MTLA Spring Seminar
Medical Issues in Personal Injury Litigation

April 26, 2019
Billings Hotel & Convention Center
1223 Mullowney Lane, Billings MT


Seminar Co-chairs:
Colin Gerstner and A.J. Miller, Billings


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Co-Chairs: Colin Gerstner and A.J. Miller, Billings
Schedule – 6 CLE Credits
7:30   Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:20   Introduction & Welcome
    Colin Gertsner, Helena

Real World Usage of EMR Records in Legal Cases and

What Does 'Standard of Care' Mean in Cardiovascular Disease?

    Mark L. Sanz, MD, Missoula
9:30   Defeating Defense Medical Experts
    Sonia M. Rodriguez, San Antonio, TX
10:30   BREAK
10:45   Colossus
    Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Portland, OR
12:00   LUNCH (on your own)
1:15   Evidentiary Issues at Trial
    • Hon. Jessica Fehr, Thirteenth Judicial District, Billings
    • Hon. Michael G. Moses, Thirteenth Judicial District, Billings
    • Hon. Rod Souza, Thirteenth Judicial District, Billings
    Moderator: A.J. Miller, Billings
2:00   Life Care Plan. What is it and why do I need it?
    Linda Nelson, Helena
3:00   BREAK
3:15   Considerations for Presenting Evidence
    Michael G. Eiselein, Billings

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Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq. has individually, and in cooperation with other law firms, obtained settlements and verdicts for his clients in excess of $1 billion. He is the leading author in the U.S. on the subject of Colossus, and other bodily injury assessment programs used by most auto insurance companies for evaluating personal injury claims. DeShaw is author of three books including Colossus: Understanding Auto Insurance Claims and is featured in multiple professional education videos on the topics of traumatic injuries and insurance.  Aaron holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law. As a doctor, he was on staff at Hale Clinic in London, England, and additionally practiced in five countries treating people from over 100 nations.  Dr. DeShaw is also the founder of Trial Guides, the nation’s leading litigation publisher for the plaintiff bar. 
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Michael G. Eiselein is a native Montanan.   He attended the University of Montana, the University of Washington, and the Leningrad State University in the former Soviet Union.  He received his law degree in 1982 from the University of Montana.  He ranked somewhere in the middle of his class.  He is the recipient of MTLA’s 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year and 2013 Appellate Advocacy awards.  He is a member of the MTLA Amicus Curiae Committee.  He has practiced exclusively plaintiffs personal injury since hanging out his own shingle in July of 1982.  He has concentrated on complex medical malpractice and catastrophic personal injury cases for over 15 years.
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Hon. Jessica Fehr was appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to fill a vacancy in the District Court in the Thirteenth Judicial District, Yellowstone County. Judge Fehr was sworn in as a District Court Judge on April 2, 2018. She currently carries a full case load of civil and criminal matters and is working to finalize plans for a new drug court in Yellowstone County which will offer a full diversion of a criminal prosecution for successful participants. Judge Fehr worked in the law firm of  Moulton Bellingham from 2004 until 2006, when she joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the State of Montana.  In 2014 she returned to  Moulton Bellingham where her litigation practice focused on medical professional regulatory defense, insurance defense, municipal defense and white collar criminal defense.
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Hon. Michael G. Moses, District Judge, 13th Judicial District for the State of Montana since 2014 (Chief Judge 2017-2018). He earned his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland in 1978 and his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Montana in 1974.  Judge Moses practiced law in Billings, at Moses Law Firm from 1978-2014. He was a longtime member of MTLA, ABA and the State of Bar Montana before taking the bench.  Judge Moses was admitted to practe in the State of Montana in October 1978, the U.S. District Court for Montana in 1979, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit in March 1979 and the U.S. Court of Claims in August 1983.
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Linda Nelson founded Medical Management Resources, Inc. in 2004 in Helena, after working extensively in catastrophic injury rehabilitation for over 20 years.  She is certified as a Case Manager, Life Care Planner, Medicare Set-Aside Consultant and Brain Injury Specialist.  Ms. Nelson writes life care plans for both plaintiff and defense claims, prepares cost projections for settlement negotiations, provides case management services and is knowledgeable of the entire Medicare Set-Aside process, including worker’s compensation and liability issues.  She is an active member of the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP), American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners (AANLCP) and the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP).  
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Sonia M. Rodriguez has practiced law in Texas for nearly 20 years and has seen considerable success as a personal injury trial lawyer.  Ms. Rodriguez has negotiated multi-million settlements in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases and has obtained jury verdicts throughout Texas. She is the first Latina to obtain a verdict in excess of $1 million in Val Verde County, Texas (2004).  Sonia has served on the Executive Committee of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA) and is a Past-President of the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association (SATLA).   Over the years, Sonia has received numerous accolades, including induction into San Antonio’s Women’s Hall of Fame; recognition by TTLA with its Reich Chandler Outstanding Advocate Award and by SATLA with its Pat Maloney, Sr., Courage Award (2016).
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Dr. Mark L. Sanz earned his medical degree from University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and in Denver at Presbyterian-St. Lukes Medical Center where he was also Chief Medical Resident.  Dr. Sanz completed his fellowship in cardiology at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor and is certified in interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology.  He has been a practicing interventional cardiologist and has held an academic position with the University of Washington (1988-2016) and served as Chief of Staff at International Heart Institute of Montana (2002-2005).  He has been principal investigator on numerous studies and is published in New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of American College of Cardiology, and Circulation.  
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Hon. Rod Souza, District Judge, has served in the Thirteenth Judicial District since January 2015.  He is a Billings native and received his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Montana.  Following graduation, Judge Souza worked for the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office from 1999 through 2014.  While in the County Attorney’s Office, he served as the Chief Criminal Litigator from 2008 through 2010, and Chief Deputy from 2011 through 2014.  In 2008, he received Montana’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award.  Over 15 years in the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office, Judge Souza tried numerous district court jury trials.  Judge Souza currently presides over an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Court in Yellowstone County.  
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