Litigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar Faculty

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Litigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar Faculty 

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Registration Fee: $745

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CLE Credits: 9.5

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Carl Bettinger, M.D., J.D. litigates personal injury, medical negligence, and nursing home neglect claims.  Author of Twelve Heroes, One Voice: Guiding Jurors to Courageous Verdicts (Trial Guides 2011), he practices with the firm of Shapiro Bettinger Chase, LLP in Albuquerque, New Mexico and focuses on bringing trials alive, utilizing a variety of nonconventional approaches, including those from  improvisational acting, storytelling, and psychodrama.  In a recent trial, he sang part of his closing.  Before attending University of New Mexico Law School, Dr. Bettinger went to medical school at Boston University School of Medicine and then completed an internal medicine residency at the University of New Mexico.  In addition to his practice, he serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he teaches trial practice.  In his spare time he goes fishing.

Michael F. Bonamarte, IV is an associate with Levin & Perconti in Chicago, Illinois.  He serves as a newsletter editor for the Justinian Society, writes the section on verdicts and settlements, and contributes a regular nursing home law column.  Mr. Bonamarte has presented on nursing home litigation as well as deposition strategies to colleagues and community organizations, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  In 2010, he was named one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 and is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  Mr. Bonamarte has been recognized as a rising star by Super Lawyers and received the William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  Mr. Bonamarte is president and founder of the Michael F. Bonamarte III Foundation.

During the past decade, Lisa E. Circeo has concentrated her practice in nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, and wrongful death cases against nursing home corporations.  Ms. Circeo was a member of Phi Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Phi, the Mississippi Law Journal, Moot Court, and author of “The Impact of the Supreme Court’s Criticism of the Justice Department in Miller v. Johnson.”  She is a frequent lecturer and author on the topic of nursing home litigation on the state and national level.  Prior to joining the Lexington, Kentucky office of Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., she practiced general defense and domestic litigation.  She is a member of the Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee Bar Associations, the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys, the Mississippi and Tennessee Trial Lawyers Associations, and the Association of Women Attorneys.

David R. Cohen, course advisor, 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 Homes Litigation Group, a former member of the Minority Concerns Committee of Mercer County Vicinage, and a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Civil Rights Section.  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.

Thomas Dillon handles civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels, primarily representing plaintiffs in serious injury, wrongful death, and nursing home litigation.  He has tried numerous cases to verdict, and argued in the Illinois Supreme Court and The Illinois Appellate Courts.  Mr. Dillon has served as chair of the Kane County Bar Association Professionalism Committee, published numerous articles, and presented dozens of seminars on attorney ethics and professionalism.  Mr. Dillion is a member of AAJ’s Aviation Law, Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability, Products Liability, and Professional Negligence Sections, as well as the Nursing Homes Litigation Group.  Mr. Dillion’s practice, Konicek & Dillion, P.C., is located in Geneva, IL.

Jennifer J. Foote concentrates her practice in nursing home litigation.  She is a former associated editor of the U.S. – Mexico Law Journal and was recognized as one of the four top oral advocates in the region at the Jessup International Moot Court competition.  She is a member of the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice.  She is fluent in Spanish.  The Harvey & Foote Law Firm is located in Albuquerque, New Mexio.

Saul G. Gruber, course advisor, concentrates his practice in representing victims of nursing home and other long term care facility negligence and abuse.  He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Board of the NJAJ and acts as a PAC trustee of the NJAJ PAC.  Mr. Gruber is chair-elect of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group, past chair of AAJ’s Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section, and member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.  As an attorney dedicated to the protection of the elderly and victims of nursing home injustice, he is a member of the NCCNHR and a frequent lecturer on these topics for NJAJ, AAJ, ICLE, and various other community relation groups.  The Gruber Firm, LLC is located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

Dusti Harvey, course advisor, handles personal injury litigation, including cases against nursing homes for abuse and neglect.  Prior to forming her law firm, she directed all aspects of litigation as corporate counsel for Sun Healthcare Group, Inc. for over six years.  She was in charge of the Alternative Dispute Resolution program under the corporation’s bankruptcy and traveled the United States mediating over 1500 nursing home cases.  Ms. Harvey now devotes a significant portion of her practice advocating for well-being of elderly individuals residing in nursing homes and lectures at seminars regarding nursing home neglect and abuse.  She is chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and a member of the Sole Practitioner and Small Firms Section.  Ms. Harvey is the principal of the Harvey Law Firm, LLC in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Martin S. Kardon concentrates his practice in medical negligence and nursing home neglect.  After serving as an Assistant City Solicitor in the City of Philadelphia Law Department, he entered private practice in 1982 with the law firm of Kanter, Bernstein & Kardon, P.C. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Kardon is a fellow of the Academy of Advocacy, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and a member of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group. 

Mark R. Kosieradzki, course advisor, concentrates his practice in products liability, wrongful death, spinal cord injury, amputation, nursing home abuse, and burn litigation.  Mr. Kosieradzki is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the Minnesota Bar Association as a Civil Trial Specialist, was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a past president of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association.  He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and coauthored Depositions Notebook (AAJ Press/Thompson West).  He has served on AAJ’s Board of Governors, is past chair of AAJ’s Nursing Homes Litigation Group, is a member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, and a Diplomate of AAJ’s NCA.  The Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, LLC is in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

James M. Morgan is founding partner of Lanzone Morgan, LLP in Long Beach, California where he concentrates his practice in nursing home, automobile collision, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation.  Mr. Morgan coauthored "Distinguishing Elder Abuse Claims from Professional Negligence Claims: Why Section 425.13 Does Not Apply to Elder Abuse Claims."  He has also authored a published article entitled "Tortious Interference with a Prospective Contract in Kansas: Is Actual Malice an Element of This Cause of Action?" 36 Washburn L.J. 110 (Fall, 1996).  Mr. Morgan is a member of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group and Consumer Attorneys of California. 

Jordan S. Powell was hired as a litigation associate in August 2007 by Levin Perconti in Chicago, Illinois where he concentrates on personal injury, nursing home, and wrongful death litigation.  He was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s list of the “40 Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” in Illinois in 2012.  Mr. Powell serves on the council for the Young Lawyers Division of the Illinois State Bar Association, is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Nursing Home Litigation Group, and volunteers as a judge for trial advocacy and moot court competitions.  He was also named an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. 

Tad Thomas concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including motor vehicle and trucking collisions, medical negligence, accounting and auditing negligence, products liability, class actions and other serious personal injury matters.  Mr. Thomas was given the honor of being invited to assist Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and led the Civil and Environmental Division of the Attorney General’s office.  He was then promoted to one of two Assistant Deputy Attorneys General.  Mr. Thomas serves on AAJ’s NCA Board of Trustees, Minority Caucus, and Press Advisory Board, and donates to AAJ’s PAC.  He is a member of the Louisville Bar, Kentucky Justice, and Southern Trial Lawyers Associations.  Thomas Law Offices is located in Louisville, Kentucky.

M. Chad Trammell is the founder of the Trammell Piazza Law Firm, PLLC, located in Texarkana, Arkansas, where he concentrates in nursing home, serious injury, business, and construction defects litigation.  Mr. Trammell served in the Judge Advocate Corps of the United States Air Force, where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.  Prior to founding the Trammel-Piazza Law Firm, he was a partner at the Texarkana office of Nix, Patterson, and Road, where he led the nursing home litigation section.  He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is the current president-elect of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, where he also served as a past vice-president and secretary-treasurer.  He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and served as the chair of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group in 2008 through 2009.  He is also a member of AAJ’s Professional Negligence Section.

Jay R. Vaughn is a partner with Schachter, Hendy & Johnson, P.S.C. in Ft. Wright, Kentucky.  Mr. Vaughn is a member of the Kentucky Justice Association (KJA), Ohio Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Public Justice, Kentucky Bar Association and Northern Kentucky Bar Association.  He is a member and current treasurer of AAJ’s Nursing Home Litigation Group as well as a member of AAJ’s Leader’s Forum, Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Toning Shoe Litigation Group, and Pradaxa Litigation Group.  Mr. Vaughn has served on KJA’s Board of Governors since 2003, is a current District Vice President and in 2007, received an Award of Appreciation for the Outstanding Board Member.  Mr. Vaughn is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was listed in Kentucky Super Lawyers in 2013 and 2014.  He concentrates his practice on nursing home neglect, serious injury, automobile collisions, large truck collisions, and wrongful death.

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