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Stephen R. Brzezinski

Stephen Brzezinski is a principal and takes a leadership role in the firm's birth trauma defense practice, which is one of the most well-respected birth trauma practices in the country. A member of the firm since 1991, Mr. Brzezinski has developed a unique expertise in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as birth trauma defense litigation. 

In addition to his distinguished legal practice, Mr. Brzezinski regularly makes presentations across the country on a variety of legal issues facing physicians and nurses in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.  These include presentations at national and regional meetings of attorneys, physicians and risk management experts.

Mr. Brzezinski has been and continues to be designated a Michigan Super Lawyer.  Only five percent of the attorneys in the state are designated as Super Lawyers. Also, Mr. Brzezinski was selected by DBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Michigan in the field of medical malpractice law.

Mr. Brzezinski earned his J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law and A.B. from the University of Michigan.  He is licensed to practice law in the states of Michigan and Hawaii.


Presentations:
 

25th Annual Spring Conference on High Risk Obstetrics in Los Cabos, Mexico for Symposia Medicus, "Shoulder Dystocia: Predicting, Managing, and Defending; Strategies to Advance Patient Care: Your Rules & Regulations & The Law; The Law & EFM: Where Is It Going?" Los Cabos, Mexico, 2018
 
CME Specialty Conference, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, "Lessons Learned From Medical Malpractice Cases: The Importance of Policies and Procedures." Oahu, Hawaii, 2018


33rd Annual Steamboat Perinatal Conference, “Informed Consent: Do You Hear What I Hear?” Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2018

 

High Risk Obstetrics and Perinatal Summit, "Obstetric Communication Errors: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity; A Legal Perspective." Monterey, California, 2017

BETA Annual Member Symposium, “Shoulder Dystocia: A Legal Update.”
Huntington Beach, California, 2017

16th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, “In-House Claims and Risk Management Professionals Speak Out on Obstetric Malpractice Financial & Legal Decisions Evaluation and Settlement of Cases.”
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2017

AIG Risk Management Solutions Conference, “Claims Trends and Improving Patient Care, Litigation Strategies-An Update from the Defense, and Improving Patient Safety.” Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children and Queens Hospital.
Honolulu, Hawaii 2017

32cd Annual Steamboat Perinatal Conference, “Recent Trends in Obstetric Malpractice Claims.”
Steamboat, Colorado, 2017

Grand Rounds, Pali Momi Medical Center, “Improving Patient Engagement and Risk Minimization.”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2017

Grand Rounds, Straub Medical Center “Complying with TJC and Case Law to Improve Patient/Physician Communication”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2017

Grand Rounds, Wilcox Memorial Hospital “Informed Consent”
Lihue, Hawaii, 2017

Grand Rounds, North Hawai’i Community Hospital/Queens Health Systems “Improving Health Literacy.”
Kamuela, Hawaii, 2017

Birth Injuries & The Law Conference Co-Chair and Presenter on topics of Shoulder Dystocia, Uterine Tachysystole, and Birth Injuries on Trial. 
Las Vegas, Nevada, 2016

AWHONN National Convention, “Protocols and Guidelines in the Interpretation of Uterine Activity on FHR Patterns-Help or Hindrance?”
Grapevine, Texas, 2016

PeriGen Obstetrical/Neonatal Reception, “Short Stories of OB Nurse Malpractice and How They Might Have Been Avoided.”
Grapevine, Texas, 2016

Bioethics Committee Conference, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, “Advancing Patient Care in Pediatrics.”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2016

CME Specialty Conferences, Straub Medical Center and Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, “The Reptile Theory and the Standard of Care.”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2016

Risk Management Conference, Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, “Strategies for Advancing Patient Care.”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2016

AIG Specialty Conference, “Changing the Landscape in Assessing Damages in Liability Cases.”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2016

Medical Malpractice Damages Conference, “Defining Damages: Defining Medical Care Needs in Personal Injury Claims.”
New York, New York, 2016

31st Annual Steamboat Perinatal Conference, “Legal Pitfalls in Treating Cervical Insufficiency.”
Steamboat, Colorado, 2016

ASDA Annual Conference, “Affordable Care Act and Personal Injury Cases.”
Big Sky, Montana, 2016

Defining Damages: “Defining Medical Care Needs in Third Party Severity Bodily Injury Claims.”
New York, New York, 2015

Grand Rounds:  Straub Medical Center, “Policies/Procedures/Protocols and Safety Rules.”
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2014

Birth Trauma Seminar   “The Economics of Cerebral Palsy.”
New York, New York 2014

29th Annual Perinatal Conference, “The Affordable Care Act and its impact on Birth Trauma Litigation.”
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2014

Grand Rounds:  Sinai Grace Hospital “The Evolution of Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring.” Detroit, Michigan, 2014

Grand Rounds:  Sinai Grace Hospital “A Credentialing Exam for Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring.”
Detroit, Michigan, 2014

Grand Rounds:  Kapiolani Medical Center, “Fetal Head Compression.” 
Honolulu, Hawaii, 2013

Grand Rounds:  Wilcox Memorial Hospital, “Fetal Intolerance of Labor.”
Lihue, Hawaii, 2013

ProAssurance, “Category II Fetal Heart Rate Tracings, Complying with the Standard of Care.”
Okemos, Michigan, 2013

Grand Rounds:  St. John Hospital, “Role of Cerclage and Progesterone Today.”
Detroit, Michigan, 2013

Grand Rounds:  Good Samaritan Hospital, “Medical Legal Issues In OB/GYN.”
Los Angeles, California, 2012

Current Controversies in Maternal Fetal Medicine.  Long Beach Memorial in Conjunction with Memorial Care Center for Women, “Fetal Head Compression.”
Mount Hood, Oregon, 2012

Annual Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management, “Intrauterine Ischemia from Head Compression In Utero, Fact or Fiction.”
Palm Springs, California, 2012

Grand Rounds:  Sinai-Grace Hospital, “Charting Errors to Avoid and Improve Patient Safety.” 
Detroit, Michigan, 2012

Grand Rounds:  Hutzel Hospital, “Increased Intracranial Pressure and the Reduction of Cerebral Blood Flow During Labor and Delivery.” 
Detroit, Michigan, 2012

Grand Rounds:  Sinai Grace Hospital, “Cervical Insufficiency Role of Ultrasound and Cerclage.” 
Detroit, Michigan, 2012

Grand Rounds:  Sinai Grace Hospital. “Identification of Hypoxia and the Significance of Tachysystole and Hypertonus.” 
Detroit, Michigan, 2012

Grand Rounds: Sinai Grace Hospital, “Obstetrical Liability: Documentation and Obstetrical Management.”
Detroit, Michigan, 2012

BETA Healthcare Group. Lead the Way.  “The Path to Perinatal Excellence.” “Hypoxic Fetal Heart Rate Patterns and Significance of Tachysystole/Hypertonus.” 
San Francisco, California, 2011

Providence Hospital, OB/GYN Retreat, “Fetal Heart Rate Interpretation and Management based on ACOG Criteria.”
Novi, Michigan, 2011

25th Annual Perinatal Conference. “Obstetrical Malpractice for the Defense.” Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 2010

Grand Rounds:  Providence Hospital, “Defending Shoulder Dystocia Cases.” 
Novi, Michigan, 2009

Ascension Health, Perinatal Conference, “Defending Birth Trauma Litigation: Placental Pathology/Head Imaging Films.”
Austin, Texas, 2008.

Grand Rounds:  St. Mary’s Hospital, “How Do Plaintiff’s Experts Find Fault in Cases of Shoulder Dystocia.”
Kansas City, Kansas, 2008

Grand Rounds: Sinai Grace Hospital, “Obstetrical Liability and Documentation.”
Detroit, Michigan, 2007

Grand Rounds: Detroit Riverview Hospital, “Defending Shoulder Dystocia Cases.” Detroit, Michigan, 2005

Grand Rounds: Macomb Hospital, “Protecting the Labor and Delivery Record.”
Warren, Michigan, 2004

Grace Hospital, “Defense of Physician Assistants in Birth Trauma Litigation.” 
Detroit, Michigan, 2002

Grand Rounds: Garden City Hospital, “Medical Legal Consequences of Preterm Delivery.” 
Garden City, Michigan, 2000

Garden City Hospital, “Defending VBAC Deliveries.”
Garden City, Michigan, 1999

Garden City Hospital, “Avoiding Nurse Charting Errors.”
Garden City, Michigan, 1999

Garden City Hospital, “Pitocin Augmentation Litigation”. 
Garden City, Michigan, 1998

Detroit Riverview Hospital, “The Interpretation of Fetal Heart Rate Tracings-A Defense Perspective.”
Detroit, Michigan, 1998

Grand Rounds: Hutzel Hospital, “Fetal Heart Rate Tracings-Cross Examination Mistakes to Avoid.”
Detroit, Michigan, 1998

Grand Rounds: Detroit Riverview Hospital, “Interpretation of Fetal Heart Rate Tracings, Protecting the Record.”
Detroit, Michigan, 1998

St. Mary's Hospital, “The Importance of OB Charting.”
Livonia, Michigan, 1997

Hutzel Hospital, Mock Cross Examination Video Presentation Regarding Retained Products of Conception.
Detroit, Michigan, 1997

Grand Rounds: Garden City Hospital, “Pitocin Induction, Hyperstimulation, and Shoulder Dystocia Litigation.” 
Garden City, Michigan, 1997

Grand Rounds: Detroit Riverview Hospital, “Management of Shoulder Dystocia.” Detroit, Michigan, 1997

Sinai Hospital, “Obstetrical Charting, Drafting Comprehensive Notes.”
Detroit, Michigan, 1997

Sinai Hospital, NICU “Neonatal Charting and Protecting the Record.”
Detroit, Michigan, 1997

Oakwood Hospital, “Current Trends in OB/GYN Litigation: The Pitfalls of Fetal Heart Rate Interpretation.” 
Dearborn, Michigan, 1994

News  

Stephen Brzezinski to present at 17th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetrical Malpractice in Philadelphia
June, 2018

Stephen Brzezinski to be Guest Speaker at a Specialty Conference in Kauai, HI
April, 2018

Stephen Brzezinski to Present at 25th Annual Spring Conference on High Risk Obstetrics in Los Cabos, Mexico from March 7th to March 10th
March, 2018

Stephen Brzezinski to Present on Lessons Learned in Malpractice Cases in Oahu, Hawaii on February 3
February, 2018

Stephen Brzezinski to Present at 33rd Annual Steamboat Perinatal Conference
January, 2018

12 Kitch Attorneys Honored as dBusiness Top Lawyers
November, 2017

Stephen Brzezinski to Present on Obstetric Communication Errors at High Risk Obstetrics and Perinatal Summit on October 21st
October, 2017

Kitch Lawyer Stephen Brzezinski to speak at 2017 BETA Annual Membership Symposium in Huntington Beach, CA on September 6th, 2017 on Birth Injury Litigation Associated with Shoulder Dystocia
September, 2017

Stephen Brzezinski to present at the 2017 Patient Safety Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii
August, 2017

Stephen Brzezinski presented at 16th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims in Philadelphia
June, 2017

Stephen Brzezinski to Present on Improving Patient Engagement & Risk Minimization in Oahu
June, 2017

Stephen Brzezkinski to present on Legal and TJC Requirements For Providing Patient Care in Hawaii
May, 2017

Case dismissed following cross examination of plaintiff's expert by Kitch Attorney
March, 2017

Stephen R. Brzezinski to Present on Informed Consent in Hawaii
March, 2017

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Detroit
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Birth Trauma

Medical Malpractice


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