8:00 - 8:30 am Annual Business Meeting
8:30 - 8:45 am J. Robert Elster Award for Professional Excellence Presentation
8:45 - 9:45 am Liens: How To Get Them and How to Deal With Them
*Panelists will address medical liens asserted by traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, and Medicaid, as well as workers' compensation liens asserted pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. 97-10.2. Panelists will provide practical advice for protecting clients from exposure associated with these liens when resolving cases.
Shannon Metcalf, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP; Katherine McCraw, NC Department of Justice; Roy Pettigrew, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP
9:45 - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00 am Mediations: The Good. The Bad, and The Ugly11:05 - 11:50 am Breakout Sessions Block 1
*The Good - Tips to Improve Your Performance *The Bad - Traps That Hurt Your Effectiveness *The Ugly - Traits of Unsuccessful Mediators
Scott C. Hart, Sumrell Sugg Carmichael Hicks & Hart; Chip Holmes, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP; David W. Hood, Patrick Harper & Dixon, LLP; Bob Meynardie, Meynardie & Nanney, PLLC
Construction: Deposing the Other Side's Expert
Expert witnesses play a central role at trial given their ability to provide opinion testimony. Getting the most out of an expert deposition is the best way to be prepared to meet and refute this evidence. This experienced panel will discuss preparation for an execution of an expert deposition of an expert deposition in a construction case.
Jennie Maldonado, Yates McLamb & Weyher, LLP; Mark Hamlet, Hamlet & Associates PLLC; Jay Tobin, Young Moore & Henderson, PA.
Employment: The Interplay Between Employment Law and Workers' Comp
Paul Lawrence & Matthew Ledwith, Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP
Government: Dilworth v. Adams - opinion from the 4th Circuit
*Advising your client of best practices for dealing with pretrial detainees' reight to due process; *Use of disciplinary segregation as punishment for infractions while in custody
Scott C. Scott, Sumrell Sugg Carmichael Hicks & Hart
Product Liability: From General Jurisdiction to Resolving Claims with Multiple Plaintiffs: Current Trends in Product Liability Litigation
*Plus caselaw updates specific to medical device & asbestos litigation
Ashley Brathwaite, Ellis Winters, LLP
11:55 - 12:40 pm Breakout Sessions Block 2
Commercial: Taking Care of Business at NC's Business Courts
*An update of current cases of interest; *A view from the Bench
Chief Judge James L. Gale; Judge Louis Bledsoe; Judge Gregory McGuire;
Judge Michael Robinson
General Liability: Future of Law: Building a 21st Century Practice
*The Client of the Future *Review of NCSB ethics rules & opinions that impact technology, advertising & other current issues *Practice management issues that will impact the future *Reinventing lawyers, paralegals & law firms.
Camille Stell, Lawyers Mutual Liability Insurance Company
Medical Malpractice: 50 Years a Trial LawyerWorkers' Comp: Nuts & Bolts of Workers' Comp Practice
Samuel G. Thompson, Smith Anderson LLP