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SAMPLE SEMINARS

Our sample seminars, led by industry experts with decades of experience, provide an overview of the diverse topics we cover. These sessions offer practical knowledge and insights that can be directly applied to your legal practice.

1. Recovering and Measuring Business Losses Due to the Pandemic and Other Unusual Occurrences

Sponsoring Organization: New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Program Overview: Discusses the growing number of business interruption claims, the impact of pandemic-related economic fallout, and the methodologies for measuring such losses.

2. Measuring Commercial Damages in Business Interruption Lawsuits

Sponsoring Organization: The TASA Group

Program Overview: Outlines proper methods for measuring commercial damages, focusing on Dr. Gaughan’s renowned text, “Measuring Business Interruption Losses and Other Commercial Damages.” This program is designed specifically for attorneys and paralegals practicing in the field of business law and commercial litigation. Accountants involved in business valuations and forensic economics will also find this seminar beneficial.

3. Measuring Lost Profits in Business Interruption Cases

Program Overview: The process of measuring damages in business interruption cases can be complicated, with millions of dollars at stake for claimants and/or plaintiffs, as well as insurance companies and defendants–all of whom must rely on accurate calculations of losses that will hold up in negotiation or litigation. This program is designed specifically for attorneys and paralegals practicing in the field of business law and commercial litigation. Accountants involved in business valuations and forensic economics will also find this seminar beneficial.

4. Mistakes Plaintiff’s Economists Make in Measuring Lost Earnings in Personal Injury Cases

Program Overview: This CLE seminar discusses the key mistakes that are often made by plaintiff’s economists resulting in overstated/exaggerated loss claims. This seminar will outline the proper methodology to identify and rebut the overstated/exaggerated loss claims.

Topics:

  1. Preparing Damages Side of Case
  2. Defense Economist and Economist Credentials
  3. Projecting Future Losses for Too Long a Time Period
  4. Failure to Fully Discount Losses
  5. Selecting an Anomalous Year Upon Which to Base a Lost Earnings Forecast
  6. Not Fully Exploring Mitigation
  7. Not Considering Business Fluctuations and Unemployment Contingencies
  8. Failure to Conduct Industry and Firm-Specific Research
  9. Failure to Deduct Taxes When the Jurisdiction Requires It
  10. Incorrectly Factoring in Offsetting Pension Benefits
  11. Using an Inaccurate Inflation Rate
  12. Inaccurately Measuring the Value of Fringe Benefits
  13. Punitive Damages
  14. Business Related Losses

5. Measuring & Proving Damages in Commercial Litigation Cases: How Much is My Case Worth?

Sponsoring Organization: Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Business and Commercial Litigation Special Committee and the NJSBA Senior Lawyers Special Committee

Program Overview: Understanding how to measure and prove damages in commercial litigation can be a challenge – even for an experienced litigator. However, having an accurate understanding is critical in order to achieve the optimum result for your client. At this seminar, a panel of experienced litigators will be joined by expert economists to discuss many common types of commercial damages and review the case law relating to this area. The panel will also offer guidance on how to select and effectively use an expert, and what roles economists and accountants should play in measuring and proving commercial damages.

Note: This program will focus largely on lost profits cases, although other types of commercial litigation will be covered.

6. Lost Profit Damages in Commercial Litigation

The panel of experienced litigators and economic and accounting experts will discuss their respective roles and methodologies in addressing these subjects, as well as offer practical advice regarding how best to select, work with and use damages experts at trial.

Topics of discussion:

  • Overview of the law governing recovery of lost profit damages
  • Selecting, working with and using experts to prove damages
  • Concepts for measurement and projection of lost profits
  • Best use of damages experts
  • Projecting lost revenues
    • computing incremental costs associated with incremental lost revenues
    • assessing mitigation
    • discounting projected future lost profits

7. NJDA/ICNJ 2014 Auto Liability Seminar

Sponsoring Organization: NEW JERSEY DEFENSE ASSOCIATION & INSURANCE COUNCIL OF NEW JERSEY

Topics:

  • Aggravation Claims: Pleading Requirements
  • Jury Charge and Vaulting the Verbal Threshold
  • Defense of Conscious Pain & Suffering Claims
  • Defending Economic Claims in Personal Injury Cases
  • Current Issues in Ethics

8. Independent Medical Evaluations: Issues and Solutions

Sponsoring Organization: Exam Works

Topics of Discussion: Wrongful Death/Conscious Pain and Suffering; Understanding Economic Damages in Personal Injury Litigation.

9. Measuring Commercial Damages in Business Interruption Lawsuits

Program Overview: Dr. Gaughan presents the proper methods of measuring damages while Professor Fuentes covers the relevant accounting issues that are important to commercial damages analysis. The program utilizes as a text, Dr. Gaughan’s book, Measuring Business Interruption Losses and Other Commercial Damages, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition, 2009. This seminar has been successfully presented numerous times around the country. The revised 2nd edition of this book features new material, including expanded chapters on intellectual property, antitrust and securities related damages, which will be incorporated into the presentation. Computing damages in business interruption lawsuits requires a sound knowledge of fields such as litigation economics, forensic accounting and law. The presenters are well known and highly respected in these fields of expertise.This program is designed specifically for attorneys and paralegals practicing in the field of business law and commercial litigation. Accountants involved in business valuations and forensic economics will also find this seminar beneficial.

10. The Use of an Economic Expert, Vocational Expert and Life Care Planner in Documenting the Damages in Children & Adult Personal Injury Cases

Sponsoring Organizations: Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP, Economatrix Research Associates, Inc. & Occupational Assessment Services, Inc.

Program Overview: This seminar discussed understanding damages in personal injury litigation and common mistakes made by defense attorneys in evaluation of those damages.

11. Mergers and Acquisitions

Sponsoring Organization: University of International Business and Economics

Program Overview: This seminar focused on the current state of the Global Mergers and Acquisition market as well as Merger Strategy

12. What Defendants Need to be Aware of When Defending Economic Damages Claims in Personal Injury Litigation

Sponsoring Organizations: Rawle & Henderson LLP & Economatrix Research Associates, Inc.

Program Overview: This seminar covered issues such as what defendants need to do to properly prepare the damage sides of their cases. It included document discovery and issues that need to be carefully covered in depositions of fact witnesses – especially the plaintiff. It also explained how some plaintiff’s economists may exaggerate the true economic damages and how defendants can rebut such claims.

13. Understanding Damages in Personal Injury Litigation

Sponsoring Organizations: Economatrix Research Associates, Inc. & Occupational Assessment Services, Inc.

Topics Included:

  • Determining the Value of Economic Damages
  • Evaluating the Employability of a non-catastrophic Plaintiff
  • Documenting Future Medical Care
  • Moving Toward Settlement & Preparing the Case for Trial

14. Measuring Business Interruption Losses and Other Commercial Damages

Sponsored by: National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts
Location: National webinar

Dr. Patrick Gaughan and Professor Fuentes recently conducted two webinars for National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. These seminars focused on the proper methods to measure loss profits in a business interruption context. Contact Dr. Gaughan

15. China Business Executives Academy, Dalian (CBEAD)

Location: Dalian, China

Program Overview: Presentation of the state of the global economy post-COVID. This seminar presented an analysis of how most of the leading nations of the world were affected by COVID and what the states of their different economic recoveries were. The audience comprised executives of leading Chinese companies and state-owned enterprises.

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