Brian W. Whitelaw

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Phi Alpha Delta. Member, National Moot Court Team. PRESENTATIONS: "Legal Implications of Medical Record Documentation," Two Legal Issues Symposia, St. John Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, August, 1984; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit," Legal Issues Symposium, St. John Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, October, 1984; "Medical Malpractice Issues for the Home Care Provider," Visiting Nurses Association, Southfield, Michigan, November, 1984; "Diagnosing the Plaintiff; How to Lessen the Likelihood of Medical Malpractice Litigation," Legal Issues Symposium, St. John Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, March, 1985; "Preparing for the Discovery Deposition," Wayne State University, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Detroit, Michigan, September, 1985; "Medical Legal Issues for Nursing," Madison Community Hospital, Madison Heights, Michigan, May, 1987; "Medical Malpractice Litigation; The Crisis and Tort Reform," Mercy College Hospital Administration Master's Level Class, Hospital Policy and Regulation, Detroit, Michigan, November, 1987; "Living Wills and the Right to Die - A Patient's Right to Self Determination," North Detroit General Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, April, 1988; "Minimizing Legal Exposure in Nursing Home Liability Cases," Southfield, Michigan, May, 1988 and in Grand Rapids, Michigan, June, 1988; "Legal Considerations in the Interview Process; Legal Responsibilities Regarding Retention of Staff, and Legal Implications of Medical Record Documentation," Community Centre Group, Grand Haven, Michigan, August, 1988; "Legal Aspects of Respiratory Care Practitioners' Medical Record Documentation," Michigan Society for Respiratory Care at the Annual Northern Michigan Seminar, Traverse City, Michigan, September, 1989; "Litigation: The Hard Facts," Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons at the MAOPS 91st Annual Post-Graduate Conference and Three Scientific Seminar in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April, 1990; "Medical Records Documentation," Medical Staff meeting at Doctors' Hospital, Jackson, Michigan, October, 1990; "Medical Records Documentation," Hayes Green Beach Hospital, Charlotte, Michigan, October, 1990; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit; Tort Reform in Michigan; Medical Records Documentation," Grand Rapids Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 1991; "Advanced Directives: Develop a Plan to Minimize Liability," Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons at the MAOPS 93rd Annual Post-Graduate Conference and Scientific Seminar, Dearborn, Michigan, May 1992; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit; Tort Reform - 1993," Surgery Grand Rounds, MSU-KCMS, Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, September, 1993; "Tort Reform On the Horizon Panel Discussion," 58th Annual Meeting of the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October, 1993; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit; Tort Reform, 1993; Medical Records Documentation," St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October, 1993; "Medical Records Documentation," Surgery Grand Rounds, MSU-KCMS, Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, November, 1993; "Medical Records Documentation," Reed City Hospital, Reed City, Michigan, February, 1994; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit; Tort Reform - 1994," MSU-KCMS, Bronson Methodist Hospital's Gilmore Educational Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, March, 1994; "Strategies for Successfully Negotiating Medical Malpractice Claims," Physicians Insurance Company of Michigan (PICOM), Okemos, Michigan, April, 1994; "Medical Records Documentation," St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September, 1994; "Medical Records Documentation," Scientific Session, MSU-KCMS, Borgess Medical Center's Lawrence Educational Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, October, 1994; "Medical Litigation in Michigan: Emerging Concepts for the 1990s," MSU-KCMS Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, General Surgery, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Bronson Methodist Hospital's Gilmore Educational Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan, February, 1995; "Charting Issues for Anesthesiology," St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March, 1995; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit," Grand Rapids Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, Blodgett Memorial Medical Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May, 1995; "Charting Issues for Orthopedics; Tort Reform, 1995," Grand Rapids Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, Blodgett Memorial Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June, 1995; "Risk Management Issues For Family Practitioners," St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December, 1995; "Minimizing Legal Exposure in Medical Office Practice," Mecosta County Memorial Hospital, Big Rapids, Michigan, March, 1997; "Defending the Dental Malpractice Case," Kalamazoo Area Dentists, Plainwell, Michigan, June, 1997; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit," Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists at Annual Meeting, Traverse City, Michigan, October, 1997; "Medical Legal Issues for Physician's Assistant," Grand Valley State University Physician's Assistant, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November, 1997; "Risk Management Overview for Dentists: Informed Consent, Tort Reform and Risk Management Issues from a Litigator's Perspective," The Medical Four Protective Company, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June, 1998; "Medical Malpractice Tort Reform, Michigan 15 Years Later," Rotary Club of Grand Rapids East, Grand Rapids, Michigan, November, 1998; "Medical-Legal Issues for Physician's Assistants," Grand Valley State University Physician's Assistant, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December, 1998; "Liability Loss Exposures and Insurance Coverage: Distinguishing Claims," Michigan Society of Healthcare Risk Management at the 21st Annual MSHRM Conference, Traverse City, Michigan, May, 2000; "Medical Malpractice Litigation in Michigan, Emerging Issues in the New Millennium," Metropolitan Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March, 2001; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit," Forum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, October, 2003; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit, Tort Reform Legislation and Medical Record Documentation," Metropolitan Hospital, Forum in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December, 2003; "Medical Malpractice Litigation," Fifth Annual Emergency Medicine Risk Management Symposium for MSU/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, October, 2004; "Let's Talk: Communicating the Good, the Bad and the Apology," Risk Management Seminar, ProAssurance for ER Physicians, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June, 2005; "Let's Talk: Communicating the Good, the Bad, and the Apology," Emergency Medicine Specialists, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June, 2005; "Let's Talk: Communicating the Good, the Bad, and the Apology," Traverse City, Michigan, July, 2005; "Improving Communication Skills to Reduce Malpractice Risk," Kalamazoo, Michigan, July, 2005; "Legal Aspects of Conscious/Procedural Sedation," Sixth Annual Emergency Medicine Risk Management Symposium for MSU/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, October, 2005; "Smooth Sailing: Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice," Risk Management Seminar by Pro-Assurance, Kalamazoo, Michigan, August, 2006; "Smooth Sailing: Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice," Risk Management Seminar, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September, 2006; "Smooth Sailing: Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice," Risk Management Seminar by Pro-Assurance, Kalamazoo, Michigan, November, 2006; "Medical-Legal Issues for Physicians' Assistants," PA students at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, December, 2006; "And You Think You've Had a Bad Day: Challenging Problems & Difficult Defenses," Emergency Medicine Physicians in Grand Rapids, Michigan, May, 2007; "Tort Reform and Medical Malpractice Litigation," presented to Law Students and Medical Students at a seminar for the Medical- Legal Society at Michigan State University College of Law, in East Lansing, Michigan, October, 2007; "And You Think You've Had a Bad Day: Challenging Problems & Difficult Defenses," presented to physicians at three Pro-Assurance seminars in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids Michigan, September, October and November, 2007; "A Tiger in Your Corner Understanding Medical Liability and Malpractice Protection," participant in panel discussion for the Medical Group Management Association's annual Fall Conference, with panel representatives from Pro-Assurance, American Physicians Assurance Corporation, MHA Insurance and The Medical Protective Company, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, September, 2007; "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit, Tort Reform Legislation and Medical Record Documentation," presented to Kalamazoo Emergency 5 Associates' emergency physicians and practice managers at a forum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, October, 2008; "Medical Malpractice Litigation," Grand Valley State University Physician's Assistant students in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October, 2008; "Medical Malpractice 2008 - Trends Effecting Careers in Medical Malpractice Litigation," presented to Law Students and Medical Students at a seminar for The Medical-Legal Society at Michigan State University College of Law in East Lansing, Michigan, November, 2008; "Medical-Legal Issues for Paramedics and Emergency Medicine Nurses," presented to paramedics and emergency medicine nurses at the West Michigan Air Care Fall Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, October, 2009; "Emerging Trends - Loss Prevention For Today & The Future," presented to 25 attending ER and resident physicians at Metropolitan Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, October, 2009; "Medical Malpractice Litigation," presented to Grand Valley State University Physician's Assistant students in Grand Rapids, Michigan, November, 2009; "What's on the Horizon for Michigan Medical Malpractice?" participant/panel member in symposium for the Michigan State University College of Law, Journal of Medicine & Law, East Lansing, Michigan, February, 2010; "Judicial Politics: How the Fall Elections will Determine the Fate of Tort Reform in Michigan," presented to Medical Group Management Association in Kalamazoo, Michigan, September, 2010; "Professional Liability and Defensive Medicine," participant in panel discussion at conference entitled "Sustaining the Business of Health Care in America," Kalamazoo, Michigan, September, 2010; "Michigan Ambulatory Surgery Association 2010 Education Day," conducted mock deposition for professional clinical staff, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, October, 2010; "2010 Medical Malpractice Update and the Fate of Tort Reform," presented to medical office practice managers and physicians, Grand Rapids, MI, October, 2010. "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Suit and Medical Record Documentation", with Vanessa McCamant and Christopher Ryan, presented to physicians and other providers at Grand Rapids Ophthalmology, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May, 2011; "Navigating Risks of Organized Systems of Care - An Uncharted Environment", Panelist in presentation to physicians and allied health professionals, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October, 2011; "Turning Points: Tough Decisions in Loss Prevention", with Mark Hakim of ProAssurance, presented to emergency medicine attending physicians and residents at Metro Health Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October, 2011; "The EHR Program - Your Best Friend or Worst Enemy in the Defense of Your Malpractice Case", presented to physicians and practice managers, Traverse City, Michigan, May, 2012. PUBLICATIONS: Author: "The Tort Reform Act - Step in the Right Direction? Yes!" Michigan Bar Journal, March 1987; "Health Care Arbitration in Michigan - An Effective Method of Alternative Dispute Resolution," Michigan Bar Journal, November, 1993; Reprinted, The Legal Advertiser, December 16, 1993; Westlaw database Journals & Law Reviews. Served Judge, Moot Court Research, Writing & Advocacy, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1998-2004; "Your Malpractice Risk When Your Hospitalized Patient Has a 'Never Event'," Medscape from WebMD, Business of Medicine, February, 2010; Symposium Transcript: "What's On the Horizon for Michigan Medical Malpractice?" Michigan State University College of Law, Volume XIV, Issue II, p. 477, Spring, 2010; "Professional Liability and Defensive Medicine," Health Care Crisis and Hope, p. 96, 2010. Listed, Michigan Super Lawyers 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 - Medical Malpractice Defense.

State Bar of Michigan.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Legal Malpractice Defense
  • Dental Malpractice Defense
  • Medical Disciplinary Proceedings
  • Mental Health Professionals Malpractice
  • Physicians Risk Management
  • Insurance Defense
  • Hospital Liability Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Negligence Defense
  • Chiropractors Malpractice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(616) 575-2060  Phone
(616) 575-2080  Fax
www.aws-e.com/attorney-profiles/brian-whitelaw
University Attended:
Michigan State University, B.S., cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
Detroit College of Law, J.D., Honors: National Moot Court Competition, Book Award - Torts, Books Award - Criminal Law, 1981
Year of First Admission:
1981
Admission:
1997, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit; 1989, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan; 1981, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 1981, Michigan
Memberships:
American Board of Trial Advocates; Grand Rapids and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan; Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Michigan Health Care Institute; Michigan Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute of America; Michigan Society of Hospital Attorneys; Professional Association of Diving Instructors (Dive master Certificate).
Birth Information:
Lakewood, Ohio, February 22, 1954
ISLN:
902793123
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa and MasterCard
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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