Portland Oregon Personal Injury Lawyer, Aaron DeShaw, lectured this week at the Florida Justice Association Workhorse Conference in Orlando Florida. DeShaw, a nationally known brain injury lawyer, lectured to the 200+ lawyers on medical imaging for traumatic brain injuries. DeShaw’s lecture focused on high resolution 3T MRI, CT, Diffuse Tensor Imaging, HDFT, PET, SPECT, EEG, MEG, MRA, CSF flow studies, and much more.
DeShaw was personally invited by John Romano, who started the Workhorse conference 30 years ago. The conference is nationally known for its intensity, with lectures running from 7 am to 10pm each day for four days. DeShaw was joined by a panel of speakers of the nation’s best lawyers including Mark Lanier, American Association for Justice Past-President Lisa Blue, John Morgan, Christopher Searcy, Keith Mitnik, fellow brain injury lawyer Dorothy Clay Sims, and many more.
Another highlight to the event was spending time with lawyer Gary Pillersdorf of New York. Few people know that DeShaw is the editor of the book “Moe Levine on Advocacy” a project that took approximately three years to complete. Moe Levine is largely agreed to be the greatest personal injury trial lawyer in history, and is often called the “Shakespeare of Trial Law.” The book is a compilation of every known writing, article, lecture recording, and case transcript known to exist at the time it was released. It was only after the book was completed that DeShaw met Pillersdorf, who was an associate at a law firm where he worked with Moe Levine, Aaron Broder and F. Lee Bailey (later one of the lawyers on O.J. Simpson’s “Dream Team”). This time in their third meeting, DeShaw and Pillersdorf discussed further details of some of the cases highlighted in the book, including Levine’s most famous closing statement on behalf of a client who had lost both arms in a railroad accident. Pillersdorf recounted how after he had prepared all the details of the case and the man’s losses for Levine for his closing statement. He noted it was pages and pages long. Pillersdorf said that Levine looked at all of his work for about two seconds, then Levine got up, said four sentences to the jury for his closing statement and sat down. The result was a stunning $5 million verdict in the 1960s, which remained a record in New York for many years.
DeShaw is a former doctor, turned Oregon personal injury lawyer, who handles catastrophic injury cases – most commonly traumatic brain injuries. His educational background (including over 3000 hours of classroom instruction on topics including radiology, neurology, anatomy, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neurological diagnosis, and approximately 800 additional hours of clinical internship) as well as years of practice as a doctor in the US and Europe where he took and read thousands of sets of medical imaging, gives him a substantial background in handling traumatic brain injury litigation cases. His attendance at events such as the Florida Workhorse Conference keeps him on the cutting edge of litigation methods used by winning lawyers.