CONFERENCE DETAILS

EXPERTS OPINIONS: DRAWING THE BATTLE LINES & THE NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
Half-Day, Friday, May 29th & Full-Day, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 • Inverary Resort, Baddeck, NS

Download:  Full Conference Brochure

** This conference has been approved for ELEVEN (11) HOURS of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development credits.**

Expert Evidence has always been a crucial part of the struggle to advance your client’s case. What plaintiff lawyers want to get in, defence lawyers want to keep out; making expert opinion a prime battleground in the litigation process. It can be a skirmish or an all out war, with diplomatic peace talks or full on combat. APTLA’s Expert Opinions conference will take you from the front lines of emerging caselaw to the private talks at HQ. We will learn from lead strategists how and when to use Experts, and about the rules of engagement following recent Court decisions and Civil Procedure Rules changes. We’ll hear from various Experts, allowing you to strategize about ways to incorporate opinions into your case or how to defuse defence tactics that might lead to an impasse. APTLA’s Expert Opinions conference will help you come out with all guns blazing, and assist you in both winning the battle and the war!


APTLA's EXPERTS, EXPERT REPORTS & EXPERT TESTIMONY conference will feature:
• The Proper Use of Experts in Civil Trials
• Using Experts Prior to Trial
• The Range and Scope of Accident Investigations and Reporting
• Cost of Future Care Reports: How to Handle Gathering of Mini-Expert Opinions and How to Use them Reliably
• Challenging Experts Prior to Trial
• Issues Arising From Defence Critique Reports 
• Battling Rambo Tactics on Discovery
• NS CPR55: Case Experience and Emerging Trends
• Digesting the Expert Report by the Trier of Fact: Expert Considerations for Jury and Judge Alone Trials
• Chronic Pain: Explored, Explained and Proven
• Recent Caselaw Developments from APTLA Young Lawyers Section
• Legislative Short-Snapers
     • NB – Proportionality
     • PEI - Minor Injury
     • NS - Limitations Changes
     • NB - Discount Rate Arguments
     • NS - Discount Rates
• Legal Cost Protection: What, How & Why?

We are putting together an excellent faculty to make this conference educational, entertaining and useful to your practice. Presenters include: Arlene Posel, Collins Barrow; Greg Sypher, Road Safety Investigations; Dr. Max Kleinman, Physiatrist; and Suzanne Beausoleil, Certified Life Care Planner.

Also APTLA Members:  Erika MacDonald, Foster & Company; Laura Veniot, Pressé Mason; Janus Siebrits, MacGillivray Law Office; Chuck Ford, Carter Ford; JD Comeau, Fidelis Law; John Brennan, McLellan Brennan; Brian Hebert, McKiggan Hebert; David Gauthier, Gauthier & Associates; Jessie Gmeiner, Gmeiner Acturarial Services; Gordon Proudfoot, Q.C., Boyne Clarke; Mike Dull, Wagners; Sean FitzGerald, Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments; Derrick Kimball, Kimball Brogan; and David Brannen, Resolute Legal.

APTLA is delighted to announce that we will be joined by Steve Rastin, of Rastin Law, President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association; and Glenn Anderson, Q,C., NS DoJ and Author of "Expert Evidence" (LexisNexis, 3rd Ed.) Both bring a wealth of experience and expertise as both trial lawyers and a legal educators. Steve Rastin will speak on "The Rise and Fall of the Expert as Hired Gun: Lessons from Ontario" as well as deliver a rousing Luncheon Address on Saturday. Glenn will be presenting on the Use of Experts Before Trial and Pre-Trial Challenges to Expert Reports. Both of these presenters are not to be missed.
 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS & EXHIBITORS:

Seahold Investments   •   McKellar Structured Settlements    •    Collins Barrow
 

Bridgepoint Financial    •    McKeating Actuarial Services     •    AssessMed

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

WHO CAN REGISTER?  APTLA'S CONFERENCE is open to APTLA Members and Non-Members, lawyers and non-lawyers.

APTLA MEMBER REGISTRATION
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for APTLA Lawyer Members
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for APTLA Associate Members
$299.00 + HST = $343.85 for APTLA Young Lawyer Section Members
$199.00 + HST = $228.85 for APTLA Clerks & Students
 
NON-APTLA MEMBER REGISTRATION
$565.22 + HST = $650.00 for Non-Members
$399.00 + HST = $458.85 for Non-Member Clerks & Students

Conference Registration includes conference attendance, refreshment breaks, the conference luncheon, a ticket for the Presidents' Reception, a CD of conference materials and HST. A discount, as above, in registration fee is given to APTLA Members.


THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT CONFERENCE. OUR LAST TWO SUMMER CONFERENCES WERE SELL OUTS.
PLEASE REGISTER ASAP.


REGISTRATION & PAYMENT:

To register for the SPRING/SUMMER CONFERENCE - please CLICK HERE. The office will send you an online invoice in the applicable registration category with the applicable registration fee.

If you wish to pay by cheque, payment should accompany registration and be sent to ASAP:
APTLA
P.O. Box 2618, Central RPO
Halifax, NS  B3J 3N5


WHO CAN JOIN THE ASSOCIATION?  APTLA welcomes both plaintiff lawyers and non-lawyers to Membership. We would love to welcome you to Membership in the Association. Non-Members may wish to consider joining APTLA if they qualify for Membership. New Members immediately qualify for reduced pricing for this conference. If you wish to join us and avail yourself of Member pricing, please contact the office.

WHAT ARE THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS?  APTLA Members receive education discounts; exclusive us of our Members' ListServ; a subscription to APT Law Magazine; use of our state of the art website; and other annual benefits!

OTHER IMPORTANT CONFERENCE INFORMATION:

HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS:  APTLA has established a preferred room rate at the Inverary Resort for those attending the conference. They have a range of accommodations availabe, from Traditional Rooms ($119+/night) to Two Bedroom Cottages ($229+/night). This rate is subject to availability. Hotel reservations should be made immediately. To book your room online, please CLICK HERE Once on the website, click on "Make a Reservation", and be sure to add the Group Code (301702) and PIN (1234). Please make your booking as soon as possible and before Wednesday, April 29th, 2015. After that date, the resort will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.

CANCELLATIONS & CUT OFFS : Conference registration cancellations must be received in the APTLA office no later than Friday, May 8th, 2015. We will issue a refund for the registration fee paid less a $50.00 processing fee. APTLA cannot accept cancellations after May 8th, 2015 and refunds will not be issued after that date. Substitution of another attendee from the same category of registration is always permitted, although we would appreciate notice of such substitutions. Hotel reservations must be made on or before end of day on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015. After that date, the
Rodd Brudenell Resort will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.