MCLE Classes & Events

Thursday, December 14, 2017: Winter CEQA Update

NEW: Monday, December 18, 2017: Tax Issues Resulting from the Wildfires

NEW: Wednesday, December 20, 2017: Advising Fire-Victim Clients An Overview

NEW: Thursday, December 28, 2017: After the Fire: Advising Clients Hiring Contractors

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2018 January: SCBA's 2018 January Blitz!

Monday, January 8, 2018: Civility Matters VI

Thursday, January 11, 2018: Competence Issues Related to Substance Abuse

Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

Wednesday, January 24, 2018: Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law

Friday, January 26, 2018: Elimination of Bias and the Courtroom: A View from the Bench

Monday, January 29, 2018: Avoiding Bad Good-Byes: Ethical and Practical Tips for Ending a Client Relationship or Law Practice

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Attorney Trust Accounts: Pitfalls to Avoid

Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Immigration Law

Friday, February 23, 2018: Comprehensive Family Law Practice Series: Settlement in Family Law Cases

Monday, February 26, 2018: New Laws and Forms in the Civil Department for 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018: The 19th Annual REX SATER AWARD DINNER

General Law

Tax Issues Resulting from the Wildfires

With insurance payments deposited to checking accounts, and end-of-year tax planning underway, many clients and colleagues have questions regarding the tax implications of the recent fires. Will I be taxed on insurance payments? Does litigation have tax consequences? What about deduction of losses? This seminar will discuss these and more tax issues Sonoma County residents are likely to face this year and next year as a result of the disaster.

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Christopher M. Haws
Friedemann Goldberg

Mr. Haws is an associate attorney with Friedemann Goldberg LLP, practicing in the areas of Estate Planning and Tax Law. He joined the firm in 2015. Mr. Haws received his bachelors degree from Arizona State University and his law degree from Tulane University Law School. While in law school, Mr. Haws was the Articles Editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law and served as a taxation research assistant. Additionally, he interned with the First Judicial District of Colorado and worked in the in-house legal department at McDermott International Inc. Mr. Haws graduated from law school cum laude, earning honors in trial advocacy and a certificate in International and Comparative Law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Haws worked in the banking and financial industry and spent two years living and working in Seoul, South Korea. After law school, he practiced in the areas of estate planning and tax in downtown Santa Rosa. He has served as a volunteer with Lawyers Without Borders, Common Ground Legal Clinic, and Hessel Church.

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Ronald P. Wargo II
Friedemann Goldberg

Mr. Wargo is a partner with Friedemann Goldberg and practices in the areas of estate planning, business law and intellectual property. He is a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. He has practiced law since 1998.

Mr. Wargo has published numerous articles and delivered lectures on various aspects of estate planning, business, intellectual property and tax law, and has taught fellow attorneys as a Continuing Education of the Bar instructor.

Mr. Wargo was named a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2014 and 2015, and a “Rising Star” by the publication in 2011 and 2012. The North Bay Business Journal named him to its inaugural “40 Under 40” list in 2007.

Mr. Wargo received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings School of Law. He has been an adjunct professor of Business Organizations at Empire College School of Law.

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James Elliott, CPA
Elliott CPA Group, Inc.

Mr. Elliott is an alumnus of Sonoma State University and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) Wine Industry Services Team. He has had the opportunity to work with a vast number of companies of all sizes ranging from those in the top 10 in the world to small sole proprietors (and everything in between). In early 2006, he left PwC as a federal Tax Manager in an effort to provide more meaningful client service and attain a better work/life balance. Now in his fifteenth year of public accounting, he predominantly works with entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses and high net worth individuals in various industries including, winery and vineyard, retail, real estate, and manufacturing.

Date: Monday, December 18, 2017

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00—1:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Christopher M. Haws, Friedemann Goldberg
Ronald P. Wargo II, Friedemann Goldberg
James Elliott, CPA, Elliott CPA Group, Inc.

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street at rate of $.75 per hour. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue

Registration Fee: $60–SCBA Members; $75–Public

MCLE: 1.0 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

Advising Fire-Victim Clients An Overview

Topics of Discussion Include:
~ What Insurance policy advice to give my clients?
~ How does my client deal with their Mortgage/ bank now their house is gone?
~ Does my client owe rent on their burned down rental property?
~ My client’s will or trust was burned up in the fire, what to do?
~ What is a mass tort and how do they work?
~ How are mass tort individual claims handled?
~ What are my clients’ rights to recover against PG&E for fire losses?
~ How to advise a client about Under Insured and bad faith insurance claims?

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Roy E. Miller
Hansen & Miller Law Firm

Mr. Miller graduated CA Western School of Law in San Diego and was admitted to the California bar in 1994. In his early years as an attorney, Roy practiced civil litigation in San Diego. He then relocated to the Lake County District Attorney’s Office. After five years as a prosecutor in Lake County, Mr. Miller joined Monte L. Hansen in Santa Rosa forming Hansen & Miller Law Firm. This firm handles criminal defense and civil litigation. Their focus includes wrongful death, personal injury and property damage cases. Roy Miller has handled numerous cases where fire was the primary cause of property damage and injuries. As a victim of the Tubbs fire, he has a unique perspective and will discuss legal issues raised by his experience and his fire victim clients.

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Mikal Carter Watts
Watts Guerra LLP

Mr. Watts is the founding Partner of Watts Guerra LLP. Mikal is a nationally known trial lawyer who has represented clients in all 50 states. He has vast experience in mass tort litigation. He tried the first Ford Explorer rollover cases and many bellwether trials in mass tort cases. Two months ago he was trying a case for 22,000 farmers seeking over $400 million. Mikal Watts firm filed the first wrongful death case from the Tubbs fire, and has filed a motion to coordinate the Sonoma County fire cases in Sonoma County. Mikal attended The University of Texas in Austin where he completed his undergraduate and law school. Following college, Mikal accepted a position working for The Honorable Thomas R. Phillips, Chief Justice Texas Supreme Court as a briefing attorney from 1989-1990. Mikal will discuss the mass tort process of filing individual claims in general, the anatomy of mass tort claims, and also provide information specific to the fire cases.

Date: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Time: Check-In: 11:30 am; Presentation: 12:00—1:15 pm

Presenter(s):
Roy E. Miller, Hansen & Miller Law Firm

Mikal Carter Watts, Watts Guerra LLP

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street at rate of $.75 per hour. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue

Registration Fee: $60–SCBA Members; $75–Public

MCLE: 1.25 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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General Law

After the Fire: Advising Clients Hiring Contractors

Friedemann and Wright will provide insight into how to advise clients as they undertake to rebuild homes lost in the fire. The speakers will discuss interviewing and selecting contractors, negotiating terms of the contract to rebuild, setting the scope of the contract, arranging a payment schedule, confirming project progress, identifying the warning signs of things gone wrong, and what to do when everything unravels. Attendees will receive sample construction contracts, sample timelines, sample lien release forms, and more.

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John Friedemann
Friedemann Goldberg, LLP

John Friedemann practices in business, real estate, banking, and entertainment law, both litigation and transactional, and has extensive expertise in matters involving fraud and fraud-loss insurance. Mr. Friedemann has been practicing law since 1984 and regularly speaks on various aspects of the law as a Continuing Legal Education instructor. He has also taught courses on banking law, and delivered lectures at the University of Southern California Law Center, Loyola Law School, Sonoma State University, and Empire College School of the Law. Mr. Friedemann is a graduate of UCLA and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, with distinction. In 12 separate years, Mr. Friedemann has been chosen as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine and was honored as an Outstanding Teacher by Sonoma State University for his classes on business law.

He is highly experienced in matters related to contracts, especially in the context of small and medium-sized businesses, and the purchase and sale of businesses. He has been practicing law since 1984.

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Stephen Wright
Partner, VLP Law Group LLP
CEO, Wright Contracting, Inc.

Mr. Wright is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and Harvard Law School. He is a partner with VLP Law Group LLP in San Francisco where he represents developers in the negotiation of construction agreements with commercial builders, among other things. As the grandson of the founder of Wright Contracting, Paul V. Wright, and its Chief Operating Officer, Stephen brings rare insights and a unique perspective to the current post-fire situation from a builder’s perspective.

Date: Thursday, December 28, 2017

Time: Check-In: 11:45 am; Presentation: 12:00—1:30 pm

Presenter(s):
John Friedemann, Friedemann Goldberg, LLP
Stephen Wright, Partner, VLP Law Group LLP, CEO, Wright Contracting, Inc.

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.

NOTE: Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street at rate of $.75 per hour. Please do not park in the parking lot at 111 Santa Rosa Avenue

Registration Fee: $70–SCBA Members; $85–Public;

MCLE: 1.5 Units Participatory Credit in General Law

Student: $20 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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Events

SCBA’s Staff Wishes You a Wonderful Winter Holiday

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Events

Presiding Judge’s Luncheon

The Sonoma County Bar Association Along with the Special Events Committee, Invite You to Attend:

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Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: Check-In: 11:30 am; Lunch and Presentation: 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Place: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, Dry Creek Valley Ballroom
170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration Fee: $85—SCBA Members | $105—Public
$45—Student (Students must provide proof of current enrollment with registration to receive discount)

Student: $45 (The student discount is now available online for SCBA Student Members. Students who are not members of SCBA may utilize the student discount by downloading the registration form and submitting it with proof of current enrollment to the SCBA Offices. For more information on becoming a member of SCBA, please contact Susan Demers at (707) 542-1190 ext. 18.)

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Competence Issues

The January Blitz!!

Urgent: The Deadline for GROUP 2 (H-M) is February 1, 2018.
Finish Your 25 Hours of Continuing Legal Education with SCBA!

California MCLE Requirements:
25 Total Hours Continuing Legal Education Credits Every 3 Years, Including:
4 Credit Hours of Legal Ethics, 1 Credit Hour of Competence Issues, and 1 Credit Hour of Elimination of Bias

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Or Click on the Title for More Information and to Register for a Particular Live Program:
Civility Matters VI
Competence Issues Related to Substance Abuse
Recent Developments in Labor & Employment Law
Elimination of Bias and the Courtroom: A View from the Bench
Avoiding Bad Good-Byes
Attorney Trust Accounts: Pitfalls to Avoid