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Arthur D. Spratlin, Jr. to Speak at Mississippi Seminars

Butler Snow is pleased to announce that Arthur D. Spratlin, Jr. will be speaking at two upcoming seminars in Mississippi. Art will share his insight at the Mississippi Digital Government Summit in Jackson, and the Data Summit 2018 in Starkville.

The Mississippi Digital Government Summit takes place Sept. 12 at the Jackson Marriott. The seminar will gather public and private sector leaders for a chance to network and learn from others who are passionate about information technology innovation and leadership in the public sector. Art’s panel, titled “Driverless Cars and Our Future,” will focus on the impact driverless cars could have on our culture, economy, legal system, highway system, safety and commuting.

Data Summit 2018 takes place Sept. 13-14 at The Mill in Starkville. The seminar will focus on how industries connect in a smart city and how data science can be leveraged for new innovations and processes. Art’s panel titled “Smart Transportation and Logistics” will focus on traffic systems, movement of people, goods and services, safety and privacy in relation to autonomous vehicles.

Art serves as practice group leader of the firm’s Tort, Transportation and Specialized Litigation practice group and as coordinator for the firm’s Autonomous Vehicle Technology group, Trucking group and 24-hour Accident Investigation team. He has extensive experience in product liability law, transportation law/trucking defense and automotive/recreational vehicle law.

Art has published numerous articles and spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad regarding the future of mobility and the autonomous vehicle industry. His presentations explain the technology behind the vehicles (cars and heavy trucks), expected changes in the insurance industry and the potential risks that could arise. Art has emerged as a leading voice in Mississippi on the economic impact that autonomous vehicles can have on the state. He has consulted extensively with representatives from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Secretary of State’s office, the Governor’s office and the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at Mississippi State University in order to advance a vision for the state to enter the autonomous vehicle race, including the development of a plan and infrastructure for taking applications and allowing testing of autonomous vehicles in Mississippi.