|Registration & Coffee Service
Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
|Welcome and Introductions
Christopher T. Sheean, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP, Chicago, IL
Sarah E. Hansen, Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC, Buffalo, NY
|You Can’t Always Get What You Want: How to Get the Jury You Need for Your Trucking Trial
Hear from jury consultants about the composition of the modern jury, how juror viewpoints and perspectives have and are changing, and what you need to know when selecting a jury for your trucking trial to mitigate against excessive verdicts. Everything you wanted to know but did not want to ask about what jury consultants are seeing nationally.
Chris Cotter, Roetzel & Andress, Akron, OH
Nick Polavin, Ph.D., IMS Consulting & Expert Services, Pensacola, FL
Jason Bloom, M.A., Bloom Strategic Consulting, Dallas, TX
|Quick Hit: Using Data to Defend Your Trucking Case
Digital Evidence is everywhere and likely a key component in your trucking case that can reveal the who, what, where and when of an incident. This presentation covers the type of data sources available in a trucking case such as Cell Phones, ECMs, Electronic Logging Devices, Dashcams and more. Attendees will leave with the knowledge of the data that can be collected, the extent of the available data and what it reveals, and data retention policies crucial to their cases.
Scott Greene, Digital Forensics Expert – Evidence Solutions, Inc., Tucson, AZ
|The Modern Woodshed: Making Your Witness a Star
Learn how effective use of a jury consultant to prepare your key witness can turn them into your “star witness.” This session will demonstrate the techniques used to prepare your driver and safety director to succeed as a witness during deposition and at trial.
Shane O’Dell, Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC, Fort Worth, TX
Charlotte A. Morris, M.A., Legal Communication Consultant, Raleigh, NC
|Fair and Impartial: Ethical Considerations Regarding Implicit Bias at Trial
Unconscious prejudice can be hard to recognize. This session discusses the ethical considerations throughout your case, during discovery and at trial, of implicit bias, how it pertains to trucking litigation, and actions that can be taken to mitigate against the subtle effects of same.
Noelle M. Natoli, Kahana & Feld LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Mindy Gulati, Fundamental Advisory, Cedar Park, TX
|DRI Cares Project - Blessings in a Backpack
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|DRI Networking Lunch
|The Best Bang for Your Buck: Maximizing the Benefit of Mock Trials and Focus Groups in Trucking Cases
Mock trials and focus groups can be useful methods to test theories in your case, evaluate possible risk and examine juror perceptions of the witnesses and evidence. Hear from an experience trucking litigator and transportation industry leader on getting the most from your investment, assessing what tool fits your case, what you can do to prepare, and how to implement what you have learned to be successful at trial or in resolution.
Terrence L. Graves, Sands Anderson P.C., Richmond, VA
Paul Greene, Canal Insurance Co., Greenville, SC
Ross Suter, Magna Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA
|The Jenga Effect: Avoiding Traps in Policy Limit Demands and Balancing the Excess Insurance Tower
Complex high-risk claims in catastrophic trucking cases with multiple layers of insurance may feel like a game of Jenga. In this segment, learn to balance what may be competing interests of different layers of insurance, respond to early, aggressive policy demands, and navigate through bad faith allegations so you can “win” the game.
Patrick E. Foppe, Lashly & Baer, P.C., St. Louis, MO
Stephen Johnson, Expert & Arbitration Services, Atlanta, GA
Bryan Currie, National Interstate Insurance Co., Richfield, OH
|Anchors Away! Beating Plaintiffs at Their Own Game
Hear about how plaintiffs’ attorneys are using novel anchoring strategies to inflate damages in trucking cases, and how we can employ counter tactics to obtain the best result for our clients.
Marc A. Jaskolka, Gaines Gault Hendrix, Birmingham, AL
Meg F. Hogan, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP, Chicago, IL
|Winning Your Trucking Case Through Early Strategic Action
Learn practical and effective tactics to put your clients on the offense early in the case. Targeted for younger lawyers, those new to trucking, or those simply looking to enhance their skills.
Emily J. Bordens, Bressler Amery & Ross, Florham Park, NJ
Deborah C. Millsap, McLane Company, Inc., Temple, TX
|Getting Tough with the Federal Rules
Use the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to mount an aggressive defense in your trucking practice. Hear from experienced attorneys on how effective use can put you in the best position to succeed in your case.
Bruce D. Jones, Cruser, Mitchell, Novitz, Sanchez, Gaston & Zimet LLP, Indianapolis, IN
Pamela S. Hallford, Carr Allison, Dothan, AL
|Trucking Law Committee Meeting (open to all attendees)
|Premier Networking Reception | St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium
Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception.
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Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).