Wednesday, October 23, 2019

6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Golf Outing *Separate registration required

8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Service Project *Separate registration required.

3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Registration Open

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

New Members & Young Professional Symposium

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

Welcome Cocktail Reception

Thursday, October 24, 2019

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

Registration Open

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

Attendee Breakfast New Member Breakfast

8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

State of the Industry
Randy Guillot, American Trucking Associations

When planning for victory, we have to understand how the siege began and the current litigation climate facing our industry.  The challenges we face must be set forth clearly in order to move forward.

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

Opening Remarks & Awards
Dana Hoffman, Young Moore Henderson

9:30 a.m.-10:20 a.m.

The Disappearing Jury Trial
Ryan T. Hand, Lorance Thompson, PC
Brian Wymer, The Kenan Advantage Group, Inc.
Jeffrey D. Stupp, Cardinal Logistics
Jerry Craig, Protective Insurance

Case evaluations are supposedly based upon what juries are likely to do.  But with fewer and fewer cases being tried, fog obscures our vision and the helm is unresponsive. Too often the predictive model is based upon worse case scenarios and nuclear verdicts. Has risk avoidance become irrational? Have lawyer advertising and “victim” culture irreversibly changed juror attitudes against the trucking industry? We don’t believe so. We’ll explore the origins of the problem, why we almost always forgo our 7th Amendment rights when it comes to litigation, and whether it’s time to try more cases.

10:20 a.m.-10:35 a.m.

Morning Break

10:35 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

Shark Bites and Blood in the Water: Lessons from the Plaintiffs’ Bar
Zach Mayer, Mayer LLP
Les McFatter, Perry & Young

Lessons from the Plaintiffs’ Bar. The common errors of the Defense Bar in handling trucking litigation will be highlighted during an in-depth interview with a renowned plaintiff’s attorney.

11:35 a.m.-1:05 p.m.

Luncheon Speaker
James Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute

1:05 p.m.-2:05 p.m.

Technology: Our servant or master?
David L. Ortega, Naman Howell
Ken C. Crippen, American Trucking and Transportation Insurance Co.
Mark Edwards, Ph.D., Human Factors expert and statistician

Embrace or back away? Have we gone too far?  How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb? Are we creating new standards of care harmful to our defenses? Both sides of the issue will be vetted in a lively debate format.

2:05 p.m.-3:05 p.m.

Safety vs. Claims
Andrea Albert, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith
Pamela Blass Bracher, U.S. Xpress, Inc.
Greg McQuagge, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Do we know all the dangers lurking in troubled waters?  In the wag, who’s the dog and who’s the tail? We’ll explore the often competing priorities of the safety and claims departments, from evidence preservation to preventability determinations.

3:05 p.m.-3:35 p.m.

General Membership Meeting (Elections)
3:35 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m. Regulatory Compliance
John Seidl, Reliance Partners
T.J. England, C.R. England & Sons
Mark Willis, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Host of “Road Dog Trucking” Channel

The stars to navigate by.  The rules are set out even if they don’t always give clear guidance.  One way to make a good catch is not to harpoon your own ship.  This panel will feature a first for TIDA—a radio call in program to allow truckers from all over the U.S. and Canada to call in with questions for our expert panel, and share concerns from the front lines of a regulated industry.

4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Commitment to Collaboration
Paul Greene, Canal Insurance Company
Robert D. Boroff, Gallagher Sharp LLP

It is no secret that some of the success of the Plaintiffs’ Bar can be attributed to their sophisticated networking practices.  Defense attorneys, trucking companies, and their insurance carriers have been reluctant to share information on the same level, which is counterproductive to the ultimate goal of reasonable and fair resolution of trucking claims.  The goal of this presentation is to provide an open forum so that we as an industry can identify ways we can better share information and collaborate.

5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m. TIDA Board Update
6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception

Friday, October 25, 2019

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


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

Damages Potpourri
Kelly Milam, Gordon & Rees
Kenneth Davis, Waste Connections

Rocks in the water can run your ship aground. Strategies for realistic assessment and evaluation of significant injuries based upon real cases, including the soft tissue claim that turns into the high exposure case. How best to deal with potential punitive exposure? We’ll discuss early resolution where liability is not favorable, how and when the “empathetic” approach works best, and the other approaches that have proven successful.

8:50 a.m.-9:40 a.m.

Proactivity by the Defense Bar
Karen Ludden, Dean & Fulkerson
Kelly Yates, Topa Insurance Company

How counsel can better help carriers (including smaller ones) with risk mitigation and best practices before unwittingly sailing into a squall.

9:40 a.m.-9:55 a.m.

Morning Break

9:55 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

The Anti-Reptile
Larry Warren, Naman Howell
Kelly Lowery, CR England & Sons
Mike Dargel, Melton Truck Lines
Jarrod Crouse, Baylor Evnen, LLP

The human faces of the trucking industry and tools for talking. We’ll see video clips of “day in the life” videos and other ways to help jurors understand the dedication and hard work of our drivers.  Should our industry up its game when it comes to public relations and community citizenship.

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

Good News Verdicts and Outcomes
Art Kirkner, NBIS
Darryl S. Vereen, Mounce, Green, Myers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, PC

Examining what went RIGHT and why hope is alive.  We’ll consider how comparative fault defenses don’t mean “blaming the victim”, how the underwater mines were avoided, and what messages resonated the best during the case.  How rational bravery, the right strategies, and commitment translated into wins for the good guys.

 11:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks & Raffle