Jazz Fest Seminar: Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Cases Invited Faculty

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J. Thomas Anderson concentrates in brain, back, and burn injuries, and paralysis for both trial and appellate litigation.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is a past president of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ).  He is a Sustaining Member of AAJ and a member of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Highway and Premises Liability Section and Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section.  He is a frequent speaker on traumatic brain injury for LAJ, North American Brain Injury Society, and local bar associations.  Mr. Anderson served as the youngest elected Louisiana’s mayor.  Anderson & Boutwell is located in Hammond, Louisiana.

The Honorable Anne Elizabeth Barnes won election in 1998 to the Georgia Court of Appeals and took office January 1, 1999.  She was the first woman to be elected in a state-wide judicial race without having been first appointed to the bench, and served three terms.  She has served as the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, on the Judicial Council of Georgia’s Standing Committee on Policy and its Budget Committee, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, the Domestic Violence Committee of the Judicial Council of Georgia, has been a member of the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal, the Women in the Profession Committee of the Atlanta Bar, as well as the Advisory Board of Georgia State University’s Department of Sociology, and the National Board of Foreverfamily (formerly Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers, Inc.).  She has chaired the Atlanta Bar Association Judicial Section, and serves on the Supreme Court’s Commission on Interpreters.  Presiding Judge Barnes volunteers with the Truancy Intervention Project’s Early Intervention program, and is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2006.  Judge Barnes has been recognized for her service by the Women in the Profession Committee of the Atlanta Bar, the Younger Lawyer Division of the State Bar, and Justice Served. 
 
Randall R. Benson, M.D. is the medical director of the Center for Neurological Studies in Novi, Michigan and a former assistant professor in the department of neurology at Wayne State University, School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, where he instructed medical students and residents in disorders of cognition and the use of neuroimaging in clinical practice and research. 
 
Frank L. Branson, IV concentrates his practice in products liability, commercial airplane collisions, injuries from gas explosions or electric burns, medical negligence, trucking collisions, and industrial incidence litigation.  He is a President’s Club and Leaders Forum member of AAJ, and a member of AAJ’s Aviation Law, Business Torts, Motor Vehicle Highway and Premises Liability, Products Liability, and Professional Negligence Sections.  He is listed in LawDragon, Best Lawyers in America, Texas Monthly, and The National Law Journal.  The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson are located in Dallas, Texas.
 
Joseph Cammarata concentrates his practice in serious personal injury, brain injury, wrongful death, and medical negligence litigation.  He has been listed in Super Lawyers, Washingtonian, and Who’s Who in America Law.  He is a contributing author to Beyond a Reasonable Doubt and founder of the Brain Injury Association of DC.  He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Seigel, P.C. is located in Washington, DC. 
 
Thomas C. Doehrman is a founding partner of Doehrman Chamberlain in Indianapolis, Indiana and has more than 30 years experience representing clients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).  He is “AV” rated from Martindale-Hubbell and an AAJ Leaders Forum member. He has served on the board of directors and the Emeritus Board for the Brain Injury Association of Indiana (BIAI).  Mr. Doehrman has been named as the Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA).  Mr. Doehrman is the immediate past president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in the State of Indiana in the Indianapolis Monthly Super Lawyer section.
 
Mark E. Eastham, M.D. completed his residency in neurosurgery at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York and received his surgical training at the State University of New York Health Science Center.  He is the former chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California, and currently practices in San Jose, California.  He is also the former attending neurosurgeon at San Jose Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, O’Connor Hospital, and Los Gatos Community Hospital.
 
Kenneth B. Goldblatt concentrates his practice in representing individuals who have sustained traumatic brain and orthopedic injuries due to the negligence of others.  Mr. Goldblatt is the immediate past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and serves on the board of directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers Association.  He is also an active member of the New York State Brain Injury Association and several other leading brain injury associations including the National Brain Injury Association and the North American Brain Injury Society.  He has lectured to trial lawyers, judges, and the representatives of the insurance industry and authored articles offering guidance to attorneys in litigating brain injury cases.  Goldblatt and Associates, P.C. is located in Mohegan Lake, New York.
 
Brian D. Greenwald, M.D. is the medical director of Center for Head Injuries and the associate medical director of JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.  He is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the medical director for Rehabilitation Specialists, a day and residential program for persons with brain injury in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.  Prior to joining JFK-Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Dr. Greenwald was the medical director of Brain Injury Rehabilitation at the Mount Sinai Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center in New York City and the medical director for the New York Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems.  Dr. Greenwald has served on the Board of Trustees for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey since 2002.  In 2012, he was the given the Kristjan Ragnarsson Angel Award from the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation for leading research advancing the field of pediatric acquired brain injury and is the 2009 recipient of the Physician of the Year Award at Mount Sinai Medical Center.  He completed his residency training in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School and was fellowship trained in brain injury rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Greenwald has published multiple articles and book chapters about brain injury rehabilitation.
 
Bruce A. Hagen concentrates his practice in wrongful death, motor vehicle collision, brain injury, and products liability litigation.  He is a member of the Atlanta and DeKalb County Bar Associations, the State Bar of Georgia, and the American Association for Justice.  He has lectured on personal injury law and earned his Juris Doctor from George Washington University.  The Law Office of Bruce A. Hagen is located in Decatur, Georgia.
 
Stephen J. Herman is a partner of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana as well as the national firm of Herman Gerel, LLP, with central offices in Atlanta, Georgia.  Developing a broad civil practice, Mr. Herman teaches complex litigation at both Tulane and Loyola Law Schools.  He serves on the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board as a Hearing Officer, the Board of Directors for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, AAJ’s Board of Governors, and AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees.  He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum. He is the author of America and the Law:  Challenges for the 21st Century (Austin & Winfield 1998).  He served as president of the Civil Justice Foundation, received AAJ’s Wiedemann-Wysocki Award, is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, and is cochair of AAJ’s Gulf Coast Spill Litigation Group.
 
Michael V. Kaplen concentrates his practice in representing victims of head injury and brain trauma as well as automobile collisions, construction site injury, medical negligence, nursing home negligence, and wrongful death litigation.  He chairs the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council, is president of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys, and is past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York.  He is a past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, an AAJ Sustaining Member, a member of the board of governors of the Melvin M. Belli Society, and is coauthor of the traumatic brain injury outside counsel column for the New York Law Journal.  De Caro & Kaplen, LLP is located in Pleasantville, New York.
 
Robert T. Karns concentrates his practice in brain, spinal cord, and other serious injury cases.  Mr. Karns is a frequent lecturer at both the state and national level, speaking for bar, trial, and brain injury associations.  He is listed in the top 99 truck collision lawyers in the US by the Truck Accident Attorney’s Roundtable.  He is a member of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Highway and Premises Liability Section and on the board of governors of the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association.  He is also a member of the North American Brain Injury Society and Brain Injury Association of America.  Karns Law Group has offices in Providence and Middletown, Rhode Island.

Jeff S. Korek concentrates his practice in personal injury, construction collisions, and medical negligence.  He is a past president of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA) and serves on their board.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.  He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and an AAJ Sustaining Member.  Mr. Korek is a founding partner of Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. in New York, New York.
 
Ira H. Leesfield received the Judge Learned Hand Award presented by the American Jewish Committee and in 2010, Big Brothers/Big Sisters honored Mr. Leesfield with the Miracle Maker award.  He is past president of the Florida Justice Association, serves on AAJ’s Public Affairs Committee, Stalwarts Committee, Litigation Group Leaders Council, and Public Affairs Board of Trustees, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and a Life Member of AAJ.  Mr. Leesfield is founder and managing partner of Leesfield & Partners, P.A. with offices in Miami, Key West, South Beach, and Central Florida.

 

Linda A. Lipsen was named Chief Executive Officer of AAJ in April 2010 and donates to AAJ’s PAC.  She joined the organization in 1993 to direct AAJ’s Public Affairs department.  Since that time, Ms. Lipsen has led the trial lawyers’ highly regarded Washington lobby team and successfully fought back efforts that would limit access to America’s courts and make it impossible for the victims of negligence or willful wrongdoing to be fairly compensated for harm.  She has directed countless legislative campaigns on behalf of a host of issues including patient, worker, and investor protections.  Ms. Lipsen has received the Senator Paul Wellstone Award from U.S. Action and the Marie Lambert Award, and is regularly recognized by leading Capitol Hill publications such as Roll Call and The Hill as one of Washington’s most effective lobbyists.  Following the tragedy of September 11th, she led the fight for enactment of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.  Following enactment of the Fund, Ms. Lipsen’s leadership helped ATLA/AAJ establish the nation’s largest-ever pro-bono legal representation program.

 

Terence R. Quinn is a frequent national CLE lecturer and a past member of AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees.  Mr. Quinn is a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors, Public Affairs Committee, and Stalwarts Committee, and a past president of both the State Bar of South Dakota and the South Dakota Trial Lawyers Association.  He has coauthored two books, Anatomy for Attorneys and Medical Evidence.  He is a partner in the Rapid City, South Dakota firm of Goodsell Quinn, LLP.

 

Shareef Rabaa concentrates his practice in neurological injuries, particularly traumatic brain injury.  He has spoken for the North American Brain Injury Society and at the 2011 Traumatic Brain Injury and Emotional Injury Summit.  He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Rabaa is an associate in the negligence litigation group of Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C. in New York City, New York.

 

Randall H. Scarlett concentrates his practice in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, wrongful death cases.  He is a President’s Club Member and Leaders Forum member of AAJ and a board member of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Mr. Scarlett is a member of the board of directors and a past president of the Belli Society.  He is a past vice president and a current member of the Board of Directors of the California Brain Injury Association (CALBIA) and serves as CALBIA Seminar Chair, responsible for the Annual Medical/Legal Educational Conference.  Mr. Scarlett is a member of the Brain Injury Association of America, NABIS, and Marin Brain Injury Network. Mr. Scarlett is Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated.  He is the principal of the Scarlett Law Group in San Francisco, California.

 

Stephen M. Smith has been litigating traumatic brain injury cases for more than 38 years, while also handling other serious and catastrophic injury cases.  He is included in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  He is a past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and is an AAJ Leaders Forum member.  He has achieved Diplomat status from the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a member of their national Board. He is past president of the Brain Injury Association of Virginia, and a board member of Public Justice and the Belli Society.  Mr. Smith is the founder of the Brain Injury Law Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 

Bruce H. Stern, course advisor, concentrates his practice in the area of brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful death cases.  Mr. Stern, an AAJ President’s Club member, is past president and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association for Justice, serves on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section.  Mr. Stern is a past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  He is the author of numerous publications, including AAJ/West Press’ Litigating Brain Injuries, and is a frequent lecturer on the subject of traumatic brain injury litigation.  Mr. Stern is a partner in the firm of Stark & Stark in Princeton, New Jersey.

 

Mariusz Ziejewski, Ph.D. is a professor in the College of Engineering at North Dakota State University, where he serves as both the director of the Impact Biomechanics and the Automotive Systems Laboratories.  He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.  Dr. Ziejewski has performed human body dynamics research for the Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Human System Division, which is part of the United States Air Force.  He has been a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Collaboration Group on Human Brain Modeling.  He has been involved in Emergency Room (ER) Biomechanical Brain Injury Evaluation at Meritcare’s Trauma Center, Fargo, North Dakota.  He was invited to chair three scientific peer review committees for the Department of Defense (DoD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/TBI) Research Program, (“Physics of Blast as it Relates to Brain Injury”). His research activities include the entire human body focusing on head/neck dynamics.  Over the years he has received many research grants. Currently, one of his grants focuses on “Blast and the Consequences on Traumatic Brain Injury—Multiscale Mechanical Modeling of Brain.”  A second grant, “Blast Pressure Gradients and Fragments on Ballistic Helmets and the Head and Brain Injury-Simultaneous Multiscale Modeling with Experimental Validation,” was accepted for funding.  He has been invited to give many national and international presentations, including to governmental agencies such as the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission.  Dr. Ziejewski has published three book chapters on brain and neck injury and over eighty technical refereed articles.


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