April 23, 2015 at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park 


You and your co-workers are invited to attend our complimentary Annual Spring Breakfast Seminar at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  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, 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.

Click here for Seminar Agenda

Seminar is a half day, beginning with Registration and Continental Breakfast at 8:00 a.m to 8:25 a.m.

Opening Comments and Welcome by David Couch, Managing Attorney for the Grand Rapids office at 8:25 a.m

Our Presenters are as follows with their corresponding materials:

Session I – Recommendation for Successfully Navigating the Appellate Courts - Special Guest Speaker: Hon. Jane M. Beckering, Michigan Court of Appeals

Session II – Michigan First Party No-Fault (PIP) Updates - Ms. Emily L. Partridge - Click here for Ms. Partridge’s seminar materials

Session III – Michigan Third Party (Automobile Negligence and Premises Liability) Updates - Mr. David Couch - Click here for Mr. Couch’s seminar materials

Session IV – Strategies and Tools for Handling Uncooperative Claimants - Mr. Diego RojasClick here for Mr. Rojas’ seminar materials

Session V – File Handling Recommendations for Auto Claims Involving Probate Matters Ms. Tara L. Velting - Click here for Ms. Velting’s seminar materials

Session VI – The transition from Judge to Mediator and the Ongoing Importance of ADR. Speaker: Terry R. Thomas, Of Counsel with Garan Lucow Miller and Retired Newaygo County Circuit Court Judge.

Question and Answer Session with the Panel of Speakers