Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Speakers: Ross C. Hunter, Biomechanical Engineer, MS PE, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists  

Victor Allen Lee, Attorney, Nationwide Insurance

 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Speakers: David R. Casady, Partner/Attorney, Berman, Berman, Berman, Schneider & Lowary  

June Yu Paltzer, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept. of Neurology, UC Davis School of Medicine 

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Speakers: Lena . Marderosian, Partner, Bradley & Gmelich LLP  

Thomas P. Gmelich, Partner, Bradley & Gmelich LLP  

Mary Ciconte, Commercial Casualty Complex Loss Consultant, Nationwide Insurance




 Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Speakers: Jorey Chernett, Chief Executive Offer, Authentic 4D  

Dr. John Robinton, Chief Clinical Officer, Authentic 4D  

Jessica Pickering, Supervisor, George Hills



10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Speakers: T.J Murray, Shareholder/Partner, Kern, Segal & Murray  

Dan Balich, Partner, Kern, Segal & Murray  

Bree Wallace, VIP Program Administrator, Non Profits United 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Speakers: Matthew Liedle, Esq., Managing Partner, Liedle, Larson & Vail, LLP  

Dan Lounsbery, Claims Analyst, Riverstone, A Fairfax Company  

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Liability Track Program 


Reconstructing Pedestrian vs. Auto Collisions 

This presentation will educate attendees about the evidence, research and analysis that forensic engineers rely on when investigating pedestrian-auto collisions. Combining physical evidence clues (like vehicle damage and injury patterns) with an understanding of what is required for drivers and pedestrians to avoid a collision, can clarify liability for a pedestrian-auto collision.

Sorting Facts from Fiction: The Truth about Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Traumatic brain injury claims have become all too common, and if not properly addressed, can quickly become very large exposures. At this presentation, you’ll hear from one of the state’s premier neuropsychologists, Dr. June Yu Paltzer, and claims adjuster-turned defense attorney David R. Casady who will give you the tools you need to sort the facts from fiction. Participants will also learn the significance and definition of varying severities of TBI, differentials, other causes of symptom persistence, and handling TBI claims with children.  

Make or Break Your Case: The Use of Expert Witnesses in Litigation 

Parties to litigation are entitled to a jury of their peers. But what if their peers have to decide a case that involves complex matters which are beyond common knowledge? What if the trial involves matters such as medical injuries, construction defects, engineering or design issues of a product? Unless you have a jury full of doctors, engineers, or other professionals in the same field which is involved in your case, you will need an expert to explain the subject matter to the jury or to the judge.  

Expert witnesses are important, and often, essential, in many cases. Their role in both pre-litigation claims and during litigation is expanding and has become more prominent, not just in high-stakes litigation, but in any case in which an expert’s specialized knowledge will assist in understanding the issues beyond a jury’s common experience and resolving the case.  

Prior to a trial, experts can be retained as consultants to help educate the attorneys and claims professionals in matters which involve highly complex or specialized topics that are critical to the central issues in the case. During a trial, experts can offer facts, insight, and opinions to educate judges and juries about complicated facts and issues.  

This session will provide an understanding of the benefits of retaining experts – why they should be retained and for what type of cases. The right expert can be invaluable in preparing a case for trial by clarifying the merits and dangers of the case, thus enabling the claims professional to properly evaluate the case for resolution.  

Pay What You Owe: Detecting Common MRI and EMG Diagnostic Errors 

Our panel of medical, technology and industry experts will discuss the origins and costs involving MRI's & EMG's, two very common medical diagnostic tests. When properly conducted and interpreted, MRI scans and EMG tests provide valuable information, enabling medical professionals to properly diagnose and treat their patients. All to often, however, errors in test application or interpretation cost carriers millions of dollars annually. Worse yet, patients often receive improper treatment and unnecessary surgeries.  

Fortunately, new tools and strategies are now available that enable carriers to quickly and affordably identify diagnostic errors.  

This interactive panel discussion will discuss the problem and solutions in depth and provide specific case examples on how carriers are able to avoid payment for unnecessary surgeries and medical costs, while ensuring patients get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment. 

Expedited Jury Trials: Cost Effective Aggressive Defense and Training 

The session will focus on the efficacy, efficiency and cost effectiveness of the EJT in defending low exposure contested liability cases plus current procedures in the largest California jurisdictions.  

Ethical Considerations Regarding Alternative Fee Agreements (Ethics Credits) 

This course will describe different types of Alternative Fee Agreements (AFA’s), including fixed fees, among others, and evaluate their role in the insurance industry. The session will dissect and focus on the statutes, rules and ethical considerations which are implicated by way of AFA Agreements in both non and litigated matters. This will be important in ascertaining whether an AFA can be successfully implemented and managed. It will also focus on the ethical and practical issues which the attorney and claim professional need to be aware of in order to effectively realize the goal of cost control and cost certainty.