25th Annual Golden State Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Institute & Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Reception and Dinner Honoring Craig Corbitt

Presented by The State Bar of California Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section

October 29, 2015
The Julia Morgan Ballroom
Merchant Exchange Bldg., 15th Floor
465 California Street
San Francisco, CA

Earn 7 Hours MCLE Credit

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.  Online registration will close at the pre-registration deadline.

GSI Past Chair and Welcome Reception Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sponsored By:

  • Analysis Group (sponsor of GSI past chairs reception)
  • Rust Consulting/Kinsella Media
  • NERA Economic Consulting
  • Kurtzman Carson Consultants
  • St. Francis, Winery & Wineyards
  • Barkley, Court Reporters
  • Angeon Group

Schedule of Events
Essential Information
Printable Brochure
Mail / Fax Reg. Form

Schedule for Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Event Time

GSI Past Chairs and Welcome Reception

Hosted Reception at Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk Gallery at One Market One Market, Floor 2 San Francisco, CA 94105

Attendance to the Past Chairs and Welcome Reception is open to all GSI attendees but RSVP is required to ana.castillo@calbar.ca.gov

Sponsored by Analysis Group

6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Schedule for Thursday, October 29, 2015

Event Time

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by Kurtzman Carson Consultants

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Paul Riehle

2015 Chair, Golden State Institute
2015-16 Section Chair

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Session #1: Legal Update

Recent Developments in Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law

This popular panel returns once again this year. Our dynamic speakers will provide an overview of recent California and federal developments in antitrust and unfair competition law.


  • Thomas A. Papageorge, Professor, University of San Diego School of Law & Special Prosecutor, San Diego County District Attorney's Office-San Diego, CA
  • Thomas Greene, Special Litigation Counsel, Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission-San Francisco, CA
  • Tom Dahdouh, Regional Director, Western Region, Federal Trade Commission-San Francisco, CA 2014-15 Section Chair


  • Niall Lynch, Latham & Watkins LLP - San Francisco, CA
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


Sponsored by Barkley Court Reporters & Angeion Group

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Session #2: Trials

"Big Stakes" Antitrust Trials

For the fourth year in a row, we are very fortunate to have some of the country's leading antitrust trial lawyers tell us about their recent trial experiences and, importantly, lessons they learned that will benefit litigators on both sides of a case as well as the in-house lawyers and clients involved in antitrust litigation. The trials on our agenda for this year are:

In re: Nexium (Esomeprazole Magnesium) Antitrust Litigation

In the first reverse payment trial since Actavis, in December 2014 a Massachusetts federal court jury after six weeks found for the plaintiffs on the key liability issues, but sided with defendants on causation.


  • J. Douglas Baldridge, Venable LLP-Washington, D.C. Trial Counsel for Defendant Ranbaxy, Inc.
  • Kristen Johnson , Partner, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • John Schmidtlein, Partner, Williams & Connolly LLP
  • Steven Shadowen, Hilliard & Shadowen LLC-Mechanicsburg, PA Trial Counsel for Class of End-Payors and Consumers


  • Cheryl Lee Johnson Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Law Section, Office of the Attorney General- Los Angeles, CA Former Section Chair
O'Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

In a rare rule of reason trial, Northern District of California Judge Claudia Wilken found that NCAA rules that prohibited basketball and football players from receiving more than the value of a full grant-in-aid scholarship constituted an unreasonable restraint of trade.


  • Michael P. Lehmann, Hausfeld LLP-San Francisco, CA Trial Counsel for Plaintiffs
  • Gregory K. Curtner, Schiff Hardin LLP-Ann Arbor, MI and New York, NY, Trial Counsel for the NCAA


  • David Kesselman, Kesselman Brantly Stockinger LLP- Manhattan Beach, CA
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Honorable Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-SakauyeGolden State Institute Luncheon

Luncheon Guest: The Honorable Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye

Chief Justice of California

Sponsored by NERA Economic Consulting

Presenting: "A Conversation with Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye"


  • Cheryl Lee Johnson, Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Law Section, Office of the Attorney General- Los Angeles, CA
    Former Section Chair
  • Kathleen Tuttle, Deputy-in-Charge, Antitrust Section, Los Angeles District Attorney's Office- Los Angeles, CA
    Former Section Chair
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


1:45 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Session #3 -- GSI 25th Anniversary Retrospective and Prospective Views on CA Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law

This panel of leading plaintiffs' lawyers and defense counsel, moderated by a preeminent California federal court judge, will discuss the major changes in California antitrust and UCL law over the last 25 years and what the panelists prognosticate for the future. The panel also will explore the effect of technology on how these cases have been tried and what changes they see for the future.


  • Craig Corbitt, Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP-San Francisco, CA
  • Dan Wall, Latham & Watkins LLP-San Francisco, CA
  • Kimberly A. Kralowec, The Kralowec Law Group-San Francisco, CA
  • William Stern, Morrison & Foerster LLP-San Francisco, CA


  • Moderator: Hon. Susan Illston, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California-San Francisco, CA
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Session #4 -- Antitrust and UCL Class Action Settlement Issues

Our accomplished panel of plaintiff, defense and former government lawyers will discuss intractable problems and issues in settling antitrust and UCL class actions.


  • Joseph R. Saveri, Joseph Saveri Law Firm-San Francisco, CA
  • Holly House, Paul Hastings LLP-San Francisco, CA
  • Heather Tewksbury, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP- Palo Alto, CA


  • Paul Riehle, Sedgwick LLP-San Francisco, CA
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.


Sponsored by Barkley Court Reporters & Angeion Group

4 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Session #5: Judges Panel

Managing Antitrust and Complex Business Trials

A distinguished group of federal judges will discuss trial proceedings in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. The focus will be their "real world" experiences and practice pointers. This is a unique opportunity to learn directly from these highly experienced federal judges who adjudicate major antitrust cases.


  • Hon. William Orrick III, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California-San Francisco, CA
  • Hon. Christina Snyder, United States District Judge for the Central District of California-Los Angeles, CA
  • Hon. Jon S. Tigar, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California-San Francisco, CA


  • Niall Lynch, Latham & Watkins LLP-San Francisco, CA
4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.


Hosted Reception for The Antitrust Lawyer of the Year.

Sponsored by Rust Consulting/Kinsella Media

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Antitrust Lawyer of the Year Award Dinner and Program--Wine generously provided by St. Francis Winery and Vineyards.

We honor Craig Corbitt, Partner, Zelle Hoffman Voelbel & Mason LLP

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

2015 Antitrust Lawyer of the Year -- Craig Corbitt

Craig CorbittCraig Corbitt has been an antitrust litigator for over 35 years. He has been a partner of Zelle Hofmann in San Francisco for fifteen years, and before that worked for over twenty years at the former Furth Farhner & Mason. He has been centrally involved in dozens of the most significant civil antitrust cases in the United States during his career. He has represented class plaintiffs in the LCD Flat Panel, Natural Gas, De Beers, Microsoft, Smokeless Tobacco, DRAM and Brand Name Prescription Drugs cases among many others; and has represented many corporate plaintiffs, including Kellogg Company in the Vitamins Antitrust Litigation and Santa Fe Southern Pacific in the AT&T monopolization litigation. Although primarily known as a plaintiffs' lawyer, he has represented antitrust defendants including Georgia Pacific in the Plywood Antitrust Litigation, Kellogg Company in multiple cases, and Santa Fe in the ETSI pipeline litigation.

Craig is a former Chair of The State Bar of California's Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute. He is a co-author or contributing author to antitrust treatises of the AAI and The State Bar of California, and has authored articles for Competition and other publications. He is regularly honored for antitrust and competition law and litigation by the Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, The Litigation Counsel of America, Benchmark Litigators, Legal 500, and Global Competition Review's Who's Who Legal among others, and is a frequent panelist on antitrust, competition and litigation topics.

Craig is a graduate of U.C. Davis and the USF School of Law. He is a board member of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society.

In his spare time, Craig enjoys the wine country lifestyle at his Sonoma home, where he and his wife Nancy have an Old Vine Zinfandel vineyard.

Essential Information

Printable Brochure

For your convenience, we have provided a printable version of the program brochure which replicates the information found on this website.


In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to The State Bar of California, or credit card information, must be received by Thursday, October 22, 2015.

Online Registration

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registration will close after the pre-registration deadline.

On-Site Registration

On-site registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and is subject to space availability.

Registration Fees (by October 22, 2015, late registrations subject to space availability)

Full Day Institute & Dinner

  • $445 - Antitrust Section Members
  • $530 - Non-section Members

Institute ONLY

  • $350 - Antitrust Section Member
  • $425 - Non-Member (includes enrollment in the Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section for 2015-2016.)
  • $85 - Government/Academic
  • $75 - Non-Attorney Law Student

Lawyer of the Year Dinner and Cocktail Reception ONLY

  • $225 - Per Person
  • Additional Dinners $225 each
  • $110 - Government/Academic
  • $1800 - Table for Eight

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • $3,000 GOLD (Includes table for eight at dinner, 5 institute registrants, program attribution)

  • $2,250 SILVER (Includes table for eight at dinner, 2 institute registrants, program attribution)

  • $500 BRONZE (Program attribution ONLY, no dinner or registration in program)

Your sponsorship includes a full congratulatory slide in our dinner program presentation. Please send an electronic, 8.5”x11” slide, color or b/w pdf in landscape orientation to mitch.wood@calbar.ca.gov by Thursday, October 22, 2015 to be included.

Program Materials

Program materials will be provided on-site in electronic format on a flash drive. You may bring your laptops, as we will have ample power sources and Wifi service during our program.

Pre-Registration by Mail or Fax

Please print out and complete the Pre-Registration Form and return it to the State Bar no later than Thursday, October 22, 2015. Please send your completed registration form and check payable to The State Bar of California to:

By Mail:

Program Registrations
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639

By Fax:

Program Registration at 415-538-2368. In order to fax your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.)

Cancellations / Refund Policy

Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than Thursday, October 22, 2015. Substitute registrants are allowed, but must register in their own name. Cancellations and refunds are subject to a $25.00 service charge.


For registration information, please call 415-538-2508. For program content or Section information, please call 415-538-2554.

Special Assistance

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The Antitrust, UCL and Privacy Section of The State Bar of California is a State Bar approved MCLE provider. This activity has been approved for 7 hours.