ATLA’s biggest CLE of the summer is just a week and a half away – do you have your tickets to Litigating in the 21st Century yet? If not, you’d better hurry because space is limited and registrations are filling up quickly! The seminar will be Thursday, June 22 and Friday, June 23 at the Holiday Inn Presidential in Little Rock. We have an incredible line up of speakers including Joe Fried, one of the nations top trucking lawyers; Paul Byrd, who has extensive experience with successfully handling mass torts; and Christian Morris who is a national leader in premises liability cases. ATLA Season Ticket holders get a 50% discount on this CLE, too! For more information and to register click here.
Read more about our speakers below!
CLE Topic: What Every PI Lawyer Needs to Know About Trucking
Joe Fried is one of only a few lawyers in America who limits his entire legal practice to handling truck crash cases. Based out of Atlanta, GA, Joe has handled truck crash cases in over 20 states around the country and has helped recover more than $400 million for his clients. He holds several record settlements and verdicts in truck crash cases.
When he is not actually handling cases, Joe is writing about and teaching other lawyers around the USA how to get the best results possible in commercial motor vehicle crash cases. He has authored books, book chapters, peer reviewed articles, and a Trial Guides DVD specific to handling truck crash cases. He has given over 200 presentations around the country specific to this field.
Joe is a nationally recognized leader in trucking litigation. He is currently the chair of the American Association of Justice Trucking Litigation Group, president of the National Trial Lawyers Trucking Division, and founder of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys.
Joe brings a diverse background to each case. He is a former judge and police officer, has real world training in accident investigation and reconstruction, physics, engineering, and human factors. At the same time, Joe is known for his unique ability to find and tell the compelling human story that underlies each of his cases.
CLE Topic: The Ins and Outs of Mass Torts Explained
Paul Byrd has been representing deserving injured victims for 25 years. After graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1985, he clerked for the Honorable Tom F. Digby, and then went into private practice in 1988. Paul’s practice has focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on representing consumers in product liability actions. He has tried tire failures and vehicle safety litigation in many states including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
In November of 2000, he was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal due to his work in the case of Brownlee/Whitaker vs. Cooper Tire and Rubber Company. He appeared in a Dateline NBC documentary regarding the same case in January of 2001.
Paul has represented rice farmers in agricultural litigation regarding genetically modified crop contamination that had global as well as state and local implications.
Paul was a past President of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. His message to his fellow members was “You went to law school to make a difference!”. He is currently a Board of Governor member of the American Association for Justice.
In 2010, Paul was the recipient of the Roxanne Wilson Award. The Roxanne Wilson Advocacy Award is given by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association to those members whose love of the law, the legal profession and advancement of advocacy is reflective of those same qualities displayed by the late Roxanne Wilson, for whom the award is named. The criteria for the award is that outstanding jurists and barristers may receive this award but the true prerequisite for nomination should be a strong love of the profession, and a demonstration of dedication to family, the community and ATLA. The recipient should be an activist in the advancement and improvement of the legal system and the legal profession and in the defense of those who cannot find justice for themselves.
In 2012, Paul was a co-recipient of the Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.
He is the managing member of the Little Rock, Arkansas office of Paul Byrd Law Firm, PLLC. Paul has served as a Special Justice to the Arkansas Supreme Court by request of the Governor of Arkansas. He has served as Special Judge in many Circuit Court Trials.
He has an “AV” rating in the Martindale-Hubble Legal Directory, has been recognized by the Mid-South Super Lawyers in 2011 and 2012, and is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
CLE Topic: Locking Down Liability on Premises Cases
Christian practices personal injury in Las Vegas and California. She is also licensed in New Jersey and has passed the New York Bar. She is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College. Christian serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association of Justice and for the Nevada Justice Association. She has tried bench trials and jury trials in both State and Federal Court. Christian has tried numerous premises liability cases. She has tried a slip and fall on a cotton ball against a hospital, a slip on an unknown substance in a garage, numerous slips and falls in casinos, and a hotly contested trip and fall case against Costco which changed the law regarding the “open and obvious” defense in Nevada. Christian is active in the American Cancer Society and the Three Square Food Bank in Nevada. She is committed to preserving our ability to keep getting Justice for our clients, in even the toughest cases. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Christian worked in politics in Washington, D.C.; working on Capitol Hill, a Presidential re-election campaign, and eventually a lobbying firm. Currently, she is active in fighting tort reform in Nevada.