Agnieszka McPeak, Assistant Professor of Law
University of Toledo
Professor Agnieszka McPeak is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Toledo. Her research interests involve the impact of new technology, like social media, on civil procedure, ethics, and privacy law. Before joining the Toledo Law faculty, Professor McPeak was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 2007 and practiced for five years with the New Orleans law firm of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC in the areas of complex commercial litigation, intellectual property law, malpractice, and mass tort litigation.
Professor McPeak’s recent publications include Sharing Tort Liability in the New Sharing Economy, 49 Conn. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016). Her research focuses mainly on liability issues in the sharing economy (ridesharing in particular) and how pre-existing tort doctrines can handle the unique liability issues that arise. She is also interested in looking beyond ridesharing to issues surrounding short-term rentals (like AirBnB), especially in light of New York’s recent ban on advertising short-term rentals (as but one recent development). Finally, Professor McPeak is looking into the extent to which sharing economy companies, like Uber and AirBnB, can shield themselves from liability when their actors knowingly engage in illegal activity.
Timothy Burr Jr., Senior Public Policy Manager
Timothy Burr Jr. currently serves as Senior Public Policy Manager of the Western States Policy Team for the San-Francisco-based ridesharing company Lyft. In that role, Mr. Burr is responsible for developing and implementing Lyft’s governmental relations strategy, and coordinating Lyft’s political and community relationships in national, state, and local contexts.
Prior to joining Lyft in October 2014, Mr. Burr served as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County, California, prosecuting over thirty jury trials to a verdict as lead prosecutor. Prior to his law school studies at Santa Clara, Mr. Burr served as a Senate staffer for Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Mr. Burr also served as a legal fellow at the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, externed for California Superior Court Judge Judge Brian C. Walsh, and studied Public International Law at Magdalen College, Oxford, United Kingdom.
Michael Formby, Director of Transportation Services
City and County of Honolulu
Michael (“Mike”) Formby brings real-life practical experience. As the Director of the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, board member of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and policy board member of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OMPO), Mr. Formby oversees public transit, traffic engineering, traffic signals and technology and transportation planning for the City and County of Honolulu. A former director in the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Mike also led the teams operating Hawaii’s commercial harbors, airports and highways, giving him first-hand experience with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Maritime Administration (MARAD), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Federal Highways Administration (FHWA).
A maritime attorney first licensed in 1990, Mike practiced maritime law at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel before joining the City. Mr. Formby previously served as Vice Chairman of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission (LUC), board member of the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), board member of the Aloha Tower Development Corporation (ATDC) and Chair of the Hawaii Employer-Union Trust Fund (EUTF). Mr. Formby has litigated cases in both Hawaii state and federal courts. In 2012, Mr. Formby was the recipient of the Kahiau award, Volunteer Legal Service Hawaii’s highest recognition for pro-bono service.