Upcoming events

    • 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.

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    • 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 and sponsored by:

    Silver Sponsor:

    Bronze Sponsors:

    Please click on the Sponsor's logo for great information!

    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



    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • W Hotel, 930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    Brought to you by: SMBA and BHBA PI Section

    Come join the Personal Injury Section of the SMBA and BHBA on Wednesday, July 26th at W Hotel-Westwood to meet and mingle with fellow attorneys and friends.

    Hosted food & drinks

    Free for SMBA & BHBA members, though advance registration is required to attend.

    $20 for non-members

    Only 2 representatives from each vendor company allowed

    Registration closes on July 21st (or until sold out)

    • Friday, August 04, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401


    The "Gig Economy" right here in Silicon Beach and beyond:  The legal issues involved with part-time or temporary workers classified as independent contractors.

    Please join our labor & employment law experts, employment attorney and mediator Eve Wagner and Plaintiff-side employment attorney Stephen Danz for a lively discussion about the "Gig Economy" and the laws affecting temporary and part-time workers classified as independent contractors and the companies that hire them.  

    This program will review the recent history of the "Gig Economy," current trends in the labor market here in Santa Monica, throughout California and nationwide, the labor and tax laws that regulate the “Gig Economy," the risks facing employers who misclassify their employees as independent contractors and the laws that are being introduced and passed to address this growing trend.  This program will also discuss other issues intersecting the "Gig Economy," such as changing land use issues, alternative work schedules and locations and the other changes to the traditional career-based economy.

    Eve Wagner is a founding partner of Sauer & Wagner LLP, a boutique civil trial practice firm, established in 1997. Prior to forming Sauer & Wagner LLP, Ms. Wagner was an equity partner of Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP. Ms. Wagner also served as Law Clerk to the Hon. William P. Gray, U.S. District Court.  Ms. Wagner has extensive experience in federal and state courts and has handled numerous matters in alternative dispute resolution forums, including arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Wagner has been involved in numerous high profile cases, several of which have been the subject of extensive print and television media coverage. Ms. Wagner has also successfully handled a number of appellate matters. Ms. Wagner’s practice focuses on matters involving employment, entertainment, intellectual property, business and real estate litigation.
    Over the past decade, Eve Wagner has also served as a mediator in hundreds of cases involving a wide range of matters, ranging from simple to multi-party, complex matters.

    Steve Danz is senior partner of Stephen Danz & Associates, located in Brentwood, with 15 attorneys throughout the State representing employees only throughout California. Steve's low, five digit SBN is a daily reminder that he's been practicing consumer law for almost 40 years. He has written extensively on labor and employment law and has presented at various NELA, CELA and and CAOC seminars. Steve was one of three lead attorneys on the Citizens of Bhopal, India vs. Union Carbide case that ultimately settled for $500 million, and has partnered in numerous Federal False Claims Act cases in aerospace and health care.  Steve's passion is flying those needing medical care at a distance for Angel Flight West and recently completed two terms as Board Chair.

    Member and early registration pricing available. 


    Hosting: venue and food provided by:

Past events

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 June Toast with the JABA and SMBA!
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Annual SMBA v. SMTC Inter-Club Tennis Challenge
Friday, June 02, 2017 Probate Section & MCLE First Friday Lunch: International Legal and Tax Aspects of U.S.-EU Estate and Trust Planning with Marco Q. Rossi & Associati, PLLC
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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