Some Of The Topics Covered At The Annual Seminar This Week

The ASCDC Annual Seminar starts this Thursday. Here are just some of the topics to be covered.

“Damages:  Protect your Case by Utilizing Sophisticated Social Media and Subrosa Investigations

Moderator:  Lindy M. Bradley, Esq.

Nothing is better for the defense of your personal injury case than the one-two punch of social media impeachment evidence, and “home-run” subrosa video.  Learn the latest in both fields from a social media expert, and a veteran private investigator.  Accomplished defense trial attorneys on this panel will teach fool-proof techniques of authentication and admissibility to make sure this impeachment evidence comes in at trial.

“Damages:  Proven Strategies to Combat Inflated and Exaggerated Economic Damages.”

Moderator:  R. Bryan Martin

Economic Damages are the back-bone of any case but are often embellished.  Learn successful ways to attack inflated economic damages and effective trial cross-examination of plaintiff’s life care planner and vocational rehabilitation experts.  An accomplished appellate attorney will also advise on the best ways to protect the record and will provide insight into combating lien based “as-billed” medical specials in light of the recent Court of Appeal opinion in Pebley v. Santa Clara Organics.

“Experts:  Everything you Wanted to Know about Biomechanics but were Afraid to Ask.” 

Moderator:  Lisa J. McMains, Esq.

Biomechanics is the science of how the body responds to applied external and internal forces.  A biomechanical engineer is able to examine specific injuries and applied forces to determine causation.  This panel composed of two highly-qualified biomechanical experts and two veteran defense trial attorneys will discuss the effective use of such experts both at the pre-trial and trial stage.

“Evidence:  People v. Sanchez – One Year Later”

Moderator:  Marshall R. Cole

Back by popular demand is an analysis of the People v. Sanchez case and its application of the hearsay rule to expert testimony.  This panel of distinguished experts will provide current insight into the Sanchez case and their experiences from the perspective of both the Plaintiff and Defense Bar, the Judiciary, as well as an appellate view. The panel will also address how to avoid the “trap doors” the Sanchez decision presents for the civil trial lawyer.

“Secrets to Success:  Women Owned Law Firms”

Moderator:  Lisa D. Collinson

Inspiration and tribulations guided by sheer determination.  Learn from these women law firm leaders as to how and why they began their own law firms.   Their presentation will include individual challenges they faced and hurdles they successfully overcame along the way.

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Alan Dershowitz To Sign His New Book At Annual Seminar Luncheon

One of America’s most celebrated lawyers and a Democrat explains why impeachment proceedings would be a bad idea for America―and only intensify the larger problem with our democracy.

In the 2018 New York Times bestseller The Case Against Impeaching Trump, Alan Dershowitz lamented how American political discourse has devolved into hypocrisy and the criminalization of political differences in the rush to impeach President Donald Trump. Arguments to impeach Trump failed Dershowitz’s “shoe on the other foot test,” or his political golden rule: Democrats must do unto Republicans what they would have Republicans do unto them, and vice versa.

Since then, we’ve only become more divided―and the impeachment power wielded by the new Democratic majority in the House of Representative threatens to further polarize the country.

The Case Against the Democratic House Impeaching Trump includes and expands upon Dershowitz’s 2018 book. It puts recent political events―including the hyper-partisan Kavanaugh hearings, the unrestrained power of the Mueller investigation, and the generally intolerant current political discourse―into context. American democracy, Dershowitz argues, is suffering from political hypocrisy. And two years of impeachment proceedings brought by the House―and the media circus that would undoubtedly surround them―is clearly not the answer. This book is Alan Dershowitz’s plea for honest dialogue―for arguments that would be made even if the shoe was on the other foot.

Hardcover books will be available for sale for $15. Bring cash, check or credit card. Professor Dershowitz will be signing books immediately after the luncheon on Friday, February 1.

Legislation And Inspiration At The Annual Seminar

Your membership and support of ASCDC and CDC allows our organization to influence state legislation at its core.

On Friday, our legislative advocate, Mike Belote, will update us on events in Sacramento, both generally and as they directly affect our legal practices. Mike will also share his thoughts on the new governor and many new “plaintiff friendly” state legislators as they formulate new laws and policies.

We then hear from our inspirational speaker, Eliza Schneider, the voice coach to the stars, who will give tips on how to more effectively communicate to your advantage.

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Back By Popular Demand…”Year In Review” At The Annual Seminar

As always, and by popular demand, we start off with the “Year in Review,” highlighting important appellate decisions from 2018. Two years ago, we discussed the People v. Sanchez case before it became a game changer for civil trial attorneys. Come see what could be the next big case to change the landscape of our legal practice.

Then, choose between a two-track program with something for everyone:

Damages Track

We will tackle the issue that has been one of great distress to the defense bar, that is the ever-increasing California jury awards of huge damages to plaintiffs, including discovery, non-economic damages and the always difficult non-economic, pain and suffering damages.

General Litigation Track

The other track will include using and understanding bio-mechanical experts and injury causation, particularly low to moderate impact auto collisions. Also, we will take a second look at Sanchez, one year later, as it continues to evolve in California courts. Finally, learn how to “torpedo-proof” your Motion for Summary Judgment.


What To Expect At This Year’s Annual Seminar

By Chris Faenza, President ASCDC

The Annual Seminar is our biggest event of the year, where there will be great opportunities to network with fellow civil defense lawyers, guests from both the insurance world and private business, current and retired judges, as well as many exhibitors and sponsors who will show you the latest products and services to help you in your practice. There will be topical and informative educational programs, as well as the ever-popular cocktail reception and a great keynote speaker!

This year, we are returning to the JW Marriott at LA Live, which is an exciting venue with many choices for dining, entertainment, and even “star” gazing. Should you choose to sample the entertainment at Staples Center, some 100 yards from the JW Marriott, you can “Feel the Love Tonight” with Sir Elton John on January 30th.

Can’t decide whether you want to see the Lakers with King James, or the LA Clippers? No need to decide, you can see them both on Thursday, January 31st (after the cocktail reception, of course). If you choose neither, rest assured that you can meet our own All-Stars and defense bar Royalty at the educational seminars. To add to your enjoyment of the event, book a room at the JW Marriott through the reserved room block for ASCDC.

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Update On Our Amazing Exhibitors And Sponsors

The ASCDC Annual Seminar will be held January 31- February 1, 2019 at JW Marriott, LA LIVE in Los Angeles.

Here’s a list of our event sponsors and exhibitors

ADR Services, Inc.
Alternative Resolution Centers (ARC)
American Bio Engineers
Aptus Court Reporting
Arrowhead Evaluation Services, Inc.
Bosco Legal Services, Inc.
California Medical Evaluators
Centext Gold
Chase Litigation Services
Compex Legal Services
Commercial Surety Bond Agency
Courtroom Sciences, Inc. (CSI)
Dordick Law Corp.
EisnerAmper LLP
Forensic Economic Services
Forensic MED Group
Hodson P.I. LLC
iDepo Reporters
Judicate West
Kenneth R. Sabbag MD (Congress Medical)
Kusar Legal Services
Lawler ADR Services, LLC
Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Co.
Liberty Med-Legal Admin., Inc.
Litigation Legal Insight
Litivate Reporting & Trial Services
MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
Meridian MedLegal Management, LLC
Nemecek & Cole
Pro/Consul-Technical & Medical Experts
Robson Forensic, Inc.
Semper Scientific
Social Detection, Inc.
TaylorMorse, Ltd.
The Simon Law Group
Unisource Discovery
Vector Scientific, Inc.
Veritext Deposition Services
VWM Analytics

Are you registered for the event yet?

If not, be sure you register now HERE.

Civil Procedure: How To Torpedo-Proof Your Motion For Summary Judgment

Join us at the Annual Seminar for this panel featuring  moderator, Eric C. Schwettmann, Esq. (Ballard, Rosenberg, Golper & Savitt) and panelists: Edward (Ted) L. Xanders, Esq. (Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland), Honorable Rita “Sunny” Miller (Ret.) (ADR Services, Inc.) and Ashley H. Verdon , Esq (Chapman, Glucksman, Dean, Roeb & Barger)

Summary judgment is one of the most important weapons in a defense attorney’s arsenal against costly and risky trials. But, too many motions fall victim to common pitfalls, both procedural and substantive. If you want to win, you need to set the stage for your motion in discovery, draft proper and effective papers, and provide a framework for successful de novo review on appeal.

This distinguished panel will present guidance and practical tips on how to prepare the best summary judgment possible, from beginning to end.


Taking The ‘Damn’ Out Of Damages

We will be spotlighting some of the educational opportunities you can expect at this year’s ASCDC Annual Seminar being held at J.W. Marriott, LA LIVE in Los Angeles January 31 – February 1, 2019.

Damages: Successfully Countering the Multi-Million Dollar General Damages Claim

The frequency of so-called “nuclear verdicts” has continued to grow over the past decade. This panel will be tackling the issues faced by defense attorneys responding to claims of extraordinary large non-economic damages in cases involving wrongful deaths, catastrophic personal injuries, and injuries to children.

The panel features three of the best defense attorneys in this State as well as one of the most experienced mediators in handling large-loss claims.

Look Who’s On Board To Sponsor & Exhibit At This Year’s Annual Meeting

We’re thrilled with the response we have gotten so far from vendors who want to be part of the Annual ASCDC Annual Seminar. The event will be held January 31- February 1, 2019 at JW Marriott, LA LIVE in Los Angeles.

Here’s a list of our current sponsors and exhibitors

ADR Services, Inc.
Alternative Resolution Centers (ARC)
Arrowhead Evaluation Services, Inc.
Bosco Legal Services, Inc.
Dordick Law Corp.
Forensic Economic Services
Forensic MED Group
Hodson P.I. LLC
iDepo Reporters
Kenneth R. Sabbag MD (Congress Medical)
Kusar Reporting
Liberty Med-Legal Admin., Inc.
Litigation Legal Insight
MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists
Nemecek & Cole
Robson Forensic, Inc.
The Simon Law Group
Vector Scientific, Inc.

If you’d like to be a sponsor or know someone that would, click HERE for more information.

Are you registered for the event yet?

If not, be sure you register now HERE.

Inspirational Speaker Announced For ASCDC Annual Seminar – Eliza Jane Schneider

Join ASCDC January 31 – February 1, 2019 at J.W. Marriott LA Live in Los Angeles for our Annual Seminar.

Our inspirational speaker this year is ELIZA JANE SCHNEIDER.

“It’s not what you say but how you say it!”

Eliza Jane Schneider is a dialect expert, actor and voice coach for the stars. She is known as the “Woman of a 1,000 Voices” and has been the voice for most of the female characters on Comedy Central’s South Park.

Ms. Schneider will address often overlooked nuances in communication, what we can determine from them, and how to use our voices to our advantage.


Eliza Jane Schneider, will be starring as Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling, Beyonce, Giselle Bundchen, Michelle Obama, a Cyborg Brittany Spears, and a Ugandan adoption agent who won’t give Angelina Jolie a baby (among others), on the hilarious new animated sketch show, “POPZILLA!”

Eliza Jane Schneider has taught and recorded dialects all over England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, both Islands of New Zealand, all 50 United States, South Africa, the West Indies, Russia, Israel, and France, to name a few. For five years, she voiced 8 Series Regular characters (Wendy, Shelly, Principal Victoria, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Cartman, Mrs. McCormick, Ms. Crabtree, The Mayor) and hundreds of additional voices for Comedy Central’s hit animated series “South Park.”

Her critically acclaimed one-woman, 34 character show, “Freedom of Speech,” won the “Best Solo Show” award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and was ultimately moved to the The Public Theater. The popular show continues to tour, selling out venues from CitiStage Symphony Hall in Massachusetts to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Recently profiled for her dialect research and character acting on the International BRAVO! Network’s “Arts & Minds” program, alongside “Sting,” Eliza Jane Schneider has created multiple dialect characters for MTV’s animated series, “3 South”, NBC’s “King of the Hill,” Cartoon Network’s “Squirrel Boy,” the Mel Gibson film, “What Women Want,” and PIXAR’s smash feature, “Finding Nemo.”

On camera, Eliza Jane recurred on UPN’s “Girlfriends” as a white girl, surprisingly fluent in “Ebonics.” She also recurred as a Russian on NBC’s “Spy TV,” and is known in over 60 countries as series regular “Liza,” on CBS’ “Beakman’s World.”

Founder of the Eliza Doolittle Dialects school, Ms. Schneider has been coaching actors for dialect roles in film and television in Hollywood since 1992. She published her Distinctions in American Southern dialect collection in 1999, and is currently compiling the rest of her dialect research from around the world into instructional materials for actors.

Touted as Hollywood’s premiere professional dialect expert in both voice acting and coaching, she has taught Dialects and Accent Reduction at Brown University, Trinity Rep, The ONeill Theater Center, Word Bridge Playwright’s Workshop, The Famous Radio Ranch, The Learning Tree University, and Dolores Diehls Voice-Over Academy, and was the Master Dialects teacher at The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) in 2008, the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory at the American Film Institute in Hollywood in 2009.

Fascinated by sound all her life, at age 7, Eliza Jane was recognized as a violin virtuoso, studying the Suzuki ear-training method at the Eastman School of Music, where she also studied classical voice. By age twelve, she had gotten her Equity card playing an English role in “A Christmas Carol” and an American Southern role in “Inherit the Wind.” She has since performed in dozens of plays, including the title roles in Antigone and Agnes of God (for which, at age 17, she won Rochester, New York’s “Dionysus Award” for “Outstanding Performance”).

Schneider studied theater at Northwestern University and UCLA, where she graduated with a BFA from the World Arts and Cultures Department in Theater. She wrote her senior thesis on American regional dialects, and then participated in the Dialect 2000 conference at Queens University Belfast. Some of her recordings were used in the creation of the book resulting from that conference, Language Links: The Languages of Scotland and Ireland. She was then an invited guest at the joint meeting of the Northern English Dialect Societies in Yorkshire.

Eliza Jane Schneider continues to traverse the globe. She has recorded over 7000 interviews with native speakers of variant forms of English throughout the world, and is one of the top dialect coaches, voice actresses, and fiddle players in Hollywood. For info on Schneider’s playwrighting and music credits, visit

Schneider is a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) sponsored playwright who has developed her plays with dramaturges at the prestigious O’Neill Theater Center in New London, Connecticut, and WordBridge (

In 2007, her play, “Sounds of Silence: A Documentary Puppet Musical Farce about the 2004 Election in Ohio,” was developed and performed at “WordBridge” playwright’s conference with a cast of 11 at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Her solo play, “USA 911” was critically acclaimed all the way from Madison Wisconsin to Kilkenny, Ireland, and won her inclusion in the California Arts Council’s Touring Artist’s Roster. Her first solo play, “Road Trip” won her a Drama-Logue Critic’s Award for Outstanding Performance.

In 2000, “Blue Girl,” her science fiction rock opera about the return of the goddess, won the LA Weekly’s “Best of LA” award, and in that same year, she also starred in “Blue Girl” at the Mogodor Opera House in Paris, France as part of the 2000 Millennial New Year’s celebration, with former cast members from the Cirque Du Soleil.