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Personal Injury Cases 101: The Nuts & Bolts (FL)

Attorneys interested in Personal Injury cases and building a practice, or expanding their current PI practice focus, will want to attend this program!

Faculty at this program will discuss a variety of personal injury cases, such as medical malpractice, premise & product liability, insurance issues, and auto negligence and provide depo strategies unique to Personal Injury cases. Faculty will also discuss critical ethical issues.

If you are interested in Personal Injury law, are new to the field, would like to expand your current PI practice to more topic areas in the field, or would just like to learn more of the basics in case you need to answer questions for your clients, this is a great program for you.

It is a beginner-level program, however, those attorneys practicing in one area of Personal Injury wanting to add another to their practice will find it beneficial as well.

Additionally, the deposition strategy session is certain to provide you with new ideas and techniques when taking or defending a deposition in a PI case.


9:00 – 9:45

Common aspects to all Personal Injury Matters

  • Big-picture themes
  • Promise to keep safe
  • Negligence rules to follow

9:45 – 10:45

Auto negligence

  • Insurance
  • Underinsured Motorists
  • Trucking
  • Uber/Lift

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00

Medical Mal & Nursing Home and ALF

  • How to get through the several important phases of a med mal case, leading to mediation

12:00 – 1:00


1:00 – 1:45

Premises Liability

  • Negligent security cases and the nuts and bolts of putting a case together

1:45 – 2:30

Product liability  

2:30 – 2:45


Unique Aspects/Critical Issues in Personal Injury Practices

2:30 – 3:15

Practical Aspects of a PI Practice

  • Financial
  • Resources
  • Case selection

3:15 – 3:45

Insurance Issues that pertain to all Personal Injury claims

  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Coverage issues, Declaratory Actions 

3:45 – 4:15


  • Soliciting cases
  • Co-counsel arrangements
  • Legal malpractice actions arising out of an underlying personal injury claim
  • Social Media Challengers
    • How it affects cases and discovery

4:15 – 5:00

Depos strategies and aspects of depo taking

  • Key for plaintiff’s side
  • Key for defense side
  • Expert witnesses
  • Corporate reps

Dates and Times and Locations

April 20, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch on your own)
Check in between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.


Gallery One – a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
2670 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33304


(Be sure to arrive at least ten minutes before start time if you want to make sure you have a good seat)


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Edward R. Blumberg, Esq.
Partner and Co-Founder
Deutsch & Blumberg, P.A.

Edward R. Blumberg is a graduate of the University of Georgia and earned his law degree from the College of William and Mary. He has practiced continuously in Florida since 1975. He has served as President of the Florida Bar, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar and as a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. He has chaired and served on countless professional committees and groups and provides continuing legal education lectures to lawyers.

Mr. Blumberg is an active trial lawyer as demonstrated by his current board certifications in civil trial law from the National Board of Trial Advocacy as well as the Florida Bar. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and numerous other professional associations.

He is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida as well as the United States 5th and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Blumberg is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America publication.

Mr. Blumberg is likewise active in the community and serves on various community-based boards of directors.

Stephanie Demos, Esq.
Beasley, Demos & Brown, LLC

Stephanie Demos is an AV® Preeminent rated lawyer with nearly twenty years of trial experience. She specializes in commercial litigation, professional malpractice defense, products liability, construction defect, toxic tort, premises liability, personal injury, wrongful death, and estate litigation.

Stephanie began her career as a prosecutor in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and has represented a broad range of clients from multi-national corporations, to small family businesses and individuals.

Stephanie is passionate about charitable and pro bono work for children. She is a longtime board member of Kristi House, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing child sexual abuse. And she has won awards for her pro bono work representing at-risk children in Florida courts.

Stephanie is a skilled jury trial lawyer who has argued before trial and appellate courts in Florida and has appeared on Court TV.

Amy Furness, Esq.
Carlton Fields

Amy Furness is a trial lawyer who has dedicated her career to defending diverse clients, including both domestic and foreign corporations, in complex civil litigation, particularly product liability and commercial litigation. She defends product manufacturers in all forms of cases in the pharmaceutical, aviation, chemical, tobacco, and consumer products industries. In addition to her extensive pharmaceutical and medical device litigation defense experience, she has defended manufacturers of cigarettes, yacht engines, automobile and aircraft engines, and propane tanks.

Ms. Furness has served as national coordinating counsel on numerous mass tort matters, including a significant litigation for a pharmaceutical company involving nearly 14,000 plaintiffs, with over 10,000 cases pending in federal courts and nearly 4,000 cases pending in state courts. She also has served as regional counsel on a variety of complex civil matters. 

Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Ms. Furness served as in-house counsel with the environmental claims division of a national insurance company. That experience offered her unique insight into the corporate demands of an in-house legal department, and she remains mindful of the needs and pressures clients face daily.

Before entering law school, Ms. Furness was a research engineer. That scientific education and technical experience informs her law practice today.

Ms. Furness is a frequent lecturer on product liability and professional liability matters. She serves as the Miami office co-managing shareholder.

Christos Lagos, Esq.
Lagos & Priovolos PLLC

Christos Lagos is a seasoned trial lawyer who represents those whose lives or businesses have been damaged by the wrongdoing of others. He focuses on complex civil claims arising out of defective products, unsafe premises, automobile accidents, medical malpractice, and business disputes.

In 1998, Mr. Lagos began his legal career as a prosecutor in Miami. He handled hundreds of cases ranging from traffic fatalities to life felonies. With a solid foundation in trial advocacy, Mr. Lagos entered private practice in 2001 and turned his attention to civil litigation. Over the next 15 years, Mr. Lagos has successfully litigated against major consumer product and automobile manufacturers, insurance companies, property owners, health care providers, trucking and transportation companies, and other entities and corporations. 

Christos Lagos has obtained several multi-million dollar settlements, judgments, and jury verdicts on behalf of his clients during his career. Mr. Lagos has tried numerous jury trials as lead trial counsel. He is a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, memberships for trial lawyers who have won million and multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts. Mr. Lagos has been recognized as an ALM Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury and Litigation, and listed in South Florida’s Top Rated Lawyers. Mr. Lagos received the highest rating of "Superb" from the Avvo attorney rating service. In 2004, Mr. Lagos received the "AV Preeminent" designation by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory after a confidential peer review from members of the Bar and Judiciary. According to Martindale-Hubbell, this is the highest rating, indicating "the highest level of legal ability" and "the pinnacle of professional excellence." He has been AV rated for the past 12 consecutive years.

Mr. Lagos has conducted several speaking engagements to practicing attorneys and law students. Some of the presentations include a Continuing Legal Education seminar titled "Expert Witness Retention & Discovery." He has guest lectured for Judge David Gersten’s Litigation Skills course at St. Thomas University. He judges litigation skills activities at the law schools of St. Thomas University, Florida International University, and the University of Miami. He served as a moderator at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law Sports and Entertainment Law Society’s Symposium discussing Class Actions and Multi-District Litigation (MDL) involving online websites. He contributed to the "Preparing and Trying the Cardiovascular Case" American Association For Justice (AAJ) Litigation Packet.

Mr. Lagos hosted a weekly local radio call-in talk show addressing legal topics and conducted interviews with prominent local jurists. He also participates in community service, charitable functions and pro bono activities. He has volunteered at a local domestic violence shelter and has volunteered and sponsored events at Chapman Partnership for the homeless. He has conducted Law Day presentations to elementary students. Mr. Lagos has also volunteered his services as an attorney Guardian Ad Litem on behalf of minor children.

Douglas McCarron, Esq.
The Haggard Law Firm

Douglas J. McCarron is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant experience handling a wide variety of cases including negligent security, pool drowning, dram shop, and construction and auto accidents. 

Doug served as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County for four years. While there, Doug was a member of the Career Criminal Unit where he distinguished himself in over 50 trials prosecuting violent crime. Upon leaving the State Attorney’s Office in 2000, Doug began to focus on representing victims of serious and catastrophic injury. 

Doug joined The Haggard Law Firm in 2006 and became a partner in 2007. Since joining the firm, he has recovered over 150 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. In Garcia v. Arbors Apartments, Doug successfully obtained a million jury verdict on behalf of the Garcia family. This negligent security/wrongful death case found the owners and managers of the apartment complex guilty of failing to provide adequate security on their property. Doug has been able to recover similar results in cases throughout Florida. Doug served as President of the Miami-Dade Trial Lawyers Association in 2013 and was recently appointed by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Standard Jury Instructions Committee. Doug is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Florida Justice Association. 

Outside the office, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife Becky and their three boys, Jack, Finn and William Andrew (Drew). Doug and Becky are extremely active in a number of local charities and truly believe in giving back to the community. Doug was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey but moved to Miami as a young boy. He graduated from Miami Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School. Doug received his Bachelors of Science in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate in 1995, both with Honors, from Florida State University.

Seth Miles, Esq.

Buckner + Miles

Seth Miles is an experienced trial lawyer successfully litigating personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, maritime, class action, commercial tort, and qui tam cases. In each area, Mr. Miles has had clients recover in excess of one million dollars. In total, his recoveries for his clients exceed 0,000,000.

In one of the pivotal cases in his career, Seth received an million verdict on behalf of three Cuban migrants forced to work as modern day slaves at a drydock. As a result of his work on this case, he was honored with the prestigious “Most Effective Lawyer” award given by the Daily Business Review. He also received a .7 million verdict in an automobile accident case in Volusia County, Florida. This is believed to be the largest automobile accident personal injury verdict in the history of Volusia County. In April 2014, Mr. Miles tried a wrongful death case in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. The deceased contracted legionnaires disease while staying at a JW Marriott. After nearly a week long trial, the federal jury awarded the 83 year old widow nearly .3 million for the loss of her 80 year old husband.

Another one of Seth’s most notable victories involves recovering million on behalf of all Lloyds of London property insurance clients assessed a hurricane deductible in the 2004-2005 season. In this class action, Seth successfully argued that statute-required language advising of high hurricane deductibles was not included and therefore policy owners should be reimbursed. After two years of litigation, the case was settled with each owner getting 65 percent of their deductible refunded—a clear victory. Recently, Mr. Miles served as class counsel in Dishkin v. Tire Kingdom, a class action brought under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. The trial court certified the class and granted summary judgment in favor of the class. These rulings were defended all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. In October of 2014, the trial court granted final approval to a .5 million settlement that afforded each class member approximately 100% of their loss.

Mr. Miles was selected to serve on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee for the crash of American Airlines Flight 331 and chosen as Liason Counsel for nationwide force-placed flood insurance claims against J.P. Morgan Chase that resulted in a .5 million settlement. He also currently serves on the Southern District of Florida’s Bar Grievance Committee and the Florida Bar’s Constitutional Judiciary Committee. In addition, Seth was selected by the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Civil Jury Instruction Committee.

Prior to entering private practice, Seth served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney, he tried numerous jury trials on matters ranging from airplane skyjacking to healthcare fraud and argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals multiple times.

Benjamin L. Reiss, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig P.A.

Benjamin L. Reiss practices in the areas of general commercial, product liability and other civil litigation in federal and state courts, criminal defense and property tax appeals. He has been involved in approximately 60 jury trials, over 45 of which he has been the lead trial lawyer. Ben is a former Assistant Public Defender and has wide-ranging jury trial experience. He is on the Board of Directors of the Dade County Bar Association, a Member of the Florida Bar Code and Rules of Evidence Committee, and a former Chair of the Florida Bar Standing Committee on Professionalism. Ben has presented the Professionalism portion of the Florida Bar’s Practicing with Professionalism Seminar on numerous occasions, and is the former Vice President of the Board of Directors for Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.


Register by February 23rd and save $25 on each registration with the Early Bird rate!

Registration fees are per person

Individual: $425
Early Bird registration $399

Group: $399 per person for 2 or more from the same company pre-registering at the same time
Early Bird registration $380

Government employee/Non-Profit* Rate: $375
Early Bird registration $350

Law Students/paralegals*: $235 (current JD students only)
Early Bird registration $210


Program materials:

We’ve gone green.  Registration fees include an electronic copy of your handbook emailed one week in advance of the program.  Be sure to check your spam folder if you don’t see it by then.

If you prefer, you may order a hard copy of the handout to be provided the day of the program for $25. To do so, please be sure to check the box when you register. If you want a hard copy, you must order it when you register; there will not be any available for purchase the day of the program.

** Legal Aid/Non-Profit attorneys are those attorneys employed by Legal Aid/Non-Profit firms. It does not include attorneys who have their own practice, or are employed by law firms, that volunteer their time for non-profit causes or take on pro-bono cases. Full and partial scholarships may be available to a limited number of non-profit/Legal Aid attorneys, based upon registration. Please call (877) 858-3848 to discuss or email your request to info@pincusproed.com.


CLE Credits

FL General:  This program is approved for 9.0 general CLE units in Florida, including 0.5 hour of ethics through October 20, 2019.

CA General:  This program is approved for 6.5 units of general CLE in California.

NJ General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New Jersey’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 6.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NJ approved jurisdiction. See the New Jersey State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

NY General: The LIVE session of this course is approved, under New York’s CLE Approved Jurisdiction policy, for 6.5 CLE units. Pincus Professional Education is a CA Accredited Provider, which is a NY approved jurisdiction. See Section 6 of the New York State CLE Board Regulations and Guidelines for further information.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.

Terms & Refund Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

For policies related to audio products, please select “I want a download or CD” on the right.

$235.00$425.00 $210.00$399.00 each

Attorneys interested in Personal Injury cases and building a practice, or expanding their current PI practice focus, will want to attend this program!

And, because this program will provide the fundamentals for Personal Injury attorneys, it is also valuable to lawyers in almost every practice area who foresee the possibility of referring PI cases out or acting as co-counsel, as allowed by the bar.


Printed Materials

[ All attendees receive a pdf of the materials one week prior to the program. To purchase a printed hard copy, please select this option to order it now. ]

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