Michael A. Kelly (Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, San Francisco, CA) set the standard for metal-on-metal artificial hip litigation with his March 2013 $8,341,000 verdict in the first DePuy ASR /Johnson and Johnson case. A member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, Mr. Kelly has been annually selected by the Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the Top Ten lawyers in Northern California. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, given to a member of the Association for contributions to the teaching of Trial Advocacy.
Timothy Tomasik, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, Chicago, IL, has tried more than 100 jury and bench trials to verdict. He has handled and successfully resolved hundreds of millions of dollars in claims in a variety of practice areas, including some of the most high profile and complex cases. He served on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee in the World Trade Center litigation resulting from the 9/11 air crashes. He was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society of Barristers, and listed as a Super Lawyer. Mr. Tomasik is an Instructor of Trial Advocacy at the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia Law School.
Ken Abbarno (DiCello Levitt & Casey, Mentor, OH) spent more than 25 years representing trucking companies from accident to trial, establishing himself as one of the preeminent attorneys litigating transportation accident claims. At Reminger Co. LPA, he was involved in more than 100 cases with exposure in excess of $1 million and servied on the firm's catastrophic case response team, arriving at the accident shortly after the accident. Mr. Abbarno has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2010 and has tried more than 50 civil lawsuits to verdict.
Jeff Burns (Dollar Burns & Becker, Kansas City, MO) had his first truck crash case caused by a fatigued truck driver. In developing the case he learned that 1 in every 5 truck drivers admits to have fallen asleep at the wheel in the last 30 days. As a result of that case, has devoted the majority of his time to working for improved safety in the trucking industry. Jeff has served as National Transportation Counsel for Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) since it was founded in 1994, and shortly thereafter became a board member for Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH). He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Truck Safety Coalition. He received the Lifesaver Award from P.A.T.T. in 1998, the Unsung Hero Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 1996, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Truck Safety Coalition in 2005. Mr. Burns has also been named Super Lawyer by Super Lawyer's Magazine and one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers in America since 2005.
Mark A. DiCello (The DiCello Firm, Mentor, OH) has been recognized by federal and state courts throughout the country for his accomplishments and ability including; appointment to co-lead counsel in the Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobuturator Sling Products Liability Litigation, by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Columbus Division; appointment to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the matter of In Re: Propecia (Finestride) Product Liability Litigation in the Eastern District of New York; and appointment to the Science Committee for the consolidated matter of In Re: Stryker.
Sheila K. Donnelly-Coyne, Paige Donnelly, Saint Paul, MN, has received Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year Award, Super Lawyer, and one of nine outstanding attorneys in the state. Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, she is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Ms. Donnelly-Coyne is an adjunct law professor at her alma mater the University of St. Thomas School of Law and frequent lecturer for AAJ, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota Association for Justice.
Daryl Douglas, Wagstaff & Cartmell, Kansas City, MO, has experience on both sides of the bar, starting his career in personal injury defense, followed by 14 years at Employers Reinsurance Corporation where he led a team of claim attorneys handing primary and excess hospital and physician medical malpractice claims. When he joined Wagstaff in 2010, he brought an enormous depth of knowledge in the insurance policies and claims field.
Lew Grill, Founder and President of The Legacy International Corporation, has worked in the trucking industry as a truck driver, owner operator, truck driver training instructor, truck driver training program director, and as a consultant for motor carriers and truck driving schools since 1968. His trucking experience includes millions of miles driving throughout the entire western hemisphere and Europe. He frequently appears as a trucking expert witness in trucking litigation matters. In 2014 Mr. Grill founded The Legacy International Corporation, which operates truck driver training programs, and is responsible for qualification, training and supervision of driving instructors and maintenance management of all truck and trailer equipment.
Thadd J. Llaurado (Murphy & Prachthauser, Milwaukee, WI) is an affiliate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates. He has been named a SuperLawyer from 20066 to 2009 and 2011 to 2015. Mr. Llaurado received the "10 Best 2015" Client Satisfaction award from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law since 2009.
Judge Lorna Propes, Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, has been on the bench since 2010, presently sits in the Court’s Law Division. In her career as a lawyer, she served as a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office for five years, where she became one of the first women in Illinois history to handle major felony cases. She entered private practice in 1980, specializing in the representation of persons injured by the negligence of others. Over her three decades in both public service and private practice, Judge Propes participated in 100 jury trials, earned Chicago Magazine’s acclaim as one of Chicago’s “30 Toughest Lawyers,” and has been named one of Chicago’s preeminent trial lawyers by numerous publications. She has served for 35 years as a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and has earned the organization’s Faculty Award for outstanding service.
Larry R. Rogers, Jr., Power Rogers & Smith, Chicago, IL, was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the top personal injury lawyers in the city. Mr. Rogers was co-counsel in the record $100 million settlement for a family injured and killed in a van fire. The case exposed the Illinois Secretary of State office of selling CDLs to unqualified truck drivers. Mr. Rogers has earned numerous other multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in truck, motor vehicle, medical negligence and wrongful death. He was elected as a Cook County Commissioner on the Board of Review.
Tim Semelroth, RSH Legal, Cedar Rapids, IA, Board Certified Trial Attorney, has earned numerous multi-million dollar verdicts. A former President of the Iowa Association for Justice, Mr. Semelroth is a graduate of the Trial Lawyer’s College, a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has also been listed in Super Lawyers since 2014. Mr. Semelroth speakers regularly in the motor vehicle area.
Co-Chairs Mike Kelly and Tim Tomasik have put together a program for 2018 guaranteed to garner the same rave reviews from their first program in 2017 - "insights never discussed elsewhere" and "excellent topics and information very necessary."
With 13 faculty members and 12 presentations, How to Win Trucking Cases 2018 features:
- a 21+ year veteran/successful trucking defense lawyer who has moved to the plaintiff bar and now willing to tell all
- Fatigue Guru Jeff Burns showing how to Bullet Proof your fatigue case
- Former VP of Claims Daryl Douglas explaining what you MUST know when evaluating claims
- Tim Semelroth on the what not to do's - the things that will wreck your case
- Why the hiring and retention of drivers can be a big win by Shelia Donnelly-Coyne
- The discovery you should of, could of and would of received had to listened to Thad Llaudado
- Plus many more topics and ideas that will make you a better truck lawyer.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m Registration 11:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Confessions of a Former VP of Claims: What You MUST Know about Excess ClaimsDaryl Douglas Building a Bullet Proof Driver Fatigue CaseJeff Burns Dismantling the “Broker Defense” in Discovery and at TrialTim Tomasik Combating the Emergency Medical Event DefenseMike Kelly 8 Ways to Wreck Your Truck CaseTim Semelroth Trucking Cases: The View from the BenchHon. Lorna Propes Building the Case for Negligent Retention/HiringShelia Donnelly-Coyne Holding the Original Motor Carrier Responsible: How to Discover the Liable Broker/Motor Carrier Parties by Following the Loads and the Money - Then Applying the RegulationsLew Grill
Monday, February 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Everything You Need to Know about Discovery in a Truck CaseThad Llaudado The Secrets From the Defense: What Truck Companies Won’t Tell You and Questions They Don’t Want You to AskKen Abbarno, Mark DiCello Cross Examining the Safety DirectorJoe Carmerlengo Star Wars 2018 - Using Satellite Based Onboard Tracking Technology To Help Prove Your CaseLarry R. Rogers, Jr.
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Continuing Legal Education
An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 12.75 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 15.30 credit hours, including 2.4 ethics hours for 50 minute states) has been submitted to all mandatory CLE states. Number of credits awarded will vary based on state regulations. Please bring your license and/or bar information with you to the program.
We take our pledge of excellence seriously. If the Conference does not live up to your expectations, we will refund your registration fee. Because the faculty will use real cases from their own files and share information only available at the Conference, you will be agreeing to the confidentiality of the program when you have been accepted into the program. The Conference is open to plaintiff personal injury attorneys only and anyone who represents personal injury defendants and/or insurance companies are ineligible to attend.