When the Defendant Can't Be Found


New attorneys are often assigned to handle some of the “other matters” hearings or assignments on their own, whether as practice or because the more seasoned attorneys are too busy. But these hearings can be complex, and the motion denied for even the slightest error or omissions. Complicating matters, there is rarely sufficient info on Westlaw, or when there is it doesn’t account for local variances. Come learn how to hand these “other matters” with ease and grace the first go-around.

•Default Prove-up Hearings
•Guardian ad Litem Applications
•Minors Compromise & Release Hearings
•Applications for Irregular Service
•Ex Parte Applications
•Civil Harassment Restraining Orders

Audrey Siegel (Chair), 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.

Hon. Stephen Murphy is a judge in the San Francisco Superior Court, Hall of Justice, where he handles arraignments and preliminary hearings. Judge Murphy was previously assigned to the civil harassment calendar, where default judgments and minors compromise approvals are heard. A past president of SFTLA, he was a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year four times, winning the award in 2008. He is a member of ABOTA and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as well as a Past President of SFTLA.

Victoria Weatherford is a Deputy City Attorney in the Neighborhood and Resident Safety (Code Enforcement) division of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. She brings civil lawsuits on behalf of the City and the People of the State of California to end unlawful business practices in San Francisco and statewide. Previously, she was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, handling white-collar, antitrust, and consumer class-action matters. Victoria clerked for Judges Edward C. Prado of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and William B. Shubb of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, and graduated from Yale Law School and UCLA.


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