Donna Bader
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Donna Bader
Firm: Bader, Donna
Address: 668 North Coast Hwy, #1355
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-1385
Phone: (949) 494-7455
Fax: (949) 494-1017
E-mail: Contact Us
Web site: http://www.donnabader.com
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A blog for trial attorneys written by an appellate attorney

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Lawyer Profile:
Donna Bader is a Certified Specialist in Appellate Law.  Since 1980, she has written over 300 appellate briefs and practices exclusively in the area of civil appeals and writs with an emphasis on medical and legal malpractice, and personal injury law.  Ms. Bader is the author of Motions to Terminate Civil Cases, which is published by Thomson - West.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Plaintiff magazine, which is distributed to over 5,000 Northern California attorneys.  She is a former editor of Consumer Attorneys' of California, The Forum, and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' publication, The Advocate.  She is a contributing writer to many legal publications and is a frequent speaker for bar associations and trial lawyer groups. 
Current Employment Position(s):
Sole Practitioner

Areas of Practice:
100% Litigation and Appeals
Certification/Specialties:
Certified Specialist, Appellate Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization, 1999

Bar Admissions:
California, 1977
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1996
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1991
U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1998
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1998
U.S. Supreme Court, 1999
Education:
Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, California, 1977
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence

International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France, 1979

Western State University, Irvine, California, 1975
B.S., Bachelor of Science

Published Works:
"Oops, I Forgot to Object (or, How Not toLose Your Appeal at Trial", The Forum, Vol. 35, No. 10, 2005

"Crafting a Solid Statement of Decision", The Forum, Vol. 35, No. 8, 2005

"Law and Motion: Making as Few Mistakes as Possible", The Gavel, Vol. 8, No. 3, 2005

"Law and Motion: Making as Few Mistakes as Possible - Part 2", The Gavel, Vol. 8, No. 4, 2005

"Keeping the Justices awake (and interested) during Oral Argument", The Advocate, September, 2004

"Our Court of Appeal", Orange County Lawyer, Vol. 46, No. 8, 2004

"Interview with Joshua Karton", The Gavel, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2004

"Opposing Motions for Summary Judgment", The Gavel, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2004

"A Few Moments with Gerry Spence", The Advocate, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2003

"Opposing Motions for Summary Judgment in Medical Malpractice Cases", The Advocate, Vol. 30, No. 8, 2003

"Storytelling in Brief Writing", The Warrior, Spring, 2003

"Building a Better Trial Lawyer", The Advocate, Vol. 30, No. 5, 2003

"Storytelling in Brief-Writing", The Advocate, Vol. 30, No. 1, January, 2003

"Is Gender Bias Impossible to Eliminate?", The Gavel, Vol. 6, No. 1, Winter, 2003

Motions to Terminate Civil Cases before Trial, Litigation One, Updated annually, 2002

"Defense Challenges to Plaintiff's Complaint", The Advocate, Vol. 29, No. 7, Sept., 2002

OCTLA Member Spotlight: Jim Traut, Esq., The Gavel, Vol. 5 No. 1, Winter, 2002

"Complex Litigation Courtrooms: The Courtrooms of the Future", The Gavel, Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall, 2002

"America Without A Jury System", The Gavel, Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer, 2002

"After the Trial is Over", The Gavel, Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring, 2002

"Enhancing Your Chances for Success in Law and Motion", The Gavel, Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter, 2001

"Filing the Notice of Appeal in Civil Actions", Orange County Lawyer, May, 1996

"Law and Motion: An Insider's View", Orange County Lawyer, July, 1996

"Retaining Appellate Counsel", Directory of Free-Lance Professionals, Vol. 2, Nov., 1994

1980 Supplement to California Mechanic's Lien Law Handbook, M. Marsh, Parker and Sons Publications

"Parents and Teenagers, Rights and Responsibilities: Law", Dawn Magazine, Vol. VII, No. XI, August, 1980

"Parental Rights and Responsibilities", Dawn Magazine, Vol. VI, No. VII, April, 1980

"Some Rules for the Horseowner", Dawn Magazine, Vol. VI, No. V, February, 1980

"Air Travelers' Rights", Dawn Magazine, Vol. V, No. IX, June, 1979

"Subchapter S Corporations", Woman Entrepreneur Report, Vol. II, No. I, April, 1979

"Homesteads", Dawn Magazine, Vol. V, No. VIII, March, 1979

Representative Cases:
Bernard v. Foley, 39 Cal.4th 794 [47 Cal.Rptr.3d 248] (California Supreme Court 2006)
Johnson v. Ford Motor Co., 35 Cal.4th 1191 [29 Cal.Rptr.3d 401] (California Supreme Court 2006)
Grassilli v. Barr, 142 Cal.App.4th 1260 [48 Cal.Rptr.3d 715] (Cal.App.4th Dist. 2006)
In re Estate of Myers, 139 Cal.App.4th 434 [42 Cal.Rptr.3d 753] (Cal.App.4th Dist. 2006)
John Y. v. Chaparral Treatment Center, Inc., 124 Cal.Rptr.2d 30 (Cal.App.4 Dist. 2002)
Guardianship of Kassandra H., 75 Cal.Rptr.2d 668 (Cal.App. 4th Dist. 1998)
Hufft v. Horowitz, 5 Cal.Rptr.2d 377 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. 1992)
La Jolla Village Homeowners' Ass'n, Inc. v. Superior Court (Quality Roofing, Inc.), 261 Cal.Rptr. 146 (Cal.App. 4 Dist. 1989)
Pressler v. Irvine Drugs, Inc., 215 Cal.Rptr. 807 (Cal.App 3d Dist. 1985)
White v. County of Orange, 212 Cal.Rptr. 493 (Cal.App.3d Dist. 1985)
Golden v. Golden, 176 Cal.Rptr. 807 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. 1981)
Classes/Seminars Taught:
Oops, I Forgot to Object (or, How Not to Lose your Appeal at Trial), Consumer Attorneys of California, 2005

Ethics in Appellate Advocacy, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2005

(At Least) 10 Things You Should Know before Filing a Writ Petition, Orange County Bar Association, 2004

Overview of 17200 Claims, Bridgeport Continuing Education, 2004

Appellate Mediation, Western State University, 2004

College of Appellate Advocacy: Briefwriting and Oal Argument, Orange County Bar Association, 2004

Tort Litigation Practice and Procedure: Internet Investigative and Research Techniques, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2003

Opposing Motions for Summary Judgment, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2003

How Not to Lose Your Case at Trial, Orange County Bar Association, 2002

10 Things You Should Know Before Filing Your Writ Petition, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002

10 Things You Should Know Before Filing Your Writ Petition, Celtic Bar Association, 2002

Law & Motion Panel, Hispanic Bar Association, 2001

Appellate Briefwriting, Hispanic Bar Association, 2001

Appellate Law - Do's and Don'ts, Hispanic Bar Association, 2000

Honors and Awards:
American Jurisprudence Award, Constitutional Law, 1977

OCTLA Board Member of the Year, 2003

CAOC Presidential Award, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2005 - Present
Editor-in-Chief of The Advocate

Consumer Attorneys of California, 2005
Board of Directors & Editor of The Forum

Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - 2005
Board of Directors & Editor of The Gavel

Orange County Bar Association, 2002 - 2003
Chair of Appellate Section

Orange County Bar Association, 2001 - 2002
Program Chair of Appellate Section

Pro Bono Activities:
CASA, 1996 - 1998
Amnesty International, 1986 - Present
Birth Information:
1953, New York, New York, United States of America
West Practice Categories:
Litigation & Appeals, Federal Appellate Practice, State Appellate Practice

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