Edith R. Matthai

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Attorney Awards


Recipient: Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Ernestine Stahlhut Award, 2010; Loyola Law School Champion of Justice Award, 2008; California State Bar Litigation Section Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, 2008. Articles Editor, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 1973-1975. Faculty Member, Hastings College of Advocacy, 1983-1999. Member, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America Trial College, Hastings College of Law, Summer 1991. Member, Advisory Board, 1991-1994. Faculty Member and Past Co-Chair, Personal Injury Institute, Business Litigation Institute, 1993-2000. Member, ABOTA Trial College, 1997-2004. Panelist: "Law and Motion Practice," The Rutter Group, 1987, 1997; "Litigation, Theory Through Trial," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 1993; "Deposition Skills," CEB, 1993; "The Quintessential Trial," UCLA, 1993; "Handling Products Liability Cases," CEB, 1994; "Arguments by the Masters," Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and California Trial Lawyers Association, 1994; "Trial: The Law and the Art," Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, 1995; "Bad Faith and Punitive Damages in Insurance Claims," American Conference Institute, 1995, 1998; "Ethics for Litigators," CEB, 1995-1998; "National Women Defense Attorney Seminar," DRI, 1996; Supervising Judge's Management Conference, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1996; Judicial Training Session, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1997; "Do's and Don'ts in Mediation," California Judges Association Conference for Retired Judges, 1998; "Ethics for Litigators," CEB, 1998; "Audits of Legal Costs," Association of California Insurance Companies Annual General Counsel Seminar, 1999; "The Nuts and Bolts in Litigation: How to Plan and Shape a Coherent Civil Case," Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1999; "Products Liability from Air Bags to Zippers," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 1999; "CAALA Trial Demonstration," Las Vegas 2001; ABOTA Masters in Trial, 2002, 2003; Lead Trial Counsel, ABA Mock Trial of a Legal Malpractice Case, Chicago 2002; "The New Civil Jury Instructions: Are You Ready?" Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and the Association of Southern Defense Counsel, 2002; "The Shernoff Bad Faith Seminar," The Rutter Group, 2002; Fall Judges Conference, Judicial Council of California and the Administrative Offices of the Courts, 2002; Moderator on the Tri-Partite Relationship, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel and DRI Northwest/Pacific Regional Defense Leaders Conference, 2002; "The Tri-Partite Relationship," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 2002; "When Things go Wrong," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, 2003; "Ethics and Professional Responsibility for the Employment Law Attorney," Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2003; "Secrets of Highly Effective Litigators," Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, Chicago, 2004; "The Habits of Highly Effective Litigators," American Bar Association National Legal Malpractice Conference, Miami 2004; "Commission on Judicial Performance: Lessons and Recent Trends," California Judge's Association Mid-Year Conference, 2004; "Insurance Litigation, 2004," California Judges Association and the Rutter Group Insurance Litigation Seminar, 2004. Member, Defense Trial Team, American Board of Trial Lawyers Annual Seminar, 2005. Co-Author: CEB California Civil Discovery Practice. Author: California Pretrial Procedure, vol. 1-3, and California Civil Discovery, vol. 1 and 2, Matthew Bender Practice Guides, 2003. Member: Panel of Arbitrators, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1983-1995; Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions, 1996-; Los Angeles Court AB 3820 Committee, 1995-2002; Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Committee, 1999-2002; Los Angeles Superior Court Bench-Bar Coalition, 2000-. Keynote Speaker, Legal Tech, 2005. Speaker, Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference: "Proving or Disproving Causation in a Transaction Legal Malpractice Claim - Examining the Trial," 2006; "When Things Go Wrong," Panel on Expert Witness Selection, Preparation and Presentation, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, 2006. Ex-Officio Member, CJA, CJP Deposition Rule Committee, 2007-. Defense Counsel for Mock Trial, 2005; Effective Trial Presentation, 2006; Risk Management for Attorneys, 2007, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles Annual Seminar; Case Law Updates, Legal Malpractice Risk Management Conference, 2005, 2006, 2007; "Just When You Thought It Was Settled," discussion of Settle and Sue cases, ABA National Legal Malpractice Conference, 2007; California Commission on Judicial Performance, California Judges Association, 2007; "Litigating the Legal Malpractice Claim," Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference, 2007; "A Closer Look at the CJP: 'With All Due Respect' is Not the Correct Response," California Judges Association Mid-Year Conference 2007; "The Importance of the Civil Justice System," Loyola Journalist Law School Presentation 2007; "Professional Negligence Legal Malpractice Cases," Consumers Attorneys of Los Angeles 25th Annual Las Vegas Convention 2007; "Let's Arbitrate! It's Fast, Cheap and Fair. Right?," Professional Liability Underwriting Society PLUS 20th Annual International Conference. Chair, American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability. 2008-2010; "Handling Litigation," Superior Court Judges CJA Midyear Conference, 2008. Speaker, "Elimination of Bias," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Annual Las Vegas Convention; 2008; "Conflicts, Screening and Waivers: Are You Really Protected?," U.C. Hastings 2009; "Masters on Jury Selection," American Board of Trial Advocates, 2008; "Avoiding Legal Malpractice, " Association of Defense Counsel, 2009; "Perspectives on Civil Litigation," Loyola Law School, 2010; "The Witness Reality Check: "Steering Wayward Clients Toward the Truth," American Bar Association Lawyers Professional Liability, 2010; Masters Session: "My Most Memorable Trial Moments," Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles 28th Las Vegas Annual Convention, 2010; "How the Courts Failed Germany: Law, Justice, and the Holocaust," Administrative Office of the Courts, 2010; "Settle and Sue: Is Legal Malpractice a Remedy for an Inappropriate Settlement or for the Settlement That Did Not Happen?" (Mediation Confidentiality), Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference, 2011; "What to Do When You Get a Letter from the CJP," California Judges Association Conference, 2011; Voir Dire Demonstration, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2011; "The Ethics Factor," Beverly Hills Bar Association, 2012; "Wine & Wisdom: A Conversation with Women Lawyers Who Shape the Profession," National Association of Women Lawyers, 2012; "Recent Cases and Strategies Involving Expert Witnesses in Legal Malpractice Cases," Legal Malpractice and Risk Management Conference, 2012; Panelist, Orange County Superior Court Judicial Seminar: Overview of the Commission on Judicial Performance, 2012; "Determining What Kind and Finding the Right Expert:(Available Resources; Direct and Cross-Examination Demos)," Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2012; Panelist, California Judges Association: Interactive CJP Ethics Class, 2012; Panelist, AIM Risk Management Program, "Co-Counsel, Joint Counsel and Local Counsel Arrangements - - Traps for the Unwary," 2013; Panelist, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, "Rethinking Bias in the Firm" and "Ethical Pitfalls in Everyday Practice," 2013; Panelist, Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Services, "Preparing Form 700 Disclosures: Avoid the Perils," 2013; 2014 Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association; 2015 Hall of Fame Awardee, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; Speaker, "Being Sued Isn't Winning," 2015 Santa Monica Bar Association Trial Seminar.

American College of Trial Lawyers.

(Certified Specialist, Legal Malpractice Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization)

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Legal Malpractice
  • Business Litigation
  • Representation of Judicial Officers in Disciplinary Proceedings

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
213-706-8000  Phone
University Attended:
University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., cum laude, 1971
Law School Attended:
University of California, Hastings College of Law, J.D., 1975
Year of First Admission:
1975, California; 1975, U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court
Los Angeles County Bar Association (Member, Board of Trustees, 1998-2000; President, 2005); State Bar of California; American Bar Association (Chair, Lawyers Professional Liability Committee, 2007-2010; Member, Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, 2010-); Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Member, Board of Directors, 1993-1998; President, 2001); California Defense Counsel (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-2008; President, 2006); American Board of Trial Advocates (President, Los Angeles Chapter, 2008; Treasurer-Secretary, 1998; Member, Executive Board, 2000-); Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Board Member, 2006-2010); Judicial Council of California.
Birth Information:
Taft, California, September 20, 1950
( Certified Specialist, Legal Malpractice Law, The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization )

Peer Reviews

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