Cal. Litig. 2020, Volume 33, Number 2


By W. George Wailes

George Wailes is a business trial attorney in San Mateo assisting clients in resolving their disputes through dispute resolution or trial.

By the time you read this, I trust most courts and offices will be reopened. Terrance Evans will have taken over as Chair of the section in September. You are in for a good year with Terrance at the helm. I’m writing this while sheltering in place under the Bay Area’s more restrictive rules while the rest of California is moving through Phase 2 and will soon begin Phase 3. While there are many unknowns, one thing is clear: Life and the practice of law will never be the same. We likely will not be greeting each other with a handshake anytime soon. Until a vaccine is distributed widely, and likely beyond, virtual appearances, depositions, dispute resolution, and meetings will be a major part of our practice.

Our publications continued unabated during the pandemic and joined the digital age. Last May, we distributed both California Litigation and California Litigation Review digitally for the first time (with hard copies mailed as well). Look for that practice to continue. We combined the monthly Litigation Update with the newsletter, so that you receive only one email with both the Update and the newsletter, and you receive more up-to-date information with the more frequent newsletter.

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