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2017 OCBA College of Trial Advocacy

This past Saturday, approximately 100 lawyers completed the OCBA College of Trial Advocacy (COTA), a five-week program held over 9 sessions in April and May to help attorneys refine their skills in the preparation and trial of civil cases, from Voir Dire to Closing Argument.

The OCBA expresses its appreciation to all of the judges and attorneys who volunteered their time and expertise as speakers and workshop judges. A special thank you to OCBA COTA Committee Co-Chairs Roy L. Comer, Robert B. Gibson and Eric V. Traut, and to sponsors Calderon Settlements Group, Esquire Deposition Solution, Hines Reporters, JAMS, Judicate West, Klein & Wilson, Trilogy Financial, including Chapman University Fowler School of Law, who graciously hosted this event.

For more event photos, visit the OCBA Facebook Page.

  • Honorable James L. Crandall, Orange County Superior Court
  • Honorable James J. Di CesareOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Terri Flynn-PeisterOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Martha K. GoodingOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Gregory H. LewisOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Linda MarksOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Kirk H. NakamuraOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Gail A. Andler (Ret.)JAMS
  • Honorable C. Robert Jameson (Ret.)Judicate West
  • John C. Adams III, Esq., Hunt & Adams
  • Brian D. Chase, Esq., Past President-CAOC, Bisnar Chase, LLP
  • Roy L. Comer, Esq.Law Office of Roy L. Comer
  • Douglas M. DeGrave, Esq., Past President-CAL ABOTA, Past President-OC ABOTA, Poliquin & DeGrave LLP
  • Constance A. Endelicato, Esq., Wood Smith Henning & Berman
  • Robert B. Gibson, Esq., Past President-OC ABOTA, Gibson & Hughes
  • William C. Haggerty, Esq., Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar, LLP 
  • Gerald A. Klein, Esq., Klein & Wilson
  • Edward R. Leonard, Esq., Past President-OC ABOTA, Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter
  • Christopher B. Mears, Esq.Past President-OC ABOTA, Christopher B. Mears, APC
  • Terrence J. Schafer, Esq., Doyle Schafer McMahon           
  • Eric V. Traut, Esq., Past President-OC ABOTA, Past President-OCTLATraut Firm
  • Kimberly A. Valentine, Esq., Valentine Law Group, APC           
  • Christopher P. Wesierski, Esq., Past President- OC ABOTA, Wesierski & Zurek LLP
  • Brian L. Williams, Esq.Sullivan, Ballog & Williams LLP 
  • Mark B. Wilson, Esq.Klein & Wilson


  • Honorable Sheila B. FellOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Craig GriffinOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Theodore R. HowardOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Mary F. SchulteOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable Randall J. ShermanOrange County Superior Court
  • Honorable James A. Jackman (Ret.)Judicate West
  • Alan J. CrivaroLaw Offices of Alan J. Crivaro
  • Gregory BrownBrown & Charbonneau LLP
  • Suzanne V. Chamberlain, Chamberlain and Viau, APLC
  • Joseph A. Ferrucci, Ferrucci Law Group
  • Kevin J. Gramling, Klinedinst PC
  • Kyle N. Gurwell, Gurwell Law
  • Yoshiaki C. Kubota, Chambers Noronha & Kubota
  • Andrew McCarron, Harbin & McCarron
  • Neil Pedersen, Pedersen Law Group APLC
  • G. Emmett Raitt, Jr., The Raitt Law Firm
  • Kenneth A. Roberts, Roberts Mediation
  • Sherman M. Spitz, Berger Kahn
  • Peter C. Wittlin, Attorney At Law


  • Calderon Settlements Group
  • Esquire Deposition Solution
  • Hines Reporters
  • JAMS
  • Judicate West
  • Klein & Wilson
  • Trilogy Financial
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