March 2023 Issue 
President's Message

By Brett Nicole, Cozen O'Connor 

The Century City Bar Association hopes that everyone is having a wonderful 2023 thus far.  For those who were able to attend our Banquet at the end of last year, thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoyed the event as much as we did. 

We were thrilled to honor the following outstanding lawyers at the Banquet:

Transportation Lawyer of the Year - Wesley D. Hurst, Polsinelli

Corporate Bankruptcy Lawyer of the Year - John N. Tedford, Danning Gill Israel & Krasnoff, LLP
Trial Lawyer of the Year - Jack S. Yeh, Sidley Austin LLP

Next Generation Lawyer of the Year - Ashley Morris, Weinberg Gosner Frost LLP

Trusts and Estates Litigation Attorney of the Year - Lisa C. McCurdy, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

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CA Court of Appeal Calls Into Question Evidentiary Value of Electronic Signatures

By Brett D. Watson, Cozen O'Connor 

On January 19, 2023, the California Court of Appeal, First District, Division 4, issued a troubling decision regarding the evidentiary value of electronic signatures in Iyere v. Wise Auto Group.

First, a caveat.  The troubling part is dicta, not the core decision.  The core decision is perfectly sound.  That said, the dicta is troubling enough to warrant this alert.

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CCBA and TEN Network take on Escondido Falls Malibu

By Conor Tucker, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

CCBA was delighted to co-host a hike with The Esquire Network last month.  Attorneys gathered to trek up to Escondido Falls in Malibu.  After the recent rains, the falls roared at full strength and the normally-dry creek bed flowed with enough water that multiple fordings were required.  The group made it to the falls and back—a calm 3.7 mile hike with slight elevation gain.  The CCBA hopes to host further hikes in the future.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Conor Tucker ( for more information.


Thursday April 6, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Your Home is Spying on You - A Look at Internet of Things Forensics

More and more homes contain smart devices: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Nest Thermostat, Smart TVs, Roombas, and more. These devices store all kinds of activities and send that data to the cloud. This CLE explores the types of data available, looks at some cases where that data was used, and discusses the law regarding the collection of this type of data.

A CLE Presented by Brian Chase, Managing Director of Digital Forensics, Archer Hall. 

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Brett Nicole Taylor 
President Elect 
Joanna MacMillan
Vice President
Camilla Y. Chan 
Jason H. Tokoro
Elliot C. Harvey Schatmeir 

Camilla Y. Chan

Rachelle Cohen
Robert Freund

Alyssa Gjedsted
Nina Hong
Duane Kumagai
Jesse B. Levin
Audrey Luu

Joanna MacMillan

Lucas Messenger
Stefan O’Grady

Elliot C. Harvey Schatmeir 

Mark Sedlander 

Brett Nicole Taylor

Jason H. Tokoro

Conor D. Tucker

Lori L. Werderitch


Century City Lawyer Editor-in-chief 
 Brett Nicole Taylor
P.O. Box 24273
Los Angeles, CA 90024
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