Bruce A. Cranner is an experienced defense trial lawyer and partner at Talley Anthony Hughes & Knight. He is best known for his work as a medical defense litigator, products liability defense litigator, Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP)/Section 111 compliance consultant, and counselor.
Mr. Cranner has served as a mediator, arbitrator, and hearing officer in complex matters involving MSP reimbursement, lien resolution, and matters relating to health care including Peer Review and quality care issues. He serves as the independent Counsel to the Louisiana Board of Dentistry and, in that capacity, acts as the presiding hearing officer over all disciplinary matters. Mr. Cranner has developed a unique arbitration protocol specifically for "high lien" personal injury cases involving Medicare, Medicare Advantage Organizations, and other lienholders.
As an active member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), Mr. Cranner served as the Program Committee Chair and was the PLAC conference moderator in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He is a frequent writer and lecturer on topics involving medical liability and healthcare law, Medicare (MSP) reimbursement and Sec. 111 compliance, products liability and trial techniques. He served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Tulane Law School.
Mr. Cranner served as the Program Chair and Moderator of the annual SFIA Litigation and Risk Management Summit and is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC). He is also a member of the Diversity Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is a past member of the Boards of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE) and the DRI. Mr. Duncan served as the Chair of the DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Committee Chair and the Chair of the DRI Medicare Secondary Payer Task Force.
Mr. Cranner's list of publications include articles, book chapters, as well as a contributing author credit in the DRI Defense Practitioner's Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Issues. In 2019, he co-authored an article which was published in DRI's For The Defense magazine, advocating the use of arbitration in cases involving Medicare.
Mr. Duncan received his mediation training through the American Arbitration Association University in 2012. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who Legal, and has an AV Rating by Martindale Hubbell.
Bannister v. SFB Companies and SYSTRA Engineering Inc., Nineteenth Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge/Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. Obtained dismissal of a foreign corporation on an exception of lack of personal jurisdiction on appeal. Bannister v. SFB Companies, Inc., 2019 CW 0079, 2019 CA 0367 ____So. 3d_______, (La. App. 1st Cir. 11/15/2019)
Sappington v. Southern Pain, et al, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson. Successfully defended a physician against a Medical Malpractice claim alleging medical errors in the performance of a spinal procedure. (Result: Verdict for the defense, Affirmed. Sappington v. Southern Pain, et al, 19-CA-80, 280 So. 3d. 343 (La. 5th Cir. 10/23/2019)
Faust adv. Paradigm Health, Twenty-Second Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany. Successfully defended a physician against an injunction and claims for damages relating to the non-compete provisions of an employment contract. (Result: Dismissal. Non-compete un-enforceable. Affirmed. Paradigm Health v. Faust, 2016 CA 1276, 218 So.3d 2017 (La App 1st. Cir. 4/12 2017)
Sandifer v. Hoyt, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. Successfully defended the manufacturer of a compound bow. Plaintiff claimed death by head injury caused by defective design of the bow (Result: Dismissed on Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Sandifer v. Hoyt Archery, 907 F.3d 802 (5th Cir 2018)
Stanley v. Trinchard, et al, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Prosecuted a claim for a bankruptcy trustee against several attorneys and an insurance carrier for legal malpractice and bad faith (Jury Trial June, 2014. Result: Settled favorably to the trustee after closing arguments and before the verdict).
Dyanne Lewis, et al. v. The City of Jackson, et al., Circuit Court for the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi. Defended a Tear Gas and Pepper spray manufacturer in a products liability trial. Plaintiff claimed death caused by exposure to defendant’s products. (Trial January, 2010. Result: Settled before appeal).
Presentations & Publications
LADC Winter Seminar “Louisiana Medical Malpractice Update”, presented in January, 2020
“5 Best Practices for MSP Compliance” LADC/La. Judicial College Joint Program, presented in December, 2019
“Medicare Endgame—Applying Predictive Settlement Strategies to Navigate MSP Exposure”, DRI webcast presented Dec. 2019
“Applying Predictive Settlement Strategies to Mitigate Medicare Secondary Payer Exposure (Part 1)” DRI For the Defense, October, 2019
LADC Winter Seminar “5 Best Practices for Defense Counsel,” presented in January, 2019
‘DRI Medicare Best Practices,” webcast presented Sept. 2018
“DRI Medicare Best Practices,” webcast presented June 2017
“MEDMARC—Ethics and MSP/Best Practices, presentation in June, 2016
Cattie, et al, DRI Defense Practitioners Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Issues 3d. (DRI 2015) [Co-Author and Contributing Editor]
“The MSP and The False Claims Act, The Government’s Most Potent Recovery Tool, DRI, In House Defense Quarterly, Spring, 2015.”
“Medical Malpractice: A Risky Proposition” Author and Presenter, AICP, New Orleans, 2015
“PLAC Conference, Program Co-Chair and Moderator. Dallas, 2015” Presenter “MSP UPDATES: Fast Fire”
“The Medicare Claimant’s Case: Best Practices for Defense Practitioners,” DRI Webcast, 2015
“PLAC Conference, Program Co-Chair and Moderator. San Diego, 2015”
“The Ethics of MSP: A Conversation About Compliance,” author and presenter, DRI webcast, 2014
“A Conversation About Lawyer Ethics and MSP Compliance, DRI For the Defense, July, 2014.
“Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Plan Secondary Payer: 2014 Update,” author and presenter, PLAC Spring Conference 2014
“Affordable Care Act/Medicare Secondary Payer,” presenter, PLAC Fall Conference, 2013, Las Vegas
“Section 111 Reporting,” presenter, Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers Medicare Set-Asides (LASIE) Workshop, June 6, 2013, Baton Rouge
PLAC Conference, Program Chair, Colorado Springs, Spring 2013 and Las Vegas, Fall 2013
“Disasters and Catastrophes: What are the Duties and Consequences?” author and presenter, DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, 2013, Scottsdale
“The Medicare Claimant’s Case: Best Practices for Litigation Counsel,” author and presenter, MAPS, March 2013, New Orleans
“Mass Torts: Change Your Thinking,” author and presenter, DRI webcast, 2013
SFIA Annual Litigation & Risk Management Summit, Program Chair and moderator, 2007- 2014
“Screws, plates, joints, drugs and the good doctor - Whodunit?” author and presenter, LSAA Medical Liability Seminar, 2012
“Medicare Secondary Payer: Best Practices for Defense Counsel,” author and presenter, DRI webcast 2012
“Hospital Emergencies,” author and presenter, DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Seminar, 2012, New Orleans
“MMSEA - RM Write-Off and Reporting Responsibilities,” author and presenter, NCASHRM Spring Program Presentation, 2011
“MSP and MMSEA Compliance for Defense Counsel,” author and presenter, DRI Products Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, 2010
“Compliance” Moderator, FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium,” 2010, Philadelphia
“Best Practices for MMSEA Reimbursement,” PLAC Spring Seminar, 2010, San Antonio
“The Medicare Claimant’s Case: Best Practices for Resolution Since the Reimbursement Revolution,” author and presenter, DRI Products Liability Conference, 2010, Las Vegas
“How the Jury Assesses Post Sale Behavior,” presenter, PLAC Spring conference, 2004, Montreal
“Leading the Admitted Liability Case to a Defense Verdict,” author and lecturer, DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar, 2004, Las Vegas
“Doctors Misbehaving,” moderator, DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar, San Francisco, 2003
Advanced Issues in Louisiana Medical Malpractice, author and lecturer, NBI, 2001
LSBA “CLE by the Hour” Seminar Medical Malpractice “Update” co-lecturer, 2000
“Advanced issues in Louisiana Medical Malpractice,” author and lecturer, NBI, 2000
LSBA Seminar, “Medical Malpractice” Panelist, 1998
“Medical Malpractice,” author and lecturer, NBI, 1997
“LADC Attorney/Client Seminar,” lecturer on “When to Appeal” 1996
“Settling Insurance Claims,” author and panelist, PESI, 1995
“Settling Insurance Claims,” author and panelist, PESI, 1994
“Medicine Made Easy for Lawyers,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1994
“Trial Preparation for Procrastinators: Surviving the Last Two Weeks,” author and lecturer, Tulane CLE by the hour, 1993
“Recent Tort Law Developments,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1992
“Use of Paralegals, Legal Assistants and Temporary Attorneys and Associated Ethical Considerations,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1992
“Trends in Bad Faith Litigation,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1992
“Videos, Graphics and Charts for Plaintiff’s Attorneys,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1990
“Video Tape Reconstruction of Accidents by Computer,” author and lecturer, LTLA, Aspen, 1990
“Third Trial by the Masters – Trial Preparation: The Last 100 Days,” author and panelist, Tulane Law School, 1990
“Demonstrative Evidence,” author and lecturer, LTLA, Aspen, 1989