Seminar Schedule

Schedule & Agenda

Please join us for the NCMIC Defense Counsel Seminar and Golf Outing. A detailed schedule and description follows. Please note that CLE credits have been applied for.

Friday, October 6


6:45 – 8:00       Breakfast / Registration

8:00 – 8:15       Welcome and Introductions

Bruce Beal  &  Keith Henaman

8:15 – 9:45       Using the Reptile Theory as an Offensive Weapon in the Defense Case

Barry Vogel, J.D.

As more plaintiff attorneys embrace the Reptile Theory in their cases, this presentation proposes a completely different defense approach in discovery and trial, with the use by the defense of the Reptile Theory and its safety themes as an offensive weapon at trial. Specific tactics and strategies, which have already been used successfully in trials, will be outlined. This is not a subtle infomercial for sale of services—it is a plan you can immediately implement in your own practice. This talk is about winning at trial the types of cases you’ve always won, and not losing them because plaintiff’s counsel went to the Reptile Theory.

9:45 – 10:15     Medicare/CMS Law Update

Jim Pocius, J.D.

Mr. Pocius will provide an update on the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and its continued impact on settlements and insureds. It will include a discussion on the increasing number of audits and the more vigorous collection efforts by CMS. It will also hit on suggested language for settlement documents.

10:15 – 10:30   Break

10:30 – 12:00   Recent Research Advances and their Impact on Chiropractic Practice

Greg Kawchuk, BSc, DC, MSc, PhD

Dr. Kawchuk presents developments of several recent research advances and guides attendees through implications of those advances for a modern chiropractic practice.   

12:00 – 1:15     Lunch

1:15 – 3:15       Ethical Considerations - Operation Greylord - Corruption in Chicago's Court System

Terrence Hake, J.D.

Mr. Hake relates how as a young prosecutor he complained about the corruption in the Cook County Courts. After his complaint, he was approached the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI to work undercover as a prosecutor and later as a criminal defense attorney in Operation Greylord. Mr. Hake was undercover as an attorney for almost four years. Greylord is one of the FBI’s most successful undercover cases. Relating the facts of the corruption in the Circuit Court of Cook County is still a relevant lesson in ethics for attorneys and other professionals in 2017.

3:15 – 3:30       Break

3:30 – 4:30       Trigeminal Neuralgia: An Electrifying Case Study

Craig Fontaine, J.D. & Julie Dickinson, MBA, BSN, RN, LNCC

Mr. Fontaine and Ms. Dickinson will present the anatomy and physiology behind this neurologic disorder and its clinical presentation and progression. Consideration for the defense of such cases, including expert selection, cross-examination of opposing experts and plaintiff’s treating physicians, demonstrative evidence, and jury instructions, will be explored.

4:30 – 5:00        Our Perspective - 2017

Tom Caswell & Shanna Patrick, Claims Staff

This presentation will address expectations, reminders, and updates for our attorneys that will assist our investigations and evaluations of our claims. We will update attorneys on what technology tools we are utilizing to share and gather information. We will also provide reminders and expectations on what we would like to see from them for our files as cases are investigated and geared up for trial.

6:00 – 8:00       Cocktail Reception

Saturday, October 7 - Golf Outing


Golfers need to be in the area no later than 7:30 a.m.

The Westin Kierland Golf Club Dress Code states: All golfers must wear a collared golf shirt and Bermuda length shorts. Denim and cut-offs are not permitted. Women must wear a shirt with sleeves OR a collar. We permit traditional style golf shoes with soft spikes or flat-soled tennis shoes.

6:45 – 8:00      Breakfast

8:00 – 12:30    Golf – Shotgun start 

12:30 – 2:30    Lunch