Episode #72: Trucking & Construction Litigation

Eric Miersma, Attorney with Balestreri Potocki & Holmes, and a former commercial truck driver, joins the podcast to discuss both trucking and construction litigation. Eric compares and contrasts the two different types of litigation, noting that construction players often have lots of experience with litigation but with most of the smaller trucking companies that he works with, they often have much less experience with litigation. Eric and Dr. Bill Kanasky discuss witness performance at deposition and trial and how Eric approaches the witnesses he works with in order to build trust and rapport. They talk about the challenge of working with terminated employees as witnesses, as well as foreign born witnesses. In addition, Eric and Bill discuss the strategy of admitting liability and how to position this with the jury. Lastly, they touch on the new challenges of jury selection in the current world of social unrest, political turmoil, and Covid.