About

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, and come away with a definitive set of resource materials and sample forms.
 
2019 program highlights:

  • Practical tips and strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel, including negotiating with the insurance adjuster, depositions and cross-examining witnesses, and guidance on the use of medical records
  • The latest on hot topics such as Texas auto policies, truck wrecks, rideshare litigation, low property damage cases, and new advertising rules for attorneys
  • Guidance on the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare and Medicaid, ERISA, workers’ comp, hospital liens, state and local employees, and disability plans
  • Judicial perspective on what does and doesn’t work well at trial and a mediator’s perspective on what happens in the parties’ rooms when the other isn’t looking
  • Advice on how to better manage wellness as an attorney in this demanding and stressful profession
Attendees also receive a bonus eSupplement after the conference, affording them the opportunity to earn their full 15.00/3.00 Texas MCLE credit hours for the year!

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 1, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP - Dallas, 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
    Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims: The Ultimate Traffic Jam

    Thomas A. Herald, Thomas A. Herald, P.C. - Bedford, TX

    A review of recent cases impacting UM/UIM cases and the strategies for prosecuting and defending uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.
  • 2:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Recognizing Product Liability Claims

    Muhammad S. Aziz, Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz - Houston, TX

    Learn how to spot product liability issues in catastrophic injury car crashes and evidence collection and preservation.
  • 2:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Insurance and Rideshare Litigation

    John C. (Jack) Zinda, Zinda Law Group, PLLC - Austin, TX
    Co-Author:
    Melinda Wetzel, Zinda Law Group, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Hear an overview of the law surrounding rideshare insurance and accompanying litigation, common issues encountered when taking on the various types of rideshare cases, and practical tips regarding how to best try these cases from sign-up to resolution.
  • 3:00 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.50 hr
    Litigating Traumatic Brain Injury Cases

    Thomas A. Crosley, Attorney at Law - San Antonio, TX

    Learn about common TBI symptoms and diagnoses, brain imaging technology, expert witnesses used in TBI cases, common defenses, and ethical considerations in settling TBI cases.
  • 3:45 pm
    0.50 hr
    Autonomous Vehicles

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

    Autonomous vehicles no longer exist only in science fiction, and the advent of these vehicles will cause tectonic shifts in auto crash litigation.
  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Injury Causation in Low Property Damage Cases

    Brian L. Mincher, Eberstein & Witherite, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Manpreet Kaur Singh, Fanaff & Baldwin - Houston, TX
    Roger A. Sullivan, Sullivan Trial Lawyers, P.C. - Houston, TX

    Hear from plaintiff and defense attorneys on best practices for assessing injuries in low property damage cases, including a review of the rationale behind these assessments.
  • 5:00 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 2, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Rachael Klipp, Lorenz & Lorenz LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens

    Includes continental breakfast.
  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Attorney Advertising

    Paul Wingo, Hamilton Wingo, LLP - Dallas, TX

    What every attorney needs to know before spending a dollar on advertising.
  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Chapter 18.001 Affidavits, Post-HB 1693: What Changed, and What Remains the Same

    Jennifer Mauer Lee, Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo LLP - Dallas, TX

    The Texas Legislature just made important amendments to Chapter 18.001. Find out how the amendments will change your practice.
  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    From Deposition to Cross-Examination: Finding It, Organizing It, and Using It

    Mike Davis, Slack Davis Sanger LLP - Austin, TX

    Cover the nuts and bolts of deposition and cross-examination techniques, including using a deposition to gather the information necessary to prepare a cross-examination strategy in order to control the witness at trial.
  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Defense Perspective on Medical Records

    Erin L. Westendorf-Boyd, Chamberlain McHaney - Austin, TX
    Melissa White, The Snell Law Firm, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Hear from defense attorneys in the purpose, analysis, and use of medical records.
  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Turning Weaknesses into Strengths at Trial

    Stephanie Baenisch, Loncar Associates - Dallas, TX

    Hear lessons in overcoming common damages defenses (i.e. pre-existing conditions, low property damage, “gaps” in treatment, criminal records, etc.) and how to embrace your client’s story.
  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Subrogation and Liens

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

    Examine the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA, workers' comp, hospital liens, state employees, local employees, and disability plans. Explore safeguards created by a state law which protects first party and portions of third-party recoveries from many insured plans.
  • 12:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch (in Austin)

    Included in registration.
  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 2, 2019
    Presiding Officer:
    Henry L. Moore, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Lawyer Wellness

    Price Ainsworth, Lorenz & Lorenz LLP - Austin, TX
    Erica Grigg, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program - Austin, TX

    Get evidence-based strategies to help navigate the stress of our extremely demanding profession. Learn how small changes in our daily approach to the practice of law can greatly improve work-life balance.
  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Trying the Car Wreck Case from the Defense Perspective

    Bob Grove, Retired, Grove, Ehlinger & Deaderick - Boerne, TX

    A defense lawyer's opinion about why cases are lost.
  • 1:50 pm
    1.00 hr
    Not Just A Big Car Crash: Yin and Yang Trucking Tips and Pitfalls

    Todd Clement, Clement + Speer - Dallas, TX
    William M. Toles, Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo - Dallas, TX

    This presentation focuses on prosecuting and defending a trucking lawsuit from the plaintiff and defense perspective, including a discussion of recent state and national trends in trucking litigation.
  • 2:50 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    Moving the Insurance Adjuster Needle

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

    Hear tips for plaintiff and defense counsel to bring the insurance adjuster to a realistic evaluation of the case, for the benefit of not just the plaintiff and counsel, but also the defendant insured and counsel.
  • 3:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    View From the Mediator

    John Rubin, Rubin Law Firm, PLLC - Austin, TX

    Explore effective mediation strategies. What does the mediator need from you? What does your opponent need from you? What helps and what doesn’t?
  • 4:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    View from the Bench: Trial Basics

    Hon. Eric Montgomery Shepperd, Travis County Court at Law No. 2 - Austin, TX

    Hear observations and guidance from a trial judge.
  • 4:45 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Price Ainsworth

Lorenz & Lorenz LLP
Austin, TX

Muhammad S. Aziz

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz
Houston, TX

Stephanie Baenisch

Loncar Associates
Dallas, TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

Todd Clement

Clement + Speer
Dallas, TX

Thomas A. Crosley

Attorney at Law
San Antonio, TX

Ross S. Crossland

The Crossland Law Firm
Austin, TX

Mike Davis

Slack Davis Sanger LLP
Austin, TX

Erica Grigg

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program
Austin, TX

Bob Grove

Retired, Grove, Ehlinger & Deaderick
Boerne, TX

Thomas A. Herald

Thomas A. Herald, P.C.
Bedford, TX

Judy Kostura

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

Jennifer Mauer Lee

Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo LLP
Dallas, TX

Brian L. Mincher

Eberstein & Witherite, LLP
Dallas, TX

Henry L. Moore

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

John Rubin

Rubin Law Firm, PLLC
Austin, TX

Hon. Eric Montgomery Shepperd

Travis County Court at Law No. 2
Austin, TX

Manpreet Kaur Singh

Fanaff & Baldwin
Houston, TX

Roger A. Sullivan

Sullivan Trial Lawyers, P.C.
Houston, TX

William M. Toles

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo
Dallas, TX

Erin L. Westendorf-Boyd

Chamberlain McHaney
Austin, TX

Melinda Wetzel

Zinda Law Group, PLLC
Austin, TX

Melissa White

The Snell Law Firm, PLLC
Austin, TX

Paul Wingo

Hamilton Wingo, LLP
Dallas, TX

John C. (Jack) Zinda

Zinda Law Group, PLLC
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Quentin Brogdon—Chair

Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP
Dallas, TX

Stephanie Baenisch

Loncar Associates
Dallas, TX

Brent Carpenter

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

Mike Davis

Slack Davis Sanger LLP
Austin, TX

Justin B. Demerath

O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, PC
Austin, 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

William M. Toles

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo
Dallas, TX

Paul Wingo

Hamilton Wingo, LLP
Dallas, 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. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance 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. 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.
​PLEASE NOTE: for Louisiana, the maximum that an attorney can claim for an online course is 4.00 hours. To claim Louisiana MCLE credit, Louisiana 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 Supreme Court of Louisiana Continuing Legal Education Committee within 30 days after the conference.
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
f 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 – Aug 1-2, 2019 – Norris Conference Center
Conference Concluded
Live Webcast – Aug 1-2, 2019
Conference Concluded
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Austin
Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 26, 2019

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Last day for Paralegal early registration: Jul 26, 2019

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Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 26, 2019

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 26, 2019

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 26, 2019
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 29, 2019

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Live Webcast
Last day for Individual early registration: Jul 29, 2019

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Paralegal early registration: Jul 29, 2019

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (5 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 29, 2019

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: Jul 29, 2019

Add $0 for registrations received after this time

Last day for cancellation (full refund): Jul 26, 2019
Last day for cancellation (partial refund): Jul 29, 2019

$50 processing fee applied

Venue

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2525 West Anderson Lane, Suite 365
Austin, TX 78757
512-451-5011
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Accommodations

UT Law CLE does not have a group of specially-priced overnight rooms for this conference. Visit this link provided by Norris Conference Center for a list of nearby hotels. 

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