Trial Practice

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About the Section

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

  Read the Winter 2014 isue of the Trial Practice Newsletter here

  Read the Fall 2014 issue of the Trial Practice Newsletter here.

  Read the Summer 2013 issue of the Trial Practice Newsletter here.

  Read the Spring 2013 issue of the Trial Practice Newsletter here.


Upcoming Events

April 8, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
In this program an expert panel will discuss the mechanics of retaining and preparing expert witnesses. They will also address how to powerfully present expert testimony at deposition, mediation and trial. The panel includes experienced trial lawyer Mark Mosley, Forensic Pathologist Dr. Judy Melinek, and Accident Reconstruction Engineer Craig Fries.
May 20, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
This program will examine California laws, issues and common pitfalls regarding the presentation, creation, admissibility and objections to audio and video evidence sought to be introduced at civil and criminal trials.

Secrets to Settling Cases: Tips From the Bench (Save the date)

May 29, 2014 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Please join the ADR and Trial Practice Sections and Alameda County Judge Paul Herbert for a discussion on little known secrets to settling cases. This is an excellent opportunity to hear directly from Judge Herbert about his experience as a small claims and settlement conference judge. Judge Herbert will offer tips for new and experienced practitioners alike on what works and doesn’t work to settle out of court.


New events are added regularly. Visit for upcoming ACBA events. 

Superior Court of California, County of Alameda Judicial Assignments- Civil Calendar

(effective January 1, 2014)

Rene C. Davidson Courthouse - 1225 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Dept Judge Phone Number


Smith, Winifred (PJ)


(510) 891-6040

Country Administration Building - 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Dept Judge Phone Number
14 Herbert, Paul (510) 267-6930
15 Petrou, Ioana (510) 267-6931
16 Appel, Lawrence (510) 267-6932
17 Hernandez, George C. Jr. (510) 267-6933
18 Colwell, Kimberly (510) 267-6934
19 Bereola, Gail (510) 267-6935
20 Freedman, Robert (510) 267-6936
21 Carvil, Wynne (SJ-C) (510) 267-6937
22 McGuiness, Robert (510) 267-6938
23 True Ill, John (510) 267-6939
24 Roesch, Frank (510) 267-6940
25 MacLaren, Ronni (510) 267-6941

U.S. Post Office Building - 201 Thirteenth Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Dept Judge Phone Number
30 Lee, Jo-Lynne (510) 268-5104
31 Grillo, Evelio (510) 268-5105/5117

Hayward Hall of Justice - 24405 Amador Street, Hayward, CA 94544

Dept Judge Phone Number
510 Gee, Delbert (510) 690-2719
511 Jacobson, Morris (APJ/SJ) (510) 690-2720
514 Kaus, Stephen (510) 690-2723
516 Harbin-Forte, Brenda (510) 690-2725
520 Kolakowski, Victoria (510) 690-2729
522 Hayashi, Dennis (510) 690-2731

Additional Information:

Tentative Rulings Emailing the Court Updated Information
(866) 223-2244 Court Clerks may be emailed by using the following email:Dept.[insert#] Entries in bold represent updates in the current edition


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.  

Read more about the exciting pro bono opportunities available for trial lawyers.

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

Warm regards,

Michael Shklovsky, Chair of the ACBA Trial Practice Section


Resources for Trial Practitioners

The Executive Committee

Michael Shklovsky 

Law Offices of Mattaniah Eytan
21 Tamal Vista Blvd., Suite 219
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(925) 212-9648

John H. Patton

Patton & Sullivan LLP
6600 Koll Center Pkwy, Suite 250
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 600-1800

Carl Ciochon

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

Justin Bosl

Kazan McClain et al
55 Harrison St Ste 400
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-1000

Colin Bowen

Law Office of Colin T. Bowen
1900 Powell St Ste 60
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 868-1190

Erin Daly

2235 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(239) 293-4556


Eric Ivary

Gwilliam Ivary et al
P O Box 2079
Oakland, CA 94604-2079
(510) 832-5411

Suizi Lin

Law Office on Suizi Lin
151 Callan Avenue,  Suite 306
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 689-1988

Gregory McCormick

Burnham Brown
1901 Harrison Street, 11th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-6800


David Goldman

Wendel Rosen Black & Dean
1111 Broadway, Floor 24
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 834-6600


Pelayo Llamas

Oakland City Attorney’s Office
1 Frank H. Ogaawa Plaza, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 238-6621


Hadassah Hayashi

Membership & Education Coordinator
1000 Broadway, Suite 480
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 302-2200

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