Mission Statement: San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA) promotes civil justice through education and trial advocacy.  For over fifty years, SFTLA has served the needs of the plaintiff's bar. Continuing the traditions started by a small group of legal warriors, SFTLA is committed to providing quality continuing legal education, preserving access to justice for everyone, and creating social and networking opportunities.

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                          Guardian of Justice Sponsors

                          The Dolan Law Firm,  Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP, The Veen Firm

                          Partner of Justice Sponsor  

                          Bohbot & Riles, PC



SFTLA is Proud to Present our Member of the Month

Robert E. Cartwright, Jr.

Founding partner of the Cartwright Law Firm, Inc., Rob received his J.D. from Golden Gate University in 1982 and began his career as a trial lawyer at the former Cartwright, Slobodin, et al. firm in San Francisco. He has dedicated his practice to representation of plaintiffs.

In 2001, Rob was a national Trial Lawyers for Public Justice finalist for “Trial Lawyer of the Year” in connection with a successful verdict against a product manufacturer resulting in a products recall.  He is also a SFTLA’s Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist in 2003, 2004, and 2005, and for CAOC in 2003.

He served as President of CAOC in 2002, spearheading that organization’s most successful legislative year in the organization’s history.  This included a successful effort to elect 12 consumer-friendly legislators to the Assembly and multiple pieces of consumer-friendly legislation being passed, including extending opposition to summary judgment from 28 days to 75 days, and extending the one year statute of limitations to two years.  There were a number of other bills passed related to construction defect, as well as five bills curtailing mandatory pre-dispute binding arbitration.

He is a former President of the San Francisco Barristers Club, has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of Governors of AAJ, the former president of the Western Trial Lawyers Association for 2005 and currently the Education Co-Chair.  He has served as an Editor of the California Tort Reporter, the Editor-in-Chief of the Barrister Law Journal, Editor of The Brief, an ABA publication, a consulting editor for Trial Magazine and Editor-in-Chief of the CAOC Forum Magazine.

He is a member of ABOTA and a recent recipient of the “Robert E. Cartwright, Sr.” Award for trial advocacy in teaching trial advocacy to fellow lawyers.

He currently serves on the SFTLA Executive Committee.

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Upcoming MCLE's

Coverage Issues
September 22, 2015

Kaiser (Half Day)
October 13, 2015

Powerpoint Basics
October 27,2015

Practicum- Presenting Evidence
November 3, 2015

Dealing with Difficult Clients
November 12, 2015

Bankruptcy Landmines and Your Civil Case
November 17, 2015

Negotiation Skills
December 1, 2015

Who Ya Gonna Call? Ethics & Conflicts
December 15, 2015

Creating Diversity at Your Firm
January 12, 2016

Trial Bootcamp Series: Part 1
March 22, 2016

Trial Bootcamp Series: Part 2
May 24, 2016

Visual Presentation (Half-Day)
June 7, 2016

Liens (PM Class)
September 13, 2016

Trial Bootcamp Series: Part 3
September 20, 2016

Wage & Hour Issues in your Law Office
September 27, 2016

How to Win the Battle of the Experts
November 1, 2016

SFTLA Events

Membership Party
September 3,2015

Women Referring Women

Board of Directors Dinner
September 24,2015

NLD Happy Hour Takeover
October 1,2015

Judges Dinner Dance
October 9,2015

Board Retreat
October 17,2015

Mock Trial
November 7,2015

Women's Caucus Holiday Party
December 3, 2015

Happy Hour Takeover
December 8,2015

Holiday Cocktail Party
December 10, 2015


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