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Butler Snow Attorney Michael B. Hewes to Speak at Knowledge Congress’ Live Webcast

The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Michael B. Hewes, Attorney, Butler Snow LLP will speak at a 2-hour webcast entitled “Legal Series: Product Liability for 2015 LIVE Webcast” This two-hour event is scheduled on March 20, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (ET)

Event Synopsis:

In a two hour live webcast, a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners assembled by The Knowledge Group will offer a discussion of the fundamentals as well as updates regarding the latest and significant issues surrounding this topic.

Key topics include:

v FDA’s Strategic Priorities for 2014-2018
v Experts: Building a Product Case With Expert Testimony and Why Due Diligence in Selection Pays off
v Selecting the right expert for your case:
* Understand the product at issue, and the claimed defect with that product
* Jurisdictional Issues – which claims require expert testimony
o Manufacturing and design defect claims typically always require expert testimony on
causation – recent 6th circuit decision dismissing product case for failure to present
expert testimony on causation.
o Breach of warranty claims typically require expert testimony
o Warnings – whether expert testimony is required is jurisdiction dependent
o Medical Issues – expert testimony is required
o Damages – whether expert testimony is required is jurisdiction dependent
* Due diligence in expert selection pays off
* Building your case at trial with expert testimony
o Avoid risk by utilizing experts squarely within expertise
o Build affirmative points – building blocks for others to build their testimony upon –
why order of presentation matters so much to a jury
* How to use your own experts to facilitate effective cross-examination of opposing experts

About Michael Hewes

Michael Hewes practices with Butler Snow as a part of their Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Groups, and focuses his practice on Drug and Device Litigation. An AV-Rated attorney, Michael has been ranked by Super Lawyers for his work in Personal Injury Defense. Michael earned a J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 2000, and received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992. Michael also served as a JAG Officer in the Mississippi Army National Guard, retiring in 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (MS).