Annual Aviation Litigation Program Features Keynote by Pilot Jeffrey Skiles
CHICAGO, June 1, 2010 — Leaders of the aviation industry, insurers, consultants, mass tort and products liability litigators and their clients will offer their insights on handling mass disaster claims at the 2010 Aviation Litigation CLE Seminar on June 3 at the New York City Bar Association.
The day-long program, co- sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the New York City Bar, will examine litigating mass disaster and other complex tort cases in today’s challenging economic environment. Speakers will walk attendees through all phases of an actual case from initial investigation to preparation for trial, specifically covering the identification of critical issues, devising and revising end-game strategy, discovery, navigating e-discovery issues, case management, evaluation of client expectations, and risk evaluation of trial versus potential settlement.
Jeffrey Skiles, co-pilot on U.S. Airways Flight 1549, the “Miracle on the Hudson” and vice president of the Coalition of Airline pilots Associations, will keynote the luncheon. His topic is “Beyond the Miracle: Commercial Aviation in the Millennium’s Second Decade: An Insider’s Candid View.” Other top speakers include Joseph A. Franceski, managing director, aviation practice, Marsh USA Inc.; Christine Harper, MSA Services, Atlantis Settlement Group, Inc.; Rocie Park, vice president of claims, Allianz Aviation Managers, LLC; U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; Joseph R. Reynolds, founder and president, RTI Group, LLC; former Judge Kathleen A. Roberts, mediation/arbitrator, JAMS; and Louis M. Timpanaro Jr., senior managing director, Frank Crystal & Co., Inc.
- Legal Update: Aviation & Mass Torts Year-in-Review
- Prelude to a Case: Re-creation of a Foreign Aviation Accident
- Insurer’s Perspective: Initial Investigations; Settling Resources; Developing an End-Game Strategy
- Fight Over Forum
- Early Global Settlement: A Utopian Ideal or Exercise in Futility?
- Spoliation & the Duty to Preserve Evidence: Trending to a New Cause of Action?
- Demonstrative Evidence: What Kinds of Bells & Whistles are Jury-Appropriate?
- MMSEA – Lurking Traps for the Unwary: A Primer on the New Medicare Settlement Reporting Rules
- Ethics Demonstration: Special Considerations in Handling a Mass Disaster
The full program listing all sessions and speakers can be found at http://www.abanet.org/litigation/committees/aviation/cle_program.html
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Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to cover any or all program sessions for free. To obtain press credentials or for more information, contact Deborah Weixl at 312/988-6126, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. On site, see Lesley Roselle of the Section of Litigation at the registration desk.
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