The REAL Women in Trucking will have their 1st exhibit booth at the Great American Truck Show August 24-26, 2017 in Dallas, Texas thanks to the generosity of Craig Ackermann Esq. , founder of the law firm Ackermann & Tilajef,P.C.  In addition to having an exhibit booth near the GATS health pavilion, RWIT will host a “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” session for drivers and a “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage PLUS assist with the doggie play area at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park.



Booth Details: Come visit us at booth 8052 located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport where will will have literature for drivers who would like to know more about our organization, significant recent legal cases that have been won on behalf of truck drivers, 2 minute lady truck driver “SPEAK YOUR MIND!” Videos for our You Tube Channel PLUS information on our upcoming special events like the Phoenix Raceway Camp Out in the Desert during NASCAR weekend November 2017 and the 2nd Annual Lady Trucker Cruise. We will be raffling off One (1) Phoenix Raceway Camp Out in the Desert RWIT VIP Package, a $300.00 value plus other giveaways 


“Ask a Lawyer – Q & A”  10:00 AM at GATS August 25, 2017 

Sponsored by Craig Ackermann, Esq.

Location Meeting Room: C150 (at the bottom of the escalators)

Seminar Title: “Ask a Lawyer – A learning session for truck drivers”


We will have lawyers in attendance to answer driver inquiries , anonymously if you wish on the following areas of law:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistle blower protection actions
  • Lease Violations
  • DAC Reports
  • Employment labor
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Misclassification of drivers

Panel lawyers include: Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from “Truckers Justice Center” and Steve Arenson from the employment litigation firm on Park Ave. in New York City , Arenson Dittmar & Karman. If you cannot attend this event and want to have a question asked please send it to us in advance at


Past Cases:

Steven Arenson – Reuters: New York area car wash workers get more than $91,000 each in unpaid wages

Truckers Justice Center – Marten, New Prime, Maverick, UPS



4:00 PM Main Exhibit Floor Stage

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center

Join us as we present a lady trucker discussion panel on the GATS main exhibit floor stage. Women truck drivers from different sectors of the industry will talk about their work, the pros and cons of the type of work they perform, things to consider and their concerns for the industry. Come meet some of the REAL Women in Trucking and listen to what they have to say!




Idella’s Puppy Paradise

5:30 Pm to 7:30 PM August 24-26, 2017

Pet Parade August 26, 2017 Start Time TBA

RWIT Treasurer , and one of the recently named TA/Petro Citizen Driver Award Winners, Idella Hansen brings her love for animals to the GATS TA/Petro Truck Parking Community this year with a dog play area that opens after the GATS exhibit hall closes. There will be selfie station photo opportunities , a mobile dog wash area, play toys and giveaways. The grand finale Pet Parade will be held on the final evening in the Fair Park TA/Petro truck parking community. Let your trucking dog come out and socialize with us at Idella’s Puppy Paradise! 

We deeply appreciate this opportunity to be at GATS that we have been given by Craig Ackermann. He is from Dallas and graduated from St. Marks School of Texas, UT Austin and the University of Texas School of law. For the past 20 years, Craig has practiced employment law and employment class action law.  In 2004, he founded Ackermann & Tilajef, PC and has been the manAckermann and Tilajefaging and founding shareholder ever since.   His firm has represented truckers in class actions since 2007. 

From 2007 to 2011, his firm represented over 20,000 truck drivers in missed meal break class actions in California, where the law says that if you are forced to work more than 5 hours without a 30-minute meal break, you are entitled to get one hour of premium pay going back four years. 

His firm brought and won or settled more than 30 meal break class actions, largely on behalf of time-pressured Pick Up & Delivery and local drivers.  From 2011 through the present, his firm has represented more than 50,000 truck drivers in cases involving unpaid rest breaks (under California and Washington law); these were drivers in certain industries like petroleum, agriculture, auto hauling or line haul drivers, who were paid on a piece-rate basis (per mile or percentage of load, for instance), and who received no separate and hourly pay for their rest breaks, detention time, waiting time, etc. 

His firm has also handled dozens of cases alleging misclassification of drivers, where they were classified as owner-operators and/or 1099s but were actually employees by law.  These cases included claims for penalties, for un-reimbursed gas expenses, and for fraudulent truck purchase agreements, unpaid orientation pay and cases where companies over-charged for trucking schools and hit departing drivers with large trucking school bills in excess of the actual costs of the schools. A recent case was Tami Long v. Covenant Transport Inc.

Currently, his firm is representing truck drivers in more than 75 class actions pending in California and Washington state.  Approximately 60% of his firm’s practice is dedicated to seeking back pay or other relief for truck drivers for unpaid rest periods, detention time, misclassification, waiting time, un-reimbursed expenses and other related wage and hour issues.

Earlier in his career, Craig worked for Arenson Dittmar & Karban in New York City, under Steve Arenson on a 150-plaintiff sexual harassment case against a large Wall Street bank. Steve Arenson will be one of the lawyers at GATS the “Ask the Lawyer – Q & A” panel August 25, 2017 at 10:00 am. Craig Ackermann lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.  Although he cannot attend this year’s event due to family commitments, he plans to attend a future truck shows and hopes he can meet some of the truck drivers who work hard to move commerce in our country and deserve to be paid for the work they do.