TLA Webinar Series

TLA’s webinar series seeks to expand the association’s CLE offerings by providing timely information on issues of concern to transportation attorneys from the leaders in the field.  TLA members, non-members and non-attorneys are welcome to attend.
Please see the  below before you register.
 Before You Register for a TLA Webinar 
  • TLA applies for Continuing Legal Education credit from every State in which it is required.
  • All participants who complete the evaluation following the webinar will be provided with the uniform certificate of attendance.
  • TLA uses Zoom for webinars. 

Next webinar will take place September 28, 2022.

This webinar will start at 1PM CST / 2PM EST

Questions of SUPREME Importance: Transportation Issues before the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2022 ‎Term

Join Jenny Eaton and Curtis Cornett as they explore the issues at stake in Mallory v. Norfolk ‎Southern and Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt. In Mallory v. Norfolk Southern, the Court will address whether transportation companies who ‎register to do business in states like Pennsylvania must consent to be sued in those states for ‎lawsuit that have no other connection to the state. The Court will grapple with issues of due ‎process, general v. specific jurisdiction, and the true meaning of consent. Jenny Eaton will help ‎participants understand the history and recent case law of the Court on these jurisdiction issues ‎and how this decision may have serious, wide-ranging implications for any national ‎transportation company. 

In Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt, the Court will discuss the unique employment ‎arrangements of offshore oil workers and how federal overtime law applies to parts of the ‎maritime world. At issue is whether a supervisor making more than $200,000, working less ‎than half the days of the year, is nevertheless not exempted as a highly compensated employee ‎from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Curtis will help explain the complicated statutory and ‎regulatory framework and where else this in the transportation world employers should be ‎concerned about running afoul of the regulations.  You won’t want to miss it!

Moderator/Speaker Bios:

Moderator: Eric Benton, Partner, Mayer LLP, Houston, TX
Eric served as the President and Chairman of Lorance &Thompson, P.C. from 2017 to 2021. He was an in-house attorney at one of the largest transportation companies for almost fifteen years prior to joining Lorance Thompson. After going into private practices, Eric created one of the largest transportation practice groups in the nation. He enjoys his job for its intellectual stimulation and friendships he has made during his career. Eric understands the client-attorney relationship from the in-house perspective and takes each case as if he is the client. He demands of himself excellent quality of representation with the efficiency and cost effectiveness as if he was the one paying the attorney fees. Outside of the workplace, Eric enjoys being a season ticket holder for Houston’s professional teams, the Texans and Rockets. When the opportunity presents itself, he enjoys saltwater fishing out of Galveston Island where he keeps his boat. Eric also enjoys an occasional round of golf.

Speakers Bios:

Jennifer L. Eaton, Attorney, Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black, Norfolk, VA‎
Jenny is a thoughtful trial attorney who represents clients in complex civil litigation matters in ‎state and federal courts across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Having clerked at both the trial ‎and appellate court levels, Jenny has a unique understanding of local rules and a tact for ‎tackling problems with judicial considerations in mind. ‎

Outside the courtroom, Jenny has leadership roles in legal organizations such as the Legal Aid ‎Society of Southeastern Virginia, Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, and the James Kent ‎American Inn of Court. Jenny also gives back to the community through her service on the ‎Board of the Chesapeake Humane Society and as a coach to Special Olympics athletes. In 2018, ‎Jenny received the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association’s prestigious Walter E. Hoffman ‎Community Service Award. And in 2019, Jenny was honored by her alma mater as the Taylor ‎Reveley Award recipient in recognition of her service, leadership, and qualities as a citizen ‎lawyer.‎

Curtis Cornett, Member, Cors & Bassett, LLC, Cincinnati, OH
Curtis is a well-regarded Ohio attorney who has successfully represented management clients in ‎labor arbitrations, in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations ‎Board, and he regularly practices before a host of other governmental agencies, including the ‎EEOC and OSHA.  He also represents interstate carriers and brokers in a variety of ‎transportation related matters, including cargo claims. ‎

Curtis is an avid runner, having completed 33 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 4 ‎times. Curtis also enjoys playing tennis and listening to classical music, as he is a former ‎classical trumpet player, having earned a Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from ‎the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.‎

Suggestions for webinar topics and presenters are welcome.
Please email the committee chair.
2022-23 Webinar Committee
Tamara Goorevitz
Tyler Hayes
Pam Palmer
Melissa Richardson
Daniel Sbanotto

Eric Zalud