Upcoming events

    • Thursday, February 22, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • DoubleTree Hotel and Guest Suites, 1707 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    PROBATE & TRUST MCLE LUNCH: Title Insurance - Basics and Probate

    Have you ever had a title question on one of your cases?  

    I'm sure the answer is yes.  

    SMBA Probate and Trust Co-Chairs invite you to a very useful program presented by Randy S. Viall whose expertise in title dates back to 1977.  He has 41 years in the industry, starting in customer service, proceeding through title searching, examining and Title Officer, and he works with our good friend, David Griffin.

     Thursday Feb. 22, starting at noon, program from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    1 hour MCLE Participatory Credit

    SMBA Members $50.00;  Non-members $60

    Please register to assist with planning!

    Complete payment in advance through this online process (click registration button) credit cards or checks payable to SMBA will be accepted at the door.

    Location: Doubletree, Santa Monica

    Self-parking at DoubleTree is available $10, Valet is extra, parking is not covered by registration fee; Public SM Parking structure conveniently located directly across 4th Street or at the Civic Center $1 for first 1.5 hrs and $1 each additional hour.


    • Friday, March 02, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway Ave., Ste 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    MCLE FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH: Bankruptcy Law and Litigation: How Does a Bankruptcy of Individuals or Businesses Affect Litigation? 

    Join us for this month’s educational lunch with John Monte and Marc Lieberman

     Marc A. Lieberman, Esq.

    A certified bankruptcy law specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Lieberman is a trial attorney with special expertise in pre-bankruptcy planning and litigating complex bankruptcy matters on behalf of creditors, debtors, and bankruptcy trustees. He counsels businesses throughout the country on bankruptcy matters pending in California, Delaware, Nevada, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida. Read more...

    John D. Monte, Esq.

    John Monte has practiced bankruptcy law for forty years. He was in private practice with Lawrence Kraines who ultimately became the Assistant United States Trustee for the Central District. Thereafter, he worked with Robinson Wolas and Diamant and subsequently ran the bankruptcy department for the West Coast office of Kroll Tract. He joined Saltzburg Ray & Bergman in 1988 and, together with David Ray, was one of the firm’s two Court appointed Chapter 7 and 11 trustees and Chapter 11 Examiner. At the invitation of the United States Trustee, he joined the Steering Committee for Panel Trustees. He was one of two finalists under consideration for appointment by President Clinton as the United States Trustee for the Central District of California. His representative clients include individual and business debtors, creditors, bankruptcy trustees, and creditor committees in cases under chapters 7, 11, and 13. John is admitted to all Districts in the State of California and practices bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, and appellate work in all five of the Central District divisions: Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and Riverside.. 

    Hosting: venue and food provided by: 



    • Tuesday, March 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bodega Wine Bar, 814 Broadway (at Lincoln), Santa Monica

    Joint Toast:  USC Gould Law School Alumni Association | SMBA

    The Santa Monica Bar Association and the USC Gould Law School Alumni Association have partnered to co-host the March 13th Tuesday’s Toast Event.  Join us for a special joint event that brings together two storied organizations in the Southern California legal community.

    ABOUT USC GOULD SOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION: The Alumni network numbers more than 10,000 USC Gould graduates, including nationally and internationally recognized experts in many fields of law, business, and public service. Read more...

    ABOUT TUESDAY’S TOAST: The Tuesday Toast, at Bodega Wine Bar, located at 814 Broadway (at Lincoln) in Santa Monica is a great open event to meet attorneys and other professionals on the Westside.  The event provides attendees the opportunity to exclusively network and meet members of the SMBA, non-member attorneys and other professionals from the greater Los Angeles area.

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

    The SMBA's annual Judges' Night honors our judges serving the Los Angeles County area and thanks them for their continued dedication and contribution to the community and administration of justice. Meet sitting judges and mingle with friends and colleagues.

    Interested in Sponsorship?

     Contact us to sponsor this event

    The Annenberg Community Beach House is a unique community destination. With spectacular views, splash pad, playground, gallery, Marion Davies Guest Housebeach courts & fieldscommunity & cultural eventshistoric pool, free wi-fi, and more, there's something for everyone to enjoy!

    For site map click hereSanta Monica Public self pay parking is located adjacent to the venue.

    • Friday, May 04, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Inotheke, 606 Broadway Ave., Ste 101, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    MCLE FIRST FRIDAY LUNCH: SMBA Employment Section | A comprehensive review of the most significant developments in California employment law in the past year. 

    The Employment Section of the SMBA is pleased to present a comprehensive review of the most significant developments in California employment law in the past year. The speakers, well known for their informative and entertaining annual reviews, are two leading experts on employment law, Andrew Friedman, a partner at Helmer & Friedman, and Anthony Oncidi, a partner at Proskauer Rose. As always, Andrew and Tony will examine recent developments from plaintiff and defense perspectives in a lively back and forth discussion.

    Andrew H. Friedman, Esq.

    Andrew H. Friedman, a name partner with the law firm of Helmer Friedman LLP, primarily represents employees in all aspects of employment law including not only individual discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases but also complex multi-party wage and hour class actions. In addition to occasionally representing employers and individual defendants, Mr. Friedman also conducts neutral fact-finding investigations into employment-related disputes.  Mr. Friedman also represents clients in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, civil rights, and product liability cases. Read more...

    Anthony J. Oncidi, Esq.

    Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office.

    Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims and employee raiding and trade secret protection. A substantial portion of Tony’s practice involves the defense of employers in large class actions, employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings, including FINRA matters. Read more...

    Hosting: venue and food provided by: 



Past events

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 After Holiday Party: Honoring SMBA Past Presidents and Leadership
Friday, January 12, 2018 First Friday MCLE Ethics Luncheon: Ethical duties to a client with a criminal law issue.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Review of 2017 Legislative & Case Law Developments
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 SMBA December Toast! Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
Friday, December 01, 2017 Organic Marketing: Building and Maintaining your Client Base: MCLE First Friday by SMBA Past President David Olan
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 SPONSORED Joint Toast with Santa Monica Bar Association and the Iranian American Bar Association
Friday, November 03, 2017 California Cannabis Law November 2017 Update: How The New Legal Cannabis Industry Can Impact Your Law Practice
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 2017 Installation Dinner Gala | Keynote: Lane Dilg | Jonathan Beach Club
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 October Toast! Charity Fundraising & Donation Drive benefiting Sojourn.
Friday, October 06, 2017 Immigration Law Lunch [Employment Crossover]: Richard Yemm of Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP "I-9 and Issues Affecting Employers" --- First Friday CLE Program
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Judges Lunch & Panel Discussion at Santa Monica Courthouse
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 September Toast!
Wednesday, September 06, 2017 Art of the Law
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 Special Joint Tuesday’s Toast with the Iranian American Lawyers Association and the Santa Monica Bar Association — Sponsored by Atkinson Baker Court Reporters
Friday, August 04, 2017 Employment/Labor Law Talk - "GIG Economy" SMBA MCLE First Friday Lunch: Eve Wagner and Steve Danz present!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 SMBA + BHBA Personal Injury Section Mixer
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Summer Party: Annual Elections
Thursday, June 22, 2017 SMBA & Cornell Joint Real Estate Section Networking Event
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 June Toast with the JABA and SMBA!
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Annual SMBA v. SMTC Inter-Club Tennis Challenge
Friday, June 02, 2017 Probate Section & MCLE First Friday Lunch: International Legal and Tax Aspects of U.S.-EU Estate and Trust Planning with Marco Q. Rossi & Associati, PLLC
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Trusts & Estates MCLE Lunch - Outer Boundaries: The Perplexing Tale of Standing in Probate Court
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 May Toast!
Friday, May 05, 2017 MCLE First Friday Lunch: LACMA General Counsel, Fred Goldstein
Thursday, April 20, 2017 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Digital Assets and Estate Planning
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Judges' Night: Meet Our Los Angeles Judiciary
Thursday, April 13, 2017 Family Law MCLE Lunch: Judge Thomas Trent Lewis & Comm. Matthew St. George
Friday, April 07, 2017 MCLE First Friday Lunch: MEDIATION ADVOCACY: Letting the Other Side Have Your Way
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 April Toast!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 SMBA & LACBA Family Law MCLE Lunch: Cross Over Issues between Family Law and Juvenile Dependency Law
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Personal Injury SMBA Section Mixer
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 March Toast!
Friday, March 03, 2017 First Friday MCLE Lunch: Hot Topics in Entertainment and IP Law
Thursday, February 23, 2017 MCLE Lunch: Reverse Mortgages & Estate Planning, A Review of Reverse Mortgages vs Alternatives
Thursday, February 16, 2017 Real Estate Section: Third Thursday Happy Hour with Special Guest
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 February Toast!
Friday, February 03, 2017 SMBA First Friday Lunch Feb 3 - Transforming Special Education Conflicts through Alternative Dispute Resolution
Thursday, January 19, 2017 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - 2016 Legislative Highlights & Recent Cases
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Toast to 2017! Annual After Holiday Party
Friday, January 06, 2017 Ethics MCLE special credit: SMBA Lunch - Honoring Our Fiduciary Duty to Our Clients
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 December Toast and Charity Drive! Sponsored by FindLaw
Friday, December 02, 2016 View From The Bench with The Honorable Lawrence H. Cho; SMBA First Friday CLE Lunch
Thursday, December 01, 2016 Probate & Trust MCLE Lunch - Luke: I Am Your Adult Adoptive Father - Adult Adoption in California
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 November Toast!
Monday, November 14, 2016 SM Courthouse Brown Bag Lunch, Speech by FBI Profiler - Special Invitation for SMBA Members
Thursday, November 10, 2016 Probate & Trust Section MCLE Lunch - Stopping Undue Influence Before It Starts: Drafting Tips
Friday, November 04, 2016 Tomorrow! What you need to know about your property that your Real Estate Broker can't tell you.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 Don't Miss this Thurs. Evening 6 p.m. - Annual SMBA Installation Dinner: Jonathan Club Santa Monica Beach
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 October 18th Toast! Sponsored by Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP
Friday, October 07, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Ethical Considerations in the Social Media Age - From an Employment Perspective
Thursday, September 29, 2016 Probate & Trust Section Lunch: CALIFORNIA CONSERVATORSHIP JURISDICTIONAL ACT
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Judges' Lunch
Thursday, September 15, 2016 Third Thursday: Real Estate Section Happy Hour
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 September Toast!
Friday, September 02, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Representing Clients Before the California Coastal Commission - Fred Gaines
Thursday, August 11, 2016 START UP SEMINAR
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 August Toast!
Friday, August 05, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Ethics and Civility in Mediation - Randolph M. Even, Esq.
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 August 2016 Board Meeting
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 2016 Annual Summer BBQ and Toast
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Bench & Bar Bike Ride
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Family Law Section Lunch: Commissioner Mathew St. George
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 April Toast!
Thursday, April 07, 2016 Judges Night: Annenberg Community Beach House
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 March Toast!
Friday, March 04, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Dr. Suzanne Wertheim
Wednesday, March 02, 2016 March 2016 Board Meeting
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 February 2016 Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Toast to 2016: Wilshire Restaurant
Friday, January 08, 2016 First Friday Lunch: Mark K. Ameli, Esq.
Friday, December 04, 2015 First Friday Lunch: Mark Fingerman, Esq.
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