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2015 PROGRAM
FRIDAY - May 1, 2015
  TRACK ONE
MAIN ROOM
 
  • 5:30 pm
Opening Comments

KEN ROYE - Conference Host

• 6:00 pm
Trends in Australian Wildfire Litigation

DR. MICHAEL EBURN
Australian National University
Canberra, Australia


• Adjournment For Evening
 
SATURDAY - May 2, 2015

TRACK TWO
TRACK ONE
MAIN ROOM

TRACK THREE

• 9:00 am
The Full Spectrum of Damages in Wildland Fire Cases
GARRY J.D. HUBERT, ESQ.
Hubert & Yasutake, APC
Concord, CA

ALAN J. JANG, ESQ.
Jang & Associates
Walnut Creek, CA

• 10:00 am
The 306(b)(6) / Corporate Designee / PMK Depo: Tips For Taking and Defending
CRAIG SIMON, ESQ.
Berger Kahn
Irvine, CA

• 11:00 am
Component Parts Liability - Legal Issues
KHALDOUN BAGHDADI, ESQ.
Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger
San Francisco, CA


• • LUNCH BREAK • •
12:00 - 1:00 pm


• 1:00 pm
Herding Cats at the Mediation of a Multi-Party Insurer

TOM HARRIS
Washington
Arbitration and
Mediation Service
Seattle, WA

• 2:00 pm
Critical Issues in Defense of Wildland Fire Claims
RANDY GIMPLE, ESQ.
DAVID BONA, ESQ.
Carlson, Calledine &
Peterson LLP
San Francisco, CA


• 3:00 pm
Damage Questionnaire A Road Map Through Wildland Fire Litigation, Advantages for Plaintiffs and Defendants

LYNDE SELDEN, III, ESQ.
Carlson, Calledine & Peterson LLP
San Francisco, CA

JOSEPH ASTLEFORD, ESQ.
Law Office of Kenneth P. Roye
Chico, CA

• 4:00 pm
Damages and Valuations of Personal Property

BRIAN CARDOZA, ESQ.
Southern California Edison Co.
Los Angeles, CA

MIKE McEVOY, ESQ.
Murchison & Cumming LLP
Los Angeles, CA

• 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Adverse Experts and
Case Analysis

DOUG ALLEN
Fire Investigator
Banning, CA
Attorneys, Fire Investigators, and Fire Consultants will be presented with substantial issues that need to be addressed when reviewing opposing experts and investigators qualifications.  Resumes and case reports are reviewed for their factual credibility and accuracy.  Understanding the “Red Flags” that raise questions about the expert’s background and qualifications.  Recognizing inaccurate information and conclusions in the opposing reports.  This presentation is supported by court decisions and case studies to avoid unwanted issues from arising in court.


• • LUNCH BREAK • •
12:00 - 2:00 pm

• 2:00 pm
Causes of Wildfire Ignition by Powerlines - Good Science vs. Bad Science

B. DON RUSSELL, PH.D.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

• 3:00 pm
A Comparison of Ceramic And
Non-Ceramic Insulators

TOM GRISHAM
President
GRISCUT, Ltd.
St. Charles, IL

4:00 Pm
Wildland Fire Outlook: Status, Trends and Emerging Issues

ROBERT J. LILIEHOLM
E.L. Giddings Professor of Forest Policy
The University of Maine, School of Forest Resources
Orono, ME



• 9:00 am
Geospatial Technologies Applied to Wildland Fire Litigation

CHRISTOPHER CURTIS, PLS
CBC Geospatial
Consulting, Inc.
Sacramento, CA

WAYLON J. PICKETT, ESQ.
Grotefeld Hoffmann Schleiter Gordon & Ochoa
San Francisco, CA

• 10:00 am
Investigation on Wildland Fires of Suspected Electrical Origin
BRADLEY SHEPHERD, P.E.
J.B. Shepherd & Company, Inc.
Bushnell, FL

• 11:00 am
Value in a Watershed: Pre and Post Wildland Fire

JOHN LANE PG
Principal Scientist
Chico Environmental Science & Planning
Chico, CA


• • LUNCH BREAK • •
12:00 - 1:00 pm

• 1:00 pm
Orchard Damage Evaluation

ROBERT PERDUE
Perdue & Russell Real
Estate Appraisal
Temecula, CA

• 2:00 pm
Mitigation and Conservation Banking: A Land Use Perspective

BRIAN MONAGHAN
Vice President
Wildlands, Inc.
Rocklin, CA

• 3:00 pm
Spot Ignition of Wildfires: The Effect of Particle and Fuel Type

CARLOS FERNANDEZ-PELLO, PH.D.
Professor of
Mechanical Engineering
U.C. Berkeley
Berkeley, CA


SUNDAY - May 3, 2015

TRACK TWO
TRACK ONE
MAIN ROOM

TRACK THREE
• 9:00 am
Federal Fire Management Policies and Procedures
WESLEY R. HIGBIE, ESQ.
Attorney at Law
San Mateo, CA


• 10:00 am
Joint Client Issues in Multi-Party Litigation
SAMUEL BELLICINI, ESQ.
Fishkin & Slatter, LLP
Walnut Creek, CA





• 9:00 am
Effect of Smoke Plumes on Arc Gap Distance With Applications To Wildland Fire Investigations
ZACHARY C. OWENS, Ph.D., P.E.
Exponent
Natick, MA


• 10:00 am
Processing a Wildland Fire Scene to Meet Standards –
A Canadian Perspective
KEN NESS
Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
Saskatchewan, Canada


• 11:00 pm
Adjournment & Closing
KEN ROYE

• 9:00 am
New Technology for the Wise Attorney
ANDY BROWN
Sales Manager
Northern California
Veritext Legal Solutions
San Francisco, CA

SHAHRAD MILANFAR
Partner, Becherer Kannett
& Schweitzer
Co-Owner, Cinch Enterprises
Emeryville, CA

• 10:00 am
Designing The Mediation Process - Lessons From
San Diego
VIGGO BOSERUP, ESQ.
JAMS
Certified Electronic
Discovery Specialist
Orange, CA







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