Incredible Convention Speakers


Hopefully you’ve been keeping up with the Advocate blog over the past few weeks and have read about the incredible speakers we have lined up to help us all become better lawyers. We’ll continue to highlight the women and men who are coming to share their experiences and their knowledge with us over the next couple of days as we get ready for the big event: ATLA Convention 2017! The force is strong with today’s featured speakers. Steve Gursten will take us to new frontiers in damages; Todd Tracy will bring vehicle safety systems into focus; and James Crawford will give us an inside look at a snitch scandal! Register today at  Learn more about our speakers below:

Steve Gursten, Farmington Hills, MI – ATLA Convention Topic: New Frontiers in Damages: How to Increase Case Value and Show the Impact of Hidden Injuries on Your Client’s Life

Steve Gursten focuses his practice on serious auto and truck injury and wrongful death cases. Steve frequently lectures at legal seminars throughout the country on trucking litigation, maximizing damages, trial advocacy, and traumatic brain injury cases. He also speaks on maximizing settlements on auto negligence and truck cases.  He is past President of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group, Co-Founder of the national Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable and has been named a “Leader in the Law” and “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan’s largest legal newspaper for his verdicts and settlements and advocacy work in preventing wrecks.

To learn more about Gursten, please visit

Todd Tracy, Dallas, TX – ATLA Convention Topic: When Your Case is at a Recovery Dead End, Focus on the Vehicle’s Safety Systems, Not the Uninsured Driver

Todd Tracy is an attorney from Dallas, Texas who specializes in handling vehicle crashworthiness cases around the country. Todd has tried 136 crashworthiness cases and handled over 2,700 cases in 42 states including Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Todd has testified before Congress on issues related to roof strength, more realistic real world crash testing, and making vehicles more compatible and less aggressive and on ways to provide equal protection to children and small adults. He has lectured in 35 states as well as in Canada. Todd routinely conducts rollover, drop, and pendulum testing as well as testing on rear structural inadequacies.

James Crawford, Orange, CA – ATLA Convention Topic: In RE Henry Rodriguez: An Inside Look into the Orange County Snitch Scandal

James Michael Crawford graduated from the University of Irvine in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Ecology. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor in 1993 at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, CA, where he was in the top 20th percentile of his class. While studying law, Mr. Crawford received the American Jurisprudence Awards for Civil Procedure II and Corporations and was also an active member of Delta Theta Phi law fraternity. Mr. Crawford has been practicing Criminal Law since 1994 at both the Trial and Appellate levels.  In 2006 Mr. Crawford graduated from the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College.


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