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Wednesday, October 2 | 9:15-10:00am

Tips & Success Stories from Females in the Male-Dominated Trucking Field

Listen to experienced female trucking litigators share tips on how females can utilize their inherent “female” traits to break into and succeed in the trucking industry and share their personal stories about their journey in this male-dominated field. Attend this educational session to learn:

  • Tips for using and relying on our inherent "female" traits, rather than trying to be more like men
  • How to use our inherent "female" traits to succeed in the trucking industry (whether as drivers, motor carriers, brokers, insurers, or employers), which is a male-dominated industry
  • Advice from experienced female litigators as they discuss their personal experiences of navigating and succeeding in a male-dominated industry.

About the Panelists

Jennifer Parrott

Jennifer E. Parrott, Attorney, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, focuses her practice in civil litigation and represents individuals, corporations, and insurance companies in state and federal courts. Her practice includes an emphasis on general liability and insurance litigation, transportation/trucking law, personal injury, products liability, and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience in managing files, interviewing witnesses, preparing discovery, writing and responding to motions and appeals, and taking depositions. In 2017, the American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance section, appointed Parrott to Vice-Chair for both the Cyber Security Data Privacy General Committee and the Commercial Transportation Litigation General Committee and as a member of the Outreach to Young Lawyers Standing Committee. The ABA TIPS Technology section also appointed Parrott to Vice-Chair for the Self-Insurers and Risk Managers Committee. Prior to joining Drew, Eckl & Farnham, Parrott served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Irma B. Glover in Cobb County State Court and as an Assistant Solicitor in the Fayette County Solicitor’s Office. Interestingly, Parrott formerly raced cars, competing throughout the United States and in the first women only professional road race (Inaugural Women’s Global GT 1999). Though she still enjoys fast cars she no longer races, her interests outside the office now consisting of hiking and travel with her family. Additionally, Parrott also dedicates time to raising funds for cancer research and from 2011-2015, she served on the Board of Trustees for the Ainsley Paige Higgins’ Dare to Hope Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of children with rare diseases and complex medical conditions.

Melody Kiella

Melody C. Kiella, Attorney, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, is an experienced litigator specializing in all aspects of complex civil litigation. She represents clients in connection with a broad spectrum of legal matters, including transportation/trucking law, personal injury, premises liability, negligent security, mold damage and exposure, catastrophic injuries, commercial litigation, breach of contract, and general liability. Kiella has extensive experience in managing files from the pre-litigation stages through trial, which experience includes pre-litigation investigations, analysis of potential liability, and providing strategic advice to avoid possible future litigation; pre-litigation settlement negotiations; positioning cases for dismissal on summary judgment through investigation, discovery, depositions, and creative legal arguments and theories; taking and defending depositions of parties, fact witnesses, and expert witnesses; participating in oral argument on motions, including dispositive, discovery, and pre-trial motions; drafting answers, complaints, motions, briefs, motions in limine, and other pleadings filed at all stages of litigation; and coordinating with and using experts. Kiella graduated summa cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating 13/313 overall, was a Dean King Scholar during her 2nd and 3rd years, acted as a teaching assistant for Contracts I and II, Civil Procedure I and II, and Torts, and was an Editor of the MSU Law Review. Kiella currently serves on her law firm’s Diversity Committee, Transportation Industry Committee, Social Committee, and is a Mentor in the Mentor/Mentee Program; serves as Webinar Chair of the DRI Trucking Law Committee; serves as the Publications Chair for DRI For Life; serves as the Vice Chair of the Premises Law Substantive Law Committee to the DRI Retail & Hospitality Committee; serves as the Vice Chair to the Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of ABA/TIPS; serves as the Vice Chair to the Women Trial Lawyers General Committee of ABA/TIPS; serves as the Young Lawyer Representative to Women Trial Lawyers Task Force of ABA/TIPS; and serves as the Young Lawyer Representative to the Young Lawyer Standing Committee of ABA/TIPS.

Whitney Greene

Whitney L. Greene, Attorney, Drew Eckl & Farnham, LLP, is a civil litigation attorney, practicing primarily in the fields of General Liability and Workers' Compensation defense. She works on behalf of one of the World’s largest retail organizations in the areas of transportation, premises liability, product liability, and professional negligence claims. Greene serves clients who manage a high volume of cases, handling files from the initial complaint through final resolution. She has significant experience positioning cases for dismissal on summary judgment and other cost-effective resolution options. In addition, she has taken and defended dozens of depositions (including medical and non-medical experts), handled numerous mediations, and represented clients at both the trial and appellate level. Mrs. Greene routinely provides pre-suit strategic advice to avoid litigation, and assists clients in developing strategies for efficiently and effectively resolving claims at the earliest stage. While in law school, Greene was extremely active in Georgia Law’s advocacy program, competing in both moot court and mock trial. She was the winner of the 2010 Richard B. Russell moot court competition, and went on to win multiple brief and oralist awards. Greene received numerous honors and was selected as an Inductee in the National Order of Barristers, and a Pupil in the prestigious Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court. Greene is also active in her local community. In 2015, she graduated from “Leadership Glynn,” a prestigious program that provides a diverse group of existing and emerging leaders with a unique opportunity to experience the many facets of Glynn County to develop informed leaders and channel their ideas and experiences toward community resources, issues and concerns to help direct the future of the Brunswick and Glynn County areas. She also serves on the board of Symphony Society, which is the fundraising arm of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia.

Facilitator: Lisa Johnson serves as the Legal and Regulatory Compliance Specialist at Southeastern Freight Lines, Inc., where she works to ensure adherence to the numerous laws and regulations impacting the LTL industry at the federal, state, and local levels. Her responsibilities include monitoring, interpreting, and analyzing statutes and regulatory requirements; providing direction and developing compliance implementation plans; maintaining compliance related documentation; and managing key regulatory processes. Lisa has a keen interest in environmental compliance and is particularly passionate about hazardous waste management. Prior to transitioning to the transportation industry, Lisa worked for more than fifteen years supporting litigation defense teams and also worked for six years in the pharmaceutical industry as a Sales Specialist.

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