Combatting As Is Claims

Session Chairs

Sophia Romero

Drew Sarrett








Why You Should Attend This Event

To thrive in your auto fraud practice, it can be super helpful to do a deep dive into one case type and explore how to improve every aspect of your practice from intake to trial. This year the Auto Practicum is focusing on cases associated with the AS is purchase of a vehicle with prior accident history.  Over two days you will gain the skills needed to spot these cases, build evidence pre-suit and during litigation and handle these cases in arbitration and trial. In addition, we will help you gain the practical skills to negotiate a strong settlement.  

What You Will Learn

  • How conduct an effective and ethical Intake and spot viable claims 
  • How to gather evidence and conduct discovery to build your claim 
  • How to conduct an effective settlement and receive compensation for your case 
  • How to tell your client’s story at trial 



Saturday, April 13, 2024
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Registration, Continental Breakfast & Regulatory Developments
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Ethical Intakes: How to Make the Most out of the Initial Call

Determine whether you are going to take the case

  • Raina Bayas, The Bayas Firm, PLLC
  • Sophia Romero, Maier Gutierrez and Associates
  • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Pre-suit: Evidence Gathering

    Determine whether you have the evidence to start litigation

  • Russell Dombrow, Dombrow Law Firm
  • Sophie Lang, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • Ashley Smith, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.Depositions and Formal Discovery in Auto Cases

    What evidence to secure through formal discovery and how to make sense of what you have

  • Drew Sarrett, Consumer Litigation Associates
  • Tashia Zeigler, The Zeigler Firm, LLC
  • 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.Choice of Law and Interstate Sales

    How to find the best forum for your client that doesn’t result in needless litigation

  • Sebastian Korth, Korth Law Office
  • Elizabeth Wells, Burdge Law Office Co.
  • 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.Elimination of Biases: Working with Specialized Populations

    What unique issues arise with clients of specialized populations

  • Sarah Kelsey, Atlanta Legal Aid
  • Dana Lloyd, Georgia Advocacy Officer
  • Stacy Reynolds, Atlanta Legal Aid
  • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.Class Action Reception
    Sunday, April 14, 2024
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Handling Auto Cases in Arbitration 

    How to prepare for and successfully complete an arbitration

  • Michelle A. Cook, Auto Fraud Legal Center LLP
  • David Ricci, Law Office of David C. Ricci, LLC
  • 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Negotiations: Hands-on Training Session

  • Peter Holland, The Holland Law Firm, P.C.
  • Devonna Joy, Consumer Justice Law Center
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Lunch
    1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.What Cases Give Good Outcomes and What Ones Give Bad Outcomes

    How to improve your bottom line through improved case selection

  • Joshua Feygin, Joshua Feygin PLLC
  • Laura McDowall, McDowall Co. L.P.A.
  • 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.Roundtable Discussions on Developing an Auto Practice

    Meet your colleagues and discuss case strategy and ways to improve your practice.