Medical Malpractice Mock Trial

When Reptiles Attack
Detroit Athletic Club

When Reptiles Attack Medical Litigation Mock Trial

Archived CME Program for Physicians

When Reptiles Attack
Surviving Attempts to 'Poison' Your Case at Trial

Sponsored by Plunkett Cooney
Originally Held: Saturday, May 19, 2018
 Detroit Athletic Club • Detroit, Michigan

Registration & Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.
Mock Trial: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

About the Mock Trial

Physicians continue to face a constant assault by members of the plaintiff’s bar who are adept at developing new tactics and leveraging creative legal theories of medical liability. Their latest attack entails something called the “Reptile Theory.”

This unique half-day mock trial defanged the Reptile Theory, which is now being employed by plaintiff attorneys to “charm” jurors into rendering favorable judgments. Plunkett Cooney attorneys reenacted an abbreviated trial from last summer which involved a patient with an enlarging abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Attendees learned the ABCs of trial prep and the nuances of a case from deposition through verdict. They also had a chance to watch and listen as a jury debated the merits of the case before rendering their verdict.

Target Audience

This course was recommended for primary care and specialty physicians, healthcare providers, healthcare risk managers, quality assurance professionals and insurance providers.


By the end of this course, attendees were able able to:

  • identify the pertinent aspects of preparing for deposition
  • state the importance of effective communication with his/her patients
  • compare what constitutes professional negligence versus a recognized risk
  • recognize the standard of care versus an alleged "safety standard"


This event is closed.


No individuals involved in the creation of this medical educational activity had any relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Plunkett Cooney's Planning Committee

Jennifer Andreou
John Cornwell
Paul Dwaihy
Stephanie Pegg

Accreditation Statement

EPMG, PC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

EPMG designated this live learning activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Educational Support

No commercial support was received for this medical educational activity.