TALI North Texas 2020 Mid-Winter Seminar

TALI 2020: Charting the Course
January 31st, 2020    8am – 5pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Park Central
13131 North Central Expressway, Dallas, Texas 75243

7 hours Continuing Education, Vendors, Networking Opportunities and Buffet Lunch.  Click here for Printable Agenda.

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United States Marine Reserve Colonel Sean Dunn
Licensed Attorney in Texas, California, and Louisiana.  Certified Fraud Examiner
From the "Trenches"- Lessons Learned from Complex Case Investigations

Sean Dunn owns and operates Lynx Actual LLC, an investigations and security consultation company in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Sean is a graduate of Louisiana State University and has a law degree from Louisiana State University Law School. He been an attorney for over 21 years and is admitted to the state bars of Texas, California and Louisiana.  Sean enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1987. As a college student he was mobilized and served in Combat in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm. Sean was commissioned in 1996 and served in Combat in Iraq as an Infantry officer during the invasion of Iraq and follow-on stabilization operations. He subsequently served as the Deputy Governor of Wasit Province; an area next to Baghdad about the size of New Jersey with a population of 3.5 million people. Sean was directly responsible for raising the level of basic human rights in the province through personally rebuilding a broken law enforcement, judicial and penal systems in the province. He investigated judicial corruption, human rights violations and investigated mass murders of Shiite Iraqis in Wasit Province in 1991. Sean then served as an Infantry Company Executive Officer, and Commanding Officer of a Heavy Weapons Company.  As a young Marine Corps Judge Advocate, Sean served as both a prosecutor and defense counsel with over 100 trials and administrative hearings as 1st Chair counsel. His cases covered the entire spectrum of criminal justice from homicide, white collar fraud, burglary, sexual assault, child molestation, child pornography and internet exploitation as well as narcotics cases. In 2008 he was personally selected to lead the multi-agency investigative team and was responsible for developing and implementing successful strategy to investigate and prosecute largest Espionage Act conspiracy ever prosecuted in the Department of the Navy. He provided detailed criminal and National Security law expertise to the Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps general officers. He also supervised all investigative activities of FBI and NCIS Counter-Intelligence Investigators resulting in conviction of 100% of those brought to trial. Before leaving active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014, Sean served as the Executive Officer and Operations Officer for a Marine Corps Civil Affairs Group where he planned and conducted simultaneous worldwide military and humanitarian relief operations in support of the Department of State and DoD in Afghanistan, South East Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean. As a senior Marine Corps Reserve Judge Advocate Sean was the Regional Defense Counsel Pacific responsible for supervising, reviewing and monitoring all Marine Corps criminal defense cases in the entire Pacific region. He then served as the Assistant Staff Judge Advocate for Operational and Intelligence Law for United States Southern Command where he participated in multiple real-world contingency and exercise plans and operations including compartmented Special Operations and Intelligence operations. Sean is currently a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves serving as the Marine Corps Service Lead and Crisis Action Team Leader for the Global Force Management Section of the Plans and Operations Directorate of the Joint Staff. Sean leads and coordinates Joint Operation Center operations during periods of national crisis and emergencies. He ensures the Operations Center maintains accurate and timely worldwide Common Operating Picture through synthesis and analysis of multiple intelligence and operational sources of information enabling Joint Chiefs of Staff to make timely and accurate decisions and make sound recommendations to the Chairman, Secretary of Defense and the President. Sean is a Department of the Navy certified Security Manager and Anti-Terrorism Officer. These certifications require specialized training in personnel, systems, and facilities security, including security of classified facilities and information. Sean has extensive experience as a civilian attorney including Criminal Defense, National Security Law defense as well as litigating insurance defense cases including Homeowner property & casualty, Admiralty & Maritime, 18- Wheeler Accident, and other cases. He was the Vice President and General Counsel of several insurance services companies where he conducted Due Diligence Investigations of merger & acquisition targets, formulated risk management strategies, drafted and supervised SIU programs and outside litigation counsel for insurance carriers operating in 21 states including Texas and Florida.


Texas Licensed Attorney Meloney Perry
Perry Law P.C.   Insurance Law Expert

 Looking for Magnum PI- The Qualities an Insurance Attorney Needs in their Investigator

Meloney Perry is a founding partner of the Dallas office of Perry Law P.C.  Her practice focuses on insurance coverage, bad-faith and class action litigation in multiple jurisdictions.  Additionally, she has been involved in extensive policy forms drafting, and negotiations with various governmental agencies.  Ms. Perry also frequently does appellate work in multiple jurisdictions.  One of Ms. Perry’s representative cases is Safeco Ins. Co. of Am. v. Burr/GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. v. Edo, 127 S. Ct. 2201 (2007), which involves issues of first impression under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the use of credit scores in the underwriting process.  Ms. Perry is rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale Hubbell®, has a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating, was selected for Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2020 and Texas Super Lawyers in 2019 for her work in insurance coverage.


Texas Licensed Attorney Mike Ware
Executive Director- The Innocence Project of Texas
Proving Innocence

Mike Ware graduated with honors from the University of Texas with a degree in philosophy. He graduated from the University of Houston Law School in 1983, where he was research editor for the Houston Law Review and the Houston Law Review's Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook. In addition, he was a law clerk for the Honorable David O. Belew, Jr., United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas in Fort Worth from 1983 to 1984. He then began his private practice, specializing in criminal defense. Mr. Ware has been board certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990. In 2006, he co-founded the Innocence Project of Texas. From July 2007 until July 2011, he was the Special Fields Bureau Chief for the Dallas County District Attorney's office, and was head of Dallas County’s Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU). In April 2009, Mr. Ware was featured in “Dallas DNA,” a six-week television series on Investigation Discovery (ID) based on his work with the CIU. In July 2011, he resumed private practice in Fort Worth. Mr. Ware has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been voted a "Texas Super Lawyer” by his peers both as a criminal defense attorney and a prosecutor. In 2014, Mr. Ware was selected as the Percy Foreman Lawyer of the Year by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association. In 2018, Mr. Ware was honored with the Judge Norman W. Black Award from the LGBT Law Section of the State Bar of Texas for his representation of the San Antonio Four, which was the subject of an award winning and Emmy nominated documentary, “Southwest of Salem”. Currently, Mr. Ware is in private practice and is an adjunct professor at Texas A & M University School of Law. Since 2016, he has been the Executive Director of the Innocence Project of Texas. “Exhibit A” released on Netflix on June 28, 2019 features an episode on Mr. Ware’s Innocence Project of Texas case, George Powell, and the junk science (bogus “photogrammetry”) used to wrongfully convict him.


Private Investigator Kim Sanders
Retired Dallas Police Department Detective
Deep Cover

Kim Sanders grew up in the South Oak Cliff area of Dallas. He attended D. W. Carter High School. After completing active duty in U S Army, he was employed by the Dallas Police Department in November 1973 and retired from there after 34 years. His assignments there included Patrol, Vice, Narcotics, and Homicide. He spent 23 years as a Detective in the Narcotics Division, the last 14 of which were working as a Task Force Officer for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He is one of the few law enforcement officers in our country to have worked in an undercover capacity in four separate decades. He also worked four separate long-term “deep cover” assignments in this time frame, each of which lasted over a year in duration. In his last undercover assignment, he was the primary undercover officer that infiltrated two large-scale highly organized Colombian heroin trafficking organizations. He worked over two years in an undercover capacity in Texas and New York City, in Federal Operation White Star and Federal Operation Callejera. These operations resulted in the seizure of over $50,000,000.00 worth of Colombian white heroin and the arrest of major heroin cartel leaders in the United States and Colombia. He left undercover work in 2005 to work as a Homicide Detective the rest of his career. He then worked along with the Texas Rangers and United States Attorney’s Office on the Meaghan Bosch (SMU Coed’s Murder). This joint investigation lead to the conviction and life without parole sentence of serial killer and rapist James McDaniel. Kim Sanders has received numerous local, state, and national awards including the Dallas Police Department Medal of Valor, Meritorious Conduct Bar, Police Commendation Bar, Certificates of Merit, Nominated for Dallas Police Officer of the Year, T. He has been a fourteen-time guest speaker and instructor over the years at our Texas Narcotics Officers Association State Conventions. He has spoken twice at the state legislature on substance abuse related topics on behalf of Texas doctors and law enforcement officers. Kim’s life working undercover is the subject of author Charles Bowden’s book, A Shadow in the City. He has appeared on multiple episodes of the TV show, First 48.  Kim has worked as an advisor to actor James VanDerBeek on drug related film scripts. He currently is working as an advisor to writer Roger Kaplan and producer Chloe Hall on a movie script.  He now owns his own consultation company and testifies as an expert witness on drug related cases, homicides, and other subjects


Brett Shipp
Brett Shipp Media.  Investigative Reporter
Tales of Survival From the Front Lines

As one of the most highly decorated broadcast journalists in the country, Brett was able to shine the light on fraud, waste and abuse. He helped give a voice to the voiceless, hold powerbrokers in the city accountable and was a constant thorn in the side of state officials. Among the changes he helped force were the overhaul the Dallas Police and the Dallas District Attorney’s approach to handling and processing criminal drug cases (Fake Drug Scandal 2001-2002), the reconfiguration of the Texas Workers Comp Commission and his investigation into deadly house explosions forced replacement of faulty natural gas couplings and pipelines in Texas in 2008 to date.

Jarod O'Flaherty
Director, Producer, Writer
Amazon TV Crime Drama Series "Vindication"
A native of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Jarod O'Flaherty is the award-winning filmmaker behind the crime-drama series 'Vindication' which was released in 2019 on Amazon Prime. His previous works include the feature film 'My Son', the World War 2 documentary, 'We Were There', and a handful of shorts and music videos.  Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqlEjdCmt2g



For Additional Information, Contact:


Region 2 Director Bob Washington at [email protected]


Region 1 Director Mark Carroll at [email protected]

 Refund Policy:  Registrants can receive a full refund less a $55 administrative fee before January 10, 2020. Any refund requests received on or after January 10th shall only receive a 50% refund, which shall include the administrative fee. There will be no refunds after January 20th, 2020. However, you can transfer your paid registration into another name if you are able to sell your registration to another person.