Best of the Best: Mastering the Fundamentals of a TBI Case | The American Association For Justice

Best of the Best: Mastering the Fundamentals of a TBI Case

April 10, 2019 to April 12, 2019
Program Information:

Aria Resort and Casino | Las Vegas, NV

Sponsored by Physician Life Care Planning
Sponsored by Forge Consulting LLC

Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the Seminar:

Designed for both the new and experienced TBI attorney, this seminar will cover the nuts and bolts of TBI litigation from case evaluation to case resolution.  Faculty members will include a cavalcade of past chairs of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. For the more experienced lawyer, this seminar will provide an opportunity to brush up and focus on the fundamentals, and the experienced speakers will surely convey a new tactic or two. For those new to TBI cases, you will be introduced to the world of traumatic brain injury litigation from the best of the best!

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $995

Online registration for this seminar has closed. Please register onsite at the Aria Resort and Casino. 

Members of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group save $50 on registration! Use promo code TBI50 at checkout or call 800-622-1791 to take advantage of these special savings. 

If you are an AAJ member and have been admitted to the bar for five years or less, you can attend this seminar for 50% off. (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.
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 from the same firm with the same firm address. Discount not available online, please call AAJ Education to take advantage.

Contact AAJ Education: 800-622-1791 | 202-965-3500, ext. 8612 |


Wednesday, April 10

8:00 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 1:30pm
• #1 Thing Lawyers can do to Win a TBI Case, and the #1 Thing They can do to Lose One
• TBI Basics
• How to Properly Intake a TBI Case
• Crucial TBI Resources Every Lawyer Should Have
• How to Manage your TBI Client and Family
• Dealing with the Gaps of Time in Diagnosis of TBI
• Understanding TBI Diagnosis Tools

Networking Lunch
1:30 - 2:30pm

Afternoon Session
2:30 - 4:45pm
• Looking Within Medical Records
• Problems Beyond the Obvious TBI – What Else is Likely Going on but may not be Getting Diagnosed
• Biggest Mistakes Made in Trial
• How to Prepare your Client, Family, and Others for Litigation

Networking Reception
4:45 - 6:00pm

Thursday, April 11

Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:45pm
• Crucial Medical Articles
• Avoiding Being Duped by Bad Literature
• Pros and Cons of Using a Neuropsychologist
• TBI Case – Damages
• Preparing your Client for a DME
• Breaking Down the DME Report

Lunch Break
12:45 - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 - 4:15pm
• Educating the Trial Judge on TBI, Medicine, and Testing
• How to Expose Common Defenses
• Epidemiologic Facets of TBI Litigation and Defenses
• The Soul of a TBI Case – Explaining Loss

Friday, April 12

Welcome Back Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 1:00pm
• Opening Statement Tips
• Motions in Limine that Must be Filed in your TBI Case
• Voir Dire
• Common Conditions that Exist with TBIs
• Direct Examination of Lay Witnesses: Bringing the Victim’s Injuries
to Life Through Others
• What to Ask Caregivers, Families, and Others at Trial
• Closing the Brain Damage Case


Invited Faculty:

Lt. Col. Morgan G. Adams

Lt. Col. Morgan G. Adams
Truck Wreck Justice, PLLC
Chattanooga, TN

Scott Blair

Scott Blair
Brain Injury Law of Seattle
Edmonds, WA

Stewart M. Casper

Stewart M. Casper
Casper & de Toledo, LLC
Stamford, CT

Robert L. Collins

Robert L. Collins
Robert L. Collins & Associates
Houston, TX

Thomas M. Dempsey

Thomas M. Dempsey
Law Office of Thomas M. Dempsey
Beverly Hills, CA

Thomas C. Doehrman

Thomas C. Doehrman
Doehrman Buba
Indianapolis, IN

Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., MPH, DO

Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., MPH, DO
Forensic Research & Analysis
Portland, OR

Gary R. Gober

Gary R. Gober
The Gober Law Firm
Nashville, TN

Steven M. Gursten, course advisor

Steven M. Gursten
Michigan Auto Law
Farmington Hills, MI

Richard D. Hailey

Richard D. Hailey
Ramey & Hailey
Indianapolis, IN

Steven “Woody” Igou

Steven “Woody” Igou
Law Offices of Steven W. Igou
Winter Park, FL

Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.

Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
The Brain Injury Law Group
Sheboygan, WI

Robert T. Karns

Robert T. Karns
Karns Law Group
Middletown, RI

Karen Koehler

Karen Koehler
Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Koehler Moore Kahler
Seattle, WA

Kenneth I. Kolpan

Kenneth I. Kolpan
Law Office of Kenneth I. Kolpan
Boston, MA

Artemis Malekpour

Artemis Malekpour
Malekpour & Ball Consulting
Chapel Hill, NC

Adam Malone

Adam Malone
Malone Law Office
Atlanta, GA

Charles G. Monnett, III

Charles G. Monnett, III
Charles G. Monnett III & Associates
Charlotte, NC

Michael B. Ronemus

Michael B. Ronemus
Ronemus & Vilensky LLP
New York, NY

Randall L. Rozek

Randall L. Rozek
Rozek Law Offices, SC
Milwaukee, WI

Randall H. Scarlett

Randall H. Scarlett
Scarlett Law Group
San Francisco, CA

Dorothy Clay Sims

Dorothy Clay Sims
Law Office of Dorothy Clay Sims
Ocala, FL

Stephan M. Smith

Stephen M. Smith
Brain Injury Law Center
Hampton, VA

Bruce H. Stern, course advisor

Bruce H. Stern
Stark & Stark
Princeton, NJ

Timothy R. Titolo

Timothy R. Titolo
Titolo Law Office
Las Vegas, NV

Jay R. Vaughn

Jay R. Vaughn
Hendy Johnson Vaughn Emery
Louisville, KY

Jennifer van Velkinburgh, Ph.D.

Jennifer van Velkinburgh, Ph.D.
Molecular Physiology & Biophysics

Dianne Jay Weaver

Dianne Jay Weaver
Weaver & Weaver
Jacksonville, FL


AAJ has a limited number of rooms available at the Aria Resort and Casino at a special group rate of $249.00 per night for single or double occupancy, plus any applicable taxes (currently 13.38%) and fees.  To reserve a room, CLICK HERE or call the Aria reservation line at (866) 359-7757 and state that you are booking with the American Association for Justice. For cancellations or alterations to existing reservations contact the hotel directly. AAJ is not responsible for cancellation or early departure fees.

The cut-off date for reservations at the Aria Resort and Casino is March 19, 2019.

Aria Resort and Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Toll Free: (866) 359-7757 | Local: (702) 590-7111


Program Location:

Aria Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Phone: (702) 590-7111


Call us. We'll provide you with names and phone numbers of previous attendees of AAJ Education programs who will be pleased to answer your questions. Or, if you prefer to speak with a course advisor or faculty member, we will arrange that as well. Call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for CLE/MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  In many jurisdictions, final approval is not available prior to the program and contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards.  Total available credit hours may vary by jurisdiction.  AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. CLE questions may be addressed by reading our FAQ calling the CLE Coordinator at 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.​

Click here to learn more about AAJ's Professional Recognition Programs, Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) and Advanced Studies in Trial Advocacy (ASTA), or call 800.622.1791 or 202.965.3500, ext. 8612. The Achievement Recognition Program (ARP) provides Advocate, Fellow, and Diplomate recognition to AAJ members. To gain ARP credits, submit a certificate of attendance for every seminar, college, and convention you attend.

* Number of credits may vary depending on calculation method used by individual state accreditation agencies. AAJ is a State Bar of California MCLE-approved provider.

Special Assistance:

AAJ Education will make every effort to ensure that its meetings are held in facilities that are fully accessible to persons with mobility disabilities. If you plan to attend our program and need special facilities or assistance relating to a disability, please call 800-622-1791 or 202-965-3500, ext. 8612.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing on or before April 2, 2019, will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing April 3-7, 2019, will result in a voucher for the entire registration fee, which may be applied toward any AAJ Education college, seminar, or webinar held within one calendar year of the date of issue. Requests for refunds or vouchers received within 48 hours of the program will not be honored. AAJ is not responsible for any room cancellation fees or other travel fees which result from your cancellation. Cancellation requests must be made in writing. Fax or email your cancellation letter to the registrar at 202-625-7084 or

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Event Address:
Aria Resort & Casino
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158
United States

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