Please join us in Orlando for the upcoming IAAPA Attractions Expo November 13 – 16, 2018.  This annual event is an excellent opportunity to see old friends and make new ones as IALDA shares 25 years of experience defending the amusement industry!!  IALDA members will participate in multiple events Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 15.

We look forward to seeing you soon!




IALDA Sponsors Keynote Sessions at WWA 2018

IALDA proudly sponsored the Keynote Sessions at the recent WWA Annual Symposium & Trade Show in Las Vegas!   IALDA Secretary Gaylee Gillim is pictured below with one of the signs acknowledging the sponsorship.  IALDA also receives excellent recognition in e-mail blasts, convention materials, and on-screen during the sessions.

IALDA at WWA 2018

On October 24, 2018, five IALDA lawyers presented a seminar “Answers for Operators: Legal Perspectives on Your Issues” at the World Waterpark Association Annual Symposium and Trade Show in Las Vegas.  Rudie Baldwin, Joe Brownlee, Gaylee Gillim, Jeff Johnson, and Louis Lopez addressed topics submitted by the WWA Education Committee:  ADA – service animals and ride access; bag searches; use of CCTV; and post-incident remedial measures.

The audience was very receptive and followed up with the presenters throughout the conference.  Thanks to everyone who contributed!


Summary Judgment Victory Secured for National Roller Skating Rink Operator

David M. Bennett and Shauna M. Martin were successful in having their Motion for Summary Judgment granted and the case dismissed for their clients, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park and Family Entertainment Center and its operator, United Skates of America, Inc., in Chicago, Illinois.  The 53 year old plaintiff claimed for the first time at her deposition that she skated over a piece of candy which caused her to fall, severely injuring her back.  However, plaintiff admitted at her deposition the candy must have been invisible because she never saw it before or after she fell, she did not know how long the candy was on the rink floor and her family members admitted to never seeing the candy at their depositions.  The employees testified by their depositions, incident report, and employee statements that plaintiff told them a boy cut her off and caused her to fall.


The judge granted the Motion for Summary Judgment and ruled there was no evidence that the rink employees had any actual or constructive notice of any candy on the rink floor and the plaintiff’s case was barred by the immunity provisions of the Illinois Roller Skating Rink Safety Act since the roller rink complied with the provisions of the Act.

Kurt Anselmi – One of IALDA’s Founding Members

ANSELMI Kurt Anthony

of Lake  Angelus, passed away at his home on January 19, 2017 surrounded by his family.  He is survived by his loving wife, Terry Lee (Campbell); children, Terese and Tony Anselmi; his beloved mother, Marilyn Anselmi; siblings, Kim (Mark) Majoros, Holly Anselmi, Tobin (Kim) Anselmi; father in law, John Campbell, and sister in law, Kim (Matt) Decovich.  He was a loving uncle to Stephanie (Dan) Levine, Zachary Anselmi, Daniel Anselmi and Ashely (Brent) Meschke.  Kurt was preceded in death by his father, Albert H. Anselmi. Kurt’s youth was spent devoted to the sport of roller skating where he was a perfectionist in style, grace and athleticism.  Kurt won many national championships in both singles and pairs, and was a U.S. World Team member multiple times.  Roller skating at the Rolladium, his family’s business in Waterford, is where he met and fell in love with his wife Terry.  They continued their passion for the sport through coaching and eventually taking over the business.  Kurt was inducted into the Roller Skating Association (RSA) Hall of Fame in 2016. Kurt was a 1972 graduate of Waterford Township High School.  He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan (1976) and Juris Doctor degree with honors from Detroit College of Law (1981).  Kurt was licensed to practice law in  Michigan, Colorado and Ohio. Kurt co-founded Anselmi & Mierzejewski P.C. in 1988.  With his guidance as managing partner, the firm grew over the last 29 years to more than 20 lawyers and is now one of the fifty largest law firms in Michigan.  Kurt was one of the most prominent, accomplished and respected attorneys in the amusement industry.  In 1991, Kurt was one of six charter members of the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association (IALDA) and served the Association as president and member of the board of directors.  He was the author of the Michigan Roller Skating Safety Act of 1988, the first of its kind in the country.  Ten other states followed Kurt’s lead.  Kurt was the co-author of the Roller Skating Risk Management Guidelines which were endorsed by the RSA.  He was the co-author of dozens of articles on risk management and served on the RSA Risk Management Committee.  Kurt presented Risk Management and Litigation seminars at the RSA convention, the World Water Park show and the IAAPA Expo. Few people knew as much about the subject of risk management as Kurt. Kurt lived life to the fullest and was admired by many for his adventurous spirit.  He was a true and passionate outdoorsman.  His favorite place was the mountains of the West – hunting, skiing and riding his motorcycle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project or National Museum of Roller Skating.

IALDA at WWA 2016

IALDA once again sponsored the Keynote address at WWA.


IALDA at WWA 2015

IALDA sponsors Keynote Session at WWA 2015.  Dwayne Beck, Gaylee Gillim, and Jeff Johnson presented a seminar.

IALDA sponsors Keynote Session at WWA 2015. Dwayne Beck, Gaylee Gillim, and Jeff Johnson presented a seminar regarding recent legal decisions in the water park industry.


IAAPA is just around the corner!!  We hope you have the opportunity to join us in sunny Orlando.

IALDA is once again co-sponsoring the annual Tom Morrow Social and IAAPA Dinner with NEAAPA on Wednesday, November 18 at Maggiano’s Little Italy.

IALDA events on Thursday, November 19 include the Legal Roundtable and Luncheon from Noon until 2:00 p.m. followed immediately by the association’s annual meeting.


IALDA at WWA 2014

IALDA once again sponsors the World Waterpark Association’s annual trade show.  You’ll notice our logo on their materials, including e-mail blasts and at the trade show.  Dwayne Beck, Gaylee Gillim and Jeff Johnson will present a seminar “Legal Issues in the Real World” on October 22, 2015.


Thank you to everyone who joined us in Orlando for the IAAPA convention.  Congratulations to Board Member Lary Zucker who was presented with the Doc Brown award by IALDA during the legal roundtable .  The award was given for Zucker’s dedicated service work to support the amusement industry and related legal issues.  Zucker, a founding member of IALDA, played a key role in assisting with the drafting of Risk Management Guidelines for the RSA and BPAA.

WWA 2014 in Las Vegas

Come join IALDA in Las Vegas as we present “Legal Update: Current Topics and Trends in the Waterpark Industry” on Tuesday, October 29th.  IALDA is also sponsoring the Key Note Session at WWA again this year – which puts the IALDA logo in front of all attendees throughout the entire convention, as well as e-mail blasts beforehand.


IALDA at WWA 2013

IALDA once again sponsors the keynote address during the upcoming WWA convention in West Palm Beach, Florida.  We hope you’ll join us as IALDA presents two seminars on Tuesday, October 1st.  Finding Your Way – a Legal Guide to Facility Signage will be held from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and Litigation Landscape:  What You Need to Know About Recent Waterpark Cases will be held from 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.


John W. Grund, IALDA Vice President (1950 – 2012)


John Grund was Vice President and Board Member of IALDA.

Despite John’s 50 years of major disability from a trampoline incident, John never let his physical infirmities get in the way of his active life and law profession.  John was one of the top western mountain region trial attorneys defending the amusement and recreational industries for many years.

John set the standard for exemplary legal ethics and love of the law.

We at IALDA will miss John’s brilliant mind, caring for others, and his constant optimism and cheerfulness for life.

IALDA at 2012 WWA Convention

  IALDA Board Members Mike Amaro,   Joe Brownlee and Gaylee Gillim at   WWA  

IALDA presented two seminars at this year’s WWA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. We had a wonderful turnout for the trade show and convention – Board members Mike Amaro, Joe Brownlee, Dave Daly and Gaylee Gillim were joined by members Dwayne Beck, Tom Brown, Jeff Johnson, John Paul Scott, and Alicia (Caridi) Smith. IALDA signs were prominently displayed at the ballroom entrance to Thursday’s keynote speaker session, and IALDA was also acknowledged on the screen and in person by Rick Root, Executive Director of WWA.

We look forward to our next event at IAAPA in Orlando.