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.

REGISTER NOW. Onsite registration is also available.

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.

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.