Event Details


United States | January 25, 2022 - January 26, 2022

Please join Norton Rose Fulbright in our January CLE Blitz offering up to nine credit hours of complimentary virtual programming including ethics, elimination of bias, current trends and more.


Day 1 | Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Expert witnesses: "The play's the thing" | 9:00 – 10:00 am PT 

The formulae for the proper conduct of expert depositions and successful challenges to expert opinion testimony is not complicated.  Join us as we address the basic fundamentals of expert discovery, including discussions about appropriate expert testimony, thorough exploration of the expert’s background, and the proper foundational prerequisites for admission of expert opinions into evidence at trial.


Kevin Mayer, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Consumer/commercial arbitration trends | 10:15 – 11:15 am PT

Update on trends related to commercial/consumer arbitration, including: (1) the validity/enforceability of consumer arbitration provisions and class action waivers; (2) who decides arbitrability; (3) risks of class vs. individual arbitrations; (4) arbitration of claims for “public injunctive relief”; (5) discovery for use in international arbitrations; and (6) arbitration issues for regulated industries.


Josh Lichtman, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Jeff Margulies, Partner-in-Charge, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Norton Rose Fulbright

Katie Connolly, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright


The ethics of internal investigations: What companies and in-house counsel should know when conducting complex internal investigations* | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PT

This ethics program will address when admonitions (such as Upjohn) are necessary for employee-interviewees, issues with identifying the client relationship during an investigation, how to maintain confidentiality and attorney-client privilege over investigation materials, and issues with involving a third party (including law enforcement or regulators).


James M. Perez, Associate General Counsel, Caltech

Celia Cohen, Co-Head of Financial Institutions, United States, Norton Rose Fulbright

Chris Pelham, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Break | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT


AB 51 and employment arbitration in California | 1:30 – 2:30 pm PT

This program will discuss the history of the legislative attempts to limit employment arbitration, AB 51, its history, current status and effect, as well as current challenges to Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC.


Ryan McCoy, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Trial techniques and trials during COVID | 2:45 – 3:45 pm PT

This program will discuss issues with jury and non-jury trials in the time of COVID. In that regard, will also discuss trial tactics and techniques.


Judge Anthony J. Mohr, Los Angeles County Superior Court Retired

Judge Clifford L. Klien, Los Angeles County Superior Court Retired

Jim Turken, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Day 2 | Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The devils in the details: Contract templates matter | 9:00 – 10:00 am PT

This discussion will go over the nuts and bolts of contract drafting, with a focus on current best practices, including limitations on liability, indemnification, and other commonly overlooked, but routinely problematic contract terms, as well as trends in contract disputes.


Dave Barksdale, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Rebecca Calkins, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Victor Hsu, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Will Troutman, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Is it me or my job?* | 10:15 – 11:15 am PT

This competence program will explore what anxiety and depression look like, and how they can often be overlooked as part of the “regular” stress that many attorneys associate with practicing law.  It will explore options for assistance in an effort to help attorneys identify and address their anxiety and depression, and enable them to keep practicing rather than concluding that they must quit to pursue other careers that they think will make them happier.


John Boylston, Attorney, Myatt & Bell P.C.

Will Troutman, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright


Best practices in managing outside counsel | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PT

The successful management of the relationship with outside counsel often involves a delicate balance between cooperation and oversight. This program will discuss best practices for managing outside general counsel including effective communication techniques, how to set expectations, billings and fee management as well as timely review and approval.


Stephanie Stroup, Associate General Counsel, Employment Litigation, Tesla

Kristina Ayers, Senior Counsel, Kaiser Permanente

Amy McGinnis, Senior Vice President, Employment Law, Fox Corporation

Jeff Margulies, Partner-in-Charge, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Norton Rose Fulbright


Break | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT 


“Did I just hear that?” Practical considerations and impediments from bias in the courtroom, during arbitrations or in mediations* | 1:30 – 2:30 pm PT

Practical approaches to identifying, anticipating and counteracting unconscious and conscious biases when managing risk based on real-life experiences and examples.  We review bias from a practical perspective, beyond the more recognizable protected classes to the kinds of biases that influence decision-making by a trier of fact, arbitrator or mediator.


Rebecca Winthrop, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

Jayesh Patel, Senior Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright


Continuing education

These programs are eligible for up to nine CLE credits including one Ethics CLE credit, one Competence Issues CLE credit, one Recognition and Elimination of Bias CLE credit and six MCLE credits in California. Programs marked with an asterisk are eligible for specialty credits.