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CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference – Lee Weatherly presented, Doug MacKelcan attended

July 27, 2017 / Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston MA

Doug MacKelcan and Lee Weatherly attended and Lee presented at CLM Management & Professional Liability Conference in Boston, MA on July 27, 2017.  Lee’s presentation, Defending Foreign Born Doctors in Today’s United States is described below.

Defending Foreign Born Doctors in Today’s United States


  • Rebecca Fuentes, R&D Strategic Solutions
  • Karen Salmon, MAG Mutual Insurance Company
  • Lee Weatherly, Carlock, Copeland and Stair, LLP

One in four Americans believe that immigrants from other countries mainly weaken American society. Even if this bias has existed to some degree in the past, research and anecdotal evidence shows that jurors are now more likely to publicly express these beliefs and use them to attempt to persuade others. Therefore, the risk of large verdicts against foreign-born defendants, simply due to their birthplace, is now greater than ever. As an increasing number of medical professionals are foreign born, failing to address this issue can be fatal to a defense. Claims professionals and their outside counsel now must determine the best methods to combat this intensifying phenomenon to prevent large verdicts against foreign-born defendants based primarily on their status as immigrants. This presentation will focus on identifying jurors that may have difficulty finding in favor of foreign-born defendants and trial techniques to make these potentially hostile jurors more empathetic and accepting. This presentation will also focus on best practices for claims professionals when evaluating cases with foreign defendants or key witnesses to reduce unexpected results.

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