Beyond the Driver


Despite the significant advances in transportation safety,
accidents still happen. When they do, we must be able find the
best avenue of recovery for our clients. This program addresses
innovative roads to recovery from defendants other than from a
driver, including topics from public entities to ride shares (Lyft/
Uber) to autonomous vehicles.

Topics Include:
1. Key issues in governmental tort cases
2. Navigating roadway design cases from intake through discovery (learn about the key cases and obstacles related to the government design immunity defense)
3. How to plead and prove your government entity liability case, getting around immunities, and recent cases that impact this area of the law
4. Investigating and handling cases against MUNI
5. Current liability issues related to autonomous vehicles

R.J. Waldsmith (Chair) is a partner with Abramson Smith Waldsmith, LLP in San Francisco. He exclusively represents plaintiffs in catastrophic injury cases involving governmental torts, products liability and premises liability. He is a co-author of the CEB’s California Government Tort Liability Practice. Mr. Waldsmith is a past finalist for CAOC and SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year, and was awarded the Most Innovative Use of Technology at Trial award from Law Technology News. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a frequent speaker on the subject of public entity tort liability.

Doris Cheng is ranked as one of the top 50 women lawyers in Northern California. She is listed among the Best Lawyers of America®, SuperLawyers® and San Francisco Best Lawyers. Specializing in complex injuries caused by third party fault, Ms. Cheng has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of disabled citizens throughout California. Ms. Cheng is Past President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association. She is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a co-author of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide on Personal Injury.

Jim McPherson has represented plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and real estate cases for more than 20 years. Mr. McPherson founded to advise entities and related industries about current laws, policies, economic impacts, and planning issues related to automated vehicles. SafeSelfDrive does not advocate for or against AVs as a technology, but does advocate for safety standards, ethical and algorithmic accountability, personal and financial responsibility, and transparency in all things related to autonomy, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Andje Medina is a Partner at Advocate Trial Group, LLP in San Francisco. Her practice focuses on serious injury and wrongful death cases. In 2017, Ms. Medina was a named a Top 40 Lawyer under 40 in California by the Daily Journal and was a finalist for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2016, she tried two cases to verdict and is happy to share her post-trial checklist and strategy tips with you.

Shaana Rahman is the principal and founder of Rahman Law PC, with offices in San Francisco and Paso Robles. Ms. Rahman is an accomplished and experienced civil trial attorney. Her firm handles personal injury cases with a focus on two-wheeled vehicle and dangerous condition cases. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for Northern California, the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys, a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and was honored as a Preeminent Woman Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for both the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and Walk San Francisco.

Kimberly Wong is a trial attorney at The Veen Firm in San Francisco. She litigates complex catastrophic personal injury cases involving negligence, premises liability, wrongful death, products liability, industrial injuries, and exceptions to the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy doctrine. Ms. Wong has also been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star list each year from 2012 to 2017. She is a graduate of CAOC’s Leadership Academy and a fellow of the New Leaders Council. Ms. Wong currently chairs CAOC’s Diversity Committee and serves on the Board’s Executive Committee.

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