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Jan 25th
39th Annual What's New in Tort & Trial
The Year 2021 in Review

Presenters for the 39th Annual What's New in Tort & Trial Seminar on January 25, 2022

Presenters for the 39th Annual What's New in Tort & Trial Seminar on January 25, 2022

What's New in Tort & Trial: The Year 2021 in Review

Join us on January 25th for the 39th Annual What's New in Tort & Trial. Once again, the seminar will be virtual. This continues to be a must attend seminar if your practice includes ANY plaintiff or defense civil cases.

What New in Tort & Trial is a comprehensive review of the new 2021 judicial decisions that affect tort liability and civil procedure in year 2022 and beyond.

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February 3rd at 12 Noon

February 17th at 12 Noon

March 3rd at 12 Noon
An Explanation of the Traffic Collision Report

Charles Swift, owner of CA Swift Investigations, will discuss the Traffic Collision Report.
• What is the purpose of the report
• Who writes the report
• Who is the report written for
• What is the governing policy and procedures
• Components of the report.

During his 28-year career with the California Highway Patrol, Charles Swift’s passion was in the field of traffic collision investigation. He has over 5,000 hours of formal training in all disciplines of the field and was a core team member of the department’s Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, as well as the Officer Involved Shooting Team. He ended his career as the Commander of the department’s Computer Crimes Investigation Unit.

Mr. Swift has been teaching all levels of collision investigation since 1995. 12 years of his law enforcement career was spent as a CHP Academy Instructor providing instruction to approximately 4,500 CHP cadets. Furthermore, he is an adjunct professor for the Sacramento Regional Public Safety Training Center and the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Center. In this capacity, he has provided Traffic Collision Investigation training to over 1,000 law enforcement officers from departments throughout California.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, is a certified Traffic Collision Reconstruction Specialist through the CHP and is a licensed private investigator. He has provided expert testimony in both criminal and civil court during his CHP career.

March 17th at 12 Noon
Presentation by Medivest - More details coming soon.

April 7th at 12 Noon
Presentation by Hon. Kevin E. McKenney (Ret.) - More details coming soon.

April 21st at 12 Noon
Secrets to Success with Medical Experts: Critical Strategies to Win Big and Avoid Costly Mistakes

Experienced medical negligence and personal injury attorneys handle complex medicolegal issues every day. The ability to separate signal from noise relies upon the experts chosen for the case, but each painful misstep costs time, dollars, and verdicts.

For actionable insight from a nationally recognized authority on expert witnesses and complex issues at the intersection of Medicine & Law, please join Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, for a live 1-hour CLE exploring the inner workings of the expert world.

From a novel approach to calculating case strength, to specific strategies for maximizing success and avoiding costly mistakes when handling medical experts, you'll learn critical tactics that will directly impact the success of your next case!

  • Assessing “Case Strength”: A new approach to an old problem
  • Working with Medical Experts: Maximizing success and avoiding costly mistakes
  • Winning the Battle of the Experts
  • Expert selection: Credentials, compliance, and telling the story
  • Ground Rules: Deadlines, deliverables, & cost controls
  • Proactive Approaches to 3 Common Pitfalls
    • The Expert’s Dilemma: Sharing facts not in evidence
    • The Nuts & Bolts of Blinded Reads
    • It's Kind to be Cruel: The need for adversarial role play

Dr. Burton Bentley II is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and a nationally recognized authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of Medicine, Business & Law.

He earned his M.D. degree at the University of Arizona, completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and practiced Emergency Medicine full-time for 21 years before developing a novel medical device that he developed and patented. His device was acquired by Centurion Medical in 2016, and Dr. Bentley now devotes his energy to Elite Medical Experts, a consulting firm he founded in 2010.

Elite aligns Professors of Medicine and Surgery as experts in complex litigation and serves over 4000 clients across the United States. In addition to working with law firms, governmental entities, and corporations, Dr. Bentley consults strategically on informed consent, risk mitigation, and crisis management at the clinical practice level. Dr. Bentley also co-founded Consent Spectrum, a digital platform to optimize informed consent for nearly every aesthetic medical procedure. In 2020, Consent Spectrum aligned with Touch MD to bring state-of-the-art informed consent to aesthetic dermatology and plastic surgery practices nationwide.

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