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Epidemiology for Lawyers, By Lawyers

Presented By: DRI Drug and Medical Device Committee

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Program Overview

December 15th 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Central : Epidemiology for Lawyers, By Lawyers

This presentation will provide basic concepts of epidemiology, including the types of studies (experimental v. observational), the similarities and differences of cohort and case-control studies, the parameters by which epidemiology studies are analyzed (relative risk/odds ratio/confidence intervals), how epidemiology studies are used (or excluded) in courts, and practical pointers for attacking (or supporting) an epidemiology study.

Who Should Attend

  • Practicing attorneys who regularly represent pharmaceutical and medical device companies
  • In-house counsel who want to broaden their knowledge of epidemiology
  • Attorneys who desire to learn how to quickly read, interpret and challenge epidemiology studies
  • Attorneys who desire to learn how to use epidemiology studies offensively in their practice

What You Will Learn

  • The rule of whether a relative risk/odds ratio greater cannot be statistically significant if the confidence interval includes one (in layman’s terms)
  • Why all epidemiology studies have some degree of bias
  • Why epidemiology studies, standing alone, cannot prove causation
  • How to attack or support an epidemiology study


Chad R. HutchinsonChad R. Hutchinson is a partner in Butler Snow's Ridgeland, Mississippi office. He is a trial attorney who defends mass torts, Attorney General enforcement actions, toxic tort and chemical exposure cases, medical malpractice and professional liability litigation. Chad’s defense work for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry is national in scope, including the current representation of a client in one of the largest pharmaceutical mass torts in recent history. Having started his career defending nursing homes, Chad is now a member of product liability trial teams extending from multi-district litigation to various state courts all over the country. He focuses his practice on preparing and defending corporate 30(b)(6) witnesses and expert witnesses in the fields of polymer science, epidemiology, toxicology, industry standards, and regulatory affairs. He has successfully argued numerous Daubert/Kemp/Robinson motions and tried cases to verdict.

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