Conference Program



Day 1: Tuesday, October 22

Welcome and Introduction
8.25am - 8.30am

8.25am

Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair

Prof Nicholas Wittner
Professor of law in residence
Michigan State University College of Law
USA

A Primer – ADAS and AV Explained
8.30am - 10am

8.30am

Overview of the Technologies – Levels of Automation – Federal Policies and Regulations

Ryan Harrington
Principal
Exponent Inc
USA

9.15am

Federal and State Policies, Testing, Legislation and Regulation to Introduce ADAS and AV into the Marketplace

Kelly Bartlett
Senior policy advisor/connected and automated vehicle specialist
Michigan Department of Transportation
USA
Elise Feldpausch
Connected vehicle specialist
Michigan Department of Transportation
USA

9.45am

Q&A

10am

Theories of Product Liability and Application to Real-World Incidents

Tom Vanderford
Associate general counsel/executive director, litigation
Hyundai Motor America
USA
Prof Nicholas Wittner
Professor of law in residence
Michigan State University College of Law
USA

Break

11.30am

Product liability issues related to ADAS on the road today

Thomas Branigan
Managing partner
Bowman and Brooke LLP
USA

12pm - 1pm

Litigating ADAS and AV Cases

In this session, Jennifer, John, Gary and Randall will present complex design-defect and failure-to-warn cases, sophisticated discovery management and confidentiality of source codes. They will also discuss defenses asserted in recent cases and claims, the role of NHTSA and NTSB investigations, plus cooperation and potential conflicts among manufacturers, suppliers and ride-hailing providers.
John Gersch
Managing counsel
Toyota Legal One
USA
Gary Wolensky
Shareholder
Buchalter
USA
Jennifer White
Corporate counsel, automotive product liability and litigation
Volkswagen Group of America Inc
USA
Randall Haimovici
Director litigation
Uber
USA

Lunch

2pm

ADAS and AVs project significant future benefits — legal considerations have a role in the outcome

Jerry Johnson
Vice president and deputy general counsel
Robert Bosch North America
USA

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Product Liability Prevention

The presenters will discuss the role of legal counsel in the development of ADAS and AV systems and technology, the importance of the legal relationship between vehicle manufacturers and suppliers in realizing the projected societal benefits, and legal considerations surrounding different levels of automation.
Erinn DePorre
Assistant general counsel, product litigation and AV
General Motors LLC
USA
Jason Menges
Director/assistant general counsel
Nissan North America
USA
Tony Gioutsos
Director portfolio development autonomous Americas
Siemens
USA
Michael Kidney
Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLP
USA

Break

4pm

Ethical Considerations in Autonomous Vehicle and Emerging Technology Design

Jennifer Dukarski
Shareholder
Butzel Long
USA

Day 2: Wednesday, October 23

8.30am

Autonomous vehicles: regulatory and pre-regulatory topics

Anthony Cooke
Deputy general counsel and vice president for policy and regulation
Luminar Technologies Inc
USA

9am - 10am

Regulations and Regulators in the Autonomous and Self-Driving Vehicle Arena

In this session the presenters will discuss the guidance, regulations, authorities and current activities of NHTSA. Jacqueline, Elizabeth and Joshua will explore other sources of standards and rules to watch, plus implications for manufacturers and suppliers.
Jacqueline Glassman
Partner
King & Spalding
USA
Elizabeth Mykytiuk
Assistant general counsel automotive product, regulatory and litigation
Volkswagen Group of America Inc
USA
Joshua Wilkenfeld
Senior counsel emerging technologies, regulatory
Uber
USA

Break

10.30am

Privacy and cybersecurity considerations concerning the collection, use and sharing of vehicle data

Steven Wernikoff
Partner
Honigman Miller
USA

11am - 12pm

Privacy and Cybersecurity

In this session, Ryan, Todd and Timothy will present on existing regulations and regulatory guidelines, plus the common challenges, including industry voluntary guidelines and federal legislation.
Ryan Bowers
Counsel, global privacy and product cybersecurity
General Motors
USA
Todd Benoff
Partner
Alston & Bird
USA
Timothy Tobin
Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLP
USA

12pm

The class action implications of autonomous, electric and connected motor vehicle technologies

Neal Walters
Product liability group leader
Ballard Spahr LLP
USA

12.30pm - 1pm

Class Action

The presenters will focus on issues arising from marketing increasingly autonomous and electric vehicle features, the data and cybersecurity threats and how to avoid aggregate litigation.
Jeffrey Gurney
Attorney
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
USA
Jennifer White
Corporate counsel, automotive product liability and litigation
Volkswagen Group of America Inc
USA
Michael Kidney
Partner
Hogan Lovells US LLP
USA

Lunch

2pm

Possible issues arising out of AV use in the United States under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the United States Constitution

Ronald J Hedges
Senior counsel
Dentons
USA

2.30pm - 3.30pm

Potential Criminal Liability Under Federal Law And State Regulations

In this session, the presenters will discuss removing impediments to ADAS and AV in current state motor vehicle codes, plus challenges for state and local police and preparation for ADAS and AV. Gail, Daniel and Richard will also explore liability for criminal conduct of third parties and the unique constitutional issues and protections for Levels 4 and 5 AV involving search and seizure.
Daniel Levin
Partner
White & Case
USA
Andrew Vu
Vice president, general counsel
Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America Inc
USA
Gail Gottehrer
Technology lawyer and founder
Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC
USA
Lt Col Richard Arnold
Deputy director
Michigan State Police - Field Operations Bureau
USA

Break

4pm

The importance of risk management in the implementation of ADAS and AVs

Kelsey Brunette Fiedler
Ideation analyst
Munich Reinsurance America Inc
USA

4.30pm - 5.30pm

Insurance

Thomas, Fred and Thomas will present on the fundamentals of insurance for automated vehicles, the real-world challenges faced by insurers and how best to mitigate risk.
Thomas Karol
General counsel
National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
USA
Fred W Reinke
Partner
Dentons US LLP
USA
Thomas Alleman
Member
Dykema Cox Smith
USA
Please note: this conference program may be subject to change.