Well That Was Rude! Being a Jerk is Not a Skill and Incivility is Counterproductive



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A discussion of the benefits gained through professionalism and civility and the ramifications of poor behavior, including the impacts on clients, counsel, judges, and juries. Persuasive advocacy is focused on the facts and the law. It is not persuasive to be loud or abusive. Civility gains the respect of your peers, builds a strong reputation with the judiciary, and makes the practice of law more enjoyable.

The panel will explore how incivility arises and escalates and offer ways for counsel to avoid and react to incivility without violating their own obligations of professionalism and civility. The panel will discuss the ways in which trial and appellate courts have reacted to bad behavior by counsel, including commentary from cases imposing sanctions and reducing fee awards because counsel were jerks.

Meet the Speakers
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Judge Stephanie Bowick



Judge Stephanie Marie Bowick received her B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984 and her J.D. from Howard University in 1988. While attending undergrad, she worked part time as a receptionist at Dumas & Associates. After passing the California bar in 1989, she worked for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office from 1990-1993, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office from 1998-2001, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office in 2001, and as assistant general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001-2009. She also worked in private practice as a litigation associate at Mills & Schroeder in 1989, Berman & Clark in 1990, and Barrack, Rodos & Bacine from 1993-1996. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009.

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Edith R. Matthai


Mediator, Arbitrator, Neutral Evaluator JAMS

Edith R. Matthai has over 45 years of experience representing clients in complex and high-profile matters. She has long been a leader within the legal community and recognized as a skilled trial lawyer, earning accolades from many leading legal institutions. She has represented clients in countless mediations and settled well over 1,000 cases. Edith has been retained in a wide variety of cases that are complex and unique. She has represented hundreds of lawyers and law firms, from solo practitioners to AmLaw 100 firms, in professional liability actions. She has evaluated and litigated a wide range of matters, including complex business transactions, Ponzi schemes, fraud claims, fee disputes, partnership dissolutions, tax structures, family disputes with high-value marital or probate estates, complex real estate transactions,
entertainment industry disputes, patent disputes, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, predatory lending, escrow and mortgage fraud, debt relief programs and insurance disputes. Throughout her career, Ms. Matthai has handled numerous appeals covering a broad range of issues.

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Ryan D. Saba


Partner Rosen Saba LLP

Ryan Saba is an award winning civil litigation and trial attorney. Ryan’s practice consists of prosecuting and defending individual, class action and mass action claims. On the plaintiff side, Ryan obtains some of the largest settlements and verdicts each year. On the defense side, Ryan is considered one of the premiere “bet-the-company” trial lawyers in California. Ryan has extensive experience in a wide range of federal and state matters, including consumer litigation, employment litigation, women’s rights, complex business and entertainment disputes, catastrophic injury claims, professional responsibility, copyright/trademark, civil rights, maritime, and municipal, insurance bad faith, landowner, and product liability. Ryan has been working with Jim Rosen since 1999 and is a founding partner of Rosen Saba, LLP.

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