Superior Court Boot Camp (14th Annual): The Nuts and Bolts (CA)

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

Pincus Professional Education has been putting on its annual California Superior Court Boot Camps for fourteen years for a reason – they are just that good. In fact, they are just that great.

Year after year attendees rave about the program.

Year after year we tweak the agenda based on input to make it even better.

Year after year we invite some of the same speakers back because their ratings are so good and attendees learn so much from them.

This dynamic and information-packed audio recording will teach you all about practicing in California State Court. It will also teach you what need to know to be a successful litigator in any court. Make sure you look at the “Testimonials” Tab (see tabs above) to read about what attendees have said in the past.

The seminar is taught by many sitting and recently retired judges and will give you great insight from the bench – you can’t get that perspective anywhere else.

We also have plaintiff and defense attorneys from large and small firms and solos, to make sure you get a variety of perspectives on each topic.

This really is a course you cannot miss if you are new to litigation or want a refresher.

In fact, many large and medium sized firms send multiple associates each year to this program (and to our Federal Court Boot Camp), because they value the instruction and insight provided so much. (If you are from a firm that wants to send four or more attorneys, give us a call for an extra special discount).

In this recording, your faculty will provide advice and tips regarding your complaints and answers, suggest strategies to create your case themes, and will walk you through the timelines, rules and suggestions related to discovery and e-discovery. They will then move on to deposition techniques – rules, timelines and advice. Who should you depose? How do you prepare? What does the state require in terms of notice and deadlines?

The session was capped off with a discussion about motions – to dismiss, for summary judgment, ex parte applications, continuances, reconsideration and others. You’ll learn about when to do them, how to do them and when not to do them. You’ll also get tips on how to write them, and tips from judges regarding what they find persuasive in briefs and what just doesn’t cut it.

In the afternoon portion of the recording, you’ll hear a few tips about how to give a great oral argument, then you’ll learn about all of the components of your trial, from the Final Status Conference, to your trial outline and Motions in Limine. Your faculty will provide you with advice and insight to help you deal with your juries: voir dire, jury selection, instructions and verdict form pitfalls. And then you’ll hear about your trial – getting evidence admitted, the direct and cross examinations and objections.

The day will end, of course, with a brief discussion about Preserving your Record for Appeal, and Post-Trial Motions and Judgments.

This seminar is a great program for newer attorneys or attorneys wanting to get the court’s perspective on effective litigation techniques.  If you are looking for a more advanced or in-depth course on specific topics, like depositions or jury selection, do a quick search in the right bar for those courses.

The entire seminar is designed to teach you not only what you must do, but also how to do it. The faculty also helps you understand common or easily made mistakes and how to avoid them.

This program covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, so come prepared to learn and to take a lot of notes!

And the seminar handbook is usually 150 – 200+ pages, chock full of outlines and samples for your reference. You also receive a downloadable link with outlines and samples provided during past Superior Court Boot Camps for the past few years.

This program is an invaluable resource that will help guide you through your cases and ensure your success.

Who should purchase the Audio Package?

Newer attorneys and those new to litigation. Just graduated law school? – can’t miss it. You don’t get these skills and this practical advice in law school.

Has it been a bit since you’ve been in the courtroom or written a motion? This one’s for you as well.

On our testimonials page (see the link above) you will see a ton of comments about how great this program is. But if you don’t have the time, here’s what just a few attendees have said in the past:

 

“Excellent overview of civil litigation from filing of complaint through post-judgment appeal. The speakers were engaging, informative, and even entertaining!” – Brendan Malone, Esq.

“This was a very nice overview of trial prep that boosted my confidence as I prep for my trial.” – Nicholas Colla, Esq.

“Very helpful to see the forest from the trees. As a new litigator, it’s easy to get lost in and lose sight of the big picture. Subject matter seemed right on point for helping me in day-to-day practice…Speakers gave lots of practical examples, thorough explanations, and tips.” – Lauren Cox

“This program gave a great overview of the different stages of litigation in a short amount of time.” – Heidi Kim, Esq.

”Very validating and also good food for thought. This was very thorough training.” – Heidi Lehrman, Senior Counsel, CA Department of Managed Health Care

 

CD and Download formats are available.

This program will be recorded live on November 8, 2019 in Los Angeles. The audio package, including seminar materials, will be available within two-three weeks after the live program date. 

 

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What You Will Learn

The Early Stuff: Case Themes and Strategies, Advice on submitting Complaints & Answers; Demurrers and Motions to strike, CMCs

  • Case Strategies/Themes
  • Complaints and Answers Discussion:
    • Strategies
    • Common mistakes
  • Demurrers/Motions to Strike
  • Demurrers v. Answers
  • Case Management Conference / Scheduling Your Case

Discovery in State Court

  • Discovery
    • Rules, Cases, Timelines
    • Motions that occur during Discovery, including motions for sanctions
    • Overlooked Deadlines
    • Procedural Issues that are often missed/common mistakes
    • Strategies and choices
      • For Settlements
      • For Trial
    • RFPs
  • E-Discovery
    • Rules and timelines
    • Strategies
    • Cost Saving Measures
    • Mistakes not to make
    • Important state cases
  • Motions to Compel

Depositions in State Court – Rules and Advice

  • Rules Strategies & Timelines
  • Differences between Federal and State court depos
  • Deciding whom to depose
  • Taking good depositions – Mistakes not to make
  • Making effective use of depositions at trial

Motions for Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication

  • Timelines and writing advice
  • Responses and Replies – Organization and Effectiveness
  • What is effective and what is not
  • What judges look for
  • Common mistakes not to make

Additional Motions

  • Ex parte applications
  • Continuances
  • Reconsideration
  • Motions for Sanctions
  • Motions to Exclude Witnesses from Courtroom
  • 998 offers
  • Substitution of Judges

Oral Argument

Heading to Trial

  • Final Status Conference
  • Trial Outline
  • Motions to Exclude Witnesses from Courtroom
  • Motions in Limine

Your Pre-Trial Tasks, Selecting and Dealing with Your Jury

  • Jury Selection in State Court – Procedure, Strategies and Questionnaires
  • Jury Instructions, Jury Verdict Forms
    • What to do, mistakes not to make
    • Evidence at trial
      • How to get evidence admitted / submitting exhibits at trial
      • Strategic Use of

Your Trial

  • Opening Statements
    • Strategies and Advice
  • Direct and Cross-Examinations of Lay Witnesses
  • Direct and Cross-Examination of Expert witnesses
  • Evidentiary Objections
  • Closing Arguments
    • Strategies and Advice

4:45 – 5:30
Preserving the Record for Appeal, Post-Trial Motions and Judgments

  • Preserving the Record for Appeal
  • Post-Trial Motions
    • Motion for a JNOV
    • Motion for a New Trial
    • Attorneys’ Fees
    • Determining “Prevailing Party” under CCP Sec. 998, 1032 & 1033
    • Filing Notice of Appeal
  • Judgments
    • Financial awards
    • Injunctive relief
    • Requirements for entry in jury trials per CCP664
    • How to enforce

Testimonials

“Good information on a wide area of topics. Panel provided broad brush overview of each topic while also focusing on key specifics and practice tips.” – Joseph Seltzer, Esq.

“Great content and practical tips.” – Lori Liu, Esq.

“I like the fact that practitioners and judges were exchanging ideas.” – Rouzbeh Zarrinbakhsh, Esq.

“Very entertaining and lots of practical advice.” – Kate Juvinall, Esq.

“My firm asked me to attend. Glad that I did” – Oliver Pfost, Esq.

“The speakers were good.” – Aleks Giragosian, Esq.

“Good, practical tips.” – Tiffany Truong, Esq.

“Thorough.” – Alexander Wallin, Esq.

“Judges gave good insight from the perspective of the bench. Honest conversation was a good way to keep everyone engaged.”

“Speakers were engaging and gave very insightful tips. Great presentations with respect to opening and closing arguments.”

“The training was great! I appreciated all of the practical tips, and the speakers were engaging.”

“Good, practical advice regarding documents that judges want to see and ways to practice that judges appreciate.”

“Helpful to have judges’ perspectives.”

“This was a great and practical presentation.”

“I got an overview of California Superior Court practice from many panelists with excellent backgrounds.”

“A lot of helpful insight on things that I haven’t learned yet in practice.”

“This is extremely helpful, especially for new attorneys.”

“This is very helpful, especially since I just started at my firm 2 weeks ago.”

“Very good examples and practical advice.”

“Good, practical advice.”

“Very good, practical advice for practicing in the Superior Court.”

“Entire seminar was very helpful and informative.”

“Very satisfied. Really enjoyed the panel format.”

“The speakers were all great and equally interesting.”

“A good refresher.”

“All presenters were very clear and professional.”

“Great speakers, very professional!”

“Clear, direct, and relevant information.”

“Very engaging and useful tips.”

“Great presentation.”

“Very engaging. Excellent.”

“Very helpful.”

 

The following are a few testimonials are from our previous Superior Court Boot Camp programs:

“Excellent overview of civil litigation from filing of complaint through post-judgment appeal. The speakers were engaging, informative, and even entertaining!” – Brendan Malone, Esq.

“This program gave a great overview of the different stages of litigation in a short amount of time.” – Heidi Kim, Esq.

“Amazing course!” – Nicholas Lansdown, Esq.

“Great sharing of invaluable experiences.” – John Quiring, Esq.

“I was pleased to hear the practical viewpoints, both from a practitioner’s viewpoint and from the bench…A very informative program…I would recommend this program to any newbie like myself.” – Shawheen Shafizadeh, Esq.

“Program is a good bird’s-eye view of litigation.” – Silviana Dumitrescu, Esq.

“Comprehensive review…Excellent speakers…Great program. Very helpful information and format.” – Melissa Murphy, Esq.

“Very thorough!” – Jason Benkner, Esq.

“Judge Raphael had great insights and advice; learned something new – ‘informal discovery request’ and requesting continuance prior to summary judgment.” – Jamie Lee, Esq.

“Very informative to bridge the gap for new attorneys. This was exactly what I needed to get an overview of litigation.” – Donald Le, Esq.

“I enjoyed all the speakers…the afternoon session was my favorite.” – Dana Udi, Esq.

“Judges Cho and Hopp were my favorites. I enjoyed listening to this discussion.” – Ricardo Merluza, Esq.

“Great program. I truly appreciated the practical points offered by the presenters. I enjoyed the program very much and will recommend it to fellow attorneys. The thing that I liked the most is that the presenters did not re-read the handouts, but rather provided precious, practical-experience advice and tips.” – Boryana Arsova, Esq.

“A great, comprehensive overview of motion and trial practice…Great insight from the judge.” – Anna Mezhebovskaya, Esq.

“Very well organized. Appreciated that it was not mired in technical statute recitation and was instead a more broad overview…overall, excellent program for inexperienced attorneys like myself.” – Kevin Miller, Esq.

“Very helpful to see the forest from the trees. As a new litigator, it’s easy to get lost in and lose sight of the big picture. Subject matter seemed right on point for helping me in day-to-day practice…Speakers gave lots of practical examples, thorough explanations, and tips.” – Lauren Cox

“Informative and good written materials…Great work, everyone!” – Eli Flushman, Esq.

“The interactive comments in the afternoon were very good…Thanks for the program. For 7.5 hours, it was very good.” – Robert Goldman, Esq.

“Thanks! Great program. I enjoyed it.” – Sarah Castelhano, Esq.

“The course helped to reinforce what I learned at my prior firm.” – Cleve Collado, Esq.

“Well done, organized, great personal stories in court, and great advice.” Jonathan Kantor, Esq.

“Good program overall. Would do another Pincus program again.” – Michael Edward Olsen

“Learned a lot. Many different topics were covered. Good reference material for future use.” – Natalya Samsonova, Esq.

“Very validating and also good food for thought. This was very thorough training.” – Heidi Lehrman, Senior Councel, CA Department of Managed Health Care

“Very practical and specific.” – Kathleen Bricken, Esq.

“Very satisfied. Took away a lot of excellent recommendations that I will apply in my practice.” – Raychele Sterling, Esq.

“Information and materials were very detailed and easy to follow. Perfect for new attorneys without experience and experienced needing refresher.” – Sanaz Bereliani, Esq.

“Although, I’ve practiced nearly 30 years in other states, this course was very helpful given my recent licensure in CA. I highly recommend it for the transferring lawyer.” – James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.

“I wanted an overview from beginning to end and that’s exactly what we got.” – Griselda Rodriguez, Esq.

“Well done. Well planned. Great topics.” – Mike Voigt, Esq.

“Overall, great experience. This was my first superior court bootcamp, so all information was relevant and interesting. “All speakers had strong knowledge of the material they were presenting.” – Carlos Portillo, Esq.

“This was a great overview of the litigation process.” – Joshua R. Driskell, Esq.

“Judge Cho was a really powerful speaker, delivery of material was excellent.”

“It was a great program. I really learned a lot.” – Teressa Libutti, Esq.

“Overview of civil procedure in all presentations was informative.” – Afret Canchan, Esq.

“It was very good.” – Chris Moody, Esq.

“This was a very nice overview of trial prep that boosted my confidence as I prep for my trial.” – Nicholas Colla, Esq.

“Very satisfied. Took away a lot of excellent recommendations that I will apply in my practice.” – Raychele Sterling, Esq.

“Information and materials were very detailed and easy to follow. Perfect for new attorneys without experience and experienced needing refresher.” – Sanaz Bereliani, Esq.

“Although, I’ve practiced nearly 30 years in other states, this course was very helpful given my recent licensure in CA. I highly recommend it for the transferring lawyer.” – James A. Morris, Jr., Esq.

“I wanted an overview from beginning to end and that’s exactly what we got.” – Griselda Rodriguez, Esq.

“Well done. Well planned. Great topics.” – Mike Voigt, Esq.

“I really appreciated the panelists, who were great presenters, and the diversity of perspectives (i.e., judicial, litigator, etc.). Overall, excellent presentation. Very knowledgeable panel. Great feedback, practice tips, etc. Also, the panelists interacted really well with each other and created a lively, interesting discussion. I will absolutely recommend this course. I really appreciated the panel members noting books, supplements, and practice guides. That’s gold for new attorneys who may not know what practice guides are out there, or which are the best.”

“All speakers had strong knowledge of the material they were presenting.” – Carlos Portillo, Esq.

“This was a great overview of the litigation process.” – Joshua R. Driskell, Esq.

“It was a great program. I really learned a lot.” – Teressa Libutti, Esq.

“Overview of civil procedure in all presentations was informative.” – Afret Canchan, Esq.

“It was very good.” – Chris Moody, Esq.

“The overall overview of the process was exactly what I was looking for.”

“Overall an excellent presentation. Informative and organized with compelling panel of speakers.”

“Great overview.” – Timothy Laquer, Esq

“I learned a great deal about Superior Court practice.” – Victor Leving, Esq.

“Enjoyed speakers, very informative.”

“The advice was practical, perfect for new attorneys.”

“Everything I can think of is covered.”

”Pincus has the best programs – great topics and dynamic speakers.”

“The panels both did a good job of progressing through the content with thoughtful, relevant insight.” – Adam Stone, Esq.

“This was a very nice overview of trial prep that boosted my confidence as I prep for my trial.” – Nicholas Colla, Esq.

“Very validating and also good food for thought. This was very thorough training.” – Heidi Lehrman, Senior Councel, CA Department of Managed Health Care

“The panelist covered everything! They were quite thorough and respectful of the time constraints.”

“My personal objectives were completely satisfied – I left feeling like I had several new ideas and tools I could apply to my work immediately.” – Sally Mielke, Esq.

“Interesting panel and topics.” – Shelley Crawford, Esq.

“Thank you for the resources via email – They are the practical information that I was looking for.” – Carol Wyzinski, Esq.

“Interesting and helpful insights.” – John Jackman, Esq.

“Very informative!” – Lindsay R. Wood, Esq.

“This class was very helpful and informative.” – Portasha Moore, Esq.

“Covered a wide range of topics…great materials.” – Nicole Fassonaki, Esq.

“Very helpful refresher course for someone getting back into the courtroom.”

“This was the only valuable MCLE I have attended in years.”

“Great intro to state court practice. I was looking for broad coverage and issues to look out for, and this course delivered.”

“All the things law school should have taught you, but didn’t.”

“Even after practicing for several years, it was good to have a discussion regarding the nuts and bolts.”

“I found the speakers to be knowledgeable and effective at teaching and breaking down how to approach pre-trial and trial.”

“I learned new things, such as motion for recovery costs to prove bad faith defense.”

“I liked the content and it was a well-organized refresher for me. It was  well done.”

“Speakers shared clear, succinct and useful war stories.”

“Speakers did a great job explaining how to put together and deal with a Motion for Summary Judgment.”

“Fabulous!” – Sharvonne R. Sulzle, Esq.

“Great speakers!” – Adam Wentland, Esq.

“I enjoyed the program.” – Indoo Desai, Esq.

“This program provided a very helpful overview of the anatomy of a case through trial.”

“Checklists and outlines were very helpful.” – Natilee Riebman, Esq.

”Fantastic program. I’m in my 3rd year of practice and it was the perfect timing for this program.” – Alison Karp, Esq.

”The speakers were all clear and concise regarding topics. The program was very informative and found it helpful that each step to the process was broken down and straight forward.”

“Great explanation of the law and examples by practitioners clearly versed on the topics presented really helped me understand the applicability of the subject matter.” – Rahman Gerren, Esq.

”Great course! Very informative and basic enough for beginners. All well prepared and great presence.” – Christina H. Johansen, Esq.

”Good presentation – I like the panel format.” – Barry E. Weber, Esq.

”Enjoyed overall presentation and topics.” – Greg Kreausian, Esq.

”Great overview. This is a great opportunity to brush up my knowledge.” – Michael Waddington, Esq.

“Real life situations combined with humor – thanks! Thanks also for reminders of pertinent code sections and insight into judge’s preferences.”

“The seminar gave me good insight as to what the court looks for in reading papers. My objective was to improve motion writing and the comments of the presenters were very helpful.”

“Well done and great panel.”

“Always helpful to get judges’ insight…The judges gave very helpful tips.”

“Overall, great experience. This was my first superior court bootcamp, so all information was relevant and interesting.”

“Invaluable insight from judges.”

“Very informative.”

“My objectives were met. Good program!”

“Satisfied. Very informative.”

“Overall, a great panel.”

“Really appreciated the judges’ insights.”

“Very helpful and informative. Thank you.”

“Overall, great CLE.”

Faculty

Los Angeles Faculty:

Hon. Harold W. Hopp
Judge
Superior Court of California, Riverside County

The Honorable Harold W. Hopp is a presiding judge at the Riverside County Superior Court in Riverside, CA. Judge Hopp was first appointed to the bench in 2005.  Prior to that he was a litigator focusing on business litigation and employment law.

Judge Hopp is also a member of the Judicial Council of California and has served on several judicial committees in California.


Hon. Lisa R. Jaskol
Judge
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County

Lisa Jaskol is a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Prior to her 2016 appointment to the bench, Judge Jaskol was the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Appellate Law Program (2007 to 2016) and Homelessness Prevention Law Project (2001 to 2004).  Judge Jaskol also worked as an associate and partner at Horvitz & Levy LLP (1991-2001 and 2004-2007) and as an associate at Irell & Manella LLP (1989 to 1991).  She clerked for the Hon. Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1988 to 1989) after graduating from Yale Law School.

Judge Jaskol is a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice and the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission; she previously served on the Judicial Council’s Appellate Advisory Committee.  In 2011, Judge Jaskol was elected to membership in the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  She was a State Bar certified appellate specialist from 2000 to 2016 and she chaired the Appellate Courts Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) from 2011 to 2013.  Judge Jaskol has received LACBA’s Pamela E. Dunn Appellate Justice Award and the Distinguished Service Award from Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


Kristina S. Azlin, Esq.
Partner
Holland & Knight LLP

Kristina S. Azlin is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Holland & Knight and is a member of the West Coast Litigation Group. Ms. Azlin has extensive federal and state litigation experience and has represented clients in a wide array of complex civil matters, including class action defense, contract disputes, intellectual property infringement, business fraud and product liability actions. She also has significant experience defending actions involving the federal False Claims Act (FCA), as well as state versions of the FCA.

Ms. Azlin is experienced in all phases of state and federal litigation practice, including interviewing witnesses and conducting investigations, taking and defending depositions, locating and working with expert witnesses, preparing and responding to complex written discovery, examining and cross-examining lay and expert witnesses during trial, and extensive pretrial and post-trial law and motion practice. She assists in representing both plaintiffs and defendants in securing favorable results.


Beti Tsai Bergman, Esq.
Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law
Peninsula Law

Beti Tsai Bergman is an attorney and counselor at law dedicated to serving her clients with judgment, courtesy, and diligence. She is an attorney, in good standing, licensed to practice law in the State of California. She was admitted to the CA State Bar in 1997.

Ms. Bergman is the principal shareholder of the law firm, Peninsula Law, A Professional Law Corporation, which specializes in probate, trusts, estates, conservatorships, and elder abuse. Ms. Bergman has extensive experience in representing conservators, trustees, and executors, as well as, heirs and beneficiaries in uncontested and contested trust and estate matters. Before specializing in probate, Ms. Bergman was a city attorney for Los Angeles and was a business litigator in private practice.

Ms. Bergman is certified by the California Board of Legal Specialization in estate planning, trust and probate law and has earned an Advocate Designation from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.

Her speaking engagements include CEB live webcast on estate planning, panels discussing women in the law, mothers balancing career and family, starting your law practice, and preparing for advanced age healthcare and financial care.


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. 


Germain D. Labat, Esq.
Partner
Greenspoon Marder LLP

Germain D. Labat is a partner with the Litigation practice group at Greenspoon Marder LLP. Mr. Labat is an experienced trial lawyer who advises and represents companies and their executives in all manner of business and commercial disputes in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.  His national litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, securities litigation, commercial real estate litigation, corporate governance and control disputes, suits involving non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duties, intellectual property litigation, misappropriation of trade secrets, and franchise disputes.  His wide-ranging list of clients includes both public and privately held companies across various sectors, including financial services, cosmetics, health care, food and beverage, commercial real estate, energy, retail and technology.

Mr. Labat is a seasoned advocate in the courtroom, having tried numerous jury and bench trials of complex and lengthy matters, including one of the longest bench trials in California history that spanned nearly 300 trial days. While Mr. Labat typically serves as defense counsel, he also has experience representing plaintiffs, having successfully obtained multi million-dollar verdicts for his clients.

Mr. Labat is also experienced in conducting internal investigations, acting as counsel to special litigation committees in response to both external and internal allegations of impropriety, and counseling clients and their boards of directors on pre-litigation strategy and planning.

Mr. Labat was recognized by the Legal 500 United States guide in 2015 in the Securities–Litigation category. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Labat was a partner with a leading international Am Law 100 firm. Before that he spent his early years of practice representing Silicon Valley start-ups and publicly traded tech companies in the Securities Litigation Group at another Am Law 100 firm.


Ryan M. McNamara, Esq.
Shareholder
Call & Jensen

Ryan McNamara is a shareholder with the Newport Beach civil defense firm Call & Jensen.  He practices in the area of business litigation and class action defense with a specialty in defending businesses from claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act or “ADA.”  He’s secured over 100 dismissal victories for his clients via deposition and, since joining Call & Jensen in 2007, remains undefeated in trial.  Judges have described his depositions as “devastating” and his cross-examinations as “meticulous.”  In assessing Mr. McNamara’s cross-examination skills, a federal judge noted that Mr. McNamara “continually impeached Plaintiff with nearly every questions asked during both direct- and cross-examinations.”    

Prior to joining Call & Jensen in January of 2007, Mr. McNamara enjoyed four years as an associate at the renowned plaintiffs’ litigation firm Girardi & Keese. While at Girardi & Keese, Mr. McNamara gained valuable experience in the areas of mass torts, premises liability, and product liability while working closely with some of California’s finest trial attorneys.

Ryan is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Pepperdine University School of Law, and the top-ranked Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution.   

A popular speaker, Mr. McNamara has personally trained over 1,000 attorneys in California on how to conduct winning depositions.           

In his free time, Ryan travels throughout the world and, as an animal lover, volunteers and cares for abandoned and neglected pit bulls.

 


Polina Ross, Esq
Partner
Ross Legal Corp.

Polina is an experienced trial attorney who prosecutes and defends cases involving a wide range of business matters. Polina has prevailed in complex commercial disputes involving a wide variety of issues, including real estate, business, business disputes, HOA, construction, employment and entertainment. Polina started Ross Legal Corp in 2013. Prior to starting her company, she was a partner at the pre-eminent firm of Gibbs, Giden, Locher, Turner and Senet in Century City.

Polina received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2000. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.


Michelle West, Esq.
Income Partner
Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc.

Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Ms. West’s practice focused on business litigation, product liability including automotive and aviation matters, government claims, and medical malpractice. Ms. West has also prepared appellate briefs for the California Court of Appeal including the California Supreme Court. Ms. West currently works on product liability matters and mass tort litigation for the firm.

Michelle Marie West graduated cum laude from Pepperdine University School of Law where she graduated in the top 10% of the class. While at Pepperdine, Ms. West was an editor of the Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, a member of the Moot Court Board and a research assistant to Professor Kristine S. Knaplund assisting in research and editing for Ms. Knaplund’s article Postmortem Conception and a Father’s Last Will, 46 Ariz. L. Rev. 91 (2001). Ms. West received several awards for achievement during law school including the Witkin/West Group award for Academic Excellence for the highest grade in several courses and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award. Ms. West was also on the Dean’s Honor List. She received her undergraduate degree from the California State University at Long Beach. 

Ms. West is admitted to the California Bar and the United States District Court, Central District. Ms. West is a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, South Bay Bar Association, and Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.

In her free time, Ms. West enjoys marathons and triathlons and has completed more than 30 marathons as well as a 50-mile ultramarathon. Ms. West has finished in the top 100 women in the Los Angeles Marathon several times, has run the Boston Marathon twice, and raised money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for the Marine Corps Marathon. Ms. West has also completed numerous ultra distance cycling events and participated in the Livestrong Challenge in Orange County raising money for cancer research.



San Francisco Faculty:

Hon. Curtis E.A. Karnow
Judge
Superior Court of California, San Francisco County

Curtis E.A. Karnow serves in the Complex Litigation Department of the Superior Court of California, San Francisco County, and is Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division. He received his A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977 where he was an editor of the Law Review. While in private practice, Judge Karnow specialized in antitrust, intellectual property, computer and internet law.  He has served on many California’s Judicial Council committees and groups devoted to technology, electronic discovery, e-filing, rules reform, temporary judges, civics and the law, appellate procedure, sealing records and summary judgment.  Judge Karnow has lectured at the University of Michigan Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, and at the law schools at Yale, University of San Francisco, Stanford, Hastings, and New York University.  He teaches a variety of civil litigation courses to new and experienced California judges.

Judge Karnow is consulting or contributing editor for CALIFORNIA CIVIL DISCOVERY PRACTICE (CEB); CIVIL PROCEEDINGS: DISCOVERY, California Judges Benchbook (2012); EXPERT WITNESSES IN CALIFORNIA COURTS (CEB); OBTAINING DISCOVERY: INITIATING AND RESPONDING TO DISCOVERY PROCEDURES (CEB); CREATING YOUR DISCOVERY PLAN  (CEB), and is the author or coauthor (among other books) of WHAT’S YOUR WEIRDEST CASE?; HOW THE COURTS WORK; FUTURE CODES: ESSAYS IN ADVANCED COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW; CALIFORNIA CIVIL PROCEDURE; EBUSINESS AND INSURANCE; INTERNATIONAL ECOMMERCE; and NETWORK SECURITY: THE COMPLETE REFERENCE. The subjects of Judge Karnow’s law review articles range from how to use precedent, summary judgment, and legal education, to game theory, bail, artificial intelligence and robotics. Judge Karnow was raised in Hong Kong, France and North Africa, and holds private and instrument pilot ratings.


Hon. James P. Kleinberg (Ret.)
Retired California Superior Court Judge, Santa Clara County
Neutral, JAMS

Judge Jim Kleinberg brings a diverse background to his role as arbitrator and mediator: Federal prosecutor, thirty-four years of business litigation experience throughout the United States and abroad, twelve years as a Superior Court Trial Judge, including three years managing and trying cases in the complex civil calendar, and over four years as a neutral at JAMS. At JAMS, in addition to an active arbitration and mediation practice, he has been chosen to hear mock arguments and trials and to teach and write on litigation subjects here and abroad.

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1967 Judge Kleinberg was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. In 1969 he entered commercial litigation practice with a firm in San Francisco where he became a partner. In 1983 he joined McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (later Bingham McCutchen) as a litigation partner in San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. His national and international business litigation practice emphasized intellectual property, antitrust, securities, corporate governance, and contract issues. He was listed for over ten years in the publication “Best Lawyers in America.” He served for over ten years as an advisor to the Litigation Section of the State Bar, is a Holton Teaching Fellow at the Haas Graduate School of Business, U.C. Berkeley, and has served as a member of the American College of Business Court Judges. In 2013 he was named “Outstanding Jurist” by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and in 2014 he was named “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association. He serves as co-ombudsperson in a program initiated by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. While in practice he was actively involved in programs for the Ninth Circuit and was on the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the District Court. He has been a frequent speaker at programs presented by PLI, the ABA, the State Bar of California, the Sedona Conference, and the San Francisco and Santa Clara Bar Associations. Judge Kleinberg currently serves as a board member for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers-Northern California, the Ingram American Inn of Court, and the Campaign for Legal Services.


Hon. Richard Ulmer
Judge
Superior Court of California, San Francisco County

Judge Richard Ulmer has been on the Superior Court bench in San Francisco since 2009.

Just months into his judicial tenure, Judge Ulmer was elected by his fellow judges to the Executive Committee, a small group of judges that sets policy for the Court. He is humbled that 50 of his colleagues have given him their endorsement for his June election for Superior Court.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Ulmer compiled a sterling record in 23 years as a trial and appellate lawyer at two of San Francisco’s pre-eminent law firms — McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen and Latham & Watkins. His legal skills annually won him recognition from his peers as a "Northern California Super Lawyer," as well as other awards.

Judge Ulmer graduated from Stanford Law School with honors in 1986, and won his first trial while still an associate at McCutchen. In 1995, he joined Latham & Watkins where he worked closely for former U.S. District Judge Barbara Caulfield and handled complex cases for some of the world’s most innovative high-tech and biotech companies including Adobe, Affymetrix, Apple, Genentech, Lexmark, National Semiconductor, Raychem and Roche.

Judge Ulmer also briefed and argued more than a dozen appeals to the courts. He has the rare distinction of having two appellate decisions (both wins) published on the same day. One of these, Schectman v. Pillsbury, is frequently cited in California cases involving stolen documents.

His 23-year practice spanned intellectual property, antitrust and unfair competition, appeals and writs, automotive distribution, contracts, employment law, fraud, licensing, international arbitration, prison reform and professional malpractice. The unusually large breadth of experience has served Judge Ulmer well in his time on the bench.


Barbara R. Adams, Esq.
Member
Clark Hill PLC

Barbara R. Adams specializes in the defense of toxic tort and product liability litigation involving asbestos, lead, food toxins, underground tanks, and other chemicals in personal injury, property damage, and long-term/latent injury litigation actions. Ms. Adams has completed numerous jury trials in most of the Bay Area Superior Courts, otherwise successfully resolved complex cases, and has participated in the development of complex litigation rules for the Superior and Federal courts.

Ms. Adams also has significant experience and expertise in appellate law. She has filed and defended appeals, writs, and petitions before the California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the Federal Courts of Appeal. Ms. Adams handles appeals in which she has not been involved in the underlying litigation.

You can read Ms. Adams’ views on toxic tort and chemical exposure issues at her blog, Toxics Defense.

Ms. Adams received her B.A. in Political Science from California State University at Fullerton in 1977 and her J.D. from the University of Santa Clara School of Law in 1981. She is admitted to practice in California, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California.


Evangeline Burbidge, Esq.
Partner
Lewis & Llewellyn LLP

Evangeline (Evan) is a leader in the legal community, a trusted counselor, and a skilled advocate. Whether litigating a case or advising a client, Evan understands the importance of the big picture. She also knows that being an effective litigator means not only fighting hard, but also being a proactive problem solver. She is a straight shooter, respected by both colleagues and opposing counsel.

Evan litigates and advises on a broad array of matters, including complex commercial cases, trade secret theft, fraud, breach of contract, and other business disputes. Since joining Lewis & Llewellyn, she has worked for Fortune 100 companies, individuals, and Silicon Valley start-ups, both litigating and conducting internal investigations. Evan has worked on both the defense and plaintiff’s side, successfully representing a billion-dollar company against allegations of wrongdoing and, more recently, securing her client a victory in connection with allegations of trade secret theft.  Outside of the business context, Evan has also represented survivors of childhood sexual abuse, helping them achieve justice through the legal system.

Evan is also active in the legal community. She serves as the co-chair of the BASF Barristers’ Litigation Section, a position she has held since 2016. She also spearheaded efforts to increase the profile of female leaders in the field and is an active mentor. Evan has been selected as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine for the past three years, an honor reserved for 2.5% of U.S. lawyers, and has been profiled by the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Justice & Diversity Center.

A Utah native, Evan loves skiing and trying to teach her children to do the same. She also enjoys learning about clean tech, supporting local theater, and demonstrating her uncanny ability to recognize C-list celebrities.


Ryan Erickson, Esq.
Partner
Lewis & Llewellyn LLP

 Ryan Erickson is a tenacious litigator who thrives in the high-pressure environment of civil litigation. As a Partner at Lewis & Llewellyn, Ryan brings years of experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in a diverse array of complex disputes. He enjoys combining strategy, grit, and efficiency to best meet his clients’ litigation objectives. After graduating with High Honors from Princeton University, Ryan received his law degree from UCLA, where he was an Editor of the Law Review and selected as a member of the Order of the Coif (top 10% of his class). Ryan began his career in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP, one of the world’s premier law firms, where he represented several Fortune 500 companies in high-profile commercial disputes.

Since joining Lewis & Llewellyn in 2013, Ryan has secured complete defense victories for multiple clients in bet-the-company cases. Crossing the aisle to the plaintiff’s side of the courtroom, Ryan has secured millions of dollars in judgments and settlements through the successful prosecution of his clients’ claims. By litigating on both sides of the bar, Ryan brings a broad perspective to his practice that enables him to efficiently and effectively address the legal needs of his clients.

For four consecutive years, Ryan has been recognized as, a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor reserved for only 2.5% of U.S. attorneys. Benchmark Litigation also recently named Ryan to its “Under 40 Hot List,” which honors the achievements of the nation’s “most accomplished legal partners of the age of forty or younger.” In addition to his business litigation practice, Ryan has also earned a reputation as a premier advocate for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Applying the aggressive and exhaustive approach taken in high-stakes commercial litigation to his nationwide sexual abuse practice, Ryan has obtained numerous multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of his clients. Along the way, he has become a tireless advocate for the prevention of sexual abuse. Ryan also serves on the Board of Directors of CALICO, one of the largest child advocacy centers in California, which serves approximately 700 abused children every year. During his free time, Ryan enjoys competing in the occasional Ironman triathlon and spending time with his family, usually outdoors in their 1991 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon.


Patrick J. Gregory, Esq.
Partner
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP

For over 20 years, Pat’s emphasis has been on complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels, including work on tobacco litigation, automotive cases, complicated contractual disputes, business tort claims, environmental litigation, and antitrust matters. Pat’s innovative legal analysis, writing and advocacy have frequently led to the dismissal of “bet the company” cases long before they reach trial. Pat has also contributed to the successful defense of these cases at trial by creating compelling case-specific motions in limine, developing creative case strategy and themes, arguing for appropriate jury instructions, and advocating for directed verdict and additional limits on the scope of plaintiff’s evidence, claims, damages, and arguments to the jury. He has contributed to several jury research exercises and legal strategy projects performed on behalf of firm clients. In addition, Pat has advised clients on eDiscovery and domestic and foreign data protection issues.

Pat is an active member of SHB’s Professional Development Committee and has often presented at firm seminars on a variety of topics, including punitive damages, deposition strategy, legal writing, state and federal motion practice, and summary judgment oral advocacy. Pat helps organize and often presents at an annual joint CLE for the firm’s San Francisco and Orange County offices and has helped devise California-specific in house CLEs for those firm offices. Pat also participates as a judge in regional and national oral advocacy competitions in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is an active participant in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ pro bono program.

Pat is a member of the firm’s Global Product Liability Group, Antitrust Practice and Appellate Practice. Pat also assists the firm’s Public Policy Group with amicus curiae briefing before the California appellate courts.


Jiyun Cameron Lee, Esq.
Partner
Folger Levin LLP

Jiyun is a commercial litigator with extensive experience in financial litigation, contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation, computer forensics, advising and defending public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and defending employers in labor and employment disputes, including class action lawsuits alleging violations of wage-and-hour laws, ERISA, and the WARN Act. She has represented financial institutions, rental car companies, law firms, hotels, technology companies, and non-profit organizations as both defendants and plaintiffs.

Jiyun is an experienced trial lawyer who has conducted trials in both federal and state courts, as well as evidentiary hearings before courts and administrative agencies. She has extensive experience handling claims involving injunctive relief, and has successfully obtained preliminary injunctions and specific performance decrees on behalf of clients in contractual and intellectual property disputes.

Since 2011, Jiyun has served as a volunteer mediator for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.  In 2014, Jiyun served as a Commissioner of the California State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Star Academy, a private school in San Rafael, California, for students with learning differences.  Jiyun is an active member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and the Korean American Bar Association of Northern California.

Jiyun obtained her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1992, and received her B.A. in Politics and Legal Studies with Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1989 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a member of the California Bar.


Michelle Lee, Esq.
Partner
Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe LLP

Ms. Lee represents employees in individual and class action litigation in a range of employment matters.  She is experienced in wage and hour, wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, breach of contract, and trade secrets matters. 

Before joining Rudy, Exelrod, Zieff & Lowe, Ms. Lee was an associate at a prominent national litigation firm, where she handled a wide variety of complex cases ranging from intellectual property disputes to securities lawsuits.  Ms. Lee also served as a law clerk for the Honorable William Alsup of the Northern District of California. 

Ms. Lee is a graduate, cum laude, of the University of Michigan Law School where she was an editor for the Michigan Journal of Law Reform.  Ms. Lee interned at the Office of Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State in Geneva, Switzerland and worked as a law clerk for the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ms. Lee received her undergraduate degree in biology from Yale University.


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.


Michael B. Sachs, Esq.
Senior Attorney
Clark Hill PLC

Michael’s practice focuses on a variety of civil litigation matters, including toxic tort and product liability, Proposition 65, lemon law and employment law. He has handled these matters in all phases of pre-litigation, litigation and appeal. Michael has tried several matters to verdict in the various Bay Area Superior Courts and the Northern District of California and has argued before the California Court of Appeal. Michael is devoted to his clients and seeks to find cost-effective ways to manage their cases while still vigorously defending their interests in and out of the courtroom. He has achieved numerous successful results for his clients through settlement negotiations, mediations, dispositive motions and trial.


Fees

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

Early Bird Pricing $399

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.

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.

Terms and Policies

Recording policy: No audio or video recording of any program is permitted.

Seminar Cancellations: Should you be unable to attend for any reason, please inform us in writing no later than 14 days prior to the event and a credit voucher will be issued. If you prefer, a refund, less a $50 non-refundable deposit, will be issued. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received within 14 days of an event. However, if you notify us within 14 days of an event, and wish to convert your in-person attendance registration to an Audio CD package (with handout), we can do so. A small additional shipping charge, and sales tax in CA, will be incurred. No shipping charge is incurred for downloads. We will also issue a voucher for the amount paid if you notify us within 14 days and prefer not to have the audio recording.

Substitutions may be made at any time.

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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.

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