* 2016, 2017 & 2018 Advanced Appellate Conference Bundle (CA) *

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

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Annual Advanced Appellate Conferences were held in 2016-2018 and received rave reviews. The faculty at these programs included appellate justices, supervising staff attorneys at multiple appellate courts, Certified Legal Specialists in Appellate Law and many other top practitioners who have spoken at our programs before (with excellent reviews!). Click on the “What you will Learn” link above to see details about each seminar.

These audio courses delve into the advanced topics that are rarely touched on in full-day CLE courses. Get all three programs together for one great price! Save $300 by ordering the bundle now! And for those who need it, the bundle is approved for 20.5 units of Certified Legal Specialist credit (as well as general and one unit ethics).

These are intermediate-to-advanced level appellate courses that assume an already existing understanding of appellate practice.

(Please click on the program links below to learn the details about each individual seminar)

Our 1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2016) audio recording can be purchased here.

Our 2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2017) audio recording can be purchased here.

Our 3rd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2018) audio recording can be purchased here.

 

If you, or someone in your office, would like a more introductory course in appeals and writs, you should check out our fantastic beginner-level program, held every few years in LA and SF: Demystifying civil appeals and writs – audio package.

 

Our 2017 Administrative Writs of Mandamus audio package is also available now.

 

Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? Get Faith Pincus’ newly published book Being Heard: Presentation Skills for Attorneys, from the ABA now (ABA members receive 10% off). It is also available on Amazon.

What You Will Learn

1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference 2016 Topics:

What’s new in appellate law and technology
  • New rules
  • Tech issues in protecting and presenting the appellate record
  • Tech tools
  • E-filing overview
  • How the court uses technology
  • Linking to cites / cross linking to the record
  • Using tablets in the appellate courtroom

Brief writing and oral argument strategies

  • Writing for justices who read their briefs on tablets
  • Addressing focus letters and tentative opinions
  • Strategies for oral argument when dealing with tentative opinions

 Advanced issues in protecting and presenting the record

  • Special problems and solutions in presenting the record
  • Court reporter issues
  • Designating and presenting the record in cross, multiple and subsequent appeals
  • Handling omissions, correcting and augmenting the record
  • Using agreed and settled statements
  • Special procedures for:
    • administrative records
    • juvenile
    • conservatorship
    • unfair competition
    • false advertising

Q/A Roundtable with audience and moderator 

Special appeals 

  • SLAPP
  • Family law
  • Probate
  • Attorney fees
  • Appeals to the appellate division of the superior court
  • Interlocutory appeals and extraordinary writs

Rehearing and Requests to Publish

  • Petitions for Rehearing
  • Requests to Publish
  • Requests to de-publish

California Supreme Court practice 

  • Certification of cases from the federal courts to the CA Supreme Court
  • Petitions for review
  • Amicus letters and briefs
  • Merit briefs
  • Oral argument differences between the appeals court and supreme court
  • Options after the CA Supreme Court opinion

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2nd Annual Appellate Conference 2017 Topics:

What Not to Do with Technology

  • Formatting (readable or not)
  • Lost documents and backups
  • Metadata scrubbing
  • Collaborative editing and multiple versions

Writs

  • How Writ Attorneys approach writ petitions
  • Proper and improper uses for writs
  • How to get a competitive advantage
    §  Providing a user-friendly record
    §  Fairness
    §  Candor
    §  Tone
    §  Telling a story
  • Disclosures
  • Relief
  • Declarations
  • Timing
  • Stays pending writ rulings

Specialized Issues in Brief Writing and Opinions

  • Introductions
  • Privacy and sealed records
  • Privacy of parties and other individuals brought into the process
  • Rules governing e-records adopted recently
  • Protection in other court documents
  • New rules on privacy protections in opinions
  • Logistics
  • Retaining your privacy options (not waiving)
  •  Sealing issues
    §  How much is too much
    §  Anticipating at the trial level

Behind the Scenes at the Court of Appeal

Briefing Issues in the Court of Appeal When They are Already Pending before the California Supreme Court

  • How to discuss prior decisions by the Court of Appeal called into question by the case on review
  • How recent changes to citation rules affect your discussion
  • How to distinguish your case but preserve grounds for a grant and hold
  • What to do if review is granted after you finish briefing
  • Other considerations

Appellate Ethics

Behind the Scenes at the California Supreme Court

  • How are cases assigned?
  • Who does what with a case?
  • Sua sponte grants of review under Rule 8.512(c)
  • Tips

Settling Cases on Appeal

  • 9th Circuit Mediation Program
  • CA Courts of Appeal Mediation Programs
  • Settlement effect on judgment
  • Considerations
  • Magic Language for a stipulated reversal

Dealing with Clients and Trial Counsel

  • Representing public entities on appeal
  • Working with risk managers and claims professionals
  • Appellate attorney’s role at trial court

Amicus Curiae Briefs

U.S. Supreme Court Cert Practice

  • How the cert pool works
  • Technique for cert petitions and briefs in opposition

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3rd Annual Appellate Conference 2018 Topics:

Introduction to course

Statements of Decision: The Ideal and the Reality
  • Statements of Decision: The Ideal and the Reality
  • Why you need a statement of decision
  • Getting trial lawyers and trial judges to do it right
  • Objections to proposed statements of decision
  • Handling appeals with defective or missing statements of decision
  • Effect of F.P. v. Monier

Update on E-filing

The Appellate/Public Interface

  • Judges using social media
  • Litigating appellate cases in the press

The Effect of Appellate Decisions on Subsequent Litigation

  • Remand and remittitur issues
  • Using and avoiding the law of the case
  • Update on issue and claim preclusion
  • How electronic research has affected stare decisis

Appellate Strategy for Repeat Commercial and Institutional Litigants

  • Addressing the client’s big picture
  • Briefs as announcements
  • Keeping friends close and amici closer

Stays, Bonding, and Supersedeas

  • Stays without bonds
  • What is “embraced in the judgment or affected thereby?
  • Money judgments
  • When appellant wrongly insists there is an automatic stay
    • Sections 917.75,  923,  917.6 and other discussions
  • Setting bonds in other situations
  • Bonds from insurance companies
  • Alternatives to corporate undertakings
  • Petitioning for supersedeas
  • Enforcing undertakings

Testimonials

The following testimonials are from all three Advanced Appellate Conferences 2016-2018:

“Second year [taking this course]. Great information, speakers, and lots of ideas, tips and suggestions. Thanks…I’ll be back next year!” – John Stobart, Esq.

“Much better than the average MCLE courses. It was well thought out and well-presented. I look forward to taking more Pincus courses.” – Earl L. Roberts, Esq.

“It was an informative seminar, full of practical information. Excellent program.” – John Yasuda, Esq.

“This is a great advanced seminar. Very high-level, informative presentations.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Still one of the best CLE programs.” – Joshua R. Furman, Esq.

“Excellent content. Expertly presented…I’m trying to resume active appellate practice…This program was a great start.” – Bruce Finch, Esq.

“I attended last year’s appellate conference. It was so helpful and informative that I wanted to attend this [year’s] conference.” – Linda N. Wisotsky, Esq.

“Broader (and better) scope than expected. Another excellent program.” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“Having a ‘behind-the-scenes’ perspective on the appellate courts’ workings is very valuable. I handle 2-3 writs/appeals per month and this subject matter is useful…very engaging speakers. The judicial perspective is highly informative.” – Sean Collins, Esq.

“The topics were interesting and…helpful to my practice.” – Jessica Simon, Esq.

“All presenters are great. There were a lot of good nuggets that I will use in my practice.” – Linda Conrad, Esq.

“The program was excellent.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“A very good panel of speakers with good diversity in topics.” – Robert Mata, Esq.

“Great program.” – Sara Birmingham, Esq.

“Thank you. The program, panelists, and participants were excellent.” Teresa Stinson, Esq.

“Very useful, informative program. Every speaker was excellent! ”  Kevin Meek, Esq.

“I love Pincus-produced lectures and seminars…very thorough handouts and materials. Excellent appellate law topics.”

“Excellent seminar. It’s one of the best I have attended.” – Bob Lucas, Esq.

“I took this [course] to see if it is a career move I want to make. Very satisfied with the program.” – Dennis Beaty, Esq.

“What I appreciate the most from these trainings is the multiple perspectives from various judges and practicing attorneys.” – Cynthia Vargas, Esq.

“I am a practicing appellate attorney and I heard good things about this seminar. All the speakers were very knowledgeable and presented well and kept my interest…[and] the materials in the appendix were very useful.”

“[Justice Rivera was] very good, detailed, and interesting. [Harry Chamberlain was] a very good speaker. This was a terrific panel!” – Steve Mayer, Esq.

“A fast-moving program – covered a lot of ground.”  – Lisa Ungerer, Esq.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion during ethics, regarding plagiarism and ghost writing. I think it was the most interesting conversation all day.”

“This was an excellent program. And Speakers did a great job.” – Christopher Johns

“Very thorough. Well done.” – Eric Troff, Esq.

“The opportunity to speak with justices is very helpful.” – Deborah Bull, Esq.

“All great topics.” – Richard P. Fisher, Esq.

“Excellent [speaker]…Great handouts.” – Ira Salzman, Esq.

“Excellent, informative, enjoyable – all of the speakers did a great job.”
“Another great program – you never disappoint.”

“It’s great to have presentations targeting experienced appellate lawyers.  Tremendously useful.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Wonderful!” – Chris Lim, Esq.

“I’m glad I came and definitely glad I joined the networking lunch.” Rochelle Wilcox, Esq.

“Learned some good and valuable things.” – Lawrence P. Hellman, Esq.

“Excellent program. Great use of knowledgeable and credible speakers…Truly an excellent program. [It was] well thought out with valuable information.”

“I liked the follow up from Pincus. They gave me a call at work and made sure I had the materials.”

“I chose this program because I’m a previous attendee and have enjoyed it.”

“Excellent program!”

“Excellent program and good speakers.”

“Really great presenters.”

“Very good [materials].”

“Excellent presentations.”

“Subject matter was great.”

“Excellent!”

“This [program] was great.”

“Really good, varied program.”

“Excellent program. I’ve just started appellate work and wanted to learn more. This program was quite good. Thank you!”

“Addressed the ‘advanced’ issues facing appellate attorneys. And, as always, presenters were knowledgeable.”

“Great seminar!! So much great, practical information I can use.”

“I love the format and the pace!”

“This was an excellent program. All speakers did a great job!”

“[Judge’s] candidness was refreshing.”

“[Speaker] Really enjoyed her perspective.”

“[Speaker] Informative and engaging.”

“Very practical and would definitely attend again and recommend to others.”

“Very current and useful information.”

“Organization and administration were excellent and very efficient.”

“Organization and administration of program was excellent – very efficient.”

“Greg Wolff was worth the price of admission on his own.”

“All of the speakers were great.”

“Good, vigorous discussion.”

“Great program and location. The lunch itself was great, as was the opportunity to network.”

“Great seminar.”

Faculty

1st Annual Advanced Appellate Conference Faculty:

Los Angeles Faculty (Scroll down to see the San Francisco Faculty):

Justice John Segal
Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven

Justice Segal has served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal since 2015.

In 2000 Justice Segal was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he served as a trial judge until 2015 and presided over civil and criminal cases. His assignments on the Superior Court included 12 years in unlimited civil individual calendar courts in the Stanley Mosk, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles courthouses. He also served as a justice pro tem in the Court of Appeal from January 2010 to June 2010, August 2012 to March 2013, and May 2013 to December 2014.

In May 2015 Justice Segal was nominated to the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed his nomination in July 2015.

Justice Segal is actively involved in state and local bar associations. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Section of Litigation of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and as an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. He is participates in the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Trial Practice Inn of Court and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court.

Justice Segal was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Williams College in 1982, and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1987. After law school he served as a law clerk for Judge Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He was an associate from 1988 to 1995, and then a partner from 1995 to 2000, with the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, where he helped run the Appellate Practice Group.

Justice Segal is married to Chief United States Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. They have two adult children. Justice Segal teaches Remedies at the University of Southern California School of Law, sings tenor in a congregational choir, and plays third base for his softball team.


Scott Wm. Davenport, Esq.
Partner
Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

Mr. Davenport is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist. 

Scott Wm. Davenport is the head of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group. A Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, Mr. Davenport has served as the Chair of the California State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners and the Appellate Law Advisory Commission. He is an AV-Rated attorney and was selected by Los Angeles Magazine as a "Super Lawyer," one of Southern California’s Top Lawyers for 6 of the last 8 years. Throughout this career, Mr. Davenport has served as the lead counsel in approximately 400 appellate matters, many of which resulted in published opinions involving cases of first impression, including a per curiam summary reversal in the United States Supreme Court. He has also written multiple amicus briefs on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a national organization known for its civil rights victories and tolerance education programs.

In addition to currently serving as an Appellate Settlement Officer with the Second District Court of Appeals, Mr. Davenport has served as a judge pro tem in the San Bernardino Superior Court. particular. Mr. Davenport recently co-authored a book for the Continuing Education of the Bar on the proper use of scientific evidence, is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Daily Journal and has recently been featured in the State Bar’s Ad Campaign, “What Kind of Lawyer Becomes a Certified Specialist?” He also served as a legal consultant on the CBS television series “The Guardian,” an activity which resulted in the drafting of a recurring character for the program named “Scott Davenport.” 

In 2006, Mr. Davenport was involved in three United States Supreme Court matters and one matter before the California Supreme Court. In 2007, Mr. Davenport was back in front of the High Court, this time obtaining a summary reversal in Rettele v. County of Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Davenport filed multiple briefs in the California Supreme Court in the Marriage Cases, as well as an Amicus Curiae brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the subsequent constitutional challenge to Proposition 8.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Davenport served as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice and as a judicial extern with both the California Court of Appeal and the United States District Court. Based on this background, Mr. Davenport is often called upon to defend the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in extraordinary writ petitions venued in the variety of trial and appellate courts throughout the state. Mr. Davenport is also a licensed real estate broker who provides practical advice to the firm’s real estate clients.

In 2011, Mr. Davenport authored a book on Workers’ Compensation Appeals. He is also slated to present on the topic of workers’ compensation appeals at an attorney convention in December with Joseph Miller, the Chairman of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (the equivalent of the Chief Justice of the WCAB).

Fluent in Spanish, Mr. Davenport has coached youth baseball and soccer, and is a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. A long-time hockey fan, Mr. Davenport finally strapped on the blades himself seven years ago and has been playing ice hockey at least once a week ever since. On two occasions, he was fortunate enough to play in exhibition games immediately following an Anaheim Duck regular season game. He also recently competed in his first half marathon. Mr. Davenport and his wife of 21 years reside in Irvine with their three children.


Pablo Drobny, Esq.
Lead Appellate Court Attorney
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Pablo Drobny has been a Judicial Attorney for the California Court of Appeal, Second Judicial District, since 1983. Mr. Drobny is a writ specialist and has authored various legal articles on civil and criminal law practice, is a frequent lecturer and panelist on appellate law and procedure, and is past Chair of the California Judicial Attorneys Education Committee.  Mr. Drobny received a B.A. degree with highest honors from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.  After graduation from law school he engaged in academic work (with an international foundation inAmsterdam, Holland and at Boalt Law School).  He then entered into private practice with a law firm and as corporate counsel before coming to the Court of Appeal.


Jennifer Louise King, Esq.
Partner
SK Appellate Group, LLP

Jennifer King is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is an experienced appellate lawyer who has focused exclusively on appellate work for the past 20 years. Her experience has given her unique insight into all aspects of the appellate process.

She spent more than 10 years as a judicial attorney at the Second District Court of Appeal, where she worked on a wide range of civil matters, including those involving land use, labor and employment law, insurance coverage, medical malpractice and toxic torts. In private practice, she handled post-trial motions and appeals for clients including corporations, developers, insurance companies and public entities. She has appeared before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. She clerked for the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, formerly the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

Jennifer taught appellate advocacy at Loyola Law School, and legal research, writing and advocacy at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. For several years, she also taught a course on how to pass the appellate specialization exam. 

Beyond her practice, Jennifer is actively involved with the California State Bar. She is a member of the State Bar’s Committee on Access to Justice, and formerly served on the State Bar’s Committee on Appellate Courts. She chaired the State Bar’s Appellate Law Advisory Commission, which administers the appellate specialization program.

She served as the President of the Board of Directors of the California Supreme Court Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting California’s legal and judicial history.

In her community, Jennifer serves as the city’s Mayor, and she previously served on her city’s Planning Commission. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peninsula Education Foundation and the President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay.

Jennifer graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science, with distinction. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School.


Hon. Kira L. Klatchko
Judge
Superior Court of CA, Riverside County

Judge Kira Kltatchko was appointed to the bench in 2017, serving at the Riverside County Superior Court. 

Previously, Judge Klatchko was a partner at Lewis Brisbois and handled both state and federal appeals arising from all areas of civil practice for clients as varied as cities, businesses and families. She was vice chair of the firm’s national Appellate Practice Litigation group.

Judge Klatchko is also an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Judge Klatchko  served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including a term as its chair. She 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 named to the 2015 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 RCBA Appellate Section. Judge Klatchko is 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 and 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 has sat on the board of directors for Angel View, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled children and adults in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. She also sits on the board of directors for OperaArts, a nonprofit presenting music and arts to the community, with emphasis on programs for children and senior citizens.

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.


Joseph Lane
Law Clerk
California Court of Appeal

Joseph A. Lane received his B.A. from California State University at Northridge in 1975.  He served as a deputy clerk with the Court of Appeal from 1979 to 1987; and as Chief Deputy Clerk from 1988 to 1991.  He was appointed Clerk of the Court in January 1992 and Clerk/Administrator in January 1997, and Clerk/Executive Officer of the Court in November 2007.  He is the seventh person to serve as Clerk of the Court since the Court’s creation in 1904.

Joseph is a member and past-president of the California Appellate Court Clerks Association and has been a member of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC) since 1988.  He was NCACC President 1998 – 1999, and served on the Executive Committee 1993 – 1995,  co-hosted the 2000 Annual Conference of the NCACC in Newport Beach; and Chaired the Program Committee for the Annual Conference in 1994 and 1999, in addition to serving or chairing other committees.

Mr. Lane served as an advisory member to the California Judicial Council from 1997-1999; Memberships: Appellate Advisory Committee and Chair of Education Subcommittee 1992 -1996; Court Technology Committee, 1993-1996 and 2002 – 2005; Judicial Administration Institute of California, 1994-1998; National Associate of State Judicial Educators, 1993 & 1998; California Judicial Administration Conference Planning Committee (CJAC) 1999 and 1994; Point Panic Bodysurfing Club, Honolulu HI, 1998.


Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.
Partner/State Bar Certified Specialist in Appellate Law
Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP

Though Wendy Lascher is one of California’s best-known appellate lawyers, her work on behalf of clients often begins well before an appeal. By crafting motions and consulting on trial strategy, Wendy helps clients either avoid appeals in the first place, or to be well-positioned to win cases on appeal. 

After nearly four-decades at her appellate-focused boutique, Lascher & Lascher, Wendy brought her practice to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in 2011. She brought with her a California State Bar-certified appellate specialty in which she has represented clients in front of the United States Supreme Court, many times before the California Supreme Court, multiple U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and in every California Court of Appeal district. She has also handled cases in state and federal trial courts. 

Wendy has handled a wide range of appeals involving multinational corporations, municipalities and other government entities, complex family law, Death Row and other criminal cases, employment, real estate development, bankruptcies and other matters. 

Previously a president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she regularly features in Los Angeles Magazine’s "Super Lawyers" roundups of top lawyers as well as its listings of the "Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers" and "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers," and she is Av-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbard. She also regularly lectures at the Ventura and Santa Barbara Colleges of Law and regularly speaks about appellate law and other matters for a variety of legal organizations. Widely published in legal journals, she is also the long-time editor of CITATIONS, the newsletter of the Ventura County Bar Association. 

Wendy has been a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ventura County since 2008. She has also served as a board member at First National Bank of Ventura, Channel Counties Legal Services, the KCLU advisory board, and the Planned Parenthood Ventura Advisory Council. When not working or volunteering, Wendy enjoys gardening, early morning workouts, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is also a student pilot and expects to acquire her private pilot’s license in 2017. 


John P. Lepo
Assistant Administrator/Clerk
Second District Court of Appeal

John Lepo is currently the Chief Deputy Clerk for the California Second District Court of Appeal.  He is a 1972 graduate of John Carroll University.  After 13 years with the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court in Cleveland, Ohio, he joined the Court of Appeal in 1985.  He has served as the senior deputy clerk for Divisions One, Five, Seven and Eight. In the five years immediately preceding his appointment as Chief Deputy in June of 2015, he was responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the court’s system for the internal movement of electronic documents.


Robin Meadow, Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Few appellate specialists have successfully tried a jury case.  Robin Meadow tried jury cases for over 20 years at a major commercial firm, while also handling appeals, in many fields of law.  Over time, he realized that it’s nearly impossible to excel at both trials and appeals, because the skill sets and practice rhythms differ completely and often clash. Concluding that his greatest strengths lay in appellate work, Robin joined GMSR in 1994, handling his last trial late that year.

Robin’s trial-court experience gives him a unique perspective on appellate work.  He understands the demands and pressures trial lawyers face and the many ways that things can go wrong in the trial court.  And he is very much at home consulting with trial lawyers during trial, helping them protect their appellate record so they’re well positioned to either preserve a victory or overturn a defeat.

Robin’s practice at GMSR continues the substantive focus he developed in his earlier years—business disputes, real estate, partnerships, and probate and entertainment law.  But, like most appellate lawyers, he is a generalist and at GMSR has also handled multiple significant appeals involving healthcare, family law, personal injury and bankruptcy.

He is also an expert in technology for appellate lawyers and courts.  A pioneer in the use of electronic records and briefs, Robin co-authored the California Second District Court of Appeal’s first protocol for electronic briefs (since adopted by other California Courts of Appeal), and he filed the first electronic brief ever accepted by a California appellate court.

When he isn’t practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading about history and playing bass guitar in a rock band.


T. Peter Pierce, Esq.
Certified Appellate Specialist
Richards, Watson & Gershon

T. Peter Pierce is a shareholder specializing in writs and appeals. Mr. Pierce, a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in appellate law in seven of the eight years from 2009 to 2016. 

Mr. Pierce represents public agencies and private clients across a broad range of cases involving business disputes, land use and zoning, inverse condemnation, constitutional law, telecommunications law, fair housing law, redevelopment dissolution, elections law, CEQA and other areas. He has litigated cases at the merits stage before the Supreme Court of the United States and the California Supreme Court. Mr. Pierce frequently appears before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the many divisions of the California Court of Appeal.

Mr. Pierce served on the California State Bar Appellate Law Advisory Commission from 2011 to 2014. He is a past Chair of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Appellate Courts on which he served from 2006-2010. Mr. Pierce is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s appellate courts section.

Mr. Pierce is a contributing author of the following CEB treaties: 

California Civil Appellate Practice (3d ed.)

California Civil Writ Practice (4th ed.)

California Administrative Mandamus (3d ed.)

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Pierce serves on the Board of Governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles. He is an avid triathlete and in each of the last four years completed a 549-mile, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, raising over ,000 for charity in the process. He competed in and finished his first half-ironman triathlon in Utah in May 2015. 

Immediately following law school, Mr. Pierce served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcel Livaudais, Jr. on the United States District Court in New Orleans.

Before attending law school, Mr. Pierce was a broadcast journalist.


Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq.
Partner & Appellate Practice Group Co-Chair
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Ben Shatz is a certified specialist in appellate law who has briefed hundreds of civil appeals, writs and petitions in state and federal courts covering areas of law including employment, entertainment, copyright, trademark, land use, banking, insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive damages, class actions, anti-SLAPP and unfair competition. Before private practice he served as law clerk to Robert J. Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, and as extern to Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ben is Editor-in-Chief of California Litigation, the journal of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, chairs the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluations Committee and serves on the executive committee of LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section. He is a past Chair of the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and the LACBA Appellate Courts Committee.

Since 2005, Ben has coordinated lawyer volunteers for the ACE (Appellate Court Experience) program, in which high school students visit the Second District Court of Appeal, for which he was honored as Lawyer of the Year (Private Sector 2008) by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice (2004-2015); listed in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice (2012-2015); and is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ben is a frequent lecturer and publisher of articles on appellate practice, is an editorial consultant for the Matthew Bender Practice Guide on California Civil Appeals & Writs, and blogs at Southern California Appellate News (http://socal-appellate.blogspot.com).


John A. Taylor, Jr., Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Horvitz & Levy LLP

John Taylor is a partner at Horvitz & Levy, where he has been practicing since 1993.  He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist.

Mr. Taylor has been lead appellate counsel in dozens of appeals in a wide variety of areas (his name currently appears on over 40 published opinions and many more unpublished opinions), including matters involving entertainment law, the right of publicity, the Unfair Competition Law (UCL), breach of contract, insurance coverage, wage and hour law, employment discrimination, personal injury, California’s “lemon law,” arbitration awards, and trusts and estates.

In 2012, Mr. Taylor was lead counsel in Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment, obtaining a million reduction of a million judgment against his client.  Mr. Taylor has also participated in numerous cases before the California Supreme Court, and in 2009 was lead counsel in obtaining a closely watched decision overturning a million judgment against a coffee manufacturer for the unauthorized use of the plaintiff’s photograph on the label of its coffee jar. In addition, he has authored amicus curiae briefs in the California Supreme Court on issues such as evidentiary requirements in product liability and wage and hour litigation; the scope and application of Proposition 64’s amendments to the UCL; public policy issues arising out of subcontractor indemnity provisions in residential construction contracts; the constitutionality of Proposition 5, the Indian gaming initiative; and the validity of the Seaman’s tort. 

Mr. Taylor is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Los Angeles County Bar Appellate Courts Section. In 2007, Mr. Taylor was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve on the Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee of California, as one of the three private civil attorneys on the committee, and in 2010 was reappointed to a second term.

In 2009, Mr. Taylor was named to the Top 100 list of leading lawyers in California by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal. He is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been listed every year since 2006 as a Super Lawyer and as a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers in America, and was included among the overall Top 100 Southern California lawyers for 2011 by Super Lawyers magazine. In 1994, Mr. Taylor was honored as the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” of the year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University (summa cum laude) and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude). Following law school, he held a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Before joining the firm, Mr. Taylor was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is admitted to practice in the California and Utah state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


San Francisco Faculty:

Justice Stuart R. Pollak
Presiding Justice
First District Court of Appeal, Division Four

In 2018, Justice Pollak was appointed to the position of Presiding Justice for the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four of the California Court of Appeal. Justice Pollak had been an Associate Justice in the First District of the California Court of Appeal since 2002.

Justice Pollak has spoken at several of Pincus Professional Education’s Appellate seminars in the past. Relevant to the Pincus Pro Ed 2013 SLAPPs seminar, Justice Pollak has two published decisions involving SLAPP issues including: Birkner v. Lam (2007) 156 Cal.App.4th 275, and Vivian v. Labucherie (2013) 214 Cal.App.4th267.

Prior to becoming a Justice, Mr. Pollak was a Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court for twenty years. Prior to joining the court, he was a partner at Howard, Rice Nemerovski, Canady & Pollak for fourteen years. Before joining Howard Rice, Justice Pollak served on the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and was Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General from 1963 to 1965.

Justice Pollak received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1962, Magna Cum Laude.


Brian P. Barrow, Esq.
Of Counsel
Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett

Brian P. Barrow is a shareholder of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC. 

Mr. Barrow is a civil litigator with broad experience handling legal disputes venued in both state and federal courts in California. He has been responsible for all aspects of those cases, including trial, but has particular background in complex law and motion proceedings, post-trial matters, writs, and appeals.  Notably, Brian has handled more than 100 appellate matters in his career, appearing in courts throughout California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is listed as an attorney on more than a dozen published appellate opinions and has also served as a settlement officer for the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.

In 2004, Brian’s peers voted him a Southern California “Rising Star,” an honor given to promising attorneys under the age of 40.Subsequently, in both 2005 and 2006, he was voted a Southern California “Super Lawyer.”Most recently, in 2007, he was voted as one of the top Super Lawyers practicing in Orange County.  Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Brian received his law degree, Cum Laude, from Whittier Law School.  While a student, he served as an editor of the law review and won the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure.  He also holds an undergraduate degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Daniel H. Bromberg, Esq.
Partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Mr. Bromberg is an experienced appellate advocate who has argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous federal and state appellate courts.  With more than a decade’s experience in the Supreme Court, Mr. Bromberg is familiar with all aspects of Supreme Court practice, including merits briefing, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs.  He also is experienced with practice in federal appeals courts and California appellate practice, including writ petitions, requests for depublication, and petitions for review.  

Mr. Bromberg’s practice focuses upon intellectual property, commercial disputes, constitutional law, and other complex legal matters at both the trial and appellate levels.  He has been involved in many of the patent cases before the Supreme Court in recent years, filing amicus briefs on behalf of high tech companies in both the eBay and KSR cases.  He also has litigated several groundbreaking copyright cases and is currently litigating appeals involving patents, trademarks, antitrust, and punitive damages.  


Harry Chamberlain II, Esq.
Shareholder and Certified Appellate Specialist
Buchalter

Harry Chamberlain is an experienced litigator who has represented Fortune 500 companies, public and private sector clients in complex litigation for 35 years. His trial and arbitration practice focuses on the representation of business, professional and public entity clients with special concentration in post-trial remedies, writs and appeals. 

He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, having argued hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts around the country, including numerous cases before the California Supreme Court and the highest courts of other jurisdictions. 

Before joining Buchalter, Harry’s experience included in-house corporate practice as general counsel, and managing the law department of major market U.S. liability insurers and financial service companies. 

Harry serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and California Defense Counsel, preeminent regional associations of civil defense trial attorneys. 


Robert M. Dato, Esq.
Of Counsel
Buchalter Nemer P.C.

Robert M. Dato is Of Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups in Orange County. Mr. Dato primarily represents clients in business litigation and employment matters, with particular emphasis on appeals and related proceedings. Mr. Dato, a Certified Appellate Specialist in California since 1996, has handled more than 400 appellate matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and served as the national coordinating appellate counsel for two major pharmaceutical manufacturers. Mr. Dato is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Dato was previously a senior research attorney to Presiding Justice David G. Sills of the California Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, where he prepared approximately 200 appellate opinions in substantive areas ranging from family law to complex business litigation matters. He also occasionally served as the court’s writ attorney, reviewing and making recommendations regarding writ petitions filed with the court.

Mr. Dato is the author of CEB’s Handling Civil Appeals: Action Guide, a co-author of CEB’s Civil Appellate Practice treatise, and a contributor to CEB’s Civil Procedure During Trial treatise. He is a past chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Administration of Justice, a past chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Law Section and a founder of that section’s biennial College of Appellate Advocacy. Mr. Dato was recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media in conjunction with Martindale Hubbell.


Susan Horst, Esq.
Counsel
California Appellate Law Group

Susan Horst is the California Appellate Law Group’s writ specialist. For more than 31 years, Susan served as the writ attorney for Division One of the First District of the California Court of Appeal, in San Francisco. Susan is one of the only practicing attorneys in California to have devoted virtually her entire career to writs in the appellate courts.

As writ attorney in the First District, Susan evaluated thousands of pre- and post- trial writ petitions in all types of civil and criminal matters. In the process, she learned precisely what the justices on the Court of Appeal look for before taking the extraordinary step of granting writ relief — and what an opposing party needs to highlight to have the best shot at getting a petition denied.

Susan’s three decades at the Court of Appeal gave her both extensive writing experience and a wide-ranging knowledge of substantive law.  Susan’s casework ran the gamut from business and commercial litigation, to personal injury and employment matters, to real estate, insurance, and products liability cases, to professional negligence, disqualification, and privilege issues. The procedural postures of the writ petitions she handled were equally wide-ranging, and included pleading defects and class certification, sealing of court records, discovery disputes, summary judgment, settlement, and enforcement of judgments.

Since retiring from her writ attorney position, Susan has devoted her professional time to consulting on writ petitions in the appellate courts, as well as trial court work in anticipation of writ relief. Susan also lectures widely on writ practice and procedure. She has presented seminars to the San Francisco City Attorney, District Attorney and Public Defender Offices, the State Bar of California, California Continuing Education of the Bar, The Rutter Group, PINCUS Professional Education, bar associations across California, and the Center for Judicial Education and Research. She is the co-author of Chapters for Continuing Education of the Bar publications, as well as training materials for numerous continuing education lectures.

Susan’s career at the Court of Appeal followed motion and jury trial skills she developed early on as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco. She holds her J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude — even though she attended law school part-time at night, while working as a full-time administrator at Stanford University during the day. She also has her B.A. in English from Stanford.

In her spare time, Susan serves on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. She also volunteers on the Advisory Board of Advokids, a foster children’s advocacy group, and provides pro bono advice and representation through the Advokids Appellate Project.


Audra Ibarra, Esq.

Law Office of Audra Ibarra

Audra Ibarra is an experienced civil and white-collar appellate attorney.  She also consults on attorney fee and dispositive motions, as well as trial strategy.  She has over a decade of appellate experience and has personally tried 40 jury trials.  She is a former supervising Assistant US Attorney, litigator at a large national law firm, and Deputy District Attorney.  She has received national recognition and awards for her cases.  She won a reversal in an important case before the California Supreme Court on appellate attorney fees in Conservatorship of McQueen.

Audra serves on the Committee on Appellate Courts of the State Bar of California, the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of California Women Lawyers (CWL), and the Board of Directors of the California Minority Counsel Program.  She is also the Chair of the Amicus Committee of CWL.


Gary A. Watt, Esq.
Partner
Hanson Bridgett

Gary A. Watt is a partner with Hanson Bridgett, working out of the San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices. Gary is a State Bar certified appellate specialist, and chair of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s appellate practice section. In additional to handling civil appeals and writs in both the state and federal appellate courts. Gary’s practice include dispositive motions such as SLAPP, summary judgment, and post-trial motions.

Gary has been on the faculty at U.C. Hastings College of Law since 2001 teaching various appellate law courses, and serves as the director of U.S. Hastings’ Ninth Circuit clinical program: the Hastings Appellate Project. As director, Gary supervises law students in the pro bono legal representation of otherwise unrepresented appellants. Since its founding seven years ago, the Hastings Appellate Project has obtained reversal in over half of its appeals. Gary is a frequent lecturer at MCLE presentations throughout the Bay Area, participating in several programs every year. He is also an avid contributor to the Daily Journal and The Recorder, with well over 50 published articles to date. 


Don Willenburg, Esq.
Partner
Gordon Rees

Don Willenburg is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Oakland and San Francisco offices, and leader of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  He is past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and presently chair of the amicus briefs committee of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. Mr. Willenburg has extensive experience in appeals and writs in a variety of substantive areas of the law, including asbestos and silica litigation; employment; construction; bankruptcy and financial reorganizations; insurance coverage disputes; and entertainment and intellectual property transactions.

Mr. Willenburg has guest lectured at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine Law Schools, and has served as a moot court justice at a number of law schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has volunteered as judge pro tem and as a Penal Code section 1524 special master.


Greg E. Wolff, Esq.

California Appellate Law Group

After 31 years as a judicial attorney at the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court for Chief Justice Ronald M. George and as the Head of Chambers for Justice Carlos Moreno, Justice Goodwin Liu, and Justice Leondra Kruger, Greg Wolff now practices at the California Appellate Law Group.

As Supervisor of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch, Mr. Wolff briefed and argued over 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.  He also was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law for 18 years, where he taught Moot Court and Legal Writing & Research. 

In 1977, Mr. Wolff received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.


2nd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference Faculty:

Los Angeles Faculty:

Justice Elizabeth Grimes
Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight

Beth Grimes was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight, in April 2010.  She was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in December 1997.  Justice Grimes’ first judicial assignment was to the dependency court, after which she presided over a felony calendar court and independent calendar general jurisdiction courtrooms in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and the Santa Monica Courthouse.  From August 2004 through March 2005, Justice Grimes was assigned as a justice pro tempore to Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal.

Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Grimes was a partner in the Litigation Department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, engaged in a business litigation practice since joining the firm in 1980.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Justice Grimes received her law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  She also attended the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for one semester during her senior year, and she attended Mount Holyoke College her freshman year of college.


Justice John Segal
Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven

Justice Segal has served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal since 2015.

In 2000 Justice Segal was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he served as a trial judge until 2015 and presided over civil and criminal cases. His assignments on the Superior Court included 12 years in unlimited civil individual calendar courts in the Stanley Mosk, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles courthouses. He also served as a justice pro tem in the Court of Appeal from January 2010 to June 2010, August 2012 to March 2013, and May 2013 to December 2014.

In May 2015 Justice Segal was nominated to the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed his nomination in July 2015.

Justice Segal is actively involved in state and local bar associations. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Section of Litigation of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and as an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. He is participates in the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Trial Practice Inn of Court and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court.

Justice Segal was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Williams College in 1982, and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1987. After law school he served as a law clerk for Judge Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He was an associate from 1988 to 1995, and then a partner from 1995 to 2000, with the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, where he helped run the Appellate Practice Group.

Justice Segal is married to Chief United States Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. They have two adult children. Justice Segal teaches Remedies at the University of Southern California School of Law, sings tenor in a congregational choir, and plays third base for his softball team.


Honey Kessler Amado, Esq.
Certified Specialist: Appellate Law
Law Offices of Honey Kessler Amado

Honey Kessler Amado is a certified appellate law specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, since 1997. In addition to representing clients in the review courts, Ms. Amado serves as a consultant on trial court issues or cases anticipated for appeal, reviews cases to advise on the merits for appeal, and assists with writing and editing complex memoranda of points and authorities and briefs.

Ms. Amado currently sits on the Appellate Courts Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and serves on the voluntary settlement and mediation panel of the California Court of Appeal, Second District. For a number of years, she sat on the Editorial Board of Los

Angeles Lawyer magazine, having served as Chair of the Editorial Board for the 2000-2001 term.

She enjoys an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is honored to have been named as a Super Lawyer of Southern California in appellate law each year since 2005.

Ms. Amado has authored a number of articles on legal issues relating to appellate law or family law, including co-authoring a chapter on Hague procedures in the United States in international custody disputes for an international treatise. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on various law-related issues, having presented for the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and other local bar associations, and at a number of local study groups. In addition, she has been a guest lecturer in various classes at California State University, Northridge, and was a visiting, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Osijek, in Osijek, Croatia, in Fall 2012.

Ms. Amado has a number of published opinions, including Kristine H. v. Superior Court (Lisa R.) (2005) 37 Cal.4th 156; Marriage of Nassimi (2016) 3 Cal.App.5th 667; Marriage of Williamson (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1303; Marriage of Feldman (2007) 153 Cal.App.4th 1470; and Marriage of Abargil (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 1294.


Efrat M. Cogan, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Buchalter Nemer

Ms. Cogan is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist.

Efrat M. Cogan is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups in Los Angeles. Ms. Cogan is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar of Legal Specialization. Her practice areas encompass appellate, real estate and construction, copyright and unfair competition, class actions, professional liability, governmental and constitutional law.

Ms. Cogan has written “Executive Nonacquiescence: Problems of Statutory Interpretation and Separation of Powers,” 60 Southern California Law Review 1143, 1987. She has contributed to the California Municipal Law Handbook, published by the California League of Cities, and has co-authored “The ‘Empire’ Strikes Back: Effective Use of the False Claims Act” (2005). 

Ms. Cogan has been selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers nine times (2004-2006 and 2008-2013) and was also selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition from 2009 to 2010. She currently serves on the California State Bar’s Advisory Commission.

Ms. Cogan earned her J.D. at the University of Southern California, where she was a staff member and articles editor for the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. 


Pablo Drobny, Esq.
Lead Appellate Court Attorney
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Pablo Drobny has been a Judicial Attorney for the California Court of Appeal, Second Judicial District, since 1983. Mr. Drobny is a writ specialist and has authored various legal articles on civil and criminal law practice, is a frequent lecturer and panelist on appellate law and procedure, and is past Chair of the California Judicial Attorneys Education Committee.  Mr. Drobny received a B.A. degree with highest honors from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.  After graduation from law school he engaged in academic work (with an international foundation inAmsterdam, Holland and at Boalt Law School).  He then entered into private practice with a law firm and as corporate counsel before coming to the Court of Appeal.


Nicholas Dufau, Esq.

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Nick Dufau previously worked as an annual attorney for Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court. He has since returned to Los Angeles, where he is an attorney at Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Nick went to law school at the University of Chicago, where he joined the University of Chicago Law Review and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. On the journal, he worked both as an editor and director of development, and at the Young Center he served as an advocate for children in immigration detention.

Originally hailing from Laguna Niguel, California, Nick received his undergraduate degree from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.  He dabbled in management consulting and marketing during college, but a semester in Washington, D.C. at the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice convinced him that legal work was the better fit.  But before heading to law school, he first took a year off to work as a a "travelling teacher:" He provided free one-on-one tutoring for students from Title I schools across Los Angeles, and also worked as an after-school instructor for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.  That summer, he even directed an L.A. Rec. & Parks summer camp. 


Jennifer Louise King, Esq.
Partner
SK Appellate Group, LLP

Jennifer King is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She is an experienced appellate lawyer who has focused exclusively on appellate work for the past 20 years. Her experience has given her unique insight into all aspects of the appellate process.

She spent more than 10 years as a judicial attorney at the Second District Court of Appeal, where she worked on a wide range of civil matters, including those involving land use, labor and employment law, insurance coverage, medical malpractice and toxic torts. In private practice, she handled post-trial motions and appeals for clients including corporations, developers, insurance companies and public entities. She has appeared before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel. She clerked for the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, formerly the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. 

Jennifer taught appellate advocacy at Loyola Law School, and legal research, writing and advocacy at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. For several years, she also taught a course on how to pass the appellate specialization exam. 

Beyond her practice, Jennifer is actively involved with the California State Bar. She is a member of the State Bar’s Committee on Access to Justice, and formerly served on the State Bar’s Committee on Appellate Courts. She chaired the State Bar’s Appellate Law Advisory Commission, which administers the appellate specialization program.

She served as the President of the Board of Directors of the California Supreme Court Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting California’s legal and judicial history.

In her community, Jennifer serves as the city’s Mayor, and she previously served on her city’s Planning Commission. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peninsula Education Foundation and the President of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of the Harbor Area and South Bay.

Jennifer graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science, with distinction. She received her law degree from Stanford Law School.


Hon. Kira L. Klatchko
Judge
Superior Court of CA, Riverside County

Judge Kira Kltatchko was appointed to the bench in 2017, serving at the Riverside County Superior Court. 

Previously, Judge Klatchko was a partner at Lewis Brisbois and handled both state and federal appeals arising from all areas of civil practice for clients as varied as cities, businesses and families. She was vice chair of the firm’s national Appellate Practice Litigation group.

Judge Klatchko is also an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Judge Klatchko  served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including a term as its chair. She 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 named to the 2015 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 RCBA Appellate Section. Judge Klatchko is 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 and 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 has sat on the board of directors for Angel View, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled children and adults in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. She also sits on the board of directors for OperaArts, a nonprofit presenting music and arts to the community, with emphasis on programs for children and senior citizens.

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.


Joseph Lane
Law Clerk
California Court of Appeal

Joseph A. Lane received his B.A. from California State University at Northridge in 1975.  He served as a deputy clerk with the Court of Appeal from 1979 to 1987; and as Chief Deputy Clerk from 1988 to 1991.  He was appointed Clerk of the Court in January 1992 and Clerk/Administrator in January 1997, and Clerk/Executive Officer of the Court in November 2007.  He is the seventh person to serve as Clerk of the Court since the Court’s creation in 1904.

Joseph is a member and past-president of the California Appellate Court Clerks Association and has been a member of the National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks (NCACC) since 1988.  He was NCACC President 1998 – 1999, and served on the Executive Committee 1993 – 1995,  co-hosted the 2000 Annual Conference of the NCACC in Newport Beach; and Chaired the Program Committee for the Annual Conference in 1994 and 1999, in addition to serving or chairing other committees.

Mr. Lane served as an advisory member to the California Judicial Council from 1997-1999; Memberships: Appellate Advisory Committee and Chair of Education Subcommittee 1992 -1996; Court Technology Committee, 1993-1996 and 2002 – 2005; Judicial Administration Institute of California, 1994-1998; National Associate of State Judicial Educators, 1993 & 1998; California Judicial Administration Conference Planning Committee (CJAC) 1999 and 1994; Point Panic Bodysurfing Club, Honolulu HI, 1998.


Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.
Partner/State Bar Certified Specialist in Appellate Law
Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP

Though Wendy Lascher is one of California’s best-known appellate lawyers, her work on behalf of clients often begins well before an appeal. By crafting motions and consulting on trial strategy, Wendy helps clients either avoid appeals in the first place, or to be well-positioned to win cases on appeal. 

After nearly four-decades at her appellate-focused boutique, Lascher & Lascher, Wendy brought her practice to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in 2011. She brought with her a California State Bar-certified appellate specialty in which she has represented clients in front of the United States Supreme Court, many times before the California Supreme Court, multiple U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and in every California Court of Appeal district. She has also handled cases in state and federal trial courts. 

Wendy has handled a wide range of appeals involving multinational corporations, municipalities and other government entities, complex family law, Death Row and other criminal cases, employment, real estate development, bankruptcies and other matters. 

Previously a president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she regularly features in Los Angeles Magazine’s "Super Lawyers" roundups of top lawyers as well as its listings of the "Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers" and "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers," and she is Av-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbard. She also regularly lectures at the Ventura and Santa Barbara Colleges of Law and regularly speaks about appellate law and other matters for a variety of legal organizations. Widely published in legal journals, she is also the long-time editor of CITATIONS, the newsletter of the Ventura County Bar Association. 

Wendy has been a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ventura County since 2008. She has also served as a board member at First National Bank of Ventura, Channel Counties Legal Services, the KCLU advisory board, and the Planned Parenthood Ventura Advisory Council. When not working or volunteering, Wendy enjoys gardening, early morning workouts, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is also a student pilot and expects to acquire her private pilot’s license in 2017. 


Robin Meadow, Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Few appellate specialists have successfully tried a jury case.  Robin Meadow tried jury cases for over 20 years at a major commercial firm, while also handling appeals, in many fields of law.  Over time, he realized that it’s nearly impossible to excel at both trials and appeals, because the skill sets and practice rhythms differ completely and often clash. Concluding that his greatest strengths lay in appellate work, Robin joined GMSR in 1994, handling his last trial late that year.

Robin’s trial-court experience gives him a unique perspective on appellate work.  He understands the demands and pressures trial lawyers face and the many ways that things can go wrong in the trial court.  And he is very much at home consulting with trial lawyers during trial, helping them protect their appellate record so they’re well positioned to either preserve a victory or overturn a defeat.

Robin’s practice at GMSR continues the substantive focus he developed in his earlier years—business disputes, real estate, partnerships, and probate and entertainment law.  But, like most appellate lawyers, he is a generalist and at GMSR has also handled multiple significant appeals involving healthcare, family law, personal injury and bankruptcy.

He is also an expert in technology for appellate lawyers and courts.  A pioneer in the use of electronic records and briefs, Robin co-authored the California Second District Court of Appeal’s first protocol for electronic briefs (since adopted by other California Courts of Appeal), and he filed the first electronic brief ever accepted by a California appellate court.

When he isn’t practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading about history and playing bass guitar in a rock band.


T. Peter Pierce, Esq.
Certified Appellate Specialist
Richards, Watson & Gershon

T. Peter Pierce is a shareholder specializing in writs and appeals. Mr. Pierce, a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in appellate law in seven of the eight years from 2009 to 2016. 

Mr. Pierce represents public agencies and private clients across a broad range of cases involving business disputes, land use and zoning, inverse condemnation, constitutional law, telecommunications law, fair housing law, redevelopment dissolution, elections law, CEQA and other areas. He has litigated cases at the merits stage before the Supreme Court of the United States and the California Supreme Court. Mr. Pierce frequently appears before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the many divisions of the California Court of Appeal.

Mr. Pierce served on the California State Bar Appellate Law Advisory Commission from 2011 to 2014. He is a past Chair of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Appellate Courts on which he served from 2006-2010. Mr. Pierce is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s appellate courts section.

Mr. Pierce is a contributing author of the following CEB treaties: 

California Civil Appellate Practice (3d ed.)

California Civil Writ Practice (4th ed.)

California Administrative Mandamus (3d ed.)

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Pierce serves on the Board of Governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles. He is an avid triathlete and in each of the last four years completed a 549-mile, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, raising over ,000 for charity in the process. He competed in and finished his first half-ironman triathlon in Utah in May 2015. 

Immediately following law school, Mr. Pierce served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcel Livaudais, Jr. on the United States District Court in New Orleans.

Before attending law school, Mr. Pierce was a broadcast journalist.


Kent L. Richland, Esq.
Partner
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Kent Richland has been an appellate lawyer since he graduated from UCLA Law School in 1971.   In 1983, Kent was one of the founding partners of Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, LLP.

Kent has been lead appellate counsel in hundreds of appeals.  He has argued in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including many high-profile cases in both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.  He gained national prominence in 2006 for his United States Supreme Court argument in Marshall v. Marshall, in which he successfully represented the late Anna Nicole Smith.

Kent is a frequent lecturer and author on appellate law topics and is co-author, with Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline of the California Court of Appeal, of West’s California Litigation Forms B Civil Appeals and Writs.  He has served as president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and multiple terms as president of the California Supreme Court Historical Society.  He was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Among the honors he has received are the California Lawyer Magazine’s California Lawyer of the Year award in both 2007 and 2010, Best Lawyers’ Los Angeles Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015, multiple years’ recognition by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California, multiple years’ recognition as one of the top 100 Southern California Superlawyers and recognition by Chambers USA as one of five “Band One” appellate lawyers in California.


Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq.
Partner & Appellate Practice Group Co-Chair
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Ben Shatz is a certified specialist in appellate law who has briefed hundreds of civil appeals, writs and petitions in state and federal courts covering areas of law including employment, entertainment, copyright, trademark, land use, banking, insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive damages, class actions, anti-SLAPP and unfair competition. Before private practice he served as law clerk to Robert J. Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, and as extern to Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ben is Editor-in-Chief of California Litigation, the journal of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, chairs the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluations Committee and serves on the executive committee of LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section. He is a past Chair of the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and the LACBA Appellate Courts Committee.

Since 2005, Ben has coordinated lawyer volunteers for the ACE (Appellate Court Experience) program, in which high school students visit the Second District Court of Appeal, for which he was honored as Lawyer of the Year (Private Sector 2008) by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice (2004-2015); listed in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice (2012-2015); and is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ben is a frequent lecturer and publisher of articles on appellate practice, is an editorial consultant for the Matthew Bender Practice Guide on California Civil Appeals & Writs, and blogs at Southern California Appellate News (http://socal-appellate.blogspot.com).


John A. Taylor, Jr., Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Horvitz & Levy LLP

John Taylor is a partner at Horvitz & Levy, where he has been practicing since 1993.  He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist.

Mr. Taylor has been lead appellate counsel in dozens of appeals in a wide variety of areas (his name currently appears on over 40 published opinions and many more unpublished opinions), including matters involving entertainment law, the right of publicity, the Unfair Competition Law (UCL), breach of contract, insurance coverage, wage and hour law, employment discrimination, personal injury, California’s “lemon law,” arbitration awards, and trusts and estates.

In 2012, Mr. Taylor was lead counsel in Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment, obtaining a million reduction of a million judgment against his client.  Mr. Taylor has also participated in numerous cases before the California Supreme Court, and in 2009 was lead counsel in obtaining a closely watched decision overturning a million judgment against a coffee manufacturer for the unauthorized use of the plaintiff’s photograph on the label of its coffee jar. In addition, he has authored amicus curiae briefs in the California Supreme Court on issues such as evidentiary requirements in product liability and wage and hour litigation; the scope and application of Proposition 64’s amendments to the UCL; public policy issues arising out of subcontractor indemnity provisions in residential construction contracts; the constitutionality of Proposition 5, the Indian gaming initiative; and the validity of the Seaman’s tort. 

Mr. Taylor is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Los Angeles County Bar Appellate Courts Section. In 2007, Mr. Taylor was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve on the Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee of California, as one of the three private civil attorneys on the committee, and in 2010 was reappointed to a second term.

In 2009, Mr. Taylor was named to the Top 100 list of leading lawyers in California by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal. He is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been listed every year since 2006 as a Super Lawyer and as a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers in America, and was included among the overall Top 100 Southern California lawyers for 2011 by Super Lawyers magazine. In 1994, Mr. Taylor was honored as the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” of the year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University (summa cum laude) and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude). Following law school, he held a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Before joining the firm, Mr. Taylor was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is admitted to practice in the California and Utah state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


San Francisco Faculty:

Justice Kathleen M. Banke
Associate Justice
California Court of Appeals, Division One

Kathleen M. Banke was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One, in June 2009. Prior to being elevated to the appellate bench, Justice Banke sat on the Alameda County Superior Court, to which she was appointed in June 2006. During her last year on the superior court bench, she was one of three judges appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court’s Appellate Division and was an elected member of the Court’s Executive Committee. Justice Banke now serves, by appointment, on the Center for Judicial Education and Research’s Appellate Advisory Committee and is the chair of the Legislative and Privacy subcommittees.  She previously served on and was chair of the Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee.  She is very active in judicial education and has helped produce numerous educational videos for the appellate bench and often speaks at statewide appellate programs.  

Before being appointed to the bench, Justice Banke was a partner at Reed Smith LLP, and before that, at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, which merged with Reed Smith. She specialized in appellate practice for more than 20 years, was the practice group leader for the Crosby, Heafey statewide, and then the Reed Smith nationwide, Appellate Practice Group, and represented clients in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and all districts of the California Court of Appeal. She was counsel of record or co-counsel on more than 200 appeals and writs, many of which resulted in published opinions. She also regularly consulted with trial lawyers to help shape trial presentations and make the best record possible for an eventual appeal. These consultations included briefing and arguing issues in the trial courts, and preparing and arguing post-trial motions. She also handled complex civil law and motion matters and writ proceedings. She was a certified specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and was an active member (and is now an ex officio member) of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Justice Banke has written numerous articles on civil appellate and writ practice. She is the chief consulting and updating editor and a contributing author of the significantly revised and expanded California Civil Writ Practice (CEB 4th ed. 2008), a contributing author and updating editor of Civil Procedure Before Trial: Statutes of Limitations (TRG 2016), and a contributing author to California Civil Appellate Practice (CEB 3d ed. 1996), Employment Litigation (TRG 2001), and Federal Civil Trials and Evidence (TRG 2000). Justice Banke served as a practitioner-advisor in appellate advocacy at Boalt Hall School of Law for three years, and before that as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Hastings College of the Law for three years teaching civil appellate advocacy. She continues to participate as a moot court judge for local law schools and other moot court competitions. 


Justice Maria P. Rivera (Ret.)
Retired Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four

Justice Maria P. Rivera recently retired from the bench. She was an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division 4. Justice Rivera was appointed to the court in 2002 and prior to that she served as Judge of the Superior Court Contra Costa County, Martinez, California. 

Justice Rivera has received numerous awards, including: Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association – Trial Judge of the Year – 2001; San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association:  “Outstanding Leadership in the Community” Distinguished Justice Award – 2002; Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award – 2011; Judicial Council’s Distinguished Service Award – 2015

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Justice Rivera was a partner with Van Voorhis & Skaggs and prior to that, she served as an AUSA and a Deputy District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, magna cum laude.

Justice Rivera is also actively involved in community organizations, such as Invest in Kids, a mentoring program for at-risk youth, Wardrobe for Opportunity, which provides professional attire for women of modest means who are entering the workforce, Center for Human Development, and the Latino Leadership Forum.


Brian P. Barrow, Esq.
Of Counsel
Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett

Brian P. Barrow is a shareholder of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC. 

Mr. Barrow is a civil litigator with broad experience handling legal disputes venued in both state and federal courts in California. He has been responsible for all aspects of those cases, including trial, but has particular background in complex law and motion proceedings, post-trial matters, writs, and appeals.  Notably, Brian has handled more than 100 appellate matters in his career, appearing in courts throughout California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  He is listed as an attorney on more than a dozen published appellate opinions and has also served as a settlement officer for the Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.

In 2004, Brian’s peers voted him a Southern California “Rising Star,” an honor given to promising attorneys under the age of 40.Subsequently, in both 2005 and 2006, he was voted a Southern California “Super Lawyer.”Most recently, in 2007, he was voted as one of the top Super Lawyers practicing in Orange County.  Born and raised in Long Beach, California, Brian received his law degree, Cum Laude, from Whittier Law School.  While a student, he served as an editor of the law review and won the American Jurisprudence Award in Civil Procedure.  He also holds an undergraduate degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Daniel H. Bromberg, Esq.
Partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Mr. Bromberg is an experienced appellate advocate who has argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous federal and state appellate courts.  With more than a decade’s experience in the Supreme Court, Mr. Bromberg is familiar with all aspects of Supreme Court practice, including merits briefing, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs.  He also is experienced with practice in federal appeals courts and California appellate practice, including writ petitions, requests for depublication, and petitions for review.  

Mr. Bromberg’s practice focuses upon intellectual property, commercial disputes, constitutional law, and other complex legal matters at both the trial and appellate levels.  He has been involved in many of the patent cases before the Supreme Court in recent years, filing amicus briefs on behalf of high tech companies in both the eBay and KSR cases.  He also has litigated several groundbreaking copyright cases and is currently litigating appeals involving patents, trademarks, antitrust, and punitive damages.  


Harry Chamberlain II, Esq.
Shareholder and Certified Appellate Specialist
Buchalter

Harry Chamberlain is an experienced litigator who has represented Fortune 500 companies, public and private sector clients in complex litigation for 35 years. His trial and arbitration practice focuses on the representation of business, professional and public entity clients with special concentration in post-trial remedies, writs and appeals. 

He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, having argued hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts around the country, including numerous cases before the California Supreme Court and the highest courts of other jurisdictions. 

Before joining Buchalter, Harry’s experience included in-house corporate practice as general counsel, and managing the law department of major market U.S. liability insurers and financial service companies. 

Harry serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and California Defense Counsel, preeminent regional associations of civil defense trial attorneys. 


Michael G. Colantuono, Esq.
Partner
Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC

Michael G. Colantuono is a shareholder in Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, a municipal law firm with offices in Pasadena and Grass Valley. Chief Justice Ronald M. George presented him with the 2010 Public Lawyer of the Year award on behalf of the California State Bar Association. The Los Angeles Daily Journal named him one of “California’s Top Municipal Lawyers” every year since its list began in 2011. The Supreme Court appointed him the first Chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California; he was previously President of the Bar. The State Bar has certified him as an Appellate Specialist and he is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a prestigious association of fewer than 100 of California’s most distinguished appellate advocates.

Michael is one of California’s leading experts on municipal revenues and has appeared in all six Courts of Appeal in California. In addition, he has argued nine public finance cases in the California Supreme Court since 2004 and briefed two others.

Michael is City Attorney of Auburn and Grass Valley and general counsel of a number of LAFCOs and special districts and previously served six other cities and many special districts. He serves as special counsel to counties, cities and special districts around California.

Michael served as President of the City Attorneys Department of the League of California Cities in 2003–2004 and established its first Ethics Committee.

He served on the Commission on Local Governance in the 21st Century, the recommendations of which led to substantial revisions of the Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act. Michael is General Counsel of the Calaveras and San Diego LAFCOs and serves as outside counsel to several other LAFCOs.

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Government and received his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California at Berkeley.

He frequently posts comments on local government and municipal finance topics to Twitter ( @MColantuono ) and LinkedIn ( Michael Colantuono ).


Margaret Corrigan, Esq.
Circuit Mediator
9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Margaret Corrigan has been mediating civil appeals, immigration matters and attorney fees disputes as a Circuit Mediator for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals since 1996. In that capacity, she has mediated thousands of disputes, including contract, civil rights, insurance, employment, ADA, environmental, intellectual property, class action and mortgage dispues. She teaches a skills seminar on Negotiation and Settlement at UC Hastings College of the Law, and has provided mediation coaching and training at Hastings, Stanford and Harvard Law Schools, the First Appellate District of California, the federal district court for the Northern District of California, and the National Advocacy Center of the Department of Justice. She also serves on the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Executive Committee.

Prior to joining the Ninth Circuit as a mediator, Margaret was a litigation partner at Rogers, Joseph, O’Donnell in San Francisco. She has also represented federal employees in EEOC administrative proceedings and served as an Assistant General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional offices in Chicago and San Francisco.  She is a former law clerk of Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court and a law graduate of University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Stanford University.


Robert M. Dato, Esq.
Of Counsel
Buchalter Nemer P.C.

Robert M. Dato is Of Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups in Orange County. Mr. Dato primarily represents clients in business litigation and employment matters, with particular emphasis on appeals and related proceedings. Mr. Dato, a Certified Appellate Specialist in California since 1996, has handled more than 400 appellate matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States and served as the national coordinating appellate counsel for two major pharmaceutical manufacturers. Mr. Dato is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Mr. Dato was previously a senior research attorney to Presiding Justice David G. Sills of the California Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, where he prepared approximately 200 appellate opinions in substantive areas ranging from family law to complex business litigation matters. He also occasionally served as the court’s writ attorney, reviewing and making recommendations regarding writ petitions filed with the court.

Mr. Dato is the author of CEB’s Handling Civil Appeals: Action Guide, a co-author of CEB’s Civil Appellate Practice treatise, and a contributor to CEB’s Civil Procedure During Trial treatise. He is a past chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Administration of Justice, a past chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Appellate Law Section and a founder of that section’s biennial College of Appellate Advocacy. Mr. Dato was recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in the area of Commercial Litigation by American Lawyer Media in conjunction with Martindale Hubbell.


Sunil (Neil) Gupta, Esq.
Judicial Staff Attorney
California Supreme Court

Neil Gupta has been a Chambers Attorney to Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye of the California Supreme Court since 2010.  Prior to that he served as a Staff Attorney at the CA Supreme Court.  Prior to joining the CA Supreme Court, Neil was an attorney with the Superior Court of Santa Cara County.  He received his Law Degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Law.


Susan Horst, Esq.
Counsel
California Appellate Law Group

Susan Horst is the California Appellate Law Group’s writ specialist. For more than 31 years, Susan served as the writ attorney for Division One of the First District of the California Court of Appeal, in San Francisco. Susan is one of the only practicing attorneys in California to have devoted virtually her entire career to writs in the appellate courts.

As writ attorney in the First District, Susan evaluated thousands of pre- and post- trial writ petitions in all types of civil and criminal matters. In the process, she learned precisely what the justices on the Court of Appeal look for before taking the extraordinary step of granting writ relief — and what an opposing party needs to highlight to have the best shot at getting a petition denied.

Susan’s three decades at the Court of Appeal gave her both extensive writing experience and a wide-ranging knowledge of substantive law.  Susan’s casework ran the gamut from business and commercial litigation, to personal injury and employment matters, to real estate, insurance, and products liability cases, to professional negligence, disqualification, and privilege issues. The procedural postures of the writ petitions she handled were equally wide-ranging, and included pleading defects and class certification, sealing of court records, discovery disputes, summary judgment, settlement, and enforcement of judgments.

Since retiring from her writ attorney position, Susan has devoted her professional time to consulting on writ petitions in the appellate courts, as well as trial court work in anticipation of writ relief. Susan also lectures widely on writ practice and procedure. She has presented seminars to the San Francisco City Attorney, District Attorney and Public Defender Offices, the State Bar of California, California Continuing Education of the Bar, The Rutter Group, PINCUS Professional Education, bar associations across California, and the Center for Judicial Education and Research. She is the co-author of Chapters for Continuing Education of the Bar publications, as well as training materials for numerous continuing education lectures.

Susan’s career at the Court of Appeal followed motion and jury trial skills she developed early on as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco. She holds her J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude — even though she attended law school part-time at night, while working as a full-time administrator at Stanford University during the day. She also has her B.A. in English from Stanford.

In her spare time, Susan serves on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. She also volunteers on the Advisory Board of Advokids, a foster children’s advocacy group, and provides pro bono advice and representation through the Advokids Appellate Project.


Anna-Rose Mathieson, Esq.
Partner
California Appellate Law Group

Anna-Rose Mathieson co-manages the California Appellate Law Group, a thirteen-attorney appellate boutique based in San Francisco. In 2017 the Daily Journal selected Anna-Rose as one of the Top Women Attorneys in California and also selected her as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in California. She served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States, and will teach Appellate Writing at Stanford Law School during Winter 2018.

Her broad range of experience helps Anna-Rose handle appeals on virtually any legal issue, including such varied topics as employment law, jurisdiction, antitrust, products liability, and constitutional law. She understands cutting-edge technology issues, having litigated significant copyright and trademark appeals. She has worked on criminal cases in both state and federal courts, and taught criminal law at the University of Michigan Law School. And she knows how to obtain review at the highest level, having authored U.S. Supreme Court merits briefs and petitions for certiorari on a wide range of issues.

Anna-Rose serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Appellate Practice Journal, on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Appellate Section, and on the Amicus Committee of California Women Lawyers.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, and previously served as Co-President of FVAP’s New Leadership Council.  She appears on radio, television, panels, and podcasts to discuss breaking issues of appellate and constitutional law, and writes articles for The Recorder, Daily Journal, California Litigation Review, and other legal publications.  

 


Leah Spero, Esq.

Spero Law Office

Leah Spero is an appellate attorney in San Francisco with extensive experience in both civil and criminal appeals.  Prior to starting her own practice in 2013, Leah worked for five years at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as a law clerk and as the lead civil staff attorney.  Leah has handled all facets of the appellate process, including merits briefing, amicus briefing, writs, motions, and petitions for rehearing and review/certiorari in state and federal appeals.   

In addition to her other client work, Leah serves as appointed counsel in criminal appeals for the Northern District of California Criminal Justice Act Panel and the California First District Appellate Project.  She is an active volunteer attorney with the Ninth Circuit Pro Bono Panel and the Family Violence Appellate Project.  Leah has also litigated numerous civil cases at the trial and appellate levels as an associate and as a contract attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.  

In 2014, Leah was appointed to the California State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts for a three-year term.  Leah is an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law, where she teaches an appellate advocacy course.

 


Gary A. Watt, Esq.
Partner
Hanson Bridgett

Gary A. Watt is a partner with Hanson Bridgett, working out of the San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices. Gary is a State Bar certified appellate specialist, and chair of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s appellate practice section. In additional to handling civil appeals and writs in both the state and federal appellate courts. Gary’s practice include dispositive motions such as SLAPP, summary judgment, and post-trial motions.

Gary has been on the faculty at U.C. Hastings College of Law since 2001 teaching various appellate law courses, and serves as the director of U.S. Hastings’ Ninth Circuit clinical program: the Hastings Appellate Project. As director, Gary supervises law students in the pro bono legal representation of otherwise unrepresented appellants. Since its founding seven years ago, the Hastings Appellate Project has obtained reversal in over half of its appeals. Gary is a frequent lecturer at MCLE presentations throughout the Bay Area, participating in several programs every year. He is also an avid contributor to the Daily Journal and The Recorder, with well over 50 published articles to date. 


Don Willenburg, Esq.
Partner
Gordon Rees

Don Willenburg is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Oakland and San Francisco offices, and leader of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  He is past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and presently chair of the amicus briefs committee of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. Mr. Willenburg has extensive experience in appeals and writs in a variety of substantive areas of the law, including asbestos and silica litigation; employment; construction; bankruptcy and financial reorganizations; insurance coverage disputes; and entertainment and intellectual property transactions.

Mr. Willenburg has guest lectured at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine Law Schools, and has served as a moot court justice at a number of law schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has volunteered as judge pro tem and as a Penal Code section 1524 special master.


Greg E. Wolff, Esq.

California Appellate Law Group

After 31 years as a judicial attorney at the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court for Chief Justice Ronald M. George and as the Head of Chambers for Justice Carlos Moreno, Justice Goodwin Liu, and Justice Leondra Kruger, Greg Wolff now practices at the California Appellate Law Group.

As Supervisor of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch, Mr. Wolff briefed and argued over 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.  He also was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law for 18 years, where he taught Moot Court and Legal Writing & Research. 

In 1977, Mr. Wolff received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.


3rd Annual Advanced Appellate Conference Faculty:

Los Angeles Faculty:

Los Angeles Faculty:

Justice Elizabeth Grimes
Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Eight

Beth Grimes was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight, in April 2010.  She was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in December 1997.  Justice Grimes’ first judicial assignment was to the dependency court, after which she presided over a felony calendar court and independent calendar general jurisdiction courtrooms in the Stanley Mosk Courthouse and the Santa Monica Courthouse.  From August 2004 through March 2005, Justice Grimes was assigned as a justice pro tempore to Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal.

Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Grimes was a partner in the Litigation Department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, engaged in a business litigation practice since joining the firm in 1980.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Justice Grimes received her law degree in 1980 from Stanford Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of the Stanford Law Review.  She also attended the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for one semester during her senior year, and she attended Mount Holyoke College her freshman year of college.


Justice John Segal
Justice
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven

Justice Segal has served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal since 2015.

In 2000 Justice Segal was appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court, where he served as a trial judge until 2015 and presided over civil and criminal cases. His assignments on the Superior Court included 12 years in unlimited civil individual calendar courts in the Stanley Mosk, Santa Monica, and West Los Angeles courthouses. He also served as a justice pro tem in the Court of Appeal from January 2010 to June 2010, August 2012 to March 2013, and May 2013 to December 2014.

In May 2015 Justice Segal was nominated to the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven. The Commission on Judicial Appointments confirmed his nomination in July 2015.

Justice Segal is actively involved in state and local bar associations. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Section of Litigation of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and as an advisor to the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. He is participates in the Los Angeles County Bar Association Litigation Trial Practice Inn of Court and the Beverly Hills Bar Association Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court.

Justice Segal was born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from Williams College in 1982, and his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1987. After law school he served as a law clerk for Judge Robert S. Vance of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He was an associate from 1988 to 1995, and then a partner from 1995 to 2000, with the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp, where he helped run the Appellate Practice Group.

Justice Segal is married to Chief United States Magistrate Judge Suzanne H. Segal of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. They have two adult children. Justice Segal teaches Remedies at the University of Southern California School of Law, sings tenor in a congregational choir, and plays third base for his softball team.


Justice Martin J. Tangeman
Associate Justice
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six

Justice Tangeman has been an Associate Justice at the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District since 2016.  Prior to that, he served as a Superior Court Judge and an Assistant Presiding Judge in San Luis Obispo County.

Justice Tangeman has also served on several Judicial Council advisory bodies and as a faculty member for the Supervising Judges Institute, and Presiding Judges and CEO Court Management Program. He also taught law courses at the Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy from 2011-2013.

Prior to serving on the bench, Justice Tangeman was in private practice for 23 years. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1978.


Hon. Samantha Jessner
Assistant Supervising Judge, Civil Division
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles

Judge Jessner was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007.  She currently sits in Dept. 31 in the Stanley Mosk courthouse where she presides over an Unlimited Jurisdiction Independent Calendar courtroom.  She is the Assistant Supervising Judge of the Civil Division and the Coordinating Judge of the Hub courts (small claims, collections, and unlawful detainer).  She served as the Supervising Judge of the Mental Health courthouse and also served in the criminal division.

Judge Jessner is the Co-Chair of the Technology Committee for the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Judge Jessner also serves on the Civil subcommittee of the Operational Planning Committee, the governing committee of the Judicial Education Committee, the Civil subcommittee of the Judicial Education Committee, and she is Vice-Chair of the Civil and Small Claims Committee.

Judge Jessner serves on the Supreme Court committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions.  She also is a member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee (“ITAC”) of the Judicial Council and the Projects subcommittee.  Judge Jessner is a New Judge Orientation Instructor for CJER.  She is also an instructor for CJER’s QE6 ethics curriculum.  In addition, Judge Jessner teaches the Civil Law Update seminar for the Rutter Group.

Prior to joining the court, Judge Jessner was an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) for approximately 11 years.  Judge Jessner started her legal career as a litigation associate with the Los Angeles Office of Sheppard Mullin.  In between two tenures at the United States Attorney’s Office, she was in-house counsel for The Boeing Company and an Assistant Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission.  Judge Jessner earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law.


Hon. Kira L. Klatchko
Judge
Superior Court of CA, Riverside County

Judge Kira Kltatchko was appointed to the bench in 2017, serving at the Riverside County Superior Court. 

Previously, Judge Klatchko was a partner at Lewis Brisbois and handled both state and federal appeals arising from all areas of civil practice for clients as varied as cities, businesses and families. She was vice chair of the firm’s national Appellate Practice Litigation group.

Judge Klatchko is also an Appellate Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Judge Klatchko  served for six years on the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Appellate Courts, including a term as its chair. She 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 named to the 2015 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 RCBA Appellate Section. Judge Klatchko is 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 and 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 has sat on the board of directors for Angel View, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disabled children and adults in the Inland Empire region of Southern California. She also sits on the board of directors for OperaArts, a nonprofit presenting music and arts to the community, with emphasis on programs for children and senior citizens.

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.


Honey Kessler Amado, Esq.
Certified Specialist: Appellate Law
Law Offices of Honey Kessler Amado

Honey Kessler Amado is a certified appellate law specialist, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, since 1997. In addition to representing clients in the review courts, Ms. Amado serves as a consultant on trial court issues or cases anticipated for appeal, reviews cases to advise on the merits for appeal, and assists with writing and editing complex memoranda of points and authorities and briefs.

Ms. Amado currently sits on the Appellate Courts Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and serves on the voluntary settlement and mediation panel of the California Court of Appeal, Second District. For a number of years, she sat on the Editorial Board of Los

Angeles Lawyer magazine, having served as Chair of the Editorial Board for the 2000-2001 term.

She enjoys an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is honored to have been named as a Super Lawyer of Southern California in appellate law each year since 2005.

Ms. Amado has authored a number of articles on legal issues relating to appellate law or family law, including co-authoring a chapter on Hague procedures in the United States in international custody disputes for an international treatise. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on various law-related issues, having presented for the American Bar Association, the California State Bar, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and other local bar associations, and at a number of local study groups. In addition, she has been a guest lecturer in various classes at California State University, Northridge, and was a visiting, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Osijek, in Osijek, Croatia, in Fall 2012.

Ms. Amado has a number of published opinions, including Kristine H. v. Superior Court (Lisa R.) (2005) 37 Cal.4th 156; Marriage of Nassimi (2016) 3 Cal.App.5th 667; Marriage of Williamson (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1303; Marriage of Feldman (2007) 153 Cal.App.4th 1470; and Marriage of Abargil (2003) 106 Cal.App.4th 1294.


Pablo Drobny, Esq.
Lead Appellate Court Attorney
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Pablo Drobny has been a Judicial Attorney for the California Court of Appeal, Second Judicial District, since 1983. Mr. Drobny is a writ specialist and has authored various legal articles on civil and criminal law practice, is a frequent lecturer and panelist on appellate law and procedure, and is past Chair of the California Judicial Attorneys Education Committee.  Mr. Drobny received a B.A. degree with highest honors from Johns Hopkins University, and a J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.  After graduation from law school he engaged in academic work (with an international foundation inAmsterdam, Holland and at Boalt Law School).  He then entered into private practice with a law firm and as corporate counsel before coming to the Court of Appeal.


Eva McClintock, Esq.
Supervising Deputy Clerk
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Eva McClintock is a Supervising Deputy Clerk with the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. She has spent the majority of her 17+ years with the court as a divisional deputy for Division Seven. Most recently, Ms. McClintock has shifted her focus to the area of electronic filing and the development of processing procedures. Ms. McClintock is a member of several California Courts of Appeal work groups that are working on multiple projects, including, enhancing the Court’s case management system, the procurement and development of a document management system and appellate staff development programs. Prior to joining the court, she worked at the State Bar of California, Office of Admissions as an Administrative Assistant. 


Wendy C. Lascher, Esq.
Partner/State Bar Certified Specialist in Appellate Law
Ferguson Case Orr Paterson LLP

Though Wendy Lascher is one of California’s best-known appellate lawyers, her work on behalf of clients often begins well before an appeal. By crafting motions and consulting on trial strategy, Wendy helps clients either avoid appeals in the first place, or to be well-positioned to win cases on appeal. 

After nearly four-decades at her appellate-focused boutique, Lascher & Lascher, Wendy brought her practice to Ferguson Case Orr Paterson in 2011. She brought with her a California State Bar-certified appellate specialty in which she has represented clients in front of the United States Supreme Court, many times before the California Supreme Court, multiple U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, and in every California Court of Appeal district. She has also handled cases in state and federal trial courts. 

Wendy has handled a wide range of appeals involving multinational corporations, municipalities and other government entities, complex family law, Death Row and other criminal cases, employment, real estate development, bankruptcies and other matters. 

Previously a president of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, she regularly features in Los Angeles Magazine’s "Super Lawyers" roundups of top lawyers as well as its listings of the "Top 100 Southern California Super Lawyers" and "Top 50 Women Super Lawyers," and she is Av-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbard. She also regularly lectures at the Ventura and Santa Barbara Colleges of Law and regularly speaks about appellate law and other matters for a variety of legal organizations. Widely published in legal journals, she is also the long-time editor of CITATIONS, the newsletter of the Ventura County Bar Association. 

Wendy has been a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ventura County since 2008. She has also served as a board member at First National Bank of Ventura, Channel Counties Legal Services, the KCLU advisory board, and the Planned Parenthood Ventura Advisory Council. When not working or volunteering, Wendy enjoys gardening, early morning workouts, hiking, and spending time with her family. She is also a student pilot and expects to acquire her private pilot’s license in 2017. 


Robin Meadow, Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Few appellate specialists have successfully tried a jury case.  Robin Meadow tried jury cases for over 20 years at a major commercial firm, while also handling appeals, in many fields of law.  Over time, he realized that it’s nearly impossible to excel at both trials and appeals, because the skill sets and practice rhythms differ completely and often clash. Concluding that his greatest strengths lay in appellate work, Robin joined GMSR in 1994, handling his last trial late that year.

Robin’s trial-court experience gives him a unique perspective on appellate work.  He understands the demands and pressures trial lawyers face and the many ways that things can go wrong in the trial court.  And he is very much at home consulting with trial lawyers during trial, helping them protect their appellate record so they’re well positioned to either preserve a victory or overturn a defeat.

Robin’s practice at GMSR continues the substantive focus he developed in his earlier years—business disputes, real estate, partnerships, and probate and entertainment law.  But, like most appellate lawyers, he is a generalist and at GMSR has also handled multiple significant appeals involving healthcare, family law, personal injury and bankruptcy.

He is also an expert in technology for appellate lawyers and courts.  A pioneer in the use of electronic records and briefs, Robin co-authored the California Second District Court of Appeal’s first protocol for electronic briefs (since adopted by other California Courts of Appeal), and he filed the first electronic brief ever accepted by a California appellate court.

When he isn’t practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, reading about history and playing bass guitar in a rock band.


Lisa Perrochet, Esq.
Partner
Horvitz & Levy, LLP

Lisa Perrochet is a partner at Horvitz & Levy, the largest firm in the nation specializing exclusively in civil appeals.  She has been a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist since the first year the State Bar offered certification in 1996.  Ms. Perrochet has represented clients in hundreds of appeals and writ proceedings, and has argued before the California Supreme Court and intermediate appellate courts throughout the state. She has also handled matters in other jurisdictions, notably Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Hawaii. 

Ms. Perrochet is active in the legal community, including as a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, as the longest tenured board member of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, and as a decades-long member of the Los Angeles County Bar Appellate Courts Section.  She is the head of her firm’s professional responsibility and conflicts programming, and has built a reputation for creativity and success in high stakes appellate litigation in a variety of practice areas, including  defense against toxic tort and product liability claims; punitive damages claims; consumer claims against banks and other institutions; insurance coverage and bad faith litigation; as well as professional liability (medical and legal malpractice) and ethics matters.

 


Kent L. Richland, Esq.
Partner
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Kent Richland has been an appellate lawyer since he graduated from UCLA Law School in 1971.   In 1983, Kent was one of the founding partners of Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, LLP.

Kent has been lead appellate counsel in hundreds of appeals.  He has argued in state and federal appellate courts across the country, including many high-profile cases in both the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.  He gained national prominence in 2006 for his United States Supreme Court argument in Marshall v. Marshall, in which he successfully represented the late Anna Nicole Smith.

Kent is a frequent lecturer and author on appellate law topics and is co-author, with Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline of the California Court of Appeal, of West’s California Litigation Forms B Civil Appeals and Writs.  He has served as president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and multiple terms as president of the California Supreme Court Historical Society.  He was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Among the honors he has received are the California Lawyer Magazine’s California Lawyer of the Year award in both 2007 and 2010, Best Lawyers’ Los Angeles Appellate Lawyer of the Year Award in 2015, multiple years’ recognition by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers in California, multiple years’ recognition as one of the top 100 Southern California Superlawyers and recognition by Chambers USA as one of five “Band One” appellate lawyers in California.


Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq.
Partner & Appellate Practice Group Co-Chair
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Ben Shatz is a certified specialist in appellate law who has briefed hundreds of civil appeals, writs and petitions in state and federal courts covering areas of law including employment, entertainment, copyright, trademark, land use, banking, insurance, product liability, professional liability, wrongful death, punitive damages, class actions, anti-SLAPP and unfair competition. Before private practice he served as law clerk to Robert J. Johnston, United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, and as extern to Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ben is Editor-in-Chief of California Litigation, the journal of the State Bar’s Litigation Section, chairs the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s State Appellate Judicial Evaluations Committee and serves on the executive committee of LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section. He is a past Chair of the State Bar Committee on Appellate Courts and the LACBA Appellate Courts Committee.

Since 2005, Ben has coordinated lawyer volunteers for the ACE (Appellate Court Experience) program, in which high school students visit the Second District Court of Appeal, for which he was honored as Lawyer of the Year (Private Sector 2008) by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. He has been named a Southern California Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice (2004-2015); listed in Best Lawyers in America for appellate practice (2012-2015); and is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Ben is a frequent lecturer and publisher of articles on appellate practice, is an editorial consultant for the Matthew Bender Practice Guide on California Civil Appeals & Writs, and blogs at Southern California Appellate News (http://socal-appellate.blogspot.com).


John A. Taylor, Jr., Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Horvitz & Levy LLP

John Taylor is a partner at Horvitz & Levy, where he has been practicing since 1993.  He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist.

Mr. Taylor has been lead appellate counsel in dozens of appeals in a wide variety of areas (his name currently appears on over 40 published opinions and many more unpublished opinions), including matters involving entertainment law, the right of publicity, the Unfair Competition Law (UCL), breach of contract, insurance coverage, wage and hour law, employment discrimination, personal injury, California’s “lemon law,” arbitration awards, and trusts and estates.

In 2012, Mr. Taylor was lead counsel in Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment, obtaining a million reduction of a million judgment against his client.  Mr. Taylor has also participated in numerous cases before the California Supreme Court, and in 2009 was lead counsel in obtaining a closely watched decision overturning a million judgment against a coffee manufacturer for the unauthorized use of the plaintiff’s photograph on the label of its coffee jar. In addition, he has authored amicus curiae briefs in the California Supreme Court on issues such as evidentiary requirements in product liability and wage and hour litigation; the scope and application of Proposition 64’s amendments to the UCL; public policy issues arising out of subcontractor indemnity provisions in residential construction contracts; the constitutionality of Proposition 5, the Indian gaming initiative; and the validity of the Seaman’s tort. 

Mr. Taylor is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the Los Angeles County Bar Appellate Courts Section. In 2007, Mr. Taylor was appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve on the Judicial Council Appellate Advisory Committee of California, as one of the three private civil attorneys on the committee, and in 2010 was reappointed to a second term.

In 2009, Mr. Taylor was named to the Top 100 list of leading lawyers in California by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal. He is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been listed every year since 2006 as a Super Lawyer and as a “Best Lawyer” by The Best Lawyers in America, and was included among the overall Top 100 Southern California lawyers for 2011 by Super Lawyers magazine. In 1994, Mr. Taylor was honored as the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” of the year by the Los Angeles Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Mr. Taylor received his Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University (summa cum laude) and his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude). Following law school, he held a judicial clerkship with the Hon. Patrick E. Higginbotham, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Before joining the firm, Mr. Taylor was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He is admitted to practice in the California and Utah state courts, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Greg E. Wolff, Esq.

California Appellate Law Group

After 31 years as a judicial attorney at the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court for Chief Justice Ronald M. George and as the Head of Chambers for Justice Carlos Moreno, Justice Goodwin Liu, and Justice Leondra Kruger, Greg Wolff now practices at the California Appellate Law Group.

As Supervisor of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch, Mr. Wolff briefed and argued over 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.  He also was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law for 18 years, where he taught Moot Court and Legal Writing & Research. 

In 1977, Mr. Wolff received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.


 

San Francisco Faculty:

Justice Kathleen M. Banke
Associate Justice
California Court of Appeals, Division One

Kathleen M. Banke was appointed as an Associate Justice to the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One, in June 2009. Prior to being elevated to the appellate bench, Justice Banke sat on the Alameda County Superior Court, to which she was appointed in June 2006. During her last year on the superior court bench, she was one of three judges appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court’s Appellate Division and was an elected member of the Court’s Executive Committee. Justice Banke now serves, by appointment, on the Center for Judicial Education and Research’s Appellate Advisory Committee and is the chair of the Legislative and Privacy subcommittees.  She previously served on and was chair of the Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee.  She is very active in judicial education and has helped produce numerous educational videos for the appellate bench and often speaks at statewide appellate programs.  

Before being appointed to the bench, Justice Banke was a partner at Reed Smith LLP, and before that, at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May, which merged with Reed Smith. She specialized in appellate practice for more than 20 years, was the practice group leader for the Crosby, Heafey statewide, and then the Reed Smith nationwide, Appellate Practice Group, and represented clients in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and all districts of the California Court of Appeal. She was counsel of record or co-counsel on more than 200 appeals and writs, many of which resulted in published opinions. She also regularly consulted with trial lawyers to help shape trial presentations and make the best record possible for an eventual appeal. These consultations included briefing and arguing issues in the trial courts, and preparing and arguing post-trial motions. She also handled complex civil law and motion matters and writ proceedings. She was a certified specialist in appellate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, was inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and was an active member (and is now an ex officio member) of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

Justice Banke has written numerous articles on civil appellate and writ practice. She is the chief consulting and updating editor and a contributing author of the significantly revised and expanded California Civil Writ Practice (CEB 4th ed. 2008), a contributing author and updating editor of Civil Procedure Before Trial: Statutes of Limitations (TRG 2016), and a contributing author to California Civil Appellate Practice (CEB 3d ed. 1996), Employment Litigation (TRG 2001), and Federal Civil Trials and Evidence (TRG 2000). Justice Banke served as a practitioner-advisor in appellate advocacy at Boalt Hall School of Law for three years, and before that as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Hastings College of the Law for three years teaching civil appellate advocacy. She continues to participate as a moot court judge for local law schools and other moot court competitions. 


Hon. Elena Duarte
Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal
Third Appellate District

Justice Duarte was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments on December 10, 2010, as an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.  Before she was elevated to the Court of Appeal, she was a Judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court from June 2008 to December 2010, and also a Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court from April 2007 to June 2008.  Before becoming a judge, she was a federal criminal prosecutor for 14 years in Sacramento, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.

Active in her community, Justice Duarte regularly presides over local and national mock trial and moot court competitions for students from eighth grade through law school. She has mentored law students and young lawyers through her membership in various organizations and regularly visits high school classrooms to support government and civics education. She is a member of the steering committee of Operation Protect and Defend, a Sacramento-based organization of judges, lawyers, and teachers dedicated to promoting civics education for high school students. She is the immediate past President of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, an organization of judges, attorneys, and law students dedicated to promoting civility, ethics, and professionalism in the legal community, and continues as a member of the Inn’s Executive Committee.

In May 2015, Governor Brown appointed Justice Duarte to the Commission on Uniform State Laws.  She is also currently a member of the Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions (CACI), the State-Federal Judicial Council, and the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Criminal Curriculum Committee. She is on the Third Appellate District’s Technology and Outreach Committees, and was on the Board of Directors for the California Bar Foundation from 2013 through 2015.

Born and raised in San Jose, California, Justice Duarte attended the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific from 1984-1986. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 1989, she obtained her law degree from Stanford Law School in 1992.

Upon graduation from Stanford, Justice Duarte moved from California to Washington, D.C., as one of 12 graduating law students selected nationwide to participate in the Attorney General’s Honor Program, Criminal Division, at the United States Department of Justice. While at the Department of Justice in Washington, she served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, where she prosecuted criminal cases in the District of Columbia Superior Court.

In 1994, Justice Duarte returned to California as an Assistant United States Attorney in Sacramento from 1994-2000, prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes from investigation through appeal. In 2000, she relocated to the Los Angeles Office of the United States Attorney, where she worked as an Assistant United States Attorney, first in the Major Frauds Section and later in the Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section, becoming Section Chief in 2005. During her time in the Los Angeles office, she prosecuted complex fraud cases as well as all types of cyber and intellectual property rights crimes from investigation through appeal. While a federal prosecutor, she received numerous awards and commendations, including her September 2005 selection by the Daily Journal as one of the top 75 female litigators in California.

Justice Duarte has been an instructor of judicial education and has taught, lectured, and presented alone or as a panel member at Stanford Law School, San Francisco School of Law, University of Southern California Law Center, Santa Clara Law School, Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, King Hall at U.C. Davis, and Pacific McGeorge Law School, where she was an adjunct professor 2009-2010.


Justice Maria P. Rivera (Ret.)
Retired Associate Justice
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four

Justice Maria P. Rivera recently retired from the bench. She was an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division 4. Justice Rivera was appointed to the court in 2002 and prior to that she served as Judge of the Superior Court Contra Costa County, Martinez, California. 

Justice Rivera has received numerous awards, including: Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association – Trial Judge of the Year – 2001; San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association:  “Outstanding Leadership in the Community” Distinguished Justice Award – 2002; Benjamin Aranda III Access to Justice Award – 2011; Judicial Council’s Distinguished Service Award – 2015

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Justice Rivera was a partner with Van Voorhis & Skaggs and prior to that, she served as an AUSA and a Deputy District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. She is a graduate of the University of San Francisco Law School, magna cum laude.

Justice Rivera is also actively involved in community organizations, such as Invest in Kids, a mentoring program for at-risk youth, Wardrobe for Opportunity, which provides professional attire for women of modest means who are entering the workforce, Center for Human Development, and the Latino Leadership Forum.


Daniel H. Bromberg, Esq.
Partner
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Mr. Bromberg is an experienced appellate advocate who has argued before the United States Supreme Court as well as numerous federal and state appellate courts.  With more than a decade’s experience in the Supreme Court, Mr. Bromberg is familiar with all aspects of Supreme Court practice, including merits briefing, petitions for certiorari, and amicus briefs.  He also is experienced with practice in federal appeals courts and California appellate practice, including writ petitions, requests for depublication, and petitions for review.  

Mr. Bromberg’s practice focuses upon intellectual property, commercial disputes, constitutional law, and other complex legal matters at both the trial and appellate levels.  He has been involved in many of the patent cases before the Supreme Court in recent years, filing amicus briefs on behalf of high tech companies in both the eBay and KSR cases.  He also has litigated several groundbreaking copyright cases and is currently litigating appeals involving patents, trademarks, antitrust, and punitive damages.  


Harry Chamberlain II, Esq.
Shareholder and Certified Appellate Specialist
Buchalter

Harry Chamberlain is an experienced litigator who has represented Fortune 500 companies, public and private sector clients in complex litigation for 35 years. His trial and arbitration practice focuses on the representation of business, professional and public entity clients with special concentration in post-trial remedies, writs and appeals. 

He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, having argued hundreds of appeals in state and federal courts around the country, including numerous cases before the California Supreme Court and the highest courts of other jurisdictions. 

Before joining Buchalter, Harry’s experience included in-house corporate practice as general counsel, and managing the law department of major market U.S. liability insurers and financial service companies. 

Harry serves on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and California Defense Counsel, preeminent regional associations of civil defense trial attorneys. 


Efrat M. Cogan, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Buchalter Nemer

Ms. Cogan is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist.

Efrat M. Cogan is Senior Counsel in the firm’s Litigation and Appellate Practice Groups in Los Angeles. Ms. Cogan is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar of Legal Specialization. Her practice areas encompass appellate, real estate and construction, copyright and unfair competition, class actions, professional liability, governmental and constitutional law.

Ms. Cogan has written “Executive Nonacquiescence: Problems of Statutory Interpretation and Separation of Powers,” 60 Southern California Law Review 1143, 1987. She has contributed to the California Municipal Law Handbook, published by the California League of Cities, and has co-authored “The ‘Empire’ Strikes Back: Effective Use of the False Claims Act” (2005). 

Ms. Cogan has been selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers nine times (2004-2006 and 2008-2013) and was also selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition from 2009 to 2010. She currently serves on the California State Bar’s Advisory Commission.

Ms. Cogan earned her J.D. at the University of Southern California, where she was a staff member and articles editor for the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. 


Laurie Hepler, Esq.
Partner/Certified Appellate Specialist
Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

Laurie Hepler is a leading San Francisco appellate lawyer, who collaborates with clients to address all aspects of the appellate process objectively and strategically.  For over two decades, Laurie has helped trial counsel, corporate counsel, insurers and individuals keep their wins, reverse their losses, and develop the law.  Successful first- and second-chair trial experience back up her appellate expertise.

Clients retain Laurie as their appellate lawyer in state and federal courts throughout California and the U.S.  Her clients’ appellate matters span a wide range of subjects, including product liability, insurance coverage, contract disputes, construction defect, errors and omissions, and unfair competition.  But the subject counts less than the forum: appellate courts know Laurie, and she knows them.

Laurie has been honored with two prestigious California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (“CLAY”) Awards, for two California Supreme Court wins.  She is a member of the highly selective California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.


Susan Horst, Esq.
Counsel
California Appellate Law Group

Susan Horst is the California Appellate Law Group’s writ specialist. For more than 31 years, Susan served as the writ attorney for Division One of the First District of the California Court of Appeal, in San Francisco. Susan is one of the only practicing attorneys in California to have devoted virtually her entire career to writs in the appellate courts.

As writ attorney in the First District, Susan evaluated thousands of pre- and post- trial writ petitions in all types of civil and criminal matters. In the process, she learned precisely what the justices on the Court of Appeal look for before taking the extraordinary step of granting writ relief — and what an opposing party needs to highlight to have the best shot at getting a petition denied.

Susan’s three decades at the Court of Appeal gave her both extensive writing experience and a wide-ranging knowledge of substantive law.  Susan’s casework ran the gamut from business and commercial litigation, to personal injury and employment matters, to real estate, insurance, and products liability cases, to professional negligence, disqualification, and privilege issues. The procedural postures of the writ petitions she handled were equally wide-ranging, and included pleading defects and class certification, sealing of court records, discovery disputes, summary judgment, settlement, and enforcement of judgments.

Since retiring from her writ attorney position, Susan has devoted her professional time to consulting on writ petitions in the appellate courts, as well as trial court work in anticipation of writ relief. Susan also lectures widely on writ practice and procedure. She has presented seminars to the San Francisco City Attorney, District Attorney and Public Defender Offices, the State Bar of California, California Continuing Education of the Bar, The Rutter Group, PINCUS Professional Education, bar associations across California, and the Center for Judicial Education and Research. She is the co-author of Chapters for Continuing Education of the Bar publications, as well as training materials for numerous continuing education lectures.

Susan’s career at the Court of Appeal followed motion and jury trial skills she developed early on as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco. She holds her J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude — even though she attended law school part-time at night, while working as a full-time administrator at Stanford University during the day. She also has her B.A. in English from Stanford.

In her spare time, Susan serves on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California. She also volunteers on the Advisory Board of Advokids, a foster children’s advocacy group, and provides pro bono advice and representation through the Advokids Appellate Project.


Anna-Rose Mathieson, Esq.
Partner
California Appellate Law Group

Anna-Rose Mathieson co-manages the California Appellate Law Group, a thirteen-attorney appellate boutique based in San Francisco. In 2017 the Daily Journal selected Anna-Rose as one of the Top Women Attorneys in California and also selected her as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in California. She served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court of the United States, and will teach Appellate Writing at Stanford Law School during Winter 2018.

Her broad range of experience helps Anna-Rose handle appeals on virtually any legal issue, including such varied topics as employment law, jurisdiction, antitrust, products liability, and constitutional law. She understands cutting-edge technology issues, having litigated significant copyright and trademark appeals. She has worked on criminal cases in both state and federal courts, and taught criminal law at the University of Michigan Law School. And she knows how to obtain review at the highest level, having authored U.S. Supreme Court merits briefs and petitions for certiorari on a wide range of issues.

Anna-Rose serves as the co-Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Appellate Practice Journal, on the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Appellate Section, and on the Amicus Committee of California Women Lawyers.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Violence Appellate Project, and previously served as Co-President of FVAP’s New Leadership Council.  She appears on radio, television, panels, and podcasts to discuss breaking issues of appellate and constitutional law, and writes articles for The Recorder, Daily Journal, California Litigation Review, and other legal publications.  

 


T. Peter Pierce, Esq.
Certified Appellate Specialist
Richards, Watson & Gershon

T. Peter Pierce is a shareholder specializing in writs and appeals. Mr. Pierce, a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, is certified as a specialist in appellate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has been recognized as a Southern California Super Lawyer in appellate law in seven of the eight years from 2009 to 2016. 

Mr. Pierce represents public agencies and private clients across a broad range of cases involving business disputes, land use and zoning, inverse condemnation, constitutional law, telecommunications law, fair housing law, redevelopment dissolution, elections law, CEQA and other areas. He has litigated cases at the merits stage before the Supreme Court of the United States and the California Supreme Court. Mr. Pierce frequently appears before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the many divisions of the California Court of Appeal.

Mr. Pierce served on the California State Bar Appellate Law Advisory Commission from 2011 to 2014. He is a past Chair of the California State Bar Standing Committee on Appellate Courts on which he served from 2006-2010. Mr. Pierce is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s appellate courts section.

Mr. Pierce is a contributing author of the following CEB treaties: 

California Civil Appellate Practice (3d ed.)

California Civil Writ Practice (4th ed.)

California Administrative Mandamus (3d ed.)

Outside of his law practice, Mr. Pierce serves on the Board of Governors of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles. He is an avid triathlete and in each of the last four years completed a 549-mile, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, raising over ,000 for charity in the process. He competed in and finished his first half-ironman triathlon in Utah in May 2015. 

Immediately following law school, Mr. Pierce served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marcel Livaudais, Jr. on the United States District Court in New Orleans.

Before attending law school, Mr. Pierce was a broadcast journalist.


Beth Robbins
Assistant Clerk/Administrator
First District Court of Appeal

Beth Robbins began working at the Court of Appeal in 1997 as a judicial assistant and moved into the clerk’s office as a deputy clerk shortly thereafter, where she worked in Divisions One and Three.  She became Supervising Deputy Clerk in February 2007, and Assistant Clerk/Administrator in January 2017.  She is involved in several work group focused on enhancing the court’s case management and electronic filing systems, and is a member of the Appellate Advisory Committee to the Judicial Council.  Prior to working at the court, Beth worked as a litigation paralegal for seven years in Los Angeles.  

 

 


Gary A. Watt, Esq.
Partner
Hanson Bridgett

Gary A. Watt is a partner with Hanson Bridgett, working out of the San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices. Gary is a State Bar certified appellate specialist, and chair of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s appellate practice section. In additional to handling civil appeals and writs in both the state and federal appellate courts. Gary’s practice include dispositive motions such as SLAPP, summary judgment, and post-trial motions.

Gary has been on the faculty at U.C. Hastings College of Law since 2001 teaching various appellate law courses, and serves as the director of U.S. Hastings’ Ninth Circuit clinical program: the Hastings Appellate Project. As director, Gary supervises law students in the pro bono legal representation of otherwise unrepresented appellants. Since its founding seven years ago, the Hastings Appellate Project has obtained reversal in over half of its appeals. Gary is a frequent lecturer at MCLE presentations throughout the Bay Area, participating in several programs every year. He is also an avid contributor to the Daily Journal and The Recorder, with well over 50 published articles to date. 


Stacy Wheeler
Supervising Deputy Clerk
First District Court of Appeal

Stacy Wheeler began working at the Court of Appeal as a deputy clerk for Division Two in 2004, and remains assigned to that division.  In January 2017, she was promoted to Supervising Deputy Clerk.  She is involved in various work groups focused on staff training and information sharing among the appellate districts.  Before joining the court, she served as a legal secretary for an Administrative Law Judge at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board in San Francisco for 7 years. She also worked as legal secretary at the Department of Workers’ Compensation Administration for 5 years. 


Don Willenburg, Esq.
Partner
Gordon Rees

Don Willenburg is a partner in Gordon & Rees’s Oakland and San Francisco offices, and leader of the firm’s Appellate Practice Group.  He is past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and presently chair of the amicus briefs committee of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. Mr. Willenburg has extensive experience in appeals and writs in a variety of substantive areas of the law, including asbestos and silica litigation; employment; construction; bankruptcy and financial reorganizations; insurance coverage disputes; and entertainment and intellectual property transactions.

Mr. Willenburg has guest lectured at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine Law Schools, and has served as a moot court justice at a number of law schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has volunteered as judge pro tem and as a Penal Code section 1524 special master.


Greg E. Wolff, Esq.

California Appellate Law Group

After 31 years as a judicial attorney at the Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court for Chief Justice Ronald M. George and as the Head of Chambers for Justice Carlos Moreno, Justice Goodwin Liu, and Justice Leondra Kruger, Greg Wolff now practices at the California Appellate Law Group.

As Supervisor of the Appellate Section of the Criminal Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and in the Appellate Section of the Civil Branch, Mr. Wolff briefed and argued over 350 appeals and 100 writ proceedings.  He also was an Adjunct Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law for 18 years, where he taught Moot Court and Legal Writing & Research. 

In 1977, Mr. Wolff received his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.


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CA Ethics Credit: 1.0 units

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