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Concussions and the Law, 10/20

A Defense Lawyer’s Perspective…An Agent’s Perspective

Sponsored by the Sports Law Society

Thursday, October 20, 2016
3:30 p.m.
Martin G. McGuinn '67 Ceremonial Courtroom (Room 201)

During a special speaker event sponsored by the Sports Law Society, the topic of concussion litigation will be explored from both sides of the aisle in ongoing and previous litigation. There will be a Q & A at the end of the discussion and refreshments will be provided.  

Speakers are:

  • Steve Pachman is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department. He concentrates his practice on the defense of catastrophic sports injury cases, and regularly represents individuals and school systems in catastrophic injury matters arising out of alleged premature return-to-play decisions and other negligence theories. His representations include a number of high-profile, nationally-publicized cases against NCAA member colleges and universities, high schools, other academic institutions, and various school personnel. These cases involve catastrophically-injured football players who allegedly sustained concussions and players diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Steve also regularly advises school officials and attorneys, coaches, athletic trainers, and physicians on institutional liability issues concerning concussions, and is a frequent speaker on legal matters concerning the management of sport-related injuries. Steve has authored a number of articles on how to minimize their risk of legal liability for sport-related injuries. His comments and opinions on related issues have been published in journals, news magazines, and newspapers across the country.

Steve received his law degree from Temple University School of Law, where he was an editor on the Temple Law Review. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he graduated summa cum laude.

  • Georgette Fries Castner is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department, focusing her practice on complex commercial litigation and white collar and government investigations. She also represents colleges and other schools, as well as school personnel, in catastrophic sports injury matters. One such recent representation of a NCAA Division I college involved a deceased student-athlete who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). That case was recently dismissed by the plaintiff with prejudice.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Georgette served as a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Lisa of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division.

Georgette received a JD with honors from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden. While in law school, she served as Research Editor for the Rutgers Law Journal. Georgette earned a BS from The College of New Jersey where she graduated cum laude.

  • Billy Conaty is an attorney and sports agent. He is employed at Eastern Athletic Services, a full-service NFL agency. Prior to attending law school, Billy was a four-year starter along the offensive line and team captain at Virginia Tech. He was a two time All-Conference selection and 1st team All-American his senior season.  His teams at Virginia Tech played in four straight Bowl games. Billy then signed with the Buffalo Bills where he was named to USA Today All Joe Team, recognizing “over achievers who do not get the recognition they deserve.” After six seasons with the Bills, Billy played with the Patriots, Cowboys, Vikings and Cardinals, and snapped to Tom Brady, Drew Bledsoe, Kurt Warner, and Doug Flutie.

After retiring, Billy received his NFL agent certification while attending Rutgers School of Law. Upon graduation, Billy joined Montgomery McCracken where he worked on several sports injury and concussions cases and helped to advise colleges and universities on risk management associated with sports-related concussions.