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Truck accident lawyer seminar boosts attorney know-how

Written by Steve Gursten Posted October 9th, 2017

Expert lawyers from across U.S. give insights on how to better litigate truck wreck cases

Truck accident law

America’s top trucking lawyers came together at the recent Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys 2017 Annual Symposium, held Sept. 17-19, 2017, in Nashville, Tennessee. The seminar was an enormous success.

The great sessions led by truck accident law attorneys and experts included:

  • “What You Must Do When You First Get a Case,” Daniel W. Munley of Munley Law, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • “Common Parties, Causes of Action and Defenses,” Rena Leizerman, Leizerman & Associates, Toledo, Ohio
  • “Truck ECM (Blackbox) and Telematics Systems,” Jeffrey Kidd, Collision Specialists Inc., Gainesville, Georgia
  • “Venue and Forum Choices,” Sara M. Davis, Whiting Law Group, Chicago
  • “Understanding and Explaining How a Brain Injury is an Ongoing Process, Not an Event,” Robert L. Shepherd, MediVisuals Inc., Richmond, Virginia
  • “Insurance Coverage ABCs,” John Givens, The Cochran Firm-Dothan, Dothan, Alabama
  • “Key Discovery in Trucking Cases,” Scott A. Faultless, Craig Kelley & Faultless, Indianapolis
  • “Driver Qualifications and Hiring (include DOT exam),” Joe Ervin, Ervin & Ervin, McAlester, Oklahoma
  • “Utilizing Rule 30(b)(6) in a Trucking Case,” Mark Kosieradzki, Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm, Minneapolis
  • “Focus Group: Jury Instructions for Truck Cases,” Michael Leizerman, Truck Accident Attorney Roundtable
  • “Focus Group: Opening Statements, Focus Group Deliberations,” Michael Cowen, Cowen Mask Blanchard, San Antonio; Joseph V. Camerlengo Jr., Coker, Schickel, Sorenson, Posgay, Camerlengo & Iracki, Jacksonville, Florida
  • “Focus Group: Analyze Focus Group Findings,” Michael Leizerman, Truck Accident Attorney Roundtable; Kenneth Levinson, Levinson and Stefani, Chicago
  • “Road Safe America: Born Out of Tragedy — Working to Reduce Big Rig Crashes, Injuries and Deaths; Current Efforts and How You Can Help,” Steve Owings, Northwestern Mutual, Atlanta
  • “Training: Turns (left, right and U-turns),” Edward J. Ciarimboli, Fellerman & Ciarimboli, Kingston, Pennsylvania
  • “Training: Proper Lane Changes,” Stephen M. Gorny, The Gorny Law Firm, Kansas City, Missouri
  • “Beyond Structured Settlements: Protecting Your Client’s Financial Future,” Spooner Phillips Forge Consulting LLC, Hartwell, Georgia
  • “Killer Demonstrative Evidence,” Frank L. Branson, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, Dallas
  • “Training: Proper Visual Search and Hazard Perception,” Marion Munley, Munley Law, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • “Training: Proper Backing,” Brian Mohs, Fried Rogers Goldberg, Atlanta
  • “Training: Night Driving (Overdriving Headlights/DOT tape),” Morgan Adams, Law Offices of Morgan Adams, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • “Training: Proper Speed Management (Including Adverse Weather),” Karonnie Truzy, Crumley Roberts, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • “Overcoming Sudden Emergency/Sudden Medical Emergency Defenses,” Andrew R. Young, Young & McCarthy, Cleveland
  • “Punitive Damages: How to Get Them and How to Keep Them,” Sean Simpson, Simpson Law Group, San Diego; Co-Counsel, Lexington, Kentucky
  • “Understanding Law Enforcement Training and Enforcement in CMV Cases,” Lt. Thomas Fitzgerald, Commanding Officer, Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section
  • “Understanding Time Distance Analyses,” Tom Langley
  • “Hours of Service Regulations Primer,” Lawrence M. Simon, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, New York
  • “Understanding Dispatch and Load Related Paper Trail,” Peter Kestner, McEwen & Kestner, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
  • “Parking and Route Planning,” Robert Collins, Robert L. Collins & Associates, Houston
  • “Life Care Planning and Its Application to Your Injury Case,” Dr. Santo BiFulco, Tampa, Florida
  • “TBI Damages — Understanding Imaging,” Dr. Mark D. Herbst, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • “Tips for Opening and Closing Arguments in a Trucking Case,” T. Thomas Metier, Metier Law Firm, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • “FedEx Update: What you Need to Know About America’s Most Irresponsible Trucking Scheme,” James Scherr, Scherr Legate, El Paso, Texas (Scherr represented a New Mexico family who was awarded $165.5 million by a jury for a FedEx truck crash that took the lives of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter)
  • “Top Practical Tips for Handling Truck Cases and Trials,” Michael Leizerman and Joe Fried, Truck Accident Attorney Roundtable
  • “Effective Mediation Strategies for Trucking Cases,” Rodney A. Max, Upchurch Watson White & Max Mediation Group, South Florida; Steven C. Laird, Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, Fort Worth, Texas

The ATAA is a nationwide group made up of plaintiffs’ trucking trial lawyers who are united in fighting the unsafe practices that lead to truck crashes today. My Truck Accident Attorney Roundtable law partners Joe Fried and Michael Leizerman are founding ATAA board chairmen, and the three of us serve on the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Board of Regents.

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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.