Rena M. Leizerman

Rena M. Leizerman, Attorney
Phone: (800) 628-4500
Fax: (888) 828-7371

Rena Leizerman concentrates her practice in trial and appellate litigation involving serious personal injury and wrongful death related to commercial motor vehicle collisions. She has successfully opposed a Petition for Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, litigated numerous issues of first impression in courts across the country and obtained the first punitive damage verdict against a freight broker for negligent selection. She also drafts and submits amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys and consults with other advocacy organizations across the regarding amicus curiae submissions.

Rena teaches an advanced seminar at the University of Toledo College of Law regarding the laws and regulations governing truck and automobile collisions. She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trucking Litigation Group, and the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA). She also is a founding president of the National Board of Truck Accident Attorneys. She recently spearheaded efforts in partnership with the NBTA and the ATAA to obtain the first and only American Bar Association-accredited board certification in truck accident law in the country.

Prior to joining Leizerman & Young, Rena practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for eight years and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Mark Filip in the Northern District of Illinois.

Selected Published Works

  • Defeating Truck Company Reliance on Privileges to Avoid Disclosure of Post-Crash Investigation, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Newsletter (May 2019)
  • Holding FAST Against Transportation Brokers, TRIAL Magazine (February 2017) (peer reviewed)
  • Current and Emerging Issues in Trucking Litigation, AAJ Conference Paper (March 2014)
  • What If The MCS-90 Endorsement Isn’t Attached, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Newsletter (Fall 2013)
  • Broker Liability in Crash Involving Third Party, Transport Topics (March 26, 2012) (interviewed and quoted on transportation broker liability)
  • Liability of Brokers and Shippers for Negligent Hiring, Litigating Truck Accident Cases (West 2011) (Treatise Chapter)
  • Finding More Coverage: Broker, Shipper, and Safety Compliance Company Liability, AAJ Conference Paper (2010)
  • Other legal publications: Out of Court Restructurings, 867 PLI/Comm 295 (2004); Avoiding Powers and Secured Claims, 867 PLI/Comm 53 (2004); The Delaware Alternative, 853 PLI/Comm 189 (2003); First Day Orders, 827 PLI/Comm 37 (2001) (cited in Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors v. Chinery, 330 F.3d 548, 574 (3d Cir. 2003)); Note, Real Employees: Cognitive Psychology and the Adjudication of Non-Competition Agreements, 4 Wash U. J. L. & Pol’y 289 (2001) (listed in MacArthur Foundation’s Law & Neuroscience Project (2011))

Speaking Engagement Highlights

  • Update on Statutory Employment Law, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (Spring 2020)
  • Compelling Advocacy: How to Effectively Diffuse Defense Arguments, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group (Winter 2019)
  • Maximizing the Trucking Safety Regulations, Ohio Association for Justice Convention (Winter 2019)
  • Update on the Status of Broker and Shipper Law and FAAAA Preemption, Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys Annual Symposium (Fall 2019)
  • From the Crash Scene to Settlement and Everything in Between, National Board of Trial Advocates All Star Conference, Truck Accident Law Program (Speaker and Program Moderator) (Fall 2018)
  • Getting the Jury Instructions in Trucking Cases, OAJ Annual Convention (May 2017)
  • Getting Past Defense Blocks to Trial in Trucking Cases and What To Do Once You Get There, National Trial Lawyers Summit (Winter 2017)
  • Trucking Law, New Safety Technology and Catastrophic Truck Accidents, Your Legal Rights, KAWL Public Radio (Talk Show Guest) (December 14, 2017)
  • Selected Topics in Broker & Shipper Liability, AIEG Summer Trucking Conference (Fall 2016)
  • Responding to Statutory Defense Tactics in Trucking Cases, AAJ Trucking Litigation (Fall 2016)
  • Legal Ethics in Trucking Litigation, AAJ Convention, (Summer 2016)
  • Finding the Money: Brokers, Consultants, and Construction Companies in Trucking Cases, Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention (Summer 2016)
  • How and Where to Find the Right Trucking Regulations, Ohio Association for Justice Annual Convention (Summer 2016)
  • Finding All the Defendants in the Transportation Cycle, Florida Association for Justice (Winter 2015)
  • FAAAA Preemption and other Challenges in Trucking Cases, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group (Fall 2014)
  • Recent Developments in Trucking Litigation, AAJ National Convention (Summer 2014)
  • Discovery in Trucking Litigation, MyLawCLE (Summer 2013)
  • Freight Broker and Shipper Liability, AAJ National Convention (Summer 2012, Summer 2013)

Bar Admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • State Bar of Ohio

Previously appeared pro hoc vice in additional federal and state courts on matters pertaining to truck accident law and/or broker and shipper liability, including, inter alia, the District of Oregon, the Southern District of Florida, and the District of Mexico.

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law
    • J.D. – 2000
    • Order of the Coif
    • Judge Samuel M. Breckenridge Scholarship Award, highest yearly GPA
    • Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, executive editorial board
    • National moot court team, national quarterfinalist and high oralist award
    • Judge Samuel M. Breckenridge Practice Court Prize, excellence in drafting and oral argument
    • Sol Elson Scholar in Law Award, academic merit scholarship
    • F. Hodge O’Neal Corporate Law Prize, academic excellence in corporate law
    • ABA Prize for Land Use Law, academic excellence in land use law
    • Joseph Kutten Prize in Bankruptcy, academic excellence in bankruptcy law
    • American Bankruptcy Law Journal Prize, academic excellence in bankruptcy law
    • Legal Research and Writing, awarded course teaching assistantship
  • Washington University in St. Louis
    • B.A. Philosophy with Honors – 1995

Recent Associations and Awards

• Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys
Board of Regents (2016 to Present)
Chair, Amicus Committee (2017 to Present)

• AAJ Truck Litigation Group
Executive Board Member, Public Affairs Committee (2018)
Best Briefs Award (July 2017)
Executive Board Member, Special Projects (2015 to 2017)
Co-Chair, Amicus Committee (2014 to Present)
Co-Chair, Broker Liability Committee (2013-14)

• National Board of Trial Advocates (NBTA)
Board Member (2016 to Present)
Examination Committee (2017 to Present)
Nominating Committee (2018 to Present)

• National Board of Truck Accident Attorneys
Founding President (2016 to Present)

• Other Associations: American Civil Liberties Union, Northwest OH Chapter, Board Member, Northwest Ohio Chapter (2014); Ohio Association for Justice ; Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, Board Member, Jewish Family Service (2016 to Present); Toledo Bar Association; Toledo Women’s Bar Association

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