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Law Offices of J.M. Reinan obtains $3.7 million verdict against drug treatment facility

Read the Denver Post article below:

Denver verdict: $3.7 million against drug treatment facility

Jordana Gingrass Named Colorado Rising Star by Super Lawyers

The 2015 list of Colorado Rising Stars was just announced, and the Law Offices of J.M. Reinan, P.C.’s very own Jordana Gingrass was selected!  Super Lawyers selects only 2.5% of licensed active attorneys in Colorado as Rising Stars, which makes this recognition a nice accolade.

 

Congratulations to all of this year’s Rising Stars! The sky’s the limit . . .

 

To view the listing, follow this link: Super Lawyers – Colorado 2015 Rising Stars

 

Safety, Violence and Mental Health Issues in Care Facilities

The Advanced Elder Law Institute, through the Colorado Bar Association CLE, will hold a seminar March 5-6, 2015 to address care, safety and legal issues surrounding Colorado’s elderly.  The seminar’s focus is “Protecting Our Elders Financially, Medically and Legally,” which is right in line with a primary mission of the Law Offices of J.M. Reinan, P.C.

 

J Reinan will make a presentation at the seminar concerning Safety, Violence and Mental Health Issues in Care Facilities on March 5, in which he will discuss violence, abuse and mental health issues in nursing homes and other care facilities.  This includes, among other things, resident on resident abuse; staff on resident abuse; injuries of unknown origin; psychotropic medication mismanagement; unsafe resident mixes among residents with known behavioral issues; and unsafe retention of residents in assisted living facilities whose behavioral and/or physical needs exceed the capabilities of an assisted living facility.

 

Other program highlights and information are contained below:

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Perspective from the Bench on Probate Appellate Issues Presented by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Brian Boatright

 

 

Program Description:

 

As we age, we become more vulnerable to abuse: physically, financially, medically, and socially. As trusted counsel, we are called upon not only to give legal advice, but also to lend a helping hand in the myriad of complex areas elderly people face, oftentimes without the help of nearby family or friends.

 

The Advanced Elder Law Institute provides fascinating and cutting-edge information on these very issues, including physician-assisted death, financial exploitation of the elderly, how to advise your clients on what services your community provides, and so much more.

 

AGENDA:

 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

 

8:30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

 

9:00am

Welcome and Introduction

Extended by M. Carl Glatstein, Esq., and Jennifer S. Gormley, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

 

9:10am

The Affordable Care Act as It Relates to Elders, Medicaid/Medicare, Funding and Public Policy

Presented by Mary Catherine Rabbitt, Esq.

 

10:00am

Networking Break

 

10:10am

“Doctor, Will You Please Help Me Die?”

An Exploration of the Medical, Ethical, and Legal Aspects of Decisions at the End of Life

Presented by Richard Martinez, MD, MH, Daniel Johnson, MD, FAAHPM, and Casey Frank, Esq., MPH

 

11:40am

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:00pm

Guardians ad Litem

Use of GALs; Recent Changes in the Law; Orders

Presented by Madeline Duncan, Esq.

 

1:50pm

Use of Care Managers in Elder Law

Mandatory Reporting, Self-Neglect and Other Issues

Presented by Karen Buchanan, RN, BSN

 

2:40pm

Networking Break

 

2:50pm

Case Law and Legislative Update

JDF Forms and e-Filing

Presented by Jamie Roth, Esq.

 

3:40pm

Safety, Violence and Mental Health Issues in Care Facilities

Presented by J.M. Reinan, Esq.

 

4:30pm

Adjourn

 

 

Friday, March 6, 2015

 

8:55am

Welcome Back and Announcements

 

9:00am

Keynote Presentation

Perspective from the Bench on Probate Appellate Issues

Presented by Justice Brian Boatright

 

9:50am

Equal Protection for Disabled Individuals Funding Supplemental Needs Trusts After Age 65

Presented by Jennifer Gormley, Esq.

 

10:40am

Networking Break

 

10:50am

Ethics in Elder Law

Client Identification, Confidentiality, Conflicts and Family Dynamic

Presented by Professor Rebecca Morgan, Stetson University

 

11:40am

Financial Exploitation of Our Elders

Learn how investigators “follow the money” to understand and document the  information provided to law enforcement or APS agencies so they can hold people accountable for taking advantage of the elderly. Attorneys can also use this information in any type trial proceeding.

Presented by Doug Cash, MBA, CFE, CFI, CFCI, Eide Bailly

 

12:20pm

Lunch on Your Own

 

1:30pm

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Providing Guardianship Services

Presented by Charles Golbert, Deputy Public Guardian, Cook County, IL

 

2:20pm

Understanding Aging Demographic Trends and Advising Your Clients on Community Based Service Options

Presented by Jayla Sanchez Warren, Director, DRCOG – Area Agency on Aging, and John Zabawa, President/CEO, Seniors’ Resource Center

 

3:10pm

Networking Break

 

3:20pm

Protective Proceeding Monitors and Life After the Probate Audit

What the Auditor’s Office Does, How They Work with the Courts and Parties; If the Auditor’s Office Files Charges or Takes Action, What Happens When a Fiduciary Breaches His/Her Duties; Nuts and Bolts

Presented by Brian Rulla, Esq., Senior Auditor

 

4:10pm

Adjourn

 

Law Offices of J.M. Reinan PC Files Suit Against Attorney For Alleged Sexual Misconduct

The Law Offices of J.M. Reinan, PC has filed suit in Denver District Court on behalf of a woman who claims that her former attorney, Charles L. Fife, engaged in numerous acts of sexual misconduct and abuse.  See the stories below:

 

http://www.denverpost.com/News/ci_26829931/Lawsuit-accuses-Denver-attorney-of-filming-sex-encounters-with-clients/

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/10/31/denver-attorney-polygamy-sexual-exploitation-lawsuit/

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/11/06/attorney-accused-of-luring-clients-into-polygamous-lifestyle-has-drug-use-in-past/

http://abovethelaw.com/2014/11/lawyer-accused-of-extorting-sex-from-clients-amateur-porn-polygamy/

Here’s J Reinan in Action at the 2014 Great Race, Happening Now!

 

 

This photo was taken yesterday, as Great Race participants traveled from Poughkeepsie, NY, through East Stroudsburg, PA and ended for the evening in Valley Forge, PA.  Today, they head through Millsboro, DE and end up in Portsmouth, VA.  When asked if he is winning, J responded that, “To finish is to win.” How true!

2014-06-24 J Great Race 2014

J Reinan to Participate For Second Consecutive Year in Hemmings Motor News Great Race

J Reinan decided after finishing last year’s great race that he would do it again in 2014.

 

The Great Race was first inaugurated in 1983 with the idea of racing pre-World War II automobiles across the United States for a large purse.  After a successful first event, the Great Race has continued to be a widely celebrated annual event among car nuts and packs of fans who line up along the route – which varies from year to year – to cheer them along.

 

This year’s Great Race begins on June 21, 2014 in Ogunquit, ME, and will continue on to the following cities: Rochester, NH; Lowell, MA; Bennington, VT; Poughkeepsie, NY; East Stroudsburg, PA; Valley Forge, PA; Millsboro, DE; Portsmouth, VA; Elizabeth City, NC; New Bern, NC; Clinton, NC; Wilmington, NC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Mount Pleasant, SC; Savannah, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Ocala, FL; ending in The Villages, FL.

 

J will be driving a 1932 Auburn Special, and will be accompanied by family and friends.  His car and team are sponsoring the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as they did last year.

 

Read more about the Great Race in the link below:

http://www.greatrace.com/

Mother Raises Awareness about Heroin and her Family’s Struggles after Son’s Heroin Related Death

Matthew Lazarus died in January, 2012 from an accidental heroin overdose.  Since that time, his mother, Chris Lazarus, has made it her mission to raise awareness about the rise in heroin availability and addiction, including among middle-class, suburban youth in Colorado and beyond—a demographic that has previously thought of heroin addiction as an ‘inner city’ problem.

 

Chris has founded an organization called EPIC (“Every Person Initiates Changes”), with the goal to bring awareness to parents and kids, as well as to provide drug programs for schools to educate students and staff.  Through fundraiser run/walks and silent auctions, EPIC has been successful in raising money in Douglas County to hire additional drug counselors, start sobers groups, hold parent educational meetings, and to educate school staff members about signs of potential drug use.

 

A link to the EPIC website, where you can contribute to Chris’ cause and learn more about it, is here: http://www.matthewlazarus.org/home_page.html

 

Chris has also shared her story and her efforts in response with Channel 9 news, Channel 4 news, and most recently, Al Jazeera.  Links to the Channel 9 and Channel 4 news stories are below (the Al Jazeera link is no longer available through its website):

 

 

 

The Law Offices of JM Reinan, PC is honored to represent Chris Lazarus and Matthew’s father in a lawsuit they have brought related to Matthew’s death against Arapahoe House and two of its employees.  Arapahoe House is a Colorado provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment and detox.  The suit alleges claims for Wrongful Death, violation of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act and Fraud.  According to the lawsuit, Matthew Lazarus was in outpatient treatment with Arapahoe House during the several months leading up to his death.  The lawsuit further alleges that in the days before his death, Matthew agreed to go to inpatient treatment at Arapahoe House, which was supposed to have been pre-arranged with his primary Arapahoe House therapist, a named Defendant in the lawsuit.  When Chris brought Matthew to Arapahoe House for his inpatient admission, the primary therapist was unavailable and had not made the promised pre-arrangements.  It is alleged that Matthew was denied inpatient admission and the counselor told 18 year old Matthew that his heroin problem was merely “recreational.” Matthew died at home just a few days later from a heroin overdose.

 

J Reinan and Jordana Gingrass Published in CTLA Trial Talk October/November 2013 Issue

J Reinan and Jordana Gingrass wrote an article in the October/November 2013 issue of Trial Talk, a magazine published by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association.  This issue features Nursing Home Litigation.

 

The article is entitled, “Building Your Case Against the ‘Old People are Sick and Going to Die Anyway’ Defense, and Using it to Your Advantage.”

 

In sum, our article responds to a common defense used by nursing home companies and their lawyers in litigation and at trial in nursing home wrongful death cases – that the decedent was extremely sick, had multiple complex medical diagnoses and conditions, and was going to die anyway.  We generally don’t dispute that the decedent was frail and elderly, which is precisely why he or she needed and deserved exceptional care.  To say that he or she was going to die anyway is essentially to say that the manner in which he or she died doesn’t matter.  This, coming from a nursing home company – a company who has chosen to do business in the area of caring for frail people – is tragic.  We hope the jury sees it that way too.

 

Other articles featured in CTLA’s Trial Talk this issue include:

 

Using Federal Regulations and State Surveys in Nursing Home Lawsuits;

Dealing with Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Negligence Cases;

Busting the Health Care Caps with Punitive Damages;

The Legal Center Nursing Home Projects; and

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Denver Post Reports on Broomfield Nursing Home History of Problems

An article published in the Denver Post this past Sunday, written by Megan Quinn, discusses a history of staffing and regulatory problems at Broomfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home located in Broomfield, Colorado.

 

According to the article, a Broomfield nursing home employee is accused of assaulting two patients in the past two months at the facility, where there is also reportedly high staff turnover and low quality ratings received by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

 

The article further discusses a pending wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed by the Law Offices of JM Reinan, PC concerning the death of a former Broomfield nursing home resident, Marlene Politzer.  As the article reports, the wrongful death lawsuit alleges that Ms. Politzer died because of poor care she received at the Broomfield nursing home and that the Broomfield nursing home allowed a physician with a long history of malpractice lawsuits and complaints to be assigned as her primary doctor at the facility. The lawsuit alleges that, consistent with previous lawsuits and complaints to the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners against this physician, Ms. Politzer was not timely or properly treated by the physician, thus resulting in her premature and wrongful death.

 

Click here to read the full Denver Post article:

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23935228/broomfield-nursing-home-has-history-problems?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com

 

Annual EPIC 5K Run/Walk to be held Sunday, September 22, 2013

The second annual EPIC (“Every Person Initiates Change”) 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2013. The event is a fight against substance abuse held in honor of Matthew Lazarus, who died from a drug overdose at the age of 18 on January 9, 2012, put on by his mother, Chris Lazarus.

 

Proceeds from the event will fund drug education programs in Douglas County Schools.

 

Details for the event are as follows:

 

Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Time: 8:30am registration; 10:00am Run/Walk starts
Location: Butterfield Park, 3900 Butterfield Crossing Drive, Castle Rock, Colorado
Registration Fee: $30 (includes t-shirt); Children 5 and under are free

 

Registration Fees may be paid by credit card online at www.matthewlazarus.org or by cash/check to EPIC at the event.