Practical Tips for Preparing Your Case for Trial
April 4, 2008 - Helena, MT - 7.0 CLE Hours
Preparing Your Case To Win From Day 1
Alexander (Zander) Blewett III, JD, Great Falls
Investigations: Do It Yourself or Call A Pro?
Scott Swingley, Helena
Medical Research For Your Case
Neel Hammond, MD, JD Billings
Information Management for the Law Office
Keith Douglass, JD, Spokane, WA
Medicare and Medicaid Lien Issues
Matthew L. Garretson, JD, Cincinnati, OH
Analyzing and Proving Brain Injuries (2 hours)
John Espy, LCSW, PhD, Missoula
Daubert Issues In Proving Brain Injuries
Jim Manley, JD, Polson
Tom Beers, JD, Missoula
Thomas J. Beers earned his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 1973. His practice specializes in personal injury, insurance bad faith, products liability and medical malpractice. Tom received the MTLA public service award in 1991 and was MTLA president 1992-93. Mr. Beers has been a member of the Supreme Court Commission on Civil Jury Instructions since 1995. He has served in the Montana Attorney General’s Office as assistant attorney general, civil division staff attorney and criminal division chief. Tom has held the positions of special prosecutor for the western congressional district and the State of Montana and Missoula county prosecutor. Mr. Beers is a member of MTLA, AAJ, TLPJ, FBA and ABOTA. He also served as the Montana Chapter President of the Federal Bar Association from 2003 to 2004.
Alexander (Zander) Blewett, III obtained a juris doctorate in 1971 from University of Montana School of Law and is a partner in the firm of Hoyt & Blewett in Great Falls. He is a fellow of Inner Circle of Advocates, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers and International Society of Barristers. Mr. Blewett is a charter member and advocate of the Montana Chapter of ABOTA and is certified in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Zander is Montana State Coordinator for the National Board of Trial Advocacy and a President’s Club Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association. His name is listed in Who’s Who in American Law, The Best Lawyers in America and Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. He is a member of MTLA’s Board of Directors and the recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year award In 1993-94 and 2006-07.
Keith S. Douglass has been practicing law for nineteen years. The past fifteen years have been devoted primarily to representing plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. Prior to entering law school in 1981, Mr. Douglass served as President of a clinical reference laboratory. With a master’s degree in a medical research specialty, Mr. Douglass spent ten years in various medical research positions. This background gives him the ability to understand the complex technical issues involved in medical malpractice cases, and to effectively deal with defendant physicians and other healthcare practitioners.
John Espy, LCSW, PhD, is in private practice in Missoula, Montana. John is actively involved in work on neuroSPECT imaging and neurobehaviour alanalysis and how brain trauma impacts current and future levels of functioning. He consults primarily on difficult to diagnosis cases and clinical case consultation with other practioneers as well as forensic analysis. He has also has taught a university course on these issues. He has a special research interest in serial murderers and has conducted interviews with many serial murderers and has presented seminars on the process of serial murder and projective identification (how killers troll and find their victims). He is currently working on a book on Serial Pediophilia.
Matt Garretson earned his law degree from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law and his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He founded The Garretson Law Firm (Cincinnati, Ohio), which provides mass tort/class action settlement allocation and administration services. His firm also assists lawyer-clients with a variety of Medicare, Medicaid and Private Health Insurance/ERISA issues, including resolving reimbursement claims and liens in single-event and mass tort cases. Matt is the author of a legal text book published by AAJ / Thompson West Publishing entitled Negotiating and Settling Tort Cases; he speaks frequently at CLE seminars about lawyers’ professional responsibilities in individual and mass tort settlements; and he has published several articles and law journals on this topic. He is an adjunct professor at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he teaches law practice management and emphasizes how to avoid professional liability claims. Matt serves as special master and/or administrator of settlement funds throughout the country. His role in numerous high profile church-related sexual abuse and civil rights settlements contributed to his selection by Lawyers Weekly as 1 of 5 "Lawyers of the Year" in Ohio for 2003. His work as Special Master was featured in the LA Times in January of 2005. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum.
Neel Hammond earned his law degree from the University of Montana School of Law in 2003 and his medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine in 1971. He is an associate in the Billings firm of Harman, Warren and Harris. Neel is a member of Montana Trial Lawyers Association and serves on the Education Committee. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is Board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. Hammond has served as Chief of Staff at St. Vincent's Medical Hospital and Health Center and on the Board of Utah Medical Insurance Association. Neel will discuss how lawyers can research and learn medical issues.
Jim Manley is a 1978 graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon. Mr. Manley practices in Polson with an emphasis on civil litigation. Jim has successfully utilized neuroSPECT imaging and analysis in cases. He is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Education Committee and co-chaired MTLA’s Annual Convention, Seminar of the Masters, in Polson for many years. Mr. Manley currently serves on the Montana Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors and is its immediate past president. Jim is a member of the American Association for Justice.
Scott W. Swingley is a licensed private investigator and a retired Montana Highway Patrol Officer. Mr. Swingley graduated from the Montana Law Enforcement Academy in 1990. He has completed thousands of misdemeanor and felony investigations and has served as lead investigator on several high profile cases. He will discuss information gathering including Internet website resources. Scott has earned two MHP distinguished service awards, including the Richard E. Hedstrom Award-commendable and meritorious service attempting to save the life of another, and the American Red Cross Public Service Hero Award. Swingley is a member of the Association of Montana Highway Patrol Officers, the National Association of Investigative Specialists and the Montana Association of Private Investigators and Security Operators.