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Edward D. Laird, Jr. Moderates Transportation Law Panel on Preventability and Non-Preventability Determinations


Attorney Edward D. Laird, Jr., recently moderated a panel for ALFA International, the Global Legal Network at its Transportation Practice Group Seminar Welcome to the Wild Wild West: The New Frontier in Transportation Law.  The seminar was held May 8-10, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. 

Mr. Laird’s panel Preventability Versus Non-Preventability Determinations: Resolving the Tension Between Safety and Legal, focused on a recurring issue in commercial motor vehicle liability cases – the rocky road between preventable and non-preventable determinations. The panel addressed accompanying driver discipline, defense analysis, and strategy considerations, as well as factors creating tension between safety and claims/legal. 

The ALFA International panel consisted of seasoned litigators and experienced claims executives from across the United States who provided analysis and practical considerations to guide motor carriers from incident through trial.

Edward D. Laird, Jr. is a senior director of the Carter Conboy law firm.  Mr. Laird has an active trial practice in the New York and Federal courts with over 50 jury trials on behalf of defendants. He represents clients in matters relating to product liability, transportation, retail distribution, logistics, and professional malpractice.  He is a graduate of Western New England University School of Law and has been recognized as a New York SuperLawyer®.  Mr. Laird has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation and Medical Malpractice Defense. He is a member of ALFA’s Transportation Practice Group Steering Committee and represents motor carriers in accident related matters throughout New York. 

ALFA International is a premier network of independent law firms. Founded in 1980, ALFA is the oldest and continues to be one of the largest and strongest legal networks, consisting of 145 member firms throughout the world. ALFA International’s mission is to provide high quality, cost-efficient legal services globally.  The ALFA model enables member firms to use their local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions, often drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms.  ALFA clients benefit from a geographically comprehensive network of exceptional law firms and accomplished trial and business counsel. Member firms meet high standards to be part of the ALFA network and are well respected by their peers in the legal and business community. 

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