LNC Success Speakers Agenda 3

LNC Success
Live Virtual Conference


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March 4, 2021 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern

Crash: The Anatomy of a Car Wreck

How do plaintiff and defense attorneys see a case?

In this fast-moving session, attorneys on opposites sides of the bar share their perspectives as to why THEY should win the case. This session reveals the details of typical personal injury. The attendee will understand the strategies and tactics involved for attorneys litigating a motor vehicle accident case and the decisions involved in determining whether to go to trial or settle.

What’s your role as an LNC in personal injury cases? These cases are plentiful, and yet many LNCs overlook the chance to prove their value to attorneys. Get tips from this session so that you can be most effective in helping attorneys with personal injury cases.

Elliot Kolodny

Elliot Kolodny

Elliot Kolodny is an experienced plaintiffs’ personal injury attorney with demonstrated expertise in nursing home, medical malpractice, auto, premises liability, products liability, pharmaceutical, complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, securities, environmental, employment, municipal, and consumer fraud claims. He tried numerous cases throughout Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, as well as Federal Courts in PA and NJ. Elliot has handled appeals in Superior and Commonwealth Courts of PA and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He is a partner in Cohen and Kolodny and practices in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Allan E. Levin

Allan E. Levin is a partner at Levin and Levin, LLP in Massachusetts. Allan concentrates his practice in both civil and criminal litigation, with particular emphasis in the areas of personal injury law, employment law and discrimination law. Allan has over 30 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation, representing plaintiffs, defendants, and national insurance companies. He also handled numerous appeals in front of both the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Appellate Division of the District Court.

Allan has successfully litigated all types of personal injury claims including, but not limited to motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents and construction site accidents. Also, Allan has represented clients before the State and Federal Trial Courts and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, as well as mediations and arbitrations.

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Deciphering the Orthopaedic Injuries

You’ve heard about the car crash from Elliot Kolodny and Allan Levin. You’ve gotten a pile of medical records. The attorney asks you to summarize the injuries, prepare a chronology, and define the complications.

What are the common injuries associated with trauma? And how can you help the attorney litigating cases with those injuries?

Get to look over the shoulder of an orthopaedic surgeon, who will take you through the clinical details of orthopaedic injuries.


Dr. Timilehin Wusu 

Dr. Timilehin Wusu analyzes the personal injury case which will be presented by a plaintiff and defense attorney, life care planner and expert fact witness at this conference. He will explain the injuries and how you the legal nurse consultant can assist the atty. You have the opportunity to look over the shoulders of this orthopaedic surgeon who will take you through the clinical details of the injuries.

Dr. Wusu is an energetic and highly-focused orthopedic surgeon who utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to effectively repair and treat a number of complex joint conditions. He attended the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern, and joined Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and participated in a Fellowship in in Orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at Stanford University.

However, before pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Wusu was a collegiate and professional athlete initially as captain of the Stanford University football team and then played for the NFL Oakland Raiders as a linebacker.  This love for competitive athletics and staying active, as well as overcoming several injuries throughout

A Life Care Planner’s Role in Personal Injury Cases

Discover tips from a life care planner, who will present the LNC involvement with personal injury cases. Using the facts of our personal injury case, Cheryl reveals how the life care planner would summarize the records and project future costs for this plaintiff.

What are the special nuances of personal injury cases?

Is this a role you’d enjoy? Find out more about the life care planner’s contributions to litigation.

Cheryl Kaufman

Cheryl Kaufman BScN RN CLCP CNLCP

Cheryl Kaufman BScN RN CLCP CNLCP is an experienced certified life care planner and a certified nurse life care planner located in Massachusetts. She is a Legal Nurse Consultant and Nurse Life Care Planner. She has more than 25 years of experience in the nursing profession with experience in medical surgical nursing, neonatal, critical care, neurology, neurosurgery, hematology/oncology and biotechnology which has proven invaluable in assisting attorneys with their cases.

In addition, she has contact with experts throughout the United States. She has assisted attorneys in deposition and has testified as an expert witness.

Pain And Suffering In A Personal Injury Case: The Role Of The Expert Fact Witness

Watch the attorney’s eyes light up when you say, “I can summarize the medical records to explain the pain and suffering the patient went through.”

Using our case study, Pat Iyer reveals how you can analyze the medical records to focus on the symptoms and treatment. She’ll add tips on how to explain this role to attorneys, now allowed in 48 states.

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Pat reviewed her first case as an expert witness in 1987. She spent the next 25 years reviewing medical surgical cases, writing reports, being deposed, and testifying in depositions and trials. 

Pat is a past president of AALNC and the host of Legal Nurse Podcast and Writing to Get Business Podcast.

As an independent legal nurse consultant, Pat founded a highly successful independent legal nurse consulting business.

March 5, 10:30 to 5:30 PM Eastern

If You had a Robot to Grow Your LNC Business

It can be hard growing a legal nurse business, so let's get the right tools and start automating some things. You'll be amazed at some of the things you can set up.

  • Grow your following
  • Develop better relationships
  • Get more clients

Let's see what holes are currently in your process and then figure out how to automatically fill them.

Gain some easy solutions to automatically capture leads. Get some ideas of how emails can turn leads into clients. Learn the best starting points for kicking off automation.

Darin Adams

Darin Adams is an award-winning marketing expert who has coached thousands of businesses how to build connections with their audiences.  All success starts with relationships; he has taught people all around the world how to build those relationships through automation.  Now he’s here to show you how you can get organized, get customers, and get paid.

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The Healthcare Expert in Federal Criminal Defense

Chronically ill people who are sentenced to prison are at risk for inadequate medical care. What can the attorney do to reduce the sentence or negotiate for house arrest?

The answers are in the medical records and the role of the expert. Healthcare experts can be invaluable in the development of the defense and mitigation of criminal prosecutions. This presentation servesas an entry level view of how a healthcare expert can be of assistance in criminal cases and how to get involved as an expert.

How can the LNC help attorneys with this new area of practice? We’ve got the answers. With COVID rampant in prisons, attorneys need your help to keep their clients out of prison. Discover how your knowledge can affect sentencing. 

Simon will share the different steps in a criminal prosecution, the development of a defense, and how to reach criminal defense attorneys and assist them in achieving the best result for their client.

Simon Purnell Esq

Simon Purnell Esq is a Federal and State Defense Attorney located in Texas and licensed in Texas, New York, Illinois and Missouri.

He has been trying cases since graduating from law school in Houston, Texas. He is a litigator with vast experience in complex criminal and civil litigation in state and federal courts throughout the country. Simon represents white-collar crime defendants,  corporations, individuals, and governmental entities the areas of product liability, pharmaceutical litigation, commercial disputes, and mass torts.

Simon Purnell

Nurses and Covid: Employment Law

  • “You have to come to work if you are Covid positive – we can assign you to Covid patients.”
  • “This garbage bag is perfectly acceptable as PPE. It is an almost one size fits all.”
  • “There is no reason why you can’t work while you are waiting for your Covid test results.”
  • “If you report us to the Public Health Department for not having enough PPE, don’t plan on coming to work tomorrow.”

What are the employment-related challenges of working with Covid patients, and how can you help attorneys as an LNC?


Robert Heil Esq

Robert Heil Esq practices in Texas as a plaintiff attorney who is currently representing nurses in employment-related lawsuits. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston Texas and is a proud graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College in Dubois, Wyoming  and TLC Warrior trained in winning trials. Robert is dedicated to fighting for justice and standing alongside the injured, voiceless, innocent and oppressed. He has years of courtroom and trial experience since he became a lawyer back in 2001. Robert is passionate about fighting for justice and helping others.

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Taming the Bulldozers and Snipers: Handling Angry Clients

As nurses we are wired to help people and be accommodating. Attorneys are trained to be advocates for their clients and to fight for every last dollar. LNCs and attorneys can clash when it comes to performance and payment.

Do you know how to handle the aggressive attorney who bulldozes through the conversation, or the sarcastic sniper? Ruth will equip you with the skills and dialogue you need to confidently manage the conflict.


Ruth Sirman

Ruth Sirman practices in Ontario as a certified mediator (from the International Mediation Institute.) Her premise is that a healthy business characterized by professional relationships, high productivity, and good morale contribute to a robust company. Since 1992, Ruth has worked successfully with CEOs, executives, managers, employees, HR and unions in 400+ complex mediations. She is known for her willingness to deal with tough issues and people and her ability to overcome participants’ reluctance, hesitation, and concerns about conflict.

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March 6, 10:30-5:00 PM Eastern

The Opioid Crisis

You’ve read the headlines about the escalating opioid crisis, which is worsening due to social isolation. The opioid crisis that pervades America stems back to two decades ago.

  • What are the civil, criminal, and administrative ramifications of the opioid crisis?
  • What are the damages from drug use?
  • How did pharmaceutical marketing techniques created not only addiction to prescription medication, but also to using heroin leading to death, disability and tragedy.

How can LNCs assist with these kinds of cases?

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Joe Flores Esq NP RN

Joe Flores Esq NP RN is both a nurse practitioner and an attorney in Texas. He has practiced in several areas of the law, including personal injury, traumatic brain injury cases, whistleblower law, and the defense in cases where nursing and the law overlap.

While Joe earned his BSN, he started reviewing medical records for attorneys. His expert witness work helped fund his nurse practitioner program and law school. Joe feared attorneys when he was a nurse and did not think of becoming one.

His first case as a legal nurse consultant changed his perspective when he found the nursing home lied about how much a resident ate and starved them on purpose. Joe serves in a dual role now: trial attorney and nurse practitioner.

“Let’s give you something for pain” - Opioid Overdoses in the Hospital

A little of this, a little of that – nurses in hospitals have choices of what to give patients for pain and sedation: IV push, PCA pumps, pills, or patches. Tragedy strikes when nurses do not pay attention to the amount and frequency of administration or the drug interactions. Opioid overdoses can’t always be reversed by Narcan.

The attorney asks you for help in deciphering the sequence of events that led up to the patient’s death. What the factors that lead to an overdose, and how can you help the attorney?


Barbara Levin BSN RN ONC CMSRN LNCC is a medical surgical expert witness who has testified in cases involving opioid overdoses. She is the Clinical Scholar of the orthopaedic trauma unit at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Barbara served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Registered Nurses.  Barbara was the President of the AALNC.  She testifies as an expert witness nationally on a variety of topics including spine emergencies. Barbara has been published on many orthopaedic and legal nursing topics and has collaborated with Patricia Iyer on several publications.  

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How to Attract Clients

In this presentation, you will discover the importance of a message that resonates with potential clients and a brand that lets you stand out in the marketplace. We’ll also uncover the ways to provide an exceptional customer experience that has your clients keep you top of mind and referring you to others in their circle of influence.


Val Low

Val Low

Val Low is an expert at creating order for entrepreneurs and taking them to their next level of growth and impact. Val’s Magnify Your Brand™ program enables entrepreneurs to clarify their message and brand so they stand out in the marketplace and are seen as the expert in their field. She is located in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Virtual Trials: A New Virtual World

Courthouses are mostly closed. Attorneys are exploring new ways to try cases.

  • Should they present their case virtually or wait for courthouses to open?
  • How do virtual trials affect defendants, plaintiffs, the jury, judge and attorneys?
  • Which defendants get priority for a trial?
  • What does the LNC need to know about virtual depositions and trials?

We invited Peter Akmajian Esq. from Arizona to share his perspective on this change. Peter Akmajian is a trial lawyer with 30+ years of experience under his belt. His trials have mainly involved serious personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death.  He was a civil defense lawyer for many years before making the switch to the plaintiff's side recently. 

Peter Akmajian Esq

Since 1998, Peter has been certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death, and he is a long-time member of the State Bar's Commission that vets potential specialists.  Peter is honored to have been inducted into three organizations recognizing outstanding trial work: the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the International Society of Barristers.  He is also a long-time member of another prestigious trial lawyer organization, the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Peter Akmajian