David R. Cohen concentrates his practice in nursing home negligence and abuse claims, elder abuse, and assisted living facility litigation. Mr. Cohen is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. He is a former chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and a former member of the Minority Concerns Committee of Mercer County Vicinage. Mr. Cohen served as faculty for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) on nursing home negligence from 2002 through 2007 and lectured on this topic at the College of New Jersey for the National Business Institute (NBI). He has also lectured on attorney review of medical records for NBI, AAJ, the New Jersey Association for Justice (NJAJ), and ICLE. Mr. Cohen is a shareholder with the law firm of Stark & Stark in Princeton, New Jersey.
Linda R. Magruder concentrates her practice in the area of insurance subrogation. She represents personal injury victims in the negotiations of claims against the victims’ recoveries. These claims may be made by providers, by benefits plans including healthcare and disability plans, both ERISA and non-ERISA, and by Medicare and Medicaid. She is a member of AAJ and the Kentucky Justice Association as well as other legal organizations. Magruder Law is located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Sylvius H. von Saucken, a tax, estate/trust, and benefits attorney, joined the Garretson Resolution Group in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2005 and currently serves as its chief compliance officer and fiduciary. He leads the firm’s internal protocol development and training initiatives, as well as provides compliance support to the firm’s Medicare Set Aside custodial company, Affiance Partners. In his capacity as fiduciary for the Garretson Resolution Group’s settlement funds, Mr. Saucken works closely with the company’s fund administration team to address operational decisions for qualified settlement funds and other settlement fund vehicles, including developing and overseeing principal preservation strategies and addressing tax reporting and other disbursement matters, including negotiating escrow-type agreements with financial institutions. He has experience in complex planning issues, drawing from a diverse background in fiduciary matters, such as estate planning, trust administration, taxation, and related government benefit preservation issues. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law, coteaching courses in federal wealth transfer taxation and estate planning. He has spoken before various state and national bar associations, as well as judicial conferences on a variety of topics impacting the settlement continuum, from Medicaid component estate planning, trust administration and taxation, taxation of settlements, Medicare repayment rules, strategies and practice tips, to Medicare Set Asides, qualified settlement funds, Medicaid lien strategies and resolution, special needs trusts, and government benefit preservation strategies. Mr. Saucken has also focused his presentations on the ever changing obligations under the Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) framework, including conditional payment reimbursement rules and strategies, the MMSEA’s reporting obligations for insurance companies involved in settlements, as well as statutory interpretation and reform concerns.