What is The Esquire Network?
An easy way to get and make referrals across practices.
Make new colleagues and friends through structured events.
Lawyers helping fellow lawyers increase their business.
The TEN Encino group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Alexis James
Topic: The Employee Retention Tax Credit, “A Delicious Credit”
Jeff Woo is a Director at R&D Incentives Group who has 12 years of experience working in specialty tax credits. Jeff advises a broad range of domestic clients in the determination and calculation of the Research and Development credit as well as the Employee Retention Tax Credit.
The TEN Business/Corporate Law Lunch Group (formerly DTLA) will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Alan Insul
Topic: The M&A Process – Maximizing the Value of Your Client’s Business – What Legal Advisors Should Know by Scott Berejikian
Scott Berejikian has been advising business owners in merger & acquisition transactions since 1998. Scott co-founded CenterPoint M&A Advisors, Inc. to bring senior level merger & acquisition advisory services to mid-sized companies. In addition to his responsibilities as President of the firm, Scott originates and manages merger & acquisition transactions. He has represented business owners in a wide array of industries including manufacturing, distribution, business services, industrial and consumer products, food, energy services, etc. Prior to co-founding CenterPoint in 2003, Scott was Vice President of a middle-market Southern California investment bank. He also spent eight years in operations and business development for the hazardous waste disposal division of Waste Management, Inc. Scott received his Bachelor’s degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and earned an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Southern California. Scott is registered with FINRA as a General Securities Principal holding Series 7, 24, 63 and 79 licenses and is licensed as a California Real Estate Broker.
Moderator: Robert Kahn
Moderator: Douglas Wolf
Topic: Coopertition by Janice Miller
We have been told business is a zero-sum game. For someone to win, someone else must lose. But this often leads to a cutthroat rivalry amongst professionals. Bitter and needlessly acrimonious, it not only hurts competitors, but it also makes things tougher for the end client/customer.
Now, what if there was a better way?
This is the promise of Coopertition. Employing a beneficial positive sum mentality, it demonstrates the beauty and mutual advantage of benevolent collaboration—amongst collaborators for the benefit of all.
Janice Miller is the managing partner of Miller Haga Law Group, LLP and is a highly recognized legal expert with more than 25 years of experience as an innovative general counsel. She represents the firm’s clients in business transactions, real estate leasing, entertainment, intellectual property, licensing, hospitality and the emerging legal field of unmanned aerial systems (drones). The firm’s clients have come to rely on Janice’s insightful dispute-resolution strategies as preventive measures to avoid litigation. She is a noted speaker and panelist at conferences relating to location-based entertainment venues, theme park legislation, real estate and leasing, intellectual property and licensing, and drones.
Janice is also an expert in the business strategy of Coopertition® (the notion that competitors can work together cooperatively for the benefit of their clients). She serves as a strategic legal partner and business adviser, providing the firm’s clients with pragmatic, cost effective legal and business solutions that minimize risk and maximize profits.
The TEN Glendale group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Howard Raff
Topic: 7 Secrets to Great Leadership: Mindsets that unlock and unleash your leadership potential by John Burt, Executive Coach
Moderator: Sharen H. Ghatan
Moderator: Sabrina Damast
Topic: “How to Keep Business Booming During a Pandemic.”
What have you done to keep your business going during these strange times? Have you found apps and tech to be your friend or foe? Have you developed a new niche practice area? Have you found a particular networking group to be a source of referrals to sustain revenue (possibly a digital downtown group?)
The TEN Pasadena group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Howard Raff
Topic: Emotional Intelligence: How to be a better lawyer by being a better human
Understanding our emotions and those of others can provide an advantage when dealing with witnesses, clients, and colleagues. Veteran litigation consultant, Dr. John McCabe, will share the five fundamental components of emotional intelligence: recognition, understanding, labeling, expression, and regulation. Unlike other forms of intelligence, emotional intelligence can be increased through awareness and simple practices, such as developing an ability to fine tune distinctions between emotional states. Finally, John will describe how attending to people’s emotions has led to several recent successes by encouraging witnesses and clients to identify and talk about their feelings concerning the case and their role in it.
Location: Rose Bowl Stadium – Lot B – 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103
Moderator: David Connelly
We will meet at Lot B at Rose Bowl Stadium. Ride will be easy on paved level road that surrounds the Brookside Golf Course. Ride will last around 45 minutes.
Everyone who plans to attend the ride must complete a release form that will be emailed to all who RSVP. Ride will be limited to 10 attendees. Two groups of 5 will leave at staggered times. All riders must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Remember to bring safety equipment, bicycle locks, sun glasses, water.
Moderator: Sharen H. Ghatan
The TEN Westlake Village group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Kathy Neumann
The TEN Brentwood group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Leigh Chandler
The TEN South Bay group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Richard Williamson
The TEN West Hollywood group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Justin Sterling
To attend this event, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Cynthia Elkins & Amy Semmel
Topic: “How to Tell If a Litigant is Faking in a Psychological or Neuropsychological Exam”
Parties to personal injury, employment, workers compensation, disability, criminal, and family law matters may undergo psychological or neuropsychological assessments as a part of their cases. Plaintiffs alleging traumatic brain injury and/or psychological injury may be motivated to exaggerate cognitive limitations and psychological complaints. Parents seeking custody may be motivated to hide pathology. Criminal defendants may seek to hide or exaggerate pathology, depending on the context. Some litigants malinger intentionally; others skew results as a function of less conscious processes and motives. So how can you tell? Specific tests measure effort and motivation directly, and indices embedded within larger tests measure these as well. But there’s more: A knowledgeable expert evaluates the consistency of scores on tests that measure overlapping areas of function; the relationship of scores with reported symptoms and with known patterns of damage and disability; and the relationship of all findings with a litigant’s everyday functioning. A seasoned expert also recognizes patterns of test performance that conform to (or defy) “common sense” – sense that’s not common to those untrained in psychological function and brain-behavior relationships. Understanding how effort and motivation are assessed gives an attorney tools to limit an expert’s subjective and interpretative leeway. Understanding how – and how well – experts’ data supports their opinions empowers attorneys to cross- examine the adversary’s experts at deposition and trial, and better positions them to prepare their own experts for direct and cross-examination.
Dr. Dana Chidekel, a clinical neuropsychologist, is certified by both the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. She maintains a private practice in Tarzana, in which she provides comprehensive assessments to children and adults referred for cognitive, developmental, academic, psychiatric, and behavioral problems. Licensed to practice in California, Oklahoma and Connecticut, Dr. Chidekel dedicates approximately 30% of her practice to forensic work. She is retained as a consultant and expert witness by plaintiff and defense in approximate equal proportions in state and federal matters associated with personal injury, probate litigation, employment law, educational law, business law, and (limited) family and criminal law. Cases involve questions of testamentary and contractual capacity, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, psychological trauma, harassment, disability, developmental disability, and special education. She loves the good fight, which any fight on behalf of the truth. Dr. Chidekel has authored and coauthored professional articles about developmental neuropsychology and parameters of professional practice, that appear in journals such as Cerebellum, Pediatric Neurology, and Applied Neuropsychology: Child. She is co-author of ADHD as a Model of Brain-Behavior Relationships (Springer 2013) and author of Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and Your Child (Simon and Schuster, 2001). She is a frequent presenter to lay and professional audiences, as a speaker, panelist, and keynote. Dr. Chidekel has appeared on local and national radio and TV programs, including multiple appearances on The Today Show.
You are cordially invited to join TEN on Sunday, October 10, 2021 for our next TEN 9 Golf Outing. This outing is open to all practicing attorneys, as well as their families and friends, and includes a post-round networking breakfast.
Check-in: Starting time 7:40 AM. Rendezvous at the starter’s window at 7:15 AM.
Moderator: Duane Kumagai
Location: ROOSEVELT GOLF COURSE – 2650 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Who: TEN Esquire Members and other Practicing Attorneys, Family/Friends. All skill levels welcome!
Cost: $20.50 (green fee), plus cost of breakfast
R.S.V.P. NOW. REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 12 NOON ON THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO PLAY.
If rain is forecasted for the day of play, check your email for last-minute updates or call Duane Kumagai (310) 490-4998.
As a condition of participation in this TEN activity, participants must comply with all applicable state and local COVID-19 guidelines, and execute a waiver and release of liability, forms of which will be emailed to those who R.S.V.P. (time permitting). Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Please Note: Meeting has moved to Sunday 9/19/21
Moderator: Mark Tseselsky
LOCATION: LAKE HOLLYWOOD TRAIL
LENGTH: 3.5 MILES
ELEVATION: 134 FEET
HIKING TIME: APPROX. 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES
PARKING: STREET PARKING AT LAKE HOLLYWOOD DRIVE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90068 Lake Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
AS AN ALTERNATIVE, PARK NEXT TO THE LAKE HOLLYWOOD PARK AT 3200 CANYON LAKE DRIVE, HOLLYWOOD AND WALK TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE TRAIL AT Lake Hollywood Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068
DESCRIPTION OF THE HIKE:
The Lake Hollywood Reservoir hike feels more like a stroll around a mountain lake than a hike in the middle of Hollywood. This easy, flat, just-over three mile trail takes you around the perimeter of the Hollywood Reservoir (sometimes known as Lake Hollywood), an artificial lake in the Hollywood Hills. This path was closed for several years due to landslides and was reopened in April of 2013. A nice stroll with good photo ops, this hike is a nice option for a peaceful stroll or jog with unusual views of the Hollywood Sign and some beautiful 1920s architecture. It’s a great hike for beginners, those wanting to see the Hollywood Sign, or anyone wanting some peace and quiet from the city.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HIKE:
Moderators: Steven Fox, Allan Williams
Topic: For our October meeting, we will have a speaker from the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division AND Modesto Division. His name is Christian Younger and he has been in practice for 19 years. He currently has an office in Santa Barbara and in Sacramento. Christian has represented individuals and businesses in matters ranging from bankruptcy to debt negotiation. He is a member of the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice in the Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California. From 2008 – 2010, Christian served as vice-president for the Sacramento Valley Bankruptcy Forum. Christian was a partner in Younger & Hennecke, LLP from 2004-2011 with offices in Sacramento, Modesto and Oakland. Then he owned Friend Younger, PC from 2011 to 2017 out of the Sacramento area. He has successfully helped over 3,500 individuals, families, and businesses through the bankruptcy process and gain a fresh start.
Christian will focus his presentation on the Sacramento and Modesto Courts in the Eastern District of California.
The TEN Sherman Oaks group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Lisa Aminnia
The TEN Arcadia group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Ashley Andrews
The TEN Writers & Marketing Group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Robin Sax
Please Note: This Meeting now takes place at 7:30 AM.
To attend this event, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Bruce Moss
Moderator: Amira Hasenbush
Moderator: Brian Lauter
Moderator: Dale Arens
Moderator: David Shaneyfelt
The TEN Century City group will hold their meeting online this month. To join, please sign up below and the link to join the video call will be sent to you via email.
Moderator: Gary Rotkop
Topic: Grow your Business and Have Fun Doing It by Michael Castiglione
Learn how to take control of the sales process, shorten your sales cycle, and find the fun in growing your business.
What Our Members Say
- Mauricio Leon de la Barra Mexico and California Attorney at Law
“TEN can be described in TEN words: An extraordinary source of referrals, resources and very good friends. I got my first referral a few days after my first meeting. Its members have always provided my clients with outstanding legal solutions in different areas of law. And I have the honor of considering each member a very good friend.”
- Larry A. Rothstein, Esq. Trial Lawyer & Civil Litigator
“Although I have been a member of other professional networking organizations, David’s idea of one limited to small and solo law firms is both unique and exciting. Many of us in small and solo practices have developed expertise in limited practice areas. This makes for a particular dynamic because we are able to refer clients with specific needs to those having the specialized skills to handle them.”
- Cynthia Elkins Employment Law
“Have been a member of TEN since its inception. It is a wonderful and very cost efficient resource for solos and attorneys from small firms as this is my primary referral source both for receiving referrals and giving out referrals and this wonderful group of members helps to expand my referral base.”