The Association of American Railroads (“AAR”) held its 2017 Advanced Claims School in Overland Park, Kansas from Monday, May 8, 2017 through Friday, May 12, 2017.  This week long school provided educational and training opportunities for AAR claims professionals with three (3) or more years of experience in the railroad industry.  Several presenters were invited to teach courses to advance the skills and knowledge of claims representatives from varying railroads, including: Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railway Company, Kansas City Southern Railroad, The Norfolk & Western Railway Company, Amtrak, Canadian National, etc.

Among the presenters were Partner Kyle Wallor and Associate Michael L. Storey of Lamson, Dugan & Murray, LLP.  Mr. Wallor presented on Jury Selection and the Reptile Theory.  The presentation on Jury Selection addressed the challenges and realities of the selection process and effective ways for claims professionals to assist with the selection process considering social media’s pervasive presence and rapid expansion.  Mr. Wallor also discussed techniques of the Reptile theory and its potential impact on lawsuits against railroad entities.

Mr. Storey gave a presentation entitled “Strategic and Tactical Uses of Motion Practice.”  The presentation discussed the use of dispositive motions, as well as motions in limine, to secure favorable outcomes for the railroads and how claims professionals can maximize their role in that process.