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J. Scott Alexander

J. Scott Alexander is a partner with the Construction Law Team and practices throughout California state and federal courts. His practice focuses primarily on general civil litigation with an emphasis in construction law, contract and real property disputes and creditor rights. Scott's practice primarily concentrates on the representation of public entities, public and private owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in all aspects of public and private contracting issues, including impact and delay claims, complex contract disputes, and mechanics’ lien and stop notice actions. He also has experience in negotiating and drafting construction contracts and related construction contract documentation.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Mechanics' Liens


Annie Amaral
Successfully briefed and argued pro bono civil rights case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Amaral practices general business litigation including: trade secret disputes, disputes related to non-competition agreements, and disputes related to purchase of real property and commercial businesses. Drafted successful opposition to motion for summary judgment on claims addressing enforceability of non-competition agreement. Drafted successful anti-SLAPP motion to strike against litigant who filed defamation cause of action based on allegations contained in court pleadings, and received award of attorney fees associated with bringing motion.  Drafted appellate brief in Ninth Circuit for plaintiff whose 1983 and state law claims were dismissed without leave to amend by district court; oral argument expected to occur in summer 2008.

Former Law Clerk for Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California; Former Extern for Judge Kimberly J. Mueller, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of California; Former Extern for Associate Justice Kathleen Butz, California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Arguing a Civil Rights Case Before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Ruthe Ashley, Esq.

Ruthe Ashley, Esq. formerly with the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, and is currently the Diversity Officer for External Affairs at CalPERS.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Building a Pipeline to Diveristy in the Legal Profession

Marcia L. Augsburger

Marcia Augsburger is a partner in DLA Piper's healthcare and litigation practices, with more than 24 years of experience advising clients on resolving disputes, serving as a dispute resolver, and litigating a broad range of healthcare industry and other civil disputes and class actions. Ms. Augsburger’s focus is counseling, contracting and developing policies and procedures in health care-related areas such as HIPAA, EMTALA, coverage and reimbursement, health care reform measures, telemedicine, medical tourism, fraud and abuse, ERISA and workplace wellness programs.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • HIPPA, eDiscovery and the Legal Medical Record
  • You Spoke and We Listened: A Presentation Focused on HIPAA, HITECH, and the Final Rule

Gary Basham

Gary regularly defends employers against single and multi-plaintiff employment claims for breach of contract, discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices, violation of wage and hour laws, as well as numerous other tort and statutory employment law causes of action. Substantive areas of expertise include the Age Discrimination and Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, Equal Pay Act, Family Medical Leave Act, California Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Labor Code, California Family Rights Act, California Workplace Violence Safety Act, and workplace privacy laws.

Gary graduated with honors in 1984 from Michigan State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance. In 1987, Gary graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and received his Juris Doctor cum laude.

Gary R. Basham
Basham Law Group

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Review Session on Practical Considerations in Employee Terminations
  • Making Terminations Legal - Avoiding Wrongful Termination Claims

Grace Bergen

Grace Bergen is a Shareholder with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Her legal expertise covers employment law, intellectual property, real estate, and construction. She counsels senior management regarding corporate governance, compliance, and risk management practices.

Grace worked as corporate counsel for MTS, Incorporated (D/B/A Tower Records) for nine years. She served as a research attorney for the Alameda County Superior Court from 1985-1987. From 1987 to 1993, she practiced as a civil litigator in employment, real estate, construction, and personal injury matters and has taught entertainment Law at McGeorge School of Law in 2002.

Grace is a frequent panelist and speaker on copyright issues and Internet Law.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Ethical Implications and Pitfalls of e-Discovery

Steven A. Block

Steven A. Block practiced law in Sacramento for 27 years, handling insurance defense and plaintiff’s litigation, as well as a variety of complex business disputes. In 2000, building on his experience as a seasoned litigator, Mr. Block transitioned to offering mediation, arbitration, referee and special a master services on a full-time basis. His distinct ability to establish a rapport with parties, lawyers, and insurance representatives has earned him a reputation as a fair, direct, and effective mediator.

Mr. Block regularly serves as a discovery referee in complex litigation and conducts binding arbitrations in real estate, business, and contract matters. His practice includes mediation of sensitive business disputes and catastrophic losses, where the highest levels of discretion, legal knowledge, and communication are required. Although his offices are headquartered in Sacramento, Mr. Block offers his services throughout Northern California.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Ethical & Practical Issues in Mediating with the Emotionally Disturbed & Emotionally Charged Party
  • An Indispensible Tool: The Trial Notebook

Ron Bodenmann
Ron Bodenmann

Capitol Digital Document Solutions 

555 Capitol Mall. Suite 235

Sacramento, CA 95814 

Phone: 916.449.2820 Fax: 916.449.2821

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Efficient Paper Document Management, Review & Production
  • Summations

Cheri Boyer

With ten years of teaching experience and twenty years of background with computers, Cheri Boyer comes to you with the knowledge and ability to make you computer savvy and make your lives easier. As a computer consultant Cheri has managed and maintained new computers as well as small networks. She has designed and instructed various student workshops for computer usage and upkeep. By aiding small business owners in the use of computers; installing new systems, software, hardware, and small networks; troubleshooting software and hardware such as hardware failure, spyware, malware, virus removal and repair, Cheri has the knowledge to impart.

On the teaching front, Cheri worked as a Desktop Applications Instructor at New Horizons CLC, ISI, and Executrain in addition to her work as a computer consultant. She taught a variety of applications including the following seriates: MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Publisher, Visio, AutoCAD, Microsoft Visual Professional, and Windows. She has written curriculum and instruction manuals specializing in MS Office 2003 and 2007. "Her ability to communicate the information in a way that can be easily understood is amazing," said Rachid Frihi, a former student and coworker, "Cheri really strives to help someone learn. It just comes natural to her. It also helps that she knows what she's talking about."

Further computer skills include being well-versed in software for both IBM and Mac environments including Mac OSX, Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat, and DOS; the ability to use and maintain each of the MS subsets and their seriates. Cheri hopes to see each of you in class!

SCPLL Presentations:  Microsoft – Office Suite 2010

  • Microsoft® EXCEL 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part A: Workbooks, Data Lists, Formulas, and Tips & Tricks
  • Microsoft® EXCEL 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part B: Large Worksheets, Charts & Graphs, and Advanced Formulas & Functions
  • Microsoft® EXCEL 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part C: Taking the Mystery Out of Pivot Tables and Macros in Excel
  • Microsoft® WORD 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part A: Using the "Ribbon," Tools, & More for Legal Documents & Forms
  • Microsoft® WORD 2010 for Legal Professionals: Part B: Creating Tables, Incorporating Citations and Captions, Mail Merge, Track Changes, and Applying Collaborative Tools
  • Microsoft® POWERPOINT 2010 for Legal Professionals: PART A—Preparing Bulleted Slides; Inserting Exhibits and Photos; Callout and Animate Text in an Exhibit; Creating a Relationship Chart
  • Microsoft® POWERPOINT 2010 for Legal Professionals: PART B- Using Slide Master; Inserting Tables, Charts, and Graphs; Importing Sound and Video Clips; Using Pack’ n Go

Hon. Karen J. Brandt

Karen J. Brandt began working as an administrative law judge (ALJ) with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in July 2005. Since August 2011, she has been the Presiding Administrative Law Judge for OAH’s Sacramento General Jurisdiction Division. Before becoming an ALJ, she worked as Staff Counsel for the State Personnel Board for eight years. Prior to that, she worked as both in-house counsel and in private practice. She is a 1979 graduate of Harvard Law School.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Administrative Hearing Process Before the Office of Administrative Hearings (2013)

Allen Bridges

Allen Bridges, Supervising Paralegal with Voluntary Legal Services (VLSP)

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Expunging Your Conviction (VIDEO)


Hon. David I. Brown

Sacramento Superior Court Judge David I. Brown was appointed to the Sacramento County bench by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founding partner at the Law Offices of Bailey & Brown where he worked from 1978 until his judicial appointment. In addition to his litigation practice, he has worked as an arbitrator and mediator, and also served as a judge pro tem in Sacramento, Yolo, and El Dorado county superior courts.

November 2012, Judge Brown was honored as the Capital City Trial Lawyers Judge of the Year for 2012, and recently was named as the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) 2013 Judge of the Year.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • The Nuts & Bolts of Law & Motion - Part A
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Law & Motion - Part B
  • Evidentiary Issues in Law & Motion


Crowe Horwath, LLP

Office 916.441.1000

Moblile (16.217.5150

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Accounting for Attorneys

Hon. Shelleyanne Wai Ling Chang

Appointed by Gov. Gray Davis to Sacramento Superior Court, 2003; chief deputy legal affairs secretary, governor's office 2001-03; senior deputy legal affairs secretary, 1999-2001; deputy state attorney general, 1993-99; special assistant U.S. attorney, 1986-93; senior trial attorney, chief counsel's office, Internal Revenue Serivce, 1985-93.

McGeorge School of Law, 1985.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • The Nuts & Bolts of LAW & MOTION

Tom Chase

Tom Chase is the founder and President of Chase Legal Professionals. His company is the leading and only Sacramento Company that specializes in the placement of permanent and temporary contract attorneys, law firm mergers and practice group acquisitions, branch office formations and the placement of top level law office management. For fifteen years Tom has been an Adjunct Professor at McGeorge School of Law teaching a course in Law Office Management & Economics. For twenty-three years Tom served as Executive Director for four major law firms in Chicago, Seattle and Sacramento. He was the Executive Director or Sacramento's largest law firm, Downey Brand, for eight years. Tom has been a guest lecturer, instructor, advisory board member and adjunct professor for various legal associations, paralegal schools and State Bar Associations. Tom has an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S. degree from Indiana University.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Retool Your Professional Job Search

Lesley Ann Clement

"Lesley Ann Clement is an Advocate for nursing home reform" according to an article in the Sacramento Business Journal.(12/04) She is an Advocate for strict enforcement of California's Elder Abuse Act. She is an Advocate for the criminal prosecution of nursing home owners who allow dependent and elderly adults in their care to be abused or neglected.

Lesley Ann began practicing law in 1988 as a business litigator. Today, she handles only elder and dependent adult abuse cases, teaches other lawyers how to file and prosecute such cases, and makes speeches calling for tighter enforcement of elder abuse laws and for enactment of additional laws aimed at protecting elderly and dependent adults.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • "Look Under the Covers" - Nursing Home Abuse and Prosecution

Lara Dawn Compton

Lara Dawn Compton, Associate, DLA Piper

Lara Compton has a broad health care practice, advising clients on corporate, regulatory, contracting, licensing and reimbursement issues.

Edward Corey, Jr

Edward Corey, Jr. is a shareholder with the law firm of Weintraub, Genshlea & Chediak in the Estate Planning, Tax and Fiduciary Abuse section. Admitted to the State Bar of California in 1989, Ed's practice focuses on estate and trust litigation, financial/fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse and conservatorships. Ed also has extensive trial, arbitration, mediation and appellate experience, and has successfully litigated a number of high profile trust and elder financial abuse cases in Northern California.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Elder Abuse and Financial Scams

Trevor Covington

Westlaw Account Manager

West, a Thomson Reuters Business


Larry Cox

Larry Cox has 30+ years of litigation expertise in the areas of bankruptcy matters; representation for federal and state credit unions; real estate matters; employment and sexual harassment issues and corporate counsel background.Currently, he is providing general legal advice to private investigators in the area of workers compensation for AOE/COE investigations including Labor Code section 132a sub rosa, and serious and willful investigations.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Chapter 7 Practice Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005

Daniel J. Coyle
Daniel J. Coyle is a partner in the Labor and Employment Law Group at the Sacramento based firm of Downey Brand, LLP, where his practice focuses exclusively on employment and labor matters for management. He represents private and public employers in all aspects of employment litigation and counseling, including defense of wage and hour matters, class actions, discrimination, wrongful termination, post-termination due process hearings, trade secrets and competitive business practices. He also advises clients on employee relations, litigation prevention and preparation of employee handbooks, contracts and severance agreements. Mr. Coyle is a frequent speaker on employment issues, including prevention and defense of wage and hour claims. He has been named to the Best Lawyers in America in the field of employment law and has received the highest peer rating from Martindale Hubbell. Mr. Coyle received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Davis and his J.D. degree from the University of Santa Clara. He is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association (former member of the Board of Directors, Labor and Employment Law Section) and State Bar of California (member, Labor and Employment Law Section).

SCPLL Presentations:

  • It’s not Me, It’s You! Workplace Harassment and Discrimination in the Legal Profession

Jeffrey W. Curcio

Jeffrey W. Curcio is a partner with the law firm of Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld, LLP. Jeff is chair of the firm's Tax Law Team and a member of the Corporate and Securities Team. He served as Managing Partner of the firm from 2002 to 2004. Jeff represents clients before the Examination, Appeals and Collections Division of the IRS> His primary emphasis is on income tax matters for all types of taxpayers, but he is also involved with planning and controversies concerning estate and gift tax matters. At the state level, Jeff represents clients concerning income, sales, and property tax matters.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Setting up a Non-Profit Animal Friendly 501(c)3 Organization

Conrad M. Davis, CPA/CFF, CFE

 Crowe Horwath LLP

Office: 916.441.1000  Cell: 916.996-5627  Fax: 916.441.1110


Hon. David F. DeAlba

Sacramento Superior Court Judge David F. De Alba was appointed to the Sacramento County bench by Governor Gray David in 2001. Prior to that, he accepted a position as a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice in 1979 and worked in criminal and legal divisions of the office. He specialized in criminal appeals, complex tort litigation and law enforcement policy; from 1999 to 2001, he served as Special Assistant to Attorney General Bill Lockyer. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and received his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Jury Selection in Civil Trials


J. Angelo DeSantis

Legal Research and Writing Fellow

J. Angelo DeSantis joined Univeristy of California, Davis, King Hall from the San Francisco office of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, where he was a member of the firm's Litigation Practice. His experience includes participation in several complex commercial insurance matters and a commercial contract dispute. At Sonnenschein, he had an active pro bono practice that has included: a prisoner civil rights action, an attorney's fees dispute, a landlord-tenant dispute, and an asylum matter. DeSantis recently argued in support of an award of attorney's fees before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Legal Briefs that Work!
  • Techniques for Short, Clear & Organized Legal Writing

Kevin M. Dollison


Telephone: (916) 400–3968


Kevin M. Dollison has practiced real estate law since 1997, representing commercial real estate developers, land owners and property managers in Northern California. In addition to representing private entities, Kevin has counseled cities, redevelopment agencies, special districts, and school districts in the negotiated acquisition and disposition of public real estate and other contracts. Kevin’s practice encompasses all phases of real estate development, including development, finance, leasing and disposition. His litigation practice is focused on commercial real estate related disputes, including commercial landlord/tenant, breach of contract, easement, and construction disputes. Kevin’s clients enjoy his big-firm experience and service, coupled with the small-firm flexibility and commonsense.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Landlord: Eviction/Unlawful Detainer

Shannon Downs

Shannon Downs is a Solutions Consultant with LexisNexis, covering the California Central Valley from Sacramento to Fresno. Shannon has worked for LexisNexis for the past 6 years assisting small and large law firms in the business and practice of law. Shannon is certified to train on,Automated Court Forms (HotDocs), LN Total Practice Solutions, Martindale Hubbell Client Service Center and  was recently certified by the SEMPO Institute on Search Engine Marketing. Shannon lives in Sacramento with her husband and two daughters.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Lexis I
  • Lexis II
  • Lexis for Micosoft Office
  • Bankruptcy Research on Lexis
  • Factual Discovery on Lexis
  • Litigation Solutions for SOLOS
  • Litigation Strategies and Solutions Using

Marisa Eppenbach
Marisa Eppenbach, Westlaw Account Manager, West, a Thomson Reuters Business

Cassandra Ferrannini

Cassandra Ferrannini is a partner in the employment group at Downey Brand. Her focus is on state and federal litigation, counseling, and appellate work, with an emphasis on trade secret litigation.

In her litigation practice, Cassandra defends the spectrum of employment claims, including wage and hour, sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, ERISA, and fraud. She frequently writes and speaks about a variety of employment issues and is devoted to developing unique strategies for protecting confidential information.

She has been a contributing editor to two industry treatises published by the American Bar Association, Section of Labor and Employment: Covenants Not to Compete: A State by State Survey, and Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State by State Survey.

Cassandra graduated from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; Sacramento, California (J.D., 1999)

Cassandra Ferrannini
621 Capitol Mall, 18th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
916/520-5787  Fax

SCPLL MCLE presentations:

  • Calendaring: A Legal Practitioner's Perspective


Hon. Catherine B. Frink

Catherine B. Frink is an Administrative Law Judge II with the Office of Administrative Hearings, where she presides over hearings and mediates disputes for state and local government agencies. During her 29-year career with the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge Frink has worked in the Sacramento and San Francisco offices of OAH, and has served as the Deputy Director and Sacramento Presiding Administrative Law Judge. Prior to her employment in state service, Judge Frink worked as a labor lawyer in private practice. She is a 1979 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Administrative Hearing Process Before the Office of Administrative Hearings (2013)

David Graulich, Esq.

David Graulich, Esq.

"Lawyer for People Wronged at Work"

Phone: (916) 966-9600

David received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the McGeorge School of Law.

He began his career as a business reporter for The Wall Street Journal. David has also worked as a public relations manager for two corporations, a syndicated newspaper columnist, commentator on public radio, author of five books, and a pianist in cocktail lounges to earn tuition while at Dartmouth.

In the community, David serves on the Board of Directors of the Sacramento County Bar Association. He is a member of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, the Inns of Court (UC Davis), the Business-to-Business Network and the California Employment Lawyers Association. He also serves as Legal Counsel to the American Hellenic Professional Society.

David teaches continuing education classes for attorneys. He writes an employment law column, "Wronged at Work!" for the Messenger Publishing Group in Sacramento County.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Workers' Rights in California: The Five Fundamentals


Clyde Green

Clyde Green, Business Consultant, Greater Sacramento Small Business Development Center

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Reevaluate Your Business
  • Developing an Effective Business Plan for Lawyers

Steve Greene

Stephen Greene, moved to Sacramento in 1991 to attend University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law. While enrolled at McGeorge, he maintained full-time employment with the California State Assembly, working in the Office of the Chief Clerk as the Assembly Reading Clerk. Mr. Greene graduated from McGeorge in 1995, with distinction. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in California and the United States Supreme Court.

Since 1998, Mr. Greene has been in private civil litigation practicing in the areas of business, antitrust, environmental law, and class actions. Before joining his current partner to form Sweeney & Greene LLP, Mr. Greene practiced with Seyfarth Shaw, a national labor and employment firm. Mr. Greene's current practice areas continue to include general civil and employment litigation, as well as elections and constitutional law issues.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Ethics & Elimination of Bias: Insights from Experts in Political Law, Non-Profit Organizations & Employment Matters

Amy D. Hall

 Amy D. Hall, Westlaw Account Manager, West, a Thomson Reuters Business

Shaye Harrington

Shaye Harrington is an associate in Downey Brand LLP’s Labor and Employment Law Group in Sacramento, California. She represents employers in litigation involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and wage and hour violations. Ms. Harrington also provides advice and counsel to employers regarding compliance with state and federal laws, conducts workplace investigations, and prepares employee handbooks. In addition to conducting seminars and presentations on employment-related matters, Ms. Harrington taught legal writing at the University of California at Davis School of Law and is currently teaching Employment Law at the University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Harrington earned her B.S. and J.D. degrees from the University of California at Davis. She is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section) and State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section), as well as the Sacramento Area Human Resources Association (Legal & Legislative Committee).

SCPLL Presentations:

  • It's Not Me, Its You! Workplace Harrassment and Discrimination in the Legal Profession

Jonathan R. Hayes

Mr. Hayes is an associate in the law firm of Dreyer, Babich, Buccola, Callaham & Wood, LLP. Mr. Hayes has dedicated himself to representing individuals against insurance companies both inside and outside the courtroom.

Since earning his law degree and passing the bar, Mr. Hayes accepted the position as an associate attorney for Mr. Dreyer. Mr. Hayes represents injured individuals that are treated unfairly by the insurance industry and Corporate America. He has handled over a hundred cases in his years of practice and has achieved several significant results for his clients.  He has done arbitrations, mediations and trials.  His clients have included school teachers, lawyers and doctors that have suffered minor injuries to iron workers, plumbers and chefs that have life-altering injuries.He has taught a number of continuing education courses, including " Preparing and Trying Soft Tissue Cases" and "Gaining the Best Settlement in Auto Injury Cases." He has also judged local mock trial competitions and been an invited lecturer for local legal associations.

Mr. Hayes' practice focuses on insurance and personal injury litigation including motor vehicle collisions, public entity liability, products liability, construction incidents and general personal injury. He continues to strive for excellence in his profession while vigorously protecting the interests of his clients

Mr. Hayes' emphasis of practice is in personal injury trial practice, specializing in the areas of motor vehicle collisions, catastrophic injuries, construction site incidents, premise liability, industrial incidents, public entity liability, wrongful death, general negligence, and products liability.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Discovery in Personal Injury Cases


Carole Herman

Carole Herman is President and CEO of Foundation Aiding the Elderly (FATE)

SCPLL Presentations:

  • "Look Under the Covers" - Nursing Home Abuse and Prosecution

Heather Cline Hoganson

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Administrative Adjudications

Allan Humason

Alan Humason is the Director of Sales for Mirror Imaging Document Solutions. Previously he was the Director of Marketing for D-M Information Systems and then the National Sales Support Manager for Esquire Litigation Solutions. He also has been a business owner, magazine editor and publisher, and sales and marketing consultant. He has considerable experience working with law firms, corporate counsel, and government agencies to provide a variety of litigation support services from copying to processing of electronically stored information.

SCPLL Presentation:

  • Efficient Paper Document Management, Review & Production



Theresa Johnson
Theresa Johnson is the medical librarian for the Sutter Resource Library. Theresa has a BA in Spanish with a minor in Education for SCUS and a Master’s in Information and Library Science from SJSU. She has worked for Sutter medical Center in the Sutter Resource Library since 1994.

Michael L. Johnson, Esq.

Michael Lewis Johnson, Esq.

Union Pacific/Law Dept

10031 Foothills Blvd Ste 200 Roseville,

CA 95747-5147

(916) 789-6221

SCPLL Presentation:

  • California Homeowers Association Law: Descrimination, Civil Rights, and Foreclosure

George Jouganatos, PhD

George A. Jouganatos has been a professor of economics for over 17 years. He has taught economics, finance, and quantitative analysis at University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz, California State University, Sacramento, and California State University, Hayward.

 Dr. Jouganatos is in demand as an expert witness for cases involving personal Injury, wrongful death, wrongful termination, housing discrimination, employment discrimination, economic loss, business valuations, public finance, and breach of contracts. He has consulted and given testimony for numerous attorneys in California as well as in Nevada, Iowa, Montana, Hawaii and New York.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Economic Analysis in Employment Matters
  • Economic Analysis in Personal Injury Cases
  • Economic Analysis in Personal Injury  and Employment Cases


Kim Kohler

Kim Kohler

Civil Support Manager

 Sacramento Superior Court


SCPLL Presentations:

  • Sacramento Superior Court's Court Case Management System

Kathy Kramer

Kath Kramer is the Staffing Manager for The Law Staff Group, a division of Talent Tree and has worked in the staffing industry since 1988. Kathy specializes in placing legal receptionists, clerks, legal secretaries and paralegals in temporary and fulltime positions.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Retool Your Professional Job Search


Christorpher L. Kreeger

Christopher Kreeger, Attorney at Law is a dedicated injury attorney focused on the representation of the seriously injured. With 16 years of legal expertise, the Kreeger Law Firm guides their clientele through the legal and financial challenges on their way to recovery with positive results. The personal injury cases include auto accident, big rig and trucking accidents, defective products, insurance bad faith, motorcycle collisions, bicycle-related injuries, slip and falls, dog bites, injury while on another's property, emotional distress, brain injury, product liability, wrongful death, highway design, fen-phen, baycol, rezulin, propulsid, vioxx and other pharmaceutical cases, securities fraud, broker malpractice, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, clergy abuse and many other types of serious injury.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Dog Bites: Avoiding Canine Litigation

Ronald Ladage

Ronald Ladage is Deputy Support Counsel, with the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services. Mr. Ladage is an attorney and certified Trainer with DCSS, admitted to practice law in 1998. He has worked for the Sacramento County Department of Child Support Services since 2000.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Child Support Done Right
  • DCSS Online Child Support Calculator

SCPLL Law Librarians

The Sacramento County Public Law Librarians are experienced individuals whose primary function is to serve the public by guiding patrons of the library to available sources of case law, statues and regulations for legal research or related fact gathering purposes.

Steven A. Lewis

Steven A. Lewis is founder and principal of Lewis and Bacon, a Professional Corporation, 1050 Fulton Ave, Suite 125, Sacramento, CA 95825 (916) 485-5005. February 1982 to present. Rated a.v. in Martindale Hubbell, 1985 to present.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Hot Topics in Attorney Risk Management & Ethics

Hon. Darrell Lewis (Ret.)

Judge Darrell Lewis (ret.) is an active and successful Sacramento mediator. He retired from the Sacramento Superior Court in 1999 after over 20 years as a general trial judge. His assignments included full-time civil settlement conference department, full-time civil law and motion department and presiding judge of the appellate department.

His devotion to Alternative Dispute Resolution is widely recognized by Sacramento consumer attorneys. He was named "Judge of the Year" for his devotion to settlement conferences and selected as "Peacemaker of the Year" in 1999 by the consortium of seven organizations that promote ADR.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Mediate to Win!




Civil Self-Help Center Library Staff

Ralph Livingstone

Ralph Livingstone has been an attorney for 45 years. He worked for the State of California Department of Transportation, where he took on several projects that involved the public interest. In Oakland, he headed a Caltrans project to increase the number of minority contractors and employees involved in construction projects; and in Los Angeles, he made sure that low-income people displaced by freeways got assistance in obtaining hew homes.

More recent, Ralph worked privately as a commercial arbitrator. He began winding down his practice when he first joined the Senior Legal Hotline in 2001. Since 2006, he has dramatically stepped up his work for the hotline and local senior legal services, focusing recently on helping victims of predatory lending and the foreclosure crisis.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Senior Scare: Mortgage Loan Foreclosure

K.M. Lyman

KOL Services is owned by K.M. Lyman. KOL was established in 1982 to assist small businesses with joining the computer age. By converting paper files, inventory, receivables, payables, personnel and payroll records into automated computer files. With a flare for and experience in Sales and Marketing, Ms.Lyman added the services of designing marketing campaigns, logo’s and sales brochures.

Currently, KOL Services offers a variety of services from the Seminar and Workshop series, logo design, AP/AR reconciliation, sales & marketing strategizing and service Animal assistance to full litigation support including document preparation, legal research, investigation and trial presentation. Ms. Lyman is experienced with a numerous software programs (legal and non-legal related) and is a Certified Trainer for Trial Director.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Make it Happen in Court Using Trial Director 5.2: Part A
  • Make it Happen in Court Using Trial Director 5.2: Part B

David Mandel

David Mandel joined California's Senior Legal Hotline as a staff attorney in 1994 and became its program manager in 1997. Previously, he worked as a writer and editor for 20 years, at the Sacramento Bee and before that in Israel, where he completed law school.

While pursuing the hotline's growth and ensuring its effectiveness, he has worked to improve coordination among California senior legal programs and seek state support for them, serving on several statewide bodies. He recently helped found the national Association of SLHs, becoming its vice-chair.

He has written and spoken extensively on the delivery of legal services, addressing issues of technology, ethics, and innovation.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Senior Scare: Mortgage Loan Foreclosure

Laura Marabito


Telephone: 916.929.1481

Facsimile: 916.927.3706

Ms. Marabito graduated in 1999 with B.A.s in history and political science from the University of Michigan. While at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Laura was awarded the Outstanding Trial Advocate Award and was awarded the Law and the Workplace scholarship. Laura has worked at Porter Scott since 2005. Laura’s legal practice focuses on employment litigation, public entity liability, education law and civil rights. She also provides advice and guidance to assist clients in avoiding litigation. Currently, Laura is also working towards obtaining her M.A. in Special Education to better assist her education law clients. Throughout her legal career, Laura has represented a variety of public and private clients in a wide range of litigation matters in both state and federal courts; particularly in the areas of employment discrimination and harassment, wrongful termination, governmental tort liability and civil rights. Laura has also practiced in the areas of general negligence, auto liability, wrongful death, education law, and ADA public accommodation and disability access law.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Taking the Bite Out of ADA Lawsuits in California


Cathleen Marple, M.B.A.

Cathleen Marple, M.B.A - Ms Marple is a Database Administrator for LexisNexis in the Managed Technology Services division, providing technical support for LexisNexis Hosted FYI projects. She is a Certified Concordance Software Trainer (CCST), a Certified Concordance Software Administrator (CCSA) and a Certified Concordance FYI Administrator (CCFA).

In her more than ten years of experience in litigation support, she has managed complex litigation matters utilizing online review, provided in-house software training to law firms in the San Francisco Bay area, and processing electronic data for use with various litigation review applications. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a M.B.A, and received a B.A. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Marple may be contacted at:

LexisNexis - Managed Technology Services

 Direct: 415. 616.4551 Toll Free: 800.523.4182 Ext. 4551 BB: 530.312.3451

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Concordance v10: Part A: Using Concordance for Document Management
  • Concordance v10: Part B: Using Concordance for Document Management

Christine McKenzie

Christine McKenzie has practiced in civil litigation in Sacramento since 2004. Chris is currently representing subcontractors in complex litigation matters involving construction defect lawsuits and also is handling the defense of personnel injury lawsuits alleging negligence, premises liability and product liability. Chris graduated from California State University Sacramento in 1995 with a degree in Philosophy and Women's Studies. In 2003, she graduated from Lincoln Law School, having won the Best Trial Advocacy Team Award.

Chris is also a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, Association of Defense Counsel, California Women Lawyers and Women Lawyers of Sacramento, where she serves on the Legislation and Bar Delegation Committee. She teaches torts, legal writing and advanced civil litigation at MTI College.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Legal Writing: From Basics to Blogging
  • Writing for the Legal Professional: Demand Letters
  • Writing for the Legal Professional: Motions
  • Writing for the Legal Professional: The Essentials

Hon. Loren E. McMaster

Hon. Loren E. McMaster was appointed by Governor Gray Davis and succeeded to office on October 13 1999. Judge McMaster was previously employed as Chief Counsel for the California State Employees Assn. 1973-80; attorney, California State Employees Assn., 1972-73. Deputy Attorney General, State of California 1969-1972. Private practice 1980-. Arbitrator, Sacramento Superior Court , 1980-88.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of LAW & MOTION

Julia Melnicoe

Julia Melnicoe is an associate in Downey Brand LLP’s Labor and Employment Law Group in Sacramento, California. She represents employers in matters ranging from discrimination and harassment to wage and hour violations. Ms. Melnicoe also counsels employers regarding state and federal employment laws and provides guidance in drafting workplace policies and procedures. Ms. Melnicoe earned her J.D. degree from Cornell Law School, and is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section) and State Bar of California (Labor and Employment Law Section).

SCPLL Presentations:

  • It's Not Me, Its You! Workplace Harassment and Discrimination in the Legal Profession

Amina Merritt, Esq.

Ms. Merritt specializes in dependency and employment matters, representing the under- and un-represented populations with sliding fee scales.

7485 Rush River Drive, Suite 710-284, Sacramento, CA 95831 (916) 456-3006

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Dependency 101: The Anatomy of a Juvenile Dependency Case 
  • Dependency 201: The Anatomy of a Juvenile Dependency Case
  • What's New in Child Welfare Law? (2014)

Scott Miller
Scott Miller is a Technology Associate for the Sacramento Public Library at the Central Library. Before arriving at the Sacramento Public Library, Scott was a Technology Instructor for Gateway Computers and Apple Computers Inc. for public, corporate and government clients. Along with his experience he brings along his energy and enthusiasm and loves to engage and interact with his audience.

The Sacramento Public Library

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Microsoft Word for the Beginner

William A. Muñoz

William A. Muñoz, Shareholder

Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney

 1375 Exposition Boulevard, Suite 250 Sacramento, CA 95815

Mr. Muñoz is a shareholder with Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney in the firm's Sacramento office. He practices in state and federal court, primarily focusing on the defense of professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents/brokers, real estate appraisers, and insurance brokers.

Mr. Muñoz also counsels employers in day-to-day employment matters, such as preparing/reviewing employee handbooks, offers of employment and separation letters, as well as counseling employers on pre-litigation internal investigations. He represents employers before the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and EEOC and in litigation of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and wage claims.

When he is not representing professionals or employers, Mr. Muñoz continues to maintain an active general liability practice that includes defending general contractors and subcontractors arising out of construction injury and/or property damage claims and miscellaneous premises liability claims.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Practical Tips on How To Avoid A Legal Malpractice Claim

Timothy P Murphy

Timothy P. Murphy is an estate planning and elder law attorney whose practice emphasizes helping people to build, preserve and pass on their wealth. Mr Murphy has practiced law in the Sacramento area for 25 years. He is a regular featured guest on the Money Experts radio program on KFBK (AM1530), writes a column on legal issues for Senior Magazine and is quoted frequently by the Sacramento Bee and the Sacramento Business Journal on estate planning and related topics.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • The Alzheimer's Legal Survival Guide
  • Estate Planning for IRAs


Marjorie Murray

Marjorie Murray, President, Center for California Homeowner Association Law a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

PH 510.272.9826/FX 510.272.9830

SCPLL Presentations:

  • California Homeowners Association Law: Discrimination, Civil Rights & Foreclosure

Robert Musante

Robert Musante is the country's foremost teacher of deposition cross-examination. His experience includes being a deputy district attorney in Sacramento and Alameda counties, a civil trial attorney in Contra Costa County, and a lecturer in civil trial practice at Boalt Hall Law School for 16 years. He has taught the logic essential to taking great adverse depositions to more than 40,000 litigators in 42 states and has lectured in-house to 80 law firms including:

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Attacking an Adverse Deponent's "I don't know," "I don't remember" & "I do remember"
  • Great Adverse Depositions - Principles and Principal Techniques
  • Combating Obstructionism at Deposition
  • Mastering the Toughest-to-Craft Credibility Argument
  • Attacking the Expert’s Opinion at Deposition & Trial

Eric Nakano
Eric Nakano, Attorney at Law

Sacramento County Public Law Library's Civil Self-Help Center

SCPLL Presentations:

  • "See You in Court!" Filing a Lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court
  • Name Change (VIDEO)

Joani Nicholson

Joani Nicholson, Legal Secretary to Christopher Miller of Mastagni, Holstedt, Amick, Miller & Johnsen, APC

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Microsoft Word 2003 for legal Professionals: Part A: Preparing Letters, Agreements & Forms
  • Microsoft Word 2003 for legal Professionals: Part B: Creating Tables, Formatting, Headings & Styles
  • Microsoft Word 2003 for legal Professionals: Part C: Macros, Encrypting, PDFs & Mail Macros
  • Microsoft Word 2007 for legal Professionals: Part A: Using the "Ribbon," Tools & More for Legal Documents & Forms
  • Microsoft Word 2007 for legal Professionals: Part B: Creating Tables, Inserting and Marking Citations

Lisa D. Nicolls

Lisa D. Nicolls is an associate with the Construction Law Group and assists with all aspects of construction litigation, which includes the representation of contractors, developers, owners and design professionals.

Lisa received her B.S., with honors, in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, in 2000 and was awarded her J.D. in 2004 from the University of California, Davis.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Mechanics' Liens


Thomas D. Nielsen

Tom Nielsen has 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer and litigator and over 20 years’ service as a mediator, arbitrator, and settlement judge pro tem. Tom has extensive experience in areas that include personal injury, professional errors & omissions, products liability, real estate, business and contracts, construction, insurance, including bad faith, property damage, automobile/trucking accidents, UM/UIM matters, governmental entity, employment, and complex and catastrophic injury cases.

As his legal career progressed his desire to become a problem solver and peacekeeper became stronger. Over the last half of his career, Mr. Nielsen was drawn to the area of mediation, because it resonated with his core values of creating peace, rather than conflict, and can serve to promote understanding, while also preserving individual values.

Tom has completed extensive mediation training and was named to the 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers list in mediation.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • “Fetch Me a Sword”- How to Create Doable and Durable Resolution through Mediation

SCPLL Presentation:

Elizabeth N. Niemi

Law Offices of Elizabeth N. Niemi

1430 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95816

(916) 452-5500

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Appellate Law

Allan J. Owen

Allan J. Owen is the managing partner of Timmons, Owen & Owen Inc. He graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis, and was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Mr. Owen graduated with distinction from the McGeorge School of Law in 1979, and was made a lifetime member of the Traynor Honor Society at McGeorge. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1979, and is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals, Ninth District.

Throughout his career, Mr. Owen has specialized in representing injured consumers in personal injury cases of all types and in insurance litigation. Mr. Owen has been involved in 11 cases resulting in published Appellate decisions, including the case that tested the constitutionality of the Medical Malpractice Reform Act of 1976. He has represented more than 1000 injured consumers with cases ranging from simple auto accidents to complex nationwide litigation involving the Swine Flu vaccinations and the 1978 PSA airplane crash. For 15 years, Mr. Owen practiced law with Morton L. Friedman, the preeminent personal injury attorney in the Sacramento area.

Mr. Owen is a member of the State Bar of California as well as the American and Sacramento County Bar Associations and the Consumer Attorneys of California. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has served on the board of the Sacramento Consumer Attorneys and was President in 1992. He has also served as an arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem for the Sacramento County Superior Court.

SCPLL Presentations: 

  • An Indispensible Tool: The Trial Notebook

Lisa Prince

Walter & Prince, LLP,                                                                                                           1270 Healdsburg Ave., Suite 201, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Phone: 707-431-7900 / Fax: 707-431-7887

Ms. Prince began her practice in 1998 representing clients in civil litigation. That experience has made her a strong advocate for our clients. As a partner at Walter & Prince, Lisa represents employers in defense of OSHA citations and “serious and willful misconduct" claims. She works with employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resources administrators to develop effective preventive safety programs that answer regulatory mandates. She is effective in creating working partnerships with our clients to identify and achieve realistic litigation goals.

Lisa is a dynamic and informative speaker on a wide range of topics related to workplace safety, weathering Cal/OSHA investigations and the Cal/OSHA appeals process. She has delivered presentations to organizations as various as State Compensation Insurance Fund, the American Society of Safety Engineers, HR Connections, AgSafe, the Sonoma County Employer Advisory Council, the National Safety Management Society and Associated General Contractors (AGC) San Diego. In 2011, Ms. Prince partnered with ESM Solutions and appeared in a video designed to educate employers about the effects of AB 2774 (a significant amendment to California Labor Code Section 6432).

She is co-author, with her partner, Fred Walter, of the “Workplace Safety" chapter of the California State Bar publication Advising California Employers and Employees.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • OSHA Law: The Devil is in the Details

Nora Quartuccio

Nora Quartuccio, SCPLL Training Coordinator

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Getting Your Foot in the Door
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003: Getting the Key Elements Right for Legal Presentations
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2003: Sophisticated Slide Show for Legal Professional



Bob Resner, Esq.

Bob Resner, Esq. is the San Francisco Consultant for the "Other" Bar

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Substance Abuse

Hon. Jaime R. Roman

Judge Roman was appointed to the bench of the Sacramento County Superior Court in 2007. He previously served as an Administrative Law Judge for the State of California Office of Administrative Hearings from 1994-1997. Judge Roman is a former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California from 1992-1994 and a former Deputy District Attorney for Solano County from 1980-1991. He was in private practice from 1976-1980. Judge Roman received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1976. He earned his LL.M. in International Banking Law from Boston University Law School in 1992. He also received a M.S.S. degree from the Army War College in 2000. Judge Roman was a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps from 1981-2007. He is admitted to the bars of California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, and Texas.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Judicial Perspective: Weighing the Credibility & Competency of an Expert Witness
  • The Court System - Who are the Players & What Do They Do?

Diane E. Roman, Ph.D.

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT)


  • Northcentral University, Phoenix, Arizona, Ph.D. Candidate, Psychology – 2010 completion
  • University of Phoenix, Sacramento, California M.C., Marriage Family Counseling – November 2000
  • Regents College, New York B.S., Liberal Studies – November 2000
  • California College for Health Sciences, National City, California B.S., Heath Services – January 2000


  • Clinical Supervisor Training Crisis Intervention Training (40-hour), Memphis (2007) EMDR


  • Marriage Family Therapist, State of California
  • Real Estate Broker, State of California


  • Member, American Psychological Associates; Member, EMDRIA; Member, CAMFT; Member, Sandplay Therapists of America; Member, National Society of Clinical Hypnotist

Additional experience provided upon request.

Expert Witness:

  • Solano Superior Court, Fairfield, CA
  • Sacramento Superior Court, Family Services
  • Los Angeles Superior Court

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Demystifying DSM-IV: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

Carolina C. Rose

President, Legislative Research, Inc., 1107 9th Street, Suite 220, Sacramento, CA 95814 916) 442-7660 Phone/ (800) 530-7613 Toll Free (916) 442-1529 Fax

Carolina C. Rose, J.D., a graduate of Stanford University (B.A. English, 1973; J.D., 1976), worked for 7 years in the California State Legislature: 1 year as an Assembly Fellow and 6 years as Chief of Staff for Senator Nicholas C. Petris, where she was responsible for managing all aspects of his legislative program -- over 200 measures. Ms. Rose is President and co-founder of Legislative Research Incorporated (LRI) which specializes in the historical research surrounding the adoption of California statutes, regulations & constitutional provisions. (LRI also provides local ordinance, sister state and federal legislative history/intent research). Cited in Redlands Comm. Hosp. v. New England Mutual Life Ins. Co., 23 Cal. App. 4th 899 at 906 (1994), LRI has provided legislative histories on over 10,000 enactments serving approximately 1,500 clients since 1983.

Ms. Rose qualifies as an expert in reconstructing California legislative history and has submitted written expert witness opinions regarding the reconstruction of legislative history and the surrounding public policy discussions in over 80 cases at the administrative hearing level and at the Superior, District Appellate and Supreme Court levels. Ms. Rose also provides ongoing legislative consulting services. Specific projects have included (1) eminent domain, valuation of special use properties, Stats. 1992, c. 7, (2) exoneration of sureties, Stats. 1993, c. 149 and (3) preservation of public records. Stats. 1996, c. 928. In all three legislative projects, her work was credited by the principals as the primary basis for the projects' success.

Ms. Rose teaches seminars at law schools, law firms, governmental agencies, etc. regarding the legislative process, legislative history research and related advocacy strategies.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • How to Make Ethical & Winning Use of California Legislative History in Your Case

Jennifer S. Rouse, Esq.

Jennifer S. Rouse, Esq.

 Jennifer S. Rouse of Johnson Fort Meissner Joseph & Palley has been practicing law in the Sacramento area for the past 13 years and is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  She specializes in estate planning, probate, conservatorships, special needs trusts, and trust administration.  Ms. Rouse has extensive experience with drafting estate plans and representing clients in administrative procedures either as the fiduciary or a beneficiary.  She has lectured on these same issues to various groups including the National Business Institute's The Probate Process from Start to Finish for the past three years.   

SCPLL Presentations:

  •   Probate Process and Potential Pit Falls with Distribution

Jean-Pierre Rushing

Interwest Judgment Recovery

(916) 973-8861

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Judgment Enforcement 101: There's Gold in That Turnip, Or is There?


Jim H. Salter

Law Office of Jim H. Salter

Intellectual Property Law Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks

105 Thoreau Lane Folsom, CA 95630

 (408) 406-4855 (direct)

Jim Salter is an experienced and successful intellectual property attorney having served as managing partner of a large Silicon Valley intellectual property law firm for ten years and the Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Patent Counsel for Macrovision Corporation (now Rovi Corp.) in Santa Clara, CA. After graduating from U.S.C. in Los Angeles, CA with a B.S. in Computer Science, he worked as a software and systems engineer for about ten years prior to attending law school. In 1989, he joined the law firm of Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor, and Zafman LLP and became Managing Partner of the Sunnyvale office, the largest office of the Blakely firm. During his 15 years with the Blakely firm, he prosecuted, licensed, and enforced patents and patent applications primarily related to computer systems, Internet technology, digital rights management, and software products for a variety of Silicon Valley clients, including Intel, Apple, eBay, and Cisco. While at Macrovision, Mr. Salter was responsible for managing, monetizing, enforcing, and licensing Macrovision’s substantial patent portfolio. He has served as expert witness and litigation support counsel in several patent litigation matters. He is a registered patent attorney and a member of the State bars of California and the State of Washington.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Ins & Outs of Intellectual Property Law


Bridget A. Sanders, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE

Bridget A. Sanders, CPA/ABV/CFF, CFE

Crowe Horwath LLP Office: 916.441.1000 | Cell: 916.599.1651 | Fax: 916.441.1110

 Specialty Areas 

Ms. Sanders has 15 years of experience in litigation consulting, corporate finance and public accounting, including ten years in financial management where her responsibilities included financial reporting and analysis; business valuation; overhead allocations and internal controls. Ms. Sanders has provided expert testimony in the areas of forensic accounting/accounting practices, economic damages for commercial business and business valuation. Ms. Sanders also specializes in economic damages in intellectual property cases and wage and hour litigation. 

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Accounting for Attorneys


Sandra Sava

Sandra Sava is a practicing litigation attorney since 1985, experienced in insurance coverage and bad faith insurance practices, contract disputes, product liability (mostly firearms), premises liability, employment and labor law, civil rights violations, governmental entity defense, medical malpractice, Elder Abuse, and personal injury law.A graduate of UC Berkeley and McGeorge School of Law, Sandi has handled cases in several federal courts including Eastern, Northern, Central and southern District Courts, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court.

Ms. Sava is a member of the Foster Grandparents Advisory Council, a division of the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services. Sandi is currently working "Of Counsel" with the law firm of Johnson, Fort, Meissner, Joseph and Palley, LLP

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Evidence: How to Get It and What to Do with It
  • The Difficult Deposition

Helen Scully

Helen Scully holds a Master Degree in Career Counseling from California State University, Sacramento and is the President of Scully Career Associates, Inc.

She is a Nationally Certified Career Counselor with eighteen years of experience helping people from all walks of life make successful career transitions and find great jobs. Helen is the author of Elevations®, a comprehensive online assessment for career changers and job seekers found at

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Refine Your Career Goals for 2009 & Beyond

Gerald A. Singer

Gerald Singer was a Sacramento County Probation Officer for 14 years; Admitted to practice in 1978, State Bar#78931, started in June 1979 as a sole practitioner in the area of Family and Criminal Law and was a member of the ICD Panel for many years.

In 2004 Mr. Singer decided to focus his practice on only family law and representing only men in the following areas: divorce, paternity actions, custody, visitation, support, child support problems, contempt and domestic violence actions.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Child Support Done Right


Hon. Stephen Smith

Office of Administrative Hearings

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Adminsitrative Adjudications

Jonathan G. Stein

Jonathan G. Stein, Law offices of Jonathan G. Stein

Jonathan Stein started his firm with one goal in mind: to provide old fashioned customer service to clients. While going to law school at night, Jonathan worked as an insurance adjuster by day, handling all types of insurance claims. Before starting the firm, he worked at two law firms and gained valuable legal experience. As an attorney, Jonathan has represented individuals and, gaining valuable experience from insurance companies.

Jonathan earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Economics from CSU-Sacramento. After graduation, he began working for Prudential Insurance. While working at Prudential, he began the Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter program, a program he completed while working for CIGNA.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Legal Writing from Basics to Blogging
  • Self Defense Law for Lawyers
  • Mining Social Media for Information to Win Your Case

Kelly Sutter

Kelly Sutter is a shareholder with the law firm of Weintraub Genshlea & Chediak in the Estate Planning, Tax, and Fiduciary Abuse section. Kelly was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996, after receiving her J.D. from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, in December of 1995. Kelly focuses her practice on estate and trust litigation, financial/fiduciary abuse, elder financial abuse and conservatorships. Kelly also has extensive trial, arbitration, mediation and appellate experience, and has successfully litigated a number of high profile trust disputes and elder financial abuse cases.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Elder Abuse & Financial Scams

James Sweeney

James Sweeney's practice focuses on litigation, including appeals and writs, with an emphasis on religious freedom rights, campaigns and elections, political speech, clergy sexual abuse, employment law, defamation, and land use matters pertaining to religious organizations. Mr. Sweeney has extensive experience in representing religious and charitable organizations, non-profit corporations, and political associations in litigation, regulatory, transactional matters, and governmental relations matters. He is nationally recognized as an expert in the areas of First Amendment religious freedom and political rights and elections law.

A veteran trial and appellate lawyer, he has briefed and argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court, and the California Court of Appeal, and he has briefed cases in the Supreme Court of the United States. After practicing law for several years as a state criminal prosecutor, Mr. Sweeney served as a senior advisor and legal consultant to the California State Assembly ands Chief Counsel to the California Secretary of State.

Among his notable cases involving high-profile clients in that position, he led the appellate litigation team that successfully defended the legislative term limits provisions of the California Constitution before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. As a prosecutor, Mr. Sweeney prosecuted high-profile police misconduct, political corruption, and sexual misconduct jury trials, as well as serving as the district attorney's liaison to the county grand jury and as the district attorney's office media spokesperson. Mr. Sweeney has represented clients in some of the most important, high-profile public policy matters over the past decade, notably including the defense of California's term limits law, the recall of former Governor Gray Davis, the defense of religious freedom rights before the California Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States, and the defense of the Catholic Church during the sexual abuse scandal.

Mr. Sweeney is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, receiving both a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in physics and a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in history. He received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1986 and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. Mr. Sweeney is also admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Sweeney serves as Judge Pro Tempore of the Sacramento Superior Court and regularly sits on the court by assignment.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Ethics & Elimination of Bias: Insights from Experts in Political Law, Non-Profit Organizations & Employment Matters

Stuart C. Talley

Stuart Talley is a partner with the law firm of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP, practicing in the areas of mass torts, consumer class actions and other complex litigation. For the past 7 years, Mr. Talley has represented plaintiffs in numerous complex cases in both Federal and State Courts around the country. Representative cases include:

In Re Vicryl Sutures – In this case Mr. Talley was part of a litigation team that represented over 200 individual plaintiffs who alleged they contracted post operative infections following the use of defectively manufactured Vicryl Sutures. The 200 cases were consolidated in state courts in New Jersey and California and in Federal Court in the Eastern District of Texas. After several years of litigation, the cases settled for a confidential sum.

Gynecare Intergel Litigation — Mr. Talley represented 60 women who alleged they were injured following the use of a product known as Gynecare Intergel. The product was marketed by J&J subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc. and was recalled following its use in approximately 80,000 women. The cases settled for a confidential sum.

In Re Guidant Defibrillator Litigation — Mr. Talley and his firm were part of the Plaintiff's Steering Committee in this MDL proceeding that sought reimbursement for more 5,000 individuals who had defective Guidant defibrillators placed in their bodies. A settlement in this case was recently announced wherein plaintiffs will receive more than $200,000,000.

In Re AOL Spin-Off Sub Account Litigation — Mr. Talley and his firm were lead counsel in this MDL proceeding wherein it was alleged that millions of AOL subscribers improperly had screen names "spun-off" into separate accounts and were then billed additional fees for these "spun-off" accounts. The settlement in this case was valued at approximately $25,000,000.

Larkin v. Best Buy — Mr. Talley served as lead counsel in this consumer class action against Best Buy alleging that the marketing of its extended warranties is false and misleading. Specifically the complaint alleged that Best Buy did not have in place a sufficient number of service centers and technicians to make warranty repairs in a timely manner.

Mr. Talley has also handled many large individual personal injury actions on behalf of injured consumers.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Consumer Fraud & Debt Relief
  • Ins & Outs of a Class Action Lawsuit

Kyle K. Tambornini, Esq.

Kyle has a relatively unique background in that he works both as personal injury attorney and workers compensation attorney on an almost equal basis. He has been active in the community and recognized by his peers in both personal injury and workers compensation. He is not only past president of the Capital City Trial Lawyers Association which is an organization of personal injury attorneys, but is also active with the workers compensation applicants’ attorney organization , California Association of Applicant Attorneys. Kyle regularly advises both workers compensation and personal injury attorneys on the relationship of claims by injured people in both forums. Common questions include: how to handle offsets and credits from one case to another; how to negotiate liens and subrogation rights; how to save duplicative costs on experts; determine whether the workers compensation or the personal injury claim should be settled first and on what terms.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Understanding the Relationship between Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Personal Injury claims

Hon. Brian R. Van Camp

Judge Van Camp was appointed to the bench of the Sacramento Superior Court in 1997. He previously served as Senior Partner with the law firm of Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer, 1990-1997; Partner with the firm of Van Camp & Johnson, 1978-1990; Partner and "of Counsel" with the firm of Diepenbrock, Wulff, Plant & Hannegan, 1974-1977. He was Commissioner for the State of California Department of Corporations, 1971-1974; Assistant/Acting Secretary for the State of California Business & Transportation Agency, 1970-1971; and Agency Attorney with the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sacramento, 1967-1970. Judge Van Camp earned his LL.B. from UC Berkley, Bolt Hall School of Law, 1965.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Delivering an Effective Closing Argument

Don Vilfer

Don Vilfer, President, Califorensics

1013 Galleria Blvd., Suite 210
Roseville, CA; 95678
916-789-1609 (fax

Don Vilfer is the founder and a Shareholder of Califorensics. He specializes in general and complex investigative matters and leads the firm's computer forensics practice. He is ACE certified (Computer Forensics) and attends conferences and classes each year to stay abreast of the latest tools and techniques in the ever-changing world of computer forensics. Don also is an experienced presenter, regularly giving presentations and Continuing Legal Education on aspects of private investigation or computer forensics to professional groups and law firms. Don has extensive experience testifying in state and Federal courts including experience as an expert witness.

Don previously served in the FBI as the Special Agent in charge of the White Collar Crime and Computer Crime Unit in Sacramento. As such, he led investigations of Federal White Collar Crime violations and oversaw the FBI's participation in the Sacramento High-Tech Task Force. Prior to this supervisory detail, Don was assigned to the Washington D.C. Field Office, where he worked such major cases as the BCCI International bank fraud and the Broken Faith case involving public corruption in our Nation's capitol. He later was appointed a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., leading a rapid-response major case management team at venues from The White House to the Oklahoma City Bombing.

After his tenure in the FBI, Don held the position of Senior Director of Litigation Support and Investigative Services for a large accounting firm in Sacramento. He is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Law and a member of the Ohio Bar.  

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Civil Litigation Procedures & e-Discovery
  • Digital Evidence: New Federal Rules on e-Discovery and Computer Forensics
  • Best Practices for Preserving Digital Evidence
  • e-Discovery Roundup
  • Don't Forget the Phones--Integrating Cell Phones into Your e-Discovery
  • The Latest e_Discovery Trends, Techniques & Law

Hon. Michael G. Virga

Hon. Michael G. Virga was selected as the Presiding Judge for Sacramento County Superior Court in 2004, and is the Supervising Settlement-Civil Process Judge in Department 59. He was elected to the Sacramento Superior Court from 1994-2003 and to the Sacramento Municipal Court from 1992-1994. He was Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County from 1981-1992. Judge Virga graduated with a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1981.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • ADR - Mediation & Settlement Conference Program @ Sacramento Superior Court

Victor L. Waid

Victor L. Waid, Attorney at Law, has over 31 years practicing civil law specializing in the representation of creditor financial institutions i.e credit unions, financial companies, and banks in Northern California. As a qualified Judicial Arbitrator, he has been assigned many cases in the areas of professional malpractice, breech of contract, employer/employee disputes, personal injury, product liability, real estate and construction defect and business matters. Mr. Waid is a Judge Pro Tempore of the Sacramento Superior Court and regularly sits on the court by assignment.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Small Claims Court Process

Fred Walter

Walter & Prince, LLP,                                                                                                            1270 Healdsburg Ave., Suite 201, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Phone: 707-431-7900 / Fax: 707-431-7887

Mr. Walter has represented employers in California and other states in OSHA compliance matters and "serious & willful misconduct" claims since 1985. He is admitted to practice in all California courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. He holds an AV rating by Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating for competence and ethical practice.

Fred works with employers, general counsel, safety directors, risk managers and human resources administrators defending OSHA citations and developing effective safety programs which answer regulatory mandates. He leads the firm's crisis management practice, providing clients with legal advice and representation during and after critical events. His article “Crisis Management: The Legal Perspective", was published in the March 2003 edition of Safety Professional.

Fred is often invited to talk on topics related to workplace safety for the firm's clients, public agencies and professional organizations. A short list of these groups includes ALPHA Fund, Redwood Empire MIF, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California, Associated California Loggers and “The Safety Center" in Sacramento, California. He has been a guest lecturer on the legal aspects of safety and health at San Jose State University.

He is co-author, with his partner, Lisa Prince, of the “Workplace Safety" chapter of the California State Bar publication Advising California Employers and Employees.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • OSHA Law: The Devil is in the Details

Brenda Thomas Wilson

Brenda Thomas Wilson received a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. With a background as a legal assistant/paralegal and as an instructor in an ABA-approved paralegal program, she added a law school education to her credentials in 2005 when she obtained a Juris Doctor degree from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento. Ms. Wilson is the author of Introduction to California Civil Litigation (Emphasizing Superior Court Cases) on civil procedure, the California Calendar Key (Superior Court Civil Litigation) on state calendaring, and Calendar Procedures Key (California Civil Litigation) on both state and federal district court calendaring. She also manages ThomasBooks LLC, a publishing and educational services company.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Civil Litigation Procedures & e-Discovery

Brian Wyatt

Brian Wyatt has been practicing law in California for more than a decade. His practice focuses on trusts and estates, probate, and special needs planning. He also works regularly with plaintiff’s counsel to design settlement plans for their clients with disabilities.

Brian received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law) and a B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from UCLA, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school, Brian clerked for The Honorable Joseph T. Sneed, III, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then worked as a senior associate attorney with one of the nation’s best law firms, Covington & Burling LLP.

Brian belongs to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Academy of Special Needs Planners; the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section; and the Sacramento County Bar Association, Probate and Estate Planning Section.

He is a frequent public speaker on a variety of topics, including estate planning, special needs planning, settlement planning, and charitable planning. For more information about Brian and his practice, please visit


Tim Yeung
Tim Yeung, Partner                                                                                                        Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai, LLP - Sacramento Office                                          916.273.1707                                                                             



Mr. Yeung's practice involves all areas of labor and employment law, with a particular emphasis on litigation. He has defended private and public sector employers in numerous lawsuits involving claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation; failure to provide reasonable accommodations; whistle-blower claims; and wage and hour violations. He has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation, including jury trials and appellate litigation in both the state and federal courts.

Mr. Yeung is also widely recognized for his expertise in public sector labor law. In 2004, he was appointed by the Governor as a Legal Adviser to the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), where he advised the Board in over 100 precedential decisions. Mr. Yeung is one of only a handful of California attorneys to have litigated cases before PERB under the Dills Act (state employees), MMBA (city, county and other local employees), and HEERA (higher education employees). Mr. Yeung shares his experience and knowledge of PERB matters on the "California PERB Blog" (, the first California legal blog focused on public sector labor relations.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Yeung handles collective bargaining, both as a negotiator and providing legal advice. He is also frequently called upon to conduct workplace investigations.

Mr. Yeung, is a frequent speaker at seminars throughout California and has authored several articles on labor and employment law issues. He is currently Chair of the 6,000 member Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California and President of the Industrial Relations Association of Northern California. Mr. Yeung is a former Chair of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar and a former member of the City of Davis Personnel Board.

Prior to joining Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP, Mr. Yeung served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Employment Law Section of the California Department of Justice. As a Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Yeung defended various state agencies, the Administrative Office of the Courts, and the California State University system in employment-related litigation. Mr. Yeung has also served as a Legal Adviser to PERB and as a Labor Relations Counsel with the California Department of Personnel Administration.

Mr. Yeung earned his B.S. from U.C. Berkeley in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. He earned his J.D. from U.C. Davis where he served as Senior Research Editor for the U.C. Davis Law Review.

SCPLL MCLE Presentations:

·         Preparing and Opposing Pre-Trial Motions


Douglas Youmans

Douglas L. Youmans, J.D. MBA (Taxation), CPA

Mr. Youmans is a partner with the Sacramento firm of Wagner Kirkman Blaine Klomparens & Youmans, LLP. Mr. Youmans has over 20 years of in-depth experience in business, estate, real estate, tax planning and controversy work.

Mr. Youmans represents companies and individuals in virtually all aspects of tax planning and controversy before federal and state taxing authorities including litigation in tax appellate court. Representative cases include: 100% employment tax penalty; income tax and fiduciary liability; fraud and negligence; income reconstruction; tax-free exchanges; reallocation of income; substantiation; timing; characterization; mergers; consolidated returns; and collections.

SCPLL Presentations:

  • Tax Preparer Penalties for Lawyers

John Ziegler, J.D.

 John Ziegler, J.D., Government Account Manager, Thomson Reuters Business