MCLE FIRST FRIDAYS: Learn how to negotiate like a problem solver, liberated from the pleadings and narrow constraints of "winning."
Focusing on the parties' current interests, rather than their positions when the lawsuit was filed, often helps counsel achieve negotiated solutions which transcend what is available in the courtroom. Come discuss your perspective with experienced litigators, a retired judge and acclaimed mediators, who will share their tips for successful negotiations.
Hon. Cesar Sarmiento
Hon. Cesar Sarmiento (Ret.) is a distinguished former Settlement Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. During his 26 year tenure, he led hundreds of successful settlement conferences in cases across a broad span of practice areas such as general business commercial disputes, employment, malpractice and personal injury. While on the bench, Judge Sarmiento implemented the first Santa Monica Court personal injury Civil Referee Assisted Settlement Hearing (CRASH) program where he personally participated in 10+ personal injury related settlement conferences per week. ...more
Greg Derin, Esq.
Greg has been a litigator for over 35 years specializing in intellectual property, entertainment, employment and general business litigation. Throughout his career he has litigated and resolved hundreds of complex multi-party disputes before courts, juries, arbitrators and administrative agencies. His extensive experience has included roles such as lead counsel for a Fortune 500 company in a series of product liability actions, as well as long time outside litigation counsel for a major talent agency. For more than 10 years, Greg has served as a mediator and arbitrator in hundreds of disputes involving all types of litigants, including, actors, talent agencies, studios, production and record companies, musicians, small and large businesses, single plaintiffs, class representatives and their counsel, homeowners, partners, lawyers and their clients. ...more
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