TIDA 26th Annual Seminar Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018

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


Avery Ranch Golf Club 
Since its grand opening in June of 2002, Avery Ranch is Texas Hill Country Golf at its finest! Conveniently located in northwest Austin and in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, former Jack Nicklaus designer, Andy Raugust, blended a spectacular up-scale golf course with natural limestone caverns, knobby live-oak trees, rolling hills, and meandering streams and lakes to create an Austin golf experience that is unparalleled in the area.  The course features a beautiful, but challenging front 9 followed by a fantastic risk/reward back 9 with 3 par 3's, 3 par 4's and 3 par 5's.  Running along Lake Avery, the 18th is Austin's best finishing hole and provides a unique view of the Texas Hill Country.

*there is a fee for this event of $150.00 and pre-registration is required
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Service Project 


Community First! Village
Join us for a service event at the Community First! Village - a 27-acre master planned development that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. Additionally, Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community Works program provides micro-enterprise opportunities that enable formerly homeless men and women to earn a dignified income, develop new skills and cultivate enduring relationships as they take part in a restorative journey home.This service event may entail laying pathways, harvesting our gardens, tending the chicken coop and dry landscaping yards of micro-homes among many other things. 

*separate registration is required
3:30 p.m. -  6:30 p.m. Registration 
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. New Members & Young Professional Symposium
Speakers: Lindsay Gorbach & Jaion Chung 
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Welcome Cocktail Reception 

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration 
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
Speaker: Jim Mullen, Chief Counsel, FMCSA
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks & Awards
Speaker: Dana Hoffman, TIDA President
9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Stop Your Soft Tissue Claims from Spiraling Out Of Control

David Goldstein, Marcos, Rothman, Valdes & Goldstein, Kari Williamson, MKC Medical Management, Nicole Spellecy, Canal Insurance

Learn strategies for evaluating and preventing the soft tissue claim from morphing into the surgery claim that can make resolution difficult and expensive.  Failing to take into account a claimant/plaintiff could undergo recommended future medical treatment such as injections, radio frequency ablations and/or surgery can suddenly turn a small claim into a six or seven figure one.  Knowing, understanding and reacting to the red flags in a soft tissue claim will help you resolve the claim before it spins out of control.

10:20 a.m. - 10:35 a.m. Morning Break 
10:35 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.

The Art (and Bureaucracy) of Claims: Perspective from an In-House Claims Team

Michael Judy, Dysart Taylor, Robert Conlon, Walker Wilcox Matousek, LLP, Nathan Bunck, Swiss Re

Matt Rengel, YRC Worldwide, Inc.

For all of those of you who want to know why your client sometimes acts differently than expected when discussing litigation strategy or settlement.  This panel will focus on providing an up-close and personal understanding of the pressure points and concerns commonly faced by an in-house claims team. Special attention will be directed at understanding the art of reserving with actuary/in-house finance teams, facilitating communications with primary & excess carriers, understanding self-insured retention and insurability issues, and dealing with chain-of-command decision making. 

11:35 a.m. - 1:05 p.m. Luncheon Speaker 
Speaker: Kylla Lanier, Truckers Against Trafficking
1:05 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. Who Me? Yes you!

Matthew Green, Sands Anderson, PC, Bill Venegoni, Walmart US - Legal, Mike Woolley, Independent Transportation Professional

Most motor carriers have received the dreaded letter from counsel alleging its vehicle was involved in an accident without any report of an accident from a driver or even a police report.  Learn how to defend the alleged accident case.
2:05 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. Technology’s Impact on Today’s Transportation Claims

Jessie Fontenot, Strauch Greene & Mistretta, Trevor Uffelman, ATTIC RRG, Aaron Kiefer, Accident Research Specialists 

As fleets across the country make significant investments in new safety and in-cab video technologies, our industry must be prepared to understand the myriad of data generated by these platforms. This panel will focus on this data and the real-world issues, limitations and preservation concerns it generates. Moreover, this panel will examine how aggressive plaintiff attorneys may use this data to make routine cases into larger exposure cases, as well as, how the industry can flip the script and use the data for early resolution.
3:20 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. Discovery:  Disclose or Object?

Chip Campbell, Director, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., Ronald Coleman, Jr., Ronald Coleman, Jr., Attorney at Law PC, Carl Wyatt, Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, PC

Hear an in-depth discussion of what we all should be considering before determining how to respond to the abusive discovery requests of an aggressive attorney.  We all know that the plaintiffs’ bar shares discovery requests and strategies.  It is now the trucking industries time to share strategies on how to respond to those discovery requests to stop responses in one case from being used against you in another case.
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. TIDA Board Update 
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception 

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast 
8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

The Driver’s Litigation Perspective

Janet Shelley, Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., Jerry Kennedy, Kennedy & Associates, P.C., Floyd Crane, Driver, Western Sand & Gravel

For the first time, in this session we get the unique look at litigation from the truck driver’s perspective, from his actions immediately at the scene, speaking to the investigating police officers, through service of the complaint, written discovery, preparation for and testifying at his discovery deposition, trial preparation and trial testimony, to being there when the jury came back with its verdict.  You will hear frank discussion directly from a driver about his role as a party directly involved in a double fatality, rollover accident and the subsequent wrongful death litigation regarding his experience, his initial contact with his attorney through to the trial’s conclusion and his takeaways from the process.  Don’t miss the opportunity to hear his observations, words of advice and do’s and don'ts for drivers who find themselves party defendants.

8:50 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Mediation: Still the Best Way to Resolve a Case?

Judge Shelley Rossoff Olsen, Jack Williamson, Williamson Law Group, Clarence Easterday, Western Express

We have all been involved in meditations that have gone well, and not so well.  Now learn the secrets of how to get the most from mediation even if the case does not settle.  This panel will also discuss different mediation procedures and why thinking outside the box is always a good thing.
9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. Morning Break 
9:55 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Forgotten Pre-Trial Tools:  Mock Juries and Focus Groups 

Marygrace Schaeffer, DecisionQuest, Peter Doody, Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP, Tom McLaughlin, Transport Corporation of America

With the jury trial nearing extinction in most places, we are all searching for a crystal ball to predict what a jury would do at trial without the cost of trial.  And with sensational plaintiffs’ verdicts grabbing the headlines, the jury is looked upon as one of the most feared institutions in the United States.  But fear not!  Jury behavior is more predictable now than ever before; and the cost may not be as bad as you think.
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. To Settle or Try:  The Most Important Question!

Joseph Swift, Brown & James, PC, Ken Meier, Ryder National Liability Claims, Chuck Stauber, Hallmark Financial Services, Inc.

Everyone in our industry is faced with the difficult litigation decision of whether or not to settle or try a case.  This panel will analyze the behind the scene variables that go into the decision of where to draw the final line.
11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Closing Remarks & Raffle