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Tort Law Conference for Alabama Attorneys

Coming to Hoover on Thursday & Friday, September 12-13, 2019

This engaging two-day event will cover the latest updates on tort law Alabama attorneys need to understand. Join us to hear sessions from expert presenters on pressing topics like:

  • Communication strategies—setting the tone with adjusters 
  • Obtaining and using car data records—how to obtain the information in discovery, how to get the information into evidence, and how to use experts 
  • Discovery disputes 
  • Practical evidentiary rulings
  • Practical tips on resolving discovery disputes 
  • Update on evidence issues—amendments, case law, and practical tips 
  • Update on recent significant cases on tort law 
  • Pitfalls of settling – subrogation, liens  
  • Ethical tips from a federal judge
  • Aviation under the Trump administration  
  • And more!

Your Distinguished Faculty

Mike Andrews joined Beasley Allen Law Firm in 1998, working in the Products Liability and Personal Injury Section. The majority of his practice deals with complex product liability cases involving serious injury or death. He has handled several cases against manufacturers of aircraft, light and heavy trucks, automobiles, and agricultural and construction equipment, and he has received several seven- and eight-figure settlements and verdicts.

Rob Arnwine serves as Counsel in Carr Allison’s Birmingham office. He has a general defense practice with special emphasis on trucking litigation. An experienced trial attorney in both state and federal court, he has litigated a broad range of cases including wrongful death, professional liability, termite damage, premises liability, and products liability. Mr. Arnwine has also drafted appeals to the Alabama Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Brandon Bass was named Tennessee Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2017 by the Tennessee Trial Lawyers’ Association. He has previously been selected by Best Lawyers in America for plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation, and as a top rated personal injury lawyer by Super Lawyers. 

Nancy Eady is a non-equity partner at Morris, Haynes. She has been with the firm since 1991 and practices out of the Alexander City office. Ms. Eady heads the Legal Research Department of the firm, and she has successfully defended many of the verdicts and rulings obtained by the firm’s trial attorneys. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Association for Justice.

Chris Glover, with the Beasley Allen Law Firm in Montgomery, has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of survivors of catastrophic personal injury and victims of wrongful death. He has represented injured individuals and their families in a wide range of serious injury and death claims, including those that were the result of defective products; car, commercial truck and workplace accidents; and aviation accidents.

Robert L. Gorham is the managing member of Gorham & Associates, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Gorham focuses his practice primarily on issues involving trucking and automobile wreck litigation. He graduated with his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. 

Chris Glover is the Managing Attorney for Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Atlanta office. He has dedicated his practice to protecting the rights of survivors of catastrophic personal injury and victims of wrongful death. He graduated from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama, for a number of years prior to joining Beasley Allen Law Firm in 2008.

Stephen D. Heninger is a founder of the law firm Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, in Birmingham. Mr. Heninger earned a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois in 1972. After spending two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, he earned his J.D. degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1977. He served as a law clerk to Honorable James H. Hancock, District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama before beginning his practice as a trial lawyer specializing in the litigation of personal and commercial tort actions. He has authored “Bad Faith in Alabama: An Infant Tort in Intensive Care” in the Alabama Law Review. He has served as President of the Birmingham Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Alabama Chapter. He received the ABICLE Walter P. Gewin Award for service to the bar in 1993. He has been listed by “Super Lawyers” as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in Alabama for the past 4 years. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America (Woodward & White) since 1991. 

Jeremiah Hodges is the principle of Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. in Huntsville and he handles personal injury lawsuits and civil litigation.  He has tried and won lawsuits on both the plaintiff and the defense side. He is admitted in Alabama and Tennessee.  Jeremiah served as the Chair of the Emerging Leaders for the Alabama Association for Justice, President of the Huntsville Young Lawyers, and Membership Chair of the Huntsville Madison County Bar Association. From 2011 until the present year, he was chosen as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star.

Ben Locklar practices as a member of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section. A Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated attorney, Mr. Locklar has served in leadership roles on a variety of boards, including the editorial board for The Docket, a publication of the Montgomery County Bar Association, and the board of trustees of the Montgomery County Association for Justice. He is a former member of the Paralegal Studies/Legal Studies Advisory Committee for South University. Mr. Locklar has been selected to the 2017 and 2018 Best Lawyers in America lists.

Terry McCarthy is a partner at the Birmingham law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, where he handles a wide variety of cases at the trial and appellate levels.  He (along with Dean Charles Gamble and Professor Robert Goodwin) is the co-author of the Third Edition of Gamble’s Alabama Rules of Evidence, and the forthcoming Seventh Edition of McElroy’s Alabama Evidence.  He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Alabama Rules of Evidence, has served as an adjunct professor of evidence at three different law schools, and publishes and lectures regularly on evidence topics.   He may be reached at  

Chief Magistrate Judge John E. Ott was appointed to the Court in 1998. He now serves as the Chief Magistrate Judge of the Court. He has presided as a trial judge in over fifty criminal or civil cases in a variety of subject areas, including employment discrimination, civil rights, contract disputes, antitrust, negligence, and federal misdemeanor cases. He has also served as a settlement judge or mediator in over 500 cases in nearly every type of federal litigation. Prior to his appointment, Judge Ott served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama for fifteen years. He began as a prosecutor in the criminal division of the Office and held the positions of Deputy Chief and Chief of the Criminal Division and Executive Assistant United States Attorney with oversight responsibility for litigation. 

Scott M. Salter is a partner in the Birmingham-based law firm of Starnes Davis Florie LLP. He primarily practices in the areas of direct representation of insurance companies and medical malpractice defense. He has worked for insurance companies and private corporations in insurance matters, providing coverage opinions, as well as prosecuting declaratory judgment actions and defending breach of contract, bad faith, and fraud suits. 

Kim White, Prior to co-founding CaseMetrix, Kimberly White had had 27 years of experience as a Litigation Paralegal.  After earning a degree in Paralegal Studies in 1982, she worked at an insurance defense firm in North Carolina before relocating to Atlanta in 1984. She began working at an Atlanta insurance defense firm, then known as Fain, Gorby, Reeves & Moraitakis, in 1984, and remained with that firm until 1994.  At that point, she began a 15-year freelance career in which she assisted many prominent plaintiff and defense firms in metro Atlanta. 



Thursday, September 12th (DAY 1) 

Effectively Communicating with Adjusters: Plaintiff & Defense Perspectives 
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Kim White  

For Plaintiff’s Counsel 

  • Setting the tone with a customized demand letter 
  • Dealing with inconsistencies in the Complaint, medical bills, discovery responses & depo testimony 
  • Focusing on objective value drivers 
  • Establishing credibility 
  • Acknowledging deficits while focusing on strengths 
  • Playing the venue game 
  • Maximizing egregious citations 


For Defense Counsel 

  • Setting initial reserves 
  • Utilizing alternative approaches towards insurer’s forms
  • Planning an effective deposition 
  • Implementing post-mediation strategies 
  • Establishing value drivers 
  • Avoiding the “call of shame” while obtaining additional authority 
  • Effectively presenting a settlement offer 


Practical Evidentiary Considerations
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Robert L. Gorham  
Gorham & Associates, LLC 

This session will cover:

Practical application of the "big six" to real-world courtroom events 

  • Hearsay objections 
  • Motion in limine, motion to exclude and motion to strike 
  • Motions for sanctions 
  • Curtailing speaking objection 
  • Use of the sidebar conference 
  • Jury instructions after the objection 


Preserving evidentiary issues for appeal 

  • Timing and frequency of objections 
  • Specificity of objections 
  • Motions in limine 
  • Offers of proof 


10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. MORNING BREAK 

Evidence Update
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 
Terry McCarthy 
Lightfoot, Franklin & White 

 This session will cover:

  • Practical tips on evidence issues that frequently arise at trial
  • An update on recent evidence case law


11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. LUNCH (on your own) 

Aviation Litigation
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Mike Andrews
Beasley Allen

  • Aviation under the Trump Administration – emphasis on 737 Max cases
  • Civilian and military aviation
  • Government contractor defense/v22


Discovery Disputes in Tort Cases 
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Jeremiah Hodges 
Hodges Trial Lawyers, P.C. 

This presentation will cover:

  • Preparing and winning discovery motions  
  • Pushing back against overly-broad or unreasonable requests  
  • Sampling practices and techniques regarding discovery  
  • Best practices for resolving discovery disputes with opposing counsel  
  • When you need to take your discovery dispute to the judge  
  • When to make a motion to compel 


 3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAK 

Tort Law Update
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Scott Salter
Starnes Davie Florie, LLP

This section will discuss Alabama Case Law decisions from 2019 so that attendees can stay up to date on the recent happenings in the appellate courts.

Friday, September 13th (DAY 2) 

Leading with the Punchline - Depositions that Work at Trial
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. 
Brandon Bass 
The Law Offices of John Day PC

This presentation will cover:

  • How to obtain specific answers and testimony for impeachment when deposing parties and fact witnesses
  • Key questions to pose to the plaintiff
  • Essential deposition prep steps for your witnesses
  • Key rules regarding impeachment, adverse party and "any purpose," unavailable witnesses, use of part of a deposition, objections, instructions not to answer, and reversing objections.
  • Notice rules
  • Communicating with witnesses


Jury Selection and Challenges for Cause in a Turbulent Atmosphere of Bias
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 
Stephen D. Heninger 
Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC 

Learn tips and techniques regarding jury selection from Mr. Henninger.  This presentation will focus on both voir dire, the impression you make on the jury, strategic questions, and using your challenges for cause in the midst of courtroom tensions. 

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. MORNING BREAK 

Trucking Litigation, Building Your Story for Trial
10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. 
Chris Glover
Beasley Allen

Truck injury cases are “bigger” than traditional auto accidents – they involve multiple parties, heightened regulations, intensive investigations, and more severe injuries. Mr. Glover will discuss some recent trends in trucking litigation law. He will walk you through issues such as driver fatigue, the liability of the driver and the motor carrier, electronic logging devices, and the duty to preserve evidence. You’ll learn:

  • Top mistakes attorneys make in truck cases
  • Truck accident witness strategies
  • Trial strategies


11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. LUNCH (on your own) 
Jurisdiction and Venue: Everything You Never Wanted to Know and Were Afraid to Ask

12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Nancy Eady
Morris, Haynes, Wheeles, Knowles & Nelson

There are many factors litigants and their clients should take into account before deciding whether there is jurisdiction and then selecting a venue. Ms. Eady will walk you through a refresher of the basics and will help you master these topics so that you can feel confident with these nuances.

ESI and Information Stored in Cars
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Rob Arnwine  
Carr Allison 

This presentation will cover:

  • The type of cellular information available 
  • How to obtain the information in discovery 
  • How to get the information into evidence 
  • Use of experts 
  • Discovering data from cars
  • Use of car data for automobile litigation


Settlement Negotiation Strategies
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Ben Locklar
Beasley Allen

This seminar will discuss the pitfalls of settling a tort case from the plaintiff's and defendant's perspectives.

  • Subrogation 
  • Liens 


3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAK 

Ethical Representation: Tips from a Federal Judge
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. 
Judge John E. Ott  
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Chief Magistrate Judge Ott offers tips for ethical representation.   



Thursday & Friday, September 12-13, 2019
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 5:15 p.m.
(There will be morning and afternoon breaks, and attendees will have 1 hour and 15 minutes for lunch on their own.)

Holiday Inn Hoover

2901 John Hawkins Pkwy
Hoover, AL 35244
Hotel Website


  • $497 for Full Program
  • $427 for Additional Attendees from the same firm
  • $347 for just the One Day Only options
  • $247 for Materials
  • Early Bird: $50 off until July 15!

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