Be a part of the nation’s premier obstetric malpractice conference, bringing perspectives from all sides, and ensure that you stay current on the evolving standards of care, emerging theories of liability, and new defense strategies.

ACI’s 18th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims will bring together an unparalleled faculty of medical experts, risk managers, insurance professionals, and plaintiff and defense attorneys who will provide you with the most up-to-date information on complex medical issues as well as litigation hurdles and strategies.


This year’s newly revamped agenda will include discussions on:

  • Reducing Obstetrics Malpractice Claims: Addressing Ways of Reducing Maternal Morbidity/Mortality and Preventable Medical Errors
  • Exploring the Best Use of Mediation Process to More Effectively Resolve Claims
  • Examining Opioid-Related Injuries During Pregnancy
  • Before, During or After Birth: Determining When an Injury Occurred
  • Examining the Current State of the Cranial Compression Ischemic Encephalopathy Argument
  • Effective Strategies for Evaluating a Patient’s Damages and Ways of Finding a Common Ground with Respect to Life Care Plans

2019 Distinguished Co-Chairs

Stephen A. Ryan
Senior Counsel, Chair, Birth and Catastrophic Injury Litigation Practice Group
Marshall Denneheny Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Daryl L. Zashow
Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP

Unparalleled Medical Insights From:

Carol B. Benson, MD
Professor of Radiology
Harvard Medical School
Director of Ultrasound and Co-Director of High Risk Obstetrical Ultrasound
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jonathan M. Fanaroff, M.D., J.D., FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Director, Rainbow Center for Pediatric Ethics
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Division of Neonatology

Emily Hamilton, MD CM
SVP, Clinical Research
Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
McGill University

Warren Rosenfeld, MD
Chair, Pediatrics
South Nassau Communities Hospital

Michael G. Ross, MD MPH
Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health
UCLA School of Medicine

Carolyn M Salafia MD MS
Head, Placental Modulation Laboratory
Institute for Basic Research
Director of Development
Placental Analytics, LLC

Insurance Industry Insights From:

Michael D. Anderson
Supervisor, Patient Safety & Risk Management
Medical Insurance Exchange of California

Jeffrey M. Coyle
Vice President, US Healthcare Claims Director
Sompo International

Cheryl M. De Kleine
Senior Director, Claims & Litigation
Ascension Care Management

Richard T. Henderson
Senior Vice President

NEW! Pre-Conference Working Groups on:

A. Interpretation and Management of Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring Strips: Defining and Avoiding Liability

B. Expert and Fact Witness Selection and Preparation

Obstetric malpractice claims are among the most expensive within the medical malpractice and health law arena. It is essential that all those who are part of the obstetric malpractice continuum – medical professionals, risk managers, insurance professionals, plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys – stay current on the latest developments impacting this area of practice.

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  • PLAINTIFF’S and DEFENSE ATTORNEYS, who litigate medical malpractice cases attend in order to get a solid grounding on the latest medical issues upon which cases are based.
  • Insurance professionals, attend in order to obtain valuable insights and strategies for assessing professional negligence claims and to better understand litigation strategies and hospital risk management techniques.
  • Doctors, nurses and hospital risk/quality assurance managers, attend in order to benchmark their current practices and procedures and develop a deeper understanding of the current state of obstetric malpractice litigation.

See what past participants have to say about this one-of-a-kind event:

“This conference is one of the best-kept secrets in OB Malpractice continuing education! It sources the leaders in both medicine & law and provides both the plaintiff & defense perspective.”

- Manager of Risk & Claims, OB Hospitalist Group

“The seminar offered a wide variety of very relevant topics and speakers, fostering a diverse discussion among attendees about varying views on the topics presented.”

- Managing Attorney, Galloway, Lucchese, Everson & Picchi

“Extremely high caliber of information, expertise and especially hearing from physicians who offer practical insight and experiences.”

- Partner – Chair Health Care Group, Tucker Ellis LLP

Event Contacts

For sponsorship opportunities please contact:
[email protected]

For media partnership opportunities please contact:
Andrea Sachs
Tel: 212-352-3220 ext. 5224
[email protected]

For questions about this year’s program/content, or information on how you can speak next year please contact:
Alma Subasic
Tel: 212-352-3220 ext. 5531