Superior Court Boot Camp (9th Annual): Focus on Discovery, Depos and Motions (CA)

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

This litigation boot camp walks you though everything from filing the complaint and the answer, to discovery and Ediscovery, and the strategy of handling depos, and the skills involved.

Motion practice is covered in-depth and two judges are on the faculty to give you the inside scoop. See below for agenda and registration.

And, if you are interested in learning the skills you need to be a trial lawyer, don’t miss our other CA Superior Court trial related boot camp recorded the same year: Superior Court Boot Camp (9th Annual): Pre-Trial and Trial Techniques – The Inside Scoop.

This seminar is a great program for beginning to intermediate attorneys or attorneys and is focused on CA Superior Court (not federal court).

This program was recorded in 2014 in San Francisco.

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What You Will Learn

This in depth program will give you the skills and insights you need to practice successfully in the following areason the following topics:

  • Common Issues, Case Development & Theories
  • Drafting the Complaint and What’s the Answer?
  • Demurrers
  • Discovery
    • Available methods
      • Tactical considerations, including timing
    • Standards of Discoverability
      • “Reasonably calculated”
      • Discovery of private information
      • What is “private,” per caselaw
      • Higher standard: direct relevance, essential to fair resolution
      • Objections to discovery
    • Discovery Disputes
      • Motion as Remedy
      • Motion to compel, motion to quash, motion for protective order
      • Stipulated protective order
      • Meet/Confer Requirement
      • Creating record for motion
      • Tactical considerations
    • Remedies available
      • Requesting sanctions (monetary, evidentiary, terminating)
    • Depositions
      • Deciding whom to depose
      • Taking good depositions, strategies, tips, traps
      • Making effective use of depositions at trial
    • Motions for Summary Judgment
      • Writing tips
      • What matters
      • What judges look for
      • Traps and common mistakes to avoid
    • Other Motions
      • Motions for attorney fees
      • Ex parte applications
      • Continuances
      • Reconsideration
    • Oral Argument


    And don’t miss our other trial boot camp: Pre-Trial and Trial Skills in Superior Court


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

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

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

“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.

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

“Very practical advice.” – Natilee Riebman, Esq.

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

“Great panel! Complemented each other well!”

“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.”

“Every morning should start with an engaging person who is excited to present.”

“Great perspective from (court staff).”

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“Very engaging presenter.”

“Very good.”

“Everyone was great, good comeraderie with today’s panel.”

“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.

“I like the A to Z nuts and bolts manner in which this program was conducted. Very helpful refresher course for someone getting back into the courtroom.”

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

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

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“Very good!” – Kevin Spainhour, Esq.

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“Excellent!” – Kathryn Cotter, Esq.

“It was good to hear the judge’s perspective.”

“After pulling an all nighter finishing my research memo, I am very impressed that you all kept me wide-awake and very fascinated and entertained. Thanks!”

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“[Speaker] gave a great perspective from a defendant point of view! Very resourceful.”

“[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.”

”I was surprised at how useful and educational this seminar was.”

“Great speaker. Interesting and accessible.”


Hon. Samantha Jessner
Assistant Supervising Judge, Civil Division
Superior Court of California, Los Angeles

Judge Jessner was appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2007.  She currently sits in Dept. 31 in the Stanley Mosk courthouse where she presides over an Unlimited Jurisdiction Independent Calendar courtroom.  She is the Assistant Supervising Judge of the Civil Division and the Coordinating Judge of the Hub courts (small claims, collections, and unlawful detainer).  She served as the Supervising Judge of the Mental Health courthouse and also served in the criminal division.

Judge Jessner is the Co-Chair of the Technology Committee for the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Judge Jessner also serves on the Civil subcommittee of the Operational Planning Committee, the governing committee of the Judicial Education Committee, the Civil subcommittee of the Judicial Education Committee, and she is Vice-Chair of the Civil and Small Claims Committee.

Judge Jessner serves on the Supreme Court committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions.  She also is a member of the Information Technology Advisory Committee (“ITAC”) of the Judicial Council and the Projects subcommittee.  Judge Jessner is a New Judge Orientation Instructor for CJER.  She is also an instructor for CJER’s QE6 ethics curriculum.  In addition, Judge Jessner teaches the Civil Law Update seminar for the Rutter Group.

Prior to joining the court, Judge Jessner was an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles) for approximately 11 years.  Judge Jessner started her legal career as a litigation associate with the Los Angeles Office of Sheppard Mullin.  In between two tenures at the United States Attorney’s Office, she was in-house counsel for The Boeing Company and an Assistant Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission.  Judge Jessner earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law.

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

Judge James 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.

Ryan Casey, Esq.
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Ryan Casey focuses his practice on litigating large and complex personal injury, wrongful death and product defect cases on behalf of injured individuals and consumers. Since joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Mr. Casey has handled complex factual cases involving trucking collisions, auto collisions, construction site injuries, industrial injuries, recreational sporting injuries, and multiple cases from various defective products. In these cases Mr. Casey has obtained favorable results through trial or settlement and successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients in lawsuits against negligent individuals, public entities, and corporations, including the manufacturers and distributors of dangerous products.

Mr. Casey is committed to advocating for his clients who have been injured as a result of individual or corporate wrongdoing and ensuring his clients’ interests are fully and justly represented. Mr. Casey graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with majors in Political Science and History before attending Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. While at Loyola Law School Mr. Casey was a member of the Loyola National Trial Advocacy team and was awarded the Karl Seuthe award for excellence in trial advocacy. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Casey was recognized as a "Rising Star" by California Law & Politics magazine – an honor awarded to the top 2.5% of lawyers in the Southern California area under 40 years of age.

Mr. Casey is a member of the State Bar of California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He is an active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Consumers Attorneys of California, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Beverly Hills Bar Association. When Mr. Casey is not actively representing his clients and their interests he enjoys being active himself, playing softball in Santa Monica and baseball in the Los Angeles Baseball league. Mr. Casey has also participated annually in the Run for Justice 5k, associated with the Los Angeles Marathon, to raise money in support of Public Counsel.

Mila Faraon, Esq.
Research Attorney
Los Angeles Superior Court

Mila Faraon has been a Research Attorney for the Los Angeles Superior Court for the past 14 years where she is presently assigned to Department 91 of the Personal Injury Hub located in the Central District. Throughout her tenure at the Superior Court, Mila has prepared bench memoranda and court rulings for civil, limited and unlimited jurisdiction courts throughout Los Angeles, as well as for the Supervising Judge’s office in Department 1. Prior to that, she worked in private practice for six years as a litigation associate in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Karen P. Kimmey, Esq.
Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Karen P. Kimmey is a trial lawyer and a partner in Farella Braun + Martel’s Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage and Intellectual Property Litigation Groups. She represents both large and small businesses, as well as individuals, in a wide range of commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on class actions, products liability, insurance coverage, and trade secret and patent disputes.

Ms. Kimmey is a seasoned trial lawyer who has successfully handled nine bench and jury trials and arbitrations. Collectively, she has spent over 400 hours in the courtroom trying cases. While she is a powerful courtroom advocate, she also understands the importance of finding efficient means to achieve her clients’ business objectives, and is experienced in alternative dispute resolution.

Ms. Kimmey has experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, and has represented clients in the biotechnology, software, hardware and entertainment industries in connection with patent, trademark and trade secret claims. She recently served as a member of the trial team that obtained a unanimous verdict in a three-week patent trial upholding the validity of her client’s patents for flip chip integrated power switches. She also advises clients with respect to products liability claims and represents clients in litigation seeking to recover from their insurers. She currently is serving as national coordinating counsel in connection with a series of products liability claims relating to residential gas delivery materials.

Ms. Kimmey is a frequent author and speaker on litigation and trial skills and strategy. She is a member of the board of directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco Foundation. At Farella, she is a member of the firm’s Advisory Board and has served as co-chair of Farella’s Women’s Leadership Committee.

Bethany W. Kristovich, Esq.
Munger Tolles & Olson LLP

Bethany Kristovich is a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Kristovich’s practice is focused on complex civil litigation, with a particular emphasis in trial work and representing law firms.

She has represented several large consumer products manufacturers, major law firms, an independent content provider, a telecommunications carrier, a museum and other corporate clients. For those clients, she has tried cases, written and argued motions, taken and defended depositions, conducted internal investigations and participated in jury research.

In 2013, Ms. Kristovich was a member of the trial team in the In re Tobacco Cases II class action, which many consider to be one of the most significant unfair competition cases in California in the past two decades. That trial resulted in a defense verdict in favor of the firm’s client.

Ms. Kristovich received her J.D. in 2005 from the USC Gould School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an articles editor for the Southern California Law Review. From August 2005 to August 2006, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Edward Rafeedie, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Paul T. Llewellyn, Esq.
Partner and Co-Founder
Lewis & Llewellyn LLP

Paul Llewellyn is a partner and co-founder of Lewis & Llewellyn LLP, a San Francisco-based litigation boutique specializing in complex business litigation.  He has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation, including trial practice.

Mr. Llewellyn received his law degree from Oxford University, England, before qualifying as a barrister at the Inns of Court School of Law.  Following his admission to the bar of England and Wales, he practiced at the Chambers of Fiona Barton Q.C. in Temple, London.  There, he practiced civil and criminal law, trying approximately one hundred cases, primarily on behalf of the Crown.

In 2001, Mr. Llewellyn joined Howarth & Smith, a Los Angeles-based litigation boutique, where he specialized in high-profile, high-stakes trials and appeals for plaintiffs and defendants throughout the U.S.  In 2007, Mr. Llewellyn joined the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins LLP.  In his five years at Latham, Mr. Llewellyn worked on some of the country’s highest profile litigation matters, including several "bet the company" cases. His representative clients included Fortune 100 companies, Silicon Valley start-ups, and individuals.

In addition to practicing at Lewis & Llewellyn, Mr. Llewellyn currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he teaches legal research and writing.  Mr. Llewellyn also remains a "door tenant" at his former barristers’ chambers in London, the equivalent to "of counsel" in the U.S., and remains qualified to practice law in England and Wales, as well as in California.

N. William Metke, Esq.
The Law Office of N. William Metke

N. William Metke has been an active civil litigator in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area for over ten years.  He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in employment law and other civil rights matters, as well as various business disputes.  He has successfully represented clients in the California and Federal courts, before state administrative bodies, and in private arbitration.  Mr. Metke launched his solo practice in early 2011, exclusively representing plaintiffs in employment litigation matters.  His practice is focused on wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wage and hour violations, and other related issues.

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

Virginia F. Milstead is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Ms. 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.

Steven P. Ragland, Esq.
Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP

Steven P. Ragland is a partner of Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, which was recently named 2017 Litigation Department of the Year by The Recorder and a Litigation Powerhouse by Law360, among other accolades.  Steven has a broad practice, with particular focus and expertise in trade secret misappropriation, legal malpractice, and complex white collar criminal matters.  He was named a 2017 California Lawyer of the Year in Intellectual Property in recognition of his work successfully defending Google against claims that the Android smartphone operating system infringes on copyrights held by Oracle America, in what was called the IP Battle of the Century.  Steven is listed in Best Lawyers in America for commercial litigation, and every year since 2013 has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, and Professional Liability.  He maintains an active pro bono practice and recently won class certification on behalf of all persons with physical disabilities who may be housed in a county jail system that violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and discriminates against inmates with disabilities.  He serves as deputy chair of NACDL’s White Collar Crime Committee, an officer and board member of the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Northern California, and a board member of Disability Rights Advocates.

Mark Salzberg, Esq.
Research Attorney
Los Angeles Superior Court

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

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

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

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

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


Audio Course Material Package Download: $425

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CLE Credit

CA General:  This program is approved for 6.0 units of general CLE in California.

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


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