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At Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP we take great pride in being a law firm of enormous depth, with experienced, dedicated trial lawyers serving our clients’ broad litigation needs which include Medical Malpractice Defense, Medical Professional Advocacy, Elder Abuse Defense, General Civil Defense, Insurance Bad Faith Defense, Public Entity Defense, Legal Malpractice Defense and Alternative Dispute Resolution...

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The keystone of our practice is medical malpractice defense and we represent physicians, hospitals, clinics, outpatient surgery centers, nurses and other allied health professionals, podiatrists, chiropractors and dentists throughout Northern California and Nevada. Learn more
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News & Media

Listed below are the Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP news articles, press releases, and other significant media announcements.

Partner Glenn Holley Elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Defense Counsel
In December 2015, Partner Glenn M. Holley was elected to the Association of Defense Counsel.

Partner Keith Chidlaw wins Association of Defense Counsel Award
In December 2015, Partner Keith D. Chidlaw won the Association of Defense Counsel's President's Award.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Speaks at Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association Event
On October 15, 2015, Partner Keith D. Chidlaw spoke to the Sacramento Legal Secretaries Association on the topic of "Recent Legislation Impacting Your Civil Practice."

Partner Kat Tood Speaks to Emergency Medicine Physicians in South Lake Tahoe
In May 2015, Partner Kat Todd co-presented to a group of Emergency Medicine physicians in South Lake Tahoe, CA on issues related to patient boarding in the Emergency Department, diagnostic anchoring within the initial evaluation and issues related to immunosuppressant patients.

Partner Kat Todd Speaks to Class of Psychiatric Residents at UC Davis Medical Center
On April 1, 2015, Partner Kat Todd spoke to a class of UC Davis Medical Center psychiatry residents concerning Medical Legal Issues in the Context of County Psychiatry, specifically related to the availability of statutory immunities available to psychiatry providers in the Public Mental health setting.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Hosts Young Lawyer Seminar and Judicial Reception
On March 27, 2015, Partner Keith Chidlaw organized and hosted a seminar sponsored by the ADC. Three Sacramento County Superior Court judges were the speakers for this Law and Motion Seminar. Following the seminar was a Judicial Reception attended by 35 judges involving 11 different courts including Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye.

Partner Kat Todd Speaks at the California Society of Healhcare Risk Management Annual Conference
On March 4, 2015, Partner Kat Todd spoke at the California Society of Healthcare Risk Management (CSHRM) 2015 Annual Conference in Napa. Kat, along with Gena Peyton and Jeremy Harris from the Office of the General Counsel with Sutter Health, presented on Lengthy Difficult Patient Discharges From the Acute Care Setting: Issues, Pitfalls and Strategies.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Elevated to President of California Defense Counsel
On March 4, 2015, Partner Keith Chidlaw was elected President of California Defense Counsel. In his role as President, Keith will oversee the legislative efforts of the ADC and its sister organization in Southern California.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Meets with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye
In January 2015, Partner Keith Chidlaw and other officers of the CDC met with the Chief Justice and Judicial Council staff to explore judicial efficiencies and court funding issues. As an outgrowth of this, meeting the Chief Justice convened a committee consisting of Judges, Judicial Council Staff, plaintiff’s attorneys and defense attorneys to explore making Expedited Jury Trials more appealing. Keith was selected to be on that committee.

Partner Keith Chidlaw is Serving Tenth Year on the Board of Directors of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California
In December 2014, Partner Keith Chidlaw commenced his 10th year on the Board of Directors of the ADC.

Partner Kat Todd Works with International Referees at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris
For three weeks in August 2014, Partner Kat Todd worked with the international referees at the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Paris, France. Kat was present as a selector and performance reviewer, providing feedback to the referees and management on referee match performance.

Trial Attorney Kat Todd Recently Obtained Full Satisfaction of a Judgment and Cost Bill
Partner Kat Todd recently obtained full satisfaction of a judgment and cost bill, obtained from a successful non-suit on behalf of a hospital defendant in July 2014. After an abstract was filed in Alameda County where plaintiff owned real property, plaintiff attempted to sell the real property. The day escrow closed, the Title Company issued a check payable to the defendant. The amount included the original judgment and cost award, plus post-judgment interest. This recovery was the largest amount ever recovered by this hospital, following a successful trial.

Trial Attorney Kat Todd Obtained a Non-Suit in Alameda County
On July 8, 2014, Kat Todd obtained a non-suit in a trial on behalf of County Hospital and four of its individually named employees. The case involved the provision of outpatient mental healthcare at a Partial Hospitalization Program to an individual who was referred for major depressive order and suicidal ideation. The plaintiff made a suicide attempt near his residence which he survived, but he suffered a bilateral leg amputation after running in front of an oncoming train. After plaintiff rested, Kat Todd moved for non-suit of the entire case based on the applicable statutory immunities available within the Government Code for County Mental Healthcare providers.

Trial Attorney Theodore D. Poppinga Obtains Defense Verdict in Sacramento County
Partner Theodore D. Poppinga successfully defended a local psychiatrist in an action brought by a patient who alleged that as a result of psychiatric medications and ECT treatment, he sustained memory loss and cognitive failure as well as consequent financial losses. The patient’s spouse claimed injury to their relationship. Trial commenced on June 2, 2014, and concluded on June 18, 2014.

Partner Kat Todd Speaks to the Sutter Gould Medical Group
Kat Todd, in conjunction with NORCAL Mutual Insurance, gave a talk entitled "Pain Management & Opioid Prescribing: Managing The Risks" to the Sutter Gould Medical Group at the Stockton Golf and Country Club in Stockton, California, on May 22, 2014.

Partner Kat Todd Gives Webinar to California Society of Healthcare Risk Management
On May 21, 2014, Kat Todd gave a webinar to CSHRM members entitled "Anatomy of a Trial: What Risk Managers Need to Know". The presentation was geared toward educating hospital risk managers on issues that arise in civil trials for hospital defendants.

Partner Kat Todd Speaks to Emergency Medicine Providers at Barton Memorial Hospital
Kat Todd, in conjunction with The Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc., gave a talk entitled "Transitions in the Acute Continuum of Care" to the Emergency Medicine providers at Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, on May 13, 2014.

Trial Attorney Robert Zimmerman Obtains a Defense Verdict
On April 15, 2014, after 8 weeks of trial in Solano County, Partner Bob Zimmerman obtained defense verdicts for two hospitalists. The allegations against the doctors and hospital involved delays in obtaining emergent spine consultations and emergent transfer to a tertiary care center for progressive cervical myelopathy resulting in permanent quadriparesis following neurosurgical decompression of spine lesion at UCSF some 15 days after her initial presentation to the defendant providers facility.

Trial Attorneys Kat Todd Obtains Defense Verdict
On April 15, 2014, partner Kat Todd obtained a unanimous defense verdict in favor of their client, a Sacramento anesthesiologist, who was accused of improperly performing a paravertebral block causing permanent neurologic injury.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Elevated to Vice-President of California Defense Counsel
Keith Chidlaw was elected Vice-President of California Defense Counsel on February 26, 2014.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Elected to the Board of Directors for the Association of Defense Counsel
Keith Chidlaw was elected to serve an additional two year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, commencing on December 12, 2013.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Spoke at the Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting
Keith Chidlaw spoke at the Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting in San Francisco, on December 12, 2013. His topic was "Handling Policy Limit Demands - How Not to Lose a Client (and Avoid Getting Sued)."

Associates Join Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle
The end of 2013 brings new Associates to Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle.  We are proud to announce the addition of the following associates to our team:
Kia Jafari, who joined us in November, was admitted to the California Bar in 2007.  He graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, in 2007.  Kia's practice will concentrate on medical malpractice defense, general civil defense and select personal injury cases.
Sarah Gosling also joined us in November; she was admitted to the California Bar in 2012.  She graduated from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 2012.  Sarah's practice focuses on medical malpractice defense.  
Brandi Hannagan joined us in November as well.  She was admitted to the California Bar in 2007, after graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2007.  Her practice will focus on medical malpractice defense, medical professional advocacy and elder abuse defense.
Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle welcomes these new Associates and encourages you to check out their online biographies.

Partner Keith Chidlaw Elected Treasurer of the California Defense Counsel
On November 15, 2013, Keith Chidlaw was elected Treasurer of the California Defense Counsel, a Political Action Committee for the respective Northern and Southern California Association of Defense Counsel. Keith and other members of the CDC were privileged to meet with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court on December 10, 2013, to share ideas about improving the civil judicial system in California.

Partner Keith Chidlaw a Winner at the CAL-ABOTA Hawaii Golf Tournament
Keith Chidlaw, along with three other Association of Defense Counsel members, won the CAL_ABOTA Hawaii Golf Tournament at Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii, on November 5, 2013, achieving yet another victory for the defense over a strong contingent of plaintiffs' attorneys.

Trial Attorney and Partner Robert Zimmerman Obtains Defense Verdict in Siskiyou County
Trial Attorney Bob Zimmerman prevailed on the Statute of Limitations argument in a medical malpractice matter against a podiatrist in Siskiyou County, CA.

Trial Attorney Kat Todd Obtains Defense Verdict in Sacramento Superior Court
Partner Kat Todd successfully defended a Sacramento Medical Center in an action filed by a patient alleging misdiagnosis in the treatment of a right shoulder injury. The action was venued in Sacramento County. Trial commenced on May 21, 2013 and concluded on May 29, 2013.

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