Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County Chapter

ABTL Statement Updated June 2023

The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), founded over forty-nine years ago, has five thriving chapters across California. ABTL provides a forum in which litigators and judges meet to address issues important to business trial lawyers. Judicial participation in ABTL programs and events is very strong, in part because ABTL includes both plaintiff and defense perspectives.

The Orange County Chapter (ABTL-OC) provides top quality programs, combined with social hours where colleagues can meet with each other and with judges. The first program of 2023 was entitled “From Ethical Violations to Criminal Convictions: United States v. Avenatti.” Our second program was entitled “Chain Reaction: A Trial Lawyer’s Guide to Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies.” On May 24, ABTL-OC will host our annual Robert E. Palmer Wine Tasting Dinner to benefit the Public Law Center. Please join us for our September and November programs too.

In addition to its programs, ABTL is known for its unmatched statewide Annual Seminars. In September, ABTL held its members-only Annual Seminar at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego. It drew approximately 350 attendees and offered 8.0 hours of MCLE credit to lawyers and judges from across the state. This year, the Annual Seminar will take place at the Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island of Hawaii from October 11-15, 2023.

ABTL-OC is also dedicated to mentoring and fostering relations with its “Young Lawyer Division” (YLD), which is defined as those practicing ten years or fewer. Our YLD organizes events throughout the year, including brown-bag lunches, “nuts and bolts” programs, happy hours, and judicial mixers. United States District Judge Fred Slaughter hosted our first brown-bag lunch of the year.

Finally, ABTL-OC is devoted to giving back to the Orange County community. Each November, the ABTL-OC collects new stuffed animals for the Orange County Superior Court’s adoption program. Furthermore, ABTL-OC annually raises tens of thousands of dollars for the Public Law Center and was able to continue this process—raising almost $35,000 in 2022.

Every Orange County business litigator is encouraged to join ABTL-OC. For more information, visit our website at www.ABTL.org, or contact our Executive Director, Linda Sampson, at abtloc@abtl.org.

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For more information about upcoming events, visit www.abtl.org.