Upcoming events

    • 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 Beverly Hills Bar Association 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 and drinks.  Advance registration is required, free for SMBA and BHBA members, nominal fee for non-members.

    Register now. This event is likely to fill up fast!


    W Hotel - 930 Hilgard Ave - Westwood

    • 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:

    • Tuesday, August 08, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica

    Brought to you by: the Santa Monica Bar Association and the Iranian American Lawyers Association


    The Santa Monica Bar Association (www.smba.net) and the Iranian American Lawyers Association (http://ialawyers.org/) have partnered to cohost the August 8th Tuesday’s Toast Event.  Join us for a special joint event that combined two storied organizations in the Southern California legal community.


    The monthly Toast, on the second Tuesday of each month at Bodega Wine Bar, located at 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica, California 90401, is a great event to meet attorneys and other professionals on the Westside.  The event provides attendees the opportunity to exclusively network and meet members of the SMBA, non-member attorneys and other professionals.


    IALA is the very first association comprised of Iranian American Lawyers, The Iranian American Lawyer’s Association (“IALA”) was established in 1994 in Los Angeles, CA. Through networking, education, and public service members of IALA bring poignant awareness and seek to empower both the legal community and the community at large.  IALA is always welcoming new members.  Please visit our website for more information at http://ialawyers.org/

    The Santa Monica Bar Association has been around since 1928.  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.


    • Wednesday, September 06, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    • 62

    An Evening with Legends of Advocacy

    Join the SMBA for a moderated discussion with three of the greatest litigators and legal minds of our time. The event includes a reception, the talk, and a private gallery tour.  The panelists will answer questions that unpack notions of advocacy and the details of their methods that elevate the critical function of their profession to an art form.  Attorneys and non-attorneys alike will benefit from their experience and wisdom. These experts have donated their time to an event that will expand the minds of the audience and which supports a wonderful cause. All proceeds will benefit an arts charity that serves underrepresented communities in Los Angeles County.


    Limited Seats Available

    EARLY BIRD PRICE  (through Aug 16)

    SMBA Members: $60  •  Non-Members:  $80

    FULL PRICE  (Aug 17-Sept 5)

    SMBA Members: $70  •  Non-Members:  $95

    *must  register in advance, no walk-ins

    The senior partner of Los Angeles-based Douglas/Hicks Law, Carl Douglas is one of the country’s most respected attorneys. 

    He is the former Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr, best known for his work as the Coordinator of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense team. His work as a member of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense “Dream Team” was prominently featured in ESPN’s 30 for 30, Academy Award winning documentary, O.J.: Made In America. 

    While at The Cochran Firm, Mr. Douglas represented tried dozens of cases to verdict, in a wide array of personal injury, civil rights, and criminal law matters. After going out on his own in 1996, he only broadened his list of accomplishments. Mr. Douglas was the attorney for the lead plaintiff in Patricia Anderson v. General Motors Corporation, a product liability trial where the jury returned a $4.9 billion dollar verdict, which was then the largest personal injury verdict ever awarded in United States. 

    As lead counsel in a seven-week trial against the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, concerning the police death of an unarmed African-American man, Mr. Douglas helped the victim’s family obtain a verdict of $8,000,000.00. 

    In 1994 and again in 1999, Mr. Douglas was honored as the “Loren Miller Lawyer of the Year” by the John M. Langston Bar Association. He became only the second attorney in the more than 85-year history of that Association to be awarded that coveted honor more than once. In 2006, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, the largest local association of plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States, named Mr. Douglas its Trial Lawyer of the Year. 

    Prior to joining Mr. Cochran’s office, Mr. Douglas was employed from 1981 through 1987 as a trial attorney at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Los Angeles, where he represented indigent defendants charged with various federal crimes including bank robbery, drug possession, and white-collar fraud. He began his legal career in 1980 working at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. analyzing tariff changes filed by various satellite companies in the Commission’s Common Carrier Bureau. 

    A frequent lecturer and motivational speaker and a legal commentator on various radio and television programs throughout the nation, Mr. Douglas earned his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and his law degree at the Boalt Hall School of Law of the University of California, Berkeley. 

    Shawn Holley is a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP, a boutique entertainment and business litigation firm in Santa Monica. She began her career as a Los Angeles County Public Defender, handling hundreds of serious criminal cases from inception to trial. She was the Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office of The Cochran Firm and the head of its national Criminal Defense Section. 

    With more than sixty trials to her credit, Ms. Holley is the rare trial attorney who practices in the areas of both civil and criminal litigation. She was a highly visible member of the O.J. Simpson defense team and worked closely with Mr. Cochran on a number of high-profile civil and criminal cases when the firm was known as The Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. 

    Among others, Ms. Holley has represented or currently represents Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Michelle Rodriquez, the Kardashian/Jenner family, Katt Williams, Shemar Moore, accused Symbionese Liberation Army bomber Sara Jane Olson, celebrated Black Panther leader Geronimo Pratt, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Axl Rose, Mike Tyson, “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Lamar Odom and Reggie Bush. 

    Ms. Holley was chief legal correspondent for the E! Network and was a featured legal analyst on its nightly coverage of the Michael Jackson trial which was broadcast internationally. Ms. Holley was the on-air legal analyst for KABC Eyewitness News in Los Angeles for several years and has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, PrimeTime Live, Court TV, Fox News and CNN. She was a featured lawyer on Fox TV’s Power of Attorney for two seasons and the judge on MTV’s The Verdict. 

    For the past 20 years, Ms. Holley has taught trial advocacy at Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program at Yeshiva University in New York City. She is a frequent speaker on high-profile litigation, women in the law and the representation of “celebrity” clients. 

    Ms. Holley was named a “Power Lawyer” in 2011 and 2012 by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in 2014, one of the Daily Journal’s Top Women Lawyers in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and one of the Daily Journal’s 2015 Top Entertainment Lawyers. She was also named Southwestern Law School’s 2013 Outstanding Alumnus by the Black Law Students Association. 

    Ms. Holley is a Los Angeles native who attended the University of California, Los Angeles and Southwestern University School of Law. She is married to Dorian Holley, a prominent and well-known vocalist and vocal director. They have three daughters Nayanna, Sasha and Olivia. She is a lover of books, music and SoulCycle.

    Laura Wasser is an attorney specializing in California Family Law. She was born in Los Angeles. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned a law degree from Loyola Law School.

    Laura has been named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Power Lawyers three times. She has also been named one of the California Daily Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers and Southern California’s Top 50 Women Attorneys every year for the last six years (2012-2017). In June 2008, Laura received the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law Zephyr M. Ramsey Award. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award. Laura received the Brady Center Advocate Award in May 2013 and was honored in November 2016 by A Place Called Home with their Angel of the Children Award.

    Laura participates in many continuing education programs as a lecturer and panelist. She has been a guest lecturer at Loyola Law School, Southwestern Law School, UCLA, and UC Berkeley Hall School of Law. In 2013 she authored It Doesn’t Have to Be That Way: How to Divorce Without Destroying Your Family or Bankrupting Yourself. In 2017 Laura launched It’s Over Easy.com, an on-line divorce website which assists self-represented couples mediate their dissolutions.

    Laura serves on the Board of Directors-Loyola Law School, Board of Trustees-Oakwood School, Advisory Council-Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, and is a Member of the Executive Committee-Beverly Hills Bar Family Law Section and Los Angeles Bar-Family Law Section.

Past events

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Summer Party: Annual Elections
Thursday, June 22, 2017 SMBA & Cornell Joint Real Estate Section Networking Event
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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