and Federal Privacy Laws and its Impact on the Medical Malpractice Case
Ann Lundy
Butler & Snow, LLP

  • Implications of HIPAA and state privacy laws in a medical malpractice case;
    • Is a HIPAA compliant patient authorization good enough?
    • When ex – parte interviews with physicians are permissible
    • Does the “Patient Rate” rule apply to third – party medical records request
  • Lawyer’s HIPAA obligations and potential liabilities as a business associate in possession of PHI;
    • When attorneys can be liable for a HIPAA breach
    • Cybersecurity; Ransomware; and insurance
    • What is the “Legal Medical Record” in an electronic health system

Location & Conference Details

WHEN: 
Thursday & Friday, May 14-15, 2020
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 5:00 p.m.
Lunch will be provided with registration!

WHERE: 
Nashville School of Law

4013 Armory Oaks Dr
Nashville, TN 37204

  • Convenient access to 1-65 and 1-440 
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wireless Internet


PRICING:

  • $497 for Full Program
  • $447(Early Bird $50 Off Expires April 2!)
  • $427 for Additional Attendees from the same firm
  • $347 for One Day Only options
  • $247 for Materials

 
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