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Chapter Event: Los Angeles



  • Panel with sit-down dinner 

*** Parking Information and Directions to the Rita Hayworth Room: Please bring a government issued ID to present upon arrival and plan on arriving 10 minutes early to allow ample time to walk form the Culver Motor parking structure to the Rita Hayworth. Map & Directions.  ***

Expert Testimony in the Courtroom "A View From The Bench and The Bar"

Trial court judges decide whether or not to admit deposition testimony at trial and how the videos and transcripts may be used by the attorneys. Therefore, it's incredibly important to understand their point of view.  In this dinner presentation, our highly respected and distinguished panel of LASC judges and a trial attorney will present on the topic of expert witness depositions and their importance and use at trial. Their discussion will address:
  • Pros and cons of video depositions, etc. 
  • Strategic questioning and answering during depositions
  • Use of expert deposition transcripts and videos at trial
  • Do's and Dont's for expert witnesses
Sony Pictures Studios provides a wonderful backdrop for the event, which features inspired cuisine prepared by world-renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck Catering. Space is limited - register today! 

Judge Holly J. Fujie 

Judge Holly J. Fujie was appointed to the California Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles by Governor Jerry Brown in December 2011, and has been sitting in the Personal Injury Hub of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse since the fall of 2015.  Prior to her appointment, Judge Fujie was a shareholder in the Los Angeles-based law firm of Buchalter Nemer, specializing in complex litigation and she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California and one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Southern California.   She received her A.B. degree in 1975 from U.C. Berkeley and her J.D. degree in 1978 from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.  In 2008-2009 she was the third woman and the 1st Asian American to serve as President of the State Bar of California.  She currently serves on the California State Bar’s Council on Access & Fairness, on the Judicial Council’s Commission on the Future of California’s Courts and its Joint State-Federal Courts Committee, and as Vice Chair of the California Supreme Court’s Trustee Nominations Committee.  Judge Fujie also serves as Vice Chair of the California Bench Bar Coalition, Vice Chair of the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Community Outreach Committee and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and of the Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles. Judge Fujie is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Advisor to the Restatement of the Law: Children and the Law.   Judge Fujie is a frequent speaker on a variety of issues relating to the law and the legal profession, and has received many awards for her service to the profession, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Trailblazer Award, the Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award of the California Women Lawyers Association, the Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award of the Leadership Institute for Women of Color Attorneys, the M. Ashley Dickerson Diversity Award of the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Difference Makers Award  of the American Bar Association’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division and  the California Bench-Bar Coalition’s Leadership Award. Since 1992, she has served on, and from 2008-2012 was Chair of, Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Advisory Committee for the Central District of California for federal judicial and U.S. Attorney appointments. 

Judge Michelle Williams Court 

Judge Michelle Williams Court serves in the Civil division of the Los Angeles Superior Court where she presidesover general jurisdiction civil cases.  Prior to her civil assignment, Judge Court served in the central Family Law division, where she heard a wide variety of custody, visitation, property, domestic violence and other family law matters.  

Judge Court is a member of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, Civil Working Group and also serves as a member of the Judicial Council Language Access Implementation Plan Taskforce.  Judge Court is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, sits on the Board of Trustees of the Los Angeles Law Library and serves on several Los Angeles Superior Court committees, including serving as Co-Chair of the Technology Committee. 

Judge Court is an elected member of the American Law Institute, serves as faculty for the Center for Judiciary Education and Research and has lectured at UCLA School of Law, Loyola Law School and Southwestern School of Law.  While in private practice, Judge Court specialized in civil rights and public interest litigation.  Judge Court is a graduate of Pomona College and Loyola Law School.

Esther P. Holm, Esq. 

Esther Holm is a partner in the Orange County office of Lewis Brisbois, co-chair of the Professional Liability Practice,and former vice-chair of the Product Liability Practice. Her specialty is Trial Practice in Professional, General, Employment and Product Liability matters.

In the area of General and Product Liability, Ms. Holm has tried to verdict, cases involving claims of Traumatic Brain Injury, neuropsychological injury, and is a specialist in the use/misuse of PET, SPECT, MRI scans, including Diffusion Tensor Imaging. She has defended and tried to verdict cases involving sexual molestation of a child, bus accidents, paralysis, orthopedic injuries, defamation, wrongful death, wrongful termination of employment and construction defect. She has defended high profile cases of foodborne illness and served as Lead Counsel for the Jack in the Box franchisees sued during the E.coli outbreak in 1993.

Ms. Holm's experience includes defense of hotels and casinos in cases involving claims of assault/battery, and personal injury, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury.

In the Professional Liability area, Ms. Holm has defended malpractice claims brought against insurance agents and brokers, attorneys, appraisers, home inspectors, homeowner associations and school districts.  She has tried to verdict malpractice claims against real estate agents and brokers.

Ms. Holm has extensive experience defending Common Interest Development and Homeowners Associations, including class actions.

Ms. Holm is a frequent lecturer to the defense industry on the use of PET scans, Traumatic Brain Injury, psychological injuries, evaluation of damages, and real estate law.

Ms. Holm is the creator, director and producer of the firm’s Webinar Series. She serves as Moderator for each of the monthly programs. Ms. Holm is Co-Editor of the Professional Liability Newsletter and a member of the Quality Assurance Committee. She is also a former Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and a former Volunteer Mediator.

Awards and Honors: 

  • Selected Top Women Attorneys, Los Angeles Magazine, 2013- 2015 
  • Daily Journal Top Women Lawyers in California, 2017 

Member of: 

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • California Association of Realtors Attorney Referral Panel 
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) 
  • Women's Lawyers Association of Los Angeles 
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel  
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

Chuck P. Diamond, Esq., Senior Partner

Chuck Diamond is the senior partner of O’Melveny’s Century City litigation group, which he founded over thirty yearsago. His practice encompasses a wide variety of antitrust, commercial, and intellectual property disputes, with a pronounced emphasis on “big case” jury trial work. Dubbed a “star litigator” by the San Francisco Chronicle and named repeatedly as one of California’s top antitrust litigators by Chambers USA, Diamond has been a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers since 2007.

After an eight-week trial in the Southern District of New York, in December 2017 Diamond and his team won a jury verdict in favor of US Airways (now American Airlines) finding contract restrictions imposed by ticketgiant Sabre an unlawful restraint of trade in violation of the Sherman Act. The verdict marked a significant milestone in Diamond’s six-year effort to drive competition in the market for computerized networks that link travel agents with airlines and other travel suppliers.

The Los Angeles Business Journal has recognized Diamond’s stature in the Los Angeles legal community, putting him on its “Top 100” lawyer list two years running, and his wins have been chronicled on the pages of The American Lawyer and the National Law Journal. Since its inception, Law & Politics Media Inc. has recognized Diamond as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in surveys published in Los Angeles magazine.

Diamond’s jury trial skills were honed in the 1980s as a court-appointed criminal defense lawyer in the Central District of California, when he defended over 50 major felonies and handled over a half-dozen criminal appeals (including a US Supreme Court argument), winning both dismissals and acquittals. He subsequently defended corporations and individuals facing prosecution by the US Justice Department and a host of other federal agencies, including the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Customs Service, the Postal Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Throughout his career, Diamond has represented motion picture producers, studios and talent in entertainment disputes, most recently trying Don Johnson’s copyright claims over Nash Bridges to a jury. Other entertainment, media, and technology clients for whom he has successfully litigated include: AMD; Warner Bros.; Sony Pictures Entertainment; USA Today; Walt Disney Productions; Nike; CBS Inc.; NBC; Univision; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; CBS Records; Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc.; and Norman Lear.

This Los Angeles Chapter meeting is sponsored by: 
Sargeant Insurance Agency, LLC


We would like to thank Sargeant Insurance Agency, LLC for their generous support of the June 6th Los Angeles dinner meeting. We encourage you to visit their website or contact Robert Rice at (818) 561 - 2600 to receive more information on how they can help you with business insurance to protect you and your business. 


This course has been approved for 1 CFLC Credit and 1 MCLE credit



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