Association of Business Trial Lawyers - Orange County Chapter

ABTL Statement Updated January 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. Although the pandemic prevented inperson events, ABTL-OC presented a number of webinars both OC-centric, and statewide through partnership with its other chapters. ABTL-OC was pleased to welcome Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to speak on “The Supreme Court: Its Composition and Direction, Upcoming Cases, and Comments About Election-Related Litigation.” And most recently, former ABTL-OC President Michele Johnson presented an in-depth discussion of the equal pay dispute between U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team.

In addition to its programs, ABTL is known for its unmatched statewide Annual Seminars. ABTL postponed its 2020 Annual Seminar to October 2021 and will hold its members only Annual Seminar at the Mauna Lani resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Annual Seminar usually draws approximately 400 attendees and offers 12 hours of CLE credit to lawyers and judges from across the state.

ABTL-OC also is dedicated to mentoring and education for its Young Lawyer Division (YLD), which is defined as those practicing ten years or fewer. The YLD hosted a virtual brown bag lunch with then-OCSC Presiding Judge, Kirk Nakamura.

Finally, ABTL-OC is devoted to giving back to the Orange County community. Although COVID-19 canceled our 2020 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 Maria Stearns at mstearns@rutan.com.

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