12th Annual CA Superior Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (2017)

Audio program! (check our CLE Programs page for live versions)

Pincus Professional Education has been putting on its annual Superior Court Boot Camp for more than a decade.

Our 2018 13th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp is scheduled for October 12th in Los Angeles and November 8th in San Francisco and is expected to sell out in Los Angeles.  You can attend live or pre-purchase the audio recording at this link.

But if you can’t wait, look no further!

You can purchase last year’s Boot Camp right here! With most of the same faculty and agenda, this is a terrific program for all attorneys who are new to litigation or seeking a refresher.

This audio program covers everything from discovery to case management conferences, motion writing and tricks, trial prep, trial techniques and post-trial motions. It is an excellent overview of what you need to know to practice in Superior Court and it also provides a terrific amount of information to teach you general litigation skills.  Handouts are very thorough, including extensive outlines from most speakers and samples of briefs.

With several judges teaching, you will also receive insight into what Superior Court judges want and the mistakes not to make.

If you are new to Superior Court, new to California, want a trial refresher, or just starting out practicing law — you won’t want to miss this program.

And if you’re with a law firm – this one belongs on the library shelf and to be given to all of your new associates each year!


Not convinced? Click on the testimonials tab to see what prior attendees think. Here’s a sneak peak of just a few testimonials from last year:

“Excellent overview of civil litigation from filing of complaint through post-judgment appeal. The speakers were engaging, informative, and even entertaining!” – Brendan Malone, Esq.

“This program gave a great overview of the different stages of litigation in a short amount of time.” – Heidi Kim, Esq.

“Amazing course!” – Nicholas Lansdown, Esq.

“Great sharing of invaluable experiences.” – John Quiring, Esq.



The program was recorded in Los Angeles on October 13, 2017 and in San Francisco on October 27, 2017.

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What You Will Learn

Submitting Complaints, Answers, Demurrers and Motions to Strike 


  • Types
  • Overlooked Deadlines
  • Procedural Issues that are often missed/common mistakes
    • Strategies and choices
    • For Settlements
  • For TrialSuperior Court v. Federal Court


  • Latest state rules, changes in rules
  • Strategies
  • Cost Saving Measures
  • Mistakes not to make
  • Important state cases
  • Motions to Compel


  • Rules, Strategies and Timelines for state court
  • State v. Federal rule differences and strategy differences
  • Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions – Mistakes not to make
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial in state court

Motions for Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication

  • Timeline
  • Responses and Replies – Organization and Effectiveness
  • What is effective and what is not
  • What judges look for
  • Common mistakes not to make

Other Motions

  • Ex parte applications
  • Continuances
  • Reconsideration
  • Sanctions

Other Motions (con’t)

  • Motions in Limine
  • Substitution of Judges

Oral Argument

Heading to Trial

  • Final Status Conference
  • Trial Outline

Your Pre-Trial Tasks, Selecting and Dealing with Your Jury

  • Jury Selection in State Court – Procedure, Strategies and Questionnaires
  • Jury Instructions, Jury Verdict Forms
  • Evidence Issues

Your Trial

  • Opening Statements
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations of Lay Witnesses
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert witnesses
  • Evidentiary Objections
  • Closing Arguments

Post-Trial Motions and Judgments

  • Post-Trial Motions
  • Judgments

Final Q & A


“Excellent overview of civil litigation from filing of complaint through post-judgment appeal. The speakers were engaging, informative, and even entertaining!” – Brendan Malone, Esq.

“This program gave a great overview of the different stages of litigation in a short amount of time.” – Heidi Kim, Esq.

“Amazing course!” – Nicholas Lansdown, Esq.

“Great sharing of invaluable experiences.” – John Quiring, Esq.

“I was pleased to hear the practical viewpoints, both from a practitioner’s viewpoint and from the bench…A very informative program…I would recommend this program to any newbie like myself.” – Shawheen Shafizadeh, Esq.

“Program is a good bird’s-eye view of litigation.” – Silviana Dumitrescu, Esq.

“Comprehensive review…Excellent [speakers]…Great program. Very helpful information and format.” – Melissa Murphy, Esq.

“Very thorough!” – Jason Benkner, Esq.

“[Re: Judge Raphael] Great insights and advice; learned something new – ‘informal discovery request’ and requesting continuance prior to summary judgment.” – Jamie Lee, Esq.

“Very informative to bridge the gap for new attorneys. This was exactly what I needed to get an overview of litigation.” – Donald Le, Esq.

“I enjoyed all the speakers…the afternoon session was my favorite.” – Dana Udi, Esq.

[Judges Cho and Hopp were] my favorites. I enjoyed listening to this discussion.” – Ricardo Merluza, Esq.

“I really appreciated the panelists, [who were] great presenters, [and the] diversity of perspectives (i.e., judicial, litigator, etc.). Overall, excellent presentation. Very knowledgeable panel. Great feedback, practice tips, etc. Also, the panelists interacted really well with each other and created a lively, interesting discussion. I will absolutely recommend this course. I really appreciated the panel members noting books, supplements, and practice guides. That’s gold for new attorneys who may not know what practice guides are out there, or which are the best.”

“Great program. I truly appreciated the practical points offered by the presenters. I enjoyed the program very much and will recommend it to fellow attorneys. The thing that I liked the most is that the presenters did not re-read the handouts, but rather provided precious, practical-experience advice and tips.” – Boryana Arsova, Esq.

“It seemed like a great, comprehensive overview of motion and trial practice…Great insight from the judge.” – Anna Mezhebovskaya, Esq.

“Very well organized. Appreciated that it was not mired in technical statute recitation and was instead a more broad overview…overall, excellent program for inexperienced attorneys like myself.” – Kevin Miller, Esq.

“Very helpful to see the forest from the trees. As a new litigator, it’s easy to get lost in and lose sight of the big picture. Subject matter seemed right on point for helping me in day-to-day practice…[Speakers gave] lots of practical examples, thorough explanations, and tips.” – Lauren Cox

“Informative and good written materials…Great work, everyone!” – Eli Flushman, Esq.

“The interactive comments in the afternoon were very good…Thanks for the program. For 7.5 hours, it was very good.” – Robert Goldman, Esq.

“Thanks! Great program. I enjoyed it.” – Sarah Castelhano, Esq.

“The course helped to reinforce what I learned at my prior firm.” – Cleve Collado, Esq.

“Well done, organized, great personal stories in court, and great advice.” Jonathan Kantor, Esq.

“Good program overall. Would do another [Pincus program] again.” – Michael Edward Olsen

“Learned a lot. [Many] different topics [were] covered. Good reference material for future use.” – Natalya Samsonova, Esq.

“I found the speakers to be knowledgeable and effective at teaching and breaking down how to approach pre-trial and trial.”

“Very practical and specific.” – Kathleen Bricken, Esq.

“Very satisfied. Took away a lot of excellent recommendations that I will apply in my practice.” – Raychele Sterling, Esq.

“Information and materials were very detailed and easy to follow. Perfect for new attorneys without experience and experienced needing refresher.” – Sanaz Bereliani, Esq.

“Although, I’ve practiced nearly 30 years in other states, this course was very helpful given my recent licensure in CA. I highly recommend it for the transferring lawyer.” – James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.

“I wanted an overview from beginning to end and that’s exactly what we got.” – Griselda Rodriguez, Esq.

“Well done. Well planned. Great topics.” – Mike Voigt, Esq.

“Overall, great experience. This was my first superior court bootcamp, so all information was relevant and interesting. “All speakers had strong knowledge of the material they were presenting.” – Carlos Portillo, Esq.

“This was a great overview of the litigation process.” – Joshua R. Driskell, Esq.

“[Re: Judge Cho] Really powerful speaker, delivery of material was excellent.”

“It was a great program. I really learned a lot.” – Teressa Libutti, Esq.

“Overview of civil procedure in all presentations was informative.” – Afret Canchan, Esq.

“It was very good.” – Chris Moody, Esq.

“Great intro to state court practice. I was looking for broad coverage and issues to look out for, and this course delivered.”

“I learned new things, such as motion for recovery costs to prove bad faith defense.”

“I liked the content and it was a well-organized refresher for me. It was  well done.”

“[Speaker shared] clear, succinct and useful war stories.”

“[Speaker] did a great job explaining how to put together and deal with a Motion for Summary Judgment.”

“[Speaker] Fabulous!” – Sharvonne R. Sulzle, Esq.

“Great [speakers]!” – Adam Wentland, Esq.

“I enjoyed the program.” – Indoo Desai, Esq.

“Overall, a great panel.”

“Really appreciated [Judge’s] insight.”

“Very helpful and informative. Thank you.”

“Overall, great CLE.”

“Very satisfied. Took away a lot of excellent recommendations that I will apply in my practice.” – Raychele Sterling, Esq.

“Information and materials were very detailed and easy to follow. Perfect for new attorneys without experience and experienced needing refresher.” – Sanaz Bereliani, Esq.

“Although, I’ve practiced nearly 30 years in other states, this course was very helpful given my recent licensure in CA. I highly recommend it for the transferring lawyer.” – James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.

“I wanted an overview from beginning to end and that’s exactly what we got.” – Griselda Rodriguez, Esq.

“Well done. Well planned. Great topics.” – Mike Voigt, Esq.

“Overall, great experience. This was my first superior court bootcamp, so all information was relevant and interesting. “All speakers had strong knowledge of the material they were presenting.” – Carlos Portillo, Esq.

“This was a great overview of the litigation process.” – Joshua R. Driskell, Esq.

“It was a great program. I really learned a lot.” – Teressa Libutti, Esq.

“Overview of civil procedure in all presentations was informative.” – Afret Canchan, Esq.

“It was very good.” – Chris Moody, Esq.

“The overall overview of the process was exactly what I was looking for.”

“Overall an excellent presentation. Informative and organized with compelling panel of speakers.”

“Great overview.” – Timothy Laquer, Esq

“I learned a great deal about Superior Court practice.” – Victor Leving, Esq.

“Enjoyed speakers, very informative.”

“The advice was practical, perfect for new attorneys.”

“Everything I can think of is covered.”

”Pincus has the best programs – great topics and dynamic speakers.”

“The panels both did a good job of progressing through the content with thoughtful, relevant insight.” – Adam Stone, Esq.

“This was a very nice overview of trial prep that boosted my confidence as I prep for my trial.” – Nicholas Colla, Esq.

“Very validating and also good food for thought. This was very thorough training.” – Heidi Lehrman, Senior Councel, CA Department of Managed Health Care

“The panelist covered everything! They were quite thorough and respectful of the time constraints.”

“My personal objectives were completely satisfied – I left feeling like I had several new ideas and tools I could apply to my work immediately.” – Sally Mielke, Esq.

“Interesting panel and topics.” – Shelley Crawford, Esq.

“All the things law school should have taught you, but didn’t.”

“Even after practicing for several years, it was good to have a discussion regarding the nuts and bolts.”

“Thank you for the resources via email – They are the practical information that I was looking for.” – Carol Wyzinski, Esq.

“Interesting and helpful insights.” – John Jackman, Esq.

“Very informative!” – Lindsay R. Wood, Esq.

“This class was very helpful and informative.” – Portasha Moore, Esq.

“Covered a wide range of topics…great materials.” – Nicole Fassonaki, Esq.

“Very helpful refresher course for someone getting back into the courtroom.”

“This was the only valuable MCLE I have attended in years.”

“This program provided a very helpful overview of the anatomy of a case through trial.”

“Checklists and outlines were very helpful.” – Natilee Riebman, Esq.

“Real life situations combined with humor – thanks! Thanks also for reminders of pertinent code sections and insight into judge’s preferences.”

“[The seminar] gave me good insight as to what the court looks for in reading papers. My objective was to improve motion writing and the comments of the presenters were very helpful.”

”Fantastic program. I’m in my 3rd year of practice and it was the perfect timing for this program.” – Alison Karp, Esq.

”The speakers were all clear and concise regarding topics. The program was very informative and found it helpful that each step to the process was broken down and straight forward.”

“Great explanation of the law and examples by practitioners clearly versed on the topics presented really helped me understand the applicability of the subject matter.” – Rahman Gerren, Esq.

”Great course! Very informative and basic enough for beginners. All well prepared and great presence.” – Christina H. Johansen, Esq.

”Good presentation – I like the panel format.” – Barry E. Weber, Esq.

”Enjoyed overall presentation and topics.” – Greg Kreausian, Esq.

”Great overview. This is a great opportunity to brush up my knowledge.” – Michael Waddington, Esq.

“Well done and great panel.”

“Always helpful to get judges’ insight…[The judges gave] very helpful tips.”

“Well done and great panel.”
“Invaluable insight from judges.”

“I got ideas to improve my practice.”

“Very informative.”

“[My] objectives were met. Good program!”

“Satisfied. Very informative.”


Los Angeles:

Hon. Lawrence Cho
Superior Court Judge
Los Angeles Superior Court

The Honorable Lawrence H. Cho is the son of Chinese immigrants and was born and raised in the New York/New Jersey area.  After graduating Rutgers College in 1984 with a major in Economics, he attended Rutgers Law School-Newark and obtained his J.D. in 1987.  Following graduation, he came to Los Angeles to serve as a law clerk on the U.S. District Court to the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the Central District of California.  Following his clerkship, Judge Cho returned to New York to join the Wall Street firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore as a litigation associate.

Judge Cho returned to Los Angeles in 1990 to join the United States Attorney’s Office as a federal prosecutor.  Over the next 15 years, Judge Cho was appointed to many important roles including training new federal prosecutors as the Chief of the General Crimes unit, Chief of the Organized Crime Strike Force, and following September 11, 2001, led the then newly formed Terrorism and Organized Crime Section.  From 2003 to 2005, Judge Cho was appointed to serve in Washington D.C. as the Deputy Chief of the Counterterrorism Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Cho was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court in June 2005 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Since that time, he has enjoyed criminal and civil assignments and is currently assigned to civil jury trials in the Santa Monica Courthouse.  Extensive teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct professor to Loyola Law School teaching trial advocacy, guest lecturing at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and teaching fellow judges and bench officers statewide for the Center for Judicial Education and Research of the Judicial Council of California.  

Hon. Harold W. Hopp

Superior Court Judge

The Honorable Harold W. Hopp is a presiding judge at the Riverside County Superior Court in Riverside, CA. Judge Hopp was first appointed to the bench in 2005.  Prior to that he was a litigator focusing on business litigation and employment law.

Judge Hopp is also a member of the Judicial Council of California and has served on several judicial committees in California.

Hon. Michael J. Raphael
Superior Court Judge
Los Angeles Superior Court

Michael J. Raphael is a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles. He was formerly the Chief of the Criminal Appeals Section at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where he supervised appellate work that includes over 300 briefs and 100 oral arguments annually before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Raphael argued 41 cases before the Ninth Circuit, including three cases before the en banc court. He also prosecuted dozens of criminal defendants in federal district court when he was a member of his office’s Major Frauds and General Crimes sections.

Prior to joining the bench Judge Raphael was appointed special counsel to investigate and prosecute the leak to the San Francisco Chronicle of grand jury transcripts of athletes such as Barry Bonds that occurred during the BALCO steroid investigation in San Francisco, obtaining a full guilty plea from lawyer Troy Ellerman, who was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in July 2007. For this work, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey recognized Judge Raphael with the John Marshall Award, the highest award offered to attorneys by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Judge Raphael also previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as counsel to Rep. Henry A. Waxman. He practiced appellate law and criminal defense at Sidley & Austin in Washington D.C., and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel A. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He graduated from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Shehnaz Bhujwala, Esq.

Boucher LLP

Shehnaz Bhujwala is a partner with Boucher LLP. She helps people harmed by unscrupulous, harmful practices obtain justice through class actions and mass actions in federal and California state courts. Ms. Bhujwala has successfully resolved numerous class actions on behalf of consumers and workers. She also serves the legal community as a board member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, a member of LACBA’s Judicial Appointments Committee, and as Co-Chair of LACBA’s Complex Courts Committee.

Damian D. Capozzola, Esq.
The Law Offices of Damian D. Capozzola

Damian D. Capozzola is a sole practitioner in his nineteenth year of litigation practice. Damian has handled significant litigation matters across a broad spectrum of industries and has represented some of the world’s largest defense contractors, food manufacturers and wholesalers, and telecommunications companies.

Damian has successfully first-chaired nine jury trials, three bench trials, and two arbitrations, and has contributed to successful trial results and settlements in a number of other matters while practicing at three leading national law firms and then since 2013 as founder of his own firm.  He has extensive experience in taking and defending depositions, and he has written and lectured on litigation strategies — including the effective use of technology in the courtroom — and working with experts.  Since 2006 he has been the co-author of the Thomson Reuters/West Trial Practice Series treatise Expert Witnesses in Civil Trials: Effective Preparation and Presentation.

Damian also has experience with a range of employment, personal injury, and environmental issues, from mass tort litigation to multi-party groundwater contamination mediations to advising clients on discrete issues.  Finally, through the years, he has devoted a significant amount of pro bono time prosecuting misdemeanor crimes for two local municipalities. Most recently, Damian secured guilty verdicts on both counts in a two-day bench trial in which the defendant was represented by an attorney with an established track record of filing civil rights lawsuits alleging officer misconduct.

In 2011 Damian was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger (and was subsequently reappointed by Governor Brown) to the California Law Revision Commission, which he chaired in 2014.  He is also a Past-President of the Los Angeles Italian-American Lawyers. 

Diana Iketani Iorlano, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Diana Iorlano’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, regulatory and compliance issues, and administrative proceedings. She has litigated and negotiated matters for clients in technology, entertainment, media, financial services, real estate, insurance, retail, healthcare and other industries. Diana’s practice includes privacy and data security, entertainment litigation, trademark and copyright, unfair competition, and government and regulatory actions. She is actively involved in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling through trial and appeal, in state and federal court. She also served as Manatt’s Chief Recruiting Officer (CRO) for two years and managed recruitment of the firm’s professional talent at all levels, including equity and income partners, associates, summer associates, managing directors, advisors, analysts, and consultants. 

Diana previously served as a volunteer temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2004 to 2010.

Germain D. Labat, Esq.
Vedder Price

Germain D. Labat is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and head of the Litigation group in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

Mr. Labat is an experienced trial lawyer who advises and represents companies and their executives in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration and other ADR forums. His litigation practice focuses on all manner of complex business disputes, including commercial litigation, securities litigation, corporate governance and control disputes, commercial real estate litigation, and class action defense. His wide-ranging list of clients includes both public and privately held companies in the financial services, real estate, health care, energy, retail and technology sectors.

Mr. Labat is a forceful advocate in the courtroom, having tried numerous jury and bench trials of complex and lengthy matters, including one of the longest bench trials in California history that spanned nearly 300 trial days. While Mr. Labat typically serves as defense counsel, he also has experience representing plaintiffs, having successfully obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts for his clients.

Mr. Labat is also experienced in conducting internal investigations, acting as counsel to Special Litigation Committees in response to both external and internal allegations of impropriety, and counseling clients and their boards of directors on pre-litigation strategy and planning.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Labat was a partner with a leading international law firm. Before that he spent his early years of practice representing Silicon Valley start-ups and publicly traded tech companies in the Securities Litigation Group at another Am Law 100 firm.

He is fluent in Spanish.

Virginia Milstead, Esq.
Counsel, Litigation
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Virginia F. Milstead has a broad commercial litigation practice, representing clients in both federal and state courts, with a particular emphasis on securities and takeover litigation, director misconduct and related claims. She has represented clients in matters involving federal securities laws, duties of corporate directors, civil RICO, unfair business practices, and various other contract and tort claims.

Ms. Milstead has been a speaker at various conferences and bar groups. In addition to speaking at events hosted by the Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices and Business and Corporations Law sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, she has participated in seminars related to practice in federal court, including serving as a panelist at the Third Annual William French Lecture at Pepperdine University School of Law, featuring retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and on three occasions she has been a panelist at the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute.  Ms. Milstead also has organized and conducted new lawyer training related to class actions.

Ms. Milstead is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 2004, summa cum laude), and was Literary and Citation Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.

Valerie Roddy, Esq.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Valerie Roddy’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation including patent litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission, securities litigation, and consumer class action litigation. Valerie was named a Southern California “Rising Star” in 2013 and 2014 and a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

San Francisco:

Hon. Ioana Petrou
Chief Supervising Judge
Superior Court of California, Alameda County

Judge Petrou was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda in 2010. Judge Petrou has been the Chief Supervising Judge of the Civil Division since January 2016 and presides over a direct calendar civil department, handling civil matters from case management through law and motion and trial. She previously held criminal and family law assignments. 

Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Petrou served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (“AUSA”) for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California, where she was the Criminal Health Care Fraud Coordinator.  During her tenure as an AUSA in the Northern District, she was recognized by The Recorder legal paper as a 2009 California Attorney of the Year.  She also served as an AUSA for the Eastern District of New York and was in private practice with O’Melveny & Myers and Foley & Lardner.  

Judge Petrou is a member of the Executive Board of California Judges Association, representing Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Judge Petrou received her law degree from the U.C.  Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches trial advocacy.

Hon. Brian R. Van Camp, Ret.
Superior Court of CA, County of Sacramento
Van Camp ADR

Judge Van Camp recently opened Van Camp ADR and was previously a neutral at ADR Services.

Judge Van Camp spent twelve of his almost 16 years on the bench as a trial judge. Settlement/Complex Civil Trials. He has tried a wide variety of cases, involving disputes among businesses, partnerships and shareholders, real estate financing, construction defects, employment and wrongful termination, trade secret, medical malpractice and personal injury and served as an “all purpose” judge in complex cases.

Off the bench, Judge Van Camp served three terms on the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Civil & Small Claims Law, where he chaired Subcommittees on Complex Litigation and Case Management and Uniform Rules. 

Judge Van Camp is a Charter Member and Director of the American College of Business Court Judges and was the Business Court Representative to the ABA’s Business Law Section. 

An active lecturer and writer, Judge Van Camp has taught over 40 courses to judges, attorneys and CPA’s on corporate and business law and trial practices and published over a dozen articles on business regulation, trial procedures and new developments in both the British and Chinese legal systems.

Judge Van Camp practiced Business, Corporate and Securities Law for 23 years prior to his appointment to the bench in 1997, as a partner, successively, with Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, Van Camp & Johnson, and Downey Brand, all of Sacramento, specializing in:  corporate and limited partnership finance; shareholder & management or partnership disputes; all phases of business operations, from start-up, employment and operating issues, merger & acquisitions, licensing and registration issues, among others.

Judge Van Camp served as California Commissioner of Corporations, from 1971-74, where he oversaw the public offering of corporate securities and franchise opportunities, enforcement of fraud statutes and the licensing of a variety of lenders and fiduciaries.

An avid practitioner of settlement techniques, Judge Van Camp has studied dispute resolution at Harvard Law School (2010), the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine (2012, 2003 and 2001) and the National Judicial College (2007).

Judge Van Camp earned his LL.B. from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Barbara R. Adams, Esq.
Clark Hill LLP

Barbara R. Adams specializes in the defense of toxic tort and product liability litigation involving asbestos, lead, food toxins, underground tanks, and other chemicals in personal injury, property damage, and long-term/latent injury litigation actions. Ms. Adams has completed numerous jury trials in most of the Bay Area Superior Courts, otherwise successfully resolved complex cases, and has participated in the development of complex litigation rules for the Superior and Federal courts.

Ms. Adams also has significant experience and expertise in appellate law. She has filed and defended appeals, writs, and petitions before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the Federal Courts of Appeal. Ms. Adams handles appeals in which she has not been involved in the underlying litigation.

You can read Ms. Adams’ views on toxic tort and chemical exposure issues at her blog, Toxics Defense.

Ms. Adams received her B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Fullerton in 1977 and her J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1981. She is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.

Shauna N. Correia, Esq.
Weintraub Tobin

Shauna Correia is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. She is an accomplished negotiator and experienced trial attorney. Shauna represents businesses in a broad range of litigation matters in both California and Nevada. Many of Shauna’s clients also rely on her for her advisory and risk-management capacities, and her ability to find ways to reduce exposure or avoid litigation.

She defends employers against alleged civil rights, tort, contract, and statutory violations, including discrimination and retaliation under Title VII and the FEHA, wage and hour, PAGA, and wrongful discharge claims under federal and state laws. Her other areas of specialty include contract negotiation and disputes, protection of intellectual property rights, and defense of products liability claims.

In the products liability arena, she has defended manufacturers and retailers against defect claims involving roofing and other building products, pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, cosmeceuticals, gas grills, pet products, and fitness devices.

She also has particular proficiency with obtaining extraordinary remedies when necessary, including prejudgment remedies (writs of attachment and possession), appointments of receivers, and injunctions.

Jill F. Kopeikin, Esq.

Kopeikin Legal

Jill Kopeikin has practiced for 25 years in California state and federal courts, focusing on counseling and litigation in the areas of intellectual property, commercial and business disputes, and related employment matters. Ms. Kopeikin is currently a sole practitioner but also has been a partner with large and small firms in Silicon Valley. 

Ms. Kopeikin’s intellectual property litigation experience includes trade secret misappropriation disputes, patent infringement and licensing disputes, trademark disputes, and copyright matters.

Ms. Kopeikin also has significant experience counseling and handling litigation for a wide variety of business issues as well as employment matters that typically involve claims regarding intellectual property misappropriation and anti-competitive conduct. Ms. Kopeikin has practiced extensively before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as arbitration tribunals. In trial practice, she has appeared before judges and juries, and has acted as first chair trial. Ms. Kopeikin has also taken the lead on appellate matters.

Ms. Kopeikin earned her B.S. from the University of Washington in 1989. She earned her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1992.


Jiyun Cameron Lee, Esq.
Folger Levin LLP

Jiyun is a commercial litigator with extensive experience in financial litigation, contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, computer forensics, advising and defending public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and defending employers in labor and employment disputes, including class action lawsuits alleging violations of wage-and-hour laws, ERISA, and the WARN Act. She has represented financial institutions, rental car companies, law firms, hotels, technology companies, and non-profit organizations as both defendants and plaintiffs.

Jiyun is an experienced trial lawyer who has conducted trials in both federal and state courts, as well as evidentiary hearings before courts and administrative agencies. She has extensive experience handling claims involving injunctive relief, and has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and specific performance decrees on behalf of clients in contractual and intellectual property disputes.

Since 2011, Jiyun has served as a volunteer mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  In 2014, Jiyun served as a Commissioner of the California State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Star Academy, a private school in San Rafael, California, for students with learning differences.  Jiyun is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.

Jiyun obtained her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1992, and received her B.A. in Politics and Legal Studies with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a member of the California Bar.

Andrew R. Livingston, Esq.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Andrew Livingston, a partner in the San Francisco office, is the Deputy Practice Group Leader of Orrick’s Global Employment Law Group. Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

Andrew is a nationally ranked employment litigator. The Daily Journal has listed him as a Top Labor & Employment Attorney for three of the past four years (2011, 2013, and 2014), and he was recently selected by clients as a BTI Client Service Allstar. In 2014, Legal 500 recognized Andrew as a "very effective courtroom advocate who connects well with jurors" and noted that he is "exceptional in his ability to organize complex factual and legal arguments into a simple and persuasive presentation."

Andrew represents clients in a wide variety of industries, but specifically focuses on financial services, retail, technology, and advertising.

He has an extensive class- and collective-action practice. He routinely defends employers in such cases in state and federal courts, particularly in cases alleging violations of the wage-and-hour laws. Andrew also defends employers in numerous other types of cases, such as those related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

Andrew regularly appears in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels, and he has substantial jury trial experience. He has significant experience mediating and arbitrating employment disputes, as well as handling employment matters before administrative agencies. His counseling work includes providing employment advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and training managers and other employees.

Andrew is a frequent speaker at employment seminars and programs for a variety of organizations such as the California Employment Law Council, CEB, PLI, NELI, Bridgeport, and Lorman. Recent speech topics include wage-and-hour developments, arbitration, class-action litigation, Supreme Court updates, and termination of employment.

Andrew serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco.

Steven P. Ragland, Esq.
Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP

Steven P. Ragland is a partner of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, which was recently named 2017 Litigation Department of the Year by The Recorder and a Litigation Powerhouse by Law360, among other accolades.  Steven has a broad practice, with particular focus and expertise in trade secret misappropriation, legal malpractice, and complex white collar criminal matters.  He was named a 2017 California Lawyer of the Year in Intellectual Property in recognition of his work successfully defending Google against claims that the Android smartphone operating system infringes on copyrights held by Oracle America, in what was called the IP Battle of the Century.  Steven is listed in Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, and every year since 2013 has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Professional Liability.  He maintains an active pro bono practice and recently won class certification on behalf of all persons with physical disabilities who may be housed in a county jail system that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminates against inmates with disabilities.  He serves as deputy chair of NACDL’s White Collar Crime Committee, an officer and board member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California, and a board member of Disability Rights Advocates.

Michael B. Sachs, Esq.
Senior Attorney
Clark Hill PLC

Michael’s practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation matters, including toxic tort and product liability, Proposition 65, lemon law and employment law. He has handled these matters in all phases of pre-litigation, litigation and appeal. Michael has tried several matters to verdict in the various Bay Area Superior Courts and the Northern District of California and has argued before the California Court of Appeal. Michael is devoted to his clients and seeks to find cost-effective ways to manage their cases while still vigorously defending their interests in and out of the courtroom. He has achieved numerous successful results for his clients through settlement negotiations, mediations, dispositive motions and trial.


Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download: $425

For CDs please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

The program recording date in Los Angeles is October 13, 2017 and in San Francisco is October 27, 2017.

(Audio packages are available approximately two to three weeks after the seminar is held.)

CLE Credit

CA General:  This program is approved for 7.5 units of general CLE in California.

This program is approved for CLE in the states listed above.  Upon request, Pincus Pro Ed will provide any information an attorney needs to support their application for CLE approval in other states other than what is listed above.


Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $7.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

$425.00 each

October 13, 2017  |  Los Angeles, CA

October 26, 2017  |  San Francisco, CA