2019 Medical Malpractice
Published by Ohio Association for Justice
$75 for OH Members and Staff
Duration: 120 minutes
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From the 2019 Annual Convention:
- Mediator Roundtable
-Statutory Changes Affecting Medical Claim Statute of Limitations and Notice of Claim Issues
-Audit Trail Boot Camp- What Every Litigator Should Know
| John Alton|
At age 26 I conducted my first cross examination of a medical expert witness in a medical malpractice trial; the expert witness was an oral maxillofacial surgeon. At age 29 I was elected partner in a major Columbus law firm after being 1st Chair in...MoreAt age 26 I conducted my first cross examination of a medical expert witness in a medical malpractice trial; the expert witness was an oral maxillofacial surgeon. At age 29 I was elected partner in a major Columbus law firm after being 1st Chair in more than 20 personal injury and other trials and 2nd Chair in many medical and legal malpractice trials. At age 33 a premier medical malpractice insurance company retained me as a trial lawyer to represent its insured Ohio physicians in defense of medical malpractice lawsuits. At age 34 I was elected Chair of the major Columbus law firm’s Trial Department and of Client Development; I was elected 8 straight years to those positions. At age 34 I was inducted into International Association of Defense Counsel. At age 41 Frank Ray and I formed a law firm in which I continued my primary area of concentration of medical malpractice, but as a plaintiffs’ lawyer. At age 44 I received board certification in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Civil Trial Advocacy after passing a lengthy written examination. At age 45 I was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates; I was elected to its Executive Committee (Ohio) in 2017. At age 45 I formed John M. Alton & Co., LPA to represent plaintiffs in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. At age 47 I was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers; I was appointed to the Ohio State Committee in 2009, served on the Committee 6 years, was appointed Vice-Chair of the Committee for 2015-2017 and Chair of the Ohio State Committee for 2017-2019.
I have been recognized in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys in medical malpractice as both a defense and plaintiffs’ lawyer since 1992.
I am the only lawyer in Central Ohio who has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer in plaintiffs’ medical malpractice every year since 2004.
I have tried more than 65 cases to verdict and argued more than 25 cases in various Ohio Courts of Appeal and the Ohio Supreme Court.
I have also served as a mediator 85+ times in Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Dayton and other cities throughout Ohio. My experience and expertise as a trial lawyer for defendants and plaintiffs in serious injury and wrongful death cases provides me with a balanced perspective as a mediator. The number of cases I have been asked to mediate has increased each year since 2011.
An outstanding trial lawyer, John Alton focuses his professional time in the preparation and trial of complex litigation and has tried more than 65 cases in federal and state courts throughout Ohio and other states. John has also been retained as a mediator more than 85 times in cases involving medical malpractice, legal malpractice, personal injury and business litigation. Collapse
| Steven Collier|
STEVEN P. COLLIER is a nationally known trial lawyer who has been recognized since 1997 in The Best Lawyers in America, a referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The publication Ohio Super Lawyers has recognized Collier since its...MoreSTEVEN P. COLLIER is a nationally known trial lawyer who has been recognized since 1997 in The Best Lawyers in America, a referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The publication Ohio Super Lawyers has recognized Collier since its inception in 2004. He is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate and a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
He also served as president of the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2014. In 2012 Mr. Collier authored the first edition of Ohio Personal Injury: A Comprehensive Guide. He is a frequent lecturer for bar associations and trial lawyer groups in the area of personal injury law and has taught trial practice at the University of Toledo College of Law. Mr. Collier is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum whose membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience, and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more. Collapse
| Frank Ray|
Mr. Ray established Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A., in 1983. During his 41 years as a trial lawyer, he focused his practice on civil trial and appellate litigation and mediation of civil disputes. In 2014, he transitioned to service as a full-time mediator...MoreMr. Ray established Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A., in 1983. During his 41 years as a trial lawyer, he focused his practice on civil trial and appellate litigation and mediation of civil disputes. In 2014, he transitioned to service as a full-time mediator for a broad spectrum of civil matters. As a mediator, Mr. Ray draws on his professional experience, which includes:
• 129 civil trials as lead counsel in state and federal courts
• 73 state and federal civil appeals, including 16 appearances in cases before the Ohio Supreme Court
• Achieved numerous settlements or judgments of multimillion-dollar insurance coverage for businesses in litigation against insurers
• Prevailed in numerous jury trials representing landowners in eminent domain litigation
• Achieved settlement after two-week federal jury trial in UCC litigation that extricated a local manufacturer from insolvency
• Adjunct Professor, teaching the Trial Practice course at the Moritz College of Law of The Ohio State University from 2003 through 2010
• More than 40 years’ experience advising professional baseball leagues and teams
When Frank Ray actively practiced as a trial lawyer, fellow lawyers regularly turned to him to produce results for litigants. Now, lawyers, judges, businesses, and insurers look to Frank to achieve resolution through his service as a mediator of complex civil cases. Collapse
| Gerald S. Leeseberg|
Gerry Leeseberg is a partner at the firm of Leeseberg & Valentine and is well-known as being one of the most successful trial lawyers in Ohio. Gerry has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan,...MoreGerry Leeseberg is a partner at the firm of Leeseberg & Valentine and is well-known as being one of the most successful trial lawyers in Ohio. Gerry has represented hundreds of clients in state and federal courts throughout Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia. In Ohio, he has obtained four of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in Franklin County, as well as record high verdicts in other counties. His primary focus is on Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Personal Injury, Trucking and Automobile Accidents, and Aviation Accidents.
Gerry is a Past President of the Central Ohio Association for Justice. He has served on the Board of the Ohio Association for Justice, and for several terms as the Chair of the OAJ Medical Negligence Section. He serves as a legislative liaison for the OAJ in the Ohio Legislature, working to protect the rights of tort victims. He was Board-Certified in Civil Litigation by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, has been included in the "Best Trial Lawyer in America" list since 1994 and has been named in Ohio "Super Lawyers." Collapse
| Michele Gonsman|
Michele Gonsman is the founder and owner of Gonsman Group, Legal Nurse Consulting. Michele is a Registered Nurse, an Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant, and a Certified Product Safety Specialist. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing....MoreMichele Gonsman is the founder and owner of Gonsman Group, Legal Nurse Consulting. Michele is a Registered Nurse, an Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant, and a Certified Product Safety Specialist. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Michele is highly skilled with over 20 years of clinical nursing experience including Wound Care, Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Surgical Trauma Intensive Care, Surgical Progressive Care, Acute Care, Telemetry, Orthopedics, Neurology, Clinical Instructor, Medical Sales, and Medical/Surgical Charge Nurse. Michele is a clinically active Emergency/Trauma nurse, and has been for over 13 years. She is also a trained Sexual Assault Nurse, and helped form the Sexual Assault Team at her hospital.
Michele is also a highly sought after national speaker. She has spoken to prestigious attorney groups such as the Etheridge Society in Virginia and the Western Trial Lawyers? Association regarding Audit Trails and the Electronic Medical Record. She has been a keynote speaker, and will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of Inspirations, a legal nursing magazine. She lectures for nurses and healthcare facilities regarding the Affordable Care Act, Documentation, and the Electronic Medical Record. Most recently she has published a book, “The Affordable Care Act for Nurses”?.
Michele is a passionate patient advocate. She strives to give every medical record a voice. Her work product has been called “worth its weight in gold”?.
Michele has turned Gonsman Group into a national legal nursing company. Her personal goal is to have a case in every state. She describes it as a “One Stop Shop” for attorneys.
Gonsman Group can provide services such as a case analysis/review for merit, assistance with discovery, or finding an expert witness. Gonsman Group has access to hundreds of nurses and physicians. Michele works closely with attorneys, paralegals and in-house physicians and nurses. Collapse
May 3, 2019
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
- Mediator Roundtable
- Statutory Changes Affecting Medical Claim Statute of Limitations and Notice of Claim Issues
- Audit Trail Boot Camp- What Every Litigator Should Know
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$75 for OH Members and Staff
Duration: 120 minutes
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