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The DRI Trucking Law Committee is presenting an advanced workshop for trial lawyers, senior claims examiners, and industry professionals dedicated to the defense of the Reptile Theory. This unique workshop will provide practical techniques for conquering reptile cases in all areas of practice. You will learn what to consider in your answer, discovery, depositions, pre-trial motions, voir dire, examination of witnesses, and closing arguments at trial. The program is by the foremost trucking defense trial lawyers and world-renowned Reptile Theory expert, Bill Kanasky, Jr., PhD, of Courtroom Sciences, Inc.

What You Will Learn

  • The reptile and its misinterpretations, including key strategies of the plaintiff.
  • Vital issues to consider in your answer and written discovery responses.
  • How to prepare your 30(b)(6) witnesses effectively for the reptile experience.
  • How to outmaneuver the reptile plaintiff attorney at deposition.
  • Keys for drafting, arguing, and winning motions in limine to keep the reptile out of your trial.
  • Out-rivaling and rebuffing the reptile in voir dire.
  • Critical tips for openings, direct examination, cross examination, and closing arguments at trial to contain, neutralize, and eliminate the reptile.


Bill Kanasky, Jr. PhDBill Kanasky, Jr. PhD is recognized as a national expert, author and speaker in the areas of witness preparationand jury psychology. He provides top-quality litigation research and consultation to defense counsel involved in civil lawsuits. Bill has expertise in all aspects of litigation research and consulting, including: –– Witness Preparation: Special proficiency in pre-deposition and pre-trial witness effectiveness training, particularly with corporate executives, healthcare professionals, foreign-born witnesses, and 30(b)(6) witnesses. –– Trial Science: Expertise in all aspects of jury research, including research design, sampling methods, multivariate statistical analysis, and juror profiling; also skilled in juror questionnaire and voir dire development, jury selection, opening statement construction, case strategy analysis, and persuasive visual aid creation. –– Settlement and Mediation Science: Expertise in early case assessment, empirical damages prediction, and witness effectiveness assessment.Bill's success with training witnesses for deposition and trial testimony is remarkable. His systematic witness training methodology is efficient and effective, as it is designed to meet each witness's unique needs, while concurrently teaching core principles of persuasive communication. Clients benefit from Bill's ability to transform poor or average witnesses into extraordinary communicators. Bill earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida.

John (Jack) J. LaffeyJohn (Jack) J. Laffey is a partner with Laffey, Leitner & Goode LLC and has an extensive Product Liability and Commercial Transportation Catastrophic Injury practice that regularly takes him to courts in Wisconsin and across the nation. In his 30 years of practice, Jack has been proud to represent clients in litigation in more than 25 states. He has had more than two dozen jury verdicts since he started practicing law in 1985. Jack has had the unique experience of having been a winning plaintiff's attorney during that time (1989-1995); this provides Jack with a very interesting and productive insight into the thought processes and motivations of his clients' adversaries. Jack's Product Liability experience ranges from industrial machinery (conveyors and overhead cranes) to consumer products (furnaces and smoke detectors) to toxic torts (asbestos, silica and mold) to pharmaceuticals (diet drugs), to outline a few. Jack has been asked to handle and resolve some of his clients' most problematic and dangerous cases in some of the most challenging venues in this country, oftentimes after the discovery has been completed. These engagements have been particularly rewarding personally because of the faith and trust his clients have placed in him. Jack takes that trust very seriously. His Catastrophic practice always presents very "interesting" problems to solve and it centers upon Wrongful Death, Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury matters. Jack's specialties include: Catastrophic Case oversight and resolution, Trial and Appellate work as well as an extensive mediation practice on behalf of corporate litigants.

Stephen G. PesarchickStephen G. Pesarchick has been a partner with the Sugarman Law Firm LLP, in Syracuse, New York, since 1994. His practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury and property damage cases. His civil litigation experience includes motor carrier accidents, farming accidents/issues, transportation accidents, fire claims, construction accidents, product liability cases, and automobile accidents. He has successfully handled countless cases in New York state and federal courts. As an active DRI member, from 2011-2016 he was the editor of In Transit, the newsletter of DRI's Trucking Law Committee, and he is a frequent speaker at many national trucking and fire loss seminars. Stephen is the seminar program chair.

Matthew G. MoffettMatthew G. Moffett is a partner with Gray Rust St. Amand Moffett and Brieske LLP and is the immediate past president of the Georgia Defense Lawyers Association and defends wrongful death and serious injury cases in state and federal courts. Several years ago, Matt tried to a defense verdict a wrongful death case, opposite the author and creator of the Reptile trial strategy. Since then, Matt has presented across the country to defense lawyer organizations, industry associations and for DRI on how to counter and prevail against this strategy, both in discovery and at trial.

Carlos RinconCarlos Rincon is the founding shareholder of Rincon Law Group, P.C. His practice is concentrated in the representation of motor carriers, railroads and product manufacturers in a broad range of tort litigation. Mr. Rincon is a former Chair of the DRI Trucking Law Committee and previously served on the Board of Directors for DRI. Mr. Rincon is a member of the American College of Transportation Attorneys, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. Over the past 8 years, Mr. Rincon has been a regular presenter at the Trucking Law Boot Camps, a private effort to provide continuing education to the risk management community servicing the motor carrier community. Mr. Rincon is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Civil Defense Litigation.

Wendy L. WilcoxWendy L. Wilcox earned her B.A. in Sociology, with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1993 and her J. D., with honors, from Southwestern University School of Law in 1997. Wendy has extensive jury trial and bench trial experience in the firm's practice areas in Southern California and Northern California. For the past 10 years, she has lectured and has hosted numerous workshops nationally and regionally concerning topics such as the "reptile theory", joint defense agreements, expert witnesses, products and professional liability cases, construction litigation and employment litigation. She has also written many articles on several of these topics. In addition, Wendy has represented defendants in published California Appellate and Supreme Court decisions. Wendy is on the Board for the Association of Southern California Defense Lawyers (ASCDC) and Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). Wendy is also a member of DRI, PLUS and NAMWOLF.

Kurt M. RozelskyKurt M. Rozelsky is a partner with Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, in Greenville, South Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia where he defends transportation and other technical and expert driven litigation and has tried over 75 cases to verdict. Kurt is the Immediate Past Chair of the FDCC Trucking Committee, Past Chair of the DRI Trucking Law Committee, and Past Vice Chair of the ABA Commercial Trucking Law Committee. He is an active member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) and the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA). Kurt frequently speaks on topics relevant to the trucking industry and trial practice. Kurt has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) for his trial experience and has been selected annually since 2009 for inclusion as one of only four transportation lawyers in the South Carolina Super Lawyers. He has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011-16 and was a 2012 South Carolina Lawyers' Weekly Leaders in the Law recipient.

Heidi E. RuckmanHeidi E. Ruckman is a partner at the firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, PC and practices out of the Rockford and Chicago, IL offices. She concentrates her practice in civil defense and specifically in the defense of personal injury cases arising out of the trucking industry, premises liability, and auto accidents. In addition, she handles the defense of legal malpractice claims. She has tried several cases to verdict throughout Northern Illinois and has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations. She was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 2000 and joined Heyl, Royster in 2006. She has authored several publications and is a frequent speaker at various claims handling seminars, in house meetings for clients and the bar association. She is a certified arbitrator in the Winnebago County Illinois Court Annexed Mediation Program, a vice-chair of the Commercial Transportation Committee of the American Bar Association, and is an active member of DRI, the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA) and the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA). When she is not practicing law, she spends her time running marathons and competing in Spartan endurance races throughout the United States.

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