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July 2017 Issue

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by Robert Freund, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Duane Kumagai

I am proud to assume the office of President of the Century City Bar Association and look forward to the serving the Century City legal community during the coming year. I wish to thank our Immediate Past President Duane Kumagai for his years of dedicated service to the CCBA and the foundation he has built for continued growth.

On March 30, 2017, we had a great installation dinner.  With tremendous pride, I report that more than 300 people attended our 49th Annual Installation Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza to honor the accomplishments of our lawyers of the year. Many thanks to Shaili Jalali, our Executive Director, for all her hard work in making the event a success.

This year we honored: Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Rachel M. Capoccia, Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mithcell LLP, Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year, Brian L. Davidoff, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP; Class Action Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Robert J. Herrington, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Trust Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Blake A. Rummel, Wienstock Manion, A Law Corporation; Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Beth A. Schroeder, Lathrop & Gage LLP; and Entertainment and Media Litigation Lawyer of the Year, Robert M. Schwartz, Irell & Manella LLP.

From left to right: Beth A. Schroeder, Brian L. Davidoff, Blake A. Rummel, Robert Freund, Rachel M. Capoccia, Robert M. Schwartz, Robert J. Herrington.

The 2017 Board of Governors and officers were installed by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Christine Byrd. I was installed as President; Stefan O’Grady of Rahn Muntz O’Grady was installed as President-Elect; Lucas Messenger of Robins Kaplan LLP was installed as Vice President; Nina Hong of Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP was installed as Secretary; and Lori Werderitch of Greenberg Glusker was installed as Treasurer. We are grateful for the generous support our event received from some of the City's leading companies and law firms, including Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Irell & Manella LLP; Lathrop & Gage LLP; Cozen O’Connor; Glaser Weil; Greenberg Glusker; Jeffer Mengels Butler & Mitchell LLP; Resolution Economics; Robins Kaplan LLP; SL Biggs; TM Financial Forensics; Weinstock Manion, A Law Corporation; Alternative Resolution Centers; JAMS; NERA Economic Consulting; and Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones. 

From left to right: Hon. Christine Byrd, Robert Freund, Lucas Messenger, Lori Werderitch, and Nina Hong. 

During the coming year, we look forward to providing the Century City legal community with top-quality legal programs and also look forward to enhancing and promoting the sense of community among Century City lawyers.

We are working to make Century City Lawyer, the e-newsletter of the CCBA, an increasingly vibrant and relevant resource for our members.

Click here for submission guidelines, and we hope that you'll send us your original law-related articles for consideration. If you want to run an idea by the Editorial Board, please contact our Executive Director, Shaili Jalali at

In the coming weeks, we will be announcing a series of social and educational events, including our annual poker tournament, several mixers and other networking opportunities, and our popular Distinguished Speaker Series. 

Finally, we're in the process of reminding those whose membership renewals are due that it is that time to renew. We hope we've provided you with value, and that you'll renew promptly. Please consider a membership for your entire firm. It's a terrific value. Click here to renew online.

We hope you will join us in our upcoming events and participate in our e-newsletter.  Remember that you can follow the CCBA on Facebook and LinkedIn. The Century City Bar Association’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages are a great way for you to keep up to date on CCBA programs and insights about the local legal community. Please join the members who are following us on Facebook and LinkedIn and sign up today.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events!

Best Regards,

Robert Freund


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