During the first of their presentations, Mr. Confer and Ms. Blaylock provided the audience members with initial information that traditionally would be provided to claims specialists, information that would be learned throughout discovery, as well as last-minute evidence that may be uncovered at or shortly before trial (and subsequently admitted at trial). Conference attendees were divided into six sub-groups for them to discuss and assess the information as it was presented, which facilitated an ultimate discussion of why each sub-group did what it did in terms of each sub-group’s evaluation of the facts and monetary exposure and allowed for a conversation about how all of the provided material impacted those sub-groups’ case evaluation, as well as jury behavior, and jury verdict results in the real world.
Wallace Saunders attorneys Tom Hayes, Chris Confer, and Stephanie Blaylock recently attended the 27th Annual Railroad Liability Conference, which is put on by America’s leading short line railroads. This year’s conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri and was long awaited, as it was the first time the conference has taken place since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of their significant experience in railroad litigation, the above Wallace Saunders attorneys were asked to present at the conference with Asim S. Raza (Chief Legal Officer, Director of Corporate Affairs – Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis), Onna Houck (General Counsel – Iowa Interstate Railroad), and Kristin Bevil (General Counsel – Pioneer Lines) on the topic: “On Site Counsel – Lessons Learned.”