Dov Apfel is known nationally as a “child advocate” who concentrates his practice in cerebral palsy and birth trauma litigation and obstetrical negligence cases involving birth injuries and children with neurological and intellectual disabilities. In 2011, Mr. Apfel received the Dan Cullen Memorial Award, conferred by the Executive Board of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice in recognition of his lifetime achievements in birth injury litigation, education, and advocacy. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and the Professional Negligence Section. Mr. Apfel was named one of the “Best Lawyers in America,” listed in Washingtonian Magazine as one of the top lawyers in the Washington area, and featured by Fortune magazine as one of America’s Premier Lawyers. A past cochair of AAJ’s Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Mr. Apfel is a founding member of the executive board of the Medical Negligence Group of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. He has lectured nationally on topics involving obstetrical negligence. He is the author of the landmark law article “Using a Differential Diagnosis to Prove that Intrapartum Asphyxia is a Significant Cause of Cerebral Palsy.” Mr. Apfel is a partner at the law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kathleen Flynn Peterson is both an attorney and a registered nurse. She is a partner in the firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi, L.L.P. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she concentrates her practice in medical negligence injuries with specific emphasis on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death of children. She served as the national president of the American Association for Justice in 2007, is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum, has been a member of AAJ’s Board of Governors for 29 years, served on AAJ’s Executive Committee, chaired AAJ’s educational arm for several terms, and is a member of AAJ’s Professional Negligence Section. In 1999, Ms. Peterson was honored with AAJ’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has received numerous awards and recognitions for her contributions to the legal profession, including Minnesota Lawyer's 2010 “Circle of Excellence,” recognizing the number of years the publication has named her “Attorney of the Year.” She was also named one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation in 2013, one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in American by Lawdragon (2005-2012), and named the Minneapolis “Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2010, among other recognitions. She has published several articles in Attorney at Law Magazine, The Advocate, TRIAL, and elsewhere, and lectures nationally on medical negligence, trial advocacy, damages, and other topics. She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a member of the American Board of Trial Attorneys (ABOTA), the International Society of Barristers, the American Bar Foundation, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She is a past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice.
Michelle Murray, Ph.D., RNC-OB has presented seminars to nurses, midwives, and physicians for more than 20 years. She has written and produced best-selling fetal monitoring resources, including books, monographs, a CD-ROM, A Guide to Fetal Monitoring, Labor Management cards, and the 2008 National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NIHCD) Pocket Guide. Dr. Murray’s latest publication is Labor and Delivery Nursing: A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice with Gayle Huelsmann. She has published articles in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN), the American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing (MCN), and The Journal of Perinatology. Dr. Murray has received awards in excellence in education from Sigma Theta Tau New Mexico and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).
Barry S. Schifrin, M.D. is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, having been certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He has contributed numerous articles to obstetrical literature, especially in the area of electronic fetal monitoring. Dr. Schifrin is an advisor and editorial consultant to the Journal of Perinatology, the Journal of Perinatal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Charles J. Zauzig, III is the president of Woodbridge, Virginia-based Nichols Zauzig Sandler, P.C. He concentrates his practice in personal injury, medical negligence, and products liability litigation. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Professional Negligence Section. Mr. Zauzig serves on AAJ’s Board of Governors and is the former president of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA). He was recently awarded the Professor W. McKindley Smiley, Jr. Lighthouse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association. When Chuck is not representing families in catastrophic injury cases, he is an avid student and teacher of critical thinking as it applies to the strategies of case development and communication injuries.