Posted On: April 16, 2012 by GGCSMB&R

New York State Bar Association Seminar-Basics of Handling An Auto Accident Case

Christopher Sallay

Christopher Sallay
Gair Gair Conason
Steigman Mackauf
Bloom & Rubinowitz

Our Partner, Chris Sallay is the Co-Chair of this New York State Bar Association seminar together with Robert A. Glick, Esq; Brand, Glick & Brand, PC. Our Partner Anthony Gair will be speaking at the New York City and Long Island seminars.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
This full-day practical skills program is designed for the newly admitted attorney or the attorney seeking a fundamental but practical overview of handling an auto accident case. A representative case will be reviewed from inception to conclusion from both the plaintiff and defense attorney perspective. The step-by-step practical aspects of the case will be presented by experienced attorneys to demonstrate both the practical aspects of each phase of the litigation as well as the overall thought process behind each phase leading to the ultimate resolution.

AGENDA:

8:30-9:00 REGISTRATION

9:00-9:50
1. INTAKE OF THE PLAINTIFF'S CASE – THE ASSIGNMENT OF THE CASE FOR THE DEFENDANT FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY

The Plaintiff's Perspective:

Preliminary Investigation
Highlights of the "Typical Case"
The Mechanics of Auto Collisions and Issues Relating to Accident Reconstruction
Obtaining Information from the Roadway - Visibility and Traffic Control Devices
Soft Tissue Injury Auto Accident Cases - The Serious Injury Threshold
Early Settlement
The Defendant's Perspective:

Analyzing Liability, Damages, Threshold, Potential Exposure
Knowing Whether to go Down the Road of Settlement or Trial
9:50-10:40
2. NO-FAULT ISSUES AND COVERAGE CONCERNS

No-Fault Coverage - Who is Eligible and Filing Requirements
Statutory Requirements for Auto Insurance Coverage in New York
The Basics of the Automobile Liability Insurance Policy - Primary and Excess/Umbrella Coverage
Uninsured/Under Insured Motorist Coverage Considerations
10:40-10:50 BREAK

10:50-11:40
3. DISCOVERY

Notices for Discovery and Inspection
Bills of Particulars
The Preliminary Conference
The IME
11:40-12:30
4. TAKING A MEANINGFUL DEPOSITION

Preparation is the Key
Avoid the Boilerplate, Look up from your Outline and Listen to the Answers
All Police and Accident Reports
Scene and Vehicle Photos
All Medical Records
Other Documents - Repair Estimates, Diagrams, etc.
12:30-1:30 LUNCH (on your own)

1:30-2:20
5. MOTION PRACTICE RELATED TO AUTOMOBILE CASES

The Plaintiff's Summary Judgment Motion - Not just in Rear-end Collision Cases
The Serious Injury Threshold Motion - Making and Defeating It
2:20-3:10
6. MEDIATION, ARBITRATION AND SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

The Mediation/Arbitration Statement
Witnesses and Exhibits
Remembering the Audience during Discussions
3:10-3:20 BREAK

3:20-4:10
7. ETHICS

Ethics Issues Related to Automobile Litigation
Contingent Fee Agreements
Advertising and Solicitation
The Difficult Client
4:10 ADJOURNMENT


PROGRAM FACULTY:

Overall Planning Chairs

Robert A. Glick, Esq., Brand, Glick & Brand, PC, Garden City, NY
Christopher L. Sallay, Esq., Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, New York, NY
Local Panels (listed in order of appearance)

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

New York City

Chair: Christopher L. Sallay, Esq., Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, New York, NY

Panel: Christopher L. Sallay, Esq., Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, New York, NY * Robert A. Glick, Esq., Brand, Glick & Brand, PC, Garden City, NY * Nicholas Papain, Esq., Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., New York, NY * Anthony H. Gair, Esq., Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, New York, NY * Brian T. Stapleton, Esq., Goldberg Segalla LLP, White Plains, NY

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

Albany

Chair: John W. Bailey, Esq., Bailey Kelleher & Johnson PC, Albany, NY

Panel: John B. Casey, Esq., Dreyer Boyajian LLP, Albany, NY * Jeanne M. Gonsalves Lloyd, Esq., Friedman, Hirschen & Miller LLP, Albany, NY * Vincent J. DeLeonardis, Esq., Bailey, Kelleher & Johnson, P.C., Albany, NY * P. Baird Joslin, Jr., Esq., O'Connor O'Connor Bresee & First PC, Albany, NY * Mackenzie C. Monaco, Esq., Carter, Conboy, Case, Blackmore, Maloney & Laird, P.C., Albany, NY * Jeffrey K. Anderson, Esq., Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, Latham, NY * John W. Bailey, Esq., Bailey Kelleher & Johnson PC, Albany, NY

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Long Island (Melville)

Chair: Robert A. Glick, Esq., Brand, Glick & Brand, PC, Garden City, NY

Panel: Robert A. Glick, Esq., Brand, Glick & Brand, PC, Garden City, NY *Christopher L. Sallay, Esq., Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, New York, NY * Robert S. Santander, Esq., American European Insurance Group, Inc., New York, NY * Nicholas Papain, Esq., Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., New York, NY * Anthony H. Gair, Esq., Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, New York, NY * Brian T. Stapleton, Esq., Goldberg Segalla LLP, White Plains, NY

Syracuse

Chair: Michael P. Kenny, Esq., Kenny & Kenny PLLC, Syracuse, NY

Panel: S. Robert Williams, Esq., Williams and Rudderow, Syracuse, NY * Benjamin C. Rabin, Esq., The Rabin Law Firm, Syracuse, NY * Erin K. Skuce, Esq., Law Offices of Destin C. Santacrose (Employees of Liberty Mutual Group, Inc.), Buffalo, NY * Sandra J. Sabourin, Esq., Goldberg Segalla LLP, Syracuse, NY * Michael P. Kenny, Esq., Kenny & Kenny PLLC, Syracuse, NY * James E. Reid, Esq., Greene & Reid, PLLC, Syracuse, NY * Paul G. Ferrara, Esq., Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC, Syracuse, NY

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Buffalo

Chair: Paul J. Callahan, Esq., Law Offices of Sliwa & Lane, Buffalo, NY

Panel: David F. Kluepfel, Esq., Cascone & Kluepfel, LLP, Garden City, NY * Leonard D. Zaccagnino, Esq., Shaw & Shaw P.C., Hamburg, NY * Joseph M. Schnitter, Esq., Brown & Kelly, LLP, Buffalo, NY * Jennifer Stashko Adams, Esq., Adams Hanson Finder Hughes Rego Kaplan & Fsibein, Williamsville, NY * Leonard M. Cascone, Esq., Cascone & Kluepfel, LLP, Garden City, NY * Michael T. Coutu, Esq., Law Offices of Sliwa & Lane, Buffalo, NY * Jeffrey F. Baase, Esq., Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola, LLC, Buffalo, NY * Peter M. Kooshoian, Esq., Rosenthal, Siegel & Muenkel, LLP, Buffalo, NY

DATES AND LOCATIONS:

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

New York City
Affinia Manhattan
371 Seventh Avenue at 31st Street
New York, NY 10001-3984
(212) 563-1800

TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 2012

Albany
New York State Nurses Association
11 Cornell Road
Latham, NY 12110
(518) 782-9400

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012

Long Island (Melville)
Melville Marriott Long Island
1350 Old Walt Whitman Road
Melville, NY 11747
(631) 423-1600

Syracuse
Genesee Grande Hotel
1060 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 476-4212

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012

Buffalo
Holiday Inn Amherst
1881 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Amherst, NY 14228
(716) 691-8181

The last day to pre-register online is May 30, 2012. Register online now