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Wednesday, May 12, 2021
|12:00–12:15 p.m.||Welcome and Introductions|
Christopher T. Sheean, Swanson Martin & Bell LLP, Chicago, IL
M. Garner Berry, Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC, Jackson, MS
|12:15–1:15 p.m.||How Did We Get Here: The Exponential Rise of Trucking Litigation and Verdicts|
The American Transportation Research Institute recently published a study on what factors increase or decrease the value of a trucking accident case, how they have impacted the trucking industry and effect on the litigation landscape. Explore case valuation and the facts that can turn your case into a nuclear verdict or yesterday’s news.
Rebecca M. Brewster, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), Atlanta, GA
Jennifer Hall, American Trucking Associations, Arlington, VA
|1:25–2:25 p.m.||The Calm Before the Storm: A Motor Carrier's Actions Before an Accident|
Ever wonder how and to what extent the conduct of a motor carrier plays into a nuclear verdict? Explore what motor carriers should be doing before a crash even occurs and how a motor carrier’s actions can increase the likelihood of a nuclear verdict.
Rocky Coe, McLane Company, Temple, TX
Pamela (Pam) S. Hallford, Carr Allison, Dothan, AL
Monica Gardner, McLane Company, Temple, TX
|2:35–3:35 p.m.||Making a Deal with the Devil you Know: Proper Risk Assessment, Evaluation and Resolution|
The parties have agreed to mediation – now what? Discover how to properly assess and evaluate your case’s settlement and verdict value and what defense lawyers can do to help push a "bad case" towards early resolution.
John M. Nunnally, Ragsdale Liggett PLLC, Raleigh, NC
Danielle I. Foster-Smith, Ruan Transport Corporation, Des Moines, IA
|3:45–4:45 p.m.||Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Unfavorable Practices|
Listen to how the ethical judgments and practices of defense attorneys and motor carriers influence a jury’s verdict and can, in some cases, result in a nuclear verdict.
Mary Jane Dobbs, Bressler Amery & Ross PC, Florham Park, NJ
Christopher B. Greene, Canal Insurance, Greenville, SC
|4:45–5:45 p.m.||Zoom Networking/Meeting Activities|