Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar: Mastering the Science (Part I) | The American Association For Justice

Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar: Mastering the Science (Part I)

December 8, 2016
Program Information:

The Westin New York at Times Square | New York, NY

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher
Sponsored by HMR Funding
Co-Presented with the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group

About the Seminar:

This seminar is the first of a three-part series designed to prepare the plaintiff attorney for a traumatic brain injury case from intake through trial. Part I in the TBI seminar series will focus on the science behind a TBI case. Learn from a mix of leading plaintiff attorneys and medical experts about Diffuse Tensor Imaging, its admissibility, how to bar defense experts from trial, the emerging trend of the neurometabolic cascade, and more! Co-presented by AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, this program was designed specifically for TBI plaintiff attorneys, and it will take your knowledge of traumatic brain injuries to the next level.

As a bonus, enjoy beautiful midtown Manhattan during its best time of year! Make a weekend out of your stay by attending AAJ's signature Weekend with the Stars Seminar on Friday, December 9 – Saturday, December 10; finishing up your holiday shopping on Fifth Avenue; experiencing some of the best restaurants in the world in midtown; ice skating in Rockefeller Center; or catching the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City.

Registration Fee:

AAJ Member: $695

Online registration for this program has closed. Please call AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 to register. 

Members of AAJ's Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group save $50 on registration! Discount not available online, please call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of this special offer.

You can attend your first AAJ Education Seminar at 50% off, if you are an AAJ member & have been admitted to the bar for five years or less. (Does not apply if you have previously attended an AAJ Education seminar or college). Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage of this offer.
AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar and receive 50% off the registration fee if they are employed by, and attending with, an AAJ plaintiff attorney with the same firm address. Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage of this offer.

Contact Education 800.622.1791 | 202.965.3500, ext. 8612 | education@justice.org

Agenda:

Thursday, December 8

Registration
8:00 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:00pm
​      Diffuse Tensor Imaging: Understanding the Science
       - The Legal Perspective
       - The Medical Perspective
     • Admissibility of DTI Testing under Daubert and Frye and Surviving the Challenge
     Barring Defense Neuropsychologists from Trial and Limiting Their Testimony

Lunch break
12:00 - 1:30pm

​Afternoon Session
1:30 - 5:00pm
     • Effective Themes and Using Demonstrative Evidence at Trial in the TBI Case
     • Neurometabolic Cascade: Understanding This Emerging Trend
     • Panel Discussion: Advocacy Tools for Directing and Cross-Examining Scientific Retained Experts
     • Looking Into the Future: Defeating Defense Challenges in the Next Decade

Adjourn
5:00pm
 

Invited Faculty:

Andrew Abraham

Andrew Abraham concentrates his practice on the representation of seriously injured clients with a particular emphasis on brain damage, truck crashes, construction site incidents, and products liability. Mr. Abraham speaks nationally on issues related to trial strategy and jury research. He is regularly listed as a Super Lawyer. Mr. Abraham is a past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorney's (MATA) and a member of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) and the Sara Jane Brain Foundation (SJBF). He regularly participates in the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) Products Liability Section; Trucking Litigation Group; and Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Mr. Abraham generously donates to AAJ PAC, and Abraham & Associates is located in Boston, Massachusetts.

Stewart M. Casper

Stewart M. Casper focuses his practice on personal injury claims relating to car crashes, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, defective products, premises liability, and workers’ compensation. Mr. Casper has continuously played an active role in advocating legislative policy and in dealing with the rights of victims of medical errors, nursing home abuse, insurance company malfeasance, and crashes in the State of Connecticut and throughout the nation. He has lectured extensively on these issues, as well as on many issues of substantive law and trial preparation, particularly in the area of acquired brain injury. Mr. Casper has an “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is consistently recognized as a Super Lawyer. He is a former president and current member of the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) and the former chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. He is a member of AAJ’s Spinal Cord Injury Litigation Group; Trucking Litigation Group; Professional Negligence Section; and the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section. Mr. Casper generously donates to AAJ PAC. Casper & de Toledo, LLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Stamford, Connecticut.

Wendy R. Fleishman

Wendy R. Fleishman is a passionate and experienced lawyer for the injured and the loved ones of those who died due to the wrongful misconduct of others. She has served in leadership roles in significant multidistrict litigation (MDLs) cases in federal and state courts involving pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and personal health products. Since 2006, Wendy has been named a New York Super Lawyer and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Fleishman is an officer with the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). She is a past chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts (STEP) and she is a member of the Board of Governors, representing the Women Trial Lawyers’ Caucus (WTLC). She is a member of AAJ’s Products Liability Section; Section Leaders Council; Class Action Litigation Group; Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; and the Qui Tam Litigation Group. Ms. Fleishman generously donates to AAJ PAC. Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP is an AAJ Leaders Forum member, and Ms. Fleishman works in the New York, New York office.

Kenneth B. Goldblatt

Kenneth B. Goldblatt represents the legal interests of those individuals who have sustained traumatic brain and orthopedic injuries due to the negligence of others. He is on the board of directors for the New York State Trial Lawyers and is an active member of The New York State Brain Injury Association (NYSBIA) and several other leading brain injury associations including The National Brain Injury Association (NBIA) and The North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS). Mr. Goldblatt is on the executive board of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice (AAJ). Goldblatt & Associates, PC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Mohegan Lake, New York.

Nicholas C. Johnson

Nicholas C. Johnson focuses on medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and personal injury cases. Mr. Johnson is the director of the North County Section at the Palm Beach County Bar Association (PBCBA) and a board member of the Young Lawyer Section at the Florida Justice Association (FJA). He is a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Board of Governors; Public Education Committee; AAJ PAC Task Force; Voter Protection Committee; and the Membership Oversight Committee. Mr. Johnson generously donates to AAJ PAC and he works in the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida office of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC.

Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Gordon S. Johnson, Jr. concentrates his practice entirely on traumatic brain injury (TBI) litigation. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin (BIAW) where he served two terms on the Board of Directors and edited the newsletter. He is an active member of the National Brain Injury Association (NBIA) and has been appointed by Wisconsin's Governor to the state TBI Advisory Board. He has spoken about brain injury all over the United States on a number of topics, including speaking to local support groups. Mr. Johnson is a former chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and a member of the Aviation Law Section; Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section; Litigation Group Leaders Council; and the Resort Tort Litigation Group. The Brain Injury Law Group is located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Michael V. Kaplen

Michael V. Kaplen focuses his practice on traumatic brain injury cases. He is the president of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys (AABIA). He is a past chair of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Coordinating Council (NYSBICC) and a three-term president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS). He has been voted one of New York’s Super Lawyers and was the recipient of the Brain Injury Association of New York State’s Public Policy Award in 2011. Mr. Kaplen is a past chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and the Motor Vehicle, Highway, and Premises Liability Section. De Caro & Kaplan, LLP, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Pleasantville, New York. 

Antonio M. Romanucci, course advisor

Antonio M. Romanucci focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injuries arising from medical malpractice, workplace accidents, nursing home negligence, aviation disasters, and police misconduct cases. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Romanucci is a sought-after public speaker where he discusses timely legal topics such as aviation disasters and police brutality cases. He is a founding chairman of the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse (MBIC), which is devoted to optimizing the lives and recovery of people affected by brain injuries or strokes. Mr. Romanucci’s serves as chair of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Police Misconduct Litigation Group, chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Litigation Group; and former chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section. He is a member of AAJ’s National Finance Council; Exchange Advisory Committee; AAJ PAC Task Force; and AAJ PAC Board of Trustees. Mr. Romanucci generously donates to AAJ PAC. Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Chicago, Illinois.

Randall L. Rozek

Randall L. Rozek focuses his practice on the representation of victims of serious, life-changing injuries including those who have been harmed by large corporations and insurance companies. Mr. Rozek is routinely asked to speak to lawyers and doctors in order to educate them on such issues, particularly in the area of representing victims of traumatic brain injuries. He belongs to a number of diverse medical-legal professional associations, including the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA); the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin (BIAW); the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS); the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA); and the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ). Mr. Rozek is a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section; Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section; Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group; and the Trucking Litigation Group. Rozek Law Offices, SC, is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Randall H. Scarlett

Randall H. Scarlett concentrates his practice in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, wrongful death, and other serious wrongs. Mr. Scarlett has been repeatedly recognized as a Super Lawyer and among the Best Lawyers in America. He is a former member of the Board of Governors for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) and is a past president of the Melvin M. Belli Society. He is a member of the California Brain Injury Association (CBIA); Southern Trial Lawyers Association (STLA); American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA); and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAC). He a past chair and current executive board member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and is a member AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section and Trucking Litigation Group. Mr. Scarlett generously donates to AAJ PAC. Scarlett Law Group, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in San Francisco, California.

Ricardo G. Senno, M.D.

Ricardo G. Senno, M.D. is an expert on physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is a disability physician with extensive experience in the management and treatment of traumatic and anoxic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, movement disorders, and general rehabilitation. Dr. Senno has been in practice over twenty years and is currently an adjunct assistant professor for the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Senno has been featured in a variety of publications including: the Chicago Tribune, Sun Times, Daily Herald, Discovery Channel, Telemundo, Univision, and Web MD. Senno Group Wellness & Rehabiliation is located in Northbrook, Illinois.

Stephen M. Smith

Stephen M. Smith is an internationally recognized expert in traumatic brain injury litigation with nearly four decades of experience and is often sought as a lecturer on the subject. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, one of the Best Lawyers in America, and by the Washington Post as one of “D.C.’s Best Lawyers”. Mr. Smith is the president of the National Brian Injury Trial Lawyers Association (NBITLA) and president-elect of the American Academy of Brain Injury Attorneys (AABIA). He is a former president of the Brain Injury Group of Virginia (BIGV); and a national board member of the Melvin M. Belli Society. Mr. Smith is a past chair of the American Association of Justice’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and a member of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section and Trucking Litigation Group. The Brain Injury Law Center is located in Hampton, Virginia.

Bruce H. Stern

Bruce H. Stern concentrates his practice in the area of traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death cases. In July 2004, Mr. Stern began publishing the Traumatic Brain Injury Law Blog as a way to share his knowledge in the field of brain injury law. He also co-authored a book entitled Litigating Brain Injuries published by Thomson Reuters and a chapter entitled Brain Injuries, which is included in the American Association for Justice's (AAJ) Litigating Tort Case Series, published by AAJ Press. Mr. Stern is the Treasurer of AAJ, is a past chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, and a past chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section as well as a generous contributor to AAJ PAC. Stark & Stark, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Timothy R. Titolo

Timothy R. Titolo focuses on cases involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and car, motorcycle, and trucking crashes. With his expertise, Mr. Titolo has been invited to lecture at over fifty medical and legal conferences nationwide. He is a member of North American Brain injury Society (NABIS); Brain Injury Society of America (BISA); International Brain Injury Association (IBIA); and Nevada Brain Injury Association, among others. He is the Secretary of the American Association of Justice’s (AAJ) Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Litigation Group and the acting Secretary and Treasurer of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group. He is an active member of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group; Motorcycle Litigation Group; and Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Group. The Titolo Law Office is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dianne Jay Weaver, course advisor

Dianne Jay Weaver focuses her practice on traumatic brain injury, personal injury, wrongful death, maritime, and transportation law, as well as products and premises liability. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Brain Injury Trial Lawyers of America (ABITLA) and a chapter member for the American Board of Trial Advocates. She was formerly on the Board of the Florida Justice Association (FJA) and served on the Board of Directors and as a national officer for the American Association for Justice (AAJ). Ms. Weaver is also a member of AAJ’s Products Liability Section, Professional Negligence Section, and Railroad Law Section. She has been twice named in the Top 10 Trial Lawyers by the National Law Journal and repeatedly selected a part of Florida Super Lawyers. Weaver & Weaver, an AAJ Leaders Forum member, is located in Jacksonville, Florida.

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The Westin New York at Times Square 
270 W 43rd Street
New York, NY
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Sponsorship:

Your registration includes:
  • Approximately 5.25 continuing legal education credits, which can be applied towards AAJ’s professional recognition programs
  • Reference materials on a USB drive
  • Complimentary continental breakfast and coffee
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This seminar is open to AAJ Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum). AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar if they are employed by, and attending with, an AAJ plaintiff attorney with the same firm address.

Program Location:

The Westin New York at Times Square
270 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY 10036
(212) 201-2700​

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