Litigation Section


Welcome to the Litigation Section's web page.

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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Welcome Message from Litigation Section Chair Eric Y. Kizirian

Welcome to the Litigation Section’s website!

I am honored to serve as the 2021-2022 Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Litigation Section. The Litigation Section is comprised of a diverse group of judges and plaintiff, defense, and government attorneys. This unique partnership fosters an environment where we can have meaningful and timely conversations about challenges facing practitioners and the courts, and how we as members of the bar can assist the courts.

Our Section has had a long tradition of promoting civility in the legal profession, expanding diversity and Inclusion, working to secure adequate court funding, protecting the independence of the judiciary, and providing member education through programming. The diverse and incredibly capable group of judges and attorneys who will serve on our Litigation Section’s Executive Committee this year will again be guided by these long-standing principles as we work to tackle the daily challenges that affect both the courts and practitioners alike during this pandemic.

Our Section’s leaders are here to serve you. Please check this website often for LACBA Litigation Section news, updates, and programming information. If I can ever be of service, please reach out to me anytime,

With kind regards

Eric Y. Kizirian
Chair, Litigation Section

Upcoming Events:

Litigation 2022 Bench Meets the Bar Luncheon 
May 17, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, visit here.

2022 Bench Meets the Bar-600w for webpage

Nuts and Bolts of Unlawful Detainer

May 19, 2022, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Please join us for an informative discussion with Unlawful Detainer judges regarding various topics impacting practice in UD Courts. Topics cover include Filing Lawsuits, Remote Hearings, Ex Partes, Discovery Disputes, Law & Motion, Trial Setting, Mandatory Settlement Conferences, Final Status Conferences, and Status of various eviction moratoria.

For more information and to register, visit here.

Statements from the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

file-page-icon LACBA Litigation Section Expresses Appreciation for LA Superior Court's Covid-19 Response file-page-icon Call to Action to Address Anti-Asian Racism and Violence
file-page-icon Statement in Support of the Independence of the Judiciary file-page-icon Statement Supporting Greater Inclusivity and Diversity, and the Elimination of Institutional Bias and Racism, in the Law
file-page-icon Litigation Section Chair Douglas N. Silverstein on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg    


Superior Court Fast Track Personal Injury Bench Trial Program

Recorded June 21, 2021

Recent Events:

Wage & Hour – Best Practices and Hot Tips

May 5, 2022, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Please join us for this timely and informative program on best practices that apply to wage & hour cases. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Wage & Hour and PAGA Cases
    1. Case Management Strategies
    2. Successful Strategies for Seeking Court Approval of a Settlement
    3. Procedures to Implement a Settlement and Secure a Dismissal
  • Complex Courts – Unique Practices
    1. Case Management Strategies
    2. Case Resolution
  • Arbitration Matters
    1. Petition to Compel – key documents and evidence
  • E-filing and Remote Appearances – Tips and Best Practices

Judge Carolyn Kuhl | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Judge Maren Nelson | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Judge David Cunningham | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Judge Yvette Palazuelos | Los Angeles County Superior Court

2022 Federal Courts Symposium

April 28, 2022, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

A Conversation with District Court Judges and Magistrate Judges about Rule 23, the Magistrate Consent Program and More.

Mandatory Settlement Conferences & Effective Techniques

March 1, 2022, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

This brown bag lunch will focus on the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Judicial Settlement Conference Program, including the effective techniques litigants and their lawyers can use to get a case settled.

Hon. Zaven V. Sinanian | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. Dalila Corral Lyons |Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. Dennis J. Landin | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. James R. Dunn |Los Angeles County Superior Court

Remote Appearances: California's New Law and Best Practices

January 31, 2022, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

This month ushers in a new law on remote appearances, evidentiary hearings, and trials. Newly promulgated Code of Civil Procedure section 367.75 and California Rule of Court, rule 3.672 set out in detail the procedures for requesting, opposing, and conducting remote proceedings. This brown bag lunch will focus on the new statute and rule, the deadlines and forms required to request or oppose remote testimony or trial, and practical tips for effective remote arguments, testimony, and trials.

Hon. Laura A. Seigle | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. Elaine Lu | Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. Joel Lofton| Los Angeles County Superior Court
Hon. Kristen Escalante| Los Angeles County Superior Court

Read the Latest Issue of our Court Alerts Newsletter

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!


View more photos from the 2019 Federal Courts Symposium on Facebook here


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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Section resources and documents will be added here as they become available.

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Past Chairs

Douglas N. Silverstein
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