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March 2019

Oakland Partner Don Willenburg Featured Co-Presenter on Understanding SLAPPs

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani partner and chair of the firm's Appellate Practice Group Don Willenburg will serve on a six-person faculty that will present "Understanding SLAPPs: Process and Procedure from Initiation through Appeal" on April 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

Topics in the day-long seminar will include:

  • SLAPP Background
  • SLAPP Abuses and Ethics: (Not Just) Prong 1
  • SLAPP Exceptions 
  • Prong Two of the Two-Pronged SLAPP Analysis
  • Checklist for Defendants - File an Anti-SLAPP Motion
  • Checklist for Plaintiffs - Oppose an Anti-SLAPP Motion
  • Discovery, Hearing and Trial Court Ruling on the Anti-SLAPP Motion
  • State Court Appeals from Anti-SLAPP Rulings
  • Anti-SLAPP Motions and Appeals in Federal Court 
  • Review of the Most Recent Anti-SLAPP Cases
  • Anti-SLAPP cases pending in the California Supreme Court
  • SLAPP-Backs

Joining Willenburg as co-presenters are: Justice James Richman, First District, Division Two, California Court of Appeal; Justice Terence Bruiniers (Ret.) First District, Division Five, California Court of Appeal; Rochelle Wilcox, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine; Gary Watt, partner at Hanson Bridgett; and Ben Shatz, partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

For more information, to register or to order the audio package, please click here.

Willenburg is a partner in the Oakland and San Francisco offices of Gordon & Rees, and leader of the firm's Appellate Practice Group. He is past chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and presently chairs the amicus briefs committee of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada. Mr. Willenburg has extensive experience in appeals and writs, as well as dispositive trial court motions, in a variety of substantive areas of the law, including product liability, employment, and construction. Willenburg has guest lectured at the University of Southern California and Pepperdine Law Schools, and has served as a moot court justice at a number of law schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He has volunteered as judge pro tem and as a Penal Code section 1524 special master.

Gordon & Rees is a national litigation and business transactions firm with more than 850 lawyers in offices across the United States. Our lawyers provide full service representation to public and private companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to start-ups. Founded in 1974, Gordon & Rees is recognized among the fastest growing and largest law firms in the country. Additionally, in 2018 Law360 ranked the firm among the top 40 largest U.S. firms and The American Lawyer ranked the firm among the top 45 on its Diversity Scorecard.

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