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alum for his or her contribution to the legal field, service to the law school,
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Touro Law Center's Office of Institutional Advancement is proud to announce that Lori Semlies ’94 has been selected as the alum of the month for October 2013. She participates in the law center’s Alumni-Student Mentor Program and on special reunion committees, and was on Moot Court while attending law school. Her accomplished career highlighted in the bio below. On behalf of the entire law school community, we extend our congratulations to Lori.
Lori Semlies is partner with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in the firm’s White Plains office. She focuses on the defense of medical and nursing home malpractice claims in both state and federal courts including all phases of litigation through trial. She has handled appeals in the New York Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, as well as before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Lori also handles general negligence cases as well as trip and falls, motor vehicle accidents and equipment malfunctions.
As part of the risk management services Lori provides to clients, she frequently lectures on best practices using a mock examination of nursing staff to demonstrate the potential pitfalls of inadequate documentation. She also assists clients with drafting admission agreements and protocols and helps them manage crisis situations.
Lori’s practice encompasses the defense of hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice cases arising in all areas of medical specialty, from orthopedics to neurosurgery, and involving all types of claims, from brain damaged infants to failure to diagnose cancer. She also defends dentists, podiatrists, laboratories and remote radiological interpretation providers. As co-chair of the firm’s national nursing home litigation team within the Medical Malpractice practice, Lori has particular knowledge of the state and federal regulations that pertain to long-term care facilities. Cases that she handles in connection with nursing homes typically arise from the development of decubitus ulcers, falls that lead to fractures or brain injuries, and allegations of failure to diagnose or properly treat a patient. To limit or avoid punitive damages available to plaintiffs under local or federal statute, Lori and the other members of the firm’s nursing home team have developed useful strategies for getting claims dismissed and have crafted arguments for limiting the use of evidence during the liability phase of a trial.
She is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. She is a member of the New York Bar Association, the Medical Malpractice Defense Bar and Association of New York. She received a B.A., from the University at Albany and J.D., magna cum laude, from Touro Law Center. She participates in the Law Center’s Mentor Program and was on Moot Court while attending law school. Lori also participates on special reunion event committees.