Fall 2021 Risky Business Conference

Medical Negligence and Adverse Outcomes: Connecting the Dots

A Virtual CPD Conference

Date: November 4, 2021

Conference: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Live Q & A Panel: 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Cost: Registration is FREE


Nicholson Gluckstein Lawyers, in association with Gluckstein Lawyers, is proud to host our third annual Risky Business Conference on November 4, 2021, from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, followed by a Live Q & A Panel from 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM. 

Risky Business

Medical Negligence is an area of law that is very challenging and complex.  These cases are expensive to pursue, and counsel for the defendants are typically highly skilled and experienced. 

Risky Business is a CPD-accredited Medical Malpractice Conference designed to educate lawyers, health care practitioners and others who may wish to learn about the complex nature of medical negligence lawsuits. The theme of this year’s event is “Medical Negligence and Adverse Outcomes: Connecting the Dots.” 

What’s Included in Your Registration:

  • Access to the Risky Business webinar on November 4, 2021, and video recording post-event
  • Access to a LIVE Q & A Panel with some of the presenters on November 4, 2021, from 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Presenter Handouts
  • CPD Hours


Gain Valuable Knowledge

Attendees of Risky Business will gain valuable knowledge from experts in the field about how to meet some of the challenges faced by the plaintiff. Presentation includes:

Causation in Birth Trauma: Patterns of Brain Injury as Proof of How and When Injury Occurred

– Richard Halpern:

  • The real approach for determining causation in birth asphyxia cases
  • Understanding the proper causal algorithm in birth asphyxia cases
  • What lawyers need to know about patterns of brain injury in birth trauma cases
  • How to formulate a theory of the case for when injury occurred
  • How to formulate a theory of the case for how an injury occurred
  • Understanding why the “when” and “how” of causation are so important
  • How to tie the pattern of injury to the breach of the standard of care
  • Teaching lawyers how to avoid being misdirected by “junk” or unreliable science


Developing Your Theory of Causation with Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases

– Richard Halpern:

  • Advocacy for clients with medical malpractice claims requires developing a theory of causation before experts are retained
  • Gathering and carefully reviewing all relevant records is the first step
  • Preparing a chronology of events in an easily accessible form is essential
  • In many medical malpractice cases, causation should be investigated before standard of care
  • Most lawyers need to pay more attention to causation
  • Medical research to see how your facts fit with the science 
  • Matching the causation theory with the theory of the case on standard of care
  • Making the pieces of the puzzle fit
  • Ensuring experts formulate a cogent and comprehensive approach to causation


Panel Discussion – Causation and the Informed Client

Panel: Richard Halpern, Janet Lebeau, Brenda Agnew

Moderator: Jan Marin:

  • Introducing the topic of ‘causation’ to your client
  • Explaining the difference between standard of care and causation
  • How to discuss a case with a clear breach but difficult causation
  • How to discuss complex medical causation with clients
  • Managing client expectations around causation


Collaboration with Counsel in Medical Malpractice Cases

– John McKiggan (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

  • Quality representation of the plaintiff in complex medical malpractice cases
  • Cooperation and collaboration in pursuit of the client’s best interests
  • Working well and efficiently


Substandard Labour and Delivery Care and Newborn Brain Injury: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Autism

– Dr. Barry Schifrin, (Los Angeles, California]

  • Newborn outcomes associated with poor intrapartum care
  • HIE
  • Autism


Panel Discussion – Electronic Trials Panel Discussion

Panel: Tanya Barbiero, Joe Obagi, Tom Connolly (Ottawa, Ontario)

Moderator: Charles E. Gluckstein:

This presentation will explore the changes that have occurred since COVID-19 in dealing with remote and hybrid hearings in Ontario.  It is likely that in a post-pandemic era, many of the innovations with remote and hybrid hearings will remain.  This panel will share practical tips on recent remote trials and other hearings, as well as how and when to hold hearings remotely, steps that you should take in advance of every remote hearing, and how to ensure that you are putting your best advocacy and technical foot forward during the hearing itself. Speakers include members of the Ontario E-Hearings Task Force as well as a Senior Manager of Litigation Technology at a leading firm on what it takes to make your e-hearing a success.


SCC: The Case of Armstrong v. Ward

– Jan Marin:

  • Understand the impact of this critical Supreme Court decision
  • Learn about the virtual experience at the Supreme Court of Canada 
  • Get valuable tips on taking a case to the Supreme Court of Canada


Get the Most Out of Your Nursing Experts

 – Chris Rokosh (Calgary, Alberta):

  • Learn the most common personality traits of nurses
  • Find out what motivates nurses so that you can motivate them
  • Understand what nurses know and don’t know about the law
  • Appreciate how advocacy is understood in healthcare
  • Address the most significant concerns nurses have about expert witness work
  • Nurses have different areas of practice, personalities, attitudes, beliefs and styles of work. But they also have a lot in common.  They are loyal, respect tradition, have a strong sense of duty, and are happy to keep things running behind the scenes. They recognize and appreciate that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things. And they like being part of a team. The more you know about nurses, the more you will understand where to find them, how to work with them, and how to get the best out of them!


Electronic Medical Records: Looking for the Nuggets

– Shelagh McGregor (Edmonton, Alberta):

  • Medical malpractice lawsuits can hinge on one small note in the records.  With the transition to electronic medical records, often, defendants do not produce the entirety of their charts.  Ensuring that you understand what may be contained in electronic medical records will ensure that you do not miss information that can make or break your case.


Strategies for Achieving Early Settlement in Medical Malpractice Cases

– Jan Marin

  • Learn how to move your case forward
  • Find out when to serve expert opinions
  • Get strategies for achieving a settlement before pre-trial
  • Learn how to engage in settlement discussions with the CMPA


LIVE Q & A Panel – Networking Experience

We will be hosting a special live virtual Q & A networking session from 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM. Register today, and you will get access to that event where you can meet the presenters and get answers to your questions. 

How to Register?

Complete the registration form below, and you will receive a link to the conference. A video recording will be made available after the conference to those who have registered. You will also receive a link to the Live Q & A Panel Networking Experience. If you are unable to attend the conference, your registration will include a link to the video recording of the conference, which you can watch at your convenience.

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