Wednesday, March 22, 2023
In Person at 12:00pm

Clearly communicating your position during virtual appearances, choosing when to appear in person, meeting your obligations of civility, and streamlining disputes with opposing counsel, are all skills that are essential to representing your clients effectively in the courtroom.  Join us to hear the Hon. Robert Foiles, civil judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court, and Amanda L. Riddle, Esq., a litigation partner at Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle LLP, share their skills, tips, and tricks, for new attorneys appearing in court in this post-pandemic world.

Judge Foiles grew up in Daly City, California. After high school he attended U.C. Berkeley where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in finance and accounting. After graduating from law school at the University of San Francisco, Judge Foiles worked as a Legal Research Attorney for the San Francisco Superior Court, Civil Law and Motion Department. In 1985 he joined the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office and from 1991 until his appointment to the bench in 1997, Judge Foiles prosecuted numerous homicides and capital murder cases.

In his 26 years on the San Mateo County Superior Court Bench, Judge Foiles has handled and/or supervised virtually every assignment. He was the family law judge from 1998-1999 and Supervising Judge 2011-2012; the Criminal Presiding Judge in 2000 and Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division in 2003. From 2004-2006 Judge Foiles supervised the Civil Division where he reformed the ADR and case management process. As Assistant Presiding Judge in 2005, he wrote the protocol and helped establish Pathways, San Mateo County’s first mental health court. Judge Foiles was elected by his fellow judges Presiding Judge for 2007-08 and again for 2013-2014. After concluding his second term as Presiding Judge, he became the Civil Settlement Judge and has conducted over 1000 mandatory settlement conferences in his career. Presently he has a direct civil assignment.

For the past ten years Judge Foiles has been on the Judicial Council Trial Court Facilities Committee where he and his fellow members planned and approved the construction of over 40 court houses in California.

As a trial judge, Judge Foiles has conducted over 100 civil and criminal jury trials including numerous high profile cases and has been honored as the Trial Judge of the Year by both the Trial Lawyers and ABOTA.

Amanda L. Riddle is the managing partner of Corey, Luzaich, de Ghetaldi & Riddle LLP, a San Mateo County law firm since 1964. With offices in Millbrae and Half Moon Bay, the firm’s team of highly skilled and remarkably personable lawyers represents a broad array of clients. From creating a simple will or trust to pursuing the most complex kinds of business litigation and mass torts, they are committed to the highest standards of legal representation. 

Ms. Riddle represents clients in various general and complex litigation matters, including business, employment, elder law, personal injury, and mass torts. Ms. Riddle is a lead attorney in the PG&E wildfire cases, including the 2015 Butte Fire, the 2017 North Bay Fires, and the 2018 Camp Fire, in which she represents more than 6,000 victims. She was an integral member of the team that negotiated a $13.5B settlement with PG&E on behalf of almost 70,000 wildfire victims and serves as a member of the oversight committee of the trust that holds and distributes those settlement funds. Ms. Riddle was also co-liaison counsel for plaintiffs in the 2010 PG&E San Bruno Explosion coordinated cases.

Ms. Riddle is a past president of the San Mateo County Bar Association Barristers (2006) and Women Lawyers (2010) Sections, as well as the San Mateo County Trial Lawyers’ Association (2014).

Speakers:  Honorable Robert Foiles and Amanda Riddle, Esq.

Cost: Free for Barristers Section Members, $10 for non-members. Cost includes 1.0 hour of Gerneral Law MCLE credit.

Location: San Mateo County Superior Court- Hall of Justice Courtroom 2J
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063

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