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​​​The Chicago Regional Seminar and Bootcamp is fast upon us. We invite you to join hundreds of your transportation law colleagues January 24-25, 2019 at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park in Chicago, IL. All attendees are encouraged to join us Thursday at noon for the ADR Bootcamp, "A Guided Tour of the Mediation and Arbitration Processes." Don't miss our annual welcome dinner, where attendees will join their colleagues as well as the seminar presenters for a night of fine dining and fun! Friday will provide a full day of CLE as well as our annual wine and cheese reception.


The Chicago Regional Seminar and Bootcamp is a conference designed for all attorneys interested in transportation law, practice, or procedure. The registration fee to attend both the ADR Bootcamp and Seminar is $395 for TLA members and $475 for non-members. The registration fee includes attendance at the program sessions, the comprehensive program materials, access to the mobile event app, continental breakfast on Friday, lunch on Friday, refreshments at each program break, and the Friday evening wine and cheese reception. ​Pre-registration closes Friday, January 11, 2019. After January 11, you'll be required to register onsite.

​Bootcamp Only ​Bootcamp & Seminar Combo ​Seminar Only
​Members ​$200 ​$395 ​$295
Non-Members ​$300 ​$475 ​$375
Students ​$75 ​$175 ​$100

Educational Progr​am​
The 2019 educational program features timely topics of interest to attorneys practicing all modes of transportation law. Topics have been chosen based on suggestions received from past attendees as well as recent developments in the law that affect the transportation industry. We hope to see you there!​

Chicago Regional Seminar
Educational Program and Schedule​

Thursday, January 24, 2019
​11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ​Registration Open
​1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ​The Alternative Dispute Resolution Bootcamp: A Guided Tour of the Mediation and Arbitration Processes
The ADR Bootcamp is designed to teach what every lawyer needs to know about both mediation and arbitration,
and provide tips for effective ADR advocacy. Approximately 97 percent of all filed cases end up settling, and binding arbitrations are becoming more prevalent. Don’t miss this opportunity to hone the skills that you will use in almost every case!
CO-CHAIRS: Stephen M. Uthoff and Eric R. Benton
SPEAKERS: TLA Members Gordon McAuley and Frank Botta. More to come!
​5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. ​Corporate Counsel Reception (corporate counsel attendees only)
​6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. ​Welcome Reception (all attendees)
​7:15 p.m. ​​Thursday Night Dinner - Devon Seafood Grill (separate registration and fee required)
Friday, January 25, 2019
​7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ​Registration Open
​7:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. ​Continental Breakfast
​8:00 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Hillary Arrow Booth, TLA President, Booth LLP, Los Angeles, CA
Timothy S. Groustra​, Principal, Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook, Mt. Clemens, MI
Matthew P. Barrette, Sullivan Hincks & Conway, Oak Brook, IL
​8:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Self-Introduction of Participants
​8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
State of the Industry  How Blockchain Will Revolutionize the Transportation Industry
Blockchain technology is expected to revolutionize the entire logistics and transportation industry. Learn what it is all about from the transportation blockchain leader.
PRESENTER: Chris Burruss, President, Blockchain in Transportation Alliance (BiTA), Washington, D.C.
​9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Casualty I – Hindsight Bias in Legal Judgment 
Hindsight bias involves an exaggerated belief in the predictability of a specific event, once that event becomes known.  Learn about hindsight bias, explore ways to mitigate it and its impact in negligence cases.
PRESE​NTER: Neal Roese, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL​
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Casualty II –​ How to Account for Hindsight Bias in Defending Your Claims 
A panel of TLA experts will provide best practices concerning how to combat hindsight bias in transportation litigation, including pitfalls to avoid.​
PRESENTERS​​: William Toles Fee, Smith, Sharp & Vitullo, LLP, Dallas, TX
Michael J. Judy, Dysert Taylor, Kansas City, MO
Erik E. Ekvall, Ekvall & Byrne, LLP, Dallas, TX​
​11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ​​Lost at Sea: How Defeat was Snagged from the Jaws of Victory
The panel will examine the many ethical issues that can arise in litigation in the context of a recent case in Illinois, Vandenberg v. Brunswick​.
​MODERATOR:Robert Reeb, ​Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C.​​, Chicago, IL
Mary K. Foster, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago, IL
Kim E. Stoll, Fernandes Hearn, LLP, ​Toronto, ON
Katy Beth Carr, Carr Allison, Florence, AL
12:15 p.m.-12:45 p.m.  ​​Buffet Luncheon
​12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m. ​​Employment Law and the Gig Economy
Learn the new issues created by the gig economy in classifying workers as independent contractors as opposed to employees. The panel will address how some state courts are classifying workers and explore how statutory schemes, such as the New York Black Car Fund, provide an alternative to traditional approaches to this modern problem.
PRESENTERS: Vito S. Bochicchio, Rulis & Bochicchio, LLC, Pittsburgh, PA
Matthew W. Duas, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, New York, NY
Ira Goldstein, Executive Director, Black Car Fund, New York, NY
​1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Cargo I –​ Handling Lien Issues in the Transportation Setting: Land & Sea
Learn the key differences as well as the practical and procedural considerations for various types of liens.
PRESENTERS: Shari Freidman, Marwedel, Minichello & Reeb, P.C., Chicago, IL
Jeffrey E. Cox, Seaton & Husk, LP Vienna, VA
Daniel Sbanotto, Transplace, Fayetteville, AR
​2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. ​Refreshm​ent Break
​3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Cargo II –​ Reefer Trailers and Perishable Food Claims
Understanding how the reefer equipment and its systems work, how to analyze in-transit temperature data, and how to evaluate perishable food claims and the applicable defenses.
MODERATOR: Jaclyne Reive, Fernandes Hearn LLP, Toronto, Ontario
PRESENTERS: Joe DiPaola, National Director, US Marine Insurance Group
Sam Rizzitelli, Allianz
Lindsay Glass, Iron Apple International 
​4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.​​Contracts –​ Trends in Transportation Contracts
This panel will explore contractual issues arising with the ever-expanding use of non-commercially licensed drivers for home deliveries.  
PRESENTERS: Hank E. Seaton, Seaton and Husk, Vienna, VA
William D. Bierman, Price Meese Shulman & D'Arminio, PC, Woodcliff Lake, NJ
​​5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. ​​Wine & Cheese Reception

Networking Events
TLA prides itself on the collegiality and unique networking environment its conferences create. The Chicago Regional Seminar and Bootcamp is no different. Enjoy any of the networking events we have planned. 

  • ​​Corporate Counsel Reception: TLA’s Corporate Counsel members will hold a reception for committee members only from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, ​2019.  
  • Welcome Reception: Join us for the Welcome Reception from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. where we will gather together to greet old friends and welcome our new members and first-time attendees.  
  • Welcome Dinner: Chicago’s restaurants are some of the best in the world, so don’t miss the annual Welcome Dinner where we will show our appreciation for the moderators and speakers who make the Chicago Regional Seminar such a success.  All attendees and their guests are encouraged to attend. Dinner is planned for 7:15 p.m at Devon Seafood Grill, just one mile from the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.  The dinner registration is $80 per person and guests are welcomed. The deadline to register for the dinner is January 11, 2019. 
  • Wine & Cheese Reception: After a stimulating day of education, we will relax at the wine and cheese reception on Friday evening before heading out to our Dine Around destinations. 
  • Friday Night Dine Around: After the reception, join your friends or make new connections at the pre-selected Dine Around restaurants featuring an assortment of the best cuisine in the Windy City. Dine Around information and sign-ups will be sent to all pre-registrants by mid-January. 


A $75​ cancellation fee will be imposed upon cancellations received before the registration deadline.
Cancellations will not be accepted after that date; however, substitutions will be allowed. 
Cancellations must be received in writing by email​ by January 11, 2019. After January 11, no cancellations will be allowed. Refunds, if any, will be processed at month end.​ ​

​​Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 N.​ Columbus Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 565-8000​


We are thrilled to once again be hosting the Chicago Regional Seminar and Bootcamp at the beautiful and iconic Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. This stunning property in the heart of downtown Chicago offers TLA members and conference attendees an exceptional room rate of $159+ per night. Easy walking distance from world-renowned restaurants, amazin​g architecture and public transportation to the airports, The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is the best venue for our conference! Make your reservations online or by calling (800) 526-2008. Be sure to mention that you are with the Transportation Lawyers Association in order to be included in our room block and obtain the favorable rate.​ Make your reservations by January 16, 2019 to utilize the TLA contracted room rate.​​
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