1/20/2022 - 1/21/2022

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel
Chicago, IL

Program Schedule

Thursday, January 20

Friday, January 21, 2022

12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Countering the Claims of Devastating Injuries from a Light Impact
This panel will discuss how to anticipate and defend a marginal, light-impact claim turning into one of devastating injuries.
Moderator: David Hall, Partner, Wilson Elser, Birmingham, AL
Presenter(s): Mark Barber, Shareholder, Baker Donelson, Atlanta, GA
William M. Toles, Shareholder, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Dallas, TX
1:55 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Fighting Plaintiff’s Economic Claims, The Devil is in the Details.‎
This panel will discuss the handling of unreasonable billing/liens, inflated life care plans and economists’ projections.
Presenter(s): Michael Judy, Partner, Shareholder/Director, Dysart Taylor, Kansas City, MO
Daniel K. Mannion, Attorney, Lashly & Baer, St. Louis, MO
Chris Cotter, Shareholder, Roetzel & Andress, Akron, OH
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Expert Discovery on the Traumatic Brain Injury: How to Prepare Your Expert and ‎Depose Theirs
This panel will discuss the evolution of brain imaging studies, along with the deposition of experts in claims of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Moderator: Stephani Johnson, Partner, Wilson Elser, Dallas, TX
Presenter(s): Robert J. Barth, Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Denver, CO
4:00 p.m. - 4:55 p.m.
How to Turn Irritating Settlement Negotiations into a Successful Mediation
This panel will discuss the best practices for successfully mediating that difficult case.
Moderator: Joelle G. Nelson, Partner, Lewis Brisbois, Houston, TX
Presenter(s): Joseph Spinola, Ret. Judge of the Supreme Court, NY
7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Presenter(s): Steven M. Canty, Partner, Orleans Canty Novy, LLC, Chicago, IL, Transportation Lawyers Association President
William B. Pentecost, Jr., Cipriani & Werner PC, Pittsburgh, PA, 2022 - TLA Chicago Regional Conference Program Co-Chair
Justin Olsen, VP Legal & Risk, England Logistics, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT - TLA Chicago Regional Conference Program Co-Chair

8:15 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
The Wavy Lines of Admiralty Law and Jurisdiction
This panel will explore surprising scenarios where admiralty applies and the equally surprising times in which it does not.  After an overview of admiralty law, with an emphasis on defining the contours of admiralty law and jurisdiction, the panel will apply those principles to real life scenarios, when we may be surprised to see how their intuitions regarding the application of maritime law may differ with various courts’ conclusions on the same issues.   
Moderator: Casey M. O’Brien, Attorney, Hill Rivkins LLP, New York, NY ‎
Presenter(s): Dustin M. Paul, Attorney, Vandeventer Black LLP, Norfolk, VA
Kenderick “Kenny” M. Jordan, Associate Attorney, Marwdel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C., Chicago, IL
9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
Some Arbitration Lessons Learned from the Maritime World‎
This presentation will review the history of international maritime arbitration, its vitality in the United States and overseas, and discuss the application of the Federal Arbitration Act.
Presenter(s): John C. Lane, Founder & Principal, Law Offices of John C. Lane, Sparta, NJ
10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Refreshment Break
10:20 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.
The Intersection of Railroads and Trucks at “Humped Crossings” ‎
Al will lead the discussion of issues within railroad law of which trucking companies should be aware, including FELA claims and how they are different, crossing statutes, and federal law relating to motor carriers and others.
Moderator: Louis Amato-Gauci, Partner, Miller Thomson, Toronto, ON, Canada
Presenter(s): Scott Stratton, USDOT and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Agency Expert, Prattville, AL
Al Teel, Partner, Burr & Forman, LLP, Birmingham, AL
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Contracts Traps and Tricks
Hank Seaton and Bill Bierman will walk through current trends, traps and tricks that we see in shipper-carrier, shipper-broker and broker-carrier contracts; methods of overcoming hurdles to combat and negotiate; and how we can try to change for the betterment of the transportation industry, the supply chain and society as a whole.
Moderator: Justin Olsen, VP Legal & Risk, England Logistics, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT ‎
Presenter(s): Henry E. Seaton, Founding Partner, Seaton & Husk, Vienna, VA
William D. Bierman, Principal, Price, Meese, Shulman & D’Arminio, P.C., Woodcliff Lake, NJ
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Jeff Pincus will give us some highlights from the previous day’s Boot Camp and there will be a discussion on topics for future Boot Camps.
Presenter(s): Jeffrey M. Pincus, Partner, Lewis Hohs Avallone Aviles, LLP, Islandia, NY
1:15 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Binding Contractual Provisions to Insurance Coverage‎
This panel will discuss how and why contractual provisions should be consistent with typical insurance coverage.  The attendees will learn the proper terminology to use, the rights and obligations of parties, common coverages and exclusions, and various insurance products now available through the market to protect client’s interests.
Moderator: Jason Orleans, Founding Member, Orleans Canty Novy LLC, Chicago, IL ‎
Presenter(s): Tom Curtis, Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) & Certified Risk Manager (CRM), Area Vice President, Gallagher, Salt Lake City, UT
Brooke A. Riggs, Associate, Frilot LLC, New Orleans, LA
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
What is on the Minds of Corporate Counsel – What Keeps Them Up at Night
A panel of experienced corporate counsel will discuss the overarching topics that are on their minds, what are the larger(est) issues that they face and anticipate in the coming years, what ethical dilemmas they present, how they respond and operate proactively in such an environment and how it affects their approach to employment issues, contractual issues and litigation issues.  Participants will learn the prevalence of emerging ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) principles, scoring and indexing and the importance the same may have to TLA member’s corporate clients. The panel will discuss corporate responsibility, including fiscal responsibility, diversity training, and professionalism, and how these ethical issues play a significant role in the overarching topics identified as top of mind for our expert panel.

Moderator: Coby Page, General Counsel, Nolan Transportation Group, Atlanta, GA
Presenter(s): Sharon Johnson, CLO, MODE Transportation, Dallas, TX
Josh Jubelirer, VP-Associate General Counsel, Echo Global Logistics, Chicago, IL
Lisa A. Stephenson, VP-General Counsel, CRST, Cedar Rapids, IA
3:15 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Refreshment Break
3:25 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Major Changes to Labor, Employment and OSHA Laws: Keeping Your Clients and Companies ‎Traveling on the Right Side of the Road‎
Panel will address hot topics in labor and employment law.
Presenter(s): Heather Wilson, Member, Frost Brown Todd, Indianapolis, IN
Sara Candioto, Sr. Legal Counsel, SIRVA Worldwide Relocation & Moving, Allied Van Lines, North American Van Lines, Fort Wayne, IN
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
The Wonderfully Complex World of E-commerce and Parcel‎
This panel will provide an introduction and education into the expanding world of e-commerce, contracting with the U.S. Postal Service, brokerage of parcel shipments and other cutting-edge developments and issues faced in the third-party logistics world.
Moderator: Daniel Sbanotto, Director, Legal & Risk, Transplace, Lowell, AR ‎
Presenter(s): David Hendel, Partner, Culhane Meadows PLLC, Washington, DC
Gregory R. Reed, Executive Director, The National Star Route Mail Contractors Association, Washington, DC
Charlene York, General Counsel, Worldwide Express, Dallas, TX