Trial lawyer Constance Endelicato, Partner at WSHB, will share practice tips and expertise on the hot button issue, “Death with Dignity - An Analysis of the Future Impact on Litigation.” The session will be held November 3, 2016 at 2:00 the CLM Southwest Conference at the Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas, TX.

Since Brittany Maynard became the voice for the right to "Die with Dignity,” twenty-five states are considering legislation. Once she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, the twenty-nine-year-old California resident relocated to Oregon, the first state to enact “Death with Dignity” legislation. That legislation affords a person with less than six months to live, the right to ingest a lethal medication. California has since enacted similar legislation which went into effect last month. The CLM session will focus on issues in risk management and litigation including liability for mismanagement, providers' right to opt out, Medicare and private insurance consideration, and ethical and moral issues involving conflict of interest.

Endelicato, undefeated in over 60 trials, is one of the nation’s most celebrated litigators handling medical negligence matters. “This issue is one of the most controversial and emerging topics we are seeing play out in litigation in 2016 and beyond,” explained Endelicato. “This presentation will provide valuable insight to the general counsel, risk managers and claim professionals on perils and pitfalls from the issue of death with dignity as it relates to claims and litigation.

Joining Endelicato on the panel are thought leaders on this issue: Gina Harris, ProAssurance Corporation; David Prisco, Avalon Claims Management, LLC; and Eva Satori, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center/ Dignity Health.

Endelicato is an accomplished trial lawyer with over 25 years of litigation experience. Her clients include physicians in all disciplines of medicine, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, surgery centers, and allied healthcare professionals. Her trial experience has afforded her membership in the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and she was recently nominated into membership of the exclusive International Association of Defense Counsel. She has been named by the Los Angeles and San Francisco legal newspaper, The Daily Journal, as one of the Top Women Lawyers in California. She has received the designation of Super Lawyer in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyer in Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine, and Top Lawyer by Pasadena Magazine. She holds an AV-Preeminent Rating by Martindale Hubbell.

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