Appeals and Writs 101: The Nuts and Bolts (Civil) [Two-Part Webinar] (CA)

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

 

If you are new to civil appeals or civil writs, you definitely need to take this seminar.  You might even want to take it if it’s just been a while and you’d like a refresher.  We haven’t held this program in many years, and it was rated highly each time, so this is your chance to attend!

At this program you will learn all about filing, briefing and arguing a civil appeal, even how to look at whether you should file it or not. You’ll get detailed explanations about the steps and tasks involved in an appeal, the rules and timelines, and appellate court customs in Califorina. If you are looking for a beginner level program on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, please go here.

Our agenda is pending for this CA Civil Appeals and Writs 101 seminar.  Check back soon for the detailed agenda.

This is a beginner level program, covering the nuts and bolts. If you’d like a more advanced appellate program, we have our annual Advanced Appellate Practice programs. Please go here to see that list as well as other appellate related programs, including our Persuasive Appellate Brief Writing course (which can also be found here). We also have appellate bundles. You can find out more about those here.

Note – if you are looking for an introductory level program on appeals at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – look no further! We held our two-part in-depth Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Boot Camp: The Nuts and Bolts program September of 2023 and it was fantastic!  We had several 9th Circuit Judges speak, as well as staff and former law clerks.  You can purchase that download or DVD here.  We highly recommend it if are new to appeals at the Ninth Circuit, or even if it’s just been a while and you’d like a refresher.

 

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Agenda

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Date/Time/Location

Two- Part Webinar

Dates:
Part 1: Tuesday, July 30, 2024
Part 2: Thursday, August 1, 2024

Times for both sessions:
1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Pacific Time

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

Pre-order the Recorded Package for only $99.

Testimonials

These testimonials are from our last Civil Appellate and Writs 101 program, held in 2014.  The agenda is changing slightly.  Randee Barak is returning as a faculty member.  Many of the faculty members have taught other appellate related programs to rave review.  Check out our faculty list – so far we have 15 speakers, including several justices. We expect to announce a few more justices soon.

“I just finished the 6.5 hours of Demystifying Civil Appeals and Writs. It was excellent. Even as an experienced appellate attorney, I enjoyed it and learned a number of things. [Speakers] were excellent also!” Honey Kessler Amado, Esq.

“This was an excellent program. Each of the faculty members was well prepared, articulate, and engaging. The program itself contains valuable ‘nuts and bolts’ as well as more sophisticated and subtle suggestions for representing a client on appeal.” Stephen D. Miller, Esq.

“I have found that the speakers at Pincus’ seminars are the most knowlegable and real-world experienced.” Denise Greer, Esq.

“Really liked the focus on process & practicalities.” Susan Beneville, Esq.

“Great overiews. I really liked ideas for process in writing the opening brief.” Nancy Doig, Esq.

“I wanted a practical overview of appellate litigation and this program delivered that.”

“This presentation was excellent. I wanted a look behind the scenes of the Court of Appeal, and this delivers.” Rachel Cook, Esq.

“I truly feel prepared now to begin my appellate practice after this seminar.” Enid Perez, Esq.

“Excellent knowledge of appellate procedure; also provided good common sense approach to solving problems that occur during the preparation of briefs and oral arguments. The seminar was very well presented. As a participant who is familiar with appellate practices in both the state and federal courts, I became better informed.”

“Very on-point and strategic. Excellent information. Succinct!” Anna Deckert, Esq.

“I liked the range of backgrounds – clerks, practitioners and justices.” Matthew Poelstra, Esq.

“Excellent help to an appellate practitioner.” Gary Bostwick, Esq.

“Very good; nice to hear about the inner workings of the Court of Appeal.” John Fagan, Duane Morris, LLP

“I thought the session was very informative and helpful.” Richard Rahm, Esq.

“All the speakers were excellent because they were concise and their comments were focused. Extremely efficient three hours that went very quickly!” Douglas Gordon, Esq.

“Some of the best content and most relevant advice I’ve received at a CLE in a long time. Great panel!” Chris Whitman, Esq.

“Excellent balance of basic & advanced topics, presentation, and questions.” John Harding, Esq.

“I tend to be a tough grader – the program and the speakers were all excellent!”

“As an appellate attorney, I feel I gained additional insight into this court’s process.” Kelly Savage, Esq.”

“Ben Shatz is an effective moderator, engaging and articulate. Senior Appellate Attorneys Randee Barak and Pablo Drobny provided valuable tips gained from their experience at the Court of Appeal. Assistant Clerk/Court Administrator Danny Potter shared important information concerning clerk office procedures for handling writs. This program was not only valuable but fun!” Stephen D. Miller, Esq.

“This was a very informative session. A lot of basic plus more in depth information was provided. Everyone was very informative & helpful with providing info re: writs. I learned a lot and understand Writ Practice a lot better now. The speakers were great. Thank you.” Jeanne Kuo, Esq.

“Great seminar for nuts & bolts.” Suzanne Alves, Esq.

“Interesting and helpful.” Kim Lewis, Esq.

“Excellent seminar!” Paul Killion, Esq.

“Great program. I learned a lot.” John A. Mills, Esq.

“This was a nice overview of writs.” Stephanie Finelli, Esq.

“Helpful tips on what to include and how to formulate briefs.”

“Great inside information & good practical delivery.”

“Excellent seminar.”

Faculty

Hon. Daniel H. Bromberg
Justice
California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District

Justice Daniel Bromberg was sworn in as a justice on the CA Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District on January 13th, 2023.

Prior to joining the bench, Justice Bromberg was Pillsbury’s Appellate Practice leader. He is an experienced U.S. Supreme Court advocate who has successfully argued appeals in state and federal courts across the country for three decades.

Justice Bromberg previously successfully litigated high-profile appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeals, and state courts, including especially California. He was also the director of the California Appellate Advocacy Program at UC Hastings Law School’s Center for Litigation and the Courts, which moots many of the cases before the California Supreme Court.

A recognized authority in constitutional law, Justice Bromberg also previously worked for Governor Gavin Newsom, and was involved in cutting-edge issues concerning energy and the environment. 


Hon. Frank J. Menetrez
Justice
California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two

Justice Frank J. Menetrez was appointed to the Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two, by Governor Jerry Brown in October 2018. He was confirmed by unanimous vote of the Commission on Judicial Appointments on November 26, 2018, having been rated “exceptionally well qualified” by the state bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. Before his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Menetrez served as a judge of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, where he was assigned to the juvenile dependency court and managed a docket of over 500 pending cases with over 1,000 children under his supervision.

Before his appointment to the bench, Justice Menetrez served for 10 years as an appellate judicial attorney for the Hon. Frances Rothschild, Presiding Justice of Division One of the Second District. Justice Menetrez previously worked as an associate at Horvitz & Levy and at Sidley Austin.

Justice Menetrez grew up in Maryland. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in three years with a double major in mathematics and philosophy. In 1987, he relocated to southern California to enter the doctoral program in philosophy at UCLA. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1996 upon the completion of his dissertation, Action, Intention, and Reference:  An Argument Against Naturalistic Reduction in Semantics.

Justice Menetrez next attended law school at UCLA, where he served as editor-in-chief of the UCLA Law Review, graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif, and received UCLA’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He then clerked for the Hon. A. Wallace Tashima of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Justice Menetrez has taught courses on appellate practice and procedure, juvenile dependency law, and criminal law. He has authored articles on various legal topics for the Daily Journal and has published two works of legal scholarship, Employee Status and the Concept of Control in Federal Employment Discrimination Law (2010) 63 SMU L. Rev. 137 and Lawless Law Enforcement: The Judicial Invention of Absolute Immunity for Police and Prosecutors in California (2009) 49 Santa Clara L. Rev. 393, in addition to the law review comment that he published as a student, Consequentialism, Promissory Obligation, and the Theory of Efficient Breach(2000) 47 UCLA L. Rev. 859.



Additional Justices to be announced

 

David M. Arbogast, Esq.

Arbogast Law

David M. Arbogast practices law in Santa Ana, and throughout California concentrating on appellate, and complex law and motion matters involving a wide array of disciplines, including consumer protection, business torts, and access-to-justice related matters. He sits on the amicus and legal affairs committees of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). He also is a member and active volunteer brief writer for AAJ and the amicus committee of Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC). He is a Fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, and an AAJ Champion – Masters of Trial Law, AAJ’s highest level of achievement.

 


Randee J. Barak, Esq.
Lead Appellate Attorney
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

Randee Barak has been a Senior Appellate Attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District since 1999.  Prior to coming to the Court of Appeal, Ms. Barak specialized in business and health care litigation for Sidley Austin, working in both its Litigation and Appellate Practice groups.  Ms. Barak graduated with honors from UCLA School of Law in 1992 and, following graduation, served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Arthur Alarcon on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  A member of the Los Angeles County Bar Appellate Courts Committee, she is the co-chair of the “Appellate Court Experience program (ACE),” a program developed in conjunction with the Constitutional Rights Foundation to educate Los Angeles County area high school students about the appellate court system.  In 2008 the Constitutional Rights Foundation honored Ms. Barak as “Lawyer of the Year for the Public Sector.”  She is the author of several articles on litigation and appellate practice. 


Gisselle S. Bourns, Esq.
Sr. Appellate Court Attorney
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three

Gisselle Bourns is a senior appellate attorney at the First District Court of Appeal and the writ attorney for Division Three, staffing all criminal and civil writ petitions for the division.  She previously worked at the Administrative Conference of the United States, an agency tasked with making recommendations to federal agencies for improving the efficiency of rulemaking, adjudication, and other administrative processes.  Before that, she practiced international arbitration and civil litigation at a private law firm.  Gisselle was a law clerk at the Hawaii Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.  She graduated Order of the Coif from Berkeley Law.


Scott P. Dixler, Esq.
Partner
Horvitz & Levy LLP

 Leading businesses, public entities, and employers rely on Scott Dixler’s capabilities in matters involving complex intellectual property disputes, class actions, discrimination claims, and torts.

Scott has presented twenty oral arguments in state and federal appellate courts. Recognizing Scott’s capabilities as an oral advocate, clients have retained Scott to argue appeals briefed by other counsel.

Scott serves on the Amicus Committee of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. He is also on the Board of the Los Angeles Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society. Scott has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers from 2016 to 2020.

Prior to joining the firm, Scott gained experience as a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York.


Jay-Allen Eisen, Esq.
Outside Counsel
Downey Brand LLP

Jay-Allen Eisen is regarded as one of California’s top appellate attorneys. He has been counsel in more than 300 appeals and appellate writs, over 120 of which have resulted in published, precedent decisions.

Jay-Allen was one of the first Appellate Law Specialists certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. He has prosecuted and defended civil appeals, writs, and motions in a wide range of civic appeals including business litigation, professional licensing, probate, environmental law, constitutional law, administrative law, real property, and family law.

Jay-Allen Eisen is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a Past President of the California Academy of Appellate Attorneys. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, U.S. News Best Lawyers® and Northern California Super Lawyers every year since each publication began listing appellate attorneys. He has the highest rating, AV® Preeminent™, from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2010 he was awarded the Jim Pfeiffer Award for outstanding service to the legal profession from the Conference of California Bar Associations. 


Polly J. Estes, Esq.
Managing Partner
Estes Law Group

With 29 years of experience in state and federal courts, Polly has successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials in such diverse areas as class actions, freedom of speech and freedom of religion, securities fraud, tax regulation, riparian rights, eminent domain, professional liability, and high-dollar insurance bad faith.  But it is in the appellate arena where Polly really shines.  She has spent 15 years of her career working for state and federal appellate courts, where she helped judges evaluate the merits of more than 500 civil, criminal, and administrative appeals.  On a daily basis, Polly defended her analysis through oral presentations, extensive memoranda and proposed dispositions, often working under intense time pressure.  After debating the merits of cases with judges at all levels of the judiciary for more than two decades, Polly knows how to persuade both judges and juries successfully.  She knows how judges think, what questions they want answered, and the time constraints they face.  

Polly’s expertise has been recognized by the California State Bar.  She is Board Certified as an expert in Appellate Law.

Before starting Estes Law Group, Polly served as the Chief Law Clerk to the Honorable Carlos T. Bea on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for eight years.  As Judge Bea’s Chief Law Clerk, Polly supervised and trained the other law clerks and externs, a position she loved because it was essentially “teaching the best law school class ever.”  She was also the chief editor and “problem solver,” often called in to help the Judge and other clerks think through complex problems.  She also helped evaluate cases for en banc calls and wrote speeches for the judge, all while handling a full load of cases herself.

While at the Ninth Circuit, Polly participated in all aspects of the appellate process, including drafting bench and en banc memoranda, opinions, dissents, orders, and memorandum dispositions.  These cases spanned all areas of federal law, including securities fraud, antitrust, class actions, environmental, social security, and immigration, to name just a few.  She also handled several state law areas through diversity jurisdiction, such as insurance law and contracts.

Polly also served as a staff attorney in the Motions Unit at the Ninth Circuit for more than three years, a position which allowed her to work with each of the judges on the court.  As a motions attorney, Polly orally presented dozens of cases each month to a panel of three judges, explaining the case and the proposed disposition she had drafted.  She handled emergency motions, which often required her to call judges at home after hours so they could work through the emergency together on an expedited basis.  This position gave the judges on the court an opportunity to get to know Polly and to know how her mind works.  It also gave Polly a vast amount of experience in presenting cases to the judges.  She is therefore comfortable in oral arguments, which gives her a strong advantage over opposing counsel.

Polly also has state court experience, having served as a briefing attorney to The Honorable Catherine Stone at the Texas Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial District, and as an extern to The Honorable Lloyd Doggett at the Texas Supreme Court.

In addition to working for courts, Polly worked for six years for two prominent national law firms—Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal (now Dentons).  While at these firms, Polly handled a number of trials and appeals, most notably high-exposure bad faith insurance trials and appeals for State Farm, USAA, and Allstate.  She was often brought in to handle the appeal when another firm lost at trial.  Polly won each of these appeals.

Polly has extensive experience writing amicus curiae briefs in courts around the country to help shape the law that affected the firm’s clients.  Polly kept an eye on cases throughout the country and when one presented the appropriate facts, she brought it to her client’s attention and then wrote an amicus curiae brief on their behalf to assure the law developed in their favor.

Polly worked her way through college and law school.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado cum laude, with a double major in Marketing and International Business, and a minor in International Economics.  She received many honors during her time there, including Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key Honor Society.  She earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin, where she served as an editor on the Texas International Law Journal and a recipient of the Robert S. Strauss Presidential Scholarship.  She studied at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the University of London through Duke’s study abroad program.

Polly is admitted to practice in California (2000), Texas (1993), the Northern District of California, the Western District of Texas, the Ninth Circuit, and the Fifth Circuit.  She is a member of the San Francisco, Fifth Circuit, and Ninth Circuit Bar Associations, and the Texas State Bar College.

Polly’s publications include:  A Legal Theory of the Use of Experts in Insurance Claim Adjustment, Vol. 23 No. 5 Ins. Litig. Rep. 140 (2001);  Preservation of Error:  Filing a Lawsuit Through Presentation of Evidence, 30 St. Mary’s L.J. 997 (1999);  Homeowner’s Insurance:  Coverage and Liability, Texas State Bar’s Advanced Ins. Law Course (1997);  Handling Extra-Contractual Claims (Defense Perspective), U.T. Ins. Law Inst. (1996).

 


Tracy L. Fehr, Esq.
Partner
Alexander Morrison + Fehr LLP

 Tracy Fehr focuses her career on fighting for individual rights.  She primarily handles discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination cases against both private and public sector employers.  In her more than thirteen years of practice, Tracy has second-chaired state and federal jury trials and binding arbitrations and has settled countless cases at mediation.  Tracy also handles appeals and writs for Alexander Morrison + Fehr LLP and has secured numerous appellate victories, most recently a successful writ restoring punitive damages.

Tracy was named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine and one of the Top Women Attorneys in Southern California by Los Angeles Magazine in 2017, 2018, and 2019.  She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), plaintiff employment law organization LEFTJAW, the Labor and Employment Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA), and the Santa Monica Bar Association.  Tracy is the co-editor of the CELA Bulletin, a monthly employment law update, and has prepared and edited several articles for presentation at legal conferences.

Tracy received her J.D. from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law in 2005.  Tracy graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University in 2002, with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in History.


Rex S. Heinke, Esq.
Partner
Complex Appellate Litigation Group LLP

Rex Heinke is widely recognized as one of the most accomplished and experienced appellate practitioners in California, and among the best in the nation. He has argued more than 150 appeals in federal and state courts across the country. Between 2001 and 2020, Rex was co-head of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s nationally renowned Supreme Court and Appellate practice.

He is regularly called on to defend major corporations and high-profile individuals in some of their most hotly contested appellate matters.Rex has extensive experience before the California Supreme Court, the California Court of Appeal, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as other federal and state appellate courts. Rex’s victories have led to reversals of individual judgments worth more than billion and dramatic changes in law to the benefit of his clients.

Rex is also a respected leader in First Amendment, intellectual property, entertainment, media, and Internet-related appellate litigation. He has frequently represented newspapers, magazines, television networks, motion picture studios, websites, and entertainment production and distribution companies in their litigation and appellate work. He is the author of BNA’s treatise on Media Law.

He has received many awards for his accomplishments.

Chambers USA has named Rex one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the “Litigation: Appellate” section every year since 2012. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America guide for nearly 30 years, and in 2018 was named to both the Daily Journal‘s list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California and the National Law Journal‘s Appellate Hot List. The Legal 500 business litigation guide has included him as one of the nation’s top appellate lawyers for state and federal Supreme Courts since 2019. And he was twice named California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer Magazine. In 2019, the Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library awarded Rex with the prestigious Beacon of Justice Award, in honor of his “vision, advocacy and passion for justice.” In 2020, Public Counsel Law Center awarded him its Pro Bono Award for “providing outstanding and impactful service to those in need.”

Rex is a past president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and member of the California Judicial Council and State Bar Board of Governors.He serves on the boards of directors of the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, and the Topsy Foundation, a children’s charitable organization in South Africa.

Rex received his law degree from Columbia Law School.

He clerked after law school for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Frederick Heebe. His undergraduate degree is from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he was the student body president and an anti-apartheid activist.


Adam W. Hofmann, Esq.
Deputy Judicial Appointments Secretary
Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom

Adam serves in the Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom as the Deputy Judicial Appointments Secretary, supporting the work of Judicial Appointments Secretary Luis Céspedes.Adam is an Appellate Specialist, certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

Previously, Adam served as the Co-Chair of Hanson Bridgett’s appellate practice group. He represented both public and private clients in civil writs, appeals, and mandate proceedings. He has briefed and argued cases in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and every District Court of Appeal in California and has filed merits briefs in two U.S. Supreme Court cases.

His practice focused on representing cities, counties, and special districts in writs and appeals relating especially relating to public finance and revenue measures, as well as land use, civil rights, employee benefits, labor standards, and election law. He has represented water districts and cities in a range of disputes regarding rates, fees, and charges, including work on some of the leading cases interpreting related provisions of the California Constitution, including the California Supreme Court’s decisions in Jacks v. City of Santa Barbara and City of San Buenaventura v. United Water Conservation District.

Outside of the office, Adam has coached regionally and nationally competitive moot-court teams at UC Davis School of Law. He also speaks and writes on questions of local government authority and policy under the California Constitution and is an adjunct professor who taught courses in local government and land use law at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Prior to joining Hanson Bridgett, Adam was also an extern in the chambers of the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins.


Susan Horst, Esq.
Counsel
Complex Appellate Litigation Group, LLP

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

Her practice today focuses on writ petition consulting in the appellate courts and 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 Santa Clara University 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 is an adviser to the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the California Lawyer’s Association.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.


Judith E. Posner, Esq.
Partner, Certified Legal Specialist in Appellate Law
Benedon & Serlin, LLP

Judith (Judy) E. Posner has been an attorney at the appellate boutique law firm of Benedon & Serlin, LLP since 2015 and a partner since 2021. She previously worked as a Senior Judicial Attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, for Presiding Justice Frances Rothschild in Division One (2010-2015) and for Presiding Justice Dennis M. Perluss in Division Seven (2001-2007). In addition, Judy was of counsel at Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May (2001) and Reed Smith (2007-2010) and an associate at Horvitz & Levy LLP (1995-2001) and Sidley & Austin (1994-1995). Judy attended the University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, College of Honors 1990) and UCLA School of Law (J.D. 1993), where she was a member and editor of the UCLA School of Law, Women’s Law Journal. Following law school, Judy served as a law clerk to the Hon. Melvin Brunetti (Dec.) on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1993-1994). Judy is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. She was selected to the Southern California Super Lawyers, in Appellate Law, 2005-2006, 2019-2023 and recognized by Best Lawyers in America, in Appellate Law, 2019-2023, U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers.


John Stobart, Esq.
Senior Counsel
Capstone Law APC

John Stobart is a senior counsel with Capstone Law. His practice focuses on representing employees and consumers in complex litigation, primarily wage-and-hour class actions and PAGA representative actions. He has significant complex and long-cause trial experience gained through an entire career dedicated to litigation. John is also a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, as designated by the State Bar of California, and has extensive experience, having drafted over two dozen writs, petitions, and appeals. His appellate experience includes amicus work in the California Supreme Court on behalf of Bet Tzedek on Kim v. Reins, 9 Cal.5th 73, and the 2019 Daily Journal Reversal of the Year Award for his work in the Ninth Circuit on Nguyen v. Nissan N.A., No. 18-16344 (9th Cir. 2019).

Prior to joining Capstone, John defended against civil liability in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases brought against his clients, which included the railroad, public schools, small businesses, and commercial and residential landowners. He has drafted and argued scores of dispositive motions at the trial court level and had success in upholding judgments and verdicts on appeal. He graduated cum laude from Thomas Jefferson School of Law where he was on the mock trial competition team and earned his undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University.

John is admitted to practice law in California and before the United States District Court for the Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts of California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Ninth Circuits.


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