Upcoming events

    • Friday, June 02, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    MCLE FIRST FRIDAYS: SMBA Probate Section Presents

    International Legal and Tax Aspects of U.S-EU Estate and Trust Planning with Marco Q. Rossi & Associati, PLLC

    Many clients based oversees have assets and interests all over the world, including beautiful Southern California. A globally connected economy increasingly raises issues where attorneys must consider international tax issues in estate planning, especially for their international clients and estates, both domestic and outside of the US.

    Marco Rossi

    Born and educated in Italy where he graduated in law in 1990, earned an international tax LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law and set up his New York office in 2005, Marco is a U.S. and Italian tax counsel and focus on U.S. and Italian international tax and business law. His firm, Marco Q. Rossi & Associati (MQR&A), founded in 1998 and established as a U.S.-Italy cross border practice in 2005, is a boutique law firm operating out of New York, Miami and Los Angeles and with local offices in Italy (Genoa and Milan) and the United States (Scottsdale, AZ).

    Marco Q. Rossi & Associati

    Marco Q. Rossi & Associati (MQR&A) is a innovative boutique international law firm based in Italy and the U.S. specialized in legal and tax advice to global-minded business and individual clients engaged in cross border investments or business transactions, including cross-border Joint Ventures and M&As, individual immigration and expatriation planning, cross-border employment issues, international estates and trusts, and individual and personal tax planning. MQR&A operates through international locations in New York, Los Angeles and Miami and has local offices in Scottsdale, AZ in addition to its Italian offices in Genoa and Milan serving international clients in Italy and the E.U. 

    MQR&A specializes in international legal and tax support for international clients in the U.S. and Europe, individual international tax planning, reporting and compliance, cross-border business transactions in Italy and the United States, outside legal and tax counsel services for international firms, tax assistance and support for executive personnel and staff of global firms, international M&As, joint ventures and partnerships, tax treaties, international tax planning, transfer pricing, taxation of cross border trusts and estates, U.S. legal and tax advice on U.S. activities of foreign investors and foreign activities of U.S. businesses, U.S. outbound investments tax planning and advice, Italian legal and tax support for U.S. and foreign clients in Italy. 

    MQR&A was founded in Italy in 1998, established as a U.S./Italy cross border practice with headquarter in Manhattan, New York in 2005, and expanded as a boutique global law firm in U.S. and Europe with additional offices in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ in 2013.

    CLICK HERE FOR SPONSORSHIP INFO: To sponsor this event, follow registration prompts and select exclusive sponsor registration offer on registration page.

    Hosting: venue and food provided by:

    • Saturday, June 10, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Reed Park, 1133 7th Street Santa Monica, CA 90403


    Come join the Santa Monica Bar Association for the annual inter-club friendly challenge of tennis, and afternoon reception.. The Santa Monica Tennis Club vs. the SMBA.

    Format: Mixed Doubles, Round Robin. Limited to 6 women and 6 men for each group.  Round Robin format, 9 games per round, sudden death second deuce, FBI on first round, 4 rounds, total 6 games.  Rating criteria 3.5 for Women and 4.0 for Men (or better).  15 minute warm up prior to the start of each session. 

    SMTC will provide, Balls, Snacks, Water and Courts.

    Registration opens soon!

    Contact us to sponsor this event:

    Click here to sponsor!

    For additional information on sponsoring this or future events, contact Jan McCartney-Clark.

    • Tuesday, June 13, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Special Sponsored Tuesday’s Toast with the Japanese American Bar Association and Santa Monica Bar Association — Sponsored by HG Deposition and Litigation Services

    The Santa Monica Bar Association (www.smba.net) and the Japanese American Bar Association (www.jabaonline.org) have partnered to cohost the June 13 Tuesday’s Toast Event sponsored by HG Deposition and Litigation Services. These storied organizations collectively have over 650 members, 2000 contacts, and more than 120 years of history in serving the Southern California Legal Community.


    The monthly Toast is a great event to meet attorneys and other professionals on the Westside, while also advertising your services and products exclusively.  We regularly have 100+ people in attendance and hold the Toast on the second Tuesday of each month at Bodega Wine Bar, located at 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica, California 90401.  The event provides attendees the opportunity to exclusively network and meet members of the SMBA, non-member attorneys and other professionals.


    The Japanese American Bar Association (“JABA”) was founded over 41 years ago in Los Angeles, California. Over the years, JABA has provided a special forum for members of the legal profession with interests and ties to the Japanese American community to discuss issues, network, and serve the community.

    The Santa Monica Bar Association has been around since 1928 (www.smba.net/).  It hosts a great collection of lawyers and other professionals in various fields mostly situated in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Venice, Marina Del Rey, and West LA.

    ABOUT HG Deposition and Litigation Services

    HG Deposition and Litigation Services, (‘HG’) has been a leader in the court reporting industry since 1979. HG is best known for our attention to detail, customized and responsive help, state-of-the-art deposition services, and competitive pricing. HG has carved a unique niche in the industry and created a family atmosphere that transcends into our personalized client service. HG is also a member of the Santa Monica bar association

    HG's dedicated team of litigation support specialists and certified court reporters are ready to assist you in all aspects of deposition services, video/multimedia services, copying and scanning services, and trial support.

    Registration is free and open to non-members!

    • Thursday, June 22, 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Michael's, 1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Brought to you by: SMBA Real Estate Section and the Cornell Real Estate Alumni in Los Angeles

    Third Thursday: Real Estate Section Happy Hour

     Join us from 6:30-8:30 pm at Michael’s Restaurant located at 1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.  

    The Santa Monica Bar Association and the Cornell Real Estate Alumni in Los Angeles invite members and nonmembers alike to join us for a Real Estate Happy Hour at Michaels' Restaurant in Santa Monica. Real estate professionals and all others similarly situated are encouraged to come network and meet folks from both groups. Event is free and open to all, but please register.

    Michael’s Santa Monica has small plates and drinks available for purchase. While registration is free, food and drink will be your responsibility. There is metered street parking along with a paid parking deck just north of the restaurant on 3rd Street.

    Registration is free!

    Hosted by the SMBA Real Estate Section.

    For information on sponsoring this event, contact Kendra Leghart, Esq.
    • Tuesday, July 11, 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Red O Restaurant, 1541 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    The SMBA Board of Trustees invites you to our Annual Summer Event and Election of 2017-18 Board of Trustees. Come enjoy food and drink, networking and entertainment with old and new friends, plus cast your vote for the new Board of Trustees. This year's event will take place at the beautiful Red O Restaurant.

    Dining at Red O is an experience like no other – offering classic Mexican dishes as well as prime steak and seafood, showcased through flavorful and inspired preparations of local and sustainable ingredients in collaboration with Culinary Director Rick Bayless.  The Red O culinary team thrives on the creation of flavorful dishes with a focus on quality while keeping true to the flavors of Mexico.  The restaurant’s team of friendly employees create a welcoming atmosphere that parallels the luxury resort-style interior of each Red O restaurant.  Red O also features an impressive bar and lounge, where you’ll find their specialty cocktails, an extensive tequila list, award winning wine list, and live entertainment



Past events

Thursday, May 11, 2017 Trusts & Estates MCLE Lunch - Outer Boundaries: The Perplexing Tale of Standing in Probate Court
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 May Toast!
Friday, May 05, 2017 MCLE First Friday Lunch: LACMA General Counsel, Fred Goldstein
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Digital Assets and Estate Planning
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Judges' Night: Meet Our Los Angeles Judiciary
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Family Law MCLE Lunch: Judge Thomas Trent Lewis & Comm. Matthew St. George
Friday, April 07, 2017 MCLE First Friday Lunch: MEDIATION ADVOCACY: Letting the Other Side Have Your Way
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 April Toast!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 SMBA & LACBA Family Law MCLE Lunch: Cross Over Issues between Family Law and Juvenile Dependency Law
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Personal Injury SMBA Section Mixer
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 March Toast!
Friday, March 03, 2017 First Friday MCLE Lunch: Hot Topics in Entertainment and IP Law
Thursday, February 23, 2017 MCLE Lunch: Reverse Mortgages & Estate Planning, A Review of Reverse Mortgages vs Alternatives
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Real Estate Section: Third Thursday Happy Hour with Special Guest
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 February Toast!
Friday, February 03, 2017 SMBA First Friday Lunch Feb 3 - Transforming Special Education Conflicts through Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - 2016 Legislative Highlights & Recent Cases
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Toast to 2017! Annual After Holiday Party
Friday, January 06, 2017 Ethics MCLE special credit: SMBA Lunch - Honoring Our Fiduciary Duty to Our Clients
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 December Toast and Charity Drive! Sponsored by FindLaw
Friday, December 02, 2016 View From The Bench with The Honorable Lawrence H. Cho; SMBA First Friday CLE Lunch
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Luke: I Am Your Adult Adoptive Father - Adult Adoption in California
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 November Toast!
Monday, November 14, 2016 SM Courthouse Brown Bag Lunch, Speech by FBI Profiler - Special Invitation for SMBA Members
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Probate & Trust Section MCLE Lunch - Stopping Undue Influence Before It Starts: Drafting Tips
Friday, November 04, 2016 Tomorrow! What you need to know about your property that your Real Estate Broker can't tell you.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Don't Miss this Thurs. Evening 6 p.m. - Annual SMBA Installation Dinner: Jonathan Club Santa Monica Beach
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 October 18th Toast! Sponsored by Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP
Friday, October 07, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Ethical Considerations in the Social Media Age - From an Employment Perspective
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Probate & Trust Section Lunch: CALIFORNIA CONSERVATORSHIP JURISDICTIONAL ACT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Judges' Lunch
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Third Thursday: Real Estate Section Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 September Toast!
Friday, September 02, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Representing Clients Before the California Coastal Commission - Fred Gaines
Thursday, August 11, 2016 START UP SEMINAR
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 August Toast!
Friday, August 05, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Ethics and Civility in Mediation - Randolph M. Even, Esq.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 August 2016 Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2016 Annual Summer BBQ and Toast
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Bench & Bar Bike Ride
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Family Law Section Lunch: Commissioner Mathew St. George
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 April Toast!
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Judges Night: Annenberg Community Beach House
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 March Toast!
Friday, March 04, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Dr. Suzanne Wertheim
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 March 2016 Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 February 2016 Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Toast to 2016: Wilshire Restaurant
Friday, January 08, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Mark K. Ameli, Esq.
Friday, December 04, 2015 First Friday Lunch: Mark Fingerman, Esq.
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