Section Meeting - Litigation

  • 18 Apr 2017
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Advanced Depositions - 17752 Skypark Circle, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614
  • 31


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Topic: Spinal Anatomy and Physiology for Lawyers

Presented by: Scott J. Dickinson, Esq., ADR Services, Inc.

Synopsis: This presentation will cover the basic anatomy of the spine and how the spine responds to trauma versus degeneration. Mr. Dickinson will cover numerous pathological areas such as herniation, annular tears, facet joint disease, end plate damage along with spondylosis; discuss the differences between trigger point, facet joint and epidural injections; and cover cross-examination techniques of experts on spinal pain generators and how to evaluate a soft tissue injury versus a spinal injury. As well as, go over shoulder impingement injuries and its physiology. It's a must for attorneys who deal with spinal injuries, neck and back pain complaints.

Speaker Biography: As a trial attorney Mr. Dickinson spent 10 years representing plaintiffs in civil matters and another 10 years representing the insurance industry interests in first party cases, personal injury, insurance bad faith and coverage issues. Mr. Dickinson was recognized as a Daily Journal “Top 50 Neutral” from 2010 – 2013 and has served as a full-time neutral in over 3,000 cases since 2006.

Mr. Dickinson has a Master’s Degree with extensive knowledge in spinal cord/brain injuries and associated soft-tissue injuries.

Areas of Expertise

Mr. Dickinson is highly sought after for the following types of cases:

  • Personal Injury: spinal cord/traumatic brain injury, back, neck, shoulder, knee cases, wrongful death.
  • Employment disputes: wage disputes, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, discrimination matters.
  • Elder Abuse claims against health care facilities (i.e. nursing and health care service providers)
  • Mold Contamination (residential, hotel, rental homes and apartment complexes)
  • Property Damages (loss of use/diminution of value of high end vehicles, i.e. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, etc.)
  • Products Liability
  • Business and Commercial Contract disputes
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Bad Faith claims

Mediation Experience / Acknowledgements

  • Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • Panel Mediator for Orange County and Los Angeles County Superior Courts
  • Daily Journal “Top 50” Neutral
  • “Outstanding Contribution as a Dispute Resolution Neutral” presented by Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Author of “Mediation: Most effective forum to resolve your case,” Advocate Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California, March 2007


  • California State University, Fullerton, CA – Bachelor of Science Degree, 1977
  • California State University, Fullerton, CA – Masters of Science Degree, 1979
  • Western State University College of Law – Juris Doctorate, 1985
  • UCLA Anatomy and Physiology 1988

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Location: Advanced Depositions - 17752 Skypark Circle, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92614

Parking: Free.

Light refreshments will be provided.


OCPA is a State Bar of California Approved MCLE provider and certifies that this seminar qualifies for MCLE CREDIT 1.0.

Event Fee: $10.00 for OCPA members, $20.00 for non-members and $20.00 for all walk-ins who have not pre-registered online (both members and non-members) IF SPACE IS AVAILABLE. Walk-ins are on a first come first serve basis.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2016, OCPA will no longer accept checks as a form of payment for event registration. Please log in to your OCPA account to submit electronic payment via credit card, debit card or PayPal.   

*Space is limited for all OCPA events, so please submit your reservation via this website event. Walk-ins are welcome on a first come first serve basis if space is available.

*Cancellation Policy - If you need to cancel your reservation, please e-mail the Litigation Section Chairs Susan Schwartz at No refunds will be issued. Credit for a future meeting will be held in your OCPA account which may be applied to future meetings if your cancellation is received no less than 48 hours prior to the event. 

Please note: Credit will not be issued to passport holders. 

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