Friday, April 27, 2018

9:00 am – 9:45 am BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION


9:45-10:30 Covering the Basics: The Statutes and Rules Governing Expert Use and Selecting and Researching an Expert

Starting on solid ground: The steps you need to take to ensure the expert qualifies under the rules and case law – and how to thoroughly vet the expert before you hire him or her. We will also discuss how to utilize the expert including what to share with him/her, when to share it, cost and preparation for deposition.

  • Dennis R. Lansdowne, Esq.

10:30-11:00 The Treating Physician and How to Handle an IME

Learn the benefits, drawbacks, and challenges of presenting expert testimony at trial of a treating (or other non-retained) doctor. The presentation will also discuss strategies for handling an independent medical exam and the different rules in state and federal court.

  • Jeremy A. Tor, Esq.

11:00-11:30 Daubert and Motions in Limine

This presentation will cover Daubert challenges to expert testimony under Ohio law. It will also provide a nuts and bolts outline of how to defeat Daubert challenges against a party’s experts as well as how to craft Daubert challenges to exclude or limit the testimony of the opposing party’s experts.

  • Dustin B. Herman, Esq.

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:30 Preparing Your Expert for Deposition and Cross-Examination

Strategies to bullet proof your expert: Conducting your own research and key issues that must be addressed in witness preparation.

  • William Hawal, Esq.

12:30-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:00 Direct Examination of Your Expert

Preparing and presenting the expert’s testimony to the jury: Focus will be on how to make your expert the “teacher” in the courtroom who shepherds the jury towards understanding what it wants and needs to know about the technical issues in your case as well as ideas on how to present the expert’s testimony in an interesting, informative and persuasive manner that meets the rules of evidence.

  • Stuart E. Scott, Esq.

2:00-2:45 Cross Examination of An Expert – Juror Centric Themes

This presentation will explore expert witness cross examination techniques that focus on topics and themes that jurors readily understand and relate to, no matter the underlying subject matter of the expert’s area of expertise.

  • Nicholas A. DiCello, Esq.

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Judges’ Panel: Veteran Judges Discuss Daubert Motions and Effective Direct and Cross-Examinations of Experts at Trial

State and federal judges share their experiences presiding over trials and offer tips and insights on how to effectively present expert testimony.4:00

Networking Reception


Friday, April 27, 2018


Dennis R. Lansdowne

Mr. Lansdowne has been a partner at the firm since 1990. He joined Spangenberg Shibley & Liber as an associate from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Prior to Jones Day, Dennis was a law clerk in the Northern District of Ohio and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky. He concentrates his practice on medical negligence, nursing home liability, catastrophic injuries, insurance coverage, and unique commercial litigation. Dennis has been consistently recognized in “The Best Lawyers in America” in both medical malpractice and personal injury. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Dennis is frequently asked to present on various aspects of the trial process by lawyers, judges, and law professors.

Jeremy A. Tor

Mr. Tor joined the Spangenberg firm as an associate in 2014 after working in the litigation department of a large international law firm in Manhattan, where he represented national and multinational companies in contract, product liability, insurance, and employment disputes. Prior to his time in New York, Jeremy served for two years as a law clerk to the Honorable Dan Aaron Polster (N.D. Ohio), drafting judicial opinions on a wide variety of issues, both civil and criminal. Jeremy received his law degree in 2011 from the University of Virginia. Before law school, Jeremy was a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore, where he taught Spanish to high school students at a public school in west Baltimore and earned a Master’s in teaching from Johns Hopkins University. Jeremy received his B.A. from the University of Arizona, with Honors, summa cum laude.

Dustin B. Herman

Mr. Herman joined The Spangenberg Law Firm as an associate in 2015. Prior to joining the Spangenberg Team, Dustin was an attorney with Romano Law Group in West Palm Beach, Florida, where his practice focused on pharmaceutical and medical device litigation as well as catastrophic injury cases. Dustin has handled complex product liability cases in both federal and state courts and is experienced in handling mass tort cases that have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (or an “MDL”). Dustin is the author of numerous publications, including a chapter in the 4th Edition of AAJ’s “Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit,” which was released in March 2015 by Trial Guides and AAJ. In 2013, Dustin was named as one of south FL’s “Most Effective Lawyers” by the Daily Business Review; in 2014, he was selected as one of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” (for the south FL area); and in June 2015, Dustin was named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

William Hawal

Mr. Hawal, a partner since 1988, began his legal career at Spangenberg Shibley & Liber in 1980. He has been consistently recognized as being among The Best Lawyers in America® in the Medical Malpractice Law practice area. Best Lawyers named Bill its 2015 Lawyer of the Year for medical malpractice for the northeast Ohio area. Bill has been inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers. He is a past President of Ohio ABOTA. Bill is involved in litigating a wide variety of complex matters involving medical misdiagnoses, medical procedures, defective medical devices and drugs, civil rights, legal malpractice, and injuries due to defective industrial and consumer products. Bill has extensive experience in handling birth injury cases, emphasizing mainly on babies born with cerebral palsy due to oxygen deprivation around the time of delivery and has successfully tried and settled numerous cases on behalf of families with severely disabled children.

Stuart E. Scott

Mr. Scott, a partner since 2005, has been a lawyer with Spangenberg since graduating from Ohio State Law School in 1995. Stuart represents individuals and families who have been catastrophically injured or killed as a result of negligence, medical malpractice, dangerous products or defective drugs. Since becoming partner, Stuart has expanded his practice into Consumer Rights cases. Stuart received his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and his B.S. in Business and Finance from Ball State University.

Nicholas A. DiCello

Mr. DiCello, a partner since 2011, joined Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP in 2004 after serving as a law clerk for the late Honorable John M. Manos, Senior Judge for the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Nick was afforded this opportunity after graduating magna cum laude from the Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 2002. He joined the Judge John M. Manos Inn of Court in 2012. Super Lawyers has consistently recognized Nick as a top-rated personal injury lawyer and he is now also noted by Best Lawyers as a top-rated Civil Rights lawyer in Cleveland. Nick has successfully tried to verdict many cases, including civil rights, medical malpractice, and professional malpractice cases.