Schedule

Wednesday, November 18

  • 12 - 1pmPaws For JusticeSponsored by Strategic CapitalRSVP

    Come network with your colleagues and showoff your companion you've been spending time with over the past several months while working from home.

  • 1 - 2pmLegislative Committee MeetingRSVP


  • 2 - 2:30pmNLD Committee MeetingRSVP


  • 2:30 - 3pmDiversity Committee MeetingRSVP


  • 3 - 3:30pmWomen’s Caucus Committee MeetingRSVP


  • 4 - 5:30pmBoard of Director’s MeetingRSVP


  • 5:30 - 6pmToasting CAOCAnnual Welcome Reception with Micha Star Liberty

    Automatic RSVP included with your convention registration

Session Schedule

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

Thursday, November 19


  • 1 - 1:15pmMid Day Refresh

    WelcomeDeborah Chang, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPPositive Meditation And Positive ThinkingLisa Blue, JD, P.h.D., Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 1:15 - 2:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralCreative Case CraftingFinding And Telling The Story Of YOUR CASESponsored by *TBI Med Legal and DK Global

    Erica M. Chavez, Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid PCRandi McGinn, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPLisa Blue, JD, P.h.D., Athea Trial Lawyers LLPCharla Aldous, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPBibianne U. Fell, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPDeborah Chang, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPZoe Littlepage, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPAlex Deaconson, DK Global, Inc.

  • 1:15 - 2:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralBeating The TBI Defense Experts At Their Own Game

    Sandra Speed, Ribera Law FirmWhat To Do Before, During And After You Depose The Defense ExpertDorothy Clay SimsKeeping It Simple Is What WinsR. Rex Parris, Parris Law FirmHow To Attack The Likely Defenses In The Mild TBI CaseGeoffrey S. Wells, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP

  • 2:45 - 3:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralHelp Me To Help You: Show You The Money -Tips From The Defense

    Gary A. Dordick, Dordick Law CorporationAndrew BarberisN. Denise Taylor, Taylor DiMarco LLPDana FoxMichael SchonbuchWalter M. Yoka, Yoka & Smith LLP

  • 2:45 - 3:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralFaulty Products And E-Retailer Liability (Amazon Marketplace)

    Kristy M. Arevalo, McCune Wright Arevalo, LLPHow The West was Won: Bolger v. AmazonJeremy K. Robinson, Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLPSearching For Justice On Amazon Christopher B. Dolan, Dolan Law Firm, PCBeyond Amazon - Liability for EBay, Etsy and othersDouglas S. Saeltzer, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & SchoenbergerAB 3262 and the Legislative ProcessAssembly Member Mark Stone

  • 3:45 - 4:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralJohn Romano's Workhorse Seminar Comes To California

    Erica M. Chavez, Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid PCJohn RomanoDoug BeamJury Selection: Winning From the BeginningJoseph Hawkins Low IV, The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV, Inc.

  • 3:45 - 4:45pm | MCLE 1.0 GeneralCivil Rights And The Bane Act In The Post-George Floyd Era

    Allison Schulman, Law Offices of Allison M. Schulman, APCBane Act: How Did We Get Here?Michael J. Haddad, Haddad & Sherwin LLPBane Act: Where Do We Go From Here?Julia Yoo, Iredale and Yoo APCBane Act: How to Use It!Dale K. Galipo, Law Offices of Dale K. GalipoBane Act: Calling All Soldiers For JusticeCarl E. Douglas, Douglas/Hicks Law

  • 5 - 5:30pmAdvocates Club ReceptionRSVP



Friday, November 20


  • 11am - 11:45am | MCLE: .75 GeneralSpecial Guest: JAMIE LEE CURTISA Tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Empowerment of Women

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Actress, Author, and ActivistValerie T. McGinty, Law Office of Valerie T. McGinty

  • 11:45am - 12pmMid Day Refresh

    Positive Mediation And Positive ThinkingLisa Blue, JD, P.h.D., Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 12:15 - 1:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralFoil The Defense Plans To Spoil Your Case

    Gretchen M. Nelson, Nelson & Fraenkel LLPAuthor, Don't Eat the Bruises, Deeper CutsKeith Mitnik, Trial GuidesOwning Their Favorite Facts: Rip The Defendants' Hearts Out in Opening and ClosingBrian J. Panish, Panish Shea & Boyle LLPHow To Foil The Defense Experts in Depositions and During TrialCharla Aldous, Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 12:15 - 1:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralRoad Warriors:Trucking And Transportation Cases And Issues

    Robert T. Simon, The Simon Law GroupCreating A Discovery Plan To Link To Your Trial Presentation; PMQs Creating ThemesRoger A. Dreyer, Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLPRules Of The Trucking RoadsJoe Fried, Fried GoldbergProving Distracted Driving And Attacking The Sudden Medical Emergency DefenseChristine D. Spagnoli, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLPShipper & Broker LiabilityGregory G. Rizio, Rizio Lipinsky Law Firm

  • 2 - 3pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralThe Art Of Effective Mediations And Arbitrations:Keep Justice Rolling When Courts Are Closed - Roundtable Discussion

    Siannah Collado-Boutte, S.C. LAW, APCBibianne U. Fell, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPAmy Fisch Solomon, Judicate WestRicardo Echeverria, Shernoff Bidart Echeverria LLPDoris Cheng, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

  • 2 - 3pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralTrial Lawyer Power Hour:Persuasive Courtroom Tactics

    Timothy G. Blood, Blood Hurst & O'Reardon, LLPPersuading the Court Pre-Trial - Effective Law and Motion AdvocacyNiall P. McCarthy, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLPVoir Dire - New Challenges and OpportunitiesSarah R. London, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLPJury Empowerment in Final ArgumentMichael Kelly, Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger

  • 3:15 - 4:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralEmpowering And Protecting The Vulnerable:Elder Abuse And Special Needs Plaintiffs

    Casey R. Johnson, Aitken*Aitken*CohnSocial Change: Class Actions vs. Individual CasesKathryn Stebner, Stebner & AssociatesCOVID Nursing Home Litigation: Getting Your Case Trial ReadyAnne Marie Murphy, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLPDetermining What COVID Nursing Home Cases to HandleKimberly Valentine, Valentine Law Group, APCRecovering Damages for an Abuse Victim Who Can't Tell Their Own StoryMicha Star Liberty, Liberty Law

  • 3:15 - 4:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralChildren With TBI

    Deborah Chang, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPSharon Grandinette, Exceptional Educational ServicesFernando G. Miranda, M.D.Carina Grandison, Ph.D., Developmental NeuropsychologistSteven R. Vartazarian, The Vartazarian Law Firm

  • 5 - 5:30pmPresident's Club ReceptionRSVP



Saturday, November 21


  • 11 - 11:15amMid Day Refresh

    Lisa Blue, JD, P.h.D., Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 11:15am - 12pm | MCLE: .75 GeneralFinding the Opportunity In Crisis:Courtroom Lessons From The Pandemic, Your Clients' Tragedies And Your Own

    Micha Star Liberty, Liberty LawRandi McGinn, Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 12 - 1pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralJudicial Roundtable:Court Updates And Response To COVID 19 (When Can We Go Back To Trials?)

    Mike Arias, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLPHon. Garrett L. Wong, San Francisco Presiding JudgeHon. Tara Desautels, Alameda County Presiding JudgeHon. Deborah A. Ryan, Santa Clara County Presiding JudgeHon. Kevin C. Brazile, Los Angeles County Superior CourtHon. Lorna A. Alksne, San Diego County Presiding JudgeHon. Kirk H. Nakamura, Orange County Presiding JudgeHon. Russell Hom, Sacramento Superior Court

  • 1:15 - 2:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralUsing Your Trial Skills Tool Chest:Trial Strategies That Made The Difference In Important Cases

    Strategies for Cross Examination of Defense ExpertMary E. Alexander, Mary Alexander & AssociatesHow I Try to Understand the Core of Potential JurorsMark P. Robinson Jr., Robinson Calcagnie, Inc.Persuading Jurors to Make the World a Safer PlaceRahul Ravipudi, Panish Shea & Boyle LLPEmbracing the Defendant's Evidence: Turning Poison Into MedicineBruce A. Broillet, Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP

  • 1:15 - 2:45pm | MCLE: 1.5 GeneralThe Mini Lanier Trial Academy In California

    Andje M. Medina, Altair Law LLPW. Mark Lanier, The Lanier Law FirmLisa Blue, JD, P.h.D., Athea Trial Lawyers LLP

  • 2:45 - 3:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 Competence IssuePandemic Stress and Substance Abuse (Roundtable)

    Paul Matiasic, The Matiasic Firm, P.C.J. Gary Gwilliam, Gwilliam Ivary Chiosso Cavalli & Brewer APCSteven D. Feinberg, MD, MS, MPH,

  • 2:45 - 3:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralAn Open Discussion About The “F” Word: Monetizing Your Client’s Feelings

    Candice Klein, Panish Shea & Boyle LLPAmy Rose Martel, Chihak & MartelGenie E. Harrison, Genie Harrison Law Firm

  • 3:45 - 4:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralThe Virtual Law Practice:Ten Take-Home Tips On Zoom Depositions

    Craig M. Peters, Altair Law LLPZoe Littlepage, Athea Trial Lawyers LLPRainey Booth, Littlepage Booth

  • 3:45 - 4:45pm | MCLE: 1.0 GeneralWhat CAOC Means To Me:Tales From The "President's Club"

    Brian D. Chase, Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLPWylie A. Aitken, Aitken*Aitken*CohnJohn A. Montevideo, DiMarco | Araujo | MontevideoFrank Mario Pitre, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLPDavid S. Casey Jr., Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield LLPElise R. Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos LLPDon A. Ernst, Ernst Law GroupGregory L. Bentley, Bentley & More, LLP

  • 5 - 6:30pmInstallation & Awards Ceremony