Continuing Legal Education

Medical Malpractice

March 14, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.00 MCLE hours

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

Get an inside look at how to handle medical malpractice cases
from some of Illinois’ top attorneys practicing in this field!

Whether you’re a plaintiff attorney or defense lawyer, you won’t want to miss this seminar that offers a look at important medical negligence issues, including undiagnosed cancer cases, medical device litigation cases, and labor/delivery malpractice cases. Get the insight and advice you need to handle medical malpractice issues – from deposing experts and selecting jury members to knowing the do’s and don’ts of court!


Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

Program Coordinators/Moderators:
Bridget C. Duignan, Latherow Law Office, Chicago
Brian Murphy, Hofeld and Schaffner, Chicago



8:30 – 9:30 a.m.  Failure and Delay in Diagnosing Cancer Cases
A failure to diagnose cancer in a timely manner delays potentially life-saving treatment.  However, not all delayed diagnoses are the result of physician and/or hospital negligence. Join us as a plaintiff and defense attorney share their knowledge and experiences in handling one of the most complex areas of medical negligence litigation.
Keith A. Hebeisen, Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Chicago
Marilyn McCabe Reidy, Johnson & Bell, Chicago

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Labor and Delivery Cases
There are a number of issues that can arise during labor and delivery – from a failure to react to signs of fetal distress to a failure to limit blood loss after delivery. This segment explores the medical malpractice arena of labor and delivery cases from the perspective of a plaintiff and defense attorney.
Howard Schaffner, Hofeld and Schaffner, Chicago
Kay L. Schichtel, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
Sponsored by Banholzer Legal Nurse Consultants

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Medical Device Cases
Medical devices are used every day to treat a myriad of medical ailments but, like all technological advancements, things can go wrong which can result in serious complications or death. This presentation examines the various issues surrounding medical devices and the complex litigation that ensues.
Peter J. Flowers, Meyers & Flowers, LLC, St. Charles

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  Deposing Experts
Get the tips and advice you need – from both a plaintiff and defense attorney – to effectively depose experts during your next medical malpractice case.
Scott C. Bentivenga, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, Chicago
Jerry A. Latherow, Latherow Law Office, Chicago

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Selecting a Jury
This comprehensive overview examines the jury selection process and offers insight and valuable techniques from both plaintiff and defense attorneys.
Edward H. Nielsen, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chtd., Chicago
John M. Saletta, Law Offices of John M Saletta, P.C. Chicago

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by Banholzer Legal Nurse Consultants

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  View from the Bench
Discover the “do’s and don’ts” of court from the perspective of a Cook County Court Law Division Judge.
Hon. Thomas L. Hogan, Cook Judicial Circuit, Chicago

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.  State of the Practice
Don’t miss this in-depth look at the current state of the practice of law, how it has evolved, and where it’s headed in the future.
Richard H. Donohue, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth, LLC, Chicago
Joseph A. Power, Jr., Power Rogers & Smith, P.C., Chicago

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Question & Answer Session (no MCLE credit)