Litigating Truck Collision Cases: “Rules,” “Reptiles,” & Experts Seminar Faculty

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Litigating Truck Collision Cases: “Rules,” “Reptiles,” & Experts Seminar Faculty  

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Morgan G. Adams concentrates his practice in personal injury law cases involving tractor trailers, buses, and other commercial motor vehicles.  Mr. Adams has published and lectured widely on the subject of personal injury and commercial vehicle litigation and acts as a consultant to other lawyers in these areas. He is a past president of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association, past chair of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group (ITLG), and has served as chair of the Tennessee Trucking Litigation Seminars since 2003. Mr. Adams is on the Board of Governors of AAJ, a life member of the Tennessee Association for Justice, and a member of its Board of Governors, and a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been selected as a MidSouth SuperLawyer for a number of years. The Law Offices of Morgan Adams has offices located in Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeffrey A. Burns concentrates his practice in trucking collision litigation and truck safety advocacy.  He serves on the Boards of Directors of Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH) and Parents Against Tired Truckers (P.A.T.T.) where he also serves as National Transportation counsel.  Mr. Burns is a former director for the Center for Truck Safety (C.T.S.), served in the Alliance for Safe Highways, and is on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Greater Kansas City.  He has been awarded the Lifesaver Award from P.A.T.T., the Unsung Hero Award from Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly, and the Distinguished Service Award from the Truck Safety Coalition.  Mr. Burns has written and lectured extensively for the legal and trucking communities. Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC, is located in Kansas City, Missouri.

James W. Cole concentrates his practice in personal injury, products liability, admiralty and maritime, dram shop liability, airplane collision, business, civil rights, employment, discrimination, commercial, premises, consumer, insurance, will contest, and tort litigation.  Mr. Cole is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He is a fellow of the Texas Bar Association and a member of Victoria County and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Texas, and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.  Mr. Cole is the vice president of Cole, Cole & Easley, P.C. in Victoria, Texas.

Michael R. Cowen concentrates his practice in interstate trucking and other motor vehicle collision litigation.  He is the author of The Insider’s Guide to Texas Car Accident Cases, is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  He has been named a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers and is active in the Texas Trial Lawyer Association, the American Association for Justice, the San Antonio Trial Lawyers Association, and the Cameron and Hidalgo County Bar Associations.  Mr. Cowen is a state advisory board member for the Association of Plaintiffs’ Trucking Lawyers of America and has served as President of the Cameron County Trial Lawyers Association.  The Cowen Law Group is located in Brownsville, Texas.

Robert L. Collins, course advisor, a sole practitioner with more than 30 years of trial experience, handles selected cases with an emphasis on public interest and consumer litigation, mass disaster, hurricane and storm damage, refinery and other explosions, pharmaceutical fraud, and transportation disasters involving plane, truck, bus, and automobile litigation. He serves as secretary of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group and is a member of the State Bar of Texas Standing Committee on Court Rules. Mr. Collins currently acts as the city attorney of Port Isabel, Texas and has offices in Houston and South Padre Island, Texas.

R. Eddie Davidson is a Nashville, Tennessee based lawyer who concentrates his practice in catastrophic injury.  He has litigated and/or consulted in cases throughout the United States, from California to the Carolinas.  His representation involves families who have been seriously injured as a result of another’s inattention, carelessness, or irresponsibility.  He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named as Nashville’s Best of the Bar and is listed among Super Lawyers of the Mid-South in the category of Plaintiff Litigation, and is listed among Super Lawyers of the Mid-South and Best Lawyers in America in the category of Plaintiff Litigation.

Joseph A. Fried concentrates his practice primarily in truck and commercial vehicle collision litigation.  He brings an indepth knowledge of physics, engineering, forensics, dynamics, biomechanics, human factors, and accident reconstruction to his cases which has proven crucial when investigating cases, examining opposing expert witnesses, and in devising innovative visual aids for trial.  Mr. Fried’s work has been featured in national media such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Detroit News, and other local and national television broadcasts.  He serves on the board of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association, and AAJ’s Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group.  Mr. Fried has been named a Georgia Super Lawyer and Georgia “Lawyer of Distinction”.  Fried Rogers Goldberg LLC is located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Frank Herrera, Jr. concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, products liability, insurance fraud, construction, labor, and employment litigation.  He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer continuously since 2003.  The Herrera Law Firm is located in San Antonio, Texas.

Richard A. Jenson, M.S. has been consulting with attorneys for over 25 years.  He concentrates on trial consulting and conducting research for lawyers throughout the United States in case preparation and jury selection.  His cases have been featured on news broadcasts such as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and Dateline.  Richard frequently speaks before Bar Associations and legal groups and has given presentations on juror bias and jury selection to the American Bar Association (ABA), AAJ groups, and various state legal associations.  He is a past chair of the Professional Visibility Committee of the American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC), a member of the American Psychology and Law Association and the American Society of Trial Consultants, and the president of Jenson Research & Communications in Austin, Texas.

Gary C. Johnson concentrates his practice in the fields of vehicular negligence, products liability, and medical negligence litigation, and has been representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases for 35 years. Mr. Johnson is listed in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, has been named a Kentucky Super Lawyer for the last two years, and was awarded the Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Kentucky Justice Association for his work as an advocate for the rights of the people and his service as a mentor to young lawyers in the state. Mr. Johnson speaks frequently for the Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, and AAJ on trial strategy and how to maximize damages in your case. Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. has offices in Pikeville, Lexington, and Hazard, Kentucky.

Katherine L. McArthur concentrates her practice in personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical negligence, and workers’ compensation litigation.  She is president of William Augustus Bootle American Inns of Court, and past president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Division.  Ms. McArthur is the recipient of the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Macon Bar Association, and the Georgia Woman of Achievement Award.  She has been recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer consecutively from 2005 through 2010, and is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  The Law Firm of Kathy McArthur is located in Macon, Georgia.

Robert L. Sachs, Jr., concentrates his practice exclusively on plaintiff’s complex personal injury claims and mass tort claims. Mr. Sachs is a member of the AAJ’s Board of Governors, Leaders Forum Committee, Publications Committee, and the Interstate Trucking and Nursing Home Litigation Groups. He is also the past chair of AAJ’s Latex Allergy Litigation Group. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, where he serves on its Board of Directors, a member of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Directors, and a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s medical negligence section. Mr. Sachs is a partner at the firm Shrager Spivey & Sachs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kenneth L. Shigley has 30 years experience concentrating his practice on serious injury and death, especially those resulting from truck or bus accidents.  He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, treasurer of the State Bar of Georgia, and named a “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine.  Mr. Shigley is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Southeastern Trial Lawyers Association, and serves as a board member on AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group.  He is with the firm Chambers, Aholt & Richard, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lawrence M. Simon concentrates his practice on automobile and trucking negligence, products liability, and estate litigation. Mr. Simon is the author of New York Library of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Forms (New York Law Journal Books), coeditor of New Jersey Trials and Appeals (Lexis Nexis), and has written chapters on “Governmental Liability” and “Technology in the Courtroom” (Lexis Nexis). Mr. Simon is the current newsletter editor for the AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, a past chair of the AAJ’s Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section, and a past chair of the AAJ’s Section Leaders Council. He was named a New Jersey Super Lawyer for Plaintiff’s Personal Injury in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 (Top 100).  Mr. Simon has offices in Ridgewood, New Jersey and Goshen, New York.

James S. Sobek is an accident reconstruction with over 30 years of experience whose area of concentration include optics, human vision and visibility, optical system design, photogrammetry, photographic image enhancement, and mechanical dynamics.  Mr. Sobek is a member of the Optical Society of America, National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators (NARSCI), and the Michigan Association of Traffic Accident Investigators (MATAI).  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Indiana, and teaches classes and seminars in physics, lighting, optics and visibility to attorneys, forensic engineers, law enforcement officers, and other forensic investigators.  Wolf Technical Services, Inc. is located in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bruce H. Stern concentrates his practice in the area of brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful death cases cases. Mr. Stern is past president and a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Association for Justice, a member of AAJ’s National College of Advocacy (NCA) Board of Trustees, AAJ’s Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway, and Premises Liability Section, and a past chair of AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group.  He is the author of numerous articles and a frequent lecturer on the subject of traumatic brain injury litigation. Mr. Stern is a partner in the firm of Stark & Stark in Princeton, New Jersey.

Michael Jay Leizerman concentrates his practice in select catastrophic injury truck collision cases across the country.   He is the author of the West/AAJ treatise Litigating Truck Accident Cases, is the past chairman of the AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group and lectures across the country about truck crash cases, law practice management and case strategies.  Mr. Leizerman is a member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and has a passion for studying the art and science of persuasion. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, member Public Justice and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He is a 2008 graduate of the Trial Lawyers College. He attended truck driving school and obtained his Commercial Driver’s License while managing his law practice in order to gain hands-on experience and better advocate for his clients. Mr. Leizerman is the managing partner at E.J. Leizerman & Associates, LLC, in Toledo, Ohio.

Jeanmarie Whalen devotes her practice to representing the victims of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death.  She represents plaintiffs in various types of complex litigation, maintaining a particular focus within the areas of trucking, auto, and motorcycle litigation. Ms. Whalen is a member of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking and Motorcycle Litigation Groups.  She is an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and a past chair of its Women’s Caucus.  Ms. Whalen is a past president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and a two term past president of its Palm Beach County Chapter.  Ms. Whalen has lectured and chaired various seminars for The Florida Justice Association and the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.  She has authored several legal articles including “The Mighty Trucking Case,” published in the February 2011 issue of Trial magazine.  Ms. Whalen is admitted to the Florida Bar, the New York Bar, and the Connecticut Bar.  Ms. Whalen is a partner at the law firm of Slawson Cunningham Whalen & Gaspari in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

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