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.
 
2020 program highlights:
  • Practical tips and strategies for plaintiff and defense counsel, including working up the case, negotiating with the insurance adjuster, depositions and cross-examining witnesses, and guidance on preparing for trial
  • The latest hot topics such as Texas auto policies, truck wrecks, dram shop liability, low property damage cases, filing for damages, and using evidence effectually
  • Guidance on the ever-changing rules regarding Medicare and Medicaid, workers’ comp, ERISA, hospital and child support liens, and self-funded vs. insured
  • Learn about the assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of common spinal injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions
  • Judicial perspective on what does and doesn’t work well at trial
  • Earn up to 11.00 hours of MCLE credit, including 2.25 hours of ethics credit

Event Schedule

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Afternoon, Aug. 27, 2020
    Presiding Officer:
    Quentin Brogdon, Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP - Dallas, TX
  • 12:50 pm
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 1:00 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Screening and Working Up the Case

    Anjali Nigam, The Nigam Law Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX

    The do's, don'ts, and maybes. Materials for this session include pre-suit forms, new case sign-up sheets, authorizations and other sample documents.
  • 1:30 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Texas Auto Policies

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

    Explore how to get the most from your coverage.
  • 2:20 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Important Cases in the Prosecution and Defense of UM / UIM Cases

    Robert Edward Valdez, Valdez & Treviño - San Antonio, TX

    A review of recent cases impacting UM/UIM cases and the strategies for prosecuting and defending uninsured and under-insured motorist claims.
  • 2:55 pm
    5-Minute 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
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Injury Causation in Low Property Damage Cases

    R.J. Blue, Fanaff, Hoagland, and Gonzales - Houston, TX
    Katherine M. James, The James Law Firm - 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.
  • 4:20 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 4:25 pm
    0.50 hr
    Dram Shop Cases: When the Bar Causes the Crash

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

    There’s an extra party that often belongs in the car crash case—a dram shop that overserved one of the drivers.
  • 4:55 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 5:00 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Routine Ethical Issues for the Car Crash Trial Lawyer

    Price Ainsworth, Lorenz & Lorenz LLP - Austin, TX

    This presentation addresses the everyday ethical issues that arise in the prosecution and defense of personal injury cases.
  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, Aug. 28, 2020
    Presiding Officer:
    Henry L. Moore, Attorney at Law - Austin, TX
  • 8:30 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 made important amendments to Chapter 18.001. Find out how the amendments will change your practice.
  • 9:00 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:05 am
    0.50 hr
    Medicine for Lawyers

    Dr. Andy Joshi, Pain Care Physicians - Austin, TX

    During this presentation, hear a review on the concept of “Pain Generators.” Emphasis is placed on anatomic and physiological factors that an expert physician will identify and document (by virtue of training, experience, and physical examination), to either substantiate or refute an injury in the context of a reasonable degree of medical probability. In summary, review the standard definition of a pain generator, followed by examples of pain generators, and a discussion of how these relate to injuries caused by accidents.
  • 9:35 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 9:40 am
    0.75 hr
    Using the Evidence You Have to get the Causation You Need

    Donald H. Kidd, Perdue & Kidd - Houston, TX

    Cost-efficient ideas on how to use evidence, witnesses and other available resources to prove liability and injury causation without having to pay an expert.  
  • 10:25 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 10:30 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.
  • 11:00 am
    5-Minute Break

  • 11:05 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Subrogation and Liens

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

    The choice is yours: go crazy trying to learn subrogation and liens on your own; commit malpractice by giving away your client’s money; or learn Medicare, Medicaid, worker’s comp, ERISA, hospital liens, child support liens, and self-funded vs insured in one relatively painless seminar. Choose door number 3!
  • 11:50 am
    Break for Lunch—Presentation Resumes at 12:15 p.m.

  • Friday Afternoon, Aug. 28, 2020
    Presiding Officer:
    Donald H. Kidd, Perdue & Kidd - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:15 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Lawyer Wellness

    Erica Grigg, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program - Austin, TX

    Tips on how to better manage our own wellness in our law practices and personal lives.
  • 1:00 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Trial Preparation 101

    Brian L. Mincher, Burress Law PLLC - McKinney, TX
    Manpreet Kaur Singh, Fanaff, Hoagland, and Gonzales - Houston, TX

    Stressed in trial prep and at trial? Inevitable? Yes. Manageable? Absolutely. Learn tips and strategies from an experienced plaintiff and defense attorney for developing a case and preparing for trial.
  • 1:50 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 1:55 pm
    0.50 hr
    Not Just A Big Car Crash: Yin and Yang Trucking Tips and Pitfalls

    Gregory L. Gowan, Gowan Elizondo, LLP - Corpus Christi, TX
    Marisa Y. Ybarra-Williams, Ray Peña McChristian, P.C. - El Paso, 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.
  • 2:25 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 2:30 pm
    0.50 hr
    Stowers and Soriano: Is There Power in Numbers?

    Michael W. Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Dallas, TX

    A discussion of the latest tactics and strategies for dealing with multiple, competing personal injury claims with inadequate liability policy limits.
  • 3:00 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    She Said, He Said: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives on Damages

    Rachel Ambler, AmblerLaw, PLLC - Odessa, TX
    Denis Dennis, Kelly, Morgan, Dennis, Corzine & Hansen, P.C. - Odessa, TX

    A plaintiff and defense attorney examine ways to prove, present, argue, and counter damages found on a typical jury charge in a car crash case. 
  • 3:50 pm
    5-Minute Break

  • 3:55 pm
    0.75 hr
    View from the Bench: Trial Basics

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

    Hear observations and guidance from a trial judge.
  • 4:40 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Price Ainsworth

Lorenz & Lorenz LLP
Austin, TX

Rachel Ambler

AmblerLaw, PLLC
Odessa, TX

R.J. Blue

Fanaff, Hoagland, and Gonzales
Houston, TX

Quentin Brogdon

Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP
Dallas, TX

Ross S. Crossland

The Crossland Law Firm
Austin, TX

Mike Davis

Slack Davis Sanger LLP
Austin, TX

Denis Dennis

Kelly, Morgan, Dennis, Corzine & Hansen, P.C.
Odessa, TX

Gregory L. Gowan

Gowan Elizondo, LLP
Corpus Christi, TX

Erica Grigg

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program
Austin, TX

Michael W. Huddleston

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Katherine M. James

The James Law Firm
Houston, TX

Dr. Andy Joshi

Pain Care Physicians
Austin, TX

Donald H. Kidd

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX

Judy Kostura

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

Jennifer Mauer Lee

Fee Smith Sharp & Vitullo LLP
Dallas, TX

Brian L. Mincher

Burress Law PLLC
McKinney, TX

Henry L. Moore

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Anjali Nigam

The Nigam Law Firm, PLLC
Houston, TX

Hon. Eric M. Shepperd

Travis County Court at Law No. 2
Austin, TX

Manpreet Kaur Singh

Fanaff, Hoagland, and Gonzales
Houston, TX

Robert Edward Valdez

Valdez & Treviño
San Antonio, TX

Marisa Y. Ybarra-Williams

Ray Peña McChristian, P.C.
El Paso, TX

Planning Committee

Quentin Brogdon—Chair

Crain Brogdon Rogers, LLP
Dallas, TX

Price Ainsworth

Lorenz & Lorenz LLP
Austin, TX

Mike Davis

Slack Davis Sanger LLP
Austin, TX

Justin B. Demerath

O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, PC
Austin, TX

Donald H. Kidd

Perdue & Kidd
Houston, TX

Judy Kostura

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

Henry L. Moore

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Manpreet Kaur Singh

Fanaff, Hoagland, and Gonzales
Houston, TX

William M. Toles

Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo
Dallas, TX

Paul Wingo

Hamilton Wingo, LLP
Dallas, TX

Credit Info

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.
UT Law CLE is an approved provider of Pennsylvania credit, sponsor #236. Attorney attendance will be reported to Pennsylvania within 2 weeks of the webcast conclusion. Attorneys are not able to report this credit on their own, and UT Law CLE pays all associated fees for the credit hours. Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
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

Live Webcast – Aug 27-28, 2020
Austin - CANCELED – Aug 27-28, 2020 – AT&T Conference Center
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Last day for cancellation (full refund): Aug 21, 2020
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