Brian Brislen and Jason Grams to Present at National Business Institute Seminar

LDM attorneys Brian Brislen and Jason Grams will be presenting portions of the National Business Institute’s “Representing Your Client in Federal Court” seminar on November 15, 2013, at the Scott Conference Center.  The seminar is designed for lawyers and other legal professionals and will afford active licensed Nebraska attorneys six hours of continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.  Mr. Brislen will present sections on “Developing a Successful Trial Strategy” and “Testimony Tactics.”  Mr. Grams will present the section “Is Federal Court the Right Court? Jurisdiction, Venue and Local Court Procedure.”  Both authored corresponding written materials for the seminar.

Partners Present on Nursing Litigation

On Sunday, June 23rd, Partner Denise Destache gave a 3 hour presentation, including lecture, case study analysis, and mock depositions, to nurses enrolled in the UNMC Nurse Leader/Executive Advanced Development (LEAD) Program.  This is a Masters level program for nurse managers, administrators, and advanced practice nurses, aimed at developing their analytical skills with regard to legal, regulatory, risk management, and ethical issues, and to integrate these skills into their roles as nurse leaders.  The presentation was part of the student “immersion weekend,” which is intended to pull all of the course content together at the end of the semester.  It consists of 2 days where students, faculty and invited nurse leaders gather at a campus location and participate in role plays and case studies.

On June 28th, Partners Pat Vipond and Denise Destache gave a 2 hour presentation on nursing litigation at Alegent Health Creighton University Medical Center.  The presentation included participation by staff members in case scenarios and mock depositions.

Bill Settles Speaks at 8th Annual Midwest Regional NICU Conference

Partner Bill Settles presented to the 8th Annual Midwest Regional NICU Conference on August 22, 2013.  This conference was sponsored by the Nebraska Neonatal Advanced Practice Association and was attended by nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants who practice in the neonatal intensive care setting.  The subject matter dealt with common charting errors and their role in litigation as well as emerging problems with the use of social media in medicine.  The presentation outlined the six most common problems that charting can present in the defense of a medical malpractice case and how to avoid them.  The growing number of disciplinary actions against licensed health care providers arising out of the use of social media was also discussed.  Issues relating to patient confidentiality, HIPPA violations, and patient privacy were discussed and some best practices were outlined.

LDM Welcomes Three New Associates to the Firm

Katie French has joined our Business Department as an associate attorney after clerking for the Firm for several years.  Ms. French graduated from Creighton University School of Law.  She also received her bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, majoring in Economics. While at Creighton, she was selected as research assistant to Professor Catherine Brooks. Ms. French participated in the Street Law program, where she taught legal topics to seventh grade students at Sacred Heart School.  In addition, she was a semi-finalist in the school’s client counseling competition.

Douglas Amen has joined our Litigation Department as an associate attorney.  He received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin. While at Creighton School of Law, he was a semi-finalist in the National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition in Chicago, Illinois, the Intra-School Negotiation’s Champion and competed in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

David Voorman has joined our Litigation Department as an associate attorney.  He received his law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law emphasizing in Civil Litigation and Constitutional Law.  He received his bachelor’s degree in History and Communications from Concordia University in Nebraska. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Voorman worked at the White House in Washington, D.C., serving both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama Administrations in the Office of Records Management.

LDM Clients Successfully Develop MIPPA Plans

LDM would like to recognize the accomplishments of two of its clients, Midwest Independent Practice Physicians Association and Midwest Independent Physicians, LLC, for the successful development of its health care insurance plans.  The insurance plans are identified as “MIPPA” with Coventry as the company provider and all of their plans are currently available for enrollment on the Nebraska health insurance exchange with options under Bronze, Silver and Gold plans.