2018 DRI Webinars


Lightning Damage & Automated Homes

Identification: DRI0001

Lightning Damage and Automated Homes is a one-hour presentation that will educate the audience on lightning damage to electronic appliances and/or devices typically located within a residential setting, with an emphasis on smart (or automated) homes. Beginning with a study of smart homes, this presentation will cover the devices often found within automated residences and the software systems used to connect all components. Participants will also become familiarized with many aspects of lightning, including characteristics, types, and sources. Using data and case studies, the presentation will then connect the two concepts, explaining how lightning interacts with Earth, damages these interactions may cause, and how to evaluate the damages, particularly with regards to automated homes.

  • Timothy C. Martin, P.E., C.F.E.I., Senior Consultant, Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

Avoiding Claims of Negligent Hiring, Supervision, or Retention Can Draw Hospitals into Abuse Cases

Feb 15, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Feb 15, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3456

When a hospital, (or other healthcare facility), employee is accused of a criminal act, be it sexual assault or physical abuse, plaintiff’s attorneys will almost always attempt to formulate a theory of liability against the hospital in order name the deep pocketed employer as a defendant.

This webinar will discuss the common scenarios which occur in a hospital that can give rise to such claims. It will also discuss steps that hospitals can take in order to avoid being vulnerable to such claims, how to investigate the claims, and how to challenge the claims legally.


  • Typical Incidents that give rise to such claims.
  • Best practices to employ in order to prevent such a claims.
  • How to properly investigate the claim immediately after the incident occurs.
  • Legal strategies to employ in defense of such claims.

Standard: $50.00

#CleanUpTheMess: The Implications of Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Use to the Workplace and the Workers' Compensation System

Feb 22, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Feb 22, 2018 2:30pm

Identification: DRI3460

Mark Pew will provide an informative and interesting discussion on the Implications of Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Use to the Workplace and the Workers' Compensation System. Forty-one states have some form of legalized medical cannabis. Reimbursement of marijuana by the workers’ compensation system has occurred in at least seven states, whether by court mandate or voluntarily. New Mexico even has it on its fee schedule. While marijuana is not as benign as advocates say, the argument that it is less dangerous than opioids – a treatment often enabled by workers’ compensation– has caused many around the country to reconsider their opinion. If workers’ compensation payers are not dealing with cannabis claims yet, they likely will be soon. This presentation will help explain the situation and implications.


  • The momentum of marijuana legalization, both recreationally and medicinally, around the U.S.
  • Identify the potential medical uses of cannabis and how states oversee those uses.
  • Understand the argument of cannabis vs. opioids
  • Outline the implications to the workforce and workplace

Standard: $50.00

The Millennial Effect: How Millennials Are Impacting the Workforce and Employment Claims

Mar 13, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Mar 13, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3458

By 2025 Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce. Employers are faced with the shift from a “boomer” work culture to one based upon the different expectations, work styles and needs of Millennial workers. Millennials are also impacting related employment claims including the substance, frequency, resolution (including amount of settlement) of cases and ultimately how they are tried. This program will discuss the distinct Millennial characteristics that are changing the workplace, and identify how those distinctions are revealing themselves in claims handling and employment litigation.


  • How to ensure that efforts to meet Millennial work/life needs don’t result in FLSA noncompliance
  • The ways Millennial involvement is increasing the costs of electronic discovery and claims budgeting
  • How cognitive offloading is impacting the jury room and claims investigation
  • Why it is critical to ensure Millennials jurors are engaged in the trial process


What to Do When You Get the Call: The Do’s and Dont's of a Catastrophic Loss Response

Mar 21, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Mar 21, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3464

This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will explore what attorneys and claims specialists need to address when they get “the call” that their client’s driver has been involved in a catastrophic accident. Panelists will discuss how to prepare for “the call,” how to put a responsive plan into motion, basics on scene inspection and preservation of evidence, how to protect the driver, interaction with local authorities, witnesses, and the media and ensuring compliance with federal regulations, such as post-accident inspections and mandatory drug/alcohol testing.


  • How to prepare for a catastrophic loss response, including a team of attorneys, investigators, experts and a comprehensive “emergency response kit”;
  • Preservation of evidence/avoidance of spoliation claims;
  • How to protect the driver and handle driver issues, including potential criminal implications, conflicts, applicable federal requirements;
  • How to interact at the scene, including with the police, witnesses and media.

Standard: $50.00

What is the GDPR?: How the European Union’s New General Data Protection Regulation Affects You and Your Clients - Member

Mar 28, 2018 12:00pm ‐ Mar 28, 2018 1:00pm

Identification: DRI3468

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25, 2018. The GDPR has unprecedented extra-territorial reach. Many North-American firms, companies and associations will be subject to the regulation, which has no grace period. Penalties for non-compliance are significant-- as high as 20 million euros or 4 percent of annual worldwide turnover. In addition to their own compliance, corporations with employees or customers in the EU must take steps to help ensure that any vendors they permit to access EU personal data are compliant. This webinar will present the basics of the GDPR and this new era of “privacy by design.”


  • The GDPR’s data protection principles, penalties and enforcement
  • How the GDPR’s intersects with your practice and clients
  • Key steps for GDPR compliance

Standard: $50.00

Everything We Wish We Would Have Known As New Associates

Apr 5, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Apr 5, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3461

The Program will provide an overview of expectations of associates at their law firms. Often, firms do not adequately articulate their expectations and how to meet them. The program will discuss how associates should treat senior associates and partners as their clients, offering them the same service the firm’s clients expect. It will also address how an associate can become a problem solver, be proactive, think creatively, offer solutions and become an asset to the partners and to the firm. It will also address necessary skills, like communication, writing and business development and will help associates who make mid career transitions.


  • How to impress the partners at your firm and the clients they represent.
  • How to develop the skill set necessary in every associate’s tool box.
  • How to develop a long term strategy for your cases and your career.
  • How to Become a Subject Matter Expert.

Standard: $50.00

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Business Valuation for Lawyers

Apr 12, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Apr 12, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3465

The program will assist counsel to go behind the numbers and evaluate the content of a business valuation report. The word “valuation” needs a modifier (standard of value) to present a credible “calculation.” Differentiate “calculations” from “opinions” and when each might be utilized.


  • How to evaluate the credibility and content of a business valuation 
  • Distinguish the utilization and credibility of different valuation reports 
  • Standards of Value and their application

Standard: $25.00

Measuring the Value of Medical Services in Personal Injury Suits

Apr 26, 2018 1:00pm ‐ Apr 26, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3467

This webinar will provide guidance on the appropriate methodology to measure the value of medical services in personal injury suits. We will discuss why the approach typically taken by life care planners in personal injury suits is incorrect and does not account for how payments are made in the healthcare marketplace. While most life care planners rely on billed charges to establish the value of healthcare services, providers’ charges do not reflect what is actually paid for care. In fact, billed charges are almost never paid, and providers willingly accept less (sometimes substantially less) than charges. The presenters will describe these issues and how the issues are addressed in personal injury lawsuits.


  • An understanding of what charges represent in the healthcare marketplace
  • A high level overview of the approaches used to pay healthcare providers
  • Reasonable approaches to calculating payments for healthcare services in the context of personal injury lawsuits

Standard: $50.00

Review Report, Rebuttal Report or Both?

May 3, 2018 1:00pm ‐ May 3, 2018 2:00pm

Identification: DRI3466

A Review Report is directed toward the substantive aspects of developing a credible opinion of the quality of another’s work that was performed. Since the credibility of an expert’s testimony is a fact to be decided by the fact finder, the Review testimony opines on the substantive elements of credibility such as relevance, reliability, transparency, etc. A Rebuttal Report essentially focuses on argument related to quantitative aspects of testimony as opposed to the qualitative aspects. Each may be appropriate at various stages of litigation or the processes may be combined to produce more effective rebuttal testimony.


  • Elements of credibility in expert reports such as lost profits, business valuation, etc. 
  • Tips to evaluate credibility 
  • Pros and Cons of Review Reports versus Rebuttal Reports

Standard: $25.00