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2020 West Coast White Collar Seminar

Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, Santa Monica, CA - CLE Credits: 10 General/1.0 Ethics

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COVID-19 Update: The health and welfare of conference attendees and staff is a priority for NACDL. We are currently proceeding with this scheduled event as planned, however, NACDL will continue to closely monitor developments in connection with the status of the coronavirus. While we are trying hard to strike a balance between taking immediate measures to limit personal contacts, we will continue long-range planning in anticipation of a point when the risk of virus spread has diminished. Obviously, if safety considerations continue, NACDL will promptly notify you should there be any change of plans with respect to this event. For resources to educate you on safe travel tips and any relevant health alerts or travel advisories, we recommend you stay current on any information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization at:


Join NACDL in a beautiful beachside location for its 10th Annual West Coast White Collar Conference in Santa Monica, CA, June 17-19, 2020, where our focus is always on pure substance, the hottest topics, and offering our attendees the best faculty from the diverse practice of white collar defense.

Held just steps from the famous Santa Monica Pier and the sandy beaches of Santa Monica at the stunning Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, this program will feature several hot topic white collar practice issues plus... great networking events. Come join us at the beach!


The program agenda and faculty are subject to change.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
6:00 pm

Welcome to LA Cocktail Reception

Thursday, June 18, 2020
7:00 am

Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks – NACDL President Nina Ginsberg (Alexandria, VA) & Program Co-Chairs: Jan Nielsen Little, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); Timothy O'Toole, Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC); Steven Ragland, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); Addy Schmitt, Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC)  
9:15 am

The Fourth Estate: The Media as a Defense Lawyer's Friend and Foe

MODERATOR: Ross Garber, The Garber Group LLC (Washington, DC)
PANELISTS: Blair Berk, Tarlow & Berk, PC (Los Angeles, CA); Andrew Blankstein, NBC News (Los Angeles, CA); Glenn Bunting, GF Bunting (Orinda, CA); Carrie Johnson, NPR (Washington, DC)

10:30 am

Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break

10:45 am

It's All in Your Mind: Identifying and Tackling Biases in Judges, Jurors and Witnesses

MODERATOR: Addy Schmitt, Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC)
PANELISTS: Eve Hanan, UNLV School of Law (Las Vegas, NV); Ashlee McFarlane, Gerger Khalil Hennessy & McFarlane LLP (Houston, TX); Joshua Ulibarri, Lake Research Partners (Phoenix, AZ); Lisa Wayne, Law Offices of Lisa M. Wayne (Denver, CO)

12:00 pm

Keynote Luncheon: U.S. Supreme Court Update
Speaker: Jeffrey L. Fisher, Co-Director, Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, Stanford Law School (Stanford, CA)

Co-Sponsored by:

2:00 pm

Trade Secret Theft

MODERATOR: Julia Jayne, Jayne Law Group PC (Oakland, CA)
PANELISTS: Dan Olmos, Nolan Barton Olmos LLP (Palo Alto, CA); Rasha Shields, Jones Day (Los Angeles, CA); Edward Swanson, Swanson & McNamara LLP (San Francisco, CA)

3:00 pm Transition Break
3:15 pm

Substantive Breakout Sessions

OPTION 1: No Collusion? Developments in Public Corruption Cases 

MODERATOR: Michael Attanasio, Cooley LLP (San Diego, CA)
PANELISTS: Vicki Podberesky, Andrues/Podberesky (Los Angeles, CA); Alexandre Rene, Ropes & Gray LLP (Washington, DC); Jeffrey Tsai, DLA Piper (San Francisco, CA)

OPTION 2: No Collusion? Developments in Criminal Antitrust Cases

MODERATOR: Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey, DLA Piper (San Francisco, CA)
PANELISTS: Lauren Briggerman, Miller & Chevalier Chartered (Washington, DC); Nicholas Goldberg, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); Eric Grannon, White & Case LLP (Washington, DC)

4:30 pm

Ethical Dilemmas of Cooperation: The Perjury Factory in White Collar Cases

SPEAKER: John Keker, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA)

5:30 pm Seminar Adjourns for the Day
6:00 pm

Networking Reception -
Location: Sonoma Wine Garden (395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica)

Sponsored by:

Friday, June 19, 2020
8:30 am

Registration, Exhibits & Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by:

9:00 am

Judges' Views on Sentencing

MODERATOR: Brook Dooley, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA)
PANELISTS: Hon. Jesus Bernal, U.S. District Court - CD CA (Riverside, CA); Hon. Vince Chhabria, US District Court - ND CA (San Francisco, CA); Hon. Virginia Phillips, US District Court - CD CA (Los Angeles, CA); David Scheper, Scheper Kim & Harris LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

10:15 am Transition Break
10:45 am

Trial Skills Breakout Sessions

OPTION 1: Unique Issues in Representing Individuals

MODERATOR: Nina Marino, Kaplan Marino PC (Beverly Hills, CA)
PANELISTS: Jeffrey Coopersmith, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Seattle, WA); Ismail Ramsey, Ramsey & Ehrlich, LLP (Berkeley, CA); Brian Sun, Jones Day (Los Angeles, CA)

OPTION 2: Using Your Appeal to Win Your Trial, And Your Trial to Win Your Appeal

MODERATOR: Lisa Mathewson, The Law Offices of Lisa A. Mathewson LLC (Philadelphia, PA)
PANELISTS: John Cline, Law Office of John D. Cline (San Francisco, CA); Dennis Riordan, Riordan & Horgan (Oakland, CA); Alexandra Shapiro, Shapiro Arato Bach LLP (New York, NY)

11:45 am

Exhibits, Networking & Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:

12:00 pm

High Stakes and High Crimes: The New World of Political Trials

MODERATOR: William Taylor, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP (Washington, DC)
PANELISTS: William Murphy, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP (Baltimore, MD); Elliot Peters, Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP (San Francisco, CA); Ricki Seidman, TSD Communications (Washington, DC);

1:00 pm

Seminar Adjourns


CLE Information

NACDL is an accredited provider of CLE in all states requiring mandatory CLE Training. NACDL will apply for at least 10 general credit hours in every state requiring pre-approval. Approved hours for each state will be identified at the seminar. Some states, IL, GA, NC, NE, NM, PA and UT require additional fees by the attendee in order to receive credit.


Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
101 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone Reservations: 800-441-1414
Online Reservations:​
Group Rate: $353 + tax (Expires Wednesday, May 27, 2020). Please mention group code "NACDL" to receive the applicable discount rate.
Rooms/discounted group rates are not guaranteed if the block has been filled prior to the cut-off date.

Sponsorship and Exhibits

For information on exhibiting or sponsorships, please contact NACDL's Sales and Marketing Manager Jason Petty at or call (202) 465-7637.

Sponsor/Exhibit Prospectus

Thursday Lunch Co-Sponsor:

Thursday Night Networking Reception Sponsors:

Friday Breakfast Sponsor:

Friday Networking Break Sponsor:

Seminar Materials Sponsor:


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Based on need, scholarships are available to NACDL members for up to 50% off the standard seminar fee of $499. Approved recipients are responsible for the remainder of the tuition fee, which is $250  (all other expenses are not included). The reduced scholarship fee includes seminar tuition, admission to all evening social events, and downloadable seminar materials. Travel, hotel, and other costs are not included.
To Apply: Prepare and e-mail or fax a letter of no more than two pages explaining the reason why you believe you should receive the grant grant to: NACDL Director of Events Akvile Athanason, at - or fax it to 202-872-8690. All applications must be submitted before registering for the seminar and received by May 22, 2020. NACDL MEMBERSHIP AND RESERVATION AT THE HOST HOTEL ARE REQUIRED TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR NEEDS-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS. 


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Members of NACDL enjoy exclusive registration rates for our seminars along with all the benefits from joining.

Registration Fees
NACDL Members: Regular, Life, and Sustaining Members $499
Non Members (includes 1 year membership)  $728
Law Firm Groups of 3 or more  (must register at the same time; 1 payment; no changes or cancellations allowed) $429
ALL State & Federal Public Defenders $299
ALL California Lawyers (Residents Only) $469
Corporate Counsel Lawyers $469
NACDL Members - International $279
Guest Events Package $100
Non-Attendee Materials / Audio Recordings
Course Materials on CD-ROM $150
Audio Recordings on CD-ROM $150

Code of Conduct

NACDL endeavors to foster a working, learning, and social environment free of harassment, discrimination, intimidation, and insult. To that end, NACDL has adopted a Code of Conduct for Affiliated Persons that applies to all attendees and participants of any kind at all NACDL sponsored events.

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