Overview

The Car Crash Seminar is the ULTIMATE program for practitioners of all experience levels. In-depth fundamentals take you from initial client contact through trial or settlement. Come away with the definitive set of resource materials including sample forms.
  • Hear an overview of Texas auto policies, truck wrecks, auto-product liability claims, damages, and more
  • Gain practical tips and strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel including working up the case, managing client expectations, negotiating with the insurance adjuster, guidance on the use of medical records, financially affordable ways to try cases, cross-examining witnesses, and persuading the jury
  • Review the admissibility of collision reports and how to most effectively use police officer testimony
  • Analyze how social media is being mined and the ethical considerations of getting it submitted into evidence
  • Examine the role distracted driving plays in a collision and its impact on verdict value
  • Learn the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, worker’s comp, hospital liens, state and local employees and disability plans
  • Discover practical ways to find life balance and happiness as a lawyer in this demanding and stressful profession
Enhance your car crash knowledge. Regardless of your experience level, you don’t want to miss this program.

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Rachael Klipp, Lorenz & Lorenz LLP - Austin, TX
  • 12:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens

    Includes complimentary refreshments.
  • 12:50 pm
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 1:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Texas Auto Policies

    Henry L. Moore, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX

    Explore how to get the most from your coverage.
  • 1:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Should I Take the Case?

    Brent Carpenter, Carpenter & Carpenter, P.C. - Sugar Land, TX

    Discover how to manage your practice in terms of client expectations, case selection and how to make a case rejection a win/win.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Working Up the Case

    J. Luke Dow, Law Offices of J. Luke Dow - Austin, TX
    Ashley E. Todd, Liberty Mutual Group, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

    The dos, don'ts and maybes. Materials for this session include pre-suit forms, new case sign-up sheets, authorizations and other sample documents.
  • 2:45 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Negotiating with the Insurance Adjuster

    Chip Evans, The Evans Law Firm - Austin, TX
    Tom Lang, Cunningham Lindsey - Austin, TX

    Maximizing case value through preparation and presentation of the demand package.
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Defendant Perspective Medical Records

    Ranelle M. Meroney, Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP - Austin, TX

    A defense attorney’s perspective in purpose, analysis and use of medical records.
  • 4:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Uninsured and Under-Insured Motorist

    Thomas A. Herald, The Noteboom Law Firm - Hurst, TX

    Learn strategies to present and defend uninsured and under-insured motorist claims.
  • 4:45 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Price Ainsworth, Lorenz & Lorenz LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Car Wrecks

    Ross S. Crossland, The Crossland Law Firm - Austin, TX

    Representing the defendant in a car wreck case, from the initial assignment to closing the file.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    The Noble Lawyer and the Ethics of Case and Client Management

    William J. Chriss, Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P. - Corpus Christi, TX

    Explore the ethical quandaries of client intake, case selection and client communications. Learn how to manage healthy and unhealthy client relationships, setting expectations for clients and withdrawing from bad relationships. 
  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Cost Effective Case Strategies

    Scott F. DeShazo, DeShazo & Nesbitt LLP - Austin, TX
    Sally S. Metcalfe, Metcalfe Law, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Learn tips, tricks and strategies to minimize the burden on plaintiffs and counsel to litigate small to medium car wreck cases.
  • 10:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Distracted Driving and Case Value

    Brian L. Mincher, Godsey Martin PC - Dallas, TX

    Looking for the distracted driver case, and how that can and will increase the verdict value of your car crash cases.
  • 11:00 am
    Break

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Liens and Subrogation

    Judy Kostura, Judge, Kostura & Putman, P.C. - Austin, TX

    Learn the ever‑changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, worker's comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans, including safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third party recoveries from many insured plans.
  • 12:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Ultimate Book on Advanced Trucking Litigation

    John Blaise Gsanger, The Edwards Law Firm LLP - Corpus Christi, TX

    Analyze the anatomy of truck wreck litigation from the initial case screening through successful trial and an appellate victory.
  • 12:30 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Maintaining Balance in the Practice of Law

    Paul Wingo, Law Offices of LAWRH - Garland, TX

    Practicing law is hard work and trying to maintain a reasonable life balance can feel almost impossible. We have assembled a top 10 list of suggestions to find happiness gleaned from interviews with 2015-2016 SBOT President Allan DuBois and Lisa Blue, who besides being world class litigator, also holds a PhD in counseling psychology.
  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Voir Dire

    Hon. Randall W. Wilson, 157th District Court - Houston, TX

    Expanding the strike zone.
  • 2:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Police Officer: Best Friend or Worst Enemy?

    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, TX

    The police officer can be your best friend or your worst enemy because his testimony usually carries great weight with the jury. A thorough understanding of the holdings of the reported cases gives you the ability to deal with police officer testimony in the most effective manner.
  • 3:05 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Cross Examination: A Question of Control

    Mike Davis, Slack & Davis, L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Nuts-and-bolts of cross examinations and deposition techniques.
  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Getting from Internet to Evidence

    Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

    Social media can be a goldmine in certain cases, if you can discover relevant data and get it into evidence. Learn ethical methods of eDiscovery related to social media, the nuts and bolts of admitting social media data into evidence, and strategies for using that evidence on both liability and damages claims.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Storytelling and Themes

    Guy D. Choate, Webb, Stokes & Sparks, L.L.P. - San Angelo, TX

    Experienced practitioner shares his stories and experiences on voir dire, trial themes, and opening and closing arguments.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Jason Boulette

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

Brent Carpenter

Carpenter & Carpenter, P.C.
Sugar Land, TX

Guy D. Choate

Webb, Stokes & Sparks, L.L.P.
San Angelo, TX

William J. Chriss

Law Office of William J. Chriss, P.C., Of Counsel to Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P.
Corpus Christi, TX

Ross S. Crossland

The Crossland Law Firm
Austin, TX

Mike Davis

Slack & Davis, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Scott F. DeShazo

DeShazo & Nesbitt LLP
Austin, TX

J. Luke Dow

Law Offices of J. Luke Dow
Austin, TX

Chip Evans

The Evans Law Firm
Austin, TX

John Blaise Gsanger

The Edwards Law Firm LLP
Corpus Christi, TX

Thomas A. Herald

The Noteboom Law Firm
Hurst, TX

Judy Kostura

Judge, Kostura & Putman, P.C.
Austin, TX

Tom Lang

Cunningham Lindsey
Austin, TX

Ranelle M. Meroney

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP
Austin, TX

Sally S. Metcalfe

Metcalfe Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Brian L. Mincher

Godsey Martin PC
Dallas, TX

Henry L. Moore

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Ashley E. Todd

Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Hon. Randall W. Wilson

157th District Court
Houston, TX

Paul Wingo

Law Offices of LAWRH
Garland, TX

Planning Committee

Quentin Brogdon—Co-Chair

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

Lesley Howe Lorenz—Co-Chair

Lorenz & Lorenz LLP
Austin, TX

Price Ainsworth

Lorenz & Lorenz LLP
Austin, TX

Mike Davis

Slack & Davis, L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Justin B. Demerath

O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath
Austin, TX

J. Luke Dow

Law Offices of J. Luke Dow
Austin, TX

Chip Evans

The Evans Law Firm
Austin, TX

Donald H. Kidd

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX

Rachael Klipp

Lorenz & Lorenz LLP
Austin, TX

Judy Kostura

Judge, Kostura & Putman, P.C.
Austin, TX

Henry L. Moore

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Paul Wingo

Law Offices of LAWRH
Garland, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – Jul 28-29, 2016 – Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin-Downtown
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Live Webcast – Jul 28-29, 2016
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Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 25, 2016

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 20, 2016

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 22, 2016

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Last day for cancellation: Jul 25, 2016
Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 28, 2016

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 28, 2016

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 28, 2016

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 22, 2016

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Last day for cancellation: Jul 25, 2016

Venue

speaker

111 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX
512.478.9611 (reservations)

Accommodations

$179 room rate good through June 27, 2016 (subject to availability). 
Reserve your room online.

Parking Information

Daily Self-Parking: $6
Overnight Self-Parking: $10
Daily Valet Parking: $26

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