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In the finest tradition of the legal profession.

Seminars

Thomson, Rhodes & Cowie is committed to being an active partner with its clients for the purpose of helping clients manage risks and prevent litigation. For those reasons, the firm’s attorneys frequently sponsor and participate in presentations, lectures and in-service programs designed to keep clients informed on the state of the law and provide practical advice on numerous transactional and litigation issues. Examples of such programs, seminars, training and education sessions include the following:

Annual Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update.
An advanced level discussion of the latest court decisions with specific practice points and brainstorming sessions on hot button issues, most recently presented to a leading third-party administration firm in Harrisburg, PA, on November 13, 2019.

National Business Institute:  Workers’ Compensation Law from Start to Finish.
An in-depth, two-day practical course designed to provide a solid understanding of the ins and outs of the processes and procedures associated with workers’ compensation claims.  In addition to participation by TRC, the seminar included participation by distinguished attorneys in the field, representing employers, insurers and claimants.  Pittsburgh, PA, February 2020.

Legal Implications of Barge Breakaways.
Terminal operator and towing company duties and consequences of barge breakaway incidents. May 2011, September 2011

Employment Law Update.
Harassment and Discrimination in the modern workplace. Management of leaves, Absenteeism, and substance abuse. New FLSA Regulations. Employee Privacy and Lawful investigations. Termination issues. Pittsburgh, PA August, 2005

Mediating Sexual Harassment Cases.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, full-day seminar addressing numerous alternative dispute resolution topics, including mediating sexual harassment cases. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March, 2005.

FMLA, ADA, ERISA, Productivity and Psychological Issues:
The Employer’s Perspective and The Employee’s Perspective When Addressing Disabilities in the Workplace. Seminar presented to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, addressing numerous issues facing employers and employees when addressing serious health conditions or disabilities in the workplace. Spring, 2005.

“Medical Only” NCP
“Lunch’n Learn” seminar presented to 40 area employer and workers’ compensation insurer representatives. This seminar dealt with the appropriate and practical use of the newest “Notice of Compensation Payable” form issued by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. In addition to TR&C members, panelists included Chief of the Claims Management Division of the Bureau, who provided participants with the “official” perspective regarding the use of the form. Pittsburgh, PA. June, 2004.

The Nuts & Bolts of the Medical Malpractice Case
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Seminar that addresses the stages of a medical malpractice case from pre-trial suit evaluation through opening statements. Additionally, the seminar will discuss the latest updates on new provisions of the MCARE Act, as well as what is needed to be in compliance with HIPAA. Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2004.

Medicaid, Medicare and Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania
Full-day healthcare seminar for attorneys, CEOs, office managers, healthcare providers, accountants and compliance officers. The federal and state governments and third-party payors are concentrating significant resources on the prosecution of healthcare fraud. This seminar assists healthcare providers and their representatives in understanding the regulatory framework and the industry rules and policies under which operate. Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2004.

Medical Peer Review – Protection and Pitfalls
In-service presentation to the medical staff of Dubois Regional Medical Center. The seminar dealt with peer review protection under the Pennsylvania Peer Review Act, Act 13 (M-Care Act) and sentinel event reporting requirements of JCAHO. October, 2003

Medicaid, Medicare and Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania
Full-day healthcare seminar for attorneys, CEOs, office managers, healthcare providers, accountants and compliance officers. The federal and state governments and third-party payors are concentrating significant resources on the prosecution of healthcare fraud. This seminar assists healthcare providers and their representatives in understanding the regulatory framework and the industry rules and policies under which operate. Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2003.

Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Trial of a Medical Malpractice case
Innovative full-day seminar on procedural, tactical and substantive issues involved in trying a medical malpractice case. In addition to TRC’s participation, the seminar includes participation by distinguished physician, judge and mock jury. April 2003, Pittsburgh, PA.

U.S. EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar.
Full-day employment seminar dealing with the freedom to compete initiative, best employer practices, and latest developments in EEO laws and best practices. Panelist for two break-out sessions on topic of “Problem Solving Through Facilitative Mediation,” June, 2002.

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men… What Not to Assume About an Employer’s Preparation for Mediation.
Seminar presented to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, June, 2002.

Best Management Practices to Promote Fairness and Avoid Lawsuits.
Seminar presented to Western Pennsylvania Cemetery Association, June, 2002.

Employees with Disabilities and Serious Health Conditions: New Opportunities and New Challenges for Employers and Employees.
Seminar presented to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, June, 2001.

Legal Issues in Mental Health Treatment.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to Western Pennsylvania healthcare providers, July, 2000.

Medical Records in Pennsylvania.
Medical Education Services Seminar, Coraopolis, PA, May, 2000.

Legal Issues Pertaining to Mental Health Treatment.
In-service presentation to mental health workers at hospital client, April, 2000.

Responses to Outside Agency Investigations.
Presentation to hospital client administrators, March, 2000.

Hot Topics in Employment Law: At Will Employment, FMLA, Performance and Discipline Documentation, Employee Benefit/ERISA and Workers’ Compensation Issues.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 60 Western Pennsylvania employers, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 2000.

Review of Hendrich v. Pegram.
Presentation to Health Law Section of Allegheny County Bar Association regarding background and arguments in managed care liability case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, March, 2000.

Nursing Documentation.
In-service presentation to nursing staff of hospital client, February, 2000.

Informed Consent. Recent Developments.
In-service presentation to physicians and administrators of hospital client, January, 2000.

Legal Issues in Nursing.
Documentation and Other Concerns. In-service presentation to nursing staff of hospital client, October, 1999.

Fraud and Abuse Issues for Long Term Care Facilities.
Presentation to administrators of nursing home client, October, 1999.

Employment and Labor Law Update.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 30 Allegheny and Butler County corporations and labor organizations, October, 1999.

Surgical and Anesthesia Documentation and Legal Issues.
In-service presentation to the medical staff of hospital client, September, 1999.

Nursing and Physician Documentation.
Presentation to the Western Pennsylvania Healthcare Quality/Quality Assurance Association, June, 1999.

Thinking Out of the Box: New Solutions to Old Employment Problems.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 40 Erie, Pennsylvania corporations and labor organizations, June, 1999.

Corporate Compliance Programs.
Two part series on the planning and development of corporate compliance programs to a long-term care client, Pittsburgh, PA, May 1999.

Physician-Patient Relationships.
Speech presented to physician practice groups of area hospital network, May, 1999.

Employment Issues for Persons with Chronic Illnesses.
Seminar presented to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, May, 1999.

EMTALA for Risk Managers.
Materials and seminar presented to Pennsylvania Association of Health Care Risk Management, April, 1999.

Employment Terminations, At Will Employment, FMLA Issues and ADR for Work Place Conflicts.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 70 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania corporations and labor organizations, March, 1999.

EEOC mediation Program.
Speaker at program along with several EEOC representatives, including Hon. Reginald Jones, EEOC Commissioner, and Eugene V. Nelson, Area Director, and Marie M. Tomasso, District Director, March, 1999.

Employment Terminations: 6 Critical Steps to Reduce or Eliminate Business Interruption and Litigation.
Manual prepared for and seminar to be presented to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania corporations, March, 1999.

Fraud and Abuse Issues and Health Care Compliance Programs.
Presentation to network of Western Pennsylvania long-term care facilities, Pittsburgh, PA, February, 1999.

The Legalities of Utilizing and Maintaining Computerized Medical Records in Pennsylvania.
Seminar presented to numerous healthcare providers and educational institutions, Pittsburgh, PA, January, 1999.

Bad Faith Claims: Overview, Claim Avoidance and Successfully Defending Suits.
Reference materials prepared for and seminar/training presented to client, 1998.

Legal Issues for School Nurses.
In-service presentation to Woodland Hills School District Nurses, August, 1998.

Confidentiality of Medical Records.
Manual prepared for and presented to numerous healthcare providers, Erie, PA., June, 1998.

Legal Issues in Nursing.
In-service presentation to nursing staff of hospital client, May, 1998.

Legal Aspects of Nursing.
Faculty member of seminar sponsored by Robert Morris College, May, 1998.

ADR Business Symposium: Resolution Without Rancor.
Panelist at landmark seminar on ADR in the Pittsburgh business community sponsored by, among others, Bayer Corporation, Financial Executive Institute, The General Leadership Institute, Pittsburgh Technology Council and University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business, November, 1998.

Medicare, Medicaid, and Managed Care in Pennsylvania.
Seminar presented to over 70 healthcare providers and insurers, Pittsburgh, PA, November, 1998.

Hot Topics in Employment Law.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 50 New Castle, PA corporations, October, 1998.

Mediation for Project Claims and Conflicts.
Materials prepared for and seminar presented to the Project Management Institute, Pittsburgh Chapter, October, 1998.

Employment Law Update: Special Issues on Terminations, Workplace Violence and Intellectual Property Rights.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 55 Pittsburgh, PA corporations, July, 1998.

Employment and Labor Law/FMLA.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 50 Erie, PA corporations, June, 1998.

“Confidentiality of Medical Records.”
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to numerous healthcare providers, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1998, Lorman Business Center.

Employment and Labor Law/FMLA.
Manual for and seminar presented to over 60 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania corporations, February, 1998.

Tort Liability of Managed Care Organizations and the Physicians Who Provide the Care: The Future of Physicians in Managed Care.
Presented in conjunction with Allegheny County Bar Association’s Health Law Section, Pittsburgh, PA, January, 1998.

Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Seminar presented to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Allegheny District Chapter, November, 1997.

“I Won’t See You in Court”: Personnel Policies and Practices Which Will Keep You Out of Court (and also Increase Productivity and Improve Morale).
Reference materials prepared for and seminar/training presented to client, October, 1997.

Employee Discharge and Documentation.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 30 Erie, Pennsylvania corporations, October, 1997.

Protecting Your Organization from the Escalating (and expensive) Consequences of Sex and Violence in Today’s Workplace.
Personnel Law Update 1997 Seminar, presented in conjunction with Council on Education in Management, Pittsburgh, PA, September 25-26, 1997.

Corporate America’s ADR Pledge: The Pittsburgh Model.
Panelist and course planner of International Conference on Dispute Resolution held at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, May 23-27, 1997.

Medical Malpractice Areas of Potential Liability.
Speech presented to Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Long-term Care, Ninth Annual Conference, April, 1997.

Bad Faith Litigation: Tactics and Strategies for Avoiding Claims and Winning Lawsuits.
Reference materials prepared for and seminar/training presented to client, 1997.

Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation.
An Overview of the Act and its 1996 Amendments. Speech presented to Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration Long-term Care, Ninth Annual Conference, April, 1997.

Confidentiality of Medical Records.
Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1997.

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb: Employment Dispute Resolution in the 1990’s.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 20 Erie, PA corporations, February, 1997.

Understanding and Preventing Sexual Harassment and Wrongful Discharge Claims.
Employment Law Update Seminar, Erie, PA, February, 1997.

Sexual Harassment Myths Shattered by Recent Court Rulings.
Seminar, January, 1997.

Health Law Update.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 60 healthcare providers and insurers, Pittsburgh, PA., November, 1996.

1996 Workers’ Compensation Amendments.
Seminar presented to over 80 Pittsburgh area employers, TPA’s and insurers, July, 1996.

The New Age of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) In Employment Law.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to over 25 Pittsburgh corporations, April, 1996.

Risk Management Initiatives to Avoid Employment Claims – Terminations, Downsizing and Sexual Harassment
Western Pennsylvania Risk Management Association, March, 1996.

New Developments in the Law of Informed Consent.
In-service presentation to the medical staff of hospital client, March, 1996.

Confidentiality of Medical Records.
Seminar to healthcare providers, Pittsburgh, PA., March, 1996.

Chain of Command Issues.
In-service presentation to nursing staff of hospital client, March, 1996.

Office Charting.
In-service presentation to nursing staff of hospital client, March, 1996.

Confidentiality Concerns and Requirements in a Community Hospital
Seminar presented to hospital clients, February, 1996.

The New Age of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) In Employment Law.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to Erie and Edinboro Pennsylvania Chambers of Commerce and over 50 corporations, November, 1995.

Avoiding Directors and Officers Liability Claims.
Client seminar, November, 1995.

Employment Law Update.
Edinboro, PA, November, 1995, Lorman Business Center.

Prenatal and Perinatal Nursing Documentation.
In-service presentation to nursing staff of hospital client, September, 1995.

Legal Issues Concerning the Right to Die.
Presentation to the Three Rivers Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, July, 1995.

No One Ever Told Me I was Doing Something Wrong.
Addressing and Documenting Performance Problems to Minimize Litigation Risks. Reference materials prepared for and seminar/training presented to over 20 Pittsburgh small businesses, June, 1995.

Preventing Litigation Through Prudent Employment Practices.
Client seminar, April, 1995.

Confidentiality of Medical Records.
Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1995, Lorman Business Center.

AIDS in the Healthcare Setting — One Goal, Many Rules.
West Penn Safety Council, Monroeville, PA, March, 1995.

Legal Issues and Perinatal Nursing.
Presentation to the Pennsylvania Section of NAACOG, February, 1995.

Separation Agreements: Releases and Waivers Under the OWBPA and Common Law.
Course manual, seminar presentation and intra-corporate training.

Handshakes or Fisticuffs: Employment Decisions in a Difficult Political and Economic Climate.
Course manual and seminar presentation, Lorman Business Institute, October, 1994.

Health Law Update Seminar.
“Coping with Healthcare Catch-22’s,” Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1994.

Taking The Wind Out of Their Sails: Creating A Content Workforce To Avoid Unionization.
Reference materials prepared for and speech presented to Pittsburgh area nursing homes and long term care facilities, July, 1994.

Workers’ Compensation Reform: Surviving the System — An Overview of the Law as it Affects Physicians and their Patients.
Seminar presented to Allegheny County Medical Society, May, 1994.

Legal Ramifications of the New Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to the Slippery Rock University, A.S.S.E. Section, Annual Safety Conference, May, 1994.

Confidentiality of Medical Records in Pennsylvania.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to Western Pennsylvania healthcare providers in conjunction with Medical Educational Services, Inc.; Pittsburgh, PA, May, 1994.

Confidentiality of Medical Records.
Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1994, Lorman Business Center.

Fundamentals of Wage and Hour Laws, Unemployment Compensation and Workers’ Compensation.
Reference manual prepared for and seminar presented to oil company client, April, 1994.

Workers’ Compensation and New Regulations.
Seminar presented to Western Pennsylvania Safety Council, 69th Annual Safety, Health and Security Conference and Exhibit, March, 1994.

Where we are now on Thompson v. Nason Hospital. A.C.B.A.
Health Law Committee program, December, 1993.

Health Law Update Seminar
“Coping with Healthcare Catch-22’s.” Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1993.

Fundamentals of Health Law.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1993.

Advance Directives: Your Rights and the Law.
Speech presented to several area hospitals and community members, January, 1993.

Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Speech presented to National Health Lawyers Association, Chicago, IL, November 12 & 13, 1992.

Health Law Update Seminar
“Corporate Liability and Medical Staff Litigation,” Pittsburgh, PA, October, 1992.

Advance Directives: Your Rights and the Law.
Speech presented to healthcare client and members of McKeesport, PA community, September, 1992.

HIV-Infected Healthcare Workers and AIDS-Related Medical Legal Issues.
Two video lectures for American Education Institute for Physicians Video Program, 1992-1993.

HIV-Infected Physicians; Employment and Corporate Liability Issues.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Pittsburgh, PA, June, 1992.

HIV Issues — Heading to the Courtroom.
National Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, Laguna Beach, California June, 1992.

Privacy Rights, Employment Law, and the New OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: A Trilogy of Protection or the Bermuda Triangle.
Intra-corporate seminar for hospital clients, May, 1992.

School Nursing Issues.
Seminar presented to Valley Nurses Organization, May, 1992.

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard: The New Law and Proposed Regulations.
Manual prepared for and seminar presented to Northeastern Ohio Academy of Podiatric Medicine, March, 1992.

Confidentiality of Medical Information — HIV-Related Issues.
Medical Education Services, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1992.

Risk Management Concerns Arising from the Thompson Case.
Western Pennsylvania Risk Management Association, March, 1992.

Thompson v. Nason Hospital — The Defense Perspective.
Allegheny County Bar Association, February, 1992.

Asbestos Litigation.
Pittsburgh Claims Association Training Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, January, 1992.

The Civil Rights Act of 1991: Blowing the Hinges Off the Flood Gates of Employment Litigation.
November, 1991, intra-corporate training and seminars.

Confidentiality of Medical Records in Pennsylvania — HIV Records in Particular.
Medical Education Services, Pittsburgh, PA, May 20, 1991.

Golden Parachute Agreements: Packing the Chute to Avoid Crash Landing with Internal Revenue Code and ERISA.
Paper prepared for oil and gas client and Chamber of Commerce of Greater Pittsburgh, January, 1990 and September, 1990, respectively.

Non-Architects Beware! Supreme Court Settles Architect Licensure Law Debate.
Speech presented to members of Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania and American Society of Interior Designers, October, 1989.

Sealing Indemnity Leaks In Hazardous Waste Contractor and Subcontractor Agreements under Pennsylvania Law.
Paper and seminar presented to oil company client, June, 1989.

A Formula for Success — Strategic Discovery and Use of Expert Reports to Win Summary Judgment Motions in Age Discrimination Cases.
Paper and seminar presented to HR managers and litigation attorneys, for oil industry client, March, 1988.