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Bisnar|Chase partner sworn in as President.

Last night, at a gala event in Newport Beach, attended by hundreds, including many Orange County judges, political figures and some of the most prominent personal injury attorneys in California, Brian Chase, took the oath of office as President of the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. In 2004, Brian was named the “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Association particularly for his successes in auto defect/auto crash worthiness cases. He has served on the Association’s Board of Directors for the past seven years.

The Orange County Superior Court’s Presiding Judge, Nancy Wieben Stock, swore Mr. Chase in as President. The evening also honored outgoing President John Adams III. The legendary personal injury lawyer, Browne Greene, introduced Brian Chase with a listing of Brian’s many accomplishments and a prediction that Mr. Chase would one day be the president of the state wide trial lawyers’ association, the Consumer Attorneys of California.

Among the OCTLA’s President’s many functions is a monthly meeting with the Orange County Superior Court Presiding Judge to discuss the county’s administration of justice and the interaction between the county’s attorneys and its legal system.

The Orange County Trial Lawyers Association’s mission is to help attorneys provide their clients the best possible legal representation. They accomplish their mission by offering education programs, a mentoring program for less experienced attorneys, and providing a case evaluation panel. The Association is also politically active and a significant contributor to Orange County’s charitable organizations and causes.

Every month, OCTLA offers educational programs taught by prominent attorneys, judges, appellate court justices and other professionals to assist its members in improving and updating their skills. Their programs help their members complete their State mandated continuing education requirements. Brian Chase is a frequent continuing education lecturer.

The OCTLA is unique in that it offers a nearly one of a kind mentioning program for new attorneys as part of its commitment to fostering the ethical and competent practice of law. Member attorneys who are newer to the practice of law have an unprecedented opportunity to gain counsel and insight on a one-on-one basis with senior trial attorneys. Twenty-eight years ago, one of the past presidents, who is now a judge in the O.C. Superior Court, took me under his wing and monitored me for years. Thank you James Di Cesare!

The OCTLA’s “Case Evaluation” program provides members an informal, neutral evaluation of a pending case by a panel of experienced trial lawyers. This is an invaluable service to every member attorney, new or not-so-new. Some of the county’s most experienced and successful trial lawyers sit on this panel.

Congratulations Brian! Now the real work begins.

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