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A New Look at How to Win Trucking Cases April 23-24, 2017 Adolphus Hotel, Dallas

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.

Robert E. Ammons (The Ammons Law Firm, Houston, TX) is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and also Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Ammons has been included in the Texas Super Lawyers since its inception in 2003. He has been lead counsel in 2713 cases which have resulted in verdicts or settlement in excess of $1 million and a record setting $82.5 million, which is included in the Texas Verdict Hall of Fame.

Craig D. Brown, Meyers & Flowers, Chicago, IL, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer since 2010. Mr. Brown has obtained numerous settlements and verdicts in excess of a million dollars for his clients including a $7.5 million settlement within 18 months of filing the lawsuit. He serves on the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Board of Managers.

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.

Lee Jackson, Traffic Crash Reconstruction, Ft. Worth, TX, spent 20 years with the Fort Worth Police Department, including 7 years in the Traffic Investigation Unit. In 1990, he opened Traffic Crash Reconstruction. In 2002, Mr. Jackson and a colleague were selected to start the Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit for the Fort Worth Police and ultimately were certified by the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct DOT Level 1 inspections. His company maintains all of the software to download heavy vehicle electronic control modules, including the “last stop” data that will display the vehicle speed before its final stop.

Michael T. Kelley, M.D. MPH FACMT, OhioHealth Neighborhood Care, Columbus, OH has served as a Physician Member of the Medical Review Board for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration since 2014. Dr. Kelley is a Certified Medical Review Officer, Certified Medical Examiner, Diplomat American Board of Medical Toxicology, Diplomat American Board of Emergency Medicine and Diplomat American Board of Preventive Medicine/Occupational Medicine. He also serves as a Medical Review Officer for the OhioHealth Employer Services. Dr. Kelley is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Ohio State University Hospital.

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.

Keith Williams (Lannom & Williams, Lebanon, TN) focuses his practice on vehicle accident cases from tractor trailer to auto. A certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Williams has earned several substantial verdicts, including the largest verdict in Sumner County, Tennessee and an $8 million settlement for a client hit by a tractor trailer with a portion of the recovery made against the 3rd party freight broker. He is a past president of the Tennessee Association for Justice and part of the association's Circle of Advocates. Mr. Williams speaks extensively on trucking cases throughout the country.

  • Sunday, April 23

    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Registration with Light Lunch
    12:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Conference Program
    Systematic Discovery of Information Applicable to Every Case – Getting Everything You are Entitled To
    Tim Semelroth
    Hidden Liability Gems in Driver Medical Exams
    Michael T. Kelley, M.D.
    Battling Trucker Opioid Use - A Silent Epidemic
    Rob Ammons
    Persuasive Themes to Motivate Jury Decision Making in Trucking Cases
    Michael A. Kelly
    Using Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations
    Lew Grill
    Dismantling the “Broker Defense” in Discovery and at Trial
    Tim Tomasik
    Building the case for Negligent Hiring, Retention, Training, and Entrustment
    Sheila Donnelly-Coyne

    Monday, April 24

    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Breakfast Included.
    Tired, Sleep Deprived and Distracted Operators – a Recipe For Carnage
    Keith Williams
    Making the “Sudden and “Unexpected “ Medical Emergency Predictable and Foreseeable
    Mark DiCello, Michael T. Kelley, M.D.
    Star Wars – Using Satellite Based Onboard Tracking Technology To Help Prove Your Case
    Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
    Leveraging Excess Carriers – Understanding The Carriers Evaluation of Catastrophic Claims
    Daryl Douglas
    Voir Dire in the CMV Case – Ten Tips For Finding the Right Jurors
    Craig Brown
    Crash Reconstruction: Proving Your Case at Trial with ECM - Black Box Data
    Lee Jackson
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    Anheuser Busch founder Adolphus Busch built The Adolphus Hotel on Commerce Street as Dallas' first luxury hotel. Since opening its doors in 1912, the The Adolphus has served as an icon of Dallas and an integral part of the city's history and culture. In its recent restoration and renovation, the hotel's storied past is both celebrated and re-imangined.

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    Continuing Legal Education

    An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 12.30 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 15.00 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.

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