Trips, Slips & Major Mishaps - Personal Injury 2018

Co-Sponsored by the LSBA Civil Law & Litigation Section - Members Receive $25 Discount

Registration: 8-8:30 a.m.
Seminar: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Fee: $295 Section Members/ $320 Non-Section Members

Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Causes for the injury may fall under intentional, negligence, or strict liability.  A personal injury case determines whether the defendant is liable for the damages sustained, as well as the nature and extent of the damages. This seminar will cover different aspects of a personal injury case, including case evaluation, experts, motions, mediation, and tips for winning your case. Ethics and professionalism credit included.

Click Personal Injury to download seminar flyer. 
Registration Fee, Cancellations and Refunds

• Section Members ............... $295 / $320 after Aug. 31
• Non-Section Members ............. $320 / $345 after Aug. 31
(The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.)

On-Site Registrants will be provided the link to download electronic course materials at the time of registration. Printed seminar manuals will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than August 31. Cancellations will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Absolutely no refunds will be made after August 31.

CLE Credits:  This program has been approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of CLE credits, including 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of professionalism.
Hotel Information:
Although the LSBA does not have a room block at the Hystt Centric French Quarter Hotel, discount rates for LSBA members may be available. Contact: Carol Soler at (504) 266-6362 or email Be sure to mention Corporate Account # 95147. Availability is not guaranteed. Prevailing rates may apply.

For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
(504) 619-0102            (504) 619-0137   



Stephen J. Herman • Herman, Herman & Katz • New Orleans


8:00-8:30 a.m.

8:30-9:30 a.m. - (1 credit)
Setting the Stage – Case Evaluation and Initial Planning
Joseph E. Cain • Herman, Herman & Katz • New Orleans
Brian D. Katz • Herman, Herman & Katz • New Orleans
Gerald A. Melchiode • Melchiode Marks King • New Orleans

9:30-10:30 a.m. - (1 credit)
Practice Makes Perfect – Getting the Most from Experts and Motions
J. E. Cullens, Jr. • Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens • Baton Rouge
Lynn Luker • Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford • New Orleans
Darrel J. Papillion • Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens • Baton Rouge
10:30-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:45 a.m. - (1 credit)
Mediation vs. Traditional Civil Litigation – Best Effective Use of Mediation
Hon. Sally A. Shushan (ret.) • Duval Shushan Legal Resources • New Orleans
Donald C. Massey • Couhig Partners • New Orleans
Claire E. Pontier • Couhig Partners • New Orleans

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:15 p.m.(1.25 credits)
Win, Lose or Draw – Tips & Tactics for Winning at Trial
Hon. Ronald J. Sholes (ret.) • Adams and Reese • New Orleans
J. Rock Palermo • Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson • Lake Charles
Phillip A. Wittmann • Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann • New Orleans

2:15-3:15 p.m.(1 credit)
Ethics: What It Takes to Be Your Best
Michael E. Ecuyer • Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer • New Orleans
Charles B. Plattsmier • LA Attorney Disciplinary Board • Baton Rouge
Richard C. Stanley • Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford • New Orleans

3:15-3:30 p.m.

3:30-4:30 p.m.(1 credit)
Professionalism: Manners and How to Handle Misbehavior 
Judy Y. Barrasso • Barrasso, Usdin, Kupperman, Freeman & Sarver • New Orleans
Thomas M. Flanagan • Flanagan Partners • New Orleans

Those who plan and teach LSBA seminar are volunteers. Their generous contributions of time, talent and energy make this and every LSBA seminar a success. We deeply appreciate their work.

The LSBA continues to encourage all its members to participate in the preparation and presentation of LSBA CLE programs.

* Please contact the LSBA CLE Dept. if you have a disability which may require special accommodations at this program. The LSBA is committed to enduring full accessibility for all registrants. *

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