On April 14 at 3:00 p.m., Lewis & Llewellyn partner Paul Llewellyn will join Ryan Harding and Jennifer Frisk of commercial real estate firm Newmark Knight Frank, to present a free webinar on COVID-19 and Commercial Real Estate. The panel will share their insights and tips on, among other things, rent abatement and reduction during the current crisis, the outlook for commercial real estate, as well as more general tips about working remotely and keeping a team motivated and engaged during the current climate. To learn more about the webinar, or to register, click here.
In early March, Lewis & Llewellyn partners Ryan Erickson and Paul Llewellyn traveled to Europe to discuss the firm’s groundbreaking work bringing civil lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sexual violence. The pair first traveled to University College Dublin where, at the invitation of the University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, they delivered the faculty’s Distinguished Guest Lecture. They then traveled to the United Kingdom where, in conjunction with the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and Oxford Lawyers Without Borders, they addressed students and faculty in a presentation entitled “Fighting Back: U.S. Litigation In The #MeToo Era.” Lewis & Llewellyn looks forward to fostering closer ties with these prestigious universities.
In two weeks, Lewis & Llewellyn partners Paul Llewellyn and Ryan Erickson will travel to Europe to discuss the firm’s groundbreaking work pursuing civil lawsuits on behalf of survivors of sexual violence. In 2012, before the #MeToo movement had begun, the firm represented a childhood survivor of horrific sexual abuse perpetrated by two California teachers. The case garnered worldwide media attention and together with two other victims from the same school, concluded with the largest ever sexual abuse settlement by a school district in United States history. Since then, in addition to its core business litigation expertise, the firm has earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading firms pursuing justice on behalf of survivors of sexual abuse.
In conjunction with the University of Oxford’s Faculty of Law, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and Oxford Lawyers Without Borders, Llewellyn and Erickson will address students and faculty from this prestigious university in a presentation entitled “Fighting Back: U.S. Litigation In The #MeToo Era.” More information about the lecture can be found here.
Llewellyn and Erickson will then head to University College Dublin. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of University’s Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The Institute has planned a series of special events to celebrate this landmark occasion, and the pair are honored to have been invited to give a lecture to students and faculty there as part of the special events.
Our attorneys were busy last month presenting on all aspects of civil litigation. Ryan Erickson and Evan Burbidge returned to the California Superior Court Boot Camp Conference hosted by Pincus Professional Education, giving presentations on “Mastering Oral Argument” and “How to Prepare for Trial.” Becca Furman moderated a panel for the Bar Association of San Francisco on best practices for working with in-house counsel. Paul Llewellyn presented at Bridgeport CLE’s trial preparation program on preparing witnesses for trial. And Ryan Erickson and Nick Saenz traveled to UCLA to speak to law students about prosecuting and defending trade secret disputes.
Also in October, Marc Lewis spent two intensive days at NPR’s How I Built This Summit, a gathering of successful entrepreneurs. Marc met with many groundbreaking builders and innovators including the founders of Instagram, JetBlue, Bliss, Slack, Away, Urban One, and others. Programming included several small sessions where Marc discussed business fundamentals, personal and organizational leadership, and innovation with other entrepreneurs.
Last week, Lewis & Llewellyn partner Paul Llewellyn was a featured speaker at the Practising Law Institute’s Pocket MBA 2019 program. This two-day intensive course was designed for non-accountants, in-house and law firm attorneys looking to improve their understanding of business strategies and accounting fundamentals taught by a faculty from elite accounting and law firms, private equity investors, bankers, consultants and academics.
And on November 1, 2019, Lewis & Llewellyn partners Evangeline Burbidge and Ryan Erickson will be speaking at Pincus Professional Education’s Superior Court Boot Camp in San Francisco on “Mastering Oral Argument” and “How to Prepare for Trial.” This full day program will focus on the nuts and bolts of litigating in California State Court from the filing of a complaint to post-trial motions and appeals. To learn more about the program, or to register, click here.
As a firm, Lewis & Llewellyn is committed to fighting the epidemic of sexual abuse in America. Last month, Becca Furman spoke at the The Worldwide #MeToo Movement: Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence Conference, hosted by Berkeley Law. The conference brought together legal scholars and practitioners from around the world to examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment. Becca spoke about the effect of non-disclosure agreements on the #MeToo movement, including 2019 changes to California law that limit the confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements.
Additionally, last month Becca Furman and Ryan Erickson spoke at a Bar Association of San Francisco panel on Civil Litigation of Sexual Assault Cases in the #MeTooEra. Joined by Deputy Attorney General Missy Kendra, the panel focused on how to bring a civil lawsuit on behalf of men, women, and children who have survived sexual abuse.
Becca Furman and Ryan Erickson will be speakers at a Bar Association of San Francisco panel on Civil Litigation of Sexual Assault Cases in the #MeTooEra, on May 2, 2019. This session will focus on how to bring a civil lawsuit on behalf of men, women, and children who have survived assault, abuse, or rape. The speakers will also focus on how to work with the District Attorney’s office during and following the criminal prosecution of the abuser, who to file a civil lawsuit against, when to file the lawsuit, and what causes of action to consider. Becca and Ryan will be joined by Deputy Attorney General Missy Kendra, and all attendees of the lunchtime panel will receive an hour of MCLE credit.
Our attorneys are actively involved in the legal community, lecturing frequently on all aspects of civil litigation. Partners Ryan Erickson and Evan Burbidge recently gave presentations on “Mastering Oral Argument” and “How to Prepare for Trial” as returning faculty members at the California Superior Court Boot Camp hosted by Pincus Professional Education. Their dynamic sessions were joined by fellow-panelists Hon. Richard Ulmer (Superior Court of California, San Francisco) and Hon. James Kleinberg (Ret.) (Superior Court of California, Santa Clara County).
Becca Furman recently moderated a Bar Association of San Francisco panel on “Computer Crime Law and Civil Litigation.” This well-attended CLE included an in-depth discussion of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, along with its California corollary, Computer Data Access and Fraud Act, Cal. Pen. Code, § 502. The panel included speakers with experience bringing and defending these claims, as well as a lawyer from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Becca, along with other in-house and outside counsel, is also speaking at Hastings on March 28 to law students about her experience as a lawyer in San Francisco. If you or any lawyers or law students would like to attend, please let Becca know and sign up in the above link.
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.