Dov Apfel.



Birth Injury Information
Dov Apfel.
Dov Apfel's Curriculum Vitae
 

Profiles and Honors:

  • Recipient of 2011 Dan Cullan Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Selected by his peers as a Maryland SuperLawyer
  • Selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America
  • Washingtonian Magazine (December 2004) (listed as one of the Top Lawyers in his field in the Washington DC area)
  • The Washington Times(August 23, 1999)
  • Potomac Almanac (November 2, 1999)


Publications:

  • Hospital Liability for Misuse of Obstetrical Drugs, Trial Magazine, December, 2013.
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring Plays a Vital Role in the Management of Pregnant Women and Their Babies, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, February, 2013.
  • Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Cerebral Palsy Cases, Trial Magazine, November, 2012.
  • When Every Minute Counts. Trial Magazine, May, 2011.
  • Medical Negligence: The case for national fetal monitoring standards, Trial Magazine, May, 2009.
  • Cerebral Palsy Litigation: Understanding Cytokines and the Infectious Pathways to Brain Damage in the Term Infant, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, January, 2008.
  • Settling the Cerebral Palsy Case, Trial Magazine, December, 2007.
  • Part II: Cerebral Palsy Litigation -- Understanding the Pathways to CP in the Term Infant, AAJ Professional Negligence Section Newsletter, Summer, 2007.
  • Part I: Cerebral Palsy Litigation -- Understanding the Pathways to CP in the Term Infant, AAJ Professional Negligence Section Newsletter, Spring, 2007.
  • Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy, Trial Magazine, January, 2007.
  • Using A Differential Diagnosis To Prove That Intrapartum Asphyxia Is A Significant Cause of Cerebral Palsy, 30 American Journal Of Trial Advocacy 89 (2006).
  • Proper Use of Apgar Scores, Trial Magazine, August, 2005.
  • Keeping "Junk Science" Out of Birth Injury Cases, The Advocate - Journal of Consumer Attorneys For Southern California, July 2005.
  • Keep Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases, Trial Magazine, May, 2004.
  • Fetal Monitoring Mistakes and Their Catastrophic Consequences, Trial Magazine, August, 2003.
  • Derailing Daubert Motions in Obstetrical Cases, Trial Magazine, May, 2002.
  • Evaluating Obstetrical Cases: A Primer for the Trial Attorney Prince Georges County Bar Bulletin, Fall 2002.
  • Using Electronic Fetal Monitoring Strips to Assess the Quality of Care and the Timing of Delivery, ATLA Professional Negligence Section Reporter, Summer 2001.
  • Evaluating Obstetrical Malpractice Cases: A Primer for the Trial Attorney, MTLA Trial Reporter, Fall 2000.
  • Placental Pathology: Challenging the Causation Defenses, Trial Magazine, May, 2000.
  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean:  A Primer for the Attorney, Trial Magazine, February, 2000.
  • A Legal Discussion on Medical Malpractice: What Pregnant Women Should Know About Group B Streptococcal Infection, The Montgomery County Sentinel, November 18, 1999.
  • A Legal Discussion on Medical Malpractice: Is Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Safe?, The Montgomery County Sentinel, October 28, 1999.
  • A Legal Discussion on Medical Malpractice: Can cerebral palsy be prevented?, The Montgomery County Sentinel, October 21, 1999.
  • Evaluating Birth Trauma Cases Involving Brain Injury in the Premature Infant, ATLA Professional Negligence Law Reporter, July 1999.
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Criteria for Evaluating the Quality and Timing of Intrapartum Care, ATLA Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, June, 1999
  • Clinical Markers Establishing A Causal Relationship Between Birth Asphyxia And Cerebral Palsy: A Primer For Trial Lawyers, 21 American Journal Of Trial Advocacy 1 (1997).
  • Premises Liability: Overcoming Defenses In Slip And Fall Cases, Trial Magazine, January, 1997.
  • Maternal Infection In Pregnancy: Understanding The Medical And Legal Issues, Trial Magazine, May 1996.
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring, ATLA Professional Negligence Law Reporter, November, 1995.
  • Asphyxia And Cerebral Palsy: Understanding The Medical And Legal Issues, ATLA Birth Trauma Group Newsletter, June 1995.
  • Cervical And Lumbar Disc Injuries: Understanding The Medical And Legal Issues, Trial Magazine, January, 1995.
  • Antepartum Evaluation Of Fetal Well-Being, Atla Birth Trauma Group Newsletter, December, 1994.
  • Placental Pathology: A Tool In Obstetrical Cases, Trial Magazine, May, 1994
  • Loss Of Chance In Obstetrical Cases, Trial Magazine, May, 1993
  • Slip And Fall Cases: Some Practical Suggestions, Trial Magazine, August, 1992.
  • Obstetrical Negligence In Managing Hypertension: Legal Issues, Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, October, 1992.
  • Obstetrical Negligence In Managing Hypertension: Medical Issues, Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, September, 1992.
  • Obstetrical Malpractice: Hypertension In Pregnancy, Trial Magazine, May, 1992.
  • Gag Orders, Exclusionary Orders, And Protective Orders: Expanding The Use Of Preventive Remedies To Safeguard A Criminal Defendant's Right To A Fair Trial, 29 AM. UNIV. L. REV. 439 (1980).
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Invited Lectures:

  • AAJ Education's 2nd Annual Total Electronic Fetal Monitoring Immersion Seminar, Washington, DC, June 26-27, 2014
    Subjects: EFM: Decelerations & Management of Category III Patterns
    Subjects: 2014 Neonatal Encephalopathy & Neurologic Outcome Litigation Criteria
    Subjects: Chorioamnionitis & Intrapartum Brain Injury
  • AAJ Education's 1st Annual Total Electronic Fetal Monitoring Immersion Seminar, Washington, DC, June 27-28, 2013
    Subjects: EFM: Expectations, Problems, and Reality
    Subjects: Algorithms for Management of Category II FHR Patterns
    Subjects: The Causal Pathway from EFM to Cerebral Palsy
  • AAJ Winter Conference, Miami, February, 2013
    Subject: How to Handle Damages in Opening Statement
  • AAJ Summer Conference, Chicago, July, 2012
    Subject: Proving the Timing of Brain Damage: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction
  • AAJ Summer Conference, New York, July, 2011
    Subject: The Timing of Emergency Cesarean Sections: When Every MInute Counts
  • Litigating Injured Infant Cases Seminar, Miami. April, 2011
    Subject: New Fetal Monitoring Standards
  • AAJ Winter BTLG Educational Program, Miami, February, 2011
    Subject: The Latest ACOG and AWHONN Electronic Fetal Monitoring Guidelines
  • Obstetric Malpractice Program, Sponsored by The American Conference Institute, Philadelphia, June, 2009
    Subject: Fetal Asphyxia: Causes and Prevention
  • ATLA Winter Conference. New Orleans, February, 2009
    Subject: Analysis of the 2008 NICHD Fetal Monitoring Guidelines
  • New York State Judicial Seminars. Rye Brook, NY. August 28, 2008
    "Medicine for Judges" Program:
    Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: Analysis of Criteria for Linking Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • AAJ Summer Conference. Philadelphia, July, 2008
    Subject: Meconium Aspiration Syndrome and Postnatal Brain Damage
  • New York State Judicial Seminars. Rye Brook, NY. June 26, 2008
    "Medicine for Judges" Program:
    Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: Analysis of Criteria for Linking Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Ohio Association for Justice -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Columbus, Ohio, May, 2008
    Subject: What's New in Electronic Fetal Monitoring?
  • New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, The Best of the Best from Around the Country, Meadowlands, October, 2007
    Subject: Perinatal Brain Injury.
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, March, 2007
    Subject: Using The Medical Literature To Rebut ACOG Publications.
  • Litigating Medical Negligence Cases: Updates and Techniques for Pretrial, Trial, and Settlement Crystal City, Virginia, October, 2005
    Subject: Closing Argument
  • ATLA Summer Conference. Boston, July, 2004
    Subject: Keeping Junk Science out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: ACOG's Criteria on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, May, 2004
    Subject: Keeping Junk Science out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: ACOG's Criteria on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases, ATLA Program, Atlanta, February, 2004
    Subject: Using the Medicine To Prove the Timing and Etiology of Irreversible Brain Damage
  • Co-Chairperson, Obstetric Malpractice Program, Sponsored by The American Conference Institute, Philadelphia, November, 2003
    Subject: What's New In Obstetrical Malpractice and Placental Pathology
  • ATLA Summer Conference. San Francisco, July, 2003
    Subject: Keeping Junk Science out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: ACOG's Criteria on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases ATLA Program, Atlanta, February, 2003
    Subject: Using the Medicine to Make Your Case: Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Co-Chairperson, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program, Atlanta, July, 2002
    Subject: Distinguishing Between Asphyxia and Stroke: The Timing of Brain Injury
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, January, 2002
    Subject: Using Electronic Fetal Monitoring to Assess the Quality of Care and the Timing of Injury.
  • ATLA Summer Conference. Montreal, July, 2001.
    Chairperson: Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program.
    Subjects: Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy, and The International Consensus Template and the Criteria for Establishing a Link Between Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy.
  • ATLA Summer Conference. Chicago, August, 2000.
    Subject: Intrapartum Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Understanding FHR Variables and Nonreassuring Patterns.
  • Chairperson:  Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January, 2000.
    Subject: Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy.
  • ATLA Summer Conference. San Francisco, July, 1999.
    Subject: Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy.
    Subject: Early Onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Infection.
  • ATLA Summer Conference. Washington, DC, July, 1998
    Subject: Prenatal Care and Review of the Medical Chart.
  • Canadian Trial Lawyers Conference. Calgary, Canada, April, 1998
    Subject: Placental Pathology: A Primer For Birth Trauma Litigation.
  • Chairperson: Birth Trauma Group Educational Program, Maui, Hawaii, February, 1998:
    Subject: The Timing And Etiology Of Brain Injury In The Preterm Infant
  • ATLA Mid-Winter Conference, Maui, Hawaii, February, 1998
    Subject: Antepartum Testing To Assess Fetal Well-Being In The Preterm Infant.
  • ATLA Mega Seminar On Profound Brain Injury In The Infant, West Palm Beach, Florida, January, 1998
    Subject: Placental Pathology: The Use Of Placental Findings To Prove Or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice In Bad Baby Cases.
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Conference, Toronto, Canada, June, 1996
    Subject: Placental Pathology: The Use Of Placental Findings To Prove Or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice In Bad Baby Cases.
  • ATLA Summer Conference, Boston, Mass, July, 1996
    Subject: Antepartum Testing To Assess Fetal Well-Being.
  • ATLA Summer Conference, New York, New York, July, 1995
    Subject: What's New In Placental Pathology?
    Subject: How To Cross-Examine A Defense Placental Pathology Expert In Obstetrical Malpractice Cases.
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Educational Program, February 10, 1995
    Subject: The Use Of Demonstrative Evidence At Trial In Automobile Tort Litigation.
  • ATLA Winter Conference, Maui, Hawaii, February 1995
    Subject: Placental Pathology: The Use Of Placental Findings To Prove Or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice In Bad Baby Cases.
  • Placental Pathology Conferences Sponsored By The Armed Forces Institute Of Pathology, Walter Reed Medical Center, 1991 And 1992.
    Subject: The Use Of Placental Findings To Prove Or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice In Bad Baby Cases.
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Media Appearances:

  • CBS Television - Sunday Morning News
  • Montgomery Cable Channel 21 Program - News Counterpointe
  • WTOP Radio - Bob Madigan Show
  • WOL-AM - Bev Smith Show
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Associations:

  • Chairperson, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Section, 2003 to 2004
  • Executive Board Member, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Negligence Section, 2001 to 2003
  • Co-Chairperson, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1999 to 2001
  • Executive Board Member, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1993 to 1999
  • Executive Board Member, Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group, 1999 to 2000.
  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Member, Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Maryland Bar Association
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Member, Montgomery County Bar Association
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Please Note:
This web site is not intended as legal advice on cerebral palsy, and is not a substitute for obtaining guidance from your own legal counsel about cerebral palsy litigation. It provides general educational information about the standards of care and causation issues that can arise in obstetrical malpractice and cerebral palsy litigation. Readers of the articles contained within this web site should not act upon the cerebral palsy information without first consulting with a lawyer who is experienced in evaluating and litigating cerebral palsy and obstetrical malpractice cases. Mr. Apfel is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. When Mr. Apfel is asked to participate in cerebral palsy litigation filed in other states, he will associate with, and act as co-counsel with, an attorney licensed in that state who is familiar with the local laws and procedures.
 
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