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Written by Steve Gursten Posted July 18th, 2013

My fellow Truck Roundtable founding members Joe Fried and Mike Leizerman and I will all be presenting during the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2013 Annual Conference in San Francisco this week.

We will be teaching other lawyers how to better protect their clients who have been seriously injured in truck wrecks and bus accidents.

My first seminar is called, “How to Win a Truck Accident Case with 5 Truckers on Your Jury,” and I will present to the Melvin M. Belli Society of trial lawyers.

This presentation is based on one of my tough truck accident trials, Shekoski v. Allied Trucking, where an  83-year-old man named Michael Shekoski was run over by a truck and killed as he was trying to legally cross the street on his bicycle. Believe it or not, there were actually five people on my jury who either drove trucks for a living, owned a company that operated commercial trucks, or who had a child who was a truck driver.

The lawyers defending the trucking company refused to accept any responsibility for Mr. Shekoski’s death. They contended that he caused his own death, and said it didn’t really matter because he was 83 years old. The defense offered $250,000 before trial and $500,000 when the jury was deliberating.

But even with what many lawyers would say was a very pro-defense jury, the jury still returned a verdict for $2.55 million. I will be sharing my suggestions for how lawyers can connect such a challenging jury, and how to win these types of cases at trial.

The Melvin M. Belli Society is a legal group that presents seminars to help attorneys become better trial lawyers.

My second seminar is called, “ Injuries in the Bus Accident, School Bus and Truck Accident Case,” and I will present to the AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision and Bus Accident Litigation Groups.

In addition to talking about how to litigate these cases, I will also cover common injuries from bus and truck accidents, such as traumatic brain injury.

Joe Fried will be speaking on “Rules for Broker Cases,” where he will lead a group exercise with several tips for these types of shipping cases. He will also be presenting with attorney Marion Munley on, “Case Sign-Up & Investigation – Mass Torts, Referral Arrangements, Spoliation TRO and Experts.”

Mike Leizerman will be running the Advocacy Track, and his presentation is, “Trial Warrior: Using Virtue to Be More Effective at Trial.”

The American Association for Justice is the nation’s largest injury attorney group, with more than 50,000 lawyer members protecting accident victims. The Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable has been a long-standing member, contributor and lecturer to the AAJ and the Belli Society.

Both myself and Mike Leizerman are past presidents of the AAJ Truck Accident Litigation Group.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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