Wisconsin Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals
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8:30 – 11:45 am CST
11:45 am – 12:15 pm CST
12:15 – 3:30 pm CST
Understanding Wisconsin Personal Injury Law C. Wirth
The development of personal injury law in Wisconsin
Statutes and regulations that affect liability law
An overview of liability law in different types of personal injury cases
• Automobile accident
• Medical malpractice
• Product liability
The law of damages
Recent developments and anticipated changes in Wisconsin law
Investigating and Evaluating a Personal Injury Claim K. LaFave
Obtaining information from/about the plaintiff
Using (and not using) investigators
Identifying and locating parties and witnesses
Investigating/documenting the incident
Obtaining information on damages
Identifying and obtaining other relevant information
Handling Ethical Issues in Personal Injury Practice W. Healy
Maintaining client confidentiality
Avoiding conflicts of interest
Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
Communicating with clients, the court and opposing counsel
Litigating Personal Injury Cases C. Strohbehn
Drafting, filing and serving initial pleadings
Participating in the discovery process
Drafting admissions, interrogatories and requests for production of documents
Responding to discovery requests
Deposition practice: preparing for, attending and reviewing
Working with expert witnesses
Preparing for and assisting at trial
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This seminar offers Wisconsin paralegals 6.0 CLE hours,
including 1.5 ethics hours.
NALA: 6.0 CLE Hours (1.5 Ethics)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 CLE hours, including 1.5 ethics hours, to Wisconsin paralegals. Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this webinar.
The National Association of Legal Assistants has approved this course for 6.0 CLE Hours, including 4.5 Substantive CLE Hours and 1.5 Legal Ethics CLE Hours.
HalfMoon Education has applied to the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for course approval. This application is currently pending.
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Attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier SC (Appleton & Green Bay, WI)
Ms. Healy is an attorney in the firm’s Appleton and Green Bay office. She focuses her practice on a wide variety of personal injury cases. Prior to joining Habush, Ms. Healy worked as an attorney at a civil litigation firm in Madison, Wisconsin, where she dedicated her career to helping those who need it most. She has vast experience representing individuals in both state and federal courts, as well as with transnational litigation. In recognition of her civil litigation work, Ms. Healy was designated a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Currently, she sits on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ) and is the immediate past chair of the Women’s Caucus. Additionally, she was recently nominated to serve as a Regional Officer for WAJ. Her term will commence in December of 2021. Ms. Healy is also a member of the James E. Doyle Inn of Court and is an active member of the Legal Association for Women in Dane County, serving on the board of directors from 2019-2021. Ms. Healy received her undergraduate degree from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and graduated cum laude, with honors, from Valparaiso Law School. While in law school, she served as editor of the Law Review.
Krista G. LafaveGingras, Thomsen & Wachs LLP
Ms. LaFave is a trial lawyer at Gingras, Thomsen & Wachs LLP where she represents plaintiffs. Her practice focuses on civil rights litigation, employment disputes, and all types of personal injury cases, including automobile collisions, product liability, premises liability, and nursing home abuse and neglect cases. She initially worked in insurance defense and subrogation litigation. Ms. LaFave is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of Tulane University Law School. She was selected to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 and has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2018. She serves on the board of the Association for Women Lawyers. Prior to attending law school, Ms. LaFave worked in legal marketing and as a legal assistant.
Attorney & Partner at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown LLP (Milwaukee, WI)
Mr. Strohbehn is a partner at Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown, LLP in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He enjoys the challenge of helping clients through difficult situations. He has developed a diverse litigation practice that focuses on personal injury, insurance coverage litigation, civil litigation, and commercial property tax appeals. Mr. Strohbehn’s practice extends throughout the state of Wisconsin. He represents clients across the spectrum – from individuals to small businesses to large national corporations. He is also experienced in litigating in appellate courts across the state, including serving as lead counsel in a number of cases that were litigated at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Previously, Mr. Strohbehn was President of the Milwaukee Young Lawyer’s Association and was a member of the Board for six years. He also sat for a number of years as an alternate on the City of Milwaukee’s Administrative Review and Appeals Board and was president of a large downtown Condominium Association. Currently, he is a board member of the Wisconsin Association for Justice.
Attorney at Bye, Goff & Rohde (River Falls, WI)
Ms. Wirth was born and raised in River Falls and is proud to serve her hometown community as well as the greater states of Wisconsin and Minnesota as an injury lawyer. She attended law school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where she graduated magna cum laude, served on the Law Review senior board, and was inducted into the Pro Bono Society. During law school Ms. Wirth also served as a judicial intern at the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Prior to law school, Ms. Wirth graduated summa cum laude from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She also obtained her paralegal certificate while attending Hamline. Ms. Wirth’s personal injury practice is grounded in the understanding that injuries can be life-changing and that no one should have to navigate the legal system alone. Her extensive experience in the legal field allows her to employ a myriad of skills in advocating zealously for her clients. Her years of experience in various positions at Bye, Goff & Rohde and her prior work with judges give her a unique perspective in litigating personal injury cases.