General Law

The Efficient Use of Private Investigators in Litigation

The early use of a private investigator in situations that may end up in litigation can make or break your case . Going blindly into litigation is a quick way to waste time and resources and can end up costing your client unnecessary expense or even losing a case. Comprehensive pre-filing investigations help fashion litigation strategies and the efficient use of resource planning.
A good investigator can help you set a direction and follow it through a lawsuit.

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Patrick W. Emery
Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren
& Emery

Mr. Emery has been a trial lawyer in Sonoma County for over 40 years. His efforts have resulted in his recognition as a Super Lawyer of Northern California and his inclusion in Best Lawyers in America. In addition, he is one of only six practicing attorneys in Sonoma County elected to the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

His trial experience extends to personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from many types of accidents, product failures and medical negligence events. He is also experienced in major consumer class actions. Mr. Emery has won a number of Sonoma County’s highest verdicts and settlements, several of which have been achieved against major national corporations.

During the last 20 years, in addition to his focus on the representation of plaintiffs, he has continued to represent selected individuals and businesses in large case commercial litigation, most often involving issues of agricultural production and financing.

Mr. Emery has been an active member of the legal community, serving as President of the Sonoma County Bar Association and as a member of the Sangster Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He has presided over cases as a judge pro tem of the Sonoma County Superior Court and has acted as an agreed arbitrator and mediator in many matters. He is a frequent continuing education lecturer on civil litigation subjects for a variety of organizations, including California Continuing Education of the Bar. He has taught Trial Practice at Empire College of Law for many years and teaches in the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Stanford Law School.

DeMartini, James

James F. DeMartini
Law Office of James F. DeMartini

Mr. DeMartini has practiced law in the County of Sonoma since 1977. After thirteen years of commuting to Santa Rosa as a partner in the law firm of Stark, DeMartini & Curry, he moved his practice full time to his Cloverdale office in 1990. Mr. DeMartini’s practice focuses on Real Estate, Personal Injury, Business Law, Employment Law, and Estate Planning. In addition to his law practice, Mr. DeMartini serves as a mediator with Common Sense Mediation and is a Market Rate and No Fee mediator for the Sonoma County Superior Court. He acts as a Superior Court arbitrator and discovery facilitator and has volunteered his time as a settlement conference panelist for 25 years. Mr. DeMartini has been a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association Executive Board since 2013, having served as President (2016), Vice-President (2015), Treasurer (2014), and Secretary (2013). Over the last three decades Jim has supervised the incorporation of many of Cloverdale’s non-profit organizations, including the Cloverdale Boys and Girls Club, Cloverdale Historical Society, Cloverdale Volunteer Fire Fighters Association, Cloverdale Rotary Foundation, American Legion Gun Club, and the Cloverdale Wine and Visitors Center.

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Scott Wilmore
Private Investigator

Mr. Wilmore began his investigative career after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice in 1976. For 13 years, he worked as a criminal defense investigator with the Sonoma County Public Defender’s office. Six of those years were served as Senior (Chief) Investigator. He was a certified polygraph examiner during his time with the Public Defender.

Mr. Wilmore opened his private investigation practice in 1989, with a concentration on civil litigation, both plaintiff and defense, and criminal defense investigations. In addition, he provides investigative services including complete background histories, asset, real estate, social media, missing persons, and family law investigations.

Mr. Wilmore was active in the California Defense Investigator’s Association for many years, serving as President in 1984-1985. Since opening his private practice, he has been an active member of the National Council of Investigation and Securities Services and in the California Association of Licensed Investigators, the country’s largest investigative society. He served two terms as a District Governor, enhancing the education of the Northern California investigative community. Mr. Wilmore has lived in Sonoma County since 1963 and is closely connected to the legal and local community at large.

Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

Time: Check-In: 3:45 pm; Presentation: 4:00—5:00 pm

Presenter(s):
Patrick W. Emery, Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
James F. DeMartini, Law Office of James F. DeMartini
Scott Wilmore, Private Investigator

Place: SCBA Office, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404.
Parking for this seminar is ONLY available in the Public Parking Garage at 555 First Street. 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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Events

2018 Family Law Judicial Officers’ Luncheon

Join the Family Law Judicial Officers as they share their thoughts and expectations for the coming year!

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Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

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

Judges and Commissioner:
Hon. Robert S. Boyd, Supervising Judge, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon. Raima Ballinger, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon. James G. Bertoli, Sonoma County Superior Court
Hon. Becky Rasmason, Commissioner, Sonoma County Superior Court

Place: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Registration Fee: $85—SCBA Members; $105—Public

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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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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