Dr. Tina Trudel to Speak on Neurotoxin Exposure at NABIS

Neurotoxicity will be the topic of both a full-day preconference program as well as a conference session at the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) Annual Conference 09/12-09/15/2012 in Miami, FL.  Neurotoxic exposure, an often unrecognized cause of brain damage across the lifespan, will be addressed by leading medical, neuropsychological, life care planning and legal experts, including Lakeview President/COO and neuropsychologist, Dr. Tina Trudel.  Whether caused by exposure in utero, through childhood experience or as an adult; through low level chronic or acute episode; and environmental, residential or occupational exposure - all may result in brain damage and impairment of functioning.  This workshop on the types, assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, litigation and life care planning of neurotoxic exposure cases will be highlighted by current research and in depth case reviews.  Joining Dr. Trudel in this presentation are: 


Roxanne DeFrancesco, associate at Philips and Paolicelli, LLP of NYC, specializing in complex litigation with an emphasis on birth defect, toxic tort and product liability cases. Currently, Ms. DeFrancesco is representing numerous families whose children were born with severe birth defects believed to be caused by their parents’ pre-conception and post-conception occupational exposures to reproductively toxic chemicals and substances at semiconductor manufacturing facilities. Previously at Levy, Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, Ms. DeFrancesco was actively involved in Multi District Litigation No. 1657, In Re: VIOXX Products Liability Litigation, as well as Vioxx mass tort litigation in New Jersey state court.  Prior to joining LPK, Ms. DeFrancesco represented scores of women who suffered from cancers and/or infertility resulting from their in utero exposure to Diethylstilbestrol (DES).  Before engaging in private practice and advocating on behalf of tragically injured individuals, Ms. DeFrancesco served in the public sector as Law Clerk to the Honorable Ross R. Anzaldi, former Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, Judicial Intern to the Honorable Alfred J. Lechner, Jr., United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey, and as a News Analyst in the White House during the Clinton Administration.  Ms. DeFrancesco is licensed to practice law in multiple state and federal jurisdictions, and holds her Juris Doctor degree from The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law;


Linda Frazier, M.D., MPH  Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Frazier also serves as Director of Research for the Women’s Research Institute and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.   Dr. Frazier was the lead investigator of a major epidemiologic analysis completed for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children’s Health Protection, which resulted in a textbook-length report entitled “Environmental Health and Human Development.”     Dr. Frazier is also a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  Dr. Frazier is the lead editor of a medical textbook, “Reproductive Hazards of the Workplace” (1998, John Wiley & Sons), which is the only textbook currently in print in the US that provides in-depth toxicological information about numerous chemicals that are hazardous to reproduction and fetal development as well as strategies for reducing these hazards and communicating effectively with workers and the public about reproductive and developmental risks. She is the author of many scientific articles and book chapters related to the health effects of industrial and environmental chemicals.  Dr. Frazier has directed a national curriculum project in occupational and environmental health while at Duke University, called “Educating Physicians in Occupational Health and the Environment” which was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Dr. Frazier has lectured on topics related to occupational and environmental reproductive hazards at major health policy meetings, including the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the United States Navy, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health, the American Occupational Health Nursing Association and the Teratology Society.  Dr. Frazier is a peer reviewer at several scientific and medical journals, including: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Journal of Agromedicine and others. She has also contributed textbook chapters on the influence of hazardous exposures on the development of birth defects and reproductive disorders, and how to prevent occupational and environmental health problems.  Because of her expertise, she was recruited by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to serve during 2003-2006 on their research policy group: the Reproductive Health Research Committee of the National Occupational Health Research Agenda project. She also served for 5 years as a member of the Threshold Limit Values (TLV) committee of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.   Dr. Frazier received her degree in medicine from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Frazier completed a fellowship in occupational medicine at Duke University Medical School, and received her MPH in epidemiology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;


Danielle George, partner at Phillips and Paolicelli, LLP, formerly with Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP, specializing in birth defect, product liability and traumatic brain injury litigation.  As a trial attorney, Ms. George has successfully litigated cases involving pediatric and adult central nervous system injuries caused by organic malformations, automobile accidents, and construction accidents.  Ms. George has also represented children suffering from prenatal, antenatal and neonatal brain damage, as well as adult patients with a history of stroke, anesthesia induced anoxic brain damage, and other central nervous system injuries.  Ms. George is currently lead associate on a product liability action involving catastrophic injuries caused by chemically induced birth defects affecting the central nervous system.  With substantial prior experience in medical negligence cases, Ms. George is frequently consulted to determine whether brain injuries were caused by medical negligence versus chemical exposures or other traumatic events.  Ms. George is Associate Adjunct Professor at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where she teaches Advanced Research, Writing and Litigation. Ms. George is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey, and in various federal jurisdictions. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association), the New York County Lawyers Association, and the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. George received her Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School.  She served as Judicial Intern for the Hon. Louis Sangiorgio in the Supreme Court of the State of New York;


Steven J. Phillips, is founding partner of Phillips and Paolicelli, LLP, and formerly, Levy Phillips & Konigsberg, LLP where he headed the firm's toxic torts and appellate practice. He enjoys a nationwide reputation as a plaintiffs’ lawyer representing victims of occupational and environmental hazards. Steve's pioneering work in the prosecution of cases involving children born with malformations, groundwater contamination, nuclear radiation, asbestos, and mesothelioma has yielded precedent-setting successes. Steve has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in numerous mass tort litigations including: Groundwater contamination in Jackson Township, NJ; Birth defect and cancer litigation on behalf of semiconductor workers and their families; and Veterans’ exposure to nuclear radiation.  An adjunct faculty member at Columbia University's School of Law, Steve teaches a seminar in Advanced Tort Practice. He also participates in teaching the Profession of Law Ethics Course. After graduating from Williams College in 1968 and Columbia University's School of Law in 1971, Steve worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, where he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Homicide Prosecutions. While in private practice, Steve has acted on a pro bono basis in the defense of capital cases.  Steve has briefed and argued many cases before the New York State Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, and District of Columbia circuits. He has also authored an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund before the Supreme Court of the United States; and


Dianne Simmons-Grab, MA a Certified Case Manager, Certified Disability Manager and a Certified Life Care Planner.  She has been providing rehabilitation services for individuals with various disabilities and their representatives for over 30 years with a focus on individuals with brain injuries and their secondary injuries including orthopedic, amputations, burns, and mental health issues. She founded her own company in 2005 and has developed a network of experts to provide health care services consulting, life care planning and vocational evaluations to work with attorneys, insurance companies, employers, facilities, third party administrators and private individuals.  Dianne has taken an active role in the rehabilitation industry on a national level by serving on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (IARP) for six years (1997-2004); and on the state level by serving on the Board of Directors for the Rhode Island Brain Injury Association (2000-2004). She also served on several committees and taskforces including the IARP Annual Conference as chair (2000-2006), New Jersey Brain Injury Association Conference Planning Committee for over 11 years and serving as co-chair (2001-2005), the NARPPS ethics committee, the NJ CMSA ethics committee, NORA (2007-2009), as well as having served on the Board of Directors for Padula Institute of Vision and Sage Rehab, Inc.  Dianne has also been published and provides presentations locally and nationally on "Ethics in Healthcare/Rehabilitation," as well as double-vision, brain injury, life care planning and various other topics.  For more information please visit www.nabis.org.

 in