Half-Day, Friday, June 20th & Full-Day, June 21st, 2014 • Rodd Brudenell River Resort, Roseneath, PEI

Download the complete Spring Training Brochure & Agenda.

** This conference is accredited for SEVEN and a HALF (7.5) HOURS of Mandatory Continuing Professional Development credits. This does not incude the luncheon address, so the final accessment may represent Eight (8) hours.**

In baseball, Spring Training is a series of practices and exhibitions preceding the beginning of regular season. APTLA's Spring Training is just what you need to know to bring forward the best case for your client. We are covering case valuation, evidence, economic losses, discovery, workers comp, important recent caselaw, experts, and litigation planning. It will be a thorough review of many important aspects of a winning personal injury file.

HOME RUN ON ECONOMIC LOSSES:  No doubt about it. Winning a multi-million dollar judgement is like hitting a home run. But judgements like that don’t just happen. To win big you must cover all three bases of future economic loss: future income, future cost of care and future loss of valuable services. Our judicial trends analysis will provide you with a thorough understanding of the evidentiary requirements and current approaches to proving future economic losses in Atlantic Canada. You’ll be ready to hit a home run for your client the next time you’re up at bat.
Judicial Trends: Diminished Earning Capacity / Loss of Future Wages Across the Atlantic Provinces
Judicial Trends: The Cost of Future Care & Loss of Valuable Services Across the Atlantic Provinces

SPECIAL SCOUTING REPORT – WORKERS COMPSelecting clients for your practice is like selecting players for a baseball team – you simply can’t put everyone on the team. Screening personal injury clients is hard enough but when the injury arises in the workplace, special considerations arise. Is the claim barred entirely? Can the client opt out of workers comp? Can other employees or employers be sued? Does it matter whether the claim arises from a car accident? Learn the answers to these and other questions in our Worker’s Comp session so next time you’ll be able to make the call on adding another player to your roster or sending the client to another franchise.
Where and How Does Workers’ Comp Interact with the Private Bar?
Opting for Workers Comp vs. Pursuing A Claim Against the Tortfeasor: The Pros & Cons

EVALUATION DAY:  Like ball players, each case is unique. In your practice it’s your job to decide what each case is worth. Overreach and you could end up spending months if not years trying to find the end of the rainbow – a disservice to your dissapointed client who has waited patiently for compensation. Undervalue the claim the client is shortchanged. Learn how to value a PI claim as experienced council weigh in on various real life case scenarios.
What’s the Case Worth?
The Importance of Short-Lived Evidence in Collision Investigation

THE AGENT’S CUT – SUBROGATED CLAIMSLike a player’s agent, your client’s insurers and other agencies have got them to where they are today – hopefully on the road to financial and medical recovery. Now they want their cut – but what exactly are they entitled to under their insurance polices? Should clients sign additional repayment agreements? What statutory subrogation rights exist and what obligations to lawyers have under this legisation? What happened to the common law limits on the right of subrogation?
Subrogated Damage Claims vs. Repayment Agreements

Update from the Courts – APTLA Young Lawyers Section

GAME STRATEGY:  Winning cases like winning games is not just about your case or your team. Winning cases requires attention to the other team as well. In the flowing sessions you will learn the strategies and techniques that you need to master to effectively discover a critical member of the opponent’s team - the defence expert from one of the North Americas leading personal injury litigators. You will also hear directly from one trial judge on the effective use of the plaintiff’s expert. Finally you will learn how to use summary judgment and other rules to strike an early decisive blow to the defence case to give your client victor or the upper hand.
Discoveries That Can Win Your Case
Summary Judgments:  Rules & Tools
Are Your Experts Worth It? A View from the Bench on Effective Use of Expert Witnesses

COACH’S PLAYBOOK:  Well executed plans deliver victory both on the field and in the courtroom. Learn how to devise a sound litigation plan and stick to it from one of America’s top personal injury litigators.
The Psychology of Winning

APTLA is delighted to announce that we will be joined by Richard D. Hailey, of Ramey & Hailey (IN). Rich is a former Past President of the American Association for Justice, and a founder and instructor at AAJ's annual Deposition College. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise as both a trial lawyer and a legal educator to our program, and is not to be missed. In addition, we are joined by the Hon. Justice Benjamin Taylor (PEI) and the Hon. Justice Cindy Bourgeois (NS) to get important insight from their views from the bench.


Seahold Investments   •   McKellar Structured Settlements   •   Vocational Rehabilitation Assessments

Bridgepoint Financial    •    Carol Bierbrier & Associates    •    Collins Barrow

Legal Nurse Atlantic    •    Dilkes, Jeffery & Associates    •    AssessMed


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

$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
$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.



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:
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!


HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS:  APTLA has established a preferred room rate at the Rodd Brudenell Resort for those attending the conference.

The following rates apply:
•    Standard Room $109.00
•    Junior Suite $149
•    Executive King Suite $199
•    King Cottage $279
•    Queen Cottage $299
•    King/Queen Adjoining Cottage $450

This rate is subject to availability. Hotel reservations must be made immediately. Reservations at the Rodd Brudenell Resort can be made directly with the hotel (1-800-565-7633) or via online hotel reservations. You must advise the reservations department that you are attending the APTLA Conference when you are making the reservation. To book your room online, please CLICK HERE Once on the website, click on Group Code at the top of the webpage. The Group Sign-in code is APTLA. Please make your booking as soon as possible and before Friday, May 23rd, 2014. 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, June 6th, 2014. We will issue a refund for the registration fee paid less a $50.00 processing fee. APTLA cannot accept cancellations after June 6th, 2014 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 Monday, May 19th, 2014. After that date, the
Rodd Brudenell Resort will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.