2019 TTLA Midyear Conference

Registration

Event:

Wednesday, 6/5/2019 - Friday, 6/7/2019


Location

Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056

Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056

 

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Details

Conference Schedule Seminar Agenda Hotel & Travel
Registration & Key Dates Sponsors Exhibit Opportunities


June 5 - 7, 2019
Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056 

Schedule-at-a-Glance*


DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, june 5, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm TTLA Executive Committee Meeting (Closed to E.C. only)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Check-in Board of Directors
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting (ALL members welcome)
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Advocates Meeting
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Board of Directors Reception
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Welcome to Houston Party at The Black Swan Nightclub (Adjacent to the Omni)

DAY 2: THURSDAY, june 6, 2019
8:45 am Welcome 2019 Midyear CLE Seminar
9:00 am - 5:00 pm CLE Seminar Day 1
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch & Presentation
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Legislative Appreciation Event

DAY 3: FRIDAY, june 7, 2019
8:30 am - 3:50 pm CLE Seminar Day 2
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch & Presentation
3:50 pm Adjourn 2019 Midyear Meeting and CLE Seminar


*Schedule subject to change

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CLE Seminar Agenda*

Protecting Texas Families: From Discovery to Closing Argument

THURSDAY, june 6
8:45am  9:00am Welcoming Remarks
SPEAKERS: Will Adams, Tiffany McGee, CAE and Julian C. Gomez
9:00am – 9:30am
0.50 hr
Course and Scope to Increase Your Collectability by Making the Employer Liable
SPEAKER: Morgan McPheeters, Dallas
9:30am – 10:15am
0.75 hr
Bringing it Home on Closing to get Full Damages 
SPEAKER: Clay Miller, Dallas
10:15am – 10:45am
0.50 hr

Maximizing Damages in a Truck Wreck Case: Reflections on Why Pigs Get Fat and Hogs Get Slaughtered
SPEAKER: Paul Gold, Houston

About topic:

  • The concept of talking plainly about money damages, rather than justice.
  • Anchoring. Go big or go home.
  • Damages are not an afterthought. Focusing on damages in case preparation.
  • The concept and application of empathy.
  • Discovery: Protecting the Plaintiff and exposing Defendant’s systemic failure.
  • The core issue: What does the client need to be restored; not what the attorney wants.
  • Motivating the jury. The hope dynamic.
11:15am – 11:45am
0.50 hr

From Cabs to Courtesy Vans: Commercial Vehicles Can Have Fewer Than 18 Wheels
SPEAKER: Mike Davis, Austin

About topic:
The rules and regulations for commercial motor vehicles apply to more than just tractor trailers, including some vehicles that do not require a commercial driver’s license to operate and vehicles not operated for compensation.  We’ll discuss the ins and outs of Non-18-Wheeler Commercial Vehicles including:

  • What qualifies as a commercial vehicle
  • FMCSR Regulations
  • Registration and Identification Requirements
  • Financial Responsibility Requirements
  • Rules and regulations beyond FMCSR
  • Establishing Vicarious Liability
11:45am – 12:15pm
0.50 hr

Trying the Case Without Medical Bills
SPEAKER: Todd Kelly, Austin

About topic:

  • Obvious Injuries with Low Medical Bills:
  • Minor Injuries with Aggravating Factors
  • Cases with Emotional Damages as the Primary
  • Anchoring to a Higher Purpose
  • Economic Benefits
  • Trial Presentation Benefits
  • Focus your Story on the REAL Injury
  • But, the Defense wants to talk about the past…
12:30pm – 1:45pm
0.50 hr
incl. 0.50 ethics
Lunch Presentation
Lawyer Wellness: Taming the Hamster in the Wheel

SPEAKER: Erica Grigg, TLAP
2:00pm – 2:30pm
0.50 hr
incl. 0.50 ethics

Tax Consequences of Litigation After the Trump Tax Law Changes: Why You Must Care and What You Need to Know
SPEAKER: Professor Leah Witcher Jackson Teague, Baylor University

About topic:

  • Ethical considerations 
  • Taxability of damages to clients
  • Deductibility of attorneys’ fees to clients
  • Deductibility of litigation costs to lawyers
  • Other tax considerations & strategies
2:30pm – 3:00pm
0.50 hr
Bringing it Home on Closing to get Full Damages 
SPEAKER: Richard Mithoff, Houston
3:00pm – 3:30pm
0.50 hr
Cause of Actions That Yield Attorney Fees (DTPA/Consumer/Dec Action/Screening for FLSA & Insurance)
SPEAKER: Skyler Stephens, Austin
4:00pm – 4:30pm
0.50 hr

Bringing it Home on Closing to get Full Damages 
SPEAKER: Fidel Rodriguez, Jr., San Antonio

About topic:
Closing Argument on Jesse Rivera Case Given on February 29, 2016. This case resulted from a rear-end collision on December 18, 2012 in southern Bexar County, Texas. Jesse Rivera Sr. was driving a 2005 Red Audi Quattro and had stopped for a legally parked school bus on Highway 16. His sons, Jesse Jr. (7 years of age) and Patrick (6 years of age) were seated in the back seat, with Jr. seated directly behind his father. While at a complete stop, they were rear-ended by a 2009 Chevrolet HHR traveling at highway speeds and driven by Gloria Cordova. The driver’s seat collapsed, and Jesse Sr. ramped into the back-seat area resulting in a skull to skull impact with Jr.  A lawsuit was filed against Mrs. Cordova for negligence and against Audi AG and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. for a defective seat (seat back failure products liability case). After a 4-week trial, a Bexar County jury ruled in Jesse’s favor.

4:30pm – 5:00pm
0.50 hr
Case Study in Maximizing Damages
SPEAKER: TBA
FRIDAY, june 7
8:30am – 9:00am
0.50 hr
Stock Law & When Animals Bite
SPEAKER: Michael Guerra, McAllen
9:00am – 9:30am
0.50 hr

Demonstration: Arguing Damages, Element by Element
SPEAKER: Jack McGehee, Houston

About topic:
I will be discussing damages approaches that I have used and worked for me such as:

  • Dollar Amounts
    • “Enough Isn’t Too Much”
    • Small Losses May Require Big Damages          
  • Medical Expenses
    • General
    • Future Expenses
    • Offsetting Future Medical Care with “Family Care”
    • Life Expectancy           
  • Mental Anguish          
  • Pain and Suffering
    • The Value of Pain
    • Valuing the Life of an Infant
    • Valuing a Parent’s Anguish
    • Valuing the Parents’ Future Loss          
  • Lost Earnings and Capacity     
  • Physical Impairment 
  • Death
    • Per Diem Argument
    • Value of a Human Life
    • Death of a Parent
    • Death of a Child
    • Early Death of a Terminal Patient        
  • Sympathy      
  • Disfigurement
  • Lost Enjoyment of Life           
  • Gross Negligence and Punitive Damages
    • An Award with a Pinch
    • The Medical Wake-Up Call: A Visiting Prophet
    • An Insurance Company’s Bad Faith
    • Considering Insurance, Other Factors      
9:30am – 10:00am
0.50 hr

Understanding the Inherent Weaknesses and Inaccuracies in Defense Medical Opinions
SPEAKER: Dr. Linden Dillin

About topic:

  • Inherent weaknesses in medical review opinions
  • Characteristics of typical (in my experience) defense “hired gun” medical experts - not desirable
  • Defense medical expert tactics - commonly vulnerable
  • Importance of “Intent to Treat” in validity of medical opinion - always missing in retained expert testimony
  • Relative Strength of Treating Doctor Testimony
  • Glamorized opinion if patient improved, especially with surgery
  • The medical record - platinum opportunity
  • Treatment can produce client-specific convincing graphics - a picture vs. a thousand words
10:30am – 11:00am
0.50 hr
Life Care Planner in a Case: Whether or Not You Present Past Medical Bills
Speaker TBA
11:00am – 11:30am
0.50 hr

Steps to Prevent Failure of Testimony from Plaintiff's Medical Experts
SPEAKER: Dr. Linden Dillin

About topic:

  • The nature of doctors that makes them vulnerable to failing
  • Where is their heart?
  • What plaintiff attorneys can do to limit medical testimony failure
  • What plaintiff attorneys should convey to testifying doctor if given only a few minutes
  • Specific Examples
11:45am – 1:00pm
0.50 hr

Networking Lunch & Presentation
Texas State Bar Update

SPEAKER: Randy Sorrels, SBOT President

About topic:

  • What the State Bar can do to help your practice
  • What the State Bar can do to help you outside your practice
  • What is the State Bar offering for free for Texas lawyers?
1:15pm – 1:45pm
0.50 hr

Dazed and Confused: My Journey into the Health Services Industry
SPEAKER: Brian Steward, San Antonio

About topic:
Thirty-year-old client was a former Triathlete. In 2010, she was struck by a truck and sustained permanent injury to her spine. She made a remarkable recovery and had started to train at a gym in San Antonio. One morning, after training, she went to take a shower and sat on the shower bench seat, it collapsed. She sustained a coccyx fracture and her spinal cord stimulator leads were dislodged. Her coccyx was subsequently removed. As was her spinal cord. The shower bench seats were destroyed and replaced with a new, more robust version….

  • Relationship between the Defendants;
  • Spoliation issues and co-defendants;
  • Medical examinations and an informed judge;
  • Importance of expert selection;
  • Treating physician advocates; and
  • Advocacy for plaintiffs with pain and impairment after a prior serious injury. 
1:45pm – 2:15pm
0.50 hr
Post-Session Legislative Update
SPEAKERS: Will Adams, TTLA President and James Fields, TTLA COPA
2:35pm – 3:05pm
0.50 hr

Federal Regulations Maximizing the Value of Your Trucking Case
SPEAKER: Jaime A. Gonzalez, Jr., McAllen

About topic:

  • Truckers are held to a higher standard of care.
  • FMCSA, FMCSR & TxMCSR
  • The Defendant was driving a pickup truck. Do the regulations apply?
  • DQF:  What should be in the file and how will it help your case.
  • Driver logs
  • Tools of the trade
3:05pm – 3:50pm
0.75 hr
Bringing it Home on Closing to get Full Damages
SPEAKER: Jason Itkin, Houston
3:50pm Adjourn 2019 TTLA Midyear CLE Seminar


* Agenda subject to change

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Hotel & Travel

Conference Hotel
Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056 (map)
Click here to book a hotel room
Rates starting at: $179/night (+ taxes)

Parking
Valet:
$34 + tax overnight
$19 + tax event/daily


Self-parking available in covered parking garage:
0-4 hours: $10 + tax
4-8 hours: $14 + tax
8-24 hours (and overnight): 
$24 + tax

CLICK FOR INFORMATION ON GETTING TO THE HOTEL

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Registration & Key Dates

  By 5PM
May 20
After 5PM
May 20
At-Door
CLE Seminar & BOD/Membership Mtgs (Wed-Fri) $499 $525 $550
CLE Seminar Only (Thur-Fri) $499 $525 $550
BOD & Membership Mtg Only (Wed) $0 $0 $0


Online Registration Cut-off: June 4 at 5PM

Cancellation & Refunds
Deadline for full refund: May 23 at 5PM
Deadline for partial refund (a $25 processing fee will be applied): May 27 at 5PM

Cancellations after May 27 are non-refundable.

Please note: switching from the in person seminar to the live webcast will not include a refund of the difference. Thank you for your understanding. 

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Midyear Conference Sponsors

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Registration

Event:

Wednesday, 6/5/2019 - Friday, 6/7/2019


Location

Omni Houston Hotel 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056

Omni Houston Hotel
4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056

 

*Above photos are renderings


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