Litigation Preparation
Date(s): March 1-3

Certificate Course CEU: 20 hours

Speaker: Bob Seibolt, Julian Rich, Patrick Sullivan, Nicholas Lynn

A series of articles in the September 2015 issue of Provider magazine (e.g., “Navigating the Litigation Quagmire”) focused on the frequency, complexity and impact of nursing home lawsuits. One article claimed that even the best facilities have a 40% chance of being sued. Furthermore, liability costs can be as high as $2,000 per bed and the average liability claim currently exceeds $200,000.

The above information suggests that nursing home executives must be able to understand the legal process before a lawsuit is filed and, most importantly, the processes involved, from the initial filing of a complaint, discovery, depositions and trial. This program will provide an overview of these processes including vulnerabilities, risks, and the involvement of experts, attorneys, insurance companies, and other participants. It deserves mention that a significant part of the course is an interactive mock deposition and trial.

At the completion of the program, attendees should be able to have an improved understanding of litigation so that the facility executives and appropriate staff as well as other interested and involved parties can “navigate” the system.


Robert Siebel
Robert is President of Carriage Healthcare Companies, Inc. A licensed administrator since 1971, Mr. Siebel has served as President of the American College of Health Care Administrators, as Chairman of the Long-Term Care Professional Technical Advisory Committee for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization, and has conducted seminars for nursing home professionals in over 45 states. Mr. Siebel has served as an expert witness in a dozen states, has published numerous articles on various aspects of long-term care, and an author of a book published in 2016 about the last 50 years of Long-Term Care.

Julian Rich
Julian is the founder of J RICH SOLUTIONS, a consulting firm serving the senior/long-term care field. He holds an M.A. in Health Care Administration from George Washington University and is a veteran leader with more than 40 years in the field. His expertise includes operational management, turnarounds, fund raising, marketing, and business/referral development. He has been a member of ACHCA for over 35 years and has achieved Fellowship and Certification status. He served on their national Board of Directors from 2001-2004. He has substantial experience as a speaker, teacher, mentor, consultant, expert witness, and volunteer.

Nicholas J. Lynn
Nicholas is the vice chair of Duane Morris’ Health Law Practice Group and was a member of the firm’s Partners Board from 1999 to 2015. He focuses his practice on pharmaceutical law, laws affecting the long-term care community, healthcare litigation, and regulatory compliance matters. A registered pharmacist with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare law, he is a former division chief and assistant chief counsel to the Illinois Department of Public Health and served as chief counsel to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board. Mr. Lynn is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007-2016 editions

Pat Sullivan
Pat graduated from Tufts University (BA), Columbia University (MA) and Marquette Law School (with honors). Mr. Sullivan is an AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a Wisconsin Super Lawyer and designated in The Best Lawyers in America. He is a frequent presenter at risk management seminars for healthcare providers across Wisconsin.