2019 Summit Speakers

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Patient Safety Risk Management Speakers

Debra Phairas
Practice & Liability Consultants, LLC

1:30 – 2:30 pm – “Risky Business:  The Aging, Impaired or Disruptive Physician”

Debra Phairas is President of Practice & Liability Consultants, LLC a nationally recognized firm specializing in practice management and malpractice prevention.  Her background includes medical clinic administration and loss prevention management for NORCAL Mutual, a physician malpractice insurance carrier in Northern California.  Her BS is from Michigan State University and her graduate work at Golden Gate University San Francisco MBA Health Services Administration program.    Her consulting experience includes over 2,000 practices of all sizes and specialties.  Typical engagements include: practice start-ups, practice assessments, mergers, financial analysis, revenue enhancement, overhead reduction, personnel management, over 500 practice valuations, expert witness, partnership issues and recruitment support for hospitals and physician groups.  She has presented seminars and lectures nationwide for state and local medical/dental associations, management organizations and specialty societies. Please view website:  www.practiceconsultants.net


Kim Stanger

Holland and Hart, LLP

2:45 – 3:45pm – “Using Non-Physicians in Your Practice: Minimizing Liability”

Kim C. Stanger is a partner in the Boise office of Holland & Hart, LLP, and the chair of the firm’s Health Law Group. Mr. Stanger helps clients navigate the complex state and federal regulations governing the health care industry, including health care reform, fraud and abuse laws, HIPAA, EMTALA, Medicare and Medicaid requirements, and licensing rules. Mr. Stanger represents individual and institutional providers in transactions, licensing, compliance, administrative proceedings, and litigation.

He was named a 2019 Health Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America® U.S. News & World Report. He is also listed as a Mountain States Super Lawyer and in Best Lawyers in America® for Health Care Law by U.S. News & World Report. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association; the American Bar Association Health Law Section; and a Past President of the Idaho Bar Association Health Law Section. Mr. Stanger is a frequent and popular speaker at industry events and meetings, including those sponsored by hospital, medical, and long-term care associations.


Raymond Powers, Esq.

Powers Farley PC

1:30 – 2:30pm – Idaho Jury Selection:  Challenges & Successful Strategies

2:45 – 3:45pm – Presenting Evidence and Witnesses Effectively in the New Court Schedules

Ray has practiced law in Boise since 1981 and during those 38 years, he has tried over 60 cases to jury verdict in every part of the state. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including complex litigation, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, professional licensing and privileging matters, personal injury, and product liability.  Ray understands the art of persuasion having prevailed in the great majority of jury trials. Many of those verdicts involved complex medical issues and significant injuries to the plaintiff. He possesses knowledge of the Idaho medical community that allows him to manage the medical issues arising in any civil complaint. Ray assists a host of savvy purchasers of legal services including insurers and hospitals. Ray’s trial skills are well known throughout the community and he is sought out by doctors, lawyers, architects, and other professionals when they face challenges to their professional judgment.

Mr. Powers holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).  He is annually recognized in a Mountain States Super Lawyer and Best Lawyers in America for his litigation skills and experience.  He has appeared as an invited guest speaker on trial skills and medical malpractice issues for Medical Insurance Exchange of California, The Doctors Company, the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association, and the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel.

Keely Duke, Esq.

Duke Scanlan & Hall

1:30 – 2:30pm – Idaho Jury Selection:  Challenges & Successful Strategies

2:45 – 3:45pm – Presenting Evidence and Witnesses Effectively in the New Court Schedules

Keely Duke is one of Idaho’s premier litigation and trial attorneys.  She has dedicated her career to defending companies, employers, and individuals in complex business litigation and in medical malpractice, legal malpractice, dental malpractice, employment, skilled nursing defense, insurance bad faith, and product liability/medical device litigation.  She has tried several cases to successful verdicts for her clients in both state and federal court, which included medical, legal, skilled nursing facility, and dental malpractice cases, employment cases, complex commercial litigation cases, an insurance bad faith case, and a medical device case. 

Ms. Duke has handled numerous appeals before the Idaho Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She has also served as an arbitrator in a wrongful death case.

Ms. Duke holds an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has again been selected as Lawyer of the Year – Medical Malpractice (Boise) by Best Lawyers in America. She is also included in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is praised in that publication for her “sheer hard work, great organization, diligence and determination to fight tooth and nail for her clients.”


Andrew Brassey, Esq.

Brassey Crawford & Howell, PLLC

1:30 – 2:30pm – Idaho Jury Selection:  Challenges & Successful Strategies

2:45 – 3:45pm – Presenting Evidence and Witnesses Effectively in the New Court Schedules

Andrew C. Brassey was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He received his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Upon admission to the Idaho State Bar, Mr. Brassey was hired as a Deputy Ada County Prosecuting Attorney where he tried criminal cases for a period of just over two years. Starting in 1979 he became associated with one of Idaho’s largest insurance defense firms in Boise, Idaho, where he

was an associate and partner. For a period of five and a half years Mr. Brassey was an associate and partner in the firm of Bishop, Payne, Lamsens & Brown, Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Brassey returned to practice law in the state of Idaho and was a founding partner in what is now Brassey Crawford, PLLC.

Mr. Brassey has over 40 years of trial experience in civil litigation. His areas of practice include medical malpractice defense, civil rights, defense of governmental entities and commercial litigation. He has been lead counsel in jury trials throughout the state of Idaho, in the United States District Court for the District of Idaho and in various state and federal district courts in the state of Texas.

Mr. Brassey has lectured at numerous seminars involving those areas of practice set forth above. He has been involved for years in numerous community activities, including service on numerous athletic boards in support of youth sports in the Boise area.

Mr. Brassey is a member of the Idaho State Bar, the Texas State Bar and The Association of Defense Counsel for the State of Idaho. He is a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America.


Keynote Speakers:


Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray

Justin Skeesuck

Patrick Gray

4:00 – 5:30pm – “I’ll Push You”

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been blessed with a unique friendship that spans over 42 years. Despite the many challenges of a progressive neuromuscular disease robbing Justin of the use of his arms and legs, the two seek to live life without reservation. Their friendship has taken them on many adventures together; most notably their 500-mile wheelchair journey across the vast terrain of northern Spain.

When Justin got the idea to take on the ancient pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago, he knew there was no way he could take the journey alone. So he asked his best friend his thoughts on the epic adventure. Patrick’s response to Justin was simply, “I’ll push you!”

What began as an impossible journey between two best friends, evolved into one of the most powerful representations of what humanity is capable of accomplishing when we come together. Through the help of friends and strangers alike, Justin and Patrick accomplished what many said couldn’t be done.

As best-selling authors and highly sought-after keynote speakers, Justin and Patrick use their life/work experiences and their adventures as the backdrop to which they explore concepts such as leadership, teamwork, relationship, and the power of the human collective. They believe the most successful individuals are those who understand their own limitations and invite others to be a part of their journey. Justin and Patrick’s humor and engaging storytelling leave readers and audience members asking, “What can I do to make my home, my work environment, and the world a better place?”

Donald Miller, New York Times Best-Selling Author and CEO of StoryBrand recently said “Justin and Patrick are two of the most inspiring and entertaining speakers I’ve heard. We are more than moved. We were changed after hearing their story!”

To date, Justin and Patrick have spoken to more than 200,000 individuals in a live setting. In 2017, they released their best-selling book “I’ll Push You”, and their award-winning documentary by the same title in more than 570 theaters nationwide. And in 2018, they released a best-selling children’s book “The Push: A Story of Friendship” making their story accessible to children.

They have been featured on many news media outlets spanning across the globe reaching over 600 million homes. Most notably, they were featured on NBC’s The Today Show, The Today Show with Megyn Kelly, The Meredith Vieira Show, Fox & Friends, and “Harry” with Harry Connick Junior on CBS. Additionally, they have given a TEDx talk and have been featured on The Huffington Post, Upworthy, and Yahoo News.