Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 01:00
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Secrets to Success with Medical Experts: Proven FPD Strategies for Navigating the Expert Maze

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM (EST)

From complex defense theories to sentencing mitigation and compassionate release, Federal Public Defenders routinely deal with diverse issues at the intersection of Medicine & Law. While medical experts are often instrumental to FPD objectives, failing to properly access and manage experts can cost time, money, and results. By knowing the ground rules and proven strategies for working with medical experts, it's remarkably easy to improve outcomes, navigate FPD contracting, and secure top-tier physicians and surgeons to bolster your case. This webinar will address proven strategies for FPDs to maximize success with medical experts. During this live 1-hour session, Dr. Burton Bentley II will share actionable insight learned from over 8000 cases, while Assistant Federal Defender Andrea Dechenne Bergman will focus on the challenges FPDs tackle every day and how to most effectively present medical expert evidence, particularly in sentencing. Both speakers will take audience questions at the end.


Dr. Burton Bentley II is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and a nationally recognized authority on complex issues at the intersections of Medicine, Business & Law. He earned his M.D. degree at the University of Arizona, completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and practiced Emergency Medicine full-time for 21 years before developing a novel medical device that he patented and commercialized. Dr. Bentley now devotes his energy to Elite Medical Experts, a consulting firm that aligns Professors of Medicine and Surgery as experts in complex litigation. In addition to working with over 4000 clients including law firms, governmental entities, and corporations, Dr. Bentley serves as a frontline resource for Federal Public Defenders whose cases require strategic and tactical insight.

Andrea Dechenne Bergman has been an Assistant Federal Public Defender in New Jersey for 24 years. She graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from Skidmore College and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) accreditation for this program will be sought in all applicable jurisdictions.  Additional CLE information will be available after the conclusion of this program.