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Starting Your Own Practice: A Post-Event Recap
By Robyn Crowther and Tamar Terzian

The 19th Annual WLALA Litigators Forum promises a fascinating look at some of the most high-profile cases litigated in recent years.  We are excited to showcase six outstanding women litigators sharing their insights and experience.

Set for April 3, 2014 at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles, this year’s forum is entitled “Cases of a Lifetime:  Top Women Litigators, their remarkable experiences and landmark victories in career making, high profile cases.”   A panel discussion will begin at 4:00 p.m. featuring five of LA’s great legal talents:

Donna Melby of Paul Hastings, the first woman to serve as national president of the American Board of Trial Advocates and lead counsel in the successful representation of Fortune 50 companies and top executive leadership in the litigation, trial, and threatened litigation of whistleblower/retaliation;

Gail Migdal Title of Katten Muchin, Rosenmann, LLP and recently of ADR Services, who successfully litigated precedent-setting intellectual property disputes including Montz v. Pilgrim Films & Television, Inc. et al., in which the Ninth Circuit sitting en banc addressed the scope of copyright preemption of state law claims for breach of implied-in-fact contract and breach of confidence and Grosso v. Miramax, where she represented amici in the Ninth Circuit and Miramax before the US Supreme Court;

Sabrina H Strong of O’Melveny and Meyers, who served as one of the lead trial lawyers defending a concert promoter in a wrongful death case filed by the mother and children of a world-famous pop star;

Lucia E. Coyoca of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, who successfully defended a large national clothing manufacturer in several high-profile employment related claims and resolved claims asserted by motion picture celebrities for alleged misappropriation of name, likeness & image; and

Kelli Sager of  Davis, Wright, Tremaine who has appeared numerous times before the California Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal, and before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, including such cases as Brown v. Electronic Arts and Keller v. Electronic Arts, NBC Subsidiary v. Superior Court, Shulman v. CBS, California Comm'n on Peace Officer Standards and Training v. Superior Court, Burkle v. Burkle, and Thomas v. Los Angeles Times.

The panel will be moderated by John Childers of Childers and Partners, a strategic advisor to law firms and lawyers.

Following a cocktail reception there will be a dinner including a keynote address.  We are thrilled to offer the thoughts of Therese M. Stewart, chief deputy city attorney for the City of San Francisco who handled the landmark federal court trial challenging Proposition 8. Ms. Stewart, delivered the oral argument for the city’s position before the California Supreme Court in 2008, winning the decision that led to same-sex couples being able to marry in the state.

Please join us for an evening to listen to and learn from the experiences of these speakers at the top of the legal profession.  Pricing and sponsorship information are available at or by emailing

To register for this event, please CLICK HERE.


Robyn Crowther and Tamar Terzian are the Litigation Section Co-Chairs.  Ms. Crowther is a shareholder at Caldwell Leslie.  Ms. Terzian’s practice focuses on business litigation, business reorganization and bankruptcy in chapter 7 and 11 cases. Ms. Terzian represents debtors, creditors, and trustees in bankruptcy cases.