Seminars

Speaking to trial lawyers in Portland.
Speaking to trial lawyers in Portland.

Ms. Sims has already given over 300 speeches/seminars throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, India and France. She has spoken in 48 states including Hawaii and Alaska and is a frequently sought after speaker for the American Association for Justice. Want her to share her knowledge and experience with your firm or organization? Or do you want to attend one of Dorothy’s seminars scheduled this year? Just contact her here to get the conversation started.

If available, Dorothy can conduct a live seminar (or webinar) for lawyers, firms or groups of firms. She is also available to provide seminars via the internet where the audience sees and hears her and she can see and hear the audience. Seminars are typically available for 1- 6 hour blocks.

Topics include:

How to do background searches on forensic experts and what to do with information obtained.
Ms. Sims teaches the audience where to find helpful background information, verify board certifications and research as to educational deficits that can make or break a case.

Cross-examination techniques in general.
Ms. Sims teaches lawyers various methods in exposing dishonest experts as discussed in her book and walks lawyers through role playing and how to use them in their own practice.

Cross-examining the specialist.
Ms. Sims teaches lawyers how to understand various medical/psychiatric/psychological/scientific conditions in a forensic environment and how to use this information in cross-examination. She teaches where to find codes of ethics governing various specialists and how to use them in cross-examination. These experts include but are not limited to:
-Medical experts
-Psychiatrists
-Orthopedists
-Neurologists
-Neurosurgeons
-PM&R
-Rheumatology
-Anesthesiologists
-Pathologists
-Radiologists
-Psychologists
-Neuropsychologists
-Vocational rehabilitation experts
-Life care planners
-Forensic experts in criminal cases in areas such as botanical evidence and hair comparison/hair banding.

Being proactive with the defense’s strategy.
Dorothy also teaches typical types of positions taken by the other side and how to address them such as:
-In a disability or injury case, the opposing expert claims:
-The injury was too minor to cause the problem
-The patient is exaggerating
-The condition will go away
-The condition did go away and the patient is now exhibiting pre-existing psychological problems
-The patient has somatoform disorder
-The patient has an injury but the injury/condition is not causing the pain
-The patient will need little to no future medical care

Teaching your office to research.
Ms. Sims has a trained paralegal who also teaches other paralegals how to research experts for the lawyer and what to look for in a background search including how and when to use free websites and how to assist the lawyer in real time by providing documents/research as the deposition/hearing/trial is underway.