2011 Speakers

Our growing list of speakers and their biographies:

John Hogan

John is a well-known speaker on Social Security disability and frequently makes presentations throughout Georgia and nationally. He serves on the board of directors of the National Organization of Social Security Representatives and is a former co-chair of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Social Security section. You’ve seen John’s posts and comments frequently on Dave’s Blog and many others as a proactive advocate for retired football players.

John has been advocating for a total reform of the current NFL/NFLPA Disability Plan and has been successful in many of his cases representing retired NFL players in their Disability and Social Security Disability cases.

Ron Mix

Ron Mix played right tackle and guard for the American Football League’s Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers (1960–1969) and the NFL Oakland Raiders (1971& 1972). Because he had a Juris Doctor in Law degree, Mix was nicknamed “The Intellectual Assassin” for his physical play. Mix was called for a mere two holding penalties in ten years. Ron was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979 along with Dick Butkus and Johnny Unitas.

Ron currently practices law in San Diego, California with a practice focused on representing retired professional athletes in claims for workers’ compensation benefits. Prior to that, he was a civil litigator and received an AV rating which is the highest rating an attorney can receive for skill and integrity. Ron has successfully represented hundreds of retired professional athletes in claims for workers’ compensation benefits.

Bob Stein

Bob is a two-time All-American and Super Bowl champion. Stein at age 21 was the YOUNGEST player to ever play in a Super Bowl. Stein graduated in the top 10% of the University of Missouri – Kansas City Law School, having attended while playing full time for the Chiefs. Stein was the first president and CEO of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, a position he held until 1995. He was a long-time sports agent before becoming President of the Timberwolves, and is a licensed attorney. Additionally, he was appointed to the Minnesota Boxing Commission in December 2007 by Governor Tim Pawlenty.

Bob is currently an attorney practicing in Minneapolis MN and involved in the NFL Films class action lawsuit on behalf of retired NFL football players – Dryer v. NFL – and will be providing an update with his associate in the lawsuit, Bucky Zimmerman.

Bucky Zimmerman

Bucky Zimmerman, one of two founding partners of Zimmerman Reed, is a nationally recognized leader in complex and class action litigation. He frequently speaks at industry conferences as well as CLE’s. During more than 30 years of practice, Bucky has successfully represented hundreds of thousands of clients through individual actions and nation-wide class actions in significant and demanding cases involving the tobacco industry, defective drug cases, and shareholder suits. He currently serves as Co-Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in Baycol, Guidant, Medtronic, and Zicam MDLs.

In addition to his case work, Bucky continues to lecture and periodically teach courses on complex litigation and working with the media in high profile cases for a variety of organizations including the Minnesota State Bar Association, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, the University of Minnesota School of Law, William Mitchell College of Law, the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA) and Mealy’s Publications. In 2006 Bucky authored “Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation,” a mass tort manual published by Thompson/West. Bucky has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in their Best Lawyers® issue in the practice area of Mass Tort and was again recognized by his peers in Minnesota by being named a Super Lawyer for over six years.

Prior to law, Bucky had a successful career as a professional tennis player, obtaining national ranking, and has won gold and silver medals at the world Maccabiah and Pan American Maccabiah games before retiring to golf. Zimmerman and Reed is involved in the NFL Films class action lawsuit on behalf of retired NFL football players – Dryer v. NFL – and will be providing an update with his associate in the lawsuit, Bob Stein.

Carl Lopez

Graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1975. Member of Washington State Bar. President of Lopez & Fantel, a Seattle law firm. Named multiple times to Law and Politics Magazine’s list of Washington Super Lawyers. Member of the Million Dollar Advocates and Multimillion Dollar Advocates. Selected for “The Best Lawyers in America.” Certified Contract Advisor; first NFL contract negotiation in 1978; among players represented are Jack Thompson and more recently, Robbie Tobeck.

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Dr. Michael Propper

Dr. Propper is the Medical Director of the OsteoArthritis Centers of America and comes to the company with over 25 years of experience in Orthopedics and General Medicine. He became Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery in 1986 and also holds a Fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine. He has practiced medicine for over twenty five years. As a double Ivy League educated Physician and Surgeon who also played college football at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Propper has successfully performed over 8,000 surgeries and has treated many thousands of patients with Orthopedic as well all types of age-related medical issues. Dr. Propper graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Academy of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Propper is well versed in the treatment of all types of medical issues, including hypertension, obesity, male andropause, menopause, fibromyalgia, cholesterol issues, chronic fatigue, ED, MS, Parkinson’s, and many other disease states and age-related issues.

Michael Sloniewsky

Mr. Sloniewsky is VP of OsteoArthritis Centers of America/US Physical Therapy and has been an executive in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years. He has served in several different capacities with both public and private healthcare companies. Mr. Sloniewsky has completed advance studies in healthcare business and brings this combination of expertise and experience to help

Dr. Jim Wright

James K. Wright, MD, Col, USAF (Ret) is the principal investigator for the National Brain Injury Rescue and Rehabilitation Trial (NBIRR) in which individuals with TBI or PTSD can receive hyperbaric oxygen treatment for their injuries. He recently retired from the Air Force where was the group surgeon for the 720th Special Tactics Group, Air Force Special Operations Command, and prior to that time directed hyperbaric research for the Air Force. He is board certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

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Steve Reimers

Mr. Reimers was introduced to hyperbarics as a young Naval officer in 1969 and has been designing and building hyperbaric facilities ever since. Presently he runs two companies, Reimers Systems, Inc. (RSI) and Hyperbaric Clearinghouse, Inc. (HCI). RSI is a major installer of monoplace chambers. They have developed liquid cylinder based oxygen supply systems and air ventilation equipment that make it possible to establish a monoplace center nearly anywhere.

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Dr. Barry Sears

Dr. Sears is a leading authority on the dietary control of hormonal response. A former research scientist at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Sears has dedicated his research efforts over the past 30 years to the study of lipids. He holds 13 U.S. Patents in the areas of intravenous drug delivery systems and hormonal regulation for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Sears continues his ongoing research as the President of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA. In addition to continuing research on the hormonal effects of food, Dr. Sears has expanded his research in developing innovative dietary approaches to treating cancer and neurological conditions, as well as his on-going work in treating neurological disorder, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

George Visger

George Visger, 52, earned the ultimate prize in professional football: a championship with the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XVI in 1982. The former defensive tackle also bagged an Orange Bowl victory while playing with the University of Colorado.

But now he’s paying the ultimate price for all those years on the gridiron. After thousands of on-field hits to his head, hydrocephalus, and multiple brain surgeries, he is struggling with memory problems. And he receives absolutely NO benefits whatsoever – pension or disability – from the NFL in spite of his Super Bowl ring because he doesn’t meet their arbitrary 3-year vesting rule!

George is currently an environmental consultant in California.

Dan Bunz

Dan Bunz is a former American Football linebacker who played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions in an eight-year career that lasted from 1978 to 1985 in the National Football League.

As a linebacker for the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI, he made one of the most famous defensive tackles ever witnessed. On a critical 3rd-and-goal from the one-yard line, Anderson passed to Charles Alexander in the right flat, but Bunz came up fast, grabbed the receiver around the waist, and hurled him backward before he could break the plane of the goal line. “The Stop” is regarded as “The Best Thing Witnessed On TV Ever.” He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl XVI and Super Bowl XIX winning teams.

Dan currently teaches Physical Education at Sutter Middle School in Sacramento. He also teaches people of all ages in being healthy and fit.

Ed Nemeth

Ed Nemeth, a successful, highly educated and trained businessman with a background in neurological research is the father of a severe quad CP child. Shortly after his daughter Rebecca’s complicated birth and cardiac arrest for 35 minutes he and his wife were presented with the unspeakable yet strongly suggested single choice for their first-born child, discontinue life support or allow their child to continue brain dead. Devoid of options the Nemeths discontinued life support; Rebecca rallied and lived. Five years later, through their indefatigable efforts the Nemeths found HBOT and after a short course of HBOT, their daughter experienced a quantum leap in neuro-cognitive function and significantly improved movement and coordination.

Based on his daughter’s dramatic improvement Mr. Nemeth vowed to make HBOT available to all of Rebecca’s Friends and to offer parents another choice to removing their children from life support. To do so, he underwrote the “2001 2nd International Symposium on Hyperbaric Oxygenation and the Brain-Injured Child” held in Boca Raton, Florida.