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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



Avery Ranch Golf Course 

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. - 12:30 p.m.

Service Project



*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: Cathy Gautreaux, Deputy Director, 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

Mike Noble, Walmart

Mike Wooley


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 Lines, 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


Dinner on your own


Friday, Oct. 5, 2018


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



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

The Driver’s Litigation Perspective



 Jerry Kennedy, Kennedy & Associates, P.C.

Floyd Crane, Driver


For the first time, we get the unique look at litigation from the driver’s perspective; and directly from a driver who was involved in litigation.  You will hear the frank discussion with a driver of his experience with initial attorney contact, deposition prep and the deposition.  Don’t not miss the opportunity to hear the dos and don’ts from a driver who has been thru the experience.


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 mediations 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


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