Creative Ways to Settle Your Case Series


This program will cover techniques to maximize the mediation process – a skill that has become just as important as properly preparing for trial. Topics include:
• Whether and how to have a joint session,
• Whether and how to prepare a presentation,
• Mediation early in a case, or while an MSJ is pending,
• Multi-defendant cases, Mary Carter agreements,
• Settlement pitfalls, including minors, liens, taxes, and ethics.


Robert Cartwright (Chair) is the founder of the Cartwright Law Firm and has been in practice for over thirty years. Mr. Cartwright is a Past president of CAOC, WTLA and other organizations. As President of CAOC, he successfully increased the Statute of Limitations for personal injury cases from one year to two years, and expanded the time to oppose summary judgment from 28 days to the current 75 days, among seven other bills passed during his term. He is one of the longest serving members of both the AAJ and SFTLA.

Thomas Brandi represents people in injury and wrongful death cases, aviation, dangerous roads, defective drugs, unsafe products, and consumer class actions. Mr. Brandi graduated from Saint Ignatius, San Jose State, and the University of San Francisco Law School. He is an adjunct professor at University of San Francisco Law School, where he teaches trial practice and was selected as the Hon. Ira A. Brown Adjunct Professor of the year for 2010- 2011. Mr. Brandi was President of CAOC, SFTLA and is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and ABOTA. He has been recognized in the Top 100 Super Lawyers list since 2004 and Best Lawyers in America since 1995.

Sara Peters is a partner and trial lawyer at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger. She teaches trial advocacy and coaches mock trial at Stanford Law School (where she received her J.D. in 2008). She holds leadership positions in SFTLA and BASF, and serves as Co-Director of ABC (Attorneys Bettering the Community), a local nonprofit composed of attorneys who want to volunteer in a hands-on way. She was peer-nominated as a Northern California Super Lawyers 2013-2017 Rising Star.

Audrey Siegel, an associate at the Cartwright Law Firm, has focused on personal injury and wrongful death litigation including premises liability, inadequate security, automobile accidents, and product liability since she began practicing law in 2012. In addition, she serves on the SFTLA Diversity Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee. Audrey received recognition as a Finalist for San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2016 for her work on a trip and fall case. Audrey received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.


Please note:

  • Registration begins at 11:30am
  • Lunch will be served


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SFTLA Conference Room

311 California Street, Suite 620, San Francisco



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SFTLA does not provide refunds for cancellations, however, substitutes may attend in place for a registrant.