Handling Tough Issues in a Plaintiff's Personal Injury Action

Program Description: 
Attorneys hope that their cases will proceed smoothly to verdict or settlement without detours. Unfortunately, in real world practice, this is the exception, especially in personal injury litigation. Bankruptcy of a party, death of a plaintiff or defendant, or
the presence of an infant party all add complexity to the resolution of a personal injury action. In these trying economic times, plaintiff’s counsel must deal with the reality of more aggressive enforcement of liens asserted by both governmental entities, such as Social Services and Medicare, and private entities, such as health insurance companies and workers’ compensation carriers. No-fault and SUM issues arise in everyday practice, and the personal injury attorney must also be prepared to represent clients before the Court of Claims. This seminar is designed to provide a practical overview of the law and strategies involved in personal injury cases. Seasoned practitioners will provide updates on the substantive law and insights on how to successfully deal with tough legal issues faced by plaintiff's personal injury attorneys. The program will also offer a discussion of real life ethical issues faced in personal injury practice. The program will conclude with a pragmatic look at personal injury practice in difficult economic times; from case selection and cost-effective discovery, to jury selection and dealing with the problems presented by the instant communication age.

Sponsored by the Torts, Insurance & Compensation Law SectionTrial Lawyers Section, and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education.  

Thursday, May 2 | Melville Marriott Long IslandLong Island
Friday, May 3 Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst Buffalo
Friday, June 21RIT Inn & Conference Center  | Rochester 
Thursday, June 27 |
NYSBAAlbany & Webcast
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at all locations

View the program brochure here.

7.0 MCLE Credits: 6.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Ethics

Member $175 | Non-member $275
Co-Sponsoring Section Member: $150 


Overall Planning Chair
Patrick J. Higgins, Esq. | Law office of Patrick J. Higgins, PLLC

Albany Faculty
Patrick J. Higgins, Esq. | Law office of Patrick J. Higgins, PLLC | Program Chair
Scott W. Bush, Esq. | Corrigan, McCoy & Bush, PLLC
Hon. Stacy L. Pettit | Albany Surrogate's Court
Paul A. Levine, Esq. | Lemery Greisler LLC
Paul Kenneth Isaac, Esq. | Precision Lien Resolution LLC
Carolyn B. George, Esq. | Friedman, Hirschen & Miller, LLP
Eileen Fitzpatrick Fazzone, Esq. | NYS Court of Claims
John Fisher, Esq. | John H. Fisher, P.C.

Long Island Faculty
W. Russell Corker, Esq. | Law Office of W. Russell Corker, P.C. | Program Chair

Chris McDonough, Esq. | Foley Griffin LLP
David A. Smith, Esq. | The Law Office of David A. Smith, PLLC
Harold M. Somer, Esq. | Law Office of Harold M. Somer, P.C.
Paul Kenneth Isaac, Esq. | Precision Lien Resolution LLC
Joan Lensky Robert, Esq. | Kassoff, Robert & Lerner LLP
Troy G. Rosasco, Esq. | Turley, Redmond, Rosasco & Rosasco, LLP
Jonathan Dachs, Esq. | Shayne, Dachs, Sauer & Dachs
John Fisher, Esq. | John H. Fisher, P.C.

Buffalo Faculty
J. Michael Hayes, Esq. | J. Michael Hayes Personal Injury Attorneys | Program Chair

Hon. Joseph A. Shifflett | Erie County Surrogate’s Court
Arthur G. Baumeister, Jr., Esq. | Baumeister Denz LLP
Paul Kenneth Isaac, Esq. | Precision Lien Resolution LLC
Robert L. Voltz, Esq. | Cellino & Barnes
Hon. Michael E. Hudson | New York State Court of Claims
Patrick J. Higgins, Esq. | The Law Offices of Patrick J. Higgins, PLLC

Rochester Faculty
Robert L. Brenna, Jr., Esq. | Brenna Boyce | Program Chair
Deborah M. Field, Esq. | Morris & Morris Attorneys
Richard Marchese, Jr., Esq.Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
David D. MacKnight, Esq. | Lacy Katzen, LLP
Paul Kenneth Isaac, Esq. | Precision Lien Resolution LLC
Daniel E. Zea, Esq. | Zea Proukou PLLC
Peter T. Rodgers, Esq. | Lacy Katzen Ryen LLP
John Fisher, Esq. | John H. Fisher, P.C.

New York City Faculty
David Paul Horowitz, Esq. | McNamara & Horowitz LLP | Program Chair

Clifford S. Robert, Esq. | Robert & Robert PLLC
Charles T. Scott, Esq. | Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP
David J. Doyaga, Sr., Esq. | David J. Doyaga, Attorneys at Law
Joan Lensky Robert, Esq. | Kassoff, Robert & Lerner LLP
John M. Tomsky, Esq. | Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C.
Carl D. Copps, Esq. | Albany
Hon. John Higgitt | Supreme Court, Bronx County
John Fisher, Esq. | John H. Fisher, P.C. 


Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to www.nycourts.gov/Attorneys/CLE.

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form.

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment. 

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