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Legal Liability: Perspectives from Both Sides

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This session will include presentations by two attorneys based in the Pacific Northwest who are involved in traffic crashes and liability issues, one a defense attorney who is active on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and one plaintiff’s attorney who is active in Oregon Walks and helped to fund a Portland Pedestrian Collisions study. The session will include ample time for audience Q&A.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand transportation legal liability issues that are typically encountered
  • Appreciate typical differences between plaintiff and defense attorney perspectives on transportation legal liability issues
  • Gain perspective on ways to reduce potential exposure to legal liability

Moderator: Rock Miller, P.E., PTOE, Principal / CEO, Rock E. Miller & Associates

Speakers:
  • Andrew Cooley, Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S., Seattle, Washington
  • Scott F. Kocher, Forum Law Group LLC, Portland Oregon

Contributors

  • Moderator: Rock Miller, P.E., PTOE, Principal / CEO, Rock E. Miller & Associates

  • Andrew Cooley, Keating Bucklin & McCormack, Inc., P.S., Seattle, Washington

    Attorney Andy Cooley is a shareholder in the Seattle firm of Keating, Bucklin & McCormack. For more than 35 years he has represented public agencies in road design cases. He is also a member of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, including the Signals Technical Committee and the Task Force on the Rules of the Road. He has been published in the ITE Journal and the Journal of Traffic Engineering.

  • Scott F. Kocher, Forum Law Group LLC, Portland Oregon

    Scott Kocher is a trial attorney at Forum Law Group LLC in Portland, OR. His practice includes representing individuals and families in roadway injury and death cases. These include claims against transportation agencies when roadway defects or infrastructure deficiencies are at issue. Mr. Kocher has served on safety-related committees at the local and state level, with a focus on improving infrastructure for people to walk, ride and roll. These include the City of Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee, the Oregon Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the Policy Advisory Committee for Oregon’s State Highway Safety Plan. He served a lead author of the Oregon Walks Fatal Pedestrian Crash Report, published this year. https://oregonwalks.org/fatal-pedestrian-crash-report/. Mr. Kocher was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon, and has practiced law in Portland since completing undergraduate and law degrees (in 1997 and 2001) at Harvard University.

July 29, 2021
Thu 1:30 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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