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7.5 Missouri MCLE Hours 6.0 MO ICE Credit Hours Sponsored by the BAMSL Admiralty Law Committee

When: Thursday, November 6, 2014
From 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Where: Hilton St. Louis Ballpark
1 S Broadway
Lindbergh Room
Saint Louis, Missouri  63102
United States
Presenter: BAMSL Admiralty Law Committee
Contact: Shannan Deemie
314-421-4134 x 3120

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Sponsored by BAMSL Admiralty Law Committee 


7.5 Missouri MCLE Hours and 6.0 MO ICE Credit Hours  


Please join us for this annual event bringing together inland river operators, maritime attorneys (plaintiff and defense), general practitioners, claims adjusters, and insurance brokers from up and down the Mississippi River.
You will get updates on legal issues from some of the most knowledgeable experts in the region. This annual CLE includes breakfast, lunch, and networking reception. 


The networking reception, which is being held on the eve of the seminar, will be at Three-Sixty: Rooftop Bar St. Louis. Three-Sixty boasts breathtaking views of the Mississippi, and is located atop the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 Agenda
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.         2014 Maritime Law Reception (included with seminar tuition but RSVP required)

                    Three Sixty: Rooftop Bar St. Louis
                                1 South Broadway
                            Saint Louis, MO 63102


Thursday, November 6, 2014 Agenda


7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.       Registration, Distribution of Materials and Continental Breakfast (included)
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  

Opening Remarks

Ronald Fox, Program Chair, Fox Galvin LLC

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.  

Information in the Maritime Setting - Preservation/Spoliation of Evidence, Electronically Stored Information, Data Management in Litigation

Hon. Michael Reagan, Chief Judge, United States District Judge, Southern District of Illinois

Ryan Mohr, Partner, Fox Galvin LLC

9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Break
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   

Future of the River Industry - Predictions and Trends to Watch! Fracking, LNG, Grain, Coal, Container on Barge

George Foster, President, JB Marine Service Inc.

Paul Tobin, Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President, American Commercial Lines

Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director, America's Central Port

Keith Lay, Director of Administration, AEP River Operations

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

Valuation of Maritime Personal Injury Cases: Verdict or Judgment Exposure, Settlement Value Factors to Consider

Robert Nienhuis, Partner, Goldstein and Price LC

Nelson Wolf, Partner, Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP

Debbie Lienhart, Senior Claims Specialist, Travelers

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  

Occupational Injuries Under the Jones Act - Repetitive Trauma, Toxic Exposure, Hearing Loss, etc.

John Farmer, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP

Gerard Schneller, Partner, Wilkins Schneller Law

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  Break
3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Testimony of the Defendant's Employees or Corporate Representative - in Deposition and at Trial

James Mondl, Partner, Tonkin & Mondl LC

Roy Dripps, Partner, Ambruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel LLC



Hon. Michael Reagan - Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Illinois


Judge Reagan graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 1976 and  St. Louis University School of  Law in 1980.  For the next 20 years he engaged in  civil and criminal litigation. A frequent lecturer at legal symposia,  he has authored legal related papers and book chapters and is a former Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at St. Louis University.  

In 1990 The National Board of Trial Advocacy certified him as a Civil Trial Specialist. 

In 1995 the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Judge Reagan Commissioner for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission where he, along with six others, administered the attorney registration and disciplinary system for the state’s 70,000+ lawyers. 

Judge Reagan was President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association from 1999 to 2000.  During his tenure he added ethics to the Associations seminars and founded its charitable foundation. 

Judge Reagan was nominated by President Clinton on May 11, 2000 and voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on July 27, 2000.  The full Senate unanimously confirmed Judge Reagan on October 3, 2000 and he took the oath of office of United States District Judge on October 23, 2000. 

He currently sits as Chief Judge  in the Southern District of  Illinois which encompasses the 38 southernmost counties.


George Foster - President, JB Marine Service Inc.


George Foster was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and still resides in the area with his wife Linda of 44 years.  He graduated from Mehlville High School in 1962 and attended Central Missouri State College for 2 years.  After his sophomore year of college he got a summer job as a deckhand for Riverside Sand and Dredging Company. This is when he fell in love with the river. In 1966 he got his Coast Guard’s License and worked on several harbor boats and worked 6 months on a line haul as a relief pilot. In 1969 he went back to work for Riverside Sand and Dredging as Vice President of Operations and worked there until 1976.  During his time at Riverside Sand and Dredging, he completed college and graduated from Washington University with a BS in Business Administration. In 1976 George opened up Jefferson Barracks Marine Service with his partner Tom Rollins. They started with one chartered tug and 3,000’ of fleeting area and had one customer, Agri-Trans.  Along the way, they added a barge cleaning and topside repair operation and a small dry dock.  As the business grew, they added more fleeting property and more tugs, and today have 10 miles of fleeting area and 4 harbor tugs. In 2000, George purchased the cleaning and repair operation and the dry dock from his partner and started JB Marine Service, Inc.  Presently, JB Marine Service, Inc. operates 8 tugs, four dry docks,  a full service machine shop and fabrication shop.  

Paul Tobin - Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, ACL


An industry veteran, Tobin most recently held the role of Senior Vice President Administration for AEP River Operations.  He joined AEP in 2001 with the company's purchase of Memco Barge Line, where he served as Vice President Administration and Director Insurance during his four-year tenure.  From 1993 to 1997, he served as Executive Vice President of M.G. Bush & Associates, an independent adjusting company, prior to which he spent a year at Sequa Corporation as Manager Marine Insurance.  His career in the barge transportation inudstry began in 1978 at the Valley Line Company, where he held management roles in insurance, safety, and claims. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Southwest Missouri State University.       

Dennis Wilmsmeyer - Executive Director, America's Central Port

Dennis Wilmsmeyer was appointed executive director of the America’s Central Port in Granite City, Illinois effective July 1, 2010.  Prior to that, he spent the previous 11 years with the Port District; six of those years as general manager.  Wilmsmeyer joined the Port in 1999 after 12 years in transportation planning and project management with the East-West Gateway Council of Governments in St. Louis, the Kansas City International Airport, and a private consulting firm in Missouri. 

Wilmsmeyer’s responsibilities at the Port District include managing day-to-day operations, developing the Port’s 1,200-acre industrial park and business campus, redeveloping a former military base, marketing the many benefits of the Port, attracting new tenants to the property and retaining their numerous current tenants.  The Port has grown from 12 tenants in 2001 to over 75 tenants today.   

Wilmsmeyer credits the enormous success of the Port District’s growth and development to a dedicated and extremely talented team of 30 employees all working toward a common goal of bringing business to southwestern Illinois. 

Wilmsmeyer served as president of the national organization, Inland Rivers Ports and Terminals, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as president of the Board of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois and World Trade Center-St. Louis.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Waterways Conference, and is a member of the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Committee.  He is active in several community organizations and his church. Dennis, his wife, and their nine children reside in Granite City.


Keith Lay - Director of Administration, AEP River Operations


Keith Lay is Director of Administration for AEP River Operations responsible for HR, Training, IT, and Claims.  He has also had leadership positions in operations and logistics since joining AEP through their acquisition of B&H Towing in 2008. From 2004 to 2008 Keith was the General Manager and President of B&H Towing, a family owned company with 130 employees that operated 8 line-haul vessels.   

For 15 years Keith worked for Caterpillar Inc. in various engineering and management positions, primarily related to machine control systems research and development.  He has a BS and an MS in Civil Engineering and a PhD in Robotics, all from Carnegie Mellon University.  Keith resides in Wildwood, MO with his wife Melissa.  They have 3 children, ages 23, 20, and 16.


Robert Nienhuis - Partner, Goldstein and Price LC


Robert Nienhuis has practiced admiralty and maritime law during his entire career at Goldstein and Price, L.C. in St. Louis, Missouri.  He received his Bachelor's Degree from Calvin College in 1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1976.  He has been at Goldstein and Price for more than 38 years and currently is one of its managing members.  Bob is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky.  He is admitted to practice in the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals and is a member of the bar in numerous federal district courts.   During his career he has tried cases to conclusion in 13 states.  At one point, he won five consecutive defense verdicts in Jones Act cases.  He also has handled and tried cases involving vessel collisions, barge construction, cargo claims, insurance coverage, barge sinkings, vessel fires and other major fires, barge breakaways, leg amputations, and other serious personal injuries.  He has successfully represented the employer in formal hearings of LHWCA claims before Administrative Law Judges of the United States  Department of Labor.  Bob is listed in the Best Lawyers in America (2012-2014) and has been selected as  a Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyer by Law and Politics.  Bob is proud to have represented several maritime clients for 30 years or longer.  He has spoken at various maritime seminars and has written articles for various publications.  Bob has been married to his adorable wife Jan for more than 41 years; they have six children (3 of whom are adopted) and fifteen grandchildren.



Nelson Wolff - Partner, Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP


Nelson is a partner of the firm. He represents railroad and maritime employees in personal injury and death cases under the FELA and Jones Act. Nelson has been serving on the Board of Governors of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys since 2004. He has been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of "Best Lawyers in America" in the specialty of Railroad Law has been selected as a Missouri and Kansas "Super Lawyer" by the publisher of Law & Politics in every year since 2005 and again this year in the field of Transportation Law which includes railroad and maritime injuries, and has been selected for membership into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the year 2014. He is also the only Missouri lawyer listed as a "Preferred Attorney" by the National Mariners Association. Nelson has also had numerous articles published in legal journals on personal injury subjects and has presented legal seminars to other attorneys. 


Debbie Lienhart - Senior Claims Specialist, Travelers

Debbie Lienhart is currently a Claim Professional for the Ocean Marine Department of Travelers.

Her career began with Neare, Gibbs & Company, river marine underwriters located in Cincinnati, Ohio   Neare, Gibbs & Company’s line of business was confined to the inland waterways system, writing Hull, Protection & Indemnity, and Cargo insurance for the operators in the River Industry.  Neare, Gibbs was acquired by St. Paul Fire Marine Insurance Company in 1988, later merging with Travelers.  Since that time her experience has expanded to other areas in the marine industry including Marine General Liability.    

She is responsible for the  investigation, evaluation and resolution of marine claims ranging from first party property damage, small boats,  and various areas of liability, including Jones Act and personal injury.  

She credits her knowledge and expertise to several mentors with whom she has had the privilege of working.


John Farmer - Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP


John S. Farmer, Esq. is a partner at Thompson Coburn in St. Louis and leader of the firm’s Admiralty litigation practice area.  He represents defendants in Jones Act, collision, toxic tort, product liability, and government agency matters.  His clients are barge line and towing companies, chemical and petroleum companies, product manufacturers, and water-related construction companies.  John is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois.  He has been published in the admiralty edition of the St. Louis Bar Journal, and has spoken at the GNOBFA and BAMSL Admiralty seminars.  John is a board member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and is currently the President of the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers.  He received his B.A. from Drake University and his J.D. from Washington University. 


Gerard Schneller - Partner, Wilkins Schneller Law


Gerard B. Schneller was born the youngest of eight children on November 11,1964, in St. Louis, MO. Gerry graduated from StLouis University High in 1983. He next attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Rugby team.  He graduated from Marquette in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then attended St. Louis University School of Law where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team, and graduated cum laude and awarded the honor of Order of the Woolsack, an award given to those who graduate in the top 10 percent of their law school class.  He was admitted to the bar of the State of Missouri in 1990, and the State of Illinois in 1991.During law school, Gerry spent 2 summers working for the Stolar Partnership in their civil litigation department.  After graduating, he worked for the Stolar Partnership in the civil litigation department for one year. Seeking more trial experience, Gerry took a job as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois from 1991 to 1995, working out of East St. Louis, IL. At the U.S. Attorney's office, Gerry worked mainly in the criminal division handling a variety of federal felony cases. He received special recognition from the Department of Justice, DEA, Department of Treasury, and the Department of Forestry. Since 1995, he has worked exclusively in handling the claims of injured workers and others suffering personal injury. In 2002, Gerry became a founding member of a nationally recognized trial firm. He remained at that firm until July of 2014. He practices in the areas of FELA; Railroad Accidents and Injuries; Maritime/Jones Act; and Personal Injury. He has handled cases in over 20 states around the country and is admitted to practice in federal courts throughout the Midwest.  He is a member of various legal organizations, including the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Missouri Bar Association, American Association for Justice; and lllinois State Bar Association. Gerry resides in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife, Coleen, and children, Danny, Mary Grace, Abigail and Tommy.  Gerry coaches youth soccer and is an assistant coach for the St. Louis University High tennis team.


James Mondl - Partner, Tonkin & Mondl LC


Jim Mondl has practiced maritime law for 25 years, obtaining many reported verdicts, including some of the largest defense verdicts in the State of Missouri. A member of the Missouri and Illinois bars, Mr. Mondl was educated at Northern Illinois University (B.A., 1984; J.D., 1988) where he ranked first in his law school class. Before beginning his specialization in admiralty law, Mr. Mondl served as research attorney for the Illinois Supreme Court. He was the Chairman of the Admiralty Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis from 2007 to 2009, and has spoken at many seminars and written several articles on admiralty law.


Roy Dripps - Partner, Armbruster Dripps Winterscheidt & Blotevogel LLC


Roy Dripps is a partner in Armbruster Dripps Winterscheidt & Blotevogel LLC, in Alton, Illinois.

He has tried many Jones Act cases, including disputed status and limited liability matters, and

successfully handled maritime cases in state and federal courts in Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota,

Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas,

and West Virginia. He successfully argued for the petitioner in Lewis v. Lewis & Clark Marine,

531 U.S. 438 (2001). He has published numerous articles in law journals including the

University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal. He is a frequent CLE speaker.


Seminar Moderator/Program Chair:  Ronald E. Fox - founding member, Fox Galvin LLC


Ron Fox is a founding member of Fox Galvin, LLC.  He has practiced in the field of maritime law for over thirty years.  He has handled maritime cases of all types throughout the Midwest.  He has tried maritime cases in the federal district courts of Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio.  He regularly represents barge lines, harbor companies, and river dock owners, as well as many other marine interests in litigation.  Ron has published numerous articles on maritime law and trial tactics.  He has been a speaker on five occasions at the annual National Maritime Law Conference sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association.   He is the current Chairman of the Maritime Law Committee of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.  He is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.  In 1981, Ron began his legal career as a clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Higgins of the Missouri Supreme Court.  He is admitted to practice in various United States district courts, the 6th, 7th, and 8th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.




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