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​​​​​​​​​2018 Annual Conference​​​


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Excitement is building for the 2018 TLA Annual Conference and CTLA Midyear Meeting scheduled for May 2–5, 2018 at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in beautiful Orlando, Fla. The planning committee has developed a first-class educational program you can’t miss. That, combined with a variety of fun, engaging, networking events, will make your visit to The City Beautiful a memorable experience. All you need to pack is your golf bag, Mickey Mouse ears and your family!

The Resort

book.pngLocated in the southeast corner of Walt Disney World, the W​aldorf Astoria Orlando is decidedly Floridian, with citrus hues accenting the decor and on-site facilities that make the most of the warm weather and sunshine. The big draw here is the 18-hole championship golf course, perfectly accompanied by the natural wetland backdrop. And the cabana-lined lap pool and zero-entry pool are great for lounging and catching a tan. The highlight of your stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando is the customer service. If you're a Hilton Honors rewards club member, you can use or earn points here.

TLA has arranged for attendees to enjoy significantly discounted room rates at $235++ per night, double occupancy. The property also offers one, two and three bedroom villas our attendees can reserve at a discounted rate as well. These would work perfectly for anyone traveling with guests or family.
In​dulge yourself in the best that Orlando has to offer. Although you’ll attend for the CLE, you can also relax, go on an adventure or just see the sights. Waldorf Astoria Orlando has an itinerary planned that will ensure you’re immersed in an unforgettable experience.

Plus, the convenient location to Walt Disney World Resort and free shuttle service cannot be beat. Plan to stay before or after TLA’s Annual Conference and bring your family. Mickey and Goofy are waiting for you.

Click here​ for a special shuttle coupon.
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TLA's Annual Conference continues to be the best CLE conference for the price. The following registration rates are competitive and the quality of education and networking opportunities are unmet in the industry!​ Be sure to register early to take advantage of the best conference rates.
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Download the registration brochure here.

Registering by mail? Download the registration form here​.

​Early Pre-Registration
(register online by 11:59p.m. CST Mar. 2, 2018)​
Regular Registration
(register online by11:59 p.m. CST Apr. 6, 2018)​
On-Site Registration
(May 2-5, 2018)
Corporate Counsel$825$825$825
First Time Attendee$825$825$825
Guest (age 13 and over)$450$450$450
Guest (age 4-12)$125$125$125


C​ontinental breakfasts, Welcome Reception, Thursday evening event, Annual Banquet and Saturday evening event. In addition, member, non-member and retired/student registrations include daily refreshment breaks and the TLA Annual Business Meeting lunch on Thursday.​

Registration Deadline

Please note that the registration deadline of Apr. 6, 2018 is firm. After the deadline, a completed hard-copy registration form and payment will need to be brought with you for onsite registration.

We cannot include you on the pre-registration roster should a form arrive at the TLA Executive Office after the registration deadline. No exceptions. Your late registration form will be processed by our onsite staff.​

First-Time Attendees & Corporate Counsel

If this is your first time attending the TLA Annual Conference or if you are Corporate Counsel, be sure to check the box indicating your status on the registration form. First-time attendees and Corporate Counsel are guarantee to receive the early registration rate regardless of when they register.


By registering as a non-member, you will receive an application for membership and must meet the TLA membership qualifications in order to attend the Annual Conference. As a new member of the Transportation Lawyers Association, you may attend the Annual Business Meeting as a voting member. Please note that $280 of the non-member registration fee pays your TLA dues in full for 15 months: May 1, 2018, through Jul. 31, 2019. You receive three “free” months of membership benefits, and we are confident that you will want to renew your membership for the fiscal year 2019-2020!

Registration Confirmation

Registrations received by Apr. 6, 2018 will receive a confirmation by email. When you receive your confirmation, please check the spelling of your name to ensure it is correct. If there is an error, please contact us at The information on your confirmation email will be the information used for your name badge and event tickets. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact the TLA Executive Office to confirm receipt of your registration.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Written notice of cancellations received on or before Mar. 2, 2018 will be fully refunded. Cancellations received from Mar. 3, 2018 through Apr. 6, 2018 will be refunded less a $200 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after Apr. 6, 2018. Substitution of registrants is allowed. Contact Susan Hime at 913-222-8642 or email to substitute a registrant.
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Below is a brief outline of the conference schedule by day. This is subject to change. Be sure to download the full registration brochure to see all of the sessions and events TLA has planned for you and your guests.

​Wednesday, May 28:00 a.m.-noonExecutive Committee MeetingGrand Ballroom 1
12:30 p.m. (shotgun start time)Golf TournamentWaldorf Astoria Golf Course
2:00-4:00 p.m.Tennis TournamentUSTA (offsite)
​4:00-7:30 p.m.Registration OpensGrand Ballroom Foyer
6:00-8:00 p.m.Welcome ReceptionPromenade
7:15 p.m.Dine Arounds beginVarious onsite restaurants
9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.TLA Networking After HoursSir Harry's
​Thursday, May 37:15 a.m.-8:15 a.m.Continental BreakfastGrand Ballroom Foyer
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.RegistrationGrand Ballroom Foyer
8:15-8:30 a.m.Opening RemarksGrand Ballroom
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.General SessionsGrand Ballroom
8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.Guest ExcursionMeeting in hotel lobby at 8:30 a.m.
11:00-11:15 a.m.Refreshment BreakGrand Ballroom Foyer
12:30-1:30 p.m.TLA Business Meeting & Member LuncheonGrand Ballroom
1:30-2:30 p.m.TLA Committee Chair OrientationConrad
2:00-4:00 p.m.CTLA Midyear MeetingEmpire
2:00-5:15 p.m.Educational Breakout SessionsVarious rooms
6:00-8:00 p.m.TLA's 80th Anniversy Member CelebrationCentral Park Gardens
9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.TLA Networking After HoursSir Harry's
Friday, May 47:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.Continental BreakfastBull & Bear
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.Past Presidents BreakfastSir Harry's
​7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.​​Corporate Counsel & Young Professionals Breakfast​Empire
7:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.RegistrationGrand Ballroom Foyer
8:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m.General SessionsGrand Ballroom
10:15-10:30 a.m.Refreshment BreakGrand Ballroom Foyer
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.Educational Breakout SessionsVarious rooms
12:45-2:00 p.m.Lunch on your own
2:00-5:30 p.m.Educational Breakout Sessions cont'dVarious rooms
6:00-7:00 p.m.Annual Banquet ReceptionCentral Park Gardens
7:00-9:00 p.m.Annual Banquet Dinner & PresentationCentral Park
9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.TLA Networking After HoursSir Harry's
Saturday, May 56:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.Fun Run/WalkMeet in hotel lobby at 6:15 a.m.
7:00-8:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast​Bull & Bear
7:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.RegistrationGrand Ballroom Foyer
8:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m.General SessionsGrand Ballroom
1:15-2:00 p.m.Lunch On Your Own
2:00-4:00 p.m.Pool Volleyball TourneyWaldorf Astoria Pool
5:30-7:00 p.m.Closing ReceptionClubhouse Terrace
7:00 p.m.Dine AroundsVarious restaurants
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T​LA will submit each educational session of the Annual Conferenceto each state our attendees indicate licensure in for CLE approval. Each state has its own requirements and guidelines and it is at the state's discretion if a course is approved for CLE credit. TLA will make every effort to support its CLE applications with content, handouts and presentations from the program speakers, assuming speakers meet the submission deadlines and supply the required information. If a state or session is not approved, it will be indicated on the CLE form at the conference. Attendees are responsible for signing in and/or submitting their completed CLE forms for sessions they have attended in full. For further information about TLA's CLE process, visit our website.
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Room Block

book.png TLA is thrilled to offer our attendees ​a significantly discounted room rate of $235 (plus applicable taxes and fees). Our room block always fills quickly so be sure to book early. Book online or call the hotel directly at 1-888-353-2009 and reference TLA to receive the conference hotel rate. We've negotiated the same discounted rate for Apr. 28-May 7, 2018 so you and your family can enjoy all that Orlando has to offer, before or after our Annual Conference. As a Hilton property, be sure to include your HiltonHonors number to receive points towards your loyalty rewards program. Deadline to book your room in the TLA room block is Friday, Apr. 6, 2018.

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando
14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane
Orlando, FL 32821

Imagine a serene oasis nestled in a breathtaking 482-acre nature preserve and surrounded by the Walt Disney World® Resort. Now picture yourself in this tranquil setting soaking up the Florida sunshine by two sparkling pools while poolside attendants care for your every need.

You are sure to make as many magical memories at our resort as you will in Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. At Waldorf Astoria Orlando, an enviable location combines perfectly with fantastic resort amenities, including:
  • Complimentary luxury motor coach transportation to Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and the Disney Springs Area
  • Award-winning spa and 24-hour fitness center
  • Championship 18-hole, par 72 golf course, designed by Rees Jones
  • Two pools with poolside service and private cabanas
  • Waldorf Astoria Kids Club
  • 12 restaurant and lounge experiences from casual poolside eateries to elegant dining at Bull & Bear
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The Waldorf Astoria Orlandoreceived the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
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This property is also a AAA Four Diamond Award recipient for the past seven years.
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Thank you to our current sponsors:​

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TLA's conferences are an integral part of the membership benefits we provide. We rely on our members to participate in the conferences not only as registrants, but also as sponsors. Sponsorship dollars help us to subsidize the Annual Conference, allowing the association to apply for CLE hours from every state where attendees are licensed, provide exceptional receptions and networking opportunitiesand develop a mobile app for conference attendees to access conference materials.

If you haven't had a chance to take advantage of this exclusive marketing opportunity yet, please email​ by Friday, Apr. 6. Include your firm's logo as an image file (jpg) and vector file (eps). Please indicate your firm's sponsorship commitment amount, starting at minimum $250.

What are the benefits of being a firm sponsor for TLA’s Annual Conference?

  • Logo recognition and link to firm website on conference website
  • Logo recognition on signage during conference
  • Link to firm site in post-conference materials
  • Logo recognition on event mobile app
  • Logo recognition throughout the conference general session slides
If your firm is not already a sponsor of our 80th Annual Conference, I encourage you to tell your marketing manager about it today. We’re offering That's an opportunity for more than 1,200 impressions over four days. No matter if you’re a sole practioner or a firm with multiple offices and regardless of your dollar commitment, all of our member firms are recognized on a first come, first served basis.


New this year, TLA is thrilled to partner with key organizations that support the transportation law industry. We've developed a handful of exclusive sponsorship opportunities. Check out our TLA Sponsor Prospectus 2018 for details, outline of benefits and application. ^ Back to top


Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Austin, Texas
April 30​-May 5, 2019
Omni at Amelia Island Plantation
Amelia Island, Florida
April 28-May 2, 2020
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