Steven Gursten, Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills, MI, is recognized as one of the nation's top attorneys handling serious auto accident personal injury and wrongful death cases, and auto insurance No‐Fault litigation. His firm is the state's largest law firm specializing in car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Gursten has been named Lawyer of the Year by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm in U.S. News & World Report.
Eric Block (Law Offices of Eric S. Block, Jacksonville, FL) in 1999 earned the largest jury verdict for a knee injury, $7,777,800 and in 1995, as co-counsel with noted trial lawyer, S. Perry Penland, won a verdict just under $14 million. He has also won landmark verdicts outside of Florida, including a case in Georgia where a physician was wrongfully forced to undergo treatment for alcoholism. Mr. Block is a certified Florida Mediator for all Civil Circuit Court disputes. His cases have appeared live on Court TV.
Paul Byrd (Paul Byrd Law Firm, Little Rock, AR) was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal due to his work in the case of Brownlee/Whitaker vs. Cooper Tire and Rubber Company, and latter on a Dateline NBC documentary regarding the same case. In 2012 Mr. Byrd was a co-recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. He is a past president of that Association and a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has also served as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court by request of the Governor.
Robert L. Collins (Law Offices of Robert L. Collins, South Padre Island, TX) serves as the Course Advisor and Faculty Director of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He served as class counsel for the Continental Trailways Bus Collision/Graebel Van Lines Litigation. Mr. Collins as also served as both the Secretary and Treasurer of AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group and the Executive Boards of the AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Group and the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association.
Michael Cowen (Cowen | Mask | Blanchard, San Antonio, TX) developed his passion to help people after working for Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the oldest law firm in the nation, representing a number of corporations. As a Board Certified attorney in personal injury trial law, Mr. Cowen is responsible for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation into defective Chinese-made tires distributed by the Hercules Tire & Rubber Company and the subsequent tire importer’s recall of seven sizes of certain All Trac A/T SUV tires. One award he earned early in his legal career still creates interest – he obtained the top score on the Texas Bar Exam in 1995.
Steven DeBosier (Dudley DeBosier, Baton Rouge, LA) spent the first few years of his legal career representing insurance companies. He moved to the plaintiff side in 2000 focusing on personal injury claims. He earned both his undergraduate degree and law degree from Louisiana State University.
Chad Dudley (Dudley DeBosier Baton Rouge, LA) joined the firm in May 2007 as the firm's chief operating officer. He earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and his Juris Doctorate in 2000 from Louisiana State University. In 2012 he was selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers.
Michael D. Freeman, Ph.D., D.C., M.P.H. is a Forensic Trauma Epidemiologist and serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Freeman is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark. He holds a Ph.D. in trauma epidemiology along with a Masters of Public Health degree in biostatistics and epidemiology from Oregon State University.
Steven C. Laird (Steven C. Laird, P.C., Fort Worth, TX) is among a distinguished and select number of lawyers in Texas who are board certified in three specific areas of practice, signifying high levels of education and experience in these fields. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, plus in Civil Trial Law from The National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has also earned a Master of Laws in trial advocacy from Temple University. Mr. Laird has been voted as one of the top 100 Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters and featured in Texas Monthly magazine from 2003-2013, 2015-2017, and named as a Texas Super Lawyer from 2003 – 2016.
Michael Maggiano (Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, Ft. Lee, NJ) has specialized in all areas of motor vehicle collisions from auto to trucking and bus accidents as well as train wrecks for over 35 years. He has worked as part of the trial team in the largest construction accident case in New Jersey and perhaps U.S. history. He was counsel in the In re Amtrak Train Disaster of 2015. Mr. Maggiano received the “Mel” Award for achievements in Civil Litigation by the Melvin M. Belli Society and a Life Time Achievement Award from Chicago Kent College of Law as one of the most highly recognized alumni in its one hundred and twenty five year history.
Marion Munley (Munley Law, Scranton, PA) is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate (National Board of Trial Advocacy) since 1996 and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 2006. Ms. Munley is on the Executive Committee for the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. She is a member of the staff of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. Ms. Munley was named to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in 2006 and its 2500 Leading Lawyers in all Practice Areas in 2007.
Lawrence Simon (Javervaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, NY) practices primarily in the areas of bus, truck and auto negligence; premises liability; and estate litigation. Mr. Simon is co-Chair of the AAJ Bus Litigation Group, Chair-Elect of the AAJ Trucking Litigation Group, as well as past Chair of the Motor Vehicle Section. He has been named a New Jersey Super Lawyer from 2007 to the present, including Top 100 in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He is the author of New York Personal Injury Forms, and a frequent lecturer for AAJ, NJAJ, and other Trial Lawyer and Bar Associations.
Jay R. Vaughn (Morgan & Morgan, Louisville, KY) is the managing partner of the firm’s Louisville office. Since 2013, he has been named to the Kentucky Super Lawyers, which recognizes no more than 5% of attorneys in Kentucky. Mr. Vaughn has tried numerous cases ranging from automobile collision cases to multi-week nursing home neglect cases. He is asked to speak both locally and nationally to other lawyers on a variety of legal topics as he is very active in Kentucky Justice Association and American Association for Justice, serving on the Board for both trial organizations.
Andrew R. Young (Young & McCarthy, Cleveland, OH) focuses his legal practice on helping the victims of personal injury, particularly those who have been injured in truck accidents. He has his commercial driver's license (CDL), and his knowledge of commercial trucking regulations has been recognized by the Ohio Association for Justice, where he acts as the Trucking Litigation Section Chairperson. He has been included in the 2005 - 2007 and 2009 - 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m Registration 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Proving and Winning TBI in Auto Crash CasesSteve Gursten Top 10 Lessons Learned from 300 TrialsEric (Rick) Block Using Electronic Data RecordersMarion Munley The Auto Crash Trial ChecklistJay Vaughn Winning the Pain and Suffering Case Without Economic LossSteven Laird Separating and Proving Causation in Multiple Impact Car CrashesMichael D. Freeman Doubling the Value of Your Auto CasesSteve DeBosier, Chad Dudley Connection with Conservatives in Fender Bender CasesPaul Byrd
Friday, April 27, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
New Ways to Win Auto Crash Cases with VideoMike Maggiano Cell Phone DownloadsMike Cowan Opening Statements in Auto CasesAndy Young Maximizing the Value in the Bus and Limo CasesRobert Collins, Larry Simon A Future Without Auto CrashesSteve Gursten
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