Professional Malpractice Defense
JD, Syracuse University College of Law, cum laude, 2012
BA, Grand Valley State University, 2008
State Bar Licenses
State Bar Organizations
State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, 2014-2015
Young Lawyers Section, 2012-2015
October 2018, Motion for Partial Summary Disposition Granted. Drafted and successfully argued a Motion for Partial Summary Disposition, resulting in the dismissal of direct claims against a hospital. Plaintiff alleged that the hospital was negligent for failing to adopt appropriate policies and procedures, and for its hiring and retention of its staff. Plaintiff further argued that those claims sounded in ordinary negligence, which are not subject to the statutory non-economic damages cap. We argued that such claims sound in medical malpractice under case law, and the Court agreed. Also, the Court agreed that the claims were not contained in Plaintiff’s Notice of Intent, or supported by Plaintiff’s experts’ Affidavits of Merit, or by any expert testimony. Accordingly, the claims were dismissed.
October 2015, Summary Disposition: Successfully argued and obtained summary disposition on behalf of a local nursing home based on a previously executed contractual release.
April 2019, Co-Presentation with Kevin M. Lesperance and Steven C. Berry: Charting: Surviving Your First Deposition:101, Bronson Nursing Staff, Kalamazoo, Michigan
November 2018, Co-Presentation with Kevin M. Lesperance: Charting: From the Operating Room to the Courtroom, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital, Manistee, Michigan
July 2018, Mock Trial: “Surviving a Lawsuit: Bringing Law and Order to the Litigation Jungle,” Michigan County Road Commission Self-Insurance Pool Annual Meeting (Joint Presenter), Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
May 2016, Presentation: Who Speaks for this Patient? Autonomy, Capacity, and Consent: Legal and Ethical Considerations in Patient Care, Western Michigan University School of Medicine (clinic physicians), Kalamazoo, Michigan