What Trial Lawyers Should Know About Automotive Product Liability
Published by Washington State Association for Justice and New Hampshire Association for Justice
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Duration: 120 minutes
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For every trial lawyer handling any kind of automobile collision case with serious injuries, this is a must seminar for your practice. A client's injuries may be caused by an automotive product defect that many lawyers are not aware of. The speakers at this webinar are among the truly outstanding automotive product liability lawyers in the country.
10:00-10:05 Welcome & Introductions
James S. Rogers, Law Offices of James S. Rogers, Seattle, Seminar Chair
10:05-10:35 What Automotive Defects Have Been the Subject of Lawsuits?
Christine D. Spagnoli, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, Santa Monica, CA
10:35-10:55 Experts in Crashworthiness Cases
Larry Coben, Anapol Schwartz, Scottsdale, AZ
10:55-11:20 Automotive Product Liability Cases in the Headlines
Donald H. Slavik, Slavik Law Firm, LLC, Steamboat Springs, CO
11:20-11:50 Trying the Automotive Product Liability Case
James S. Rogers, Law Offices of James S. Rogers, Seattle, Seminar Chair
Cheryl L. Snow, Law Offices of James S. Rogers, Seattle, WA
| James S. Rogers|
James S. Rogers is the principal lawyer in Seattle’s Law Offices of James S. Rogers. His practice is limited to automotive product liability litigation, product liability litigation, and serious injury and wrongful death.Mr. Rogers is a Fellow of the...MoreJames S. Rogers is the principal lawyer in Seattle’s Law Offices of James S. Rogers. His practice is limited to automotive product liability litigation, product liability litigation, and serious injury and wrongful death.Mr. Rogers is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (Washington State Committee), a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors), a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (President, 2007, Washington State Chapter). Mr. Rogers has been selected for inclusion in the 2003-2015 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” (Product Liability and Personal Injury).Mr. Rogers has been selected as Best Lawyers® 2015 Seattle Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation “Lawyer of the Year”. Mr. Rogers was honored by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers as 2010 “Outstanding Plaintiff’s Trial Lawyer of the Year”.Mr. Rogers was the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association’s 1998 Trial Lawyer of the Year. In May 2002, he was honored with Washington State Trial Lawyers Association’s President’s Award for his contribution to the civil justice system.
Mr. Rogers was the subject of a profile by Todd W. Gardner in the May, 2011 King County Bar Bulletin, which can be found at http://jsrogerslaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/kcba.pdf. In 2014 and 2015, the Law Offices of James S. Rogers was selected by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 law firm for Seattle’s Best Law Firms in Plaintiff Product Liability Litigation.Mr. Rogers has served as president of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Western Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Rogers was a nine-year member of the Board of Governors of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Mr. Rogers is on the Board of Directors for the Attorneys’ Information Exchange Group, a national organization of plaintiff attorneys handling automotive product liability litigation, as well as the Boa rd of Directors of the Endowment for Equal Justice.
Mr. Rogers is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Rogers has lectured at well over one hundred legal seminars sponsored by state and national trial lawyer and bar associations. Mr. Rogers was Editor-in-Chief of Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 3rd Edition, published by ATLA Press, and was co-moderator of Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit: The Video Series. Articles by Mr. Rogers have appeared in many legal publications. Most recently, Mr. Rogers was co-author of “Civil Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions”, published in the Washington State Association for Justice Product Liability Deskbook, 2014.On April 10th, Mr. Rogers will moderate a panel of three plaintiffs’ lawyers at the 2015 ABA Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Liability Litigation seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, which is a three day seminar, primarily presented and attended by in-house counsel, outside counsel, and experts who defend and testify on behalf of automakers in automotive product liability litigation.On May 15th, Mr. Rogers is chairing and speaking at a seminar in Seattle, presented by the Washington State Association for Justice, “What Trial Lawyers Should Know about Automotive Product Liability”. Collapse
| Cheryl L. Snow|
Cheryl Snow practices law at the Law Office of James S. Rogers where she focuses on cases involving death, catastrophic injury, and sexual abuse. Prior to joining Mr. Rogers, she was a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecutor’s...MoreCheryl Snow practices law at the Law Office of James S. Rogers where she focuses on cases involving death, catastrophic injury, and sexual abuse. Prior to joining Mr. Rogers, she was a Senior Deputy Prosecutor with the King County Prosecutor’s Office. For 16 years, she represented victims of homicide, sexual assault, and domestic violence and developed a reputation for excellent trial work and expertise in prosecuting circumstantial, complex cases. While at the prosecutor’s office, she was a member of a unit that focused on the prosecution of homicides, working directly with law enforcement by responding to homicide scenes to assist with the investigation of the case. She has tried well over 50 cases to verdict and obtained a number of million dollar verdicts for her clients. She teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law and for the National Institute of Trial Attorneys (NITA). Collapse
| Larry E. Coben|
Larry Coben - For more than 40 years, Larry has been going up against companies whose defective products have hurt and killed unsuspecting people. Some of his notable verdicts include:
•$26 million verdict in Buongiovanni v. General Motors...MoreLarry Coben - For more than 40 years, Larry has been going up against companies whose defective products have hurt and killed unsuspecting people. Some of his notable verdicts include:
•$26 million verdict in Buongiovanni v. General Motors Corporation against the car manufacturer for the defective design of a seat back that caused a client to suffer a spinal cord injury
•$20 million verdict in Connolly v. Dobbins, et. al. against a trucking company for carelessly stopping on a highway and causing the client to drive his car into the rear end of the tractor trailer, resulting in catastrophic brain injury
•$10.2 million verdict in Pursell v. Volkswagen for a passenger who was paralyzed
•$12 million verdict in Walker v. Schutt Sports Manufacturing for a high school football player who suffered a cervical neck injury
Larry helped establish and serves as the Chief Legal Officer of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, a national organization dedicated to sharing information among attorneys to benefit clients harmed by dangerous and defective products. He is also a founding member and the first Chairman of the Institute for Injury Reduction. In these roles, Larry was an invited witness testifying to a Congressional Committee on motor vehicle safety, which led directly to the installation of lap and shoulder belts in the rear seats of all passenger cars.
Larry was voted among the Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers® and has been included in the publication since 2011.
The American Association for Justice presented Larry with the 2010 Steven J. Sharp Public Service Award for his representation of thousands of consumers in a battle to prevent General Motors Corporation and Chrysler Corporation from escaping responsibility for the sale of defective products through the Bankruptcy Courts.
Larry received the 2009 and 2014 Attorneys Information Exchange Group Presidential Award for Outstanding Service in the Pursuit of Justice.
Larry earned his law degree, cum laude, from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1973. He has represented clients in nearly every state in the U.S. against multi-national corporations marketing defective and unsafe products.
In addition to hundreds of articles in various publications, Larry has authored three books:
•Crashworthiness Litigation, 2d, American Association of Justice, 2008.
•Products Liability Litigation: Product Studies—Chapters on Crashworthiness, Frontal, Restraint Systems, Seat Belts. Clark, Boardman and Callaghan, 1996.
•Pennsylvania Products Liability Guide, Bisel Publishing Co., 1993.
Larry is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and Arizona as well as in Federal District Court, before the U.S. Supreme Court and in the majority of the Federal Courts of Appeals. He has tried hundreds of jury trials for consumer victims in state courts across the United States.
Larry serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Western Trial Lawyers Association the Attorneys Information Exchange Group. He continues to contribute to the education of future lawyers as an adjunct Professor at the ASU Law School. Collapse
| Christine D. Spagnoli|
Partner - Greene, Broillet & Wheeler
CHRISTINE D. SPAGNOLI is a partner of Greene, Broillet & Wheeler in Santa Monica, specializing in representing plaintiffs in product liability, personal injury and legal malpractice actions. She plays a leading role in representing people injured...MoreCHRISTINE D. SPAGNOLI is a partner of Greene, Broillet & Wheeler in Santa Monica, specializing in representing plaintiffs in product liability, personal injury and legal malpractice actions. She plays a leading role in representing people injured in tire tread separation cases. In January, 2013, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) recognized Chris as its 2012 Trial Lawyer of Year, the first time that a woman has been so recognized in the 50 year history of the organization. Chris was also nominated as a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys of California 2013 Trial Lawyer of the Year, as part of the Mauro v. Ford trial team. She has previously been nominated as a finalist for CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year three times, and CAOC Trial Lawyer of the Year twice. In October, 2013, the Civil Justice Program of Loyola Law School honored Chris as one of its two yearly “Champions of Justice” an award given yearly to two distinguished la wyers “who embody the spirit of the civil justice system through their exceptional legal careers.” Within professional organizations, Chris has assumed numerous leadership positions. She served as the President of the Consumer Attorneys of California in 2009 and as the President of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles in 2002. She was elected as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2007 and as a fellow of the International Society of Barristers in 2013. She is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) where she holds the rank of Associate. In 1998, she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to the Civil Jury Instructions Committee (CACI), where she still serves. Chris has been ranked as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal , which has also named her as one of the Top 50 Women Litigators since 2002. She has also bee n named among the Top Women Southern California Lawyers in since 2004, and a Super Lawyer in the since Southern California Super Lawyers peer-nominated listings compiled and published by Law & Politics. She was named by Lawdragon.com to its inaugural list of "The Lawdragon 500 Plaintiffs Lawyers" in the United States. She was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America by Woodward/White, Inc. based on a survey of her peers. Collapse
| Donald H. Slavik|
Don lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and has held the position of Senior Counsel at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. of Newport Beach, California since 2011. Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin firm...MoreDon lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and has held the position of Senior Counsel at Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc. of Newport Beach, California since 2011. Prior to that, he was a Senior Partner at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin firm of Habush, Habush & Rottier, S.C. where he practiced for thirty years. Both firms are Leaders Forum members. He is licensed to practice law in the states of Colorado, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, as well in Federal Courts in those and other states, and in the Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He’s been admitted pro hac vice in more than twenty-five other states. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. with honors in Nuclear Engineering and a J.D. He was a licensed Professional Engineer (Ret.) in Wisconsin for thirty years, and has held a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating for most of his career.Don has been a member of AAJ (and ATLA) since 1981, and has attended most o f the Annual and Winter Conventions since then, except when in trial. He’s served on many committees over the years, including NCA, Budget (2011-present), Executive (2012-2013, 2014-2015), Exchange which he’s co-chaired numerous times (1986- present), and presently also is on the SLGCC, SLC, LGLC, Web & IT, NFC and Press Advisory committees. He’s a past chair of the Products Liability Section and continues to sit on its Executive Committee. Don’s a frequent speaker on NCA programs, including webinars, at specialty seminars such as JazzFest and Skiing with the Stars, and at conventions. He is a PAC and M-Club member at the Eagle level, and a contributor to the Robert L. Habush Endowment. He’s authored articles for Trial Magazine and chapters in various books, including Litigating Tort Cases. He was given a Stephen Sharp Award in 2002 and the Weideman-Wysocki Award in 2009 and again in 2010. He’s served as a representative for the SLC a nd the LGLC on the Board of Governors.
Don is a long-time member of the AAJ litigation group Attorneys Information Exchange Group, serving on its Executive Committee since 1987, and as president from 2001 to 2003. He’s also a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas Trial Lawyer Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, the Wisconsin Association for Justice, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the American Bar Association. He’s a past president of the Western Trial Lawyers Association and still serves on its board and as its education chair. He has served on the Public Justice Foundation board of directors since 2005. He’s also a regular member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and of the Association for the Advancement for Automotive Medicine, for which he served on its peer review committee for six years.He’s also been listed in Best Lawyers in America continuously since 2001, and recognized by SuperLawyers in Wisconsin in 2006 and Colorado in 2012. He has a Preeminent rating (5.0) from Martindale-Hubbell and an AVVO rating of 10.0. He was first listed in Who’s Who in American Law in 1990.
Don concentrates his practice in the areas of products liability and aviation, handling cases around the United States, and occasionally in foreign countries. He presently serves on the plaintiffs’ steering committees for the Toyota Sudden Acceleration litigation in the Federal MDL and California JCCP. For his work in this area, he’s received awards from the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the Western Trial Lawyers Association. Don’s presently active in the GM Ignition Switch litigation, the Takata Airbag litigation, and the Aluminum Capacitor Anti-trust case. He’s been an invited attendee to the Duke Conferences and has testified before the Federal Rules Committee. Collapse
January 6, 2016
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- What Trial Lawyers Should Know About Automotive Product Liability - Video
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