Comparing State and Federal Court at the Trial and Appellate Levels (CA)

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

For eleven years we’ve been putting on Federal and State Court Boot Camps.

In 2015, we held a half-day program that focuses solely on the differences between the two courts.

Do you practice in one and not the other?  Are you normally in state court and all of a sudden find yourself with a federal court case and worry about the differences?  Do you know which rule differences matter the most?  Do you know how to deal with discovery in federal court and how different it is from state court (and vice versa)?

How do appeals differ between state and federal court?

All of these questions and more were answered at this program.  Faculty includes the top two career court attorneys who have spoken at our Federal and State Court Boot Camps for the past ten years.  It also includes a seasoned practitioner who litigates in both courts.

Join us for an interesting 3 hour comparison!

This program was recorded in 2015.

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What You Will Learn

  • Case Management
    • Removal and Remanding
    • Court involvement with the matter
    • Challenging Judges
    • Mixed Dockets in Federal Court
    • Differences in Case Loads and how that affects the length and timing of how your case progresses
    • Answers: General v. Specific Denials
  • Law and Motion
    • Filing papers and hearing dates
    • Composing the papers
    • What to expect
    • Demurrers/Motions to Dismiss
    • Summary Judgment
    • Other motions
  • Discovery
    • Request and Receipt
    • Meet and Confer
    • Motions – what to expect
  • Court Appearance
    • Oral argument
    • Status Conferences
    • Ex parte
    • Pro Hac Vice
  • What Happens at the Appellate Level?
    • Writs & Post-Trial
    • Rules
    • Notice of Appeal
    • Record Preparation
    • Briefing
    • Oral Argument
    • Disposition
    • Post-Disposition
    • Appealability



“Very informative on procedural issues that I was unaware of as a new attorney.” Jennifer N. Sacks, Esq.

“Very satisfied” Robin Rather, Esq.

“So helpful!”


Diana Iketani Iorlano, Esq.
Iketani Law Corporation

Diana is the Founder and Managing Attorney of Iketani Law Corporation in El Segundo, a boutique firm specializing in litigation, cybersecurity, and data privacy law.  Diana has litigated complex matters in federal and state court and administrative proceedings for Fortune 500 companies as well as “mom and pop” shops and individuals.  Diana previously served as a volunteer temporary judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court from 2004 to 2010.  She holds multiple certifications in Privacy (CIPP/US, CIPP/E and CIPM) and helps clients comply with complex privacy and data security laws, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which goes into effect on January 1, 2020.  Prior to founding Iketani Law, Diana was a senior member of the litigation and privacy and data security teams at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  Diana is active in the legal community as a lifetime member of the Japanese American Bar Association (JABA) and the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), and as a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA).  She was named the 2015 Woman of the Year for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and currently serves on the Board of Governors of JABA.  Diana received her J.D. from USC and her B.A. from UCSD and has been licensed in California since 1997.  

Mark Salzberg, Esq.
Research Attorney
Los Angeles Superior Court

Mark Salzberg has worked as a Research Attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2000. As a research attorney, Mark’s responsibilities include review and analysis of all law and motion briefs and a submitted summary and recommendation on motions to his two judges. Knowing that law and motion is only one aspect in the litigation big picture, Mark also takes a role in case management.

Mark Salzberg received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from Cornell University in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego in 1990. While in law school, Mark interned at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and externed with the San Diego Superior Court.

From 1990 through 1997, Mark worked at Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow and

Canter, specializing in Product Liability defense and is the only attorney to work in all four offices of that firm. Representative clients include Kraft, Navistar International Transportation Corp, Sears, The Raymond Corporation and Clark Equipment Company.

Leaving litigation to experience other aspects of life, Mark participated in 5 long-distance, multi-day, fund raising bicycling events in the summer of 1997 and then went to work for the company that produced those events. Hardly a career attorney, Mark uses the flexibility afforded him to travel extensively, read fanatically and compete in triathlons.

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 (

Laurie E. Smith, Esq.
Career Law Clerk
U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Laurie Smith has served as a career law clerk for the Honorable John F. Walter, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Ms. Smith litigated at several law firms in Northern and Southern California. Ms. Smith served as Managing Editor for the Virginia Tax Review Law Journal and is a 1996 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.



Audio Course and Materials Package – Download: $295

Audio Course and Materials Package – CD: $295

CDs: plus $8.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

CLE Credit


CA General:  This program is approved for 3.0 units of general CLE in California.


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


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Recorded in 2015.