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Professional Liability Conference Features Attorney Weatherly as Keynote Speaker

The CLM Cyber, Management, and Professional Liability Conference went virtual this year due to coronavirus concerns – but the event was still a huge success among its attendees. This year, Attorney Lee Weatherly of Copeland, Stair, Kingma & Lovell, LLP – a law firm member of Themis Advocates Group – acted as a keynote speaker. He presented a session titled “The Illusion of Actual Damages: Evaluating and Defending Pain and Suffering in Medical Malpractices Cases.”

Attorney Weatherly has acted as lead counsel in more than 75 jury trials with a focus on medical malpractice cases. He is also a co-chair of the CLM Medical Malpractice/Healthcare, CLM Claims College Subcommittee. As such, he is considered a leading legal professional for medical malpractice defense cases.

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Another key topic of the presentation was “The Next Frontier of Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers.” During the presentation, there was a detailed discussion about arbitration agreements, how to create them so that they are enforceable, the benefits of arbitration, and how some states have tried to combat arbitration agreements.

Attendees were also able to learn about when to use arbitration and when to try to avoid it. Employers are often hasty to rush into arbitration because it has key benefits, like privacy and the ability to steer the negotiations without a court’s mandates. However, arbitration can be costly in its own ways if done incorrectly. The dissertation also discussed how medical institutions can use arbitration much like an employer in other sectors.

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