Unfortunately, litigation is an unfortunate reality for the
trucking industry, and being prepared for a lawsuit or trial is key to
protecting your firm against catastrophic financial loss. Is your company
prepared? You can bet the other side is.
To better prepare its members for the event of an actual
court case, the Alabama Trucking
Association’s Safety & Maintenance Management Council will present a
mock trial Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8:30 a.m. at the Association’s headquarters in
Attorneys from the law firm of Hand Arendall, LLC will conduct a mock trial of an actual truck
accident case with several ATA and SMMC members and state law enforcement officials
serving as witnesses and other courtroom players. The event is free to all ATA
and SMMC members, but preregistration is required. To do so, contact Brandie
Norcross at 334-834-3983 or email email@example.com by close of
business Monday, Oct. 21.
SMMC’s Mock Trial will give attendees insights into the
following areas of courtroom litigation:
- Dos and
Don’ts of litigation
information is likely used by trial lawyers
attorneys look for in the discovery process
company policy, driver information and maintenance records are viewed in
- How to
prepare your company for litigation and what pitfalls to avoid
Craig Campbell is an associate in the Litigation Section at Hand
Arendall LLC in Mobile, Alabama. Craig practices in many areas of
commercial litigation, including product liability, personal injury,
construction, and trucking litigation. Craig received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Georgetown College, and his J.D., cum laude from the Cumberland School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and a Carruthers Fellow teaching assistant.
Tracy Miller defends
trucking companies and other businesses in accident-related litigation and
employment law matters. She is a member of the firm’s Transportation Law and Employment
Law practice groups. She regularly advises trucking companies on regulatory
matters specific to the industry, including assisting with DataQ challenges,
hours of service requirements, and driver qualification practices. Ms. Miller
has considerable experience drafting contracts, non-compete agreements, and
employee handbooks to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state law.
Prior to joining Hand Arendall, Ms.
Miller obtained her law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in 2003 where she
was graduated in the top eleven percent of her graduating class.
Buzzy Riis is a lifetime resident of
Mobile, Ala., and graduate from Washington & Lee University, B.A. cum laude,
1982. He received his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law
in 1985. He has been with Hand Arendall since 1991 and is a member of the
Litigation Section of the law firm actively involved in the following Practice
Groups: Personal Injury & Insurance; Construction and Public Contracts;
Employment and Labor, and Worker's Compensation. Buzzy practices in the field
of general civil litigation with a concentration in personal injury, trucking
defense and construction defense litigation. Buzzy has tried over 50 jury
trials. He also has more than 19 years of experience in OSHA disputes on behalf
of contractors, healthcare providers, shipyards, stevedores and manufacturing facilities
in contesting citations from the Occupational Safety & Health Commission.