Audio CD + Course Book

Auto Injury Litigation From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • UT CLE - 6.00
From Event: Auto Injury Litigation From Start to Finish, held April 2018.

Program Description

One of the truths of auto accident practice is that no matter how similar the cases look - they're never the same. Within this vast variety, however, there are patterns that form into effective legal strategies. You can spend years of trial practice amassing the information to make them apparent, or you can benefit from decades of combined experience distilled into a guide on getting to the successful resolution as quickly and efficiently as possible. We'll help you develop simple practical skills to streamline the process and avoid missing any pertinent issues or steps. Get the tools you need to win your next auto dispute - order today!

Course Content

  1. Case Intake, Pre-Suit Investigation
  2. Insurance Coverage Research and Negotiations with the Claims Representatives
  3. Initial Filing and Discovery, Experts and Evidence
  4. Damages, Liens and Subrogation in Settlement Negotiations
  5. Ethics
  6. Arbitration and Litigation: Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 UT - Credit Approval Expiration 12/31/2018 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Case Intake, Pre-Suit Investigation
    9:00 - 10:00, Bruce M. Pritchett
    1. Case Screening
    2. Initial Client Interview/Questionnaire
    3. What You Can Find Out Before the Claim
    4. Funding Auto Litigation
  2. Insurance Coverage Research and Negotiations with the Claims Representatives
    10:15 - 11:15, Bruce M. Pritchett
    1. Auto Insurance Policies: Interpretation, Issues and Hidden Treasures
      1. Auto Liability Coverage
      2. UM/UIM
      3. PIP/ Med Pay
      4. Multiple Policyholders
      5. Stacking of Coverage
      6. Available Limits
    2. Demand Packages
    3. Negotiating with the Adjuster
  3. Initial Filing and Discovery, Experts and Evidence
    11:15 - 12:15, Lynn C. Harris
    1. Filing Procedure and Case Scheduling
    2. Anatomy of Common Injuries
    3. Witness Depositions
    4. Obtaining Medical Records
    5. Selecting and Working with Experts
    6. Evidence Preservation
  4. Damages, Liens and Subrogation in Settlement Negotiations
    1:15 - 2:15, Gregory J. Sanders
    1. Assessing and Allocating Damages
      1. Vehicle Damage and Diminished Value
      2. Paid vs. Billed Medical Services
      3. Future Medical Bills
      4. Loss of Earning Capacity
      5. Pain and Suffering
    2. Medical Provider Liens
    3. ERISA Subrogation Liens
    4. Mandatory Insurer Reporting, Medicare Recovery Act, and Medicare Set-Asides
    5. Tips for Successful Mediation
    6. Addressing Pending Liens in Settlement Negotiations
    7. Subrogation
    8. Practical Tips for Restarting Stalled Negotiations
    9. Structuring Settlements
  5. Ethics
    2:15 - 3:15, Rex C. Bush
    1. Preventing Conflicts of Interest
    2. Setting and Collecting Attorney Fees
    3. Maintaining Client Confidentiality
    4. Work-Product Doctrine as it Applies to Expert Witness Reports in Progress
    5. Insurance Defense Counsel Relationship with the Insured and Insurer
    6. Communicating with Represented Parties
      1. "CC," "Reply All," and Other E-mail Traps of Inadvertent Communication
      2. Plaintiff Attorneys' Communication with Represented Insurance Adjusters
      3. Investigators' Contact with the Opposing Party
  6. Arbitration and Litigation: Preparation Tips and Hearing Strategies
    3:30 - 4:30, Jacob S. Gunter
    1. Arbitration Procedure and Tactics
    2. Evidence Strategies
    3. Preparing Witnesses for Testimony
    4. Jury Selection Tips
    5. Case Presentation Tactics
    6. Preserving Issues for Appeal
    7. Bad Faith

REX C. BUSH is an attorney with Bush Law Firm, where he primarily practices in the area of personal injury. He is a past chair of the Utah State Bar's Solo and Small Firm Committee and was honored by the Utah State Bar for outstanding service to the legal profession. Mr. Bush was recognized by Utah Business Magazine's Utah Legal Elite in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 in the category of personal injury. He has published more than 50 articles in print and digital media on personal injury subjects. Mr. Bush earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. degree from the University of Utah.

JACOB S. GUNTER is a shareholder of Howard, Lewis & Petersen, PC, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. After law school, Mr. Gunter maintained a solo practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is also a soldier with the United States Army Reserves and prior to that he was a Special Forces JAG for 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group Airborne for nearly seven years. Mr. Gunter focuses his practice on personal injury matters which includes car collisions, boating accidents, ATV collisions, insurance disputes and wrongful death. He has successfully litigated cases in trial and arbitration as well as negotiating settlements for his clients. Mr. Gunter has been the lead attorney in 13 jury trials, over 100 plus bench trials and roughly 1,000 court appearances. He graduated with his B.S. degree from Utah State University and he earned his J.D. degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Gunter is a member of the Central Utah Bar Association, the Utah Association for Justice, the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Utah State Bar Association and the Michigan State Bar Association.

LYNN C. HARRIS is a shareholder with Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, P.C., where he practices as plaintiff in the personal injury and medical malpractice group. Mr. Harris has more than 30 years of experience representing injured individuals in state and federal courts. Throughout his career, he has successfully represented individuals and their families in cases involving work-related injury, products liability, birth injury, brain injury, car accidents, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Mr. Harris served on the Board of Governors of the Utah Trial Lawyers Association and is currently a member of the advisory board. He earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. degree from the University of the Pacific.

BRUCE M. PRITCHETT is Chair of the Litigation Department at The Rudd Firm, where his practice emphasizes tort and insurance law. He has been named to Utah's Legal Elite from 2012 to 2017 in the areas of civil litigation and/or personal injury. He has obtained judgments and/or settlements on behalf of his clients totaling well over $10 million. Mr. Pritchett's service for the Utah State Bar includes membership on the Model Utah Jury Instructions subcommittee for insurance law and as CLE director for the Solo & Small Firm Section. He is a Silver Eagle member of the Utah Association for Justice, where he serves on the Legislative Committee. Mr. Pritchett earned his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. degree from the University of Washington. He also attended Stanford University on a FLAS fellowship.

GREGORY J. SANDERS is a shareholder in the law firm of Kipp and Christian, P.C., where his practice is concentrated in civil litigation. Mr. Sanders is a frequent speaker on litigation issues for National Business Institute and other professional groups. He is a retired colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, working last as assistant chief, Litigation Division, U.S. Army Legal Services Agency. Mr. Sanders is a member of the Utah State Bar, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He also is a member of the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Sanders earned his B.S. degree from the University of Utah and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Brigham Young University.


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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

UT CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
National Business Institute is an approved "presumptive provider" with the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of self-study CLE credit for Utah attorneys, which includes 1.0 hour of ethical considerations.

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