2024 DRI Trucking Law Seminar

April 10–12, 2024 | St. Louis, Missouri

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The Time is Now: Turning the Tide in Trucking Litigation!

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In a litigation environment hallmarked by increasingly high jury verdicts, the time is now for the trucking industry to act and to re-evaluate what defense strategies and methods will best protect our clients and ensure the vitality of the industry moving forward. Learn practical strategies for trucking litigators, claims professionals and industry representatives to get aggressive in the defense of cases in the face of new and changing plaintiff tactics as well as a shift in the jury pool demographics, ideals, and mentalities. Presentations include a forum discussion by jury consultants, speaking to what they are seeing nationally in the jury pool, what defense strategies are working and what is no longer effective, and a practical workshop for using consultants to best prepare your key defense witnesses. Attendees will learn to utilize practical approaches aimed to counter new methods meant to fuel excessive verdicts and settlements, including how to maximize the benefit of mock trials/focus groups and how to employ aggressive defense tactics early, to get the edge and turn the tide in trucking litigation.

What You Will Learn:

  • Hear how current jury demographics, viewpoints, and values are impacting our cases.
  • See how consultants can be used to effectively prepare critical witnesses in high-risk claims.
  • Learn about the latest in cutting-edge trucking technology and how it is being used to better the industry.
  • Hear attorneys and industry representatives reflect on what has led to their nuclear verdicts, what they did after the verdict, and what can be done to avoid a similar result.
  • Attend breakout sessions aimed at tackling and neutralizing emerging plaintiff tactics.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Mixing and mingling with your trucking law committee colleagues under St. Louis's famous Gateway Arch.
  • Participating in dine-arounds to enjoy the best Midwest cuisine and BBQ the Gateway City has to offer.
  • Gathering with clients and peers for Panel Counsel meetings and other networking opportunities.

Panel Counsel Meetings with Major Companies
Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with key industry companies* including:

  • Canal Insurance
  • Integrated Specialty Coverages, LLC
  • National Interstate/Vanliner
  • Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA)

*Subject to change

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Thank You to DRI's Trucking Law Committee Leadership

Sarah E. Hansen
Sarah E. Hansen
Program Chair
Sergio Chavez
Sergio E. Chavez
Program Vice Chair
Terrence L. Graves
Terrence L. Graves
Committee Chair
Bradford G. Hughes
Bradford G. Hughes
Committee Vice Chair
Christopher T. Sheean
Christopher T. Sheean
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Registration Information

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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing Non-Member Bundle ^
Regular Registration*
(Now thru Apr. 9)
$1,595 $1,995 $1,915
Onsite Registration $1,695 $2,095 $2,015
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $1,095 per person $1,095 per person $1,095 per person
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^ Not a DRI Member and want to save on your registration? Take advantage of the Non-Member / Trial Membership Bundle when you register for the DRI Trucking Law Seminar. Select the bundle and get up to 9 months of membership with the membership add-on when you check out. Note: Trial membership processing can take up to 30 days from the date of purchase, please contact DRI Customer Service with any questions.

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*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.

**Group registration is for registering four 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, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Premier Networking Event at St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium

Date: Thursday, April 11 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar
Location: St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102

Step right up to the Premier Networking Reception at Busch Stadium on the Track, where you are in for a delightful evening of connecting and conversing. This exclusive event offers a golden opportunity to mingle with like-minded legal professionals while basking in the glory of the 2011 World Series Trophy. Don't miss out on the chance to build valuable relationships and witness a piece of baseball history. Attendees are encouraged to wear your favorite team and wear comfortable shoes.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Time (Central) Program
12:00 p.m. Registration
3:00 p.m. Young Lawyer Networking Activity
6:00 p.m. Networking / Cocktail Hour
7:30 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Time (Central) Program
8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Christopher T. Sheean, Swanson, Martin & Bell LLP, Chicago, IL
Sarah E. Hansen, Burden, Hafner & Hansen, LLC, Buffalo, NY
9:00 a.m. 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
10:00 a.m. 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
10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 a.m. 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
11:30 a.m. 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
12:30 p.m. DRI Cares Project - Blessings in a Backpack

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12:45 p.m. DRI Networking Lunch
2:00 p.m. 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
3:00 p.m. 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
4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

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
5:00 p.m. Trucking Law Committee Meeting (open to all attendees)
6:00 p.m. Premier Networking Reception | St. Louis Cardinals Busch Stadium

Join fellow seminar attendees at our Premier Networking Reception.
Click here for details.
8:00 p.m. Dine-Arounds

Join colleagues and friends at selected restaurants for dinner (on your own).

Friday, April 12, 2024

Time (Central) Program
8:30 a.m. Registration and Coffee Service

Get to know the early risers in our group over a cup of coffee.
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements

Sergio E. Chavez, Rincon Law Group, El Paso, TX
9:10 a.m. A Brave New World: Building Confidence in Formulating Trial Strategy in the Transportation Industry

A discussion of what trucking attorneys and their clients can do collaboratively to globally craft strategy and effectively weigh risk and litigation decisions.

M. Garner Berry, Chartwell Law, Ridgeland, MS
Edwin S. Norris, Protective Insurance, Fishers, IN
10:00 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m. What Could We Have Done Differently? Postmortem of a Bad Trucking Verdict

What happened, and what happens now? A reflective study of excessive verdicts from the attorneys and clients involved, dissecting what led to a major loss, what they learned from it, and what they did after it all went wrong.

Cedar Abadie, Knight-Swift Transportation, Phoenix, AZ
Nick Lanza, Lanza Law Firm, Houston, TX
Clarice Spicker, Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C., Phoenix, AZ
Danielle Wathke, Marten Transport, Mondovi, WI
11:30 a.m. Right Here, Right Now: Trucking Technology You Need to Know

With in-vehicle technology developing at a rapid pace, it is important for trucking litigators, industry and claims representatives to know what is out there. Hear about cutting edge technology impacting your trucking cases, and how to address arguments that your carrier did not have enough technology on their vehicle for it to be safe. Do you need to keep up with the Joneses?

Jeremy P. Taylor, Carr Allison, Daphne, AL
John Struble, Exponent, Philadelphia, PA
12:30 p.m. Adjourn

Headquarters Hotel Information

A limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102. Take advantage of the group rate of $209.00 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 12, 2024, to be eligible for the hotel's group rate. Requests for reservations made after March 12 are subject to room and rate availability.

CLE Information

Earn up to TBD hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

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In some states that charge late CLE submission fees, there will be a $100 late fee to report CLE credits submitted more than 30 days after a seminar/virtual event. Click the button below for more details.

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DRI's Trucking Law Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

ATA Associates Forensic Engineering Bressler Amery & Ross BH Burden & Hansen LLC Attorneys at Law BloombergConsulting_Logo_FullColor_Stacked
BRC Analyzing How Injuries are Caused
Chartwell Law logo Clark Hill Cox P.L.L.C. DELTA |v| Forensic EngineeringDickie McCamey Dynamic Safety L.L.C. Envista Forensics ESi
ESI Evidence Solutions Inc magnifying glass icon Exponent logo Forensic Human Factors LLC There's a Human Factor in Every Case
Gaines Gault Hendrix Attorneys at Law HRYCAY Consulting Engineers Inc. InQuis Evidence-Based Rehab Experts JS | Held Laffey Letiner Goode LLC Lashly & Baer P.C. Attorneys at Law Marshall Investigative Group
MGC Insurance Defense S-E-A Know. VDI Vocational Diagnostics Incorporated

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

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack Who Will Feed the Kids this Weekend?

Please join us in supporting Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to fill bags of food on the way to the joint networking lunch on Thursday, April 11. Feeding a child before you feed yourself is a wonderful way to support children and families in the St. Louis community.

Donate to Blessings in a Backpack

Other Information

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