June/July 2012 • Vol. 32 No. 6 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Installation of LACBA President Richard J. Burdge Jr. Planned for June 14 
Evening includes presentation of Shattuck-Price Award to Richard Rothschild.

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Richard J. Burdge Jr. will be installed as LACBA’s 2012-13 president on June 14 during a dinner program to be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to recognizing both the outgoing and incoming LACBA officers and trustees, the event also marks the installation of Andrew S. Dhadwal as 2012-13 Barristers president, along with the Barristers officers and executive committee.

In addition to the installation activities, the following awards will be presented.

Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, LACBA’s highest honor:
Richard A. Rothschild 

Samuel L. Williams Outstanding Trustee Award:
Paul R. Kiesel

Matthew S. Rae Jr. Outstanding Section Leader Award:
Sarah E. Luppen

Patricia Phillips Outstanding Committee Service Award:
Stephen T. Holzer

Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Awards:
Brian K. Condon, AIDS Legal Services Project
Buchalter Nemer, Domestic Violence Project
Bill Travis Klein, Immigration Legal Assistance Project
Rebecca L. Weiker, MPH, Center for Civic Mediation

President Richard J. Burdge Jr. Incoming President Dick Burdge has a long history of service to LACBA since becoming a member in 1979. He joined LACBA’s Delegation to the Conference of Delegates in the mid-1980s and was a member of the Delegation into the late 1990s. Recently, he served for several years on LACBA's Board of Trustees and the Board's Executive Committee. He also has served as chair of LACBA's Litigation Section and as a chair or member of several other committees, including the Blue Ribbon Commission on Improving the Superior Court II, the Judicial Elections Evaluation Committee, and the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee. In addition, he has held the position of president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the ABA. He is also a contributing editor of the Rutter Guide: Civil Procedure Before Trial and is the author of a chapter in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts. He has been selected by Southern California Super Lawyers since 2005 and has been AV rated by Martindale & Hubbell since 1990.

Dick Burdge brings more than 30 years of experience litigating complex business disputes to The Burdge Law Firm, PC. He is an experienced lead trial counsel in complex jury and arbitration cases in state and federal courts and before ADR providers. He has extensive class action and representative action experience, having effectively represented clients in a broad range of industries, including energy companies, financial institutions, manufacturers, paper companies, professional service firms, real estate lenders, developers and owners, and solar power companies.

His cases have involved a wide variety of substantive areas, including contract, corporate governance and control, consumer protection, employment discrimination and termination, fiduciary, fraud, international human rights laws and their enforcement against U.S. corporations, insider trading, joint venture and partnership, legal malpractice, RICO, securities, trade secrets, trademark, unfair competition, and wage and hour claims.

His most recent history of pro bono and community involvement includes serving as an arbitrator on LACBA's Attorney Fee Arbitration Panel and a neutral for the Center for Civic Mediation (formerly Dispute Resolution Services) and predecessor superior court mediation and settlement programs, and a member of the boards of directors of Public Counsel and Friends of the Los Angeles County Law Library. He served as co-chair of the alumni campaign in support of renovating and expanding the UCLA Law Library, and he has been a law firm representative for the UCLA Law Firm Challenge since it began.

Dick received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from Yale University and his Juris Doctor, Order of the Coif, from the UCLA School of Law, where he was managing editor of the UCLA Law Review

He is married to Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon, and they have raised four lovely daughters.

Dinner information. The June 14 dinner takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, in downtown Los Angeles, with a reception beginning at 6:00 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 p.m., and after-dinner cocktails, desserts, and coffee at 9:00 p.m. To register for the dinner, please click here.

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