Continuing Legal Education

Successfully Navigating Civil Litigation Evidence and Theory involving Topics of Expert Testimony

November 8, 2013
8:50 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours

ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Learn how to successfully navigate the expert testimony process during a civil litigation proceeding with this informative full-day seminar!

Expert witnesses are an integral part of the civil litigation process. Because of their training, education and experience, expert witnesses are allowed to testify about the facts, as well as give expert/professional opinions regarding those facts. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from some of Illinois’ top speakers on expert testimony, as well as from experts in specific fields, including OSHA construction safety and orthopedics. Civil litigation practitioners with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How preexisting conditions, future disability, and medical treatment can affect civil litigation;
  • Common provisions in a construction project contract;
  • What to look for in cases involving financial issues;
  • The sufficiency and reliability of expert opinion testimony;
  • How accident reconstruction cases are affected by event recorder data equipment; and
  • Evidence issues for admitting/challenging toxicology results.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Robert H. Hanaford, Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford, LLC, Chicago



8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Medical Legal Issues
Don’t miss this in-depth discussion regarding the various medical issues in civil litigation, including preexisting conditions, causation, future disability, and treatment.
Dr. Giri T. Gireesan, Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago
E. Angelo Spyratos, Momkus McCluskey, LLC, Lisle

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Construction Accidents
This comprehensive overview examines the roles of those involved in construction projects, the common provisions in a construction contract, job site safety, and OSHA regulations, as well as liability and defenses to construction accident cases.
Frank L. Burg, OSHA Inspector (Ret.), Woodstock
Martin L. Glink, Law Office of Martin L. Glink, Arlington Heights

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Theory and Practice of Business Litigation, Financial Analysis, and Forensic Auditing
Learn what to look for in cases involving financial issues, including lost earnings, profits and valuations.
P. Shawn Wood, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago
Ray Throckmorton, R3T Consulting Group, LLC, Hinsdale

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Expert Testimony and the Gate-Keeping Function of the Judge
When it comes to allowing expert opinion testimony as evidence during civil litigation proceedings, the judge serves as gatekeeper. Join us for a look at the sufficiency and reliability of expert opinion testimony under the Federal Daubert and State Frye standards.
Benjeman L. Nichols, Cavanagh Law Group, Chicago

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.  Accident Reconstruction
This presentation examines transportation accident reconstruction cases based on event recorder data, as well as a discussion on the law and technology regarding the presence of event recorder data equipment in cars and trucks. Airbag deployment issues are also explored.
Stephen E. Van Gaasbeck, Attorney at Law, Texas

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Toxicology Issues
Gain a better understanding of how toxicology results can affect your next case with this informative segment. Topics include the various drug and alcohol testing methods and evidence issues for admitting or challenging toxicology results.
Juliet E. Boyd, Boyd & Kummer, LLC, Chicago