Session Schedule

We’ve selected the best experts with experience in the topics they will cover.

Thursday, November 18

  • 2 - 3:30 PMTLA Congress (TLA Congress is for TLA Executive Directors and Leadership)

    Location: Twin Peaks North & South

  • 4 - 5:30 PMLegislative Committee Meeting

    Location: Twin Peaks North & South

  • 6 - 8 PMCAOC Board Meeting

    Location: Twin Peaks North & South

  • 8 - 11 PMWomen's Caucus Diversity Committee Party

    Location: Sunset Court
    Hosted by Baldwin SettlementsStebner, Gertler, Guadagni, KawamotoRamey Law P.C.Strategic Capital

Friday, November 19

  • 7:45 AM - 5:30 PMRegistration, Exhibits And Lunch Pick Up

    Ralston Room

  • 7 AM, 12 PM, 7 PMFriends Of Bill

    Mendocino Room

  • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PMPresident’s Club Hospitality Suite (President’s Club Members Only)

    French Parlor Room

  • 9 - 10 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack I - Jury Selection And Voir Dire In Uncertain Times

    Don A. Ernst, Ernst Law Group, Moderator
    Voir Dire On Non-Economic Damages: The Key To A Big VerdictRicardo Echeverria, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP
    Loss Of Consortium ClaimsIbiere Seck, Seck Law, P.C.
    Identifying Good/Bad Jurors In A Post Covid WorldGregory G. Rizio, Rizio Lipinsky Law Firm
    Begin At The Beginning: Frame Your Case In Voir DireJacqueline V. Frederick, Frederick Law Firm

  • 9 - 10 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack II - Getting The Most Out Of The PMQ From Discovery Through Trial

    Sarah Kim, Chang Klein LLP, Moderator
    How To Maximize Document Production Using A PMQBobby Thompson, Thompson Law Offices, P.C.
    Dealing With The Know Nothing PMQElizabeth A. Hernandez, Dordick Law Corporation
    Cementing PMQ Topics And AdmissionsChristine D. Spagnoli, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
    Using The PMQ At TrialDouglas N. Silverstein, Kesluk Silverstein & Jacob, P.C.

  • 10 - 10:30 AMBreak


  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack I - Using Zoom To Maximize Value For Trial

    Shervin Lalezary, Lalezary Law Firm, Moderator
    Presenting Experts And Exhibits Via Zoom At TrialJamie G. Goldstein, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP
    Zinging With Zoom At Trial: Experts And EvidenceRobert Bale, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP
    Screen Sharing Your Key Evidence With Your Clients And Lay WitnessesSteven J. Brady, Brady Law Group

  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack II - How To Win Your Case In Opening Statement

    Erica Michelle Chavez, Law Offices Of Erica Chavez, Moderator
    Secret Ingredients To An Effective OpeningDeborah Chang, Chang Klein LLP
    Persuasive Opening Statement TechniquesGary A. Dordick, Dordick Law Corporation
    The Visual Language Of Storytelling In Opening StatementsLourdes DeArmas, Dolan Law Firm, PC

  • 11:30 AM - 12 PMBreak


  • 12 - 1 PM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralFriday Keynote: High Profile And Police Abuse Cases

    WelcomeCraig M. Peters, Altair Law LLP
    IntroductionBrian Panish, Panish Shea & Boyle LLC
    High Profile And Police Abuse CasesBen Crump, Ben Crump Law PLC

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack I - Trial Skills: Sanchez And Other Methods For Medical Testimony At Trial

    Puneet K. Toor, Toor Law, Moderator
    Evidentiary Issues With Medical Causation And Opinion Testimony: Meeting Your Causation Burden Of ProofDouglas S. Saeltzer, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
    Medical Experts & Treating DoctorsAndje M. Medina, Altair Law LLP
    Tips On Sanchez (Or Getting Around It)Gregory L. Bentley, Bentley & More, LLP

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack II - Trial Skills: Auto Accidents, Putting on a Successful Trial from Voir Dire to Closing Statement

    Kelly Winter Weil, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP, Moderator
    Auto Wreck Voir DireLawrence M. Knapp, Law Offices of Lawrence M. Knapp
    Effective Direct And Cross Of Reconstruction, Human Factors, And Biomechanical Engineering Experts In Auto CasesRichard Schoenberger, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
    Winning Closing Statements In Auto Accident CasesR. Rex Parris, Parris Law Firm

  • 1:30 - 2:30 PMTrack III - Legal Staff: Roundtable

    Part 1: Let's Talk ... DiscoveryAssal Badrkhani, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP
    Lupe Flores, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP

  • 2:30 - 3 PMBreak


  • 3 - 5 PM | MCLE: 2.0 GeneralTrack I - Trial Tactics: Evidence, Themes And Strategies To Tell Your Clients Story From Opening To Closing Arguments

    Kelly Hanker, Trial Lawyers for Justice, Moderator
    The Power Of Love: Using Loved Ones And Family Members To Explain How Injuries Have Changed The Plaintiff's LifeMichelle M. West, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
    The Effective Use Of Adverse And Third Party Witnesses In Plaintiff's CaseNiall P. McCarthy, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
    Final Argument Metaphors For Empowering Jurors To Return Substantial VerdictsMichael Kelly, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
    The Power Of The Spoken Word: Emptying The WaterfallBruce A. Broillet, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
    The Power Of KISSCraig M. Peters, Altair Law LLP
    A Picture Is Worth 1000 WordsSiannah Collado Boutte, S.C. LAW, APC
    High Stakes Med Mal Themes -- When Winning Is Everything!Richard A. Cohn, Aitken*Aitken*Cohn

  • 3 - 5 PM | MCLE: 2.0 GeneralTrack II - Product Liability, Defective Design/Manufacturer, Distribution, Amazon And Other New Areas Of Liability

    Geoffrey S. Wells, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, Moderator
    Equipment, Machines And Other Product Defects In The Third Party CaseJohn A. Montevideo, DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo
    Holding The Online Products Retailer Accountable: BolgerJeremy K. Robinson, Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLP
    Holding The Online Products Retailer Accountable: AmazonChristopher B. Dolan, Dolan Law Firm, PC
    Hot Off The Press! Emerging Poducts Cases: Juul, Medical Devices And DrugsLila Razmara, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc
    Auto Defects From Airbags and Fuel Systems To CrashworthinessBrian D. Chase, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP
    Proving Defective Design Through PMQ TestimonyGary A. Praglin, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
    Lemon Law Defective Cars And Consumer Fraud CasesScot D. Wilson, Knight Law Group, LLP

  • 3 - 5 PMTrack III - Legal Staff: Let's Talk ... Experts (Roundtable)

    Part 2: Let's Talk ... ExpertsValerie Barretto, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLPSylvia Hernandez, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
    Part 3: Let's Talk ... TrialFrancheska Stone, Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C.Cesar R. Garcia, Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 5:30 - 6:30 PMWelcome Reception

    Sunset Court

  • 6 - 7 PMPresident’s Club Reception (President’s Club Members and Guests Only)

    French Parlor Room and California Room
    Sponsored byMary Alexander and AssociatesBisnar /Chase Personal Injury Attorneys LLP

  • 10 PM - 2 AMNew Lawyers Division Party

    Terra Gallery511 Harrison Street, San Francisco
    Hosted byOffices of Noah S. A. Schwartz, CSSC and Valdez Team at Ringler Associates Taylor & Ring

Saturday, November 20

  • 7:45 AM - 5:30 PMRegistration, Exhibits And Lunch Pick Up

    Ralston Room

  • 7 AM, 12 PM, 7 PMFriends Of Bill

    Mendocino Room

  • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PMPresident’s Club Hospitality Suite (President’s Club Members Only)

    French Parlor Room

  • 9 - 10 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack I - Proven Themes And Techniques For Successful Closing Arguments

    Neil Gehlawat, Taylor & Ring, Moderator
    Does Emotion Help Or Hinder In A Closing ArgumentGary M. Paul, Waters, Kraus & Paul
    Arguing Damage In Little To No Economic LossMary E. Alexander, Mary Alexander & Associates
    Giving Closing Arguments When You Try Different Types Of Cases : How To AdjustMike Arias, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP

  • 9 - 10 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack II - Litigating Police Abuse Cases From Pleadings Through Trial: Nuts, Bolts, And The Secret Sauce (Roundtable)

    Allison Schulman, Law Offices of Allison M. Schulman, APC, Moderator
    Carl E. Douglas, Douglas/Hicks Law
    Julia Yoo, Iredale and Yoo APC
    Dale K. Galipo, Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo
    Denisse O. Gastelum, Casillas & Associates

  • 10 - 10:30 AMBreak


  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack I - Skills Panel: The Nuts and Bolts For Successfully Opposing Any MSJ

    Ivan Puchalt, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, Moderator
    Evidence And Experts - Common PitfallsPatrick Kravetz Gunning, Chang Klein LLP
    Building A Solid Separate StatementTeresa Ann Johnson, Kramer Trial Lawyers A.P. C.
    Preparing To Oppose MSJs - Before, During, And AfterLaurel Halbany, Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, a Professional Law Corporation

  • 10:30 - 11:30 AM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack II - Fight The Power: Dangerous Schools, Roads And Trails

    Brendan D.S. Way, Mary Alexander & Associates, Moderator
    Legal Twists And Turns In Dangerous Roadway CasesBrett Schreiber, Singleton Schreiber McKenzie & Scott
    A Path To Nowhere? Overcoming The MSJ In Trail Immunity CasesMolly McKibben, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP
    Stop The Bully - Suing School Districts And Getting Around ImmunitiesChrista Haggai Ramey, Ramey Law, PC

  • 12 - 12:30 PMMembership Meeting


  • 11:30 AM - 12 PMBreak


  • 12 - 1:30 PM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralMembership Meeting/Saturday Keynote

    WelcomeMary Alexander, Mary Alexander & Associates
    IntroductionDeborah Chang, Athea Trial Lawyers LLP
    Anything They Throw At You: Cutting-Edge Political Communications Techniques Can Help You WinPaul Begala

  • 2 - 3 PM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack I: Navigating Through The Perils Of Class Actions And Mass Actions

    Gretchen M. Nelson, Nelson & Fraenkel LLP, Moderator
    Mass Tort Or Class Action: Choosing Your AdventureSarah R. London, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP
    Litigating Cases In The JCCPMark P. Robinson, Jr., Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
    So You Have A Class Action Waiver And An Arbitration Clause In Your Client's Contract - How To Hoist The Defendant By Their Own Petard!Abbas Kazerounian, Kazerouni Law Group, APC

  • 2 - 3 PM | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrack II - How Insurer's Conduct Opens Policies (Roundtable)

    Kristy M. Arevalo, McCune Wright Arevalo, LLP, Moderator
    Ricardo Echeverria, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLP
    Torsten Michael Bassell, Lari-Joni & Bassell LLP
    Shant Karnikian, Kabateck LLP

  • 3 - 3:30 PMBreak


  • 3:30 - 5 PM | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralTrack I - Sexual Abuse And Harassment Cases: From Survivors To Systemic Failures

    Candice S. Klein, Chang Klein LLP, Moderator
    Trauma Informed PracticesMicha Star Liberty, Liberty Law
    Fighting Back On Employment Retaliation For Reporting Sexual AbuseDerek T. Tran, The Tran Firm, APLC
    Whistleblowers, Victims, And Protectors: Representing Terminated Employees In Sex-Related ClaimsTamarah Prevost, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
    Grooming In Sexual Abuse CasesNatalie Weatherford, Taylor & Ring
    Proving Up Sexual Harassment CasesCarolin Shining, Wilshire Law Firm, PLC
    Finding The Why - Abuses Of Power & Systemic FailuresGenie E. Harrison, Genie Harrison Law Firm

  • 3:30 - 5 PM | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralTrack II - Elder Abuse

    Kirsten M. Fish, Needham Kepner & Fish LLP, Moderator
    Elder Abuse In The Age Of COVIDKarman Guadagni, Stebner Gertler Guadagni & Kawamoto, A Professional Law Corporation
    Preparing For PREP Act ArgumentsAnne Marie Murphy, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP
    Litigation Strategies In Elder Abuse CasesCasey R. Johnson, Aitken*Aitken*Cohn
    Negligence v. Elder Abuse: What Facts To Cull And How To PleadWendy C. York, York Law Firm
    Employer Liability In Sexual Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse CasesAllegra Rineer, Kubota & Craig PC

  • 6 - 7 PMInstallation And Awards Dinner Reception & Dinner Check-In

    SUNSET COURT

  • 7 - 9 PMInstallation And Awards Dinner

    GRAND BALLROOM

  • 9 PMAdvocates Club After Party

    SUNSET COURT

Sunday, November 21

  • 7 AMFriends Of Bill

    Mendocino Room

  • 9:30 AM - 11:45 AMRegistration And Breakfast Pastries

    Regency Foyer

  • 10 - 11:30 AM | MCLE: .5 Ethics, .5 Bias, .5 Competence IssuesTrack I - Ethics/Bias/Competence Issues

    Maria Bourn, Sarnoff + Sarnoff, Moderator
    Implicit Bias And Its Impact On Our Legal PracticesMatthew George, Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP
    Ethical Considerations During DepositionsElise R. Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLP
    Being A Competent SoloSahar Malek, Sahar Malek Law, APC
    Ethical Considerations In Representing Mass Tort PlaintiffsDaniel S. Robinson, Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.
    How Mindfulness Will Improve Your CompetencyJayme Elizabeth Simpson, Simpson Law Group

  • 10 - 11:30 AM | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralTrack II: Liens: Medical Billing And Other Economic Damages At Trial And Post Recovery

    Shawn Lalezary, Lalezary Law Firm, Moderator
    Medi-Cal, Ahlborn And The No Surprises ActDaniel E. Wilcoxen, Wilcoxen Callaham, LLP
    Medical Bills At Trial And Dealing With Defense ExpertsThomas S. Feher, Feher Law, APC
    Balance Billing Strategy & UpdatesJennifer Fiore, Fiore Achermann, A Law Corporation
    Practical Tools To Resolve ERISA ClaimsJohn J. Rice, John Rice, ESQ
    Beating Down Those Nasty LiensBoris E. Efron, Law Offices of Boris E. Efron

  • 11:45 AMAdjournment