IADC Speaks


IADC Speaks is the official podcast of the International Association of Defense Counsel. These largely unscripted interviews take place in about 30 minutes, and episodes will cover a variety of topics of interest to those in the legal arena.

All Episodes

In “Defense Counsel Journal Highlight: Will Social Media Platforms Continue to Avoid Litigation Faced by Offline Counterparts?,” Christopher B. Parkerson, a member of Campbell, Conroy & O’Neil, P.C. (Boston) and IADC Defense Counsel Journal Editor, speaks with Peter J. Pizzi, Walsh Pizzi O’Reilly Falanga (Newark). In this interview, they discuss Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 with a specific focus on recent criticism and proposed changes to the law. Peter and Christopher engage in a very interesting discussion about current events related to social media and policy issues that have impacted the way Congress, Courts, and the public view the immunities offered by Section 230 and compare the treatment of online platforms to offline counterparts.

Oct 5

40 min 55 sec

In “The Transportation Industry, COVID-19, and IADC Membership,” IADC Transportation Committee Chair Mitch Smith, principal at Germer PLLC (Texas), Heather Devine, partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP (Toronto), and Kurt Gerstner, Senior Attorney at Dentons Lee (Seoul, Korea) casually discuss the latest in the transportation industry, COVID-19 and its influence on business practices, and how to get involved and noticed in the IADC.

Jul 15

21 min 58 sec

In “Defense Counsel Journal Highlight: The Role of Cognitive Fatigue on Witness Preparation,” Christopher B. Parkerson, a member of Campbell, Conroy & O’Neil, P.C. (Boston) and IADC Defense Counsel Journal Editor, speaks with John M. Nunnally, Ragsdale Liggett (Raleigh). In this interview, they discuss ways to prevent poor witness performance at deposition with a specific focus on the role cognitive fatigue plays on the quality of deposition testimony. John and Christopher talk about strategies ranging from reptile theory to document review and how properly timed breaks, structured to allow the witness to refresh his or her mind, can help avoid witness mistakes and bad testimony.

Jul 14

36 min 37 sec

In “Defense Counsel Journal Highlight: Genomics in the Courtroom - The Current Landscape of DNA Technology in Criminal and Civil Litigation,” Christopher B. Parkerson, a member of Campbell, Conroy & O’Neil, P.C. (Boston) and IADC Defense Counsel Journal Editor, speaks with Scott Elder, Alston & Bird (Atlanta) and Dr. David H. Schwartz, Chief Scientific Officer at Innovate Science Solutions. In this interview, they discuss the legal landscape for genetic testing and DNA sequencing and how it impacts causation defenses and other proof issues at trial. Dr. Schwartz adds to the conversation by talking about the practical and scientific issues related to deciding how and what type of testing to do and how genetic testing data can be presented at trial.

Apr 29

43 min 2 sec

In "Defense Counsel Journal Highlight: Proposed Medical Monitoring Rule Allows for Recovery in Absence of Bodily Harm," Christopher Parkerson and Mark Behrens discuss the Proposed Medical Monitoring Rule in the Restatement (Third) of Torts and how it could significantly impact case law on recoverable damages. The discussion centers around Mark’s journal article American Law Institute Proposes Controversial Medical Monitoring Rule in Final Part of Torts Restatement.

Dec 2020

32 min 36 sec

In “The Business and Defense of Insurance Companies and Their Insureds in a Post-COVID World,” Charles Reynolds, Natalie Furniss (in-house counsel and supports property casualty businesses at Nationwide Insurance) and Troy Vuurens (senior staff counsel at Heritage Insurance Company), will discuss how COVID-19 has altered the insurance industry/litigation and how it will continue to change following COVID-19.

Jul 2020

36 min 58 sec

In “In-House Insights for Outside Counsel,” Henry Morrissette, with Hand Arendall Harrison Sale in Mobile, Alabama USA, interviews Matt Cairns, Associate General Counsel with Textron Inc. In this interview, they discuss Matt’s experience and insights following his move from a leading outside counsel and defense bar leader to an in-house role managing litigation throughout the United States.

Apr 2020

42 min 46 sec

Keeping the North American supply chain intact means Canadian and American transport carriers and brokers must be able to move food, medical supplies, and goods essential to the economy across states, provinces, and borders. Mitch Smith, principal at Germer PLLC, and Canadian attorney Heather Devine, partner at Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, review the key issues facing transportation clients in this complex time.

Mar 2020

41 min 37 sec

Henry Morrissette with Hand, Arendall, Harrison, Sale, LLC in Mobile, AL interviews Ted O’Toole, Senior Counsel Home Foreign Claims with HDI Global Insurance Company. They discuss the opportunities and challenges to representing European and other foreign entities in U.S. litigation, offering insights on how to achieve better results through optimal global teamwork, communication, and expectation management.

Mar 2020

34 min 22 sec

Bryant Spann, partner at Thomas Combs & Spann, PLLC, interviews Judge Stephanie Thacker, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. They discuss how trial lawyers can improve their clients’ chances on appeal, and what effective (and ineffective) appellate advocates do.

Jan 2020

37 min 2 sec

Michele Smith, IADC Board member and Shareholder at MehaffyWeber, interviews Bob Black, Managing Shareholder at MehaffyWeber. They discuss literal and figurative storms facing the legal profession including disaster preparedness, keeping pace with evolving technology, and succession planning.

Aug 2019

31 min 11 sec