Mastering the Medicine: Birth Trauma and Medical Negligence Seminar | The American Association For Justice

Mastering the Medicine: Birth Trauma and Medical Negligence Seminar

October 25, 2018 to October 26, 2018
Program Information:

W Atlanta – Buckhead | Atlanta, GA

Sponsored by Synergy Settlement Services
Sponsored by Lisa Blue and Williams Kherkher

About the Seminar:

The American Association for Justice®, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is proud to announce that its Mastering the Medicine: Birth Trauma and Medical Negligence Seminar is back by popular demand. This program is packed with the latest medical developments and most innovative trial techniques you need to fight for your clients harmed as a result of medical negligence. Gain direct access to experienced trial attorneys and prominent medical experts. You will leave with strategies to earn justice for your clients. This can’t-miss seminar will help you understand the medicine involved in your next medical negligence case.

Registration Fees:

AAJ Members: $895

Online registration for this seminar has closed, please visit the W Atlanta - Buckhead to register onsite.

Members of the Birth Trauma Litigation Group or the Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group save $50 on registration! Use promo code MEDATL50 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). This discount is not available online, please call 800-622-1791 for more information.
AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this college 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. This discount is not available online, please call 800-622-1791 for more information.

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


Thursday, October 25

Registration and Welcome Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:00am

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:45pm
• Case Selection: Criteria to Consider When Evaluating Birth Trauma Cases
• Issues Pertaining to Mothers with Co-Morbidities
• Social Media: Using Online Data to Screen Potential Jurors
• Pediatric Neurology Issues in Birth Trauma Cases

Networking Lunch (provided)
12:45 - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
1:45 - 5:45pm
• Life Care Planning and Rehabilitation
• Trying Multiple Medical Malpractice Cases in One Year
• Current Topics in Neuroradiology
• Settlement and Mediation Strategies
• Considerations in Neonatology

Networking Reception
5:45 - 7:00pm

Friday, October 26

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

Morning Session
9:00am - 12:00pm
• Obstetrical Negligence Issues
• Trends in Preventable Perioperative Injury
• Latest Medical Malpractice Trial Techniques

Lunch Break
12:00 - 1:00pm

Afternoon Session
1:00 - 4:15pm
• PACU Nursing Errors
• Emergency Room Cases
• Medical/Surgical Nursing Errors
• Federal Tort Claim Act Cases


Invited Faculty:

Jamal Alsaffar

Jamal Alsaffar
Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alsaffar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC
Austin, Texas

Laura E. Brown

Laura E. Brown
Williams & Brown LLP
Waco, Texas

Dr. Andrew Goldberg

Dr. Andrew Goldberg  
Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Marcus Hermansen

Dr. Marcus Hermansen
Nashua, New Hampshire

Rodney Isom, Ph.D.

Rodney Isom, Ph.D.
Isom Rehabilitation Consulting
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Jason James

Dr. Jason James
Miami, Florida

Kathleen Lagana, R.N., PCNS, Ph.D.

Kathleen Lagana
Lagana Heathcare Consulting
Portland, OR

Jennifer Lawrence, course advisor

Jennifer Lawrence
The Lawrence Firm, PSC
Cincinnati, Ohio

Robert D. Lewis

Robert D. Lewis
The Lawrence Firm, PSC
Cincinnati, Ohio

Adam Malone

Adam Malone
Malone Law Office
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Brian McAlary

Dr. Brian McAlary
Culpepper, Virginia

Luke H. Metzler

Luke H. Metzler
Miller Weisbrod, LLP
Dallas, TX

Elliott Rosenbaum, Psy.D.

Elliott Rosenbaum, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist 
Jacksonville, Florida

Kenneth M. Sigelman

Kenneth M. Sigelman
Kenneth M. Sigelman & Associates
San Diego, California

Rita Kae Restrepo, R.N.

Rita Kae Restrepo, R.N.
Pre/Post-Operative Care Nurse
Alameda, California

Les Weisbrod, course advisor

Les Weisbrod
Miller Weisbrod, LLP
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Brian Woodruff

Dr. Brian Woodruff 
Pediatric Neurologist
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Polly Gerber Zimmermann, R.N.-B.C

Polly Gerber Zimmermann
Chicago, IL


AAJ’s housing block at the W Atlanta – Buckhead has closed. Please contact AAJ Education at 800-622-1791 for housing availability.
W Atlanta - Buckhead 
3377 Peachtree Road NE | Atlanta, GA 30326 
Reservations: (888) 627-7063


Who should attend:

This seminar is open to AAJ Members (Regular, Life, Sustaining, President’s Club, and Leaders Forum). AAJ Paralegal Affiliates may attend this seminar.

Program Location:

W Atlanta - Buckhead 
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326 
Reservations: (888) 627-7063


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, extension 8612.

MCLE/NCA Requirements:

AAJ has filed for MCLE credit in the appropriate jurisdictions.  Registered participants can receive approximately 11.5 CLE* credits depending on the jurisdiction and will be applied to your participation in AAJ’s professional recognition programs. AAJ Education programs are routinely accredited by states requiring continuing legal education. Available CLE/MCLE credits are contingent upon approval from state bars and/or MCLE boards and may vary by jurisdiction. CLE questions may be addressed by calling the CLE Assistant at 800-424-2725, ext. 8612 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 October 17, 2018 will result in a refund less a 10% administrative charge. Cancellations received in writing October 18 - 23, 2018 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 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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Terms and Conditions:

The American Association for Justice reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, refuse entrance to the event and/or remove any individual from the event whose behavior is disruptive and/or is not consistent with the character and purpose of the event. All American Association for Justice badges are the property of the American Association for Justice and must be returned upon request.

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Event Address:
W Atlanta - Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
United States

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