Fed Court Boot Camp (14th Annual): Litigating In and Out of Federal Court (CA)

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

Pincus Professional Education has put on its annual Federal Court Boot Camp for fourteen years for a reason – it’s that good.

Our Federal Court Boot Camp has taught thousands of attorneys about the ins-and-outs of Federal Court, as well as general litigation strategies and skills. This seminar is both a litigation primer and a primer for litigating in Federal Court and is taught by judges, career law clerks and experienced litigators.

Attendees have rated our faculty so highly that many of the faculty return to teach year after year (and some have taught every single year).

This litigation course will walk you through the essential components and tasks involved in your case, from start to finish. You’ll learn the rules and tasks, as well as the skills and techniques that  you need to be a more effective litigator in Federal Court and to be a more effective litigator in general.

Our faculty also includes District Court and Magistrate Judges with the Federal Court, throughout California, as well as career law clerks who can provide you a unique perspective and an inside look at what the court wants and does not want when you practice there.

Take a look at our detailed agenda and see why our Federal Court Boot Camp program is the best in the state.

The program is great for any type of attorney: Large firm, Small firm, solo, government and legal aid.

The recording date for this program is May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles and May 18, 2018 in San Francisco.

What You Will Learn

Intro to program and Federal Court

  • We’re not in Kansas Anymore: Overview of Practical Differences Between State Court and Federal Court Practice
  • Material Differences Among California’s Federal Districts
  • Highlights from the Local Rules and Local Practice
  • Rule 1 mention

Complaint and Answer Rules, Differences, Advice and Strategies 

  • Plausibility Standard: Rule 8’s Short and Plain Statement
  • Forms of Complaints and Answers/Defenses
  • Defenses vs. Affirmative Defenses
  • Practice Pointers and Pitfalls

Case Scheduling and the Case Management Conference in Federal Court

  • Rule 16.1
  • Case Management Reports

Rule 12 and Other Motions

  • Top ten tips for drafting Rule 12(b)(6) motions, responses, and replies.
  • How to enhance the effectiveness of memoranda addressing motions to dismiss.
  • How to address procedural issues that frequently arise when briefing motions to dismiss.
  • Additional Rule 12 motions
  • Ex Parte Motions
  • TRO or preliminary injunctions

Discovery & eDiscovery

  • CM/ECF brief overview/advice
  • Interrogatories, request to produce – differences between state and federal
  • 2015 Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure
    • Scope of discovery / proportionality
    • Requests for production and responses
    • Failure to preserve / sanctions
    • How courts have interpreted them
    • E-discovery
      • Overview and considerations
      • Sources and preservation
      • Authentication
      • Federal Rule of Evidence 502

Depo Strategies

    • Federal Rules related to Depos
    • Federal v. State differences
    • Subpoenas & affidavits
    • Deadlines and rules
    • Strategy and Deciding whom to depose
    • Taking good depositions
    • Making effective use of depositions at trial or for settlement

Drafting and Replying to Motions for Summary Judgment

Oral Argument Tips

Heading to Trial

  • Trial Briefs
    • Pretrial Statement
    • Pretrial Conference and Order

Trial Presentation

    • Introduction of Exhibits
    • Evidentiary Objections

Direct and Cross-Examinations

    • Purpose, audience and format requirements
    • Basic direct examination skills
    • Basic cross examination skills
    • Preserving the Record for Appeal

Post-Trial Motions & Judgments

Testimonials

“Important subject for practitioners in Federal Court. Good topic, good speakers.” – D. David Steele, Esq.

“Great outlines for future reference. Concise presentation format. Very well done. Knowledgeable speakers.” – Michael Caballero, Esq.

“Loved it!” – Jugpreet Mann, Esq.

“Excellent training overall.”

“Very good – no boring, droning lecturing. Kept me engaged throughout. Women and a diverse panel – yay! Thanks for a great program.”

“Another very thorough crash-course put on by Pincus. Very helpful!”

“Excellent! Will be back! Everyone was great!” – David A. Wolf, Esq.

“Great program! Really informative!” – Deborah Gettleman, Esq.

“I’m new to Federal Court. [This program] offered a good introduction.” – Katherine Broderick, Esq.

“Invaluable to have the judge’s advice and opinions. Wish she could have stayed all day.” – Genevieve Coyle, Esq.

“The speakers were generally good at recognizing the variety of lawyers in the audience.” – Phyra McCandless, Esq.

“I am fully satisfied. This was a great primer for practicing in Federal Court. This was one of the best seminars that I’ve been to in my 13 years of practicing law. It makes me want to never go to state court ever again.” – Richard Jefferson, Esq.

“Excellent.”

“Overall good experience.” – Shahio Monzoo, Esq.

“Appreciated the FRCP updates: this was the best part of the program.”

“Very good, candid advice.” – Daniel Zarchy, Esq.

“I really enjoyed the program and the speakers. Having a judicial clerk was also extremely valuable.” – Dana Ulise, Esq.

“I enjoyed the practical nature of the presentation and the back and forth discussion. The panel put together was an excellent combination of different experiences. I loved hearing from the Judges, who were both practitioners, the clerk who generally deals with the various motions, and the various attorneys from both sides [plaintiff and defense].” – Cynthia D. Vargas, Esq.

“I practice class action law, so I enjoyed hearing about [the speaker’s] experience.”

“The panelists covered every important topic in-depth. Thank you for having this seminar!” – Ari Kaufman, Esq.

“It was a great refresher on the federal rules and the panelists had great anecdotes from personal experience. My federal practice is heating up so a refresher was needed.” – Page Allinson, Esq.

“This was one of the most interesting, helpful and useful MCLE programs I have ever attended! Good coverage of practical topics.” – Harvie Schrieber, Esq.

“Great speakers. I thoroughly enjoyed the information.” – Marty Nicholson, Esq.

“Completely satisfied. This was outstanding!” – Nancy Woods, Esq.

“Great presentation! Very informative!” – Kari Martin Higgins, Esq.

“Good review and  run-down of the issues.” – Daniel Marsh, Esq.

“All the faculty were top notch – very professional and informative and competent.” – Paul Carreras, Esq.

“Very happy. Not many CLE’s specialize in federal law. I wish I had taken this course earlier!”

“Motions presentation was worth the entire price. Humor works! Anecdotes were great!”

“This was a good re-introduction; Very informative and insightful for someone looking to learn the ins & outs of Federal Court.” – Eric Wills, Esq.

“This was a well-done presentation. Very informative.” – Philip John Downs Jr, Esq.

“The entire panel did a great job and delivered well.” Tom Borchard, Esq.

“I was very satisfied!” Courtney Arbucci, Esq.

“Great CLE.”  – James Howard, Esq.

“I am no longer afraid to practice in federal court.”

“Appreciate that everything advertised is what I got.”

“Great information, very helpful.” – Oianka McElmurry, Esq.

“Thank you. Another excellent program.”

“I practice in federal court regularly and was hoping to get some practice tips to improve my representation and also to confirm or correct the lessons I have learned in practice – the program did exactly that.”

“If this faculty is an example of Pincus, I’ll always attend. Great work!”

“The information was helpful and the materials (checklists in particular) will be useful here on out.”

“Great job. Very informative and well presented.” – Jonathan T. Dawson, Esq.

“Outlines were extremely effective.”

“Best CLE course I have ever attended!”

“Good recap of basics of federal practice with useful pointers. Proper depth given the breadth of subjects.” – Matthew Roman, Esq.

“I am a new lawyer. This was a great course to help put many things in focus. Gave me great advice.” – Jeshawna R. Harrell, Esq.

“Highly satisfied. Hearing from multiple clerks was helpful.” – Tim O’Connor, Esq.

“Very satisfied – gave me what I wanted. Basic info with strategic uses.” – Joseph Charles, Esq.

“Excellent.” – Megan Irish, Esq.

“I enjoyed the individual tips, stories & examples – makes it easier to remember procedures.”

“A great primer for both new and experienced attorneys.” – Peter Ton, Esq.

“Great program. Law clerks’ views are most valuable.”

“What a great concept to have the clerks conduct the seminar! So informative!” – Neyleen Beljajev, Esq.

“Excellent balance of substantive information, personal observations & idiosyncrasies of bench potentially relevant to practitioners.”

“Overall, I was very pleased with this program. It is definitely worth the money and travel!” – Christina Milligan

“All excellent speakers – both in content and delivery.”

“Very practical information. Very helpful for negotiating the federal arena.” – Helene Friedman, Esq.

“Great Job! An excellent course. Informative presentations!”

“Very good program – the law clerk perspective should be heard by all lawyers.”

“Great practical advice.”

“I learned more about federal court civil procedure than any other class I have taken.”

“Each speaker gave great examples…and I appreciated the fact that there were attorneys representing the plaintiff side and the defense side. I appreciated the insight of both judges. It was great to have them attend! This is a great seminar for Federal Court beginners or a refresher for seasoned veterans in Federal Court.” – Nicol Dennewitz, Paralegal

Faculty

Los Angeles Faculty:

Hon. Fernando Olguin
Judge
United States District Court

Judge Olguin began his legal career in 1989 as a judicial law clerk for a federal judge in the District of Arizona. In 1991, he was selected to be a member of the United States Attorney General’s Honors Program, where he worked in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. After leaving the Department of Justice in 1994, Judge Olguin joined the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“MALDEF”) as the National Director of the Education Program. In 1995, Judge Olguin became a name partner in the Pasadena-based law firm, Traber, Voorhees & Olguin, a firm that litigated housing and employment cases.

Judge Olguin was appointed to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge in 2001. In December 2012, Judge Olguin was confirmed as a United States District Judge. He maintains his chambers in Los Angeles.


Hon. Karen Stevenson
Magistrate Judge
United States District Court, Central District of California

Hon. Karen L. Stevenson is a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Central District of California.  Before her appointment  to the bench on August 10, 2015, Judge Stevenson was Of Counsel with Buchalter Nemer, where she specialized in complex business litigation and insurance defense.  During her career as a litigator and trial lawyer, she was a frequent speaker on e-discovery and data security.  A member of the L.A. County Bar Association Litigation Section Executive Committee, she is also a former Editor-in-Chief of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, Litigation News publications.  In 2015, Ms. Stevenson was named by Savoy Magazine as one of nation’s most influential Black attorneys.  She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School (with distinction), an M.A. in European History from Oxford University, England where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and is  Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Damian D. Capozzola, Esq.
Founder
The Law Offices of Damian D. Capozzola

Damian D. Capozzola is a sole practitioner in his nineteenth year of litigation practice. Damian has handled significant litigation matters across a broad spectrum of industries and has represented some of the world’s largest defense contractors, food manufacturers and wholesalers, and telecommunications companies.

Damian has successfully first-chaired nine jury trials, three bench trials, and two arbitrations, and has contributed to successful trial results and settlements in a number of other matters while practicing at three leading national law firms and then since 2013 as founder of his own firm.  He has extensive experience in taking and defending depositions, and he has written and lectured on litigation strategies — including the effective use of technology in the courtroom — and working with experts.  Since 2006 he has been the co-author of the Thomson Reuters/West Trial Practice Series treatise Expert Witnesses in Civil Trials: Effective Preparation and Presentation.

Damian also has experience with a range of employment, personal injury, and environmental issues, from mass tort litigation to multi-party groundwater contamination mediations to advising clients on discrete issues.  Finally, through the years, he has devoted a significant amount of pro bono time prosecuting misdemeanor crimes for two local municipalities. Most recently, Damian secured guilty verdicts on both counts in a two-day bench trial in which the defendant was represented by an attorney with an established track record of filing civil rights lawsuits alleging officer misconduct.

In 2011 Damian was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger (and was subsequently reappointed by Governor Brown) to the California Law Revision Commission, which he chaired in 2014.  He is also a Past-President of the Los Angeles Italian-American Lawyers. 


Craig de Recat, Esq.
Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Craig de Recat is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and serves as the co-chair of the firm’s national trial practice and on the firm’s Board of Directors. His practice focuses on complex litigation, and he has a wide range of experience handling commercial, environmental, antitrust, insurance, intellectual property, patent/trademark, and related business matter disputes for national and international clients. Craig is an experienced trial attorney often called on to handle trials for high-profile, high-risk or “bet the company” cases. He has also argued numerous appeals in federal and state courts, including the California Supreme Court.

 

In addition to his trial practice, Craig regularly counsels clients in connection with performing regulatory compliance, due diligence and, where necessary, negotiations with regulatory or enforcement agencies involving Attorney Generals, Federal Trade Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice and others. Several of his clients are Fortune 100 companies, including petroleum companies, insurance companies, manufacturers, chemical companies, real estate developers and financial institutions. Craig served as Special Litigation Counsel to the Democratic National Convention Committee 2000. He is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and listed in “America’s Best Lawyers,” “Who’s Who” and “Southern California’s Super Lawyers.” Craig is a frequent speaker on trial/litigation issues and has authored several articles.


Peter J. Marcus, Esq.
Partner
Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP

Mr. Marcus is a partner with Berkes Crane Robinson & Seal LLP. He has practiced law in California since 1999. His practice focuses on business litigation, including intellectual property, entertainment, business torts, insurance law, and appellate practice. 

He is admitted to practice in California, New York and Connecticut, the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California and the Southern District of New York, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has also litigated before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law.  He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California and serves on its copyright trademark interest groups.  He maintains an intellectual property law blog, which can be found here.

Mr. Marcus is national president for the United States of the World Jurist Association, a non-governmental organization with special consultative status with the U.N. Economic and Social Council, consisting of judges, lawyers, supreme court justices and law professors from around the world engaging to further the rule of law and the administration of international law.  He also serves on the boards of several organizations, including Temple Israel of Hollywood, Jewish World Watch, a coalition of 60 synagogues in Southern California working to combat egregious human rights violations in Darfur, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Teen Impact Affiliates, a program of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles that provides support to young people with cancer and blood diseases.

He is a frequent writer about intellectual property issues. Mr. Marcus previously worked as an editor with St. Martin’s Press and the West Publishing Company, and authored the script for the award winning documentary, The Nixon-Kennedy Debates.


Ian P. Samson, Esq.
Partner
Stalwart Law Group

Ian Samson is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who represents clients in catastrophic injury matters, whistleblower litigation, class actions, professional liability cases, and commercial litigation.  Innovative, tireless, and always willing to go the extra mile for his clients, Ian is a zealous and devoted advocate who has gone toe-to-toe with some of the most highly-regarded law firms in the nation.  Equally comfortable arguing a specific point of law to a federal court judge as he is explaining the big picture to a state court jury, Ian uses every aspect of his experience to get the best possible result for his clients.

Ian was born and raised in Phoenix and attended college in Seattle, where he played drums in a rock band.  He moved to San Francisco for law school and graduated in the top of his class at University of California, Hastings College of the Law.  During law school he clerked for a complex plaintiffs’ firm, helped write briefs for the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts at Public Justice, a consumer advocacy group, and externed for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Ian began his legal career working as a litigation associate at Girard Gibbs LLP in San Francisco.  Moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Ian joined Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, a renowned plaintiffs’ firm made famous by the PG&E chromium-6 matter portrayed in the blockbuster movie Erin Brockovich.  Ian practiced at EL&L until 2017, when he joined Stalwart Law Group.

Ian is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumer Attorneys of California, and Public Justice.  He was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2013.

Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death

The son of a plaintiffs’ trial lawyer, Ian has focused his practice on obtaining justice for individuals harmed or killed by negligence, intentional wrongdoing, and defective products.  Ian has represented individuals who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, horrific burns, debilitating bodily injuries, and severe emotional distress as a result of automotive accidents, bicycle accidents, dangerous conditions on public and private property, defective products, and excessive force by law enforcement.  Ian understands how to litigate and try these matters, leading to millions of dollars recovered by his clients.

Whistleblower Litigation

Ian is not only well-versed in the ins-and-outs of whistleblower litigation; he recognizes the immense risk whistleblowers take to bring fraud to light.  Ian takes the time to understand what are often complicated fraudulent schemes, and helps his clients navigate the procedural thicket of qui tam cases and claims made under the SEC and CFTC whistleblower programs.  Ian has litigated issues on the cutting edge of whistleblower law and is a regular speaker on whistleblower issues.

Class Actions

Ian has represented plaintiffs in complex class actions involving thousands of class members and with millions of dollars at stake.  A fierce opponent of forced consumer arbitration clauses and class action waivers, Ian has used innovative legal arguments to preserve his clients’ day in court.  Whether federal securities class actions or state class actions based on state law statutory violations, Ian’s efforts have resulted in millions of dollars recovered for class members.

Speaking Engagements

Ian routinely speaks on legal matters on with sitting federal and state judges and other experienced litigators:

Discovery and Depositions, Pincus Professional Education’s 13th Annual Federal Court Bootcamp (2017)

Discovery and Depositions, Pincus Professional Education’s 13th Annual Federal Court Bootcamp (2016)

Summary Judgment and Pre-trial and Trial Litigation, Pincus Professional Education’s 11th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp (2016)

Pre-trial and Trial Litigation, Pincus Professional Education’s 10th Annual Superior Court Boot Camp (2015)


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

Laurie Smith is a career law clerk for the Honorable John F. Walter, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. 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.


Stephanie Sperber, Esq.
Senior Trial Attorney
Callahan & Blaine

Stephanie Sperber is a Senior Attorney with extensive experience in complex business litigation, product liability litigation, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. Stephanie has handled cases in state and federal courts, and appellate courts across the country. Stephanie has been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star for the years 2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. This honor is reserved for the top 2.5% of lawyers in Southern California under the age of 40, and is rated by peers.


Edward Patrick Swan, Jr., Esq.
Partner
Jones Day

With over 35 years as an experienced trial lawyer, Pat Swan represents clients in complex civil and criminal matters in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Pat has handled complicated commercial cases, including business disputes, antitrust, copyright, unfair business practice, trade secrets, securities fraud, and products liability. He has also been responsible for the defense of nationwide class actions, complex arbitrations, and criminal investigations and prosecutions. Pat served as a federal criminal prosecutor for over seven years and has substantial grand jury, jury trial, and appellate experience.

As lead counsel, Pat has tried to conclusion numerous civil and criminal cases. He has also successfully litigated and resolved significant matters involving alleged insider trading, attempted monopolization, health care fraud, tortious breach of contract and consumer class actions. He is currently defending, among other cases, a nationwide civil RICO action seeking over billion in damages, an action to rescind a million real estate transaction, and several ongoing government investigations involving allegations of civil and/or criminal wrongdoing.

Pat serves on the board of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, and serves on the board and is an officer of Pro Kids | The First Tee of San Diego. He devotes time annually to pro bono activities, and is an active member of various local, state and national legal and bar organizations. Pat is currently on the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers®.


San Francisco Faculty:

Hon. Sallie Kim
U.S. Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court

 Bio coming soon!


Warren Braunig, Esq.
Partner
Keker Van Nest & Peters

Warren Braunig’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, ranging from patent, trade secrets and trademark law, to administrative and water law, to consumer class actions, employment and contract disputes. He has represented Google, SanDisk, Electronic Arts, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Taiwan Semiconductor and other individual, corporate and government clients.

Mr. Braunig was trial counsel for the San Diego County Water Authority in its successful challenge to unlawful rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which resulted in the invalidation of MWD’s water rates over four separate years. He was also part of the team that won a trial victory for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company in one of the largest trade secrets cases in California history, resulting in a settlement for TSMC publicly valued at more than 0 million. Mr. Braunig has also represented individuals under investigation or indictment by the Department of Justice. He successfully argued an appeal of a civil contempt order before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, winning a complete reversal. He has represented individuals and businesses in federal and state courts throughout the United States.

Mr. Braunig also manages an active pro bono practice. He won summary judgment on behalf of Western Watershed Project and a consortium of environmental groups against the United States Forest Service, forcing the Forest Service to withdraw dozens of grazing permits on sensitive habitat in national forests throughout the western United States. He has successfully represented indigent individuals in both criminal and immigration cases.


Jennifer Liu, Esq.
Managing Partner
The Liu Law Firm, P.C.

Jennifer L. Liu is the Managing Partner of The Liu Law Firm, P.C., where she represents individuals in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. Ms. Liu focuses on employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, and employment contracts and agreements.  She also represents victims of civil rights violations and abuse, including survivors of campus sexual assault, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.

Ms. Liu has litigated dozens of cases in federal and state courts across the country and has helped recover over 0 million on behalf of workers and employees.* She frequently represents employees in the financial services and technology industries.

Ms. Liu is an active member of the legal community and regularly speaks and publishes on employment law issues. She serves on the Planning Committee for the American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law National Conference on Equal Employment Law, is the Employee Co-Chair for the ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law FLASH eNewsletter, is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association Wage & Hour Committee, and has served as an editor for numerous publications and treatises. 

Prior to founding The Liu Law Firm, P.C., Ms. Liu was with Outten & Golden LLP. Ms. Liu also served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and her J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford Law School and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Before law and business school, Ms. Liu worked as an equity research analyst for Janus Capital Group, an investment management firm. She has passed Levels I, II, and III of the Chartered Financial Analyst program.

Ms. Liu is admitted to practice in the states of California and New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of California, and the Eastern District of Michigan.


Chaya M. Mandelbaum, Esq.
Partner
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP

Chaya M. Mandelbaum is a Partner at Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, LLP where he represents employees in individual and class action litigation and negotiations across the spectrum of employment law. He has extensive experience in wage and hour, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and leave of absence matters.

Mr. Mandelbaum also serves as Chair of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council.  He was appointed to the position by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and his appointment was confirmed by the California Senate.  The Council promulgates regulations related to employment and housing discrimination.  It also holds hearings on civil rights issues confronting the state.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a Contributing Editor of The Rutter Group’s California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation and is a Co-Author of the Employment Law chapter of The Recorder’s California Business Litigation book.  He previously served as a Member of the Executive Committee of the State Bar of California’s Labor and Employment Law Section. 

Before joining Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Senior Litigation Counsel at Sanford Heisler.  At Sanford Heisler, he represented employees in class actions involving wage and hour, discrimination and other civil rights claims.

Previously, Mr. Mandelbaum was a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor for the United States Department of Labor.  In that capacity, he successfully represented the Secretary of Labor in numerous significant enforcement actions, including a multi-million dollar wage and penalty recovery based on violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  He obtained successful results in both jury and bench trials during his tenure.  As a result, Mr. Mandelbaum was a recipient of the 2011 Federal Executive Board’s Service Award and the 2011 Secretary of Labor’s Exceptional Achievement Award. 

Prior to his tenure at the Department of Labor, Mr. Mandelbaum worked in the Labor and Employment Practice Group at Morgan Lewis & Bockius, where he represented employers in matters involving wage and hour, employment discrimination and labor relations.

Mr. Mandelbaum is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Michigan Law School. He received his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego.


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

Laurie Smith is a career law clerk for the Honorable John F. Walter, U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California. 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.


Robert M. Wilson, Esq.
Partner
Law Offices of Robert M. Wilson

Robert Wilson recently opened his own practice at the Law Offices of Robert M. Wilson.   His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, professional negligence and complex business litigation in both state and federal court.  Mr. Wilson graduated from the University of Colorado in 1979, and received his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1983.  Mr. Wilson has trial experience in both state and federal court, including complex white-collar criminal matters.  He has appellate experience in the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.  The Chief Judge for the Eastern District of California recently appointed Mr. Wilson to serve as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit.

From 1986 through 1993, Mr. Wilson practiced with Segal & Kirby, initially as an associate and later as a partner. In 1993, Mr. Wilson formed his own firm and continued to represent individuals and business clients targeted in criminal investigations, and collateral civil, regulatory and administrative actions. Mr. Wilson has a longstanding interest in technology and the internet, and was an Advisory Board member to FindLaw.com, a legal internet research portal which was eventually acquired by Thomson/West.

Prior to starting his own practice Bob was a member of Kimball & Wilson LLP as a partner and served as the Executive Director of Sacramento Child Advocates, Inc., a non-profit law firm which served the 3000-plus children in foster care in Sacramento County.


Jee Young You, Esq.
Counsel
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Jee Young You is a litigator who represents institutional and individual clients in class actions and other high-stakes commercial lawsuits. Over the past ten years, Ms. You has represented a wide range of clients, including large financial institutions, corporate officers, high technology companies, and food and beverage companies. Ms. You has broad experience in a variety of areas, including securities fraud, consumer protection and banking regulations (FCRA, FDCPA, FTC Act § 5, Regulation B, UDAP), class actions and civil rights. Additionally, she has experience with regulatory, compliance and investigative matters involving the OCC, the CFPB, the DOJ, and state attorneys general.

Ms. You maintains an active pro bono practice representing indigent individuals and public interest groups in civil rights matters, with a focus on LGBTQ, immigration, and benefits rights. She filed several amicus briefs in high-profile cases such as In re Marriage Cases and Perry v. Schwarzenegger before the California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals and the US District Court for the District of California. Recently, she filed an action to enjoin the disruption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamp) benefits in the event of a government shutdown. 

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. You was counsel at an international law firm, and was seconded to the in-house legal department of JPMorgan Chase Consumer & Community Banking, where she was a member of the Chase Initiatives investigations and regulatory enforcement group.

At Arnold & Porter, Ms. You has helped cultivate the WomenConnect program, which provides a forum for San Francisco Bay Area women lawyers and senior-level clients to network and learn from  each other. She is also the President of the Harvard Law School Association of Northern California.

Ms. You is proficient in spoken and written Korean.


Fees

Audio Course and Materials Package – CD or Download: $425

Early Bird Pricing $399

For CDs please add $7.50 shipping and, in CA, sales tax.

Early Bird Pricing Ends March 22, 2018.

(Audio packages are available approximately two to three weeks after the seminar is held.)

CLE Credit

CA General:  This program is approved for 7.5 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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Webinars, Tele-seminars and Webcast Cancellations: Once log-in codes and passwords are issued for a webinar, tele-seminars or webcasts, a refund is not possible. If for any reason you cannot attend the event after you have received the codes, we will automatically convert your registration to an instant streaming/instant download or CD format and provide you with the information you need to access the recording after the program concludes and the recording is available.  Conversions to CD require a $7.50 shipping fee, and in CA, 9% sales tax.

Downloads/CDs/DVDs – Refund policy:

Downloads are non-returnable/non-refundable once purchased and received. Tapes, CDs and DVDs are returnable for a full refund or replacement if defective, within 90 days of purchase.

Reminder: The room temperature at hotels and other seminar locations are notoriously hard to control. Please bring a sweater or jacket in case it gets cold and/or layer as if you are going to the movies so you are comfortable.

$425.00 each

Pincus Professional Education has put on its annual Federal Court Boot Camp for fourteen years for a reason – it’s that good.

Our Federal Court Boot Camp has taught thousands of attorneys about the ins-and-outs of Federal Court, as well as general litigation strategies and skills. This seminar is both a litigation primer and a primer for litigating in Federal Court and is taught by judges, career law clerks and experienced litigators.

The recording date for this program is May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles and May 18, 2018 in San Francisco.

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