TAC Risk Management Pool Defense Counsel Symposium

October 18, 2019

Texas Association of Counties
Events Center, 4th Floor
1210 San Antonio
Austin, TX 78701

For additional information, please contact Jennifer Kolbasinski.

This symposium brings together TAC Risk Management Pool's (TAC RMP) defense counsel and Risk Management Services staff for a day of training and networking.

This event is by invitation only and includes continuing legal education credit. Peer speakers will provide updates and insight into events shaping today's legal risk management landscape.

Breakfast and lunch are included.


Complimentary parking is available at the TAC garage. Entrance is on 13th St. between San Antonio and Brazos streets.

Room blocks are available with the following hotels. Rooms at discounted rates are limited – so book soon!

Courtyard by Marriott Austin Downtown|Convention Center
300 E. 4th Street | Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 236-8008
Reserve online:
Courtyard by Marriott TAC RMP Defense Counsel Symposium

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Austin
303 West 15th Street | Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 478-7000
Reserve by phone or online:
(800) 222-8733
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin TAC RMP Defense Counsel Symposium

Thursday, October 17  
5-7 p.m. Reception (Location TBD)
Friday, October 18  
8 a.m. Breakfast
8:50-9 a.m. Welcome
Michael Shannon, Director, TAC Risk Management Services
9-9:30 a.m. TAC RMP Expectations and Defense Counsel Guidelines
Garry Merritt, TAC General Counsel
Stacy Corluccio, TAC Risk Management Services Claims Manager
9:30-10 a.m. Why Qualified Immunity is Important to Defend and Resolve 1983 Cases
Tom Brandt, Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin
10-10:30 a.m. Update on Defending Wrongful Arrest Cases
Michael Shaunessy, McGinnis Lochridge
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:15 a.m. Recent Developments in Defending Excess Force Claims
Cass Weiland, Squire Patton Boggs
11:15-11:45 a.m. Investigating, Evaluating & Defending In-Custody Death Claims
Robert Davis, Flowers Davis
Mike Starkey, ICS Jail Supplies
11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Employment Law Case Update and Trends
Joanna Salinas, Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas
12:15-1:15 p.m. Lunch

Panel Talk - First Amendment Retaliation

Larry Simmons, Germer
Eric Magee, Allison, Bass & Magee
1:15-1:45 p.m. Strategies for Investigating, Evaluating and Defending Damages Claims
David Iglesias, Iglesias Law Firm
1:45-2:15 p.m. Strategy of Rule 68 Offers of Judgements
Norman Giles, Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard, & Smith
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-3:30 p.m. Strategies in Car Crash Cases
Casey Cullen, Cullen, Seerden & Cullen
3:30-4 p.m. Recent State Cases of Interest to Governmental Entities
Matt Matzner, Crenshaw, Dupree & Milam
4-4:30 p.m. Recent Federal Cases of Interest to Governmental Entities
Jon Mark Hogg, Jackson Walker

Continuing education hours have been requested for this symposium. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Kolbasinski.

Please email your cancellation to Lee Bell-Hovland.

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