Brian J. Pokrywka

Associate

Brian’s practice is focused on defending commercial vehicle transportation claims from post-accident investigation through litigation and trial. Brian manages the firm’s nationwide catastrophic loss response team and has defended a number of high-severity accidents from the initial rapid response notification. He regularly works with motor carriers and their insurers to investigate accident facts, formulate defenses, and protect their interests in litigation. Brian has taken several cases to trial, including multiple wrongful death cases. He has also worked on catastrophic motor coach accidents that have garnered national media attention. Brian has specialized training in emerging vehicle technology systems, such as collision mitigation, driver behavior monitoring, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and autonomous self-driving vehicles. In addition to commercial vehicle transportation claims, Brian litigates a variety of other matters ranging from defending products liability claims to business and commercial disputes.

Professional Details

Case Decisions

Presentations & Articles

Affiliations

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • DRI
  • Claims Litigation Management
  • Cincinnati Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Kentucky Bar Association

Education

  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law
  • B.B.A., Finance, University of Toledo

Specialized Training and Experience

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Skills Course
  • Claims Litigation Management (CLM) Claims College School of Transportation
  • Commercial Passenger Bus and Motorcoach Training, two-day presentation by Fay Engineering
  • Training on emerging vehicle technology, including: "Advanced Vehicle Technologies," Exponent, 2016, "Using Crash Data and Vehicle Crash Reconstruction to Determine What Really Happened in a Crash," Engineering Systems Inc. (ESI), 2016
  • "Forensic Toxicology for Attorneys 2016: Alcohol, Drugs, and Use of Toxicology Experts," presented by Toxicology Laboratories, Inc.

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

M.T. v. Saum, 7 F. Supp. 3d 701 (W.D. Ky. 2014). In multi-plaintiff bus-rollover case, won summary judgment for defendant company that brokered and chartered motor coach trip on plaintiffs’ claims under Kentucky Consumer Protection Act.

Presentations

"Commercial Transportation Technology: Accident Investigation, Claim Handling, and Litigation," NAMIC Claims Conference (Orlando 2018)

Publications

Truck EDR Data—Strategies to Limit Plaintiffs’ Event-Counter Evidence, DRI For The Defense (December 2016) (co-authored)

Rein in the ‘Reptile’ at Trial: Strategies for More Effective Motions In Limine, DRI For the Defense (December 2017) (co-authored)

Papers

A Motor Carrier’s Preservation Obligations After an Accident: Beyond the “Save Everything” Approach, Trucking Industry Defense Association 2012 Annual Seminar (co-authored)

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