ADC 2021 Construction Seminar

Friday, June 18, 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club
7050 Johnson Drive, Pleasanton, CA 94588

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This year’s half-day program will focus on trial preparation and presentation. The sessions will provide substantive law and practical tips for collecting evidence and presenting your case in a way that juries will understand and find interesting. The audience will also have opportunities to participate in engaging and lively discussions. It will be a unique and enjoyable learning 
experience. We look forward to seeing you there!



12:30pm - 1:30pm Registration


1:30pm - 2:45pm
Expert Witnesses and Hearsay – Is It Admissible Evidence?
More and more construction litigation is going to trial and construction cases rely heavily on expert testimony. For decades, attorneys have been able to utilize expert testimony to present otherwise inadmissible hearsay evidence under the theory that the evidence was not being presented to offer the truth of the matter asserted, but was being offered only as the basis for the expert opinion. In 2016, the California Supreme Court changed that with its decision in People v. Sanchez (2016) 63 Cal.4th 665. This presentation will provide practical tips on “case-specific” hearsay and how to collect and present admissible evidence. The presentation will be a courtroom enactment with an examining attorney, an objecting attorney, an expert witness and a judge. The audience will also participate as the jury in this interactive seminar.
  • Yvonne Jorgensen, Esq., Van De Poel, Levy, Thomas, Arneal LLP
  • Tim Fitzpatrick, Axis Construction Consulting
  • Jill Lifter, Ryan & Lifter
  • Steve McDonald, Bledsoe, Diestel, Treppa & Crane LLP


3:00pm - 4:15pm

The Benefits of Demonstrative Evidence
Proving your case to a jury is a difficult task and complex construction cases can make that task even more difficult. Jurors are now more visual than ever and expect to receive information verbally and visually in a content rich format. This presentation will introduce attendees to different types of demonstrative evidence available today and how to use them effectively, whether as a trial exhibit or as a visual aid, to facilitate juror understanding of difficult concepts or points.

  • Alan H. Packer, Newmeyer & Dillion
  • John Osteraas, Ph.D., Exponent


4:30pm - 5:30pm Developing a Case Theme – Tell Your Story Effectively!

We can’t choose the facts of our case, but we can choose how to frame them and how to present them to tell our story effectively. This presentation will educate attorneys on how to select a theme and develop a story, how to integrate the themes when telling the story, and how to use data gained from pre-trial discovery to effectively tell a compelling story.

  • Cynthia Lawrence, Sims, Lawrence & Arruti
  • Daniel W. Dugan, Ph.D, Trial Science
  • Samuel Muir, Muir Law


5:30pm - 6:30pm Member & Seminar Attendee Reception


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Thank You Sponsors and Exhibitors







Cal Engineering   

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MC Consultants

  Axis Construction Consulting 


MCLE Information 

This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and pending approval by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education in the amount of 3.5 hours. The ADCNCN certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California and the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Special Thanks

ADCNCN Construction Sublaw Section Co-Chairs:

  • Jill J. Lifter, Ryan & Lifter, San Ramon, CA
  • Wakako Uritani, Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP, San Francisco, CA


Registrants must cancel in writing at least one week prior to the seminar. Refunds less $50 processing fee.