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.
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.
Joseph V. Camerlengo, Jr., (Camerlengo Law Group, Jacksonville, FL) is Board Certified in Civil Trial by the Florida Bar, a Florida Super Lawyer since 2008 and a member of the Million Dollar Trial Advocates since 2003. Mr. Camerlengo started his career as an insurance defense attorney. After suffering permanent injuries in a car accident, he decided to pursue his true passion, representing injured people.
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.
Peter J. Flowers (Meyers & Flowers, Chicago, IL) is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and the elite Verdict Club Society. He has been named an Illinois SuperLawyer in the area of medical malpractice and recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his peers, a distinction earned by only 5% of the state’s lawyers. Mr. Flowers is a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association during it’s successful fight to protect the rights of patients.
Nicholas S. Gurney, (Newsome | Melton) a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, he has earned verdicts in excess of $1 million in both Collier and Palm Beach Counties. He is on the Board of Directors for the Florida Justice Association and a Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers. Nick was awarded by the University of Florida School of Law with the Helen C. Blechman Memorial Award in recognition of his provision of more free legal services than any other graduate.
Thomas V. Lyons, II was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge for Cook County by the Illinois Supreme Court in August 2008. Prior to his appointment, Judge Lyons worked in private practice. He also for the State’s Attorney’s Office in Cook Country for 15 years. He earned his law degree from Loyola University School of Law and B.A. in political science from Northwestern University.
C. Richard Newsome (Newsome Melton, Orlando, FL) specializes in representing consumers who have been catastrophically injured by defective products. Before his consumer practice, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, and then worked for the Cabaniss Firm representing manufacturers including DuPont and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Newsome spent substantial time helping protect the civil justice system through his work for the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. He has served on the Board of the FJA since 1998, has served as a F.L.A.G. Trustee, as a member of the Executive Committee, and was the 2010‐2011 FJA President. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors for the AAJ, and is a Past‐President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association.
Michael O’Hern is the founder and principal Crash Reconstructionist for O’Hern Consultants, Inc., a company located in the Chicago area that provides analysis of vehicular crashes for the purposes of litigation. Mr. O’Hern is a certified Traffic Crash Reconstruction Specialist and a licensed Private Investigator. He has extensive training and experience within the traffic crash investigation and reconstruction field. Mr. O’Hern is a retired Sergeant from the Tinley Park Police Department, where he was the supervisor of their major crash investigation unit for over 20 years. He is a former adjunct instructor at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety. In his over 28 years of experience in the field, Mr. O’Hern has handled thousands of vehicular crashes involving commercial vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, motorcycles, and passenger vehicles. Mr. O’Hern has extensive testimonial experience having testified in over 250 depositions and over 100 trials.
Jim M. Perdue, Jr (Perdue & Kidd, Houston, TX, LLP) is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Medical Professional Liability by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Mr. Perdue is both an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (Houston Chapter) and Fellow in the International Society of Barristers. He is named in "The Best Lawyers in America" (Woodward/White 2006-11) and on the list of the "Top 100 Attorneys in Texas" by Thomson Reuters printed in Texas Monthly Magazine, where he has been named a "Texas Super Lawyer" every year since 2004.
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.
Bringing Home Big Truck Verdicts
Sunday, March 8, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Registration 10:30 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.
To Voir Dire or Not Voir Dire: How Best to Eliminate Jurors With Implicit Bias in Trucking CasesRich Newsome Building a Bullet Proof Driver Fatigue CaseJeff Burns Primary or Supplemental Liability: When Trucking and Products Liability Cases CollideRob Ammons Persuasive Themes That Motivate Jury Decision-Making in Trucking CasesMike Kelly Trucking Industry Standards of Care: Use and AdmissibiityTim Semelroth Finding, Crafting and Framing Rules for Commercial Vehicle CasesJim Perdue, Jr. Successfully Trying Trucking Cases: The View From the BenchHon.Tom Lyons Confessions of a Former Excess Claim Adjustor: What You MUST KnowDaryl Douglas
Monday, March 9, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Breakfast Included from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Dismantling the “Broker Defense” in Discovery and at Trial (or Successfully Tackling Choice of Law Issues in CMV Trials)Tim Tomasik Building and Presenting a Bullet Proof Crash Reconstruction at TrialMichael O'Hern Building the Case for Negligent Retention/HiringShelia Donnelly-Coyne Cross Examining the Safety DirectorJoe Camerlengo But This Isn’t a Trucking Case: Case Framing to Beat Defense Denials…Every TimeNick Gurney
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