A significant part of our national practice is devoted to defining, evaluating and defending damages in high exposure, complex tort claims.  The defense of damages is often overlooked by trial counsel who are primarily and understandably focused on issues related to liability.  However, equally important as a strong liability defense is an early and aggressive damages defense in order to achieve the best outcome, whether by settlement or verdict.  Our contribution embraces numerous strategies in an effort to defend the various items of damages, including how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can and should be used to minimize damages for medical expenses, especially in those cases where plaintiff has or is expected to blackboard a sizable life care plan.  Our national damages program takes a comprehensive approach that includes deposition and motion strategy, and the development of experts in the areas of the ACA, health insurance coverage and Medicaid/Medicare.