April 20, 2017

at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 


You and your co-workers are invited to attend our Annual Spring Breakfast Seminar at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on Thursday, April 20, 2017.  After the seminar, please enjoy all of the indoor and outdoor garden areas as our guests, including the always wonderful Butterflies Are Blooming exhibit. If you are able to attend this complimentary client event, please R.S.V.P., along with the full names and number of attendees, to Lynn Beatty at or call our office at 616-742-5500.  We look forward to seeing you at the gardens.

For a printable Agenda, click HERE.



8:00 – 8:25 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:25 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

David A. Couch, Moderator

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Michigan Third-Party (Automobile Negligence) UpdatesHow courts have applied McCormick v Carrier and Lugo v Ameritech over the past year

Speaker: Berton K. May

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8:45 – 9:00 a.m. Case Law Leading to Covenant v State Farmand Discussion of Appeal to the Michigan Supreme CourtThe practical implications of Covenant v State Farm on practitioners, its recent appeal, oral argument, and the potential effect on provider suits and litigating No-Fault Claims

Speaker: Samantha J. Orvis

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9:00 – 9:20 a.m. Sidewalk Responsibility and LiabilityA Primer for Municipal and Private Landowners

Speaker: Peter B. Worden, Jr.

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9:20 – 10:00 a.m. How 4D Imaging is Transforming Claim Resolution and the Litigation LandscapeHow a 48 hour medical review, combined with demonstrative evidence, resolves degenerative or pre-existing injury claims faster pre-suit or during any phase of litigation

Guest Speaker: Jorey Chernett of Authentic4d

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10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Michigan First Party No-Fault (PIP) UpdatesA comprehensive review of significant court decisions over the past year

Speaker: Emily L. Partridge

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 11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Navigating the MCCA Claims Process: Practice Tips for Communication and Compliance with the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association

Speaker: Nicholas J. Caponigro

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 11:30 – 11:45 p.m. Uber and Lyft: Recent Developments on No-Fault Coverage and Liability Claims Involving Transportation Network Companies Operating in Michigan

Speaker: David A. Couch

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 11:45 – 12:00 p.m. Question and Answer Session with the Panel of Speakers