Our attorneys are actively involved in the legal community, lecturing frequently on all aspects of civil litigation. Last month, partner Evan Burbidge spoke alongside Casey O’Connor, Associate General Counsel at Stitch Fix, and Neil Pai, General Counsel at Founders Fund, on”Things Start-Ups Should Know.” This well-attended CLE included a discussion of common legal mistakes start-ups make and guidance on how to avoid them. Also in February, partner Ryan Erickson served as a panelist at the BASF’s Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference, where he discussed “How to Level Up Your Law Practice.” And in March, Evan Burbidge served as part of the faculty presenting on “Mastering the Deposition” with Pincus Professional Education.
Marc Lewis and Paul Llewellyn recently traveled to Oxford University, England, to discuss the firm’s groundbreaking work bringing civil lawsuits on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse. The lecture was well-received by both the law faculty and students, and resulted in an impassioned and substantive discussion following the lecture.
Marc Lewis and Paul Llewellyn are honored to have been invited to lecture at Oxford University, Paul’s alma mater, in October 2017. The University’s law faculty, which dates back over 800 years, is generally considered one of the most prestigious in the world and consistently ranks among the top three worldwide. Marc and Paul will be addressing the University’s law faculty and students on complex business litigation in the United States, along with the firm’s groundbreaking work handling civil lawsuits on behalf of victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Bridgeport, one of the country’s leading providers of continuing legal education, has again turned to Lewis & Llewellyn for one of its featured programs. On April 28, Bridgeport will present What Makes Jurors Tick?, and all-day seminar for both civil and criminal lawyers. The faculty for the program, which includes Marc Lewis & Paul Llewellyn, has collectively over 10,000 hours in trial, and hail from elite firms such as Keker, Van Nest & Peters and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. If you are interested in attending, please visit http://www.bridgeportce.com/bridgeportce/live-programs/what-makes-jurors-tick.html.
For over five years, continuing legal education providers have turned to Paul Llewellyn as a trusted authority and compelling speaker on the art of taking and defending a deposition. Paul will be back in action on January 19, speaking at Bridgeport’s Mastering The Deposition Workshop. This is an in-depth, all day mastery course designed for both the novice and experienced litigator to take his or her deposition skills to the next level. The other presenters come from firms including Keker & Van Nest, and Munger, Tolles & Olson.
The panel will cover a wide range of topics, including:
- Fundamentals of Taking Depositions
- Deposition is Trial: Taking Jury-Focused Direct and Cross Examination Depositions
- Preparing Witnesses for Depositions
- Deposing Expert Witnesses: Promoting Expertise and Limiting Exposure
- Defending Depositions
- How Deposition Testimony Plays Out at Trial
Differences between depositions in state and federal courts
On February 23, Marc Lewis will speak on a panel featuring several federal judges and high-profile advocates. The title of the panel is Storytelling in IP Litigation: How to Talk To Judges And Juries In Technology Trials. Marc will be joined by Judge James Donato and Magistrate Judges Elizabeth LaPorte and Laurel Beeler, along with Robert Van Nest of Keker & Van Nest and Jennifer Seraphine of Turner Boyd.
The panel will discuss how to distill complex technical issues for effective advocacy, ways to avoid common pitfalls in complex technology litigation, and consider recent high-profile federal jury trials involving technical subject matter. The intended audience is the experienced technology litigator. Attendees can expect to receive practical tips on an array of matters, including discovery disputes involving complex technology issues, confidentiality concerns, the utility of independent court experts, and how parties can cooperate on undisputed technical issues.
On December 12, Evan Burbidge will be co-moderating a Bar Association of San Francisco panel on advanced deposition techniques. Seasoned attorneys, including Paul Llewellyn and attorneys from Latham & Watkins LLP and Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, will be providing tips and tricks on the art of the deposition, including how to get trial-ready soundbites, the best ways to deal with expert witnesses, and methods for taming an evasive witness or argumentative opposing counsel. It’s a can’t-miss for any litigator. Lunch will be provided.
In recognition of the firm’s long-standing relationship with the BASF, the firm is sponsoring five complimentary tickets to the program. If you would like one of those places, please send an email to Amanda Jarvis.
On October 22, a top-flight panel of in-house counsel from Bank of the West, Lyft, and Yahoo! will provide the inside scoop on how they got where they are and what they look for in the lawyers they hire. It’s a can’t-miss opportunity for any attorney looking to bring in business, better understand client needs, or work in-house.
As Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Litigation Section, Marc Lewis will moderate this year’s Bench Bar Conference, which will focus on “The Brave New World of Litigation: The Impact of Social Media, Data Collection, and Technology on a Fair Trial.” The panel will highlight current technology issues impacting civil cases. The Hon. Charlene Padovani Kiesselbach will also moderate, and the Hon. John K. Stewart and Hon. Teri Jackson will present opening and closing remarks, respectively. Attendees will be able to continue the conversation at a reception following the event. The conference will occur the evening of October 27.
Paul Llewellyn will be a featured speaker at Pincus Professional Education’s Superior Court Boot Camp Conference being held in San Francisco on October 10, 2014. The full day seminar will cover the nuts and bolts of practicing in Superior Court with experienced practitioners and judges sharing their tips and advice.