About the Section

The Trial Practice Section provides Minimum Continuing Legal Educations programs for trial lawyers, including litigation strategies and court procedures, and serves as a liaison between the ACBA and the Superior Court on issues effecting the local bar.

Are you interested in joining the Trial Practice Section? Please contact the Membership Assistant at membershipassistant@acbanet.org, or at (510) 302-2201.

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Upcoming Events

March 1, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bankruptcy 101A for Litigators: Become a Bankruptcy Aficionado
Please join us for a survey of bankruptcy principles, law, and strategy for non-bankruptcy attorneys, particularly civil litigators. The MCLE will cover aspects of bankruptcy law that affect litigation when a litigant files or threatens to file for bankruptcy relief. This program will focus on issues that affect substantive rights of litigants when a bankruptcy is threatened or filed.

New events are added regularly. Visit the ACBA Calendar for more upcoming events.


Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Judicial Assignments

The Court’s reorganization is in progress. We will post assignments as they come available.

An Invitation to Trial Practice Section Members:

In the Spring of 2012, the Trial Practice Section of the ACBA announced its collaboration with the ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) and the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC). Through this collaboration, Section members and their professional colleagues have enjoyed exciting new pro bono opportunities to represent VLSC and EBCLC clients in a number of practice areas, including debt collection defense, family law, low income landlord, clean slate, and probate law.

I sincerely hope that you take advantage of the unique and promising programs offered in Alameda County. To get involved, please contact me at mshklovsky@gmail.com.

Warm regards,

Michael Shklovsky, Chair of the ACBA Trial Practice Section


Trial Practice Section Newsletters

  • Read the Spring 2015 issue here.
  • Read the Fall 2014 issue here.
  • Read the Winter 2014 issue here.
  • Read the Fall 2013 issue here.
  • Read the Summer 2013 issue here.
  • Read the Spring 2013 issue here.

Recent Photos

Litigating High Profile Cases MCLE
The Ins and Outs of Jury Selection
Photos from the Barristers and Judges Social

The Executive Committee


CHAIR
Michael R. Reynolds


Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Reynolds, Shuey & Mintz
1970 Broadway, Suite 1150
Oakland, CA 94612
reynolds@rankinlaw.com
(510) 465-3922

Michael Reynolds
VICE CHAIR
Austin Houvener


Toschi, Sidran, Collins & Doyle, APC
5145 Johson Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588
ahouvener@toschisidran.com
(510) 835-3400

Austin Houvener
SECRETARY
Christopher Garrett


Guichard, Teng & Portello
101 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 112
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
cgarrett@gtplawyers.com
(415) 519-3429

Chris Garrett
MEMBER
Caitlin Connell


Gaw Van Male
1000 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Napa, CA 94559
cconnell@gawvanmale.com
(707) 252-9000

Caitlin Connell
MEMBER
Otis McGee, Jr.


Oakland City Attorney
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
omcgeejr@oaklandcityattorney.org
(510) 238-6520

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MEMBER
Kevin McLaughlin


Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
1220 7th Street, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94710
kmclaughlin@gmail.com
(510) 995-5800

Kevin McLaughlin
MEMBER
Kevin Mintz


Rankin, Sproat, Mires, Reynolds, Shuey & Mintz
1970 Broadway, Suite 1150
Oakland, CA 94612
mintz@rankinlaw.com
(510) 465-3922

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MEMBER
James Treggiari


Legal Assistance for Seniors
333 Hegenberger Road, Suite 850
Oakland, CA 94621
jtreggiari@lashicap.org
(510) 832-3040

EMERITUS
Michael Shklovsky


Anderson Zeigler
50 Old Courthouse Square, 5th Floor
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
mshklovsky@andersonzeigler.com
(707) 545-4910

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STAFF LIAISON
Hadassah Hayashi


Membrership & Education Manager
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
hadassah@acbanet.org
(510) 302-3200