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MDTC Annual Meeting and Conference


Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

MDTC Annual Meeting and Conference

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
MDTC Member   more info Jun 22, 2017 $285.00 $0.00
Associate Member Jun 22, 2017 $75.00 $0.00
MDTC Non-member Jun 22, 2017 $325.00 $0.00
Group (3 or more attendees from your firm)
Rate per attendee. Includes one year membership for Non-Member attendees.
Jun 22, 2017 $185.00 $0.00
New Member SPECIAL - 5 years+
Cost of meeting and 1 year of membership. Fill out application form here:
Jun 22, 2017 $395.00 $0.00
New Member SPECIAL - Less than 5 years
Cost of meeting and 1 year of membership. Fill out application form here:
Jun 22, 2017 $195.00 $0.00
Exhibitor Sponsorship   more info Jun 22, 2017 $700.00 $0.00
Market Your Company Sponsorship   more info Jun 22, 2017 $300.00 $0.00
MDTC Fun-Run Sponsorship   more info Jun 22, 2017 $600.00 $0.00
Vendor Reception Jun 22, 2017 Free $0.00

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Event Details

Registration fees include entrance for one person to attend Educational Sessions; all other activities are extra. You MUST purchase a banquet ticket to attend the banquet.

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 23, 2017

Welcome and Introduction

1:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.


Hilary Ballentine, Plunkett Cooney; MDTC President

My Car Does What? Defending Claims Involving Automated Vehicles

1:20 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.


Liza Favaro, Bowman and Brooke LLP

Emily Frascaroli, Ford Motor Company

The future of auto no-fault law meets the future of driving – the impact of new automated vehicle technologies on the defense of auto no-fault claims in Michigan.

Hot Topics in Auto No-Fault

2:20 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Michael J. Jolet, Hewson & Van Hellemont PC

John Gene, Scarfone & Geen

The future of provider suits and effectively defending non-cooperation cases

Social Break – 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Appellate Panel

3:20 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Nicholas Ayoub, Hewson & Van Hellemont PC

Panel Members

Kimberlee A. Hillock, Willingham & Cote' PC

Richard Kraus, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

Daniel S. Saylor, Garan Lucow Miller PC

Best practices primer. Panel members will discuss appellate advocacy tips and best practices to position your case for success.

Judicial Panel

4:20 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.


Terence Durkin, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook

Panel Members

Hon. Michael J. Riordan, Michigan Court of Appeals

Hon. Brian Robert Sullivan, 3rd Circuit, Wayne County

Hon. Lita M. Popke, 3rd Circuit, Wayne County

Hon. Roy C. Hayes, III, 33rd Circuit Court, Charlevoix County

A didactic and interactive session offering diverse judicial perspectives on realistic scenarios. Provides an informal opportunity for both young and seasoned attorneys to interact with judges. Judges will provide responses to various scenarios and will share their recommendations to address common issues in their respective courtrooms. Come prepared to engage and learn.

Vendor Reception
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

FREE Event. Everyone is welcome including family, guests, speakers, vendors, and attendees.

The reception will provide an excellent opportunity for everyone at the conference to interact in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets will be provided.

-Optional Activity-
Hospitality Suite
Friday, June 23, 2017
Following Vendor Reception
Saturday June 24th, 2017
Annual Meeting

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

8:45 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. -- Vendor Update

Effective Facilitation and Arbitration Panel

8:50 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Moderator – William W. Jack, Jr., Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge

Panel Members

David Kanaan, Oakland County

Jeanne Stempien, Stempien Mediation Services

Paula K. Manis, Loomis Ewert Parsley Davis & Gotting PC

Bruce Necker, Rhoades McKee PC

A panel of veteran experts share their insider information for successful facilitations. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls, prioritize materials, and provide the most impactful arguments to make your case.

Issues Facing Young Lawyers Today

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Amber Girbach, Hewson & Van Hellemont, PC

Panel Members

Amanda Kakos, Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook

Fred Livingston, Zausmer August & Caldwell PC

Shawn Lewis, Hewson & Van Hellemont, PC

Michael Kon, Hewson & Van Hellemont, PC

 From mentorship to billable hours, a panel discussion regarding how to successfully manage issues facing young lawyers and their bosses.

11:00 am – 11:15 am Social Break

11:15 – 11:20 a.m. Vendor Update

In-House Counsel Panel

11:20 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Lee Khachaturian, Law Offices of Diana Lee Khachaturian (Prospect)

Panel Members

Michael O’Malley, Law Offices of James M. Hicks

Frank Penzato, The Hanover Insurance Group

Concluding Remarks

12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Hilary Ballentine, Plunkett Cooney; MDTC President

Golf/Fun Run @ 1:00 p.m.

Registration fee includes Education Sessions and Breaks. If you have any questions, please contact MDTC at (517) 627-3745. Payment MUST be received on or before date of the event. Refunds and cancellations must be received in writing 72 hours in advance of the event - less $50.00 administrative fee.

Room Reservations:
Shanty Creek Resorts
Ask for Michigan Defense Trial Counsel group rates
Room Deadline: 5/29/17
Brought to you by the following sponsors:
  • BRC-Biodynamic research Corporation
  • CASE Forensics, a JENSEN HUGHES Company
  • Cross Xamine Investigations
  • Donan
  • Exponent
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.
  • Hewson & Van Hellemont PC
  • Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
  • Leading Technologies, LLC
  • Legal Copy Services
  • Moretti Group Court Reporting
  • Plunkett Cooney
  • ProMed Services
  • Providence - Specialized Investigative Solutions
  • Rimkus Consulting Group Inc.
  • Robson Forensic, Inc.
  • Shadow Investigations Inc, LLC
as of 4-18-17 vls
Have questions about MDTC Annual Meeting and Conference? Contact MDTC

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Shanty Creek Resorts
5780 Shanty Creek Rd
Bellaire, MI 49615

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)

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MDTC is an association of the leading lawyers in the State of Michigan dedicated to representing individuals and corporations in civil litigation. As the State's premier organization of civil litigators, the impact of MDTC Members is felt through its Amicus Briefs, often filed by express invitation of the Supreme Court, through its far reaching and well respected Quarterly publication and through its timely and well received seminars. Membership in MDTC also provides exceptional opportunities for networking with fellow lawyers, but also with potential clients and members of the judiciary.

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