Archive of Speaking Engagements


Construction Specifications Institue – Kansas City Chapter

February 9, 2015
Taylor Connolly spoke twice at the Construction Specifications Institute – Kansas City Chapter’s 18th Annual Product Expo & Dinner on February 9. He presented “Stick to the Script: Avoiding the Ever-Expanding Avenues of Liability in the Wake of Over-Selling Design Options” and “Navigating the Outer-limits of Indemnity: Expecting the Unexpected in Standard Form Agreements” to attendees at the event.

Career Services Day

February 5, 2015
Alisha Biesinger spoke on February 5 at the First Career Services Day at the Southern Illinois University School of Law on her professional experiences as a first-year associate.

Cottingham & Butler

October 23, 2015
Joseph R. Swift co-presented “Strategies for the Cross-Examination of a Safety Director” to transportation claim professionals at Cottingham & Butler. The presentation featured different styles of cross-examinations that were presented to focus groups to measure the effectiveness of the distinct styles. Cottingham & Butler provides first-class insurance solutions for over 2,500 trucking companies across the U.S. Their service extends beyond insurance to helping clients with safety, claims, and compliance challenges.

Springfield Claims Association

October 22, 2015
Brad Hansmann presented before the Springfield Claims Association. Brad’s topic addressed the case of Akers v. Auto-Owners Insurance Company, in which the District Court awarded Auto-Owners its attorney fees and costs on a reverse bad faith theory based on the insured’s misconduct.

National Business Institute Trial Tactics Seminar

September 30, 2015
Brandon Copeland spoke at the National Business Institute’s “Advanced Trial Tactics” seminar on the topic of Effective Exhibits and Using Technology in the Courtroom, September 30, 2015.

2015 Arkansas Trucking Seminar

September 16-17, 2015
Joseph R. Swift spoke at the 2015 Arkansas Trucking Seminar. Mr. Swift was a co-presenter of the topic “Insightful Jury Selection in the Wake of Ferguson, Missouri and Charleston, South Carolina.” Mr. Swift’s presentation was a part of the seminar’s litigation workshop for attendees. This annual seminar is a multi-day event focusing on trucking litigation for defense counsel, experts, and industry vendors.

ALFA International’s 2015 Workers’ Compensation Practice Group Seminar

September 16-18, 2015
Kevin J. Adrian served as the program chair for the 2015 ALFA International Workers’ Compensation Seminar in Denver, Colorado. At the seminar, Mr. Adrian was appointed as the new Chair of the practice group.

International Association of Special Investigation Units National Seminar

September 13-16, 2015
Robert L. Brady spoke on “Gone in 60 Seconds: The Age of Electronic Thievery,” the detection of fraudulent auto theft claims.  

ALFA International’s 2015 Professional Liability Seminar

August 7, 2015
Teresa M. Young and Todd A. Lubben spoke on “Updates & Insights in Professional Liability Claims and Litigation”

ALFA International’s 2015 Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar

July 22-24, 2015
Steven H. Schwartz presented on a panel regarding marijuana in the workplace at ALFA International’s 2015 Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar.
Denise Baker-Seal served as a liaison for the Women’s Initiative event at ALFA International’s 2015 Labor & Employment Practice Group Seminar.

Missouri Best Practice Series

June 5, 2015
Edward W. Zeidler II presented “Missouri Civil Litigation Update” at the Missouri Best Practice Series, sponsored by Washington University Law Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Program & United States Arbitration & Mediation.

ALFA International’s 2015 Insurance Law Round Table 

June 10-12, 2015
Steven H. Schwartz moderated the general session of “All Hands on Deck: Pressing Cyber Liability Issues.”  
Elaine M. Moss guided a discussion for the Women’s Initiative, “The Evolution of ‘Success.'”

Defense Research Institute (DRI) Insurance Bad Faith and Extra Contractual Claims Conference

June 17-18, 2015
David P. Bub participated in a panel with attorneys from across the country to discuss “Trend is Bad Faith Litigation” at DRI’s conference.

2015 Fire Symposium

June 26, 2015
Jonathan B. Morrow spoke at the 2015 Fire Symposium at St. Louis County Police and Fire Academy. His presentation is: “A New Approach: The Evolution of the Arson Defense Under Missouri Law.”


May 14, 2015 Jonathan B. Morrow spoke at the MAACA/IASIU seminar on “Bodily Injury Fraud: From Initial Red Flags to Building a RICO Case,” at the St. Louis Police Academy.

ALFA Transportation Practice Group Seminar  

April 29-May 1, 2015
Kurt A. Schmid moderated the 2015 ALFA Transportation Practice Group Seminar session, “One Way or the Other, We Are Watching You: Successes and Pitfalls of Surveillance and Social Media Investigations.”

National Business Institute’s Employment Law Seminar

April 22, 2015
Kristie S. Crawford presented “Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks,” and “Managing Employee Leaves of Absence,” at the National Business Institute’s Employment Law Seminar.

Washington University

April 21, 2015
Philip L. Willman presented to the third-year students in the Washington University physical therapy program on risk management and preparing for depositions. 

CPCU All Industry Day

April 14, 2015
Timothy J. Wolf spoke alongside Bob McCulloch and Mark Diederich to insurance professionals at “Ferguson: Emergency Management, Response and the Implications on Insurance.”   

Safety Summit 2015

April 2015
Joseph R. Swift co-presented a mock corporate representative deposition at Performance Food Group’s “Journey to Safety Excellence.” 

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

March 11-13, 2015
As the DRI Board Liaison for the DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Committee, Philip L. Willman attended the ProAssurance Defense Counsel Meeting, March 11, and the DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar and Meeting, March 12-13.

ALFA International Client Seminar

March 5-8, 2015
Elaine M. Moss moderated “It is Bound to Happen: Managing Losses for the Inevitable Data Breach” at the 2015 ALFA International Client Seminar, March 5-8. Elaine also serves as the Media & Presentation Director for the 2015 seminar.

The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

March 4-7, 2015
John P. Rahoy spoke on “Cyber Issues In Class Action Claims: You Can’t Stop The Waves, But You Can Learn To Surf,” at The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) 2015 Winter Meeting.

St. Louis Association of Healthcare Risk Managers

March 4, 2015
Philip L. Willman attended the 2nd Annual Risk Management Conference sponsored by the St. Louis Association of Healthcare Risk Managers.

Insurance Committee on Arson Control (ICAC)

February 23-25, 2015
Jonathan B. Morrow and Robert L. Brady participated in the Insurance Committee on Arson Control (ICAC) Annual Seminar.

Springfield Claims Association

February 26, 2015
Robert L. Brady spoke at the Springfield Claims Association meeting on “Obtaining and Using Cell Tower Records.”

Legal Ethics and Malpractice Prevention Seminar

February 26, 2015
T. Michael WardRobert S. RosenthalTeresa M. Young and Todd L. Lubben spoke at the Legal Ethics and Malpractice seminar presented by Brown & James, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and ALPS Corporation.

National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference

February 11-13, 2015
Edward W. Zeidler II was a panelist for a session addressing video surveillance issues.

​Kansas City Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) 2014 Procrastinator’s Ball

November 12, 2014 –

Taylor Connolly served as a panelist for “The Red and Black of Green Buildings” roundtable discussion at the Construction Specifications Institute (Kansas City Chapter) year-end annual event, Procrastinator’s Ball in Kansas City.

ALFA International Webinar

November 11, 2014 – Kurt Schmid was a presenter on combating plaintiff trial tactics for ALFA’s webinar, “The Antivenom: Defending Against Reptile Themes in Depositions, Voir Dire, Opening Statements, and Closing Arguments.”

American Trucking Association Motor Carrier General Counsel Forum

July 13, 2014 – Kurt Schmid, a principal in the firm’s transportation practice group, spoke at the American Trucking Association’s Motor Carrier General Counsel Forum in Los Angeles. Kurt moderated a panel discussion on responding to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration audits and resulting legal proceedings. The American Trucking Association is the transportation industry’s lobbying arm based in Washington, D.C.

ALFA International EPLI & Professional Liability Seminar

June 10, 2014 – At the EPLI and Professional Liability Seminar in New York, New York, Brown & James principal, Steven Schwartz moderated “Privacy and Cyber Liability – An Evolving Risk for All Companies and Employers.” Elaine Moss spoke on compensation issues at the Women’s Initiative Discussion entitled, “Negotiating Conversation.”  Teresa Young was a panelist on the discussion entitled, “They’re Back!! Return of FDIC Receiver Claims Against Professionals.”

St. Louis Legal Diversity Program

June 11, 2014 – Brown & James, together with Wells Fargo, Missouri Minority Counsel Program, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, and others, was a sponsor of the upcoming “Keep Moving Forward with Legal Diversity” program at Saint Louis University.

Joe Swift Mock Trial Presentation

May 23, 2014 – St. Louis principal Joe Swift participated in a mock trial presentation before the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. The “trial,” a strict product liability claim, was based on an actual case and included a judge, a badly burned plaintiff, a grieving widow, and expert witnesses. The 170 AEM meeting attendees served as the “jury” and were polled throughout the trial by live interactive texting.