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 at Leizerman & Associates. 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 has published numerous articles and presented on trucking law topics to lawyers across the country.

Leizerman teaches an advanced seminar at the University of Toledo College of Law regarding the laws and regulations governing truck and automobile collisions. She also 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.

Leizerman graduated from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she was Order of the Coif and served on the executive board of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Mark Filip, Northern District of Illinois. Prior to Leizerman & Associates, she practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP for eight years.

Publications

  1. Finding More Coverage: Broker, Shipper, and Safety Compliance Company Liability, AAJ Conference Paper (2010)
  2. Liability of Brokers and Shippers for Negligent Hiring, Litigating Truck Accident Cases (West 2011) (Treatise Chapter)
  3. Broker Liability in Crash Involving Third Party, Transport Topics (March 26, 2012) (interviewed and quoted on transportation broker liability)
  4. What If The MCS-90 Endorsement Isn’t Attached, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Newsletter (Fall 2013)
  5. Current and Emerging Issues in Trucking Litigation, AAJ Conference Paper (March 2014)
  6. Holding FAST Against Transportation Brokers, TRIAL Magazine (February 2017) (peer reviewed)
  7. Defeating Truck Company Reliance on Privileges to Avoid Disclosure of Post-Crash Investigation, AAJ Trucking Litigation Group Newsletter (May 2019)

 

Representative Speaking Engagements

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