Delta Halifax, Halifax - All-day Friday, November 17, 2017

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**  This conference is accredited for 7.0 Hours of MCPD Credits by the Law Society of New Brunswick. It represents 7.0 Hours of MCPD Credits for lawyers in NS, PEI and NL. ** 

We tell our clients that most cases settle before trial – and that’s true. But just because a case settles doesn’t mean there aren’t winners and losers: there are bad settlements, there are good settlements and there are great settlements. Great settlements don’t just happen – they are the result of a well-executed strategy, which begins at intake and continues to the filing of the consent dismissal order. Nothing is left to chance. To make sure your client has the best shot at a great settlement, APTLA is planning a two-conference series focused entirely on settlement of personal injury cases. You’ll learn best practices at the early stages of a case: identifying good claims; estimating and driving reserve limits; preparing an evidentiary and discovery plan; talking to adjusters; and managing your client’s expectations. Later we’ll examine when and how to initiate settlement discussions: winning demand letters; best practices for negotiation; strategies for mediation and settlement conferences; preparing your clients for settlement talks; using the rules of Court to increase chances of settlement; traps to avoid in settlement agreements; and much more. Plan to join us November 17th for the first installment of Winning Settlement Strategies & Tactics, and mark your calendars for June 15th & 16th, 2018 for the second part and conclusion to this program. Together these conferences will take your settlement game from good to great!

• Driving Reserves: How the Colossus Algorithm affects Settlement
• Taming the Beast: Document Collection, Organization & Management

• Walking a Fine Line: Early Settlement Done Right
• Once in the Lifetime of a Case Opportunity: Preparing Your Client for Discovery
• Mining for Gold: Finding Nuggets in the Medical Records
• Social Media in Personal Injury Claims: A Case Review
If Only these Drives could Talk: Unlocking the Secret Evidence in Digital Devices
The Set Up: Discovering the Opposing Party

We are delighted with our faculty for this program. We begin the day with Insurance Industry insider, James Mathis of Mathis Insurance Consulting, Inc. (NV). Through his work at Allstate and State Farm, James has extensive professional experience in the Insurance Industry, and has specific knowledge of Insurance Industry processes, procedures, manuals, memos, literature, claim handling practices, advertisements, electronic systems, computer maintained data, computer retrieval reporting, personnel guides, training guides and literature, trial defenses and discovery preparation. He will bring his expertise and knowledge to our Settlements Conference in a presentation that you will not want to miss.

We are thrilled to have J.D. Hays, Jr. of Taylor King (AR) joining us at this program. J.D. is a Member of the Trial Lawyers Associations of Arkansas and Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the renowned Trial Lawyers College at Thunder Ranch, Wyoming, where he returns annually to refresh and renew his skills as a Trial Lawyer. He is also a faculty member of AAJ's prestigious Deposition College programs, held all over the US. He will bring us the latest in strategies and practices with Discoveries, and as well review the tried and true methods that bring the best chances of success in your case.


APTLA is lucky to have APTLA Members Mike Dull, Valent Legal; Janus Siebrits, MacGillivray Law Office; JD Comeau, Fidelis Law; Geoff Alyward, Q.C., Alyward Law; and Adam Harris, MacIntosh, MacDonnell & MacDonald on our faculty. We welcome Neil Walker and Blair MacLellan from DiscoverE to round out our program.



Seahold Investments
McKellar Structured Settlements   •   Bridgepoint Financial   •  Allevio Pain Management Clinic

Collins Barrow    •     McKeating Actuarial Services    •    AssessMed    •    Matson Driscoll & Damico     •     Krofchick Valuations    •    Kodsi Forensic Engineering


FRIDAY CONFERENCE LUNCHEON: Included in the registration fee is a conference luncheon generously sponsored by Seahold Investments.

OPT-IN GROUP DINNER: Please plan to join your APTLA colleagues on Friday night for a nice dinner, great fun and excellent company at our opt-in group dinner. This event will be open to speakers, registrants, sponsors and guests.


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 USB of conference materials and HST. A discount, as above, in registration fee is given to APTLA Members.


To register for the WINNING SETTLEMENT STRATEGIES & TACTICS, Part One - please CLICK HERE. The office will send you an online invoice in the applicable registration category with the applicable registration fee and any other costs you have indicated.

If you wish to pay by cheque, payment should accompany registration and be sent ASAP to:
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 use 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 Delta Halifax for those attending the conference. Delta Rooms with 2 Doubles or 1 King or Queen are $154.00/night. These room rates are subject to availability. Hotel reservations should be made immediately. Follow this link to make your Delta Halifax Hotel Reservation.

CANCELLATIONS & CUT OFFS : Conference registration cancellations must be received in writing to the office on or before November 1st, 2017. APTLA will issue a refund less a $50 processing fee. Hotel reservations must be made by Friday, October 27th 2017. After that date, the Delta Halifax will release our Room Block and rooms will be subject to availability and regular pricing.

Westin Room Reservation Link.