Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County Chapter

ABTL Statement Updated June 2022

The Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), founded over forty-five 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. ABTL-OC presented a number of webinars, including those that were OC-centric and those that covered statewide issues, through partnership with its other chapters, and returned to in-person events on November 10, 2021, with a program entitled “Is American Democracy in Danger?” featuring UCI Political Science Professor Richard Hasen. At that event, ABTL-OC also collected stuffed animals for the OC Superior Court’s Adoption Program.

In addition to its programs, ABTL is known for its unmatched statewide Annual Seminars. In October, ABTL held its members only Annual Seminar at the Mauna Lani resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. It drew approximately 400 attendees and offered 12 hours of CLE credit to lawyers and judges from across the state. This year, the Annual Seminar will talk place at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

ABTL-OC also is dedicated to mentoring and educating its Young Lawyer Division (YLD), which is defined as those practicing ten years or fewer.

Finally, ABTL-OC is devoted to giving back to the Orange County community. Although COVID-19 canceled our 2020-21 plans, ABTL-OC usually builds at least one house with Habitat for Humanity and hosts a holiday gift-giving opportunity where attendees participate by donating money to select children’s charities or by donating new stuffed animals to the Orange County Superior Court’s adoption program. ABTL-OC annually raises tens of thousands of dollars for the Public Law Center and was able to continue this process even during the pandemic— raising almost $40,000 in 2020.

Every Orange County business litigator is encouraged to join ABTL-OC. For more information, visit our website at www.ABTL.org, or contact Linda Sampson at abtloc@abtl.org or President Matt Sonne at msonne@sheppardmullin.com.

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