ABTL - Association of Business Trial Lawyers


Northern California

Defending corporations at trial presents special challenges. A corporation is a person, but a faceless and impersonal one, and can face powerful underlying societal beliefs about its motives. Meanwhile, under both civil and criminal law, corporations can sometimes be held responsible for the "collective knowledge" and combined actions of their employees even in the absence of any individual guilt. In 2016, two major cases raising key issues of corporate responsibility, knowledge, action and inaction went to trial right here in San Francisco: United States v. FedEx and United States v. PG&E. Join us as lawyers from these cases discuss lessons learned from defending corporate behavior on trial.



Cris Arguedas

Arguedas, Cassman & Headley, LLP

Ted Cassman

Arguedas, Cassman & Headley, LLP

Raphael Goldman

Arguedas, Cassman & Headley, LLP

Kate Dyer

Clarence, Dyer & Cohen LLP

Steve Bauer

Latham & Watkins LLP

Margaret Tough

Latham & Watkins LLP


We look forward to seeing you on January 24th!


Tuesday, January 24, 2017


6:00 p.m. ā€” Cocktail Reception

7:00 p.m. ā€” Dinner

8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ā€” CLE Program


The Four Seasons Hotel
757 Market Street
San Francisco, California
Veranda Ballroom (5th Floor)

The main entrance of the Hotel is located at 217 Stevenson Street, which is accessed from Third Street. The hotel is near the Powell Street BART Station.

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$110 — ABTL Members
$125 — Non-Members
$75 — Public Sector Attorneys
$1100 — Member Table of 10
$1250 — Non-Member Table of 10
Complimentary — Sitting Judges

* Add $20 per person for registration after 1/17/17.


1 Hour MCLE Credit - ETHICS

The ABTL certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


Contact Michele Sliva at abtl-ncal@comcast.net or (925) 447-7900.