CAOC Forum Magazine - 2019 Article Index
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 2019 March/April May/June  July/August September/October November/December
January/February 2019, Vol. 49 No. 1
6 Let’s not get too confident in 2019 – we still have a lot of work to do
Mike Arias
8 Judging
Sharon J. Arkin
10 Surprises in the new Rules of Professional Conduct
Jerome Fishkin
14 Representing multiple plaintiffs – It’s all about informed written consent
Jennifer L. Fiore
18 Medicare and Medicaid benefit preservation considerations when settling a tort claim
Scott Freeman, Clayton Starnes and Amanda Greenburg
22 Intersectionality in class cases: How to handle race and gender discrimination claims
Lori Erin Andrus, Jennie Lee Anderson and Paul Laprairie
30 Should non-lawyers be allowed to hold ownership interests in law firms?
Michael Bracamontes
32 Losing our way, and incidentally our wallets: The reality and the costs of bias in the legal profession
Laurel Halbany
36 Gender bias in the legal profession: It’s really real
Stacey Cutting
40 Recent Cases
Scot Wilson
52 CAOC 2018 awards
J.G. Preston
54 2018 Convention report
J.G. Preston
News and Notes
Hawaii Travel Seminar: Learning with Aloha – Casey Johnson
CAOIE Holiday Party – Daren Lipinsky
Diversity Committee Report – Abbas Kazerounian
NLD Report – Jayme Simpson
Women’s Caucus Report – Elizabeth Hernandez
Amicus Curiae Update – Kevin K. Green
Volunteer Spotlight: Megan Demshki – Jennifer L. Fiore
AAJ Washington Update – Linda Lipsen

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March/April 2019, Vol. 49 No. 2
6 CAOC has worked and continues to work tirelessly for YOU
Mike Arias
10 Inspiration
Sharon J. Arkin
12 How small firms can fight and win for their clients
Bobby Thompson
14 Ditching the one-size-fits-all approach
Christa Haggai Ramey
18 Discovery referee fees: Your client cannot be forced to pay them!
Sharon J. Arkin
24 Thoughts on the skills of successful lawyers: Mistakes I’ve made, victories I’ve savored, lessons I’ve learned
Gretchen Nelson
26 Frazzle or Focus: How to cope with the unique challenges of legal practice
Richard P. Carlton, MPH
30 Preparing for and arguing for substantial damages with low compensatory damages
Gary M. Paul
32 Excessive force and the inherently dangerous nature of attack-trained police K9s
Richard H. Polsky, Ph.D., CDBC
38 Recent Cases
Scot Wilson
Membership update - Liz Teves
Never needed you more than now - Abbas Kazerounian
SJCTLA Tort & Trial Seminar - Lawrence Knapp
NLD Report - Jayme Simpson
Women’s Caucus Report - Elizabeth Hernandez
Amicus Curiae Update - Kevin K. Green
AAJ Washington Update - Linda Lipsen
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May/June 2019, Vol. 49 No. 3
Mike Arias
Sharon J. Arkin
Kathryn Stebner, Brian Umpierre, and Karman Guadagni
Anoush Lancaster and Karman Guadagni
Kimberly A. Valentine and Stephanie Silverman Warden
Kirsten Fish
Ingrid M. Evans
Anne Marie Murphy
Paul Matiasic and Hannah Mohr
David L. Winnett
Pete Kaufman and Greg Sonstein
Scot Wilson
Another Successful Sonoma Seminar
Welcome New Members
Membership update – Liz Teves
CAOIE Annual Judges Mixer – Kristy M. Arevalo
Maintenance and Growth – Abbas Kazerounian
NLD Report – Jayme Simpson
Women’s Caucus Report – Elizabeth Hernandez
Amicus Curiae Update – Kevin K. Green
AAJ Washington Update – Linda Lipsen
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July/August 2019, Vol. 49 No. 4
Only half-way there
Mike Arias
8    The fall of American democracy ... ?
Sharon J. Arkin
10  The top 10 things to do when working with a brain injury client
John Gomez, Ben Coughlan and Kacie Vinel
16 Evaluating the potential mild traumatic brain injury claim
Bruce M. Brusavich
22 Defeating the adjuster mindset – Finding value beyond the intake interview
Paul Hoybjerg and Joshua Boyce
28 Hold the motion: Tips for utilizing stipulations to ensure defense neuropsychological exams are on the plaintiff’s terms
Megan Demshki
34 TBI smoke screens: Pre-empting common defense attacks on neuropsychological exam results
Sean Simpson and Jayme Simpson
42 Letting elders down: Falls and traumatic brain injuries at long-term care facilities
Kathryn Stebner and George Kawamoto
50 Educating the jury on Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brooke Bove
52 Recent Cases
Scot Wilson
58 News
Twenty-five judges and counting – Nancy Drabble
Half-time report: With the legislative year roughly half-way over, here is the status of CAOC-backed legislation in Sacramento
Justice Day 2019 – Paul Woods
CAOC/CAOIE/OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar – Kristy Arevalo
San Mateo County Trial Lawyer scholarships awarded at Law Day celebration – William Bauld
San Mateo County TLA bowling for charity – Jennifer Scotto
SJCTLA TBI Seminar – J.G. Preston
President’s Club recognition event
CAOC membership update – Liz Teves
We Can Do Better – Abbas Kazerounian
NLD Report – Jayme Simpson
Women’s Caucus Report – Elizabeth Hernandez
Amicus Curiae Update – Kevin K. Green
Volunteer Spotlight: Bibianne Fell – Jennifer Fiore
AAJ Washington Update – Linda Lipsen

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September/October 2019, Vol. 49 No. 5
Privacy, data breaches and the fight for your identity
Mike Arias
8 Lien on me
Scott H.Z. Sumner
10 Avoiding common pitfalls in lien resolution
Donald M. de Camara
16 Lien/Reimbursement Claim Flowchart
Donald M. de Camara and Andrew McDevitt
20 Don’t let the workers’ compensation carrier lean on you: A guide to handling workers’ compensation liens
Christopher A. Viadro
26 The feds are coming. Recent developments in federally-based health benefits program liens against liability recoveries
John J. Rice
34 Addressing Lomeli v. DHCS. California’s Second District Court of Appeal has attempted to overrule the United States Supreme Court and ignore Welfare & Institutions Code Section 14124.76
Daniel E. Wilcoxen
38  The end to balance billing at ZSFG? And the state of balance billing in California
Jennifer Fiore
42 Settling the disputed claim or pending action of a minor or adult person with a disability
Jake Douglass and Greg Lederman
50  Presenting expert testimony where there are no pictures: Keeping a jury’s interest in what the expert has to say!
Guy O. Kornblum
52  Recent Cases
Scot Wilson
60  CAOC 2019 award finalists
A clear and present danger - Jacquie Serna
A banner year - Legislative report
Code of professional conduct
CAOC membership update - Liz Teves
Central Valley TLA report - Adam B. Stirrup
The future is bright - Abbas Kazerounian
Women’s Caucus report - Elizabeth Hernandez
NLD Report - Jayme Simpson
Public Justice Awards - Arthur H. Bryant
Amicus Curiae Update - Kevin K. Green
Volunteer Spotlight: Alexandra Hamilton - Jennifer Fiore
AAJ Washington Update - Linda Lipsen

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November/December 2019, Vol. 49 No. 6
What a Year – Successes that should inspire, but also remind us: The fight is never over
Mike Arias
The Other
Micha Star Liberty
12  It’s all about protection
Sophia Achermann
14 Secure your gun or you may be liable
Alison Cordova
22 Piecing together foreseeability: Nightlife third party criminal conduct case in the absence of prior incidents
Audrey Siegel
28 Here we go again: Getting and using other similar incident evidence
Bibianne Fell and Patrick Swan
36 Holding school districts accountable for sexual abuse of students
Robert Allard, Lauren Cerri and Laura Liccardo
40 Requiring a school district to protect students in the wake of a tragedy
Robert Glassman and Rahul Ravipudi
46 Check the box: Don’t miss a third party in a workplace injury
Zachariah Hansen
52  The intersections of elder abuse and the Unruh Civil Rights Act
Karman Guadagni
56 Recent Cases
Scot Wilson
News and Notes
A Grand Slam: 2019 legislative year in review – Nancy Peverini
San Mateo County TLA Masters Seminar – Jennifer E. Scotto
SMCTLA Judges Night – Jennifer Scotto
Kaiser Seminar – Michael A. Kelly
Bigger than life – former president Herb Hafif – J.G. Preston
CAOC membership update – Liz Teves
Women’s Caucus report – Elizabeth Hernandez
The key to the future – Abbas Kazerounian
NLD Report – Jayme Simpson
Amicus Curiae Update – Kevin K. Green
AAJ Washington Update – Linda Lipsen

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