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Fiesta Bowl Spring Summit: “Concussions and the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability”

May 2, 2013


Montgomery McCracken attorneys Steven Pachman and William Conaty presented “Concussions and the Law: Minimizing the Risk of Legal Liability” to Division I College Football Conference Commissioners, Directors of Athletics, and Head Football Coaches at the Fiesta Bowl Spring Summit in Phoenix, AZ.

Conaty is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, part of his practice to assisting former NFL players obtain NFL Disability Benefits. Conaty has had several speaking engagements regarding injury-reporting from the players’ perspective and other legal matters confronted by athletic professionals. Prior to his legal career, Conaty played professional football for 9 years with several NFL teams.

Pachman is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. Part of his practice is devoted to advising school officials and attorneys, risk managers, athletic trainers and athletic departments, physicians, and other health care professionals on institutional liability issues concerning sport-related concussions, Second Impact Syndrome, and other sports’ injuries. Pachman has represented individuals and school systems in multiple catastrophic injury cases arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories in the sports’ context, including a university, an athletic trainer, and others in a high-profile, nationally-publicized lawsuit involving a catastrophically-injured football player who allegedly sustained a concussion and Second Impact Syndrome.