September 23, 2009
Yates, McLamb & Weyher, L.L.P. (YMW) attorneys Barry S. Cobb and Maria Papoulias Wood spoke at the 2009 North Carolina Association of Long Term Care Facilities (NCALTCF) Convention and Trade Show in Winston-Salem on September 23, 2009.
The theme of the NCALTCF event was “Recovering from Depression: The Future is in Our Hands” and focused on transforming adult care homes to reflect the innovation and recovery occurring in the current state of financial crisis. Cobb and Wood led a two-hour continuing education course titled “Transforming Adult Care Homes: Disaster-Preparedness Against Litigation.”
Cobb, a partner at YMW, attended UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate and graduated with honors from UNC Law School. His practice at YMW focuses on the representation of physicians, hospitals and long-term care facilities in medical malpractice matters. He provides risk management consulting services for hospital clients and represents physicians, dentists, and pharmacists before their respective North Carolina licensing boards. In addition to the NCALTCF presentation, Cobb has taught seminars in nursing home negligence, risk management for hospitals and long-term care facilities, advanced negotiation and advocacy in mediation, legal issues for nurse practitioners, and effective legal writing. Cobb is a certified mediator.
Wood completed undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill before attending Wake Forest University School of Law. Wood then joined Wilson & Coffey, L.L.P. in Winston-Salem in September 2001 where she practiced in the areas of professional malpractice, including medical malpractice defense and legal liability, and insurance defense. Wood joined YMW in March 2006 and focuses on medical malpractice defense and long-term care liability defense. Wood’s representation of long-term care facilities includes both skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the state. Her representation of physicians and long-term care facilities includes not only litigation but also matters before state licensing boards.