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Program Overview

This “Lunch and Learn” webinar will explore ethical issues arising in cases involving commercial motor vehicle crashes, stemming from the unique relationship between motor carriers, drivers, owner/operators, freight forwarders brokers and insurers. This webinar will discuss the importance of defining who the “client” is and how to navigate ethical problems when interacting with drivers and motor carrier personnel. The speakers will discuss identifying and handling conflicts of interest arising in trucking cases, information sharing and confidentiality, attorney competence and considerations of fairness in aggressively defending your trucking client.


Who Should Attend

  • Young attorneys and transportation specialists and practitioners who are new to trucking
  • Practicing trial lawyers handling regulation heavy trucking litigation
  • Trucking Industry representatives and claims adjusters seeking to enhance their knowledge or get a refresher on the basics

What You Will Learn

  • Identifying and handling of conflicts of interest unique to trucking cases
  • Navigating ethical problems arising from the question of who the “client” is in a trucking accident case
  • Ethical considerations relating to sharing of information and confidentiality of information in the defense of claim or lawsuit.
  • What “attorney competence” means in a trucking lawsuit
  • How to fairly, but aggressively, defend your trucking client.


Christina Capobianco

Christina Capobianco is a partner in Goldberg Segalla’s Philadelphia office. She is a trial-tested litigator whose reputation for defending regional and national businesses and insurers in diverse civil litigation matters rests on a record of successful trials, arbitrations, and mediations. She brings to each matter an approach to defense strategy that is assertive, versatile, and marked by meticulous discovery and evidence-gathering. Christina is an experienced transportation litigator and a leader in the firm’s Trucking Practice Group. She has a wealth of experience representing trucking companies and truck drivers in accident-related claims alleging personal injury, catastrophic loss, and property damage. Christina devotes significant time to the promotion and education of the trucking industry and is a frequent lecturer on topics of interest within the trucking community. She is on the steering committee of the Defense Research Institute's Trucking Law Committee and a member of Women In Trucking.

Eric Miersma

Eric Miersma is a Senior Attorney with Balestreri Potocki & Holmes in San Diego, California. He has over 20 years of experience in complex multi-party litigation, arbitration, and mediation representing Southern California builders, contractors, design professionals, trucking companies, and general business owners in state and federal court. Eric is an experienced litigator having successfully negotiated resolutions of single case claims in excess of $70 million against a public works engineer, $40 million against a trucking company arising from multiple fatality interstate tractor-trailer roll-over, and more than $7 million against a high-rise condominium builder. He is a frequent speaker to industry groups and is a published author in DRI’s own In Transit magazine. Before settling on law as a profession, Eric put himself through college driving over-the-road for Mayflower and Schneider.

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