2022 DRI Trucking Law Seminar

April 27-29, 2022 | Austin, Texas

DRI Trucking Law

The Future of Trucking Litigation: Smarter, Faster, Better

Do you want to know what the future of trucking is bringing? This seminar is focused on how the trucking industry is becoming smarter, faster, and better, and what attorneys, claims professionals, and industry representatives can do to get the edge and stem the tide of nuclear verdicts. Presentations include a discussion of the current and future landscape of trucking technology from insiders at the forefront of these developments. They will explain how technology can impact your case, as well as when your motor vehicle accident suddenly becomes a products liability claim. Attendees will hear about smarter ways to effectively represent the trucking industry, either in settlement of cases or at trial, and reimagining the attorney/adjuster relationship to the benefit of our industry clients. Also hear about new and continuing tort reform efforts from the people spearheading a push for a more equitable legal system for the trucking community. 

View registration information here.

What You Will Learn:

  • How emerging technology in the trucking industry impacts your cases
  • New medical techniques being used in injury cases and how to identify and respond to “junk science”
  • Get a “behind the curtain” peek at what mediators do to help you settle cases, and how you can help them
  • Use of experts and how to respond to the trucking experts used by plaintiffs’ counsel
  • Hands on breakout sessions on a variety to topics for seasoned attorneys, young attorneys/new to trucking and industry

Expand Your Network By:

  • Mix and mingle with your TLC colleagues at one of the hottest music clubs in Austin
  • Participate in Dine Arounds to enjoy the best barbeque and Tex-Mex fare Austin has to offer
  • Gather with clients and peers for Panel Counsel meetings and other networking opportunities

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Thank You to DRI's Trucking Law Committee Leadership

Bradford G. Hughes
Bradford G. Hughes
Program Chair
Sarah E. Hansen
Sarah E. Hansen
Program Vice Chair
Steven P. Pesarchick
Stephen G. Pesarchick
Committee Chair
Terrence L. Graves
Terrence L. Graves
Committee Vice Chair
Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher T. Sheean
Law Institute

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Registration Information

DRI Member Pricing: $995
Non-Member Pricing: $1,295

DRI Member Pricing: $1,295
Non-Member Pricing: $1,595

Early Bird Pricing: $695
Regular Pricing: $995

Register by March 14, 2022 to receive the early registration rate.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

Pricing: $895 per person

**Group registration is for registering 5 or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, please send an email to rstiner@dri.org (online registration is not available for this offering).

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Time (Central) Session Description
1:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Young Lawyers Get Together

Join fellow young lawyers and Trucking Law attendees at Azul. No reservation needed! A meet up for those not attending Panel Counsel meetings and a way to meet fellow attendees before the evening’s networking reception back at the hotel.
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join your friends and colleagues to enjoy local Dine-Arounds and everything Austin has to offer! View local cuisine and sign-up here.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Time (Central) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction

Christopher T. Sheean, Swanson Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL
Bradford G. Hughes, Clark Hill PLC, Los Angeles, CA
8:15 a.m. Tomorrow’s Trucking Landscape

See what tomorrow has in store for the trucking industry with a dynamic presentation on new and emerging trucking technology. Hear from leaders in the industry about collision avoidance systems, interactive smart drive technology, and other automated systems that are changing the landscape of the trucking industry, and the cases we face.

Jeffrey S. Hickman, Ph.D., Applied Safety and Ergonomics, Christiansburg, VA
Jim Mullen, TuSimple, Omaha, NE
9:15 a.m. When your Trucking Case Turns into a Products Case

With an increasing dependence on technology aimed at improving safety on the roadway, more and more we are seeing product liability issues seeping into trucking cases. Learn what you need to know from attorneys, experts and claims professionals grappling with these issues so you will know what to do when your trucking case turns into a product liability case.

Shawn F. Harrington, B.S.E.S.M, ACTAR, Forensic Rock, Philadelphia, PA
Mitzi Hartman, McLeod Express, LLC, Decatur, IL
Matthew Hefflefinger, Heyl Royster, Peoria, IL
Dirk Wohltmann, WABCO Group International, Auburn Hills, MI
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. The Future of Medicine: Standard of Care or Junk Science

What do you need to know to draw the distinction between what is “new medicine” and what is “junk science”? Hear about diagnostic techniques and treatment methods being used by some doctors to support million dollar claims, and how you can weed through what is truly up-and-coming and what is just “junk.”

Melody Kiella, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, Atlanta, GA
David M. Wilson, Gaines Gault Hendrix, PC, Birmingham, AL
11:45 a.m. Lunch (On your Own)
1:30 p.m. Same Dog and Pony, New Show: Innovative Strategies to Succeed at Mediation

Get a “behind the scenes” perspective of mediation from a mediator discussing what they do to resolve claims, what information they are and are not conveying, and how you can help them effectively settle cases in a fair and equitable manner.

Mike H. Bassett, The Bassett Firm, Dallas, TX
Jennifer Eubanks, Canal Insurance Company, Greenville, SC
Darrell Flesner, Vanliner Insurance Company, St. Louis, MO
2:30 p.m. Better Than Testimony: Trying the Trucking Case with Digital and Other Objective Evidence to Tell Your Best Story

Hear from a panel of seasoned litigators what you can do to “win” at trial, when winning may be avoiding a nuclear verdict and obtaining an equitable result.

MaryJane Dobbs, Bressler Amery & Ross, P.C., Florham Park, NJ
June Essis, Weber Gallagher, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Lynch, P.E., DJS Associates, Philadelphia, PA
3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
4:00 p.m. Breakouts

The Price is Wrong: How to Identify and Fight Medical Overbilling

Medical overbilling is driving verdicts and settlements higher and turning run-of-the-mill wrecks into bigger windfalls than rolling “$1.00” on the big wheel. Hear from our experienced attorney contestants on how to take control of the gamesmanship utilized by treating physicians, medical funding companies, and plaintiffs’ attorneys and ensure the price is right when it comes time for the “final showcase” at mediation or trial.

Whitney Lay Greene, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, Atlanta, GA
Larry S. Hall, Heyl Royster, St. Louis, MO
Jana Schieber, Examworks, Dallas, TX

The Building Blocks for Better Client Relationships: A Recipe for Young Lawyers

Building client relationships is more important than ever before. Hear from a seasoned attorney and industry professional about how to strengthen your relationships and build your book of business and engage in interactive discussion with other attorneys about what works in your practice.

Rocky Coe, McLane Company, Inc., Temple, TX
John Nunnally, Ragsdale Liggett, PLLC, Raleigh, NC

Industry/Insurance-“Unforeseen Risks of Automation In the Trucking Industry”

Industry and claims professionals will meet to learn about potential pitfalls of automation in the trucking industry and how bad actors can use this technology to their advantage and to the detriment of the trucking industry.

Erich Jackson, Lead Information Security Analyst, Louisville, KY
Gene F. Zipperle, Jr., Ward Hocker & Thornton PLLC, Louisville, KY
5:00 p.m. Trucking Law Committee Business Meeting (open to all)
6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner (On your Own)
9:00 p.m. Premier Networking Event: Speakeasy Austin

Join fellow attendees for this premier networking event at Speakeasy Austin, sponsored by Clark Hill PLC, Cox PLLC, Gaines Gault Hendrix LLC, Hartline Barger LLP and Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen PC. Take in the downtown skyline from the rooftop, where we'll be entertained by one of the best DJ's in Austin. Engage in friendly competition games (darts, shuffleboard, pool table and bowling), soak up the roaring 20’s vibe, relax with a cocktail and mingle with friends and colleagues. Could there be a better way to expand your network and build your book of business? We don’t think so. There is a maximum of 2 tickets per person.

Registration for this event will be on the DRI seminar registration page. You will need to scroll down after the Questions to purchase a ticket. You must purchase your ticket by April 28, 2022.

*The cost is $100 per ticket and ticket is non-refundable.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Time (Central) Session Description
7:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Sarah E. Hansen, Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC, Buffalo, NY
8:15 a.m. Major Advances in Trucking Tort Reform

Hear from those at the forefront of emerging tort reform efforts about legislation aimed to level the playing field for the trucking industry and what we can do to support these efforts. Learn how tort reform has been successfully passed in the state of Texas and how the defense bar can further reform efforts in other jurisdictions.

Sergio E. Chavez, Rincon Law Group, P.C., El Paso, TX
E. Lee Parsley, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, Austin, TX
Richard Pianka, American Trucking Associations, Arlington, VA
9:15 a.m. Reimagining the Adjuster/Attorney Relationship

An important panel discussion about what we can do to reimagine the adjuster/attorney relationship in a manner that improves communication and a team approach for the betterment of all of our clients. Hear about how smarter case evaluation can reduce risk to our clients and mitigate large verdicts.

Jeff F. Chen, Swiss Re, New York, NY
Kristi Montoya, UPS, Atlanta, GA
Brett Ross, Carr Allison, Birmingham, AL
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. Experts, Experts Everywhere: An Update on Human Factors, Bio-Mechanics, and Trucking Experts

Experienced litigators will discuss experts at the center of many trucking cases; Human Factors experts, biomechanical engineers and trucking experts. Learn when to retain experts to support your defenses and how to address experts brought in by the plaintiff’s bar to comment on trucking safety and practices.

Nancy Grugle, Ph.D., CHFP, Exigent, Harleysville, PA
Renea E. Hooper, Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson & Feary, P.C., Indianapolis, IN
Eric Miersma, Balestreri Potocki & Holmes, San Diego, CA
11:45 a.m. Think Before You Speak: Ethical Considerations in Emergency Response

In an emergency response scenario, considerations and questions regarding ethical issues present as rapidly as you can respond to the accident. These issues often involve conflicts of interest between dual representation of the driver and trucking company, how attorneys hold themselves out to the police and media at the time of the accident and access to relevant evidence. Hear from attorneys with countless hours of emergency response experience on these ethical issues and how to address them.

Pamela Springrose Hallford, Carr Allison, Dothan, AL
Nathan Shelby, Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLLC, Nashville, TN
12:45 p.m. Adjourn


NEW in 2022 – 4 Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning which courses have been approved by which states and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought.

Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Batson v. Kentucky and its progeny were meant to eliminate bias in jury selection. But has that happened? This program will address that question and discuss issues of bias in the courtroom more broadly and will challenge viewers to recognize their own biases and to learn how those biases could affect their assessment of potential jurors, witnesses, judges, and adversaries. The program also will provide viewers with skills on how to identify the biases of potential jurors and how those biases could come into play during deliberations.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL


Investigating claims and lawsuits often requires interviews with employees. Corporate in-house attorneys and their outside counsel need to be able to identify potential conflicts of interest and confidentiality issues with employees who may leave their employment and become opposing counsel’s best witness.

Kristie S. Crawford, Brown & James, Springfield, MO
Lauren Buford, Walgreen Co., Deerfield, Illinois 60015.

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Study after study suggests that lawyers aren’t happy. Continued unhappiness impacts performance, relationships, and physical health. That’s the bad news. The good news is that research proven interventions exist that increase happiness without requiring a radical change in circumstances. Even a slight increase in happiness has a lasting impact on both your current performance and resilience, not to mention, happier just feels better. This program will quickly, efficiently, and practically explain why happiness matters and offer tools you can use today to work, lead, and live happier.

Rebecca Morrison, Aldie VA

Law Practice Management

Law firms must operate more efficiently to ensure they can deliver high-quality services, handle more volume and maintain a profit margin in today’s climate of rate pressure and rising costs. Understanding Key Performance Indicators and law firm analytics concerning financial, operational and client service data are key to mastering law firm performance management. This presentation will address methods to collect information necessary for evaluating key areas of performance, identify tools and techniques to analyze data and generate action items and more.

Brian Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Jan Sander, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA
Sean Kennel, PerformLaw, New Orleans, LA

Hotel and Travel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Austin Marriott Downtown, 304 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701. Take advantage of the group rate of $299.00 Single/Double in one of two ways:

The hotel block is limited and rooms and rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations by March 29, 2022 to be eligible for the hotel’s group rate. Requests for reservations made after that date are subject to room and rate availability. A small portion of your room rate offsets the costs of the seminar.

Travel Discounts: DRI is pleased to announce that discounted air fares are available on various major air carriers for DRI seminar attendees. To receive these discounts, please contact Direct Travel Ltd., DRI’s official travel provider, at 800.840.0908. If you would like to have access to the DRI online travel booking tool, you must complete a Business Travel Profile form at www.dt.com. Within 24 business hours, you will receive information on accessing the system.

CLE Information

Earn up to 10 hours of continuing legal education hours, including 1 hour of ethics credit from this seminar.

Trucking Law CLE Grid (PDF)


DRI's Trucking Law Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Addelman Cross & Baldwin, PC
ATA Associates Forensic Engineering
Bloomberg Consulting Expertise Precision Innovation
Bressler Amery & RossBurden Hafner & Hansen, LLC Clark Hill
Cox P.L.L.C. DELTA |v| Forensic Engineering
Drew Eckl Farnham ESi Exponent logo
FSSV Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo LLP Gaines Gault Hendrix Attorneys at Law
Hartline Barger LLP
Hawkins Parnell & Young, LLP
Heyl Royster
HRYCAY Consulting Engineers Inc.
JS | Held
Marshall Investigative Group
Mecanica Scientific Services
Naman Howell Smith & Lee PLLC
Physician Life Care Planning America's Leading Life Care Planner
Rimkus Consulting Group Inc
Scopelitis Gavin Light Hanson & Feary S-E-A Know.

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares

Make a Wish

The DRI Trucking Law Committee is proud to focus its philanthropy on Make-A-Wish®. Make-A-Wish is the largest wish-granting organization in the country and has granted over 330,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories since 1980. Granting a child’s wish can have a lifelong impact on the child and their family. Research shows a wish can give kids the strength to fight against and even overcome a critical illness.

All donations will support wishes across the country. Help the DRI Trucking Law Committee change the lives of children with critical illnesses by donating here.

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