Litigation Section


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The Litigation Section seeks to improve and further the standards of trial practice and the art of advocacy in civil litigation through the review, consideration of, and comment on proposed legislation and court rule changes; the presentation of topical and informative programs; and the development and distribution of educational materials.

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Litigation Section Program, 
January 15, 2021:

Conducting Virtual Bench Trials

Upcoming Events


Conducting Virtual Bench Trials

January 15, 2021, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Practicing law virtually has become the new normal. In the current environment, the best way to get to trial may be a virtual bench trial. Hear directly from Los Angeles Superior Court Supervising Judge of Civil Hon. David J. Cowan, and plaintiff and defense attorneys, who have all conducted virtual bench trials. Practice pointers, technical requirements, and strategy considerations for virtual trials will all be discussed. This program is a must attend for successfully practicing during the pandemic.


Hon. David J. Cowan, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Lucia Coyoca, Mitchell Silberberg, Bio
Timothy Reynolds, Paul Hastings, Bio
Elise Sanguinetti, Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, Bio
John Blumberg, Blumberg Law, Bio
Douglas N. Silverstein, Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison (moderator), Article

Via Zoom video conference, registrants will receive a link to join the video conference.

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Civility in the Courtroom and in the Practice of Law

January 25, 2021, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Please join us for an informative and entertaining panel discussion about our obligation to promote civility in our everyday practice and in the courtroom.

Via Zoom video conference, registrants will receive a link to join the video conference.

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Litigation Executive Committee Meetings for 2021

January 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
February 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
March 10, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
April 14, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
May 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m.
June 9, 2021, 12:00 p.m.

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J. Bernard Alexander, III Receives The Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award

J. Bernard AlexanderLACBA congratulates J. Bernard Alexander, III, a partner at Alexander Krakow + Glick LLP, who was selected as the recipient of the 2020 Jim Robie Professionalism and Civility Award.

The Award is given annually by LACBA’s Litigation Section to a Los Angeles trial lawyer whose career demonstrates the same qualities of professionalism, civility, service, enthusiasm, and collegiality as the Section’s former chair, Jim Robie. Not only was Mr. Robie an accomplished trial lawyer, he was a consummate professional who embraced civility and service to the bar and the civil justice system.

Mr. Alexander, who specializes in plaintiff employment litigation, said “It is an unexpected honor and a privilege to join the short list of well-respected attorneys who have received the Jim Robie award in the past."
Congratulations, Bernard!

LACBA Litigation Section Statement in Support of the Independence of the Judiciary

In light of recent statements challenging the legitimacy of judicial opinions, including opinions issued by the United States District Court for the Central District of California, the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association reaffirms its support of an independent and impartial judiciary that is free from political influence and intimidation. The judiciary’s independence and impartiality are foundational to our constitutional democracy. We affirm the right to challenge a judge’s ruling for reasons based in fact, law, or policy. However, when robust criticism of the federal judiciary crosses into personal attacks or intimidation, it threatens to undermine public confidence in the fairness of our courts, the constitutional checks and balances underlying our government, and the preservation of our courts. Therefore, we must remain vigilant to protect the judiciary against attacks that seek to undermine the public’s confidence in the legitimacy of the courts and in the rule of law. In doing so, we stand together with the judiciary, which serves as a vital component of our government’s system of checks and balances.

The Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association issues this statement in its name only and not on behalf of LACBA as a whole or any other Section or Committee thereof. Nor is this Statement issued on behalf of any member of the judiciary nor any other member of the Section for whom participation in the formulation of the position would conflict with that member's official or professional responsibilities. This statement was authorized by the private sector attorneys serving on the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Members of the Judiciary and employees of the City, State, or Federal Government who serve on the Litigation Section Executive Committee did not participate in the decision to issue this statement.


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Photos from the Kickoff Reception for the LACBA Litigation Section Executive Committee are on Facebook here

LACBA Board of Trustees Adopts Resolution Concerning New Section Procedures
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The LACBA Litigation Section is on Facebook! 

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Statement Issued by Litigation Section Chair Douglas N. Silverstein:

We have lost a giant among us. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing is a devastating loss to all of us. We pause in sorrow to reflect on Justice Ginsburg’s nearly three decades of distinguished service on our nation’s highest court.

Justice Ginsburg represented the very best of America. A descendant of immigrants, she broke through multiple barriers, overcame significant adversity, and shattered glass ceilings on her path to previously unimagined heights. Justice Ginsburg was a trailblazer for justice long before she served on our highest court, where she continued her unwavering commitment to the Constitution, gender equality, and as the champion for the equal treatment of all Americans.

We, as a society, are better today because of Justice Ginsburg's service, up until her very last breath. We, as a people and as a country, will forever stand on her brave shoulders as we continue the fight for equality.

The Litigation Section honors Justice Ginsburg's life and service to our country and the rule of law today, and always. In a time where civility and decorum are most needed, may we all commit to put her philosophy into our daily practice of law:

“Fight for the things that you care about. But do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
--Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933 – 2020)

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Past Chairs

Monisha Coelho
Angela Machala 
Joshua G. Hamilton
Helen Zukin
Kirk D. Dillman
Roxanne Wilson
Jeff Westerman
Daniel Crowley
Vince Herron 
Elizabeth D. Mann 
James R. Robie
Paul R. Kiesel 
Richard J. Burdge, Jr. 
Patricia Egan Daehnke 
Debra J. Albin-Riley 
Roderick G. Dorman 
Stephen R. English 
Gretchen M. Nelson
Dean A. Ziehl 
Alan K. Steinbrecher
Brian A. Sun
J. Michael Hennigan 
Michael S. Fields 
Hon. Lee S. Edmon 
Hon. Jane L. Johnson 
David J. Pasternak
Hon. Teresa A. Beaudet 
Hon. Norman L. Epstein 
Barbara A. Reeves Neal 
Hon. Rex A. Heeseman 
Andrew J. Nocas 
Richard C. Davidoff 
Patrick M. Kelly 
Judith Ilene Bloom 
Robert B. Flaig 
Hon. H. Walter Croskey
Richard F. Oetting 
Richard Chernick 
Robert G. Overby 
Henry G. Bodkin, Jr. 
James L. Nolan 
Mark B. Pepys 
Ronald F. Brot 
Thomas P. Phillips, III
Bela G. Lugosi 
Henry J. Bogust 
Downey A. Grosenbaugh