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TIDA 26th Annual Seminar
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

 Golf Outing



Bali Hai Golf Club

Bali Hai Golf Club sparks the spirit of adventure in every golfer. It lives along the rugged lava coast, windswept and wave-washed by the powerful Pacific, where whispering palms share no secrets.

Bali Hai Golf Club is the only championship golf course located right on the Las Vegas Strip. The South Pacific inspired layout measures over 7,000yards from the back tees.

*there is a fee for this event of $195.00 and pre-registration is required

8:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Service Project



Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth


Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth’s (NPHY) mission is to eliminate homelessness among Nevada’s youth. Along with working hard each day to reach and provide resources to the thousands of youth experiencing homelessness, we also provide supplies to prevent or counter act the possibility of homelessness to youth by bringing our services to the streets where there is high prevalence of youth homelessness.


TIDA volunteers will participate in a day filled with multiple service activities geared towards NPHY’s outreach services. The morning will be broken down into four parts, beginning with a tour of the NPHY’s Drop-In Center. Volunteers will be in charge of assembling sacked lunches, assembling hygiene kits, sorting through donations and re-stocking kitchen and hygiene inventory and prepping and cooking food.

*separate registration is required

3:30 p.m. -  6:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
New Members & Young Professional Symposium
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Dinner on your own


Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.



7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Attendee Breakfast


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

New Member Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

State of the Industry

 Speaker:  Rebecca Brewster, American Transportation Research Institute


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks & Awards

Speaker: John Spiros, TIDA President


9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Traumatic Brain Injury 2.0


Doug Rennie, Montgomery, Rennie & Johnson

Brandon Woodard, Montgomery, Rennie & Johnson

Gregory Kendall, Montgomery, Rennie & Johnson 

Focusing on recent trends and updates seen in nationwide TBI litigation over the previous year, this presentation will discuss theories and strategies the plaintiff’s bar is adopting to increase the value of TBI claims. Recent jury verdicts around the country have demonstrated the need for increased awareness of the evidence and theories being used by medical experts to advance traumatic brain injury cases, and the need for a technical approach to defending these claims. The presentation will specifically address post-traumatic vision syndrome, diffuse axonal injury, increased future risks of neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s, etc.) and will discuss the various methods for challenging expert witnesses by fighting science with science. 


10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break


10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Everything is for Sale: Litigation Funding



Mark Barber, Baker Donelson

Tim Sullivan, Ogden & Sullivan


Plaintiff’s attorneys have long invested in their client's cases. The new generation of investors, however, are doctors accepting LOP’s, companies buying the doctors accounts receivable, and even investors buying a portion of the plaintiff’s claim. What problems does this cause for defense counsel and defendants? Can the presence of investors be uncovered though discovery? Can it be revealed to the court and jury? Are investors real parties in interest in the suit who can be compelled to attend mediation? How is the presence of litigation funding affecting settlement prospects?  Our speakers will examine these issues and share experiences from actual cases.


11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Luncheon Speaker (TBD)


1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Highway Rail Grade Crossing Accidents



Mike Flynn, Flynn, Wirkus, Young

Frank Gordon, Millberg Gordon Stewart

Kermit Kendrick, Burr & Forman


When trucks tangle with trains at grade crossings, the end result is rarely pretty.  Catastrophic damage, serious personal injuries and death are often the result.  Litigation of course is inevitable, involving a myriad of claims and parties – insurers and owner/operators looking to recover vehicle and cargo loss, the railroad company seeking the same, the injured driver or his family, the train crew members and even neighboring citizens (especially in the event of a hazmat release).  We all know trucks and the various governing regulations, but are you prepared to venture into the railroad universe?  In this presentation, a panel of three accomplished transportation attorneys who have considerable experience representing railroads will discuss some of the unique aspects of locomotives, trains and railroad law and how these issues impact train v. truck grade-crossing litigation. 


2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Relationships in Claims



Michael Bissey, Swift Transportation

Stephen Cohen, Carlock, Copeland & Stair, LLP

Jay Starrett,  Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary

Everyone knows that a good relationship with the claimant will be beneficial to the final settlement of a claim.  But, what other relationships are beneficial?  In this session, we will explore this and provide some insight on how to develop and recognized them.


3:15 p.m. -  3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break


3:30 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.

General Membership Meeting (Elections)


4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Ten Ways to Guarantee You Will Pay Policy Limits



Noelle Natoli, Foley & Mansfield

Christine Spagnoli, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP

Richard Cohn, Aitken Aitken & Cohn

This program will ask prominent plaintiffs’ attorneys to discuss some of the most recent nuclear verdicts and give their takes on why these cases did not settle short of trial. The panel will focus their discussion on the small percentage of cases that aren’t settling, why negotiations fail, and their greatest frustrations.


5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

TIDA Board Update


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception


Dinner on your own


Friday, Oct. 5, 2018


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.



8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Generation Next:
Recruiting, Retaining, and Insuring the Next Generation of Drivers



Beata Shapiro, Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker, LLP
Kim Jonas, Northland Insurance Company

Mike Noble, Walmart

Mark Greenberg, New England Tractor Trailer Training School


This program would discuss demographics of the current driver pool utilizing data from some of our largest carrier members, how to fill the longstanding problem of driver shortages utilizing better marketing techniques geared toward attracting new drivers, as well as a discussion about how to best meet the needs of the Driver of the future through proper mindset of both recruiters, claims personnel, and attorneys who can be relatable to drivers in an effort to increase RETENTION. 


8:50 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Dermatomes and You:  A Love Story
How Understanding Dermatomes Will Help You Evaluate Your Cases, Impress Your Clients, and Crush Your Enemies


Speaker: David Goldstein, Marcos Rothman Valdes & Goldstein


Do you get demands asking for enormous sums of money for traumatic disc injuries?   Plaintiffs alleging herniation’s at multiple levels caused by your accident?  These claims are often without treatment at the scene, transport to a hospital, or complaints for days or even weeks after the accident.  What do you look for in the medical records and radiology reports?  Is there a correlation between the two?  In this presentation, you will learn how understanding dermatome distribution will help you recognize cases with merit, and win those without.


9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Morning Break


10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Avoiding & Defending Against Bad Faith Insurance Claims



Mark DiGiovanni, Global Indemnity Group, Inc.

Peter Schurig, Setliff & Holland


By law anywhere in the United States, when you file an insurance claim the carrier owes you a duty to act in good faith.  But what exactly does that mean; what actions or inactions on the part of the insurer might constitute bad faith?  Simply put, an insurance company must not look for ways to escape its duties in investigating claims or paying the insured where appropriate.  There is a trend among plaintiff’s counsel to attack insurance industry claims practices in an effort to set up bad faith claims, attempting to establish conduct was not only unreasonable, but malicious, oppressive or fraudulent, opening the door to punitive damages.  This presentation explores the current state of bad faith insurance claims and how it affects the trucking industry.

10:50 a.m. - 11:40 p.m.

Flight Path to Resolution



Doug Marshall, Marshall Investigative Group, Inc.

Brian Anders, Delta |V| Forensic Engineering


This dynamic, interactive presentation by two seasoned speakers will provide you with accurate, timely information to help you chart a “flight path” to resolution. Discussions will cover regulations and privacy rights associated with the use of surveillance cameras, as well as the technology behind drones and how they can be used in the world of accident reconstruction and investigations. Come prepared for a special surprise during the presentation! 


11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks & Raffle


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