SGVBA co-sponsors Environmental Symposium with LACBA Environmental Law Section

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2021 from 2 pm to 5 pm

Place: Zoom

Event Information and Registration:

SGVBA is pleased to co-sponsor with the LACBA Environmental Law Section their 34th Annual Spring Super Symposium, which will feature Michael Feuer, City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, as its keynote speaker.

SGVBA members will be entitled to register at the LACBA membership rate of $70 (versus $100 for the general public). On the registration screen, select “Affiliate Bar Members.” Affiliate members will need to either call the number on the website or create a free account to register themselves online.

SGVBA MCLE Webinar – March 5, 2021

MCLE Topic: “The Right & Duty to Defend: A CLE Workshop on the Basics of Analyzing Liability Insurance, Challenging Disclaimers & Evaluating Claims for Independent Cumis Counsel”

Presented by Jeffrey S. Bolender and Kunal Naik
Date: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Mr. Jeffrey S. Bolender, Esq. is the founder and principal at Bolender Law Firm, an insurance litigator, and Past President, Hon. Benjamin Aranda III, American Inn of Court.

Mr. Bolender is an established trial and appellate attorney with twenty years of experience representing small and medium sized businesses, policyholders, insurance carriers, underwriters, and other insurance professionals in complex legal disputes.

Admitted to practice law in 1994, Mr. Bolender focuses his law practice on commercial, business, and insurance law. He is licensed to practice law in the States of California, Hawaii, and Nevada, as well as the District of Columbia. Mr. Bolender regularly advises and advocates on behalf of policyholders and insurance professionals, providing guidance on legal principles for analyzing insurance policies and adjusting liability and property claims. He researches and analyzes important coverage issues to determine how courts will interpret various policy provisions.

Kunal Naik, Esq. is an insurance litigation associate at Bolender Law Firm, PC.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.

SGVBA Webinar on Zoom – February 5, 2021

MCLE Topic: “2021 Family Law Updates” presented by Donald P. Schweitzer

Date: Friday, February 5, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Donald P. Schweitzer is a Certified Family Law Specialist with over 20 years of trial experience. He is the Founder and Partner of Pasadena’s premier family law firm: Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer and is one of the most respected in the Los Angeles area. Attorney Schweitzer specializes in all matters of family law, including divorce, child custody, and domestic violence. He prides himself on providing excellent legal representation to his clients in all situations.


Past President of the Pasadena Bar Association, and member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the California State Bar.


Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Schweitzer served as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County for 8 years. Mr. Schweitzer worked in numerous units within the District Attorneys office, including Writs and Appeals, Family Support, Municipal Court, Felony Panel, Gang Target, Felony Filing, and the Sexual Assault Unit. While at the District Attorneys office, Mr. Schweitzer successfully tried over 70 cases with a 95% conviction rate.

Mr. Schweitzer has handled almost every type of case imaginable, including enforcement of child support cases, DUI, felony narcotics, homicides, assaults with a deadly weapon, and sexual assaults. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schweitzer was a Police Officer for nearly 15 years. He served as a Gang Homicide Detective, a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics Units (S.W.A.T.), and worked on various narcotics assignments.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.

SGVBA Virtual Mixer on Zoom – December 4, 2020

Join SGVBA for a virtual mixer on Zoom! Reconnect with colleagues and spread holiday cheer from the safety of your computer. Interacting with dozens of screens too daunting? Participants will be able to freely enter and exit multiple breakout rooms so that you can mingle in smaller groups.

Date: December 4, 2020

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


SGVBA Webinar on Zoom – November 6, 2020

MCLE Topic: “Securing your practice against cybercrime: protecting your firm and client data in the COVID era” presented by Chris Lee

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Registration Link:

No doubt about it – law firms are now prime targets for cybercriminals, and there have already been a number of highly public breaches at several prestigious firms this year.  We’ll go into why and how these attacks are happening, what’s at risk for your firm and your clients, and how the global pandemic has made it necessary to rethink the tools we use to protect against cyber threats.

Over the last 15 years Chris Lee has worked a variety of roles in IT —  both as a consultant and in internal corporate leadership — primarily in the fashion, entertainment and hospitality spaces.

He also frequently engages with law firms of various sizes to develop technology solutions to meet the changing demands of their practices.  In 2012 he worked with e-discovery firm E-Stet to design network and storage infrastructure needed for the extremely large datasets required by cases such as Apple v Samsung.

Most recently Chris headed IT infrastructure, cyber-security, and technology strategy for lifestyle brands Trina Turk and Rastaclat.  He founded Hexpistol as a technology agency providing customized managed IT services, digital strategy, and cyber threat remediation and forensics.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of legal ethics credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.

SGVBA Webinar on Zoom – October 2, 2020

MCLE Topic: “Non-Profit Start-Up, Common Challenges, & CARES ACT Updates” presented by Michelle Freridge

Date: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom
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Michelle grew up in Michigan served in the U. S. Army Reserves while she completed her B.A. in American History, with a Women’s Studies Thematic at Michigan State University. After graduation in 1993, she went on to work in the field of domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention. In 1998, Michelle completed a master’s degree in Public Administration, with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from Western Michigan University. She moved to California in 1999 and in 2002 was hired as the Development Director of the Asian Youth Center. Michelle completed her J.D. at Loyola Law School in the spring of 2011, was admitted to the California Bar in December 2011 and was tapped to be the Executive Director of the Asian Youth Center (AYC) in February 2012. In 2017, Ms. Freridge became an Adjunct Professor at the University of the West in Rosemead, California where she teaches MBA classes in Nonprofit Governance, Leadership & Management, and Financial Development. Michelle dedicates her continuing education to non-profit law matters and helps a small number of non-profit organizations with start-up, shut-down, bylaws and other matters each year. Michelle sits on the Pasadena City College President’s Asian American and Pacific Islander’s (AAPI) Advisory Committee, The Cal State Los Angeles Asian Studies Advisory Committee, and is on the Board of the San Gabriel Valley Bar Association. Ms. Freridge is deeply committed to empowering youth and young adults to succeed in life.

This online presentation is approved for 1.0 hour of credit towards the required MCLE for the State Bar of California. SGVBA is a Multiple Activity Provider.