16th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts (CA) (Recorded Package)

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

We have been putting on our annual California Superior Court Boot Camps for sixteen years for a reason – they are just that good. In fact, they are just that great.

Year after year attendees rave about the program.

Year after year we tweak the agenda based on input to make it even better.

Year after year we invite back speakers because their ratings are so good and attendees learn so much from them.

This dynamic and information-packed webinar will teach you all about litigating in California State Court. It will also teach you what need to know to be a successful litigator in any court.

Be sure to read the past attendee testimonials so you can really see what people think about the program (see the testimonials tab above).

Your faculty includes six sitting judges and one retired judge who frequently speaks due to his popularity.  Hearing from judges, and being able to ask them questions directly in a non-court, non-threatening environment, is invaluable. You just can’t get that type of instruction anywhere else.

In fact, many large and medium-sized firms send multiple associates each year to this program (and to our Federal Court Boot Camp), because they value the instruction and insight provided so much. (If you are from a firm that wants to send four or more attorneys, give us a call for an extra special discount).

We also have plaintiff and defense attorneys from large and small firms and solos teaching, to make sure you get a variety of perspectives on each topic.

This is a course you cannot miss if you are new to litigation or want a refresher.

In Part 1, your faculty will provide advice and tips regarding your complaints and answers, suggest strategies to create your case themes, and will walk you through the timelines, rules, case law and suggestions related to discovery and e-discovery. They will then move on to deposition techniques – rules, timelines and advice. Who should you depose? How do you prepare? What does the state require in terms of notice and deadlines?

The first day is capped off with an hour-long a discussion about Motions for Summary Judgment. You’ll learn about when to do them, how to do them and when not to do them. You’ll receive lots of tips on how to write them, and tips from judges regarding what they find persuasive in briefs and what just doesn’t cut it.

In Part 2, you’ll hear a few tips about how to give a great oral argument.  You’ll also learn about a variety of other motions, such as ex parte applications, continuances, reconsideration and others.

Then you’ll learn about your pre-trial tasks, from the Final Status Conference, to your trial outline and Motions in Limine. Next, your faculty will provide you with advice and insight to help you deal with your juries: voir dire, jury selection, instructions and verdict form pitfalls. And then you’ll hear about a few critical parts of your trial – getting evidence admitted and nailing direct and cross examinations and, of course, how to handle objections.

The program will end with a brief discussion about Preserving your Record for Appeal, Post-Trial Motions and Judgments.

This two-part webinar (online this year due to covid) is a great program for newer attorneys or attorneys wanting to get the court’s perspective on effective litigation techniques.  If you are looking for a more advanced or in-depth course on litigation topics, we offer courses on depositions and jury selection as well.

The entire seminar is designed to teach you not only what you must do, but also how to do it. The faculty also helps you understand common or easily made mistakes and how to avoid them.

This program covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, so come prepared to learn and to take a lot of notes!

This program is an invaluable resource that will help guide you through your cases and ensure your success.

Who should attend?

Newer attorneys and those new to litigation. Just graduated law school? – can’t miss it. You don’t get these skills and this practical advice in law school.

Has it been a long time since you’ve been in the courtroom or written a motion?  This one’s for you as well.  And if you’re with a law firm – join many other large law firms and send your new associates each year. )

On our testimonials page (see the link above) you will see a ton of comments about how great this program is. But if you don’t have the time, here’s what just a few attendees have said in the past:

“Excellent. Extremely dense with very helpful practice tips. Speakers gave a very thorough analysis of every aspect of the topic assigned, yet made it easy to follow and understand.” – Michael A. Miller, Esq.

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

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

“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.

“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, Esq.

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


Can’t attend? This program will be recorded live on October 5 & 7, 2021. The recorded package, available in audio or video format and including seminar materials, will be available within three weeks after the live program ends.

Can’t wait? Our 15th Annual Superior Court Boot Camps (2020) are available for purchase:

15th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp — Program I: Pleadings, Motions, Discovery and Depos (CA Recorded Package)

15th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp — Program II: The Nuts and Bolts of Your Trial (CA Recorded Package)


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What You Will Learn

Part 1 Topics

The Early Stuff

  • Case Strategies/Themes
  • Complaints and Answers
    • Rules and timelines
    • How to do it
    • Advice and strategies
    • Common mistakes
  • Demurrers/Motions to Strike
  • Demurrers v. Answers
  • Case Management Conference / Scheduling Your Case

Discovery and E-Discovery in State Court

  • Discovery
    • Types
    • Motions that occur during Discovery, including motions for sanctions
    • Overlooked deadlines
    • Procedural issues that are often missed/common mistakes
    • Subpoenas
    • Superior Court v. Federal Court
    • Strategies and choices related to what types and when/timing
      • For Settlements
      • For Trial
      • Other considerations
  • E-Discovery
    • Latest State Rules
    • Strategies
    • Cost saving measures
    • Mistakes not to make
    • Important state cases
  • Motions to Compel


  • Rules, strategies & timelines
  • Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions – mistakes not to make
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial

Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment

  • Strategy considerations regarding moving for MSJ v. waiting for trial?
  • Timelines
  • Writing process and strategies
  • How to write the briefs
  • Effective and ineffective techniques and approaches to your briefs
  • How do you convince the judge?
  • Common mistakes not to make
  • What troubles judges
  • What do you do if the response doesn’t address your motion or is impossible to follow?
  • What do you do if the brief doesn’t address the issues or is impossible to follow?
  • Strategies, advice and approaches to:
    • The brief
    • The response
    • The reply

Part 2 Topics

Oral Argument Advice

Pre-Trial Settlement Procedures and Advice

Heading to Trial and Additional Motions

  • Heading to Trial
    • Final Status Conference
    • Trial Outline
    • Motions to Exclude Witnesses from Courtroom
    • Motions in Limine
  • Additional Motions
    • Ex parte applications
    • Continuances
    • Reconsideration
    • Motions for Sanctions
    • Motions to Exclude Witnesses from Courtroom
    • 998 offers

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

  • Jury Selection – Procedure, Strategies and Questionnaires
  • Jury Instructions and Jury Verdict Forms
    • When and how to prepare
    • What to expect
    • How to create
    • State forms
    • Mistakes not to make

Your Trial

  • Evidence Issues
    • How to get evidence admitted / submitting exhibits at trial
    • Strategic Use
    • How to / Rules related to objections during trial
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations of Lay Witnesses
    • Strategies and Advice
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert witnesses
    • Strategies and Advice
    • Differences between lay witnesses and expert witnesses

Preserving the Record for Appeal, Post-Trial Motions and Judgments

  • Preserving the Record for Appeal
    • The most important dos and don’ts
  • Judgments
    • Financial awards
    • Injunctive relief
    • Requirements for entry in jury trials per CCP664
    • How to enforce
  • Post-Trial Motions
    • Motion for a JNOV
    • Motion for a New Trial
    • Attorneys’ Fees
    • Determining “Prevailing Party” under CCP Sec. 998, 1032 & 1033
    • Filing Notice of Appeal

Final Advice from the Bench/Final Questions for the Judges


“It was a fabulous presentation. Thank you.” – Cheryl Nelson, Esq.

“Excellent.” ­ – Suzanne Kenney, Esq.

“I thought the program was really engaging. I enjoyed the interactions between the litigation attorneys and the judges.” – Natalie Klasky, Esq.

“I thought it was a great high-level overview, which is what I expected and what I was looking for.” – Christine Fries, Esq.

“Great first day of the program and great speakers. They focused on the most important parts of the material they wanted to present, and it was helpful to hear from current judges on what they like/don’t like to see in written briefs/motions.” – Rosemary Bautista, Esq.

“Great information provided! Thank you!” – Daniel Zhivanaj, Esq.

“Great program with helpful information and insight.” – Kayla Washington, Esq.

“It was a great review.” – Susiejane Eastwood, Esq.

“Excellent, comprehensive program.”

“Great presentations overall. I have been practicing civil litigation for one year and had many ‘aha!’ moments.”

“Great to hear all sides – defense, plaintiff’s and judges. This was VERY helpful!”

“Very informative. Definitely one of the better or best CLE I have attended.”

“Excellent. A++.”

“The program is great! Especially for newer attorneys such as myself who did not get a lot of exposure to California civil procedure in law school.”

“This is precisely the kind of extra training I need, especially with the handouts. I have confidence that this will be my first step in research when these issues come across my desk because I will know exactly what the Judges are looking for.”

“I like the speakers and how they each bring a different perspective. It helps when they all discuss their own opinion on a topic to hear different takes.”

“It was great to hear direct practice advice and pointers from experienced lawyers and judges. I also thought the deposition and summary judgment sections were very helpful.”

“I really appreciated the real-world portions of the program.”

“Well-organized, thorough, interesting perspectives from practitioners and judges and useful tips from all.”

“I thought it was a great overview of all the different topics. The resource material looks to be very thorough and will be a good reference.”

“I enjoyed hearing thoughts from the judges and other attorneys on each topic presented.”

“So far it has been great! Especially getting the hard copy and handout. When it comes up in practice, I can go back and listen and read about the specific area.”

“Excellent presentations!”

“The program is great and incredibly informative.”

“Very good program. I really liked all the advice the judges and attorneys gave.”

“All the speakers were great and provided a lot of insight on their respective presentation.”

“I was happy to have the speakers answer questions quickly, and to provide many secondary resources to look for after the webinar.”

“Informative, but more specific to the speakers, they are good at speaking and take into consideration the listener and things that might be annoying on a webinar.”

“It was a nice run down of key components of litigation.”

“I got basic information, but I also got very specific advice, which I really liked.”

“I gained resources that will be extremely helpful regarding timing of motions.”

“It was good. I always look for trainings about jury selection and trial tips.”

“I thought this second part of the program was extremely helpful and we received a ton of great advice from the panelists. I thought that it was very conversational and informative and engaging.”

“A great program that I would recommend to others.”


“Great program.”

“Learned a lot and will definitely recommend.”

“This was great, I’ll be looking forward to the next one.”

“I really enjoyed today’s program. So much helpful information was provided.”

“I really liked the program and found it very helpful.”


“Good content and speakers.”

“It was very interesting and informative.”

“Great seminar.”

“Good, solid program.”

“Speakers are great.”

“Very informative.”

“Good materials.”



The following testimonials are from our previous Superior Court Boot Camps held in California:

“Fabulous!” – Sharvonne R. Sulzle, Esq.

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

“Amazing course!” – Nicholas Lansdown, Esq.

“I really appreciated all of the judge’s additional comments. Lots of great information. Excellent practical advice.” – Mary Grace Guzmán, Esq.

“Great speakers!” – Adam Wentland, Esq.

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

“Very good overview. Excellent insights from the viewpoint of judges.” – Michael A. Miller, Esq.

“I enjoyed the program. The speakers were very knowledgeable and well prepared.” – Joseph Dankert, Esq.

“Great program. Great to hear from the perspective of the bench.” – John Alexander, Esq.

“Pincus always produces high-quality programing.”

“Very Satisfied.” – Charlotte Martinez, Esq.

“Very informative for us litigators; thank you. Very engaging and informative speakers.” – Cameron Bordner, Esq.

“Very informative. Great speakers. Liked the Judges’ input. It was all very good. Getting a judge’s opinion is always helpful.”

“Excellent: Extremely dense with very helpful practice tips, punctuated by revealing anecdotes. Speakers gave a very thorough analysis of every aspect of the topic assigned, yet made it easy to follow and understand.” – Michael A. Miller, Esq.

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

“Good information on a wide area of topics. Panel provided broad brush overview of each topic while also focusing on key specifics and practice tips.” – Joseph Seltzer, Esq.

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

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

“The high-level overview is very helpful as a new attorney in trial. The personal stories were also very insightful. Great stories. I liked to hear about the judge’s time on the bench and what he didn’t like.” – Bridget Cho, Esq.

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

“Litigation process was comprehensively covered.” – Jackson Morgus, Esq.

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

“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

“The interactive nature of the panel was helpful (i.e., this was NOT a set of canned presentations by individuals while the other panelists just sat there). Each of the judge-panelists were quite good.”

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

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

“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.

“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. Would do another Pincus program again.” – Michael Edward Olsen

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

“Provided information that was useful and practical in assisting me with being a competent litigator and performing my job duties. Great speakers. Judge Kleinberg was very good at providing hypotheticals that relate to real-life experience. Speakers provided useful information as to when and whether to request a trial by jury and the use of pre-emptory challenges. Judge Ulmer was good at providing trial strategy as well as tips on jury selection and what to look out for (i.e., whether the jury will award damages).” – Christina Brogden, Esq.

“I received a better understanding of later parts of the life of a case. This was helpful to put things in perspective. I have a better understanding of how to run my cases and had a few new ideas during this training.” – Adam Truong, Esq.

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

“Great general overview with tips.” – Flor Tataje, Esq.

“Really enjoyed Judge Krasnow’s commentary!” – Aurora Thorne, Esq.

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

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

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

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

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

“All speakers were very good. Will recommend.” – Tom Skinner, Esq.

“Judge Cho was a 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.

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

“It was very good.” – Chris Moody, 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.”

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

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

“Day 2 was great. I enjoyed that they went into great detail on depositions.” – Joseph Dankert, Esq.

“John Barber provided a very detailed discussion of depositions with many practical tips on how to become much better at depositions. Judge Williams gave excellent practice tips for attorneys on many key topics.” – Michael A. Miller, Esq.

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

“Good, practical tips.” – Tiffany Truong, Esq.

“Thorough.” – Alexander Wallin, Esq.

“Great overview.” – Timothy Laquer, Esq

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

”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.

“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.

“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.

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

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

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

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

“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, Esq.

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

“I like the fact that practitioners and judges were exchanging ideas.” – Rouzbeh Zarrinbakhsh, Esq.

“Very entertaining and lots of practical advice.” – Kate Juvinall, Esq.

“Great content and practical tips.” – Lori Liu, Esq.

“Very thorough!” – Jason Benkner, Esq.

“The speakers were good.” – Aleks Giragosian, Esq.

“Very good review and I learned many new points and tips. Very satisfied. Good refresher for myself who does less litigation and more transactional work.”

“Excellent in every respect.”

“Today was very helpful – I really appreciated the concrete practice tips and exemplars.”

“Great program today. Appreciated the conciseness of the massive amount of material covered. Details on the MSJ process and quick answers to the questions was very nice. Great to hear the court’s perspective.”

“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.

“Interesting dos and don’ts of trial. Well-organized and very informative. Good beginner course.” – Stephanie Drenski, Esq.

“Very good and informative.” – Charlotte Martinez, Esq.

“Informative. Great practice pointers. All topics were valuable.” – Cameron Bordner, Esq.

“The mix of speakers provided for varied perspectives that were illuminating. I especially benefitted from the interactions among the panelists. It brought out more details, made it practical, and maintained the audience’s attention. Erickson and Burbidge were very engaging.”

“Program was very informative. I liked the progress of moving an entire case through trial/appellate review. Good practical tips. Exemplars are very helpful. Good tips on preparing for trial. I liked the timeline as a guide of what to think about for trial. Good insights regarding jury selection; good practice pointers regarding when to use jury questionnaires. I liked hearing the judge’s perspective regarding what he reads first in MSJs. Good to learn about his dos and don’ts.  I liked hearing about the pros and cons of juror questions and learning about how to prepare witnesses and how to get a witness to engage the jury.”

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

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

“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.

“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.”

“Well done and great panel.”

“Great content and tips. Great speakers! Great to hear a judge’s POV. Excellent substantive additions. Complex topics presented very well (trial session).”

“Really helpful/practical information. Good lecture on oral argument and heading to trial. Very good presentation. Very knowledgeable speakers.”

“I appreciated the valuable details shared in each step of the trial process. The speakers’ personal experiences and anecdotes were very valuable.”

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

“Very informative and speakers had vast experience and were able to provide practical tips and advice. The information was invaluable for someone like me who is a long-time attorney but not regularly in trial.”

“Really good program and everyone was great. Concise but fully informative. Did a great job answering questions. I think the webinar format is great for the questions. Very satisfied. Wanted a refresher in everything and I got that. A good seminar which I will recommend.”

“Great experience. This was my first superior court boot camp, so all information was relevant and interesting.”

“Judges gave good insight from the perspective of the bench. Honest conversation was a good way to keep everyone engaged.”

“Speakers were engaging and gave very insightful tips. Great presentations with respect to opening and closing arguments.”

“Great, excellent advice and tips. Practical advice and a good review of the details necessary to know when planning and anticipating each stage of trial.”

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

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

“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.”

“Really helpful tips with the trial prep timeline. Great handouts that I will use all the time. Loved hearing the judge’s war stories. Very helpful tips for dos and don’ts.”

“The training was great! I appreciated all of the practical tips, and the speakers were engaging.”

“Good, practical advice regarding documents that judges want to see and ways to practice that judges appreciate.”

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

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

“Helpful to have judges’ perspectives.”

“Great CLE.”

“This was a great and practical presentation.”

“I’ve done transactional work my whole legal career, so this was great. I’ve started taking on more litigation work. Very good information. Effective structure and presentation.”

“I got an overview of California Superior Court practice from many panelists with excellent backgrounds.”

“A lot of helpful insight on things that I haven’t learned yet in practice.”

“This is extremely helpful, especially for new attorneys.”

“This is very helpful, especially since I just started at my firm 2 weeks ago.”

“Very good examples and practical advice.”

“Good, practical advice.”

“Very good, practical advice for practicing in the Superior Court.”

Speakers had great info. Very knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed hearing about how these rules play out in their practices. I enjoyed hearing about the judges’ expectations during litigation.”

“The program was very informative and engaging. The webinar platform worked without any issues. I learned some very useful tips that I can immediately apply to my current case load.”

“Great program.”

“Excellent presentation.”

“Great and comprehensive. A lot of good information and tips outside of the code provisions. Great practical tips and knowledge from the judges – wonderful and instructive. Good to hear insight from an experienced judge’s perspective.”

“It was engaging.”

“Very informative. Informative and easy to understand/well-explained.”

“I got a lot of useful specific information.”

“All speakers were very interesting and enjoyed the subject matter.”

“I thought the topics covered were helpful.”

“All speakers kept me engaged and interested.”

“I think that as a young professional, the speakers did a good job of covering the basics and a few ‘should-knows.’”

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

“It was good and informative and helpful refresher.”

“Appreciated the significant amount of female panelists. Good info, easy to follow. This was a great program. Very helpful.”

“I appreciated getting insight from the judges and what they like or don’t like to see.”

“It was very informative and I appreciated the panelists/presenters’ time.”

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

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

“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.”

“Speakers shared clear, succinct and useful war stories.”

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

”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.”

“Very satisfied. I learned a lot of new information and getting the judge’s perspective is very helpful.”

“Judge Cho was the best presenter so far. Guidance on direct/cross examination and trial was exceptional.” – Joseph Dankert, Esq.

“It was good. Especially the discussion on jury instructions. It reiterated points from prior session but then talked about them more in-depth.”

“I appreciated the combination of experiences and practice areas.”

“Very good information.”

“Very helpful practice pointers. Everything was interesting and helpful.”

“Entire seminar was very helpful and informative.”

“Very satisfied. Really enjoyed the panel format.”

“The speakers were all great and equally interesting.”

“Invaluable insight from judges.”

“Great. The speakers were very knowledgeable and informative.”

“Program was informative. Program was informative, speakers were personable and knowledgeable.”

“Very good program.”

“Very helpful. Great information. I particularly like the direct and cross-examination sections.

“Great program and panelists.”

“Great, knowledgeable speakers.”

“A very good program for beginners; very helpful.”

“Very helpful advice as to motions in limine and tips for same.”

“Great/excellent presentation as to appeal and post motions that is rarely reviewed and explored.”

“I thought it was helpful that Ms. Adams spoke about jury selection through a more practical lens based on her own experience rather than an abstract concept. For example, when she showed us how she keeps track of potential jurors; very helpful advice for a new attorney!”

“Excellent advice and tips; enjoyed hearing stories from the bench.”

“A good refresher.”

“All presenters were very clear and professional.”

“Great speakers, very professional!”

“Clear, direct, and relevant information.”

“Very engaging and useful tips.”

“Everything I can think of is covered.”

“Enjoyed speakers, very informative.”

“Great presentation.”

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Hon. Delbert C. Gee
Superior Court of California, Alameda County

Hon. Delbert C. Gee has been a Judge of the Superior Court of California (United States) in Alameda County since his appointment to the bench in 2002. He currently presides over a civil direct calendar court in the Hayward Hall of Justice.

Judge Gee previously presided over a probate, conservatorship, and guardianship court, a collaborative court, a civil direct calendar court, criminal felony and misdemeanor courts, and a juvenile dependency and delinquency court in the Oakland, Hayward, Alameda, and Berkeley courthouses. He has also been a supervising judge and a member of the court’s executive committee.

He is one of ten active Asian Pacific Islander American Superior Court judges in Alameda County. In 2010, Judge Gee was presented with the Judicial Distinguished Service Award by the Alameda County Bar Association, and a resolution in his honor by the California State Assembly.

Judge Gee began his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Ventura County and then spent the next 20 years in San Francisco as an associate with Hassard, Bonnington, Rogers & Huber and with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, and later as a partner with Sturgeon, Keller, Phillips, Gee & O’Leary PC and with the Pacific West Law Group LLP, specializing in health and liability insurance coverage litigation, medical malpractice litigation, and health care law. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1977 and from Santa Clara University School of Law in December 1979 where he was an associate editor of the Santa Clara Law Review. Judge Gee was born and raised by immigrant parents in Alameda County and has been active for decades in numerous professional, civic and service organizations in the Bay Area.

Hon. Harold W. Hopp
Superior Court of California, Riverside County

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. Kira L. Klatchko
Superior Court of California, Riverside County

Judge Kira Klatchko was appointed to Riverside County Superior Court in 2016. She currently sits in Palm Springs in an unlimited civil department.

Before joining the bench, Judge Klatchko was a Civil Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization and handled both state and federal appeals arising from all areas of civil practice for clients as varied as cities, businesses and families. Judge Klatchko was a partner at Lewis Brisbois, and served as was vice chair of the firm’s national Appellate Practice Litigation group. Prior to joining Lewis Brisbois, Judge Klatchko was a partner at Best Best & Krieger where she served as chair of the firm’s appellate group. She served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including a term as its chair.

Judge Klatchko is co-author of the “California” chapter of the “Appellate Practice Compendium” (ABA 2012), an insider’s guide to appellate practice. She is co-contributing editor of “California Civil Appeals and Writs” (Matthew Bender 2014), a comprehensive two-volume practice guide for appellate counsel and general litigators. Judge Klatchko was repeatedly named to the list of Super Lawyers for Southern California in Appellate Law. She is a former president of the Riverside County Bar Association, and previously served five terms as chair of the Riverside County Bar Association Appellate Section. Judge Klatchko was also a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Judge Klatchko has served as an adjunct professor at La Verne College of Law, teaching legal research and writing. She has also lectured on appellate ethics and practice at numerous conferences and seminars, including the California State Bar Annual Convention, the State and Local Legal Center Supreme Court Practice Seminar, and Pincus Professional Education’s Annual Advanced Appellate Conferences in Los Angeles.  

In 2014, Judge Klatchko was inducted into the Desert Bar Association Hall of Fame, as Outstanding Young Attorney of the year. In 2010, Judge Klatchko was recognized by the City of Palm Springs and Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce with the Athena International Award for Young Professional Leadership, recognizing her professional success and work in the community. 

Judge Klatchko received her bachelor’s degree in political science, with distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from the Executive Management Program at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her law degree at the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy.

Hon. James P. Kleinberg (Ret.)
Retired California Superior Court Judge, Santa Clara County
Neutral, JAMS

Judge James Kleinberg brings a diverse background to his role as arbitrator and mediator: Federal prosecutor, thirty-four years of business litigation experience throughout the United States and abroad, twelve years as a Superior Court Trial Judge, including three years managing and trying cases in the complex civil calendar, and over four years as a neutral at JAMS. At JAMS, in addition to an active arbitration and mediation practice, he has been chosen to hear mock arguments and trials and to teach and write on litigation subjects here and abroad.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1967 Judge Kleinberg was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. In 1969 he entered commercial litigation practice with a firm in San Francisco where he became a partner. In 1983 he joined McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (later Bingham McCutchen) as a litigation partner in San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. His national and international business litigation practice emphasized intellectual property, antitrust, securities, corporate governance, and contract issues. He was listed for over ten years in the publication “Best Lawyers in America.” He served for over ten years as an advisor to the Litigation Section of the State Bar, is a Holton Teaching Fellow at the Haas Graduate School of Business, U.C. Berkeley, and has served as a member of the American College of Business Court Judges. In 2013 he was named “Outstanding Jurist” by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and in 2014 he was named “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association. He serves as co-ombudsperson in a program initiated by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. While in practice he was actively involved in programs for the Ninth Circuit and was on the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the District Court. He has been a frequent speaker at programs presented by PLI, the ABA, the State Bar of California, the Sedona Conference, and the San Francisco and Santa Clara Bar Associations. Judge Kleinberg currently serves as a board member for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers-Northern California, the Ingram American Inn of Court, and the Campaign for Legal Services.

Hon. Elaine W. Mandel
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County

Judge Elaine Mandel sits in an independent calendar court in Santa Monica. Since her appointment to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2009, she has sat in civil trial, misdemeanor trial and mental health court assignments. She participates in various court committees and the Teen Court program. Prior to her appointment, her civil litigation practice included personal injury, wrongful death and class action matters.

Judge Mandel previously sat on the Boards of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and UCLA Law Alumni Association. Her B.A. in History/Art History, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and J.D. are from UCLA.

Hon. Laura A. Seigle
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County

Laura Seigle is a judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court assigned to a civil courtroom and has sat pro tem on the California Court of Appeal.  Judge Seigle is chair of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Ethics Review and Comment Committee and a member of the Court’s Local Rules Committee. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Section’s Executive Committee, the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the LACBA-WLALA Joint Task Force on the Retention and Promotion of Women Lawyers, the Chancery Club of Los Angeles, and the Board of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles. She is Chair of the Yale Law School Association Executive Committee and was President of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.  Judge Seigle regularly teaches on a variety of topics including evidence, torts, and professional ethics.

While in practice, Judge Seigle was named one of The National Law Journal’s 75 "Outstanding Women Lawyers" in the country, Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year by the Century City Bar Association, one of the 20 "Most Influential Women in IP Law" nationally by Law360, one of 75 "Top Intellectual Property Litigators" by the Daily Journal, one of the "50 Women Leaders in Tech Law" by The Recorder, and a Top 100 Women Lawyer in California by the Daily Journal. For many years Judge Seigle was included on the Southern California "Super Lawyers" list.

Prior to her appointment, Judge Seigle was a partner at Irell & Manella LLP and clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Seigle graduated from Yale Law School where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and from Harvard University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Hon. Helen E. Williams
Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County

Judge Helen E. Williams was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 2012. She has sat in unlimited civil and criminal assignments, served as the court’s designated CEQA judge, and served for six years on the court’s Appellate Division, four of those as its Presiding Judge. 

Before joining the bench, Judge Williams, who is certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, worked in chambers for eight years as a research attorney at the Sixth District Court of Appeal, focusing on civil and criminal cases and drafting opinions in those cases for the authoring justice. Before that, Judge Williams engaged in civil practice for 18 years beginning with a small litigation firm with her father and moving to larger firms with increasing focus on appellate specialization and dispositive motions such as summary judgment and anti-SLAPP, along with post-trial motions and other trial matters such as critical in limine motions and jury instructions. 

Judge Williams currently serves as a member of the Judicial Council of California’s Appellate Advisory Committee and as a member of the Center for Judicial Education & Research’s Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee. She also served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including terms as its vice-chair and chair. She further served for five years on the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization Appellate Law Advisory Committee, including terms as its vice-chair and chair. Judge Williams also served as the vice-chair and chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Appellate Courts Section and as co-chair of the Appellate Court’s Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. Judge Williams also currently serves as Secretary of the William Ingram Inn of Court, of which she has been a member for many years, and she is a member of the Board of Editors of the California Litigation Journal, now a publication of the California Lawyers Association Litigation Section. Judge Williams has served on panels for scores of MCLE and judicial education programs, principally on appellate topics. 

Judge Williams received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French Literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She earned her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law, and is one of four members of that School’s class of 1986 to serve on the Santa Clara Superior Court bench. While in law school, Judge Williams served as an Articles Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review and, along with her brother, received the Moot Court award for Best Brief.  

Courtney Abrams, Esq.
Courtney Abrams, PC

 As a native of Los Angeles, California, Courtney is proud to serve the community in which she was raised. Courtney resides in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband, son and daughter, and devoted dog.

After attending Marlborough High School, and graduating from UCLA’s Honors Program with a degree in Economics and English Literature, Courtney received her J.D. from Southwestern Law School.

During law school, Courtney worked for the ACLU of Southern California on federal cases involving wrongful deportation, mental health and prison reform, and she clerked in the Office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Courtney also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Terry Hatter, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and clerked for civil rights firm Hadsell, Stormer, Keeny, Richardson and Renick.

After graduation from law school, Courtney litigated for nearly ten years before starting her own practice offering representation to individuals who have experienced unlawful employment practices and estate planning clients.

Courtney has been quoted in Forbes and Variety, and from 2014-2019, she was recognized as one of the top Women Attorneys by Los Angeles Magazine and named to the Southern California Rising Star list, an honor received by no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in California.  In 2020 and 2021, Super Lawyers, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement selected Courtney as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in the category of Labor and Employment law. 

In February 2020, Courtney appeared in Nevertheless, a documentary by Emmy-award winning filmmaker Sarah Moshman, which examines the stories behind the headlines of the #MeToo movement and Times Up, and follows seven individuals who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace or school context. 

Courtney is committed to working with her clients in a compassionate, strategic and meticulous manner. 

Barbara R. Adams, Esq.
Scali Rasmussen

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.

John L. Barber, Esq.
Lewis Brisbois

John Barber is a partner in the Los Angeles and Orange County offices of Lewis Brisbois, Chair of the Labor & Employment Practice, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. His practice is dedicated exclusively to representing and counseling employers in employment-related matters, including litigation, appeals, risk management, policy preparation, and training.

He represents employers in State and Federal Courts, both in California and across the United States, and has extensive experience appearing before all state and federal employment-related agencies, including the California DFEH, DLSE, and EDD, and United States EEOC, and Department of Labor.

Mr. Barber’s practice has a particular emphasis, in addition to single-party discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination actions, on wage-and-hour class action litigation. He has defended dozens of class actions, and has specifically defeated Motions for Class Certification. Mr. Barber also serves as one of the principal, lead trial attorneys in the Practice Group, with numerous successful verdicts. He is also a member of the Crisis Management Practice and regularly manages crises pertaining to employment matters.

Mr. Barber served on the California State Bar’s Executive Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section (2008 – 2013) and was an advisor to that committee for years. He was a member of the Judicial Appointments Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar (2009-2014) and is currently a member of the Los Angeles  County Bar’s Judicial Election Evaluation Committee (2012-present). He also lectures and writes extensively.

Active in the community as a member of multiple philanthropic and civic organizations, Mr. Barber is married with three children.

Andrew H. Friedman, Esq.
Helmer Friedman, LLP

Andrew H. Friedman, a name partner with the law firm of Helmer · Friedman LLP, primarily represents employees in all aspects of employment law including not only individual discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and accommodation cases but also complex multi-party wage and hour class actions. Mr. Friedman received his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School and his B.A. degree in history and psychology, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University. At Cornell, Mr. Friedman was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Board. Following law school, Mr. Friedman served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable John T. Nixon, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Subsequently, Mr. Friedman was trained as an employment attorney by two of the Nation’s most prestigious management-side employment law firms – Paul, Hastings and Bryan Cave LLP.

Mr. Friedman has handled a wide range of employment-related litigation in state and federal courts. Indeed, Mr. Friedman won (with Tony Lewis of The Lewis Law Firm) a .1 Million jury verdict in a fraud and breach of employment contract lawsuit in the Los Angeles Superior Court and he also prevailed (along with his law partner, Gregory D. Helmer) in a three-week sexual harassment jury trial in the Orange County Superior Court. He also settled a .4 Million wage and hour class action lawsuit in federal court (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California), a .575 Million class action discrimination lawsuit in the Orange County Superior Court and he recovered a .5 Million settlement in federal court (U.S. District Court for the Central District of California) in a wage and hour class action.

Mr. Friedman served as Counsel of Record in Lightfoot v. Cendant Mortgage Corp. et. al. (Case No. 10-56068) where he successfully convinced the U. S. Supreme Court to grant the petition for certiorari that he filed on behalf of his clients. In January 2017, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision authored by Justice Sotomayor, reversed the Ninth Circuit and ruled in favor of Mr. Friedman’s clients.

Mr. Friedman has received the highest possible Martindale-Hubble rating ("AV"), indicating that he is ranked at the highest level of professional excellence with "very high to preeminent legal ability" and "very high" ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar. Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Los Angeles Magazine selected Mr. Friedman as a 2006 – 2021 Southern California "Super Lawyer" in the category of Labor and Employment Law. Additionally, in 2020 & 2021, Super Lawyers named Andrew H. Friedman to its list of the Top 100 Super Lawyers in Southern California and Lawdragon named Mr. Friedman to its list of the nation’s top 500 plaintiff employment and civil rights attorneys.

Angel James Horacek, Esq.
Law Offices of Angel J. Horacek, P.C.

Angel James Horacek practices employment and civil rights law on behalf of employees. She focuses primarily in three areas: anti-discrimination and harassment; anti-retaliation and whistleblowing; and fair pay for employees.

At Law Offices of Angel J. Horacek, PC, Ms. Horacek represents employees in litigation, trials, arbitrations, hearings, and administrative processes. She also advises individuals regarding workplace or employment issues that arise prior to or during employment.

Ms. Horacek is admitted to practice in all state courts in California, in the United States District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California, and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was also an extern in the chambers of the Honorable Andrew J. Wistrich of the United States Federal Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Horacek is the co-chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Saturday Seminar Committee, which presents cutting-edge continuing legal educational programs for lawyers and law students several times through the year. Ms. Horacek also participates on the California Employment Lawyers Association Fair Employment & Housing Council Committee, which

drafts comprehensive comments to ensure that FEHA regulations accurately reflect California’s laws. She volunteers with the Los Angeles Black Workers Center in View Park, most recently as legal supervisor to its 2020 Peggy Browning Fellow.

Ms. Horacek has been named as a Southern California Super Lawyer from 2017 to 2021. Ms. Horacek has been a featured speaker and moderator for the State Bar of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and a variety of other entities. She is a member of the California Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the California Employment Lawyers Association, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She is a lifetime member of the John M. Langston Bar Association. Ms. Horacek was previously an associate commercial litigator at an AmLaw 100 firm focusing on business and corporate clients and was an associate attorney at a boutique employee-side litigation firm.

Ms. Horacek obtained both her Juris Doctor and Bachelor degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA Law, she obtained a specialization in Business Law and Policy and a concentration in Critical Race Studies. She also served as the SBA President at UCLA Law for her graduating class. Ms. Horacek currently serves as Secretary of the Alumni Board at Harvard Westlake School.

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.

Mythily Sivarajah, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Peck-Law, Employment & Civil Rights

 Mythily Sivarajah ("MY-THE-LEE SIVA-RAJA") has more than a decade of experience solely representing plaintiffs/ employees and she has committed her entire legal career to advocating for workers’ rights and social justice issues. Mythily has broad experience in handling employment and civil rights matters of diverse complexities through all stages of litigation, as demonstrated by her positive results on behalf of numerous plaintiffs against a range of employers and businesses, including public entities. Prior to joining PECK-LAW, Employment & Civil Rights, Mythily practiced at other litigation firms advocating for plaintiffs and workers, where she successfully represented plaintiffs in various employment discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, sexual assault, wage theft and defamation cases.

Mythily pursued her passion for learning about workplace issues by focusing her undergraduate degree at Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. While at Cornell, along with conducting extensive research on workers’ rights, she also became involved with unions and other employment organizations, which further bolstered her interest and resolve in making a difference in the lives of aggrieved and injured employees. In 2000, Mythily graduated in three years with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University as a Cornell National Scholar.

Graduating with her Juris Doctor degree in 2007 from the University of San Francisco Law School, , Mythily was honored by the American Bar Association/The Bureau of National Affairs with its Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law. Mythily also completed an internship with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Legal Unit, and she served the needs of many low-wage employees through her work with a local legal clinic. Following law school, she volunteered her time and efforts with the Centre for Women’s Development and Research in India, focusing primarily on domestic workers rights concerns.

Recognized by her peers as a “Super Lawyer” in 2020 and a “Rising Star” with Super Lawyers’ Magazine for 2017-2018, Mythily is also actively involved with the California Employment Lawyers Association (“CELA”) as co-chair of the Mentorship Committee, and she is committed to advancing knowledge of workplace issues, diversity and mentorship amongst her peers, mentees, and other bar associations in the Bay Area. She is a former co-chair of the pro-bono committee for the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California and former co-chair of the bay area chapter of the South Asian Women Attorneys Network.

Mythily enjoys baking and cooking different cuisines, and traveling. Oftentimes, you will find her hiking in the Bay Area’s outdoors with her husband and two kids. 


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