7th Annual Advanced Appellate Program (CA) [Two-Part Webinar]

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

We have gathered an all-star panel once again for our 7th Annual Advanced Appellate Seminar. This year we’ll be holding it as a two-part webinar due to Covid-19 again.

Speakers include multiple justices and judges throughout the state including recently retired CA State Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin:

Hon. Ming W. Chin (recently retired)
California Supreme Court
ADR Services, Inc.

Justice Kathleen M. Banke
First District Court of Appeal, Division One

Judge Carlos T. Bea
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Justice Elizabeth Grimes
Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight

Judge Kira Klatchko
Superior Court of California, Riverside County
Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law

Justice Douglas P. Miller
Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two

Justice Michael J. Raphael
Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two

Also joining us again this year are a multitude of long-time appellate attorneys, many of whom are Certified Legal Specialists in Appellate Law and/or former staff attorneys for various appellate justices.

And, as usual, your faculty delves into a variety of interesting topics (see agenda tab for details), including:

  • Appealable Orders: The Collateral Order Doctrine & One Final Judgment Exceptions Examined
  • More on Writs: Decision Options and Related Issues
  • What Can the Supreme Court of CA do for You Other than Grant Review?
  • Advanced Topics in Standards of Review
  • Preclusion
  • Dealing with Difficult Oral Arguments and Pandemic Lessons
  • Party Counsel and Amici Curiae Ethics
  • Behind the Scenes at the 9th Circuit

This is an intermediate to advanced level appellate course that assumes you already have an understanding of appellate practice.  Check out our Demystifying Civil Appeals and Writs for a beginner level program.


This program will be recorded on February 15 & 17, 2022. The recorded package will be available in available in audio or video format and includes seminar materials.


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And don’t miss our previous conferences:

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.
Our 4th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2019) audio recording can be purchased here.
Our 5th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2020) audio recording can be purchased here.
Our 6th Annual Advanced Appellate Conference (2021) audio recording can be purchased here.

If you would like to purchase a bundle of our appellate programs, at a very discounted rate, please go here for our general bundle and here for our Advanced Appellate Conference series bundle.




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Part 1: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
(Including Breaks)
Two-Part Webinar


1:00 – 2:05
Appealable Orders: The Collateral Order Doctrine & One Final Judgment Exceptions Examined

  • The Collateral Order Doctrine
    • Elements
    • Doctrinal Dissonance
    • Majority View
    • Minority View
    • Collateral Order Examples
  • The One Final Judgment Rule Exceptions
    • Orders Final as to a Party in Multiparty Actions
    • Finality as to a Party Capacity
    • Further Examples

2:05 – 3:05
More on Writs: Decision Options and Related Issues

  • Writs of discovery rulings
  • Writs and appeals of good-faith settlement determinations
  • What to do if you’re not sure about appealability
  • The toolbox of dispositions available to the DCA and what goes into deciding which to use
  • At what point does the trial court lose jurisdiction while a petition is considered by the DCA — even if the DCA has issued some orders?
  • What orders/dispositions by the DCA are law of the case?
  • When are the various DCA orders final?

3:05 – 3:15

3:15 – 4:00
What Can the Supreme Court of CA do for You Other than Grant Review?

  • Alternative paths to Supreme Court of CA review
    • Review
    • Grant and hold
    • Original writs
    • Transfers on petition or sua sponte
  • Supervision of the DCAs
    • Grant and remand
    • Grant and transfer
  • De-publication and sua sponte review
  • Dismissal of review as improvidently granted
  • Judicial Notice and new evidence on appeal
  • Case management issues
  • Extraordinary Writs

4:00 – 4:30
Advanced Topics in Standards of Review

  • Are the standards of review really neutral?
    • Neutrally applied principles
  • Tips on arguing that a favorable standard be applied

Part 2: Thursday, February 17, 2022
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
(Including Breaks)

1:00 – 1:35

  • What is preclusion?
  • Claim preclusion (res judicata) vs. issue preclusion (collateral estoppel)
  • Same-party requirement (privity)
  • What makes a prior decision “final”?
  • When is an issue “identical.”
  • When is an issue “actually litigated” and “necessarily decided.”
  • What equitable considerations affect issue preclusion?
  • Special situations
    • Error in prior decision
    • Issue in prior case decided by trial court but not addressed by appellate court
    • Settlement before appellate resolution in prior case

1:35 – 2:35
Dealing with Difficult Oral Arguments and Pandemic Lessons

  • How to argue when the precedent is against you
  • Exceptions or justifications for not following supreme court precedent
  • How to oppose a petition for review when the petitioner has a split of authority favoring review
  • How to best use unpublished or non-precedential authorities
  • Pandemic silver lining:
    • What the justices have learned about remote OA and about tentative opinions.
    • What attorneys have learned about remote OA and how those lessons can improve in-person arguments when they return.
  • The Divided Panel: What to do when oral argument begins and you realize there’s a divided panel.
  • Top 5 awkward moments during OA and ideas for handling them
  • How moot courts can improve oral argument
    • Putting together an effective moot court
    • Moot court resources available in the legal community

2:35 – 2:45

2:45 – 3:35
Party Counsel and Amici Curiae Ethics

  • Amicus brief funding
  • Coordination with amicus counsel
  • Simultaneous representation of a party and amicus curiae
  • State and federal court disclosure requirements

3:35 – 4:30
Behind the Scenes at the 9th Circuit

  • Recent rule changes
  • Latest court statistics
  • The court’s screening panel process
  • The court’s motions panel process
  • Internal processes for court mediations
  • How clerks evaluate cases in chambers
  • Most common electronic filing errors
  • Handling sealed filings
  • En banc proceedings from the inside


Two-Part Webinar

Part 1: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Part 2: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Times for both sessions:
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time

We will send your login details and handout materials a few days before your program.


“Year in, year out this is the best MCLE seminar for experienced appellate lawyers.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“One of the best CLEs every year.” – Sarah Birmingham, Esq.

“This program exceeded my expectations. The speakers were dynamic and brilliant, and the topics were incredibly helpful to my practice. I’ll be using this information for years to come… It was great!” – Tiffany J. Gates, Esq.

“Fantastic seminar. One of the best I’ve ever seen.” – Kym Speer, Esq.

“Very useful information and insights, including what happens inside appellate courts, from the BEST, most knowledgeable sources.” – Jay-Allen Eisen, Esq.

“I attend lots of CLE courses – significantly more than required. This program was outstanding! Careful selection of topics and presenters. This was my first Pincus course. It will not be my last.” – Steven Finell, Esq.

“If you only attend one live CLE a year, make sure it is the Pincus Advanced Appellate Seminar.” – Joshua R. Furman, Esq.

“This is always an excellent seminar! Great practical advice by the masters.” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“Wonderful. The program was very enlightening and amazing. The tips are incredible and very refreshing and although they seemed intuitive, they truly are not.” – Francisco Javier Aldana, Esq.

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

“I always take away important ideas and tweak my practices following a Pincus Appellate Summit.” – Leslie Ellen Shear, Esq.

“Excellent programs so far. The presenters are top rate and it is always nice to get insight form the actual judges and justices about things happening behind the curtains.” – Jeremy Robinson, Esq.

“The program was wonderful, as usual. I liked that it was split up into two separate parts/days.  That made it much easier to fit into my schedule.  Additionally, the topics were truly “advanced” and timely — particularly the discussion about presenting remote oral arguments.  The whole program was great!  I look forward to attending again next year. :-)” – Tiffany J. Gates, Esq.

“I attended the seminar to learn about cutting-edge appellate issues. The seminar exceeded my expectations and I learned a ton. I greatly enjoyed the seminar and look forward to attending in the future.” – Kevin Meek, Esq.

“Consistently the best live CLE I attend each year. Not to be missed! This isn’t just a refresher on the basics. This brings clarity to real challenges in appellate practice with the top experts in the field.” – Joshua Furman, Esq.

“Excellent as usual. The insights from Justices and expert practitioners are so valuable.” – Lori A. Sebransky, 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’s great to have presentations targeting experienced appellate lawyers.  Tremendously useful.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Excellent program and great speakers.” – (Thomas) Christopher Johns, Esq.

“Greatly appreciated the program, it was right on the edge of what is happening today. I am coming back!” – Alex Vollkov, Esq.

“I learned a lot about advanced appellate practice.” – John L Jones II, Esq.

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

“The program lived up to the description, which is high praise.” – Madeline Miller, Esq.

“Recognized appellate speakers. Good content and practical insights.” – David Lantzer, Esq.

“As always, excellent speakers and content. Very informative with practical and useful anecdotes.” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“Excellent.” – Ryan Artola, Esq.

“Great program as always.” – Susan Horst, Esq.

“I was very impressed with the discussion on statutory interpretation.” – John L. Jones II, 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.

“Useful insights from an insider in the 9th Circuit. Briefs session was hugely satisfying for my inner appellate nerd. I particularly enjoyed how Justice Banke compared what she used to think was important as a practitioner vs. what she now finds important as an appellate court justice. Very helpful! I greatly appreciated Justice Streeter’s openness and honesty. I’ve seen Justice Chin speak several times, and he never disappoints! Always a pleasure to watch.” – Tiffany J. Gates, Esq.

“The program is always very valuable and insightful as appellate practitioners tend to encounter tricky, interesting, and challenging issues that are excellent topics for discussion with colleagues and peers.”

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

“Excellent, as always!” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“I loved it. thank you!” – Alex Volkov, Esq.

“Very good program.” – Paul Young, Esq.

“Such useful information (on the 9th Circuit). Thank you! Love all the anecdotal wisdom Wendy Lascher shares. Kent Richland had great practical experience and excellent tips. Thank you for including Justice Miller! So helpful to hear that side. Judge Klatchko is so smart and I love all the rules and guides she contributed to the presentation. Harry Chamberlain is always amazing! It’s impressive how Effie Cogan knows every detail of every appellate case. I love when she’s a panelist!” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“Excellent as always!” – Lori Sebransky, Esq.

“The program lived up to my expectations. The topics were interesting and the speakers were engaging (a particularly tough task in this virtual world).  I’m looking forward to Part 2 on Thursday!” – Tiffany J. Gates, Esq.

“Good content and speakers.” – Tom Freeman, Esq.

“Excellent, as always!” – Marisa Janine-Page, Esq.

“Excellent and different than ‘the usual’. Very innovative choice of subjects of importance to appellate specialists.”

“Surpassed my expectation. This was an excellent program.” – Bruce Finch, Esq.

“Well done as always. Nice selection of topics.” – Deborah Bull, Esq.

“Beyond our expectations. Very useful to us. To Stephen Mayer – Wow. Thank you for waking up the right mindset and strategy. Justice Banke’s perspective was on target.” – Larry Peluso, Esq.

“I was aiming to gain insight on the appellate system and gain tips to assist my future endeavors in the court. I feel much more confident in my abilities! The handbook was very helpful and informative. I enjoyed the webinar format.” – Gina Simas, Esq.

“Excellent, informative program. Presentations from judges were especially useful, and Ben Shatz is a very good moderator.” – Ryan Wu, Esq.

“This is an excellent program. I would recommend it. I found the panel to be very thoughtful and engaged with the purpose of educating the audience.” – Elizabeth Rhodes, Esq.

“Finally, I discovered an MCLE seminar that speaks my language! ‘My peeps.’ As an appellate practitioner of nearly 30 years, who does not specialize or concentrate in a particular substantive area, it is difficult to find an appellate MCLE that is not too basic for me. Now that I know about this annual advanced appellate seminar, I’ll be back for other ones.”

“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.

“Justice Streeter is really interesting and provides great insight and information.” – Sarah Birmingham, Esq.

“Truly useful with Wendy’s segment as the most valuable.” – Leslie Ellen Shear, Esq.

“John Taylor did a wonderful job of explaining complex appellate issues to a non-appellate attorney, such as myself. I greatly enjoyed his presentation.” – Kevin Meek, Esq.

“While advanced, this was a great overview of appellate issues.” – Brian Mahler, Esq.

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

“I hoped to have a good panel on oral argument, and another on agency appeals. These were great.” – Daniel Trump, Esq.

“Faith Pincus always puts on a great program. I like the recordings on CD. I listen to them in the car.”

“I appreciated the opening discussion on federal (9th Circuit) law and procedure.” – Justin R. Sarno, Esq.

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

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

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

“Wonderful!” – Chris Lim, Esq.

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

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

“Excellent content, expertly presented, excellent program! I’m trying to resume active appellate practice after years of preoccupation with family care issues – this program was a great start!” – Bruce Finch, Esq.

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

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

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

“Great program.” – Sara Birmingham, Esq.

“Very satisfied with the program.” – Dennis Beaty, Esq.

“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.

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

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

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

“Excellent speakers…Great handouts.” – Ira Salzman, Esq.

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

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

“Lovely and pleasant, very satisfied. Thanks.” – Nathan W. Gabbard, Esq.

“Very useful information and insights, including what happens inside appellate courts, from the BEST, most knowledgeable sources.”

“Very informative program filled with practical and helpful information.”

“Great, as always. Thank you very much for doing this, Faith and your team.”

“Excellent program. I wouldn’t change anything.”

“Wonderful appellate presentations; insightful and helpful for the daily practitioner.”

“I love Pincus-produced lectures and seminars. Excellent appellate information, very thorough handouts and materials.”

“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.”

“Great use of knowledgeable and credible presenters. Truly an excellent program; well-thought out with valuable information.”

“Year in and year out this is the most useful and interesting of the many CLE seminars I’ve attended.”

“The program was excellent.”

“Great insights; so appreciated.”

“I loved it.”

“I liked the program and was able to listen in on the phone.”

“Recommended by colleagues. Really great program. Wonderful insights into thinking of judges and practitioners.”

“Terrific, as always.”

“Very informative. “

“Excellent program. Very practical stuff.”

“The program lived up to my expectations. The topics were interesting and the speakers were engaging (a particularly tough task in this virtual world).  I’m looking forward to Part 2 on Thursday!”

“I liked the mix of appellate practitioners and judges.”

“Good content. PowerPoints were helpful.”

“Excellent program, I wouldn’t change anything.”

“The panelists were all good.”

“Found issues related to trial court level and what might become appellate issues as a result very interesting and helpful. Also great advice on how to handle a writ when docs/transcripts are missing was excellent.”

“Ben Shatz was an absolutely fantastic moderator. The first two panels also were fantastic – so interesting, organized, and the content was unique, useful, and delivered efficiently.”

“The oral arguments by video was useful, the lighting/audio/image information was useful.”

“Timely. The substance of the final segment on forms of Supreme Court relief other than grant of review was the most interesting part of the program for me.”

“I enjoyed the program, particularly the variety of speakers and mix of discussion about both technical and legally substantive issues.”

“The first program with the three justices regarding virtual oral argument was really good I thought. The last section with Justice Groban was interesting to get an insider view on how the Cal. Sup. court operates behind the scenes.”

“Excellent as usual. The insights from Justices and expert practitioners are so valuable.”

“Very much enjoyed the program.”

“Excellent program and great speakers.”

“I enjoyed the practical tips and suggestions on brief writing.”

“Wonderful program.”

“Panelists were all terrific – one of the best MCLE classes I have taken!”

“Having Justice Groban on to explain the process before the Supreme Court was immensely informative.”

“I learned a lot, and enjoyed the variety of topics discussed. I also appreciated hearing from speakers with ‘boots on the ground’ perspective about the various technical issues the court has seen arise now that most proceedings are remote.”

“I liked the program and was able to listen in on the phone.”

“Video argument sessions were great.”

“Good to hear tips for video arguments and the discussion Justice Groban was enlightening.”

“Really great program. Wonderful insights into thinking of judges and practitioners.”

“I thought it was really good. The speakers were well prepared, and not rambling, and the presentations were on point.”

“The 3-hour, remote format made it more convenient to attend.”


“I appreciate the program’s practical advice on navigating online oral argument.”

“Excellent information all around. The insight from Justice Segal about his division’s and his personal decision-making process and considerations was extremely useful.”

“Appreciated the practical and timely remote appearance advice.”

“Thoughtful, informative, and helpful.”

“Mr. Colantuano and Judge Klatchko were very good and helpful.”

“The nuts and bolts for arguing before the court of appeal was helpful, as I’m preparing for my first argument.”

“The justices are incredibly valuable. Thanks to them for participating.”

“Very interesting discussion on remote oral argument procedures especially. Lots of good tips.”

“Excellent and different than “the usual”.”

“Was an excellent presentation, especially remotely.”

“I liked hearing from the judges – it’s always interesting to hear their points of view.”

“I’ve been to several of these seminars over the years and I’ve generally enjoyed them.”

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

“Excellent and well put together seminar.”

“Great mix of topics!”

“Good speakers, good topics, right length. Breaking it across two days is great for video conferences.”

“Good refresher.”

“Liked the diversity of opinion with the other panelist.”

“Very informative and it was great to hear from various members of the legal community.”

“Very informative with practical and useful anecdotes.”

“I learned a lot about advanced appellate practice.”

“Great mix of topics!”

“The Justice Grimes/Segal part was great.”

“I thought it was all very helpful.”

“Enjoyed some of the more arcane subjects. Excellent review of the more familiar subjects.”

“Excellent Speakers and program content.”

“Thought the content was very good and topical.”

“Today’s program was good as well. Interesting discussions about brief-writing and statutory construction, among other things.”

“It was great, super informative. I really appreciated all of the individual insight.”

“Very practical and very helpful.”

“I really enjoyed the practical sections regarding brief writing and virtual oral arguments.”

“Good, clean presentation with useful discussion feel as opposed to lecturing on and on.”

“Received a lot of good, practical information and advice regarding handling of appeals and appellate issues.”

“As always, a worthwhile seminar and glad I could attend remotely. Very much looking forward to Part II.”

“Program was excellent – good speakers.”

“As usual all of the speakers were excellent in both knowledge and presentation. I was also impressed with your staff. My secretary inadvertently signed me up for a recording rather than attending live. That was quickly and efficiently remedied. The location was great. Their staff was quick and efficient. It was a 0.6 walk from Union Station, which made it easy to get there by Metrolink and avoid traffic.”

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

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

“As usual, addresses the ‘advanced’ issues facing appellate attorneys. And as always, knowledgeable presenters.”

“Stephen Mayer was very engaging. Justice Chin gave invaluable insight. Very engaging.”

“Justice Miller was delightful. Justice Grimes and John Taylor were really effective. Judge Klatchko was an utterly delightful teacher.”

“Anna-Rose Mathieson was very helpful and interesting!”

“Justice Streeter was great! Watt and Chamberlain were very good.”

“Really great presenters.”

“Excellent, informative, enjoyable – all of the speakers did a great job.”

“Another great program – you never disappoint.”

“Very good materials.”

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

“Excellent program!”

“Always fabulous!”

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

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

“Very current and useful information.”

“Organization and administration were excellent and very efficient.”

“Justice Miller was delightful. Justice Grimes and John Taylor were really effective. Judge Klatchko was an utterly delightful teacher.”

“Great to hear about recent changes. Justice Miller had thoughtful comments. Justice Grimes’ perspective was helpful.”

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

“Excellent presentations.”

“Subject matter was great.”


“This program was great.”

“Really good, varied program.”

“I love the format and the pace!”

“All the speakers were so engaging. Content was great.”

“Very organized. Thank you!”

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

“All of the speakers were great.”

“Good, vigorous discussion.”

“Great seminar.”

“I am coming back!”

“I really enjoyed the conversational feel between the speakers.”

“I loved it, coming back for Part 2!”

“The program provided useful information.”

“Great content, very informative.”


Justice Kathleen M. Banke
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, 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. Carlos T. Bea
Senior Circuit Judge
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Judicial Circuit

Carlos T. Bea is a federal judge on senior status on the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. He assumed senior status on December 12, 2019.

Judge Bea received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University in 1956 and his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1958. Judge Bea was born in San Sebastian, Spain, and immigrated with his family to Cuba in 1939. In 1952, he represented Cuba on the Cuban National basketball team in the Helsinki Olympics. Judge Bea became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1958. He engaged in private practice in San Francisco, principally in the area of civil trials (jury and non-jury), from 1959-75 at Dunne, Phelps & Mills and from 1975-90 at Carlos Bea, A Law Corporation. He taught courses in civil litigation advocacy at Hastings College of Law and Stanford Law School. From 1990 to 2003, Judge Bea served as a judge of the San Francisco Superior Court. He was nominated by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was confirmed in 2003.

Hon. Ming W. Chin (Ret.)
Retired California Supreme Court Justice
ADR Services, Inc.

The Honorable Ming W. Chin joined ADR Services, Inc. in 2021 after a highly decorated and illustrious career marked by exemplary public service, including 24 years as an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He is deeply respected and admired among his peers, not only for his remarkable intellect and strength of character, but also for his great dedication and contributions to the California judiciary and to the legal community at large. As a mediator, arbitrator, referee, and appellate consultant at ADR Services, Inc., Justice Chin continues to service the business and legal communities by resolving complex and divisive matters through alternative dispute resolution.

 The Honorable Ming W. Chin was appointed to the California Supreme Court in March 1996.  Before being named to the high court, Justice Chin served from 1990 to 1996 on the First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, San Francisco.  Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Chin served on the bench of the Alameda County Superior Court.  He began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and later was a partner in an Oakland law firm specializing in business and commercial litigation.  Justice Chin earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and law degree from the University of San Francisco.  After his graduation from law school, Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the United States Army, including a year in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.

Justice Elizabeth Grimes
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 Douglas P. Miller
California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two

Justice Miller was born in Whittier, California, and grew up in Glendora, California.  He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1975.  Justice Miller was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978 from Pepperdine University School of Law.  He practiced law at the Law Offices of Thomas T. Anderson in Indio, California, from 1978 through 1995.

In 1995 Justice Miller was appointed to the Riverside Superior Court by Governor Pete Wilson.  His first year he was assigned criminal trials but the remainder of his time with the superior court was spent in primarily civil trials.  He served as the Presiding Judge in the Riverside County Superior Court from January1, 2003, through December 31, 2004.  In 2006 Justice Miller was voted Trial Judge of the Year by the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Inland County.  In June of 2006 Justice Miller was appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Two, by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Justice Miller has served on many state and local committees including the California Judges Association.  He is currently serving on the Judicial Council, as Chair of the Executive and Planning Committee; the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System; Chair of the Commission for Impartial Courts’ Task Force on Judicial Candidate Campaign Conduct; the Commission on Access to Justice; Chair of the of the California Court Case Management System Justice Partner Advisory Committee; and Vice Chair of the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions. 

Justice Miller is also active in many local programs including the Boys & Girls Club, of which he is currently the President and also on the National Area Council Committee; and he is a founding member of the Warren E. Slaughter American Inn of Court.  In his spare time, Justice Miller enjoys fly-fishing, tennis and hiking.


Justice Michael J. Raphael
California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two

Justice Raphael is the fourth generation of his family to live in Southern California, though he is the first lawyer or judge.  Justice Raphael graduated in 1990 from Rice University and in 1993 from Yale Law School, where he was a senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and an editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Policy.

Justice Raphael began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Justice Raphael then practiced as a trial and appellate litigator in the Washington D.C. office of a national law firm.

Justice Raphael next worked as an investigative counsel for the Government Reform Committee of the United States House of Representatives, handling the investigation of campaign fundraising that arose from the 1996 Presidential election.  During that time, Justice Raphael also taught writing and advocacy courses as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law.

In 1999, Justice Raphael returned to the Los Angeles area and spent over twelve years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, prosecuting over 60 federal felony cases in trial court.  Justice Raphael also was appointed as special counsel in the Northern District of California (San Francisco) and successfully investigated and prosecuted the illegal leak of grand jury testimony provided by Barry Bonds and other athletes in the course of a government investigation of steroids in sports.

As an AUSA, Justice Raphael served as chief of the Criminal Appeals Section from 2007 to 2012 after serving as deputy chief from 2005 to 2007.  As chief, Justice Raphael oversaw an annual appellate docket of roughly 300 briefs and 100 oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Justice Raphael personally argued 41 cases in Ninth Circuit on behalf of the United States, including three en banc cases presented to an 11-judge panel.  Justice Raphael co-taught Advanced Appellate Advocacy at the Gould School of Law at the University of California in 2005 and 2006; he also co-taught a seminar in criminal sentencing in 2008.  Justice Raphael lectured frequently on appellate brief writing and oral argument while an attorney.

In 2012, Justice Raphael became a Judge on the Los Angeles Superior Court upon his appointment by Governor Jerry Brown.   On that court, Justice Raphael initially handled assignments that included small claims, limited civil, unlawful detainer, and criminal misdemeanors.  He then served in the downtown civil “law and motion” courts that handled pretrial cases for the entire county in limited civil and personal injury cases.  For Justice Raphael’s last three years on the trial bench, he was assigned to a downtown civil independent calendar court, with a docket of a wide variety of civil cases.  While on the trial court, Justice Raphael was twice appointed to serve as a pro tem Justice in Division Five of the Second District Court of Appeal.

In 2018, Governor Brown nominated Justice Raphael to serve as an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeal, and he was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, after receiving an “exceptionally well qualified” rating from the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission.

While on the trial and appellate bench, Justice Raphael has authored several dozen articles in legal publications, has taught several judicial education courses, and has spoken frequently at legal education events for attorneys.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harry Chamberlain II, Esq.
Shareholder/Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law

Harry Chamberlain is a shareholder of Buchalter in Los Angeles and Sacramento. For 40 years, he has served as trial and appellate counsel for Fortune 500 companies, professionals, public and private sector clients in complex litigation. He is certified as an Appellate Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization, handling hundreds of appeals across the country, including numerous cases before California Supreme Court and the highest courts of other states.

Before joining Buchalter, Harry was general counsel of a California-based commercial insurance group, and managed the law department for major U.S. liability insurers and financial service companies. He is past president of California Defense Counsel and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, preeminent regional associations of civil defense trial and appellate lawyers. He writes and lectures widely on a variety of topics concerning the First Amendment, litigation practice and insurance law.

Michael G. Colantuono, Esq.
Partner/Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law
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 ).

Pablo Drobny, Esq.
California Appellate Law Group LLP

Pablo Drobny served as a lead appellate research and writs attorney in Division Seven of the California Court of Appeal’s Second District for more than 36 years. In that position, Pablo analyzed thousands of appeals and writ petitions, in every conceivable area of law and at every stage of civil and criminal litigation, and played a pivotal role in the development of writ practice in the California courts.

Alone responsible for handling all writ petitions assigned to Division Seven, Pablo gained a deep understanding of extraordinary writ relief and innovated creative procedural devices to streamline writ procedures in California appellate courts. One of those devices is now commonly known as the “suggestive Palma” practice, which was approved by the California Supreme Court and is currently utilized statewide as a method of granting expeditious writ relief to litigants. Additionally, Pablo routinely advised justices about complex appellate motions and orders, including motions to dismiss appeals, view sealed transcripts, take judicial notice, augment the appellate record, and file amicus briefs.

During his court career, Pablo was also heavily involved in judicial education. He served on dozens of planning committees for the courts’ annual Judicial Attorney Institutes, chaired the statewide Appellate Judicial Attorneys Education Committee, developed broadcasts for judicial attorneys and non-attorney staff with the Center for Judiciary Education and Research, and regularly gave educational presentations to Supreme Court and Court of Appeal justices and their staff. He developed relationships with appellate justices throughout the state and taught the approaches many still use to decide cases.

Pablo is a frequent lecturer and panelist on the writ process and on other facets of civil and criminal appellate law and procedure. His presentations include programs at annual meetings of the California State Bar, the California Judges Association, the California Public Defenders Association, the Lawyers’ Club of Los Angeles, The Rutter Group, Pincus Professional Education, and other bar associations and Inns of Court statewide. He has been guest lecturer at Loyola Law School and annual lecturer for the law school extern program at the Second District.

Pablo received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, and before commencing his career at the Court of Appeal, practiced with Perkins Coie LLP and as corporate counsel for U.S. companies doing business in developing countries. He earned his B.A. with highest honors from Johns Hopkins University, where he captained the soccer team, was selected as an All-American, and was later admitted to the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame. He also received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, awarded to just 22 scholar-athletes nationwide.

Ben Feuer, Esq.
California Appellate Law Group LLP

 Ben Feuer is the chairman of the California Appellate Law Group. Deemed one of the “top appellate litigators in California” by a national news network, Ben regularly represents large and small businesses, individuals, and associations in the California appellate courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He leads and consults on high-stakes appeals and writs, including bet-the-company commercial disputes, multimillion-dollar tort actions, major real estate controversies, high-net worth family law litigation, and novel constitutional law challenges.

The National Law Journal called Ben an “Elite Boutique Trailblazer,” the Daily Journal named him one of the “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in California, Benchmark Litigation twice included him on its “40 & Under Hot List,” and the Bar Association of San Francisco awarded him its “Outstanding Barrister” prize. Super Lawyers has listed him every year for more than a decade.

Ben co-chaired the Appellate Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco from 2017-2020, and continues to serve on the section’s executive committee. He has organized, moderated, and spoken on more than fifty legal education panels with appellate judges, practitioners, and professors on topics related to appellate practice and constitutional theory.

Ben also authors articles on appellate and constitutional law topics. His writing appears in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the National Law Journal, Daily Journal, Recorder, and Corporate Counsel. He is also a regular guest on KALW Public Radio, KGO Talk Radio, and Voice of America broadcasts to discuss upcoming appellate issues and Supreme Court cases. You can read most of Ben’s newspaper articles and listen to podcasts of many of his radio programs by clicking here.

Ben previously served as an Appellate Lawyer Representative to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, one of a handful of attorneys from across the court’s 11-state jurisdiction personally selected for the role by the court’s judges. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society. Ben also served on the Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barristers Club and on the advisory board to OneJustice, an organization that supports California legal nonprofit groups. In 2016, the Minority Bar Council of San Francisco presented Ben with its “Unity Award,” for “outstanding commitment to diversity in the legal profession.”

Before joining the California Appellate Law Group, Ben served as a law clerk to Judge Carlos Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also served as of counsel to the San Francisco appellate boutique Eisenberg & Hancock, and practiced with noted litigators at the national firms Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan and Williams & Connolly.

Ben graduated in the top of his class from the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where he was an editor of the Law Review, argued for the national moot court team, and published an article in the Northwestern Law Review on free speech and election law. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Trinity College in Connecticut.


Susan V. Gelmis, Esq.
Chief Deputy Clerk, Operations
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Susan Gelmis is the Chief Deputy Clerk for Operations at the Ninth Circuit.  She has been with the court for over 30 years, previously serving as supervisor of the Motions and Pro Se Units in the Staff Attorneys’ Office and as director of the Circuit’s Pro Bono Program for 22 years.  Susan has served on numerous Circuit wide committees and task forces relating to prisoner and pro se litigation, and as liaison to the pro se law clerks in the district courts, organizing and speaking at Circuit wide and national conferences.  In December 2015, Susan moved to the Clerk’s Office to assume her current position as Chief Deputy Clerk, where she oversees all docketing and filing and calendaring systems and procedures, staffs the Circuit Rules Committee, and organizes and speaks at CLE programs around the Circuit.  Susan is a 1987 graduate of NYU Law School and originally a native of New York.

Mira Hashmall, Esq.
Miller | Barondess LLP

Mira Hashmall has been recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a Top Litigator and a Top Minority Attorney.  The Daily Journal honored her as a Top Labor & Employment Lawyer, and included her on their list of Top Women Lawyers in California.

Mira represents clients in all phases of litigation, from pre-litigation counseling to appellate proceedings.  Mira followed a traditional path after graduating from law school.  She began her practice at a large, international law firm representing clients in complex litigation matters and defending employers in employment disputes.  She quickly gained trial experience while successfully representing clients in jury trials in federal and state court.  After Mira joined Miller Barondess, several of the cases she handled in the trial court ended up in the Court of Appeal.  What began in law school as a passion for participating in moot court competitions ended up starting a new chapter in Mira’s legal practice.

Mira is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  Mira developed significant expertise representing clients in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and the Courts of Appeals for the Sixth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits.  Her federal appellate experience includes successfully representing clients in appeals involving First Amendment claims, insurance coverage issues, defamation and libel claims, and employment disputes.  She has been appellate counsel in matters involving real estate developments, contract disputes, whistle-blower actions and malicious prosecution claims.  She also has significant experience representing clients in anti-SLAPP litigation at the trial and appellate levels.


Susan Horst, Esq.
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.

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.

Julian W. Park, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Horvitz & Levy LLP

 Julian W. Park is senior counsel in the firm’s San Francisco office. Julian is an experienced trial and appellate advocate and is an innovative problem-solver who focuses on her clients’ endgame goals from the outset of a case to obtain optimal results. Julian has represented Fortune 100 companies, including financial institutions, technology companies, multinational corporations, and healthcare and medical device companies, along with venture capital firms, emerging companies, and their executives. Julian has crafted hundreds of briefs and appeared before both state and federal courts across the country.

Before joining the firm, Julian practiced at several elite firms as a principal and senior litigation associate, including Latham & Watkins LLP. Julian also has extensive teaching and research experience, including as a lecturer of international civil litigation and senior research fellow at Berkeley Law School. Earlier in her career, she clerked for the Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for the Honorable Cormac J. Carney of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Julian earned her law degree from Berkeley Law School, where she was a member of the California Law Review. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction and honors, and a Master of Arts from Stanford University. Before law school, she earned a doctorate degree in English Language & Literature from Yale University, where she was an editor of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities, and worked as a teaching fellow for the English Department and writing fellow for the McDougal Graduate Center.


Benjamin G. Shatz, Esq.
Partner/Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law
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.

Gary A. Watt, Esq.
Hanson Bridgett

Gary serves as Chair of the firm’s Appellate Practice. He is a State Bar approved Certified Appellate Specialist, handling writs and appeals in all of the California appellate courts, including the California Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. His practice also includes dispositive motions such as SLAPP, summary judgment, and post-trial motions. His appellate experience gives him unique insights into complex cases and esoteric disputes. He excels at issue spotting and arrives at thoughtful solutions to business problems. His practice includes risk management such as interpreting contracts, indemnity provisions, and more.

A passionate appellate lawyer and law professor, Gary has been on the faculty at U.C. Hastings College of the Law since 2001 teaching various appellate law courses and coaching intercollegiate moot court competition teams. Consistent with Hanson Bridgett’s commitment to pro bono work, Gary currently serves as Director of U.C. Hastings’ Ninth Circuit clinical program: the Hastings Appellate Project. As Director, he supervises law students in the pro bono legal representation of appellants. He is also a frequent lecturer at MCLE presentations throughout the Bay Area, and has taught hundreds of lawyers over the years on a vast array of appellate and litigation best practices.

Gary is also Chair of the Contra Costa County Bar Association’s appellate practice section. A prolific writer, Gary is a frequent contributor to the Daily Journal, The Recorder, and other legal publications, with over 75 published articles to date. 


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