Federal Court Boot Camp (15th Annual): The Nuts and Bolts (CA)

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

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

Large law firms like Manatt send multiple associates to the program year after year why? Because it’s that good.

Small and mid-sized firms send their new associates each year as well. Why? Because it’s that good.

Solo attorneys who have heard from others about the program come why? Because 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, very experienced litigators, and career federal law clerks.

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, strategies and tactics, and the skills and techniques you must have to become a more effective and successful litigator in Federal Court and to be a more effective and successful litigator in general.

Our faculty also includes District Court and Magistrate Judges with the Federal Court as well as a 20+ year career law clerk 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 “testimonials” tab for how valuable attendees feel it is to hear from judges and career federal court law clerks.

And take a look at our detailed agenda to 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.

 

Want to attend live? Click this link to go back to the live registration page.

This program will be recorded live on May 3, 2019 in Los Angeles and May 17, 2019 in San Francisco. The audio packages, including seminar materials, will be available within two-three weeks after each live program date. Click “I want a download/CD” to the right to pre-order the audio package.

 

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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

Pre-Trial Matters

  • Your Jury:
    • What is unique about Jury Selection in Federal Court?
    • Questionnaire and Voir Dire Tips
    • Jury Instructions in Federal Court
    • Jury Verdict Forms in Federal Court
  • Motions in Limine

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

“This is a great survey course regarding differences between state and federal court. Judge Olguin’s comments always included practical advice that is extremely helpful and adds to the topics substantially. He is great. Judge Segal had the best, most substantive interjections. I’d go to any discussions or lectures led by her. Excellent!” – Grace Lau, Esq.

“Great to hear the perspective of a clerk. I found the voire dire tips to be very helpful. Loved the 8 components for opening statement and the points on evidence and cross-examination.” – Michelle Rahban, 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 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.

“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 program! Very informative and interesting. Looking forward to future seminars.” – Iveta Ovsepyan, Esq.

“I didn’t know much about federal civil practice, so it was nice to get a start to finish overview. It wasn’t overwhelming. It was a good procedural overview with practical tips.” – Kree D. Filer, Esq.

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

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

“Invaluable to have the judge’s advice and opinions.” – Genevieve Coyle, Esq.

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

“Great refresher course and helpful practical advice.” – Matthew Peters, Esq.

“Presentation was well-done and informative. The insights of the panel members was enlightening.” – Joseph A. Gordon, Esq.

“As a mother and a lawyer, I felt very respected and valued by Pincus. The rallying cry for equality for women is ‘The future is female.’ Well, that future looks like the way Venus and Grace treat your customers.” – Maha Ibrahim, Esq.

“Loved it!” – Jugpreet Mann, Esq.

“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.

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

“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.

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

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

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

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

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

“Excellent.” – Megan Irish, Esq.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Great CLE.”  – James Howard, Esq.

“Good intro to topic.” – Peter Fidopiastis, Esq.

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

“Very enjoyable and knowledgeable seminar! Thank you!” – Aman A. Lal, Esq.

“Very good.” – Jana Will

“Excellent program overall.” – Kori Macksoud, Esq.

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

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

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

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

“Great mix of judges, clerks, and practitioners.”

“Judge Segal’s input to the panel’s advice was always welcome and appreciated. Laurie Smith consistently and effectively provided insightful remarks throughout the day. She’s an excellent panelist.”

“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.” – Nicole Dennewitz, Paralegal

“Excellent training!”

“Appreciate that everything advertised is what I got.”

“Thank you. Another excellent program.”

“Very informative and practical advice; good for new lawyers.”

“Excellent training overall.”

“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.”

“Outlines were extremely effective.”

“Best CLE course I have ever attended!”

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

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

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

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

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

“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!”

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

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

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

“Great practical advice.”

“I most appreciated comments from judges and law clerks of federal courts as to insights of inner workings.”

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

“Excellent.”

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

Faculty

Los Angeles Faculty (Additional faculty to be announced)

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. Suzanne H. Segal
Magistrate Judge
Central District of California

Suzanne Segal is currently United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California Counsel where she presides over civil proceedings including patent, trademark, copyright matters; employment, civil rights and tort cases; and complex commercial and insurance litigation. She recently completed her four years of service as Chief Magistrate Judge. Prior to her appointment, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division, and Chief of Civil Appeals for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. She also practiced civil litigation in Los Angeles, first with Adams, Duque & Hazeltine and later with Dewey Ballantine LLP. Judge Segal earned her B.A. cum laude from Claremont McKenna College and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.


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. 


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.


Virginia Milstead, Esq.
Counsel, Litigation
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Virginia F. Milstead has a broad commercial litigation practice, representing clients in both federal and state courts, with a particular emphasis on securities and takeover litigation, director misconduct and related claims. She has represented clients in matters involving federal securities laws, duties of corporate directors, civil RICO, unfair business practices, and various other contract and tort claims.

Ms. Milstead has been a speaker at various conferences and bar groups. In addition to speaking at events hosted by the Antitrust and Unfair Business Practices and Business and Corporations Law sections of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, she has participated in seminars related to practice in federal court, including serving as a panelist at the Third Annual William French Lecture at Pepperdine University School of Law, featuring retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and on three occasions she has been a panelist at the Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute.  Ms. Milstead also has organized and conducted new lawyer training related to class actions.

Ms. Milstead is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law (J.D., 2004, summa cum laude), and was Literary and Citation Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review.


Ian P. Samson, Esq.
Partner
Panish Shea & Boyle

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.


Paul Traina, Esq.
Partner
Panish Shea & Boyle

Paul Traina has practiced law for the past 25 years spending his first five years representing automobile manufacturers and insurance companies and the last twenty years representing consumers on a pure contingency basis. Paul is an experienced, fiercely competitive litigator and trial lawyer and has obtained verdicts and recoveries for his clients totaling over 3 billion dollars.  Paul has and continues to represent clients in matters involving catastrophic injuries, defective products, whistleblower litigation, class actions, professional liability cases, and business/commercial litigation and is a frequent guest lecturer at Loyola Law Schools Trial Advocacy Class. Paul has lectured around the country on topics ranging from class actions, conflicts of interest, opening and closing arguments, and direct and cross examinations of both lay and expert witnesses.

Paul was born and raised in Charlotte, Michigan with his two brothers and one sister. He attended the University of Minnesota where he earned degrees in History, Political Science and Philosophy.  After college, he moved to California, with his girlfriend Pam (now wife for 28 years) for law school where he attended Pepperdine University.  During law school, he clerked at various firms and the Ventura Public Defenders Office. After graduation, Paul started his legal career at the defense firm of Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow and Canter where he worked for 4 years doing heavy litigation and trying cases.

In 1996, Paul joined the prestigious law firm of Engstrom Lipscomb & Lack, a firm made famous by the PG&E chromium-6 matter portrayed in the blockbuster movie Erin Brockovich.  As young partner, Paul litigated and tried large complex injury cases on behalf of businesses and consumers with both Walter Lack and Thomas Girardi and continued litigating and trying cases during his tenure at Engstrom before joining the Stalwart Law Group in July of 2017.

Paul is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and Consumer Attorneys of California. He was recognized as one of Southern California’s Super lawyers from 2004-2009.

Paul routinely speaks on legal matters with sitting federal and state judges and other experienced litigators.


Scot D. Wilson, Esq.
Partner
Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.

Scot Wilson is a partner at Robinson Calcagnie‚ Inc.‚ where he handles a broad range of serious personal injury‚ products liability‚ mass tort and class action litigation.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California‚ San Diego‚ Mr. Wilson graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law. While at Pepperdine‚ he served as Note & Comment Editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. In addition‚ he received the first-place award in the Dalsimer Moot Court Competition and was a finalist in the Armand Arabian Trial Advocacy Tournament. Mr. Wilson was also a two-time winner of the Best-Brief Award in the Dalsimer Moot Court Competition.

Prior to joining the firm‚ Mr. Wilson served as a judicial extern to Judge William J. Rea in the United States District Court for the Central District of California‚ gained trial experience as a pro bono Deputy District Attorney with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office Trial Attorney Partnership Program‚ and worked on a variety of litigation matters with two Orange County firms: a large international firm, and subsequently, a prominent regional firm specializing in complex business litigation and class actions.

Mr. Wilson is admitted to practice in California and numerous federal courts throughout the nation‚ including the United States District Courts for the Central District of California‚ Southern District of California‚ Northern District of California‚ Northern District of Illinois‚ Eastern District of Pennsylvania‚ and United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He also is a member of the Orange County Bar Association and Association of Business Trial Lawyers. For the past four consecutive years‚ he has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles magazine as one of the top litigation attorneys in Southern California.


San Francisco Faculty (Additional faculty to be announced)

Hon. Maxine M. Chesney
Senior District Judge
U. S. District Court, Northern District of California

U.S. District Judge Maxine M. Chesney has served on the federal bench since her 1995 appointment by President Clinton.   Her legal career began in 1968 when she joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, where she served for eleven years.  During that time, she created the first special unit in the country for the prosecution of crimes involving sexual assaults.  Judge Chesney began judicial service in 1979 when she was appointed to the San Francisco Municipal Court.  In 1983, Governor Jerry Brown elevated her to the San Francisco Superior Court, where she served until 1995.  Judge Chesney is a founding member of the National Association of Women Judges, has served on the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and has been a lecturer and panelist at numerous judicial and CLE programs.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and its law school.


Hon. Jacqueline Scott Corley
Magistrate Judge
United States District Court, Northern District of California

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley has presided over a variety of civil cases at all stages of the proceedings, from motions to dismiss through jury trial. She has also served as a settlement judge in nearly every type of federal litigation.

Just prior to her 2011 appointment to the Court, Judge Corley was a partner at Kerr & Wagstaffe, LLP in San Francisco as a civil litigator with an emphasis on federal practice. She represented individuals, government entities, and institutions as plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of matters that included trademark, copyright, patent, constitutional law, defamation, malicious prosecution, class actions, contract and probate.

From 1998 through 2009 Judge Corley served as a career law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer. She also served on the Northern District of California Alternative Dispute Resolution mediation and early neutral evaluation panels from 2006 through her appointment.

Judge Corley received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where she was an editor and Articles Chair of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She then practiced complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense at Goodwin, Procter LLP in Boston and was a litigation associate at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass LLP in San Francisco before joining Judge Breyer in 1998. 


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.


Patrick Hammon, Esq.
Counsel, Litigation
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Mr. Hammon has served on seven trial teams and has participated in several mediations. He has extensive experience serving as the client interface in managing discovery and preparing witnesses for deposition and trial.

He was recognized in 2018 as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” an annual list of “up and coming leaders in Silicon Valley who have distinguished themselves in their fields.”

Mr. Hammon was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California to serve as a member of the 2018 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. The commission assists California’s governor in the judicial selection process by providing independent evaluations of candidates for judicial appointment and nomination.

He is active in several Bay Area nonprofits, including Christmas in the Park and the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. He also serves on the Palo Alto Hiring and Summer Associate Committees and mentors junior associates as part of the Firm’s Mentor Program.


John P. Kern, Esq.
Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

John Kern is a partner in Holland & Knight’s San Francisco office, where his practice focuses on representing healthcare, financial services and technology companies —from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies— in commercial litigation matters in federal and state court. Mr. Kern also has significant experience representing companies in a broad range of government investigations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, State Attorneys General, and regulators in a wide range of practice areas, including securities/banking, healthcare fraud and abuse, and drug price calculation and reporting. He has been responsible for managing teams of associates and paralegals through the full scope of government investigations and all phases of litigation, such as mediations, arbitrations, and state and federal court jury trials.

During law school, Mr. Kern was the general editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. Prior to attending law school, he was an international trade analyst for the Department of State’s U.S. Trade and Development Agency in Washington, D.C.


Micha Star Liberty
Owner
Liberty Law

Micha Star Liberty is the owner of the Liberty Law Office — a diverse legal practice primarily representing individuals who have suffered a serious injury or abuse, including child sexual abuse. The firm also represents employees who have been discriminated against or harassed in the workplace, and Micha has assisted businesses with finding a common ground when releasing an employee on best terms.

Ms. Liberty is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has held the title of President and Vice President of multiple legal and political organizations, expanding her network of associates and resources, which often helps to expedite the legal process for the greater benefit of her clients.

Ms. Liberty is a frequent lecturer and published author, focusing much of her public speaking on trial practice, discovery techniques, the importance of mentoring, and best practices for opening a law office and law office management.

In 2015, the Consumer Attorneys of California — an organization made up of more than 3000 lawyers in California alone — presented her with the Street Fighter of the Year award at their 54th annual convention held at The Palace in San Francisco. Ms. Liberty was granted the award after holding the Contra Costa County School District accountable for a child sexual molestation case in which school officials were aware of the abuse and took no action. In years past, she was also presented the Defender of Justice Award, the Outstanding Service Award, and the Presidential Award of Merit in 2005 and 2006.

Ms. Liberty was a contributing author and editor for the following practice guides: California Client Communications Manual, and California Basic Practice Handbook, both published by Continuing Education of the Bar.

Aside from her thriving law practice, she is a certified mediator with over 40 hours of training, and she has performed private mediations as well as mediations for the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Ms. Liberty has worked at the White House and for two Members of Congress: for U.S. Representative Mel Watt, from North Carolina, and for U.S. Representative Anna Eshoo.

She has also served as a judicial extern to Senior United States District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson. While in law school, she served as a Moot Court Board member, teaching assistant, and an editor for the Women’s Law Journal.


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.


Meghan Loisel, Esq.

Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe LLP

Ms. Loisel advocates on behalf of employees in individual and class action litigation in a range of employment matters. She has experience with discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and constitutional claims.

Before joining Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe LLP, Ms. Loisel was a deputy county counsel for Santa Clara County. She defended the County and its employees in employment, civil rights, and tort cases. She also litigated complex affirmative cases on behalf of the County and the People of the State of California, and was a member of the trial team who litigated a public nuisance action against former lead paint manufacturers, People v. Atlantic Richfield Company. Ms. Loisel also litigated civil rights cases as a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project in New York City.

Ms. Loisel graduated from New York University School of Law where she was the symposium editor for the Review of Law and Social Change. During law school, she worked as a law clerk for the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center and the Bronx Defenders. Ms. Loisel received her undergraduate degree in History and Government from the University of Texas at Austin.


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.


Fees

Seminar Audio Recording & Materials Package – CD or Download format: $425

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

(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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Recording/Recorded on May 3, 2019 in Los Angeles and May 17, 2019 in San Francisco.

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