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Litigation Education Retreat (Fall 2022)

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Recognizing the damaging effects a lawsuit can have on a physician's personal and professional well-being, CAP invites you to take advantage of a Litigation Education Retreat, offered at no charge as a part of your CAP membership. During this virtual event, you will learn techniques to alleviate the anxiety associated with being named in a lawsuit, what to expect during a typical medical professional liability case, and how using a few key communications tools in deposition can help you secure the most favorable litigation result.

After attending the Litigation Education Retreat, physician participants will be able to:

  • Adapt at least one constructive tactic to cope with anger, anxiety, fear, depression, and the emotional fallout associated with a lawsuit.
  • Detect the effects of litigation on staff, family, associates, and the physician-patient relationship.
  • Differentiate the possible reactions to litigation based on the physician’s cultural/ethnic background.
  • Consider the effects of litigation on work and personal habits and how to cope day to day.
  • Illustrate the legal process and summarize the roles of the persons involved.
  • Integrate professionalism and competency when discussing medical care rendered.

Event Schedule

Managing Litigation-Related Stress
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Gain insights from Dr. Timothy Hofeldt, a psychiatrist specializing in physician wellness, on why being named in a lawsuit is so stressful. Learn constructive ways to cope with stress and deal with the anger, anxiety, and emotional fallout.

Preparing a Strong Defense
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Lawrence Wong, Esq., an attorney from CAP’s dedicated defense law firm, Schmid & Voiles, will address what a plaintiff needs to prove in a medical professional liability lawsuit and how to work with your defense attorney to best present your side.

Effective Communication Training
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by litigation communications strategist Dr. Shelley Spiecker, this segment is designed to help you achieve a best-case outcome by reviewing key elements and techniques for effective communication. Learn how to demonstrate professionalism during both deposition and trial.

Accreditation Statement:
The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement:
The Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. designates this internet live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


  • Timothy Hofeldt, MD, Psychiatrist

    Tim is a native Oregonian who has his clinical practice in Bend, where he resides. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College and his residency training in psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center before engaging in fellowship training in the area of physician health and wellness. His professional work includes a clinical practice in general, adult and outpatient psychiatry and consultation. He works with healthcare organizations and professionals with an emphasis on physician litigation stress.

  • Lawrence Wong, Attorney, Schmid & Voiles

    Lawrence Wong has been engaged in professional liability matters related to healthcare professionals since 1992. Mr. Wong joined Schmid & Voiles in 1997 and devoted his practice exclusively to the defense of physicians throughout California. He is admitted to practice before the State and United States District Courts throughout California. He has been lead trial counsel in Superior Court trials and binding arbitrations since early 2000. Mr. Wong is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, a national, by-invitation-only association of accomplished trial lawyers.

  • Shelley C. Spiecker, Ph.D.

    Dr. Shelley Spiecker has been advising attorneys on case strategy, courtroom persuasion and jury selection for 27 years. With a doctorate in legal communication, Dr. Spiecker routinely advises attorneys on case and trial presentation strategies. She is nationally recognized for her work helping to prepare witnesses for deposition and trial. She has extensive experience in the design and analysis of mock jury trial and focus group research as well as mock bench trials and mock arbitrations. Her studies of the tactical use of innuendo in the courtroom, and her analyses of effective opening statements and closing arguments have been recognized as valuable contributions to the trial consulting field. She also enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her two children.

  • Douglas Shin, Esq.

    Douglas Shin, Esq. is general counsel for the Cooperative of American Physicians, Inc. Mr. Shin directs a legal staff and outside counsel to deliver legal solutions to this industry-leading medical professional liability company. Mr. Shin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and his law degree from Loyola Law School where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review.

    Mr. Shin began his career as a legal intern for the technology transfer team at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and coauthored an article on the commercialization of intellectual property in central and eastern Europe. He also previously worked as a litigator, defending numerous clients in the general and medical malpractice liability, employment and healthcare arenas, including settlement of numerous matters and an arbitration.

October 22, 2022
Sat 9:00 AM PDT

Duration 3H 0M

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