North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association
North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association Holds Annual Meeting and Seminar
The NDDLA held its Annual Meeting and Seminar on October 20, 2011, in Bismarck, North Dakota. During the annual meeting, the members elected the following officers for 2011-12: President: Robert B. Stock, Vogel Law Firm, Fargo, ND; Vice President: Lolita G. Romanick, Morley Law Firm, Grand Forks, ND; Secretary: Kara J. Johnson, Zuger, Kirmis & Smith, Bismarck, ND; Treasurer: Tiffany L. Johnson, Pearce & Durick, Bismarck, ND; and DRI State Rep: Larry L. Boschee, Pearce & Durick, Bismarck, ND. In addition to the foregoing officers, the Board of Governors includes the following members: Chris Edison, Dakota Fire Insurance Co., Bismarck, ND; Bradley J. Beehler, Morley Law Firm, Grand Forks, ND; Daniel M. Traynor, Traynor Law Firm, Devils Lake, ND; and Zachary E. Pelham, Pearce & Durick, Bismarck, ND as Past President. Our luncheon speaker was Steven Schwegman, DRI Regional Director for the North Central Region. He gave a DRI update and then presented outgoing President, Zachary Pelham, with the DRI Exceptional Performance Award for his support of NDDLA. The annual Seminar focused on discovery and case preparation issues and included the following presentations: "Navigating the Medicare Secondary Payer Maze" presented by R. Matthew Cairns, Gallagher, Callahan and Gartrell Concord, NH; "Civil Practice in the District of North Dakota" presented by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Charles, Miller, Jr., Bismarck, ND; "Vehicle Accident Reconstruction" presented by Garrick Mitchell, P.E, Rimkus Consulting Group, Denver, CO; "What Every Torts Lawyer Should Know–Parts I & II" presented by Larry L. Boschee, Pearce & Durick, Bismarck, ND; and "The Ethics of Discovery" presented Mark Krueger, MN Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co., Minneapolis, MN. Attendance at this year’s seminar was fantastic! We had an increase of 40% from 32 attendees in 2010 to 52 attendees in 2011.

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