Join the CLLA Western Region for the First In-Person Meeting in Two Years!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE | Friday, August 19, 2022

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (Host hotel)
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-2500

Join the CLLA Western Region for the First In-Person Meeting in Two Years!

REGISTRATION DEADLINE | Friday, August 19, 2022

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (Host hotel)
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-2500

CONFERENCE INFO

CLLA’S
WESTERN REGION CONFERENCE 

Thursday & Friday
September 15-16, 2022

Travel to Universal City, California for a conference full of opportunity to enhance the value of Creditors’ Rights Attorneys, Commercial Collection Agencies and Law Lists.

Meet with colleagues for stimulating, in-depth discussions and attend exclusive education events that will address issues that matter to you and speak to the current state of our industry.

Take advantage of the chance to network and learn from others who have knowledge and experience to share. Attend to receive the quality offerings you have come to expect from CLLA in an exciting in-person setting.

Who Should Attend
Professionals who benefit the most are those who attend structured meetings to maximize contact with colleagues from around the US, Canada and abroad. This conference attracts professionals from various aspects of the commercial law arena interested in forming business connections. The conference site and schedule will allow you to do business and still take advantage of all that Universal City, California has to offer.

Member/Non-Member Registration Fee for Friday Includes:

• Educational sessions
• CLE/CEU credits
• Continental breakfast
• AM/PM breaks
• Luncheon
• Reception

Spouse/Guest** Registration Fee for Friday Includes:

• Continental breakfast
• AM/PM breaks
• Luncheon
• Reception

EVENT LOCATION / HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (Host hotel)
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-2500

There is no room block associated with this conference. Should you choose to stay at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, please go to www.hiltonuniversal.com to make your reservation. In the booking window, enter your arrival and departure dates and click the “special rates” icon. Scroll down to “Corporate Code” and use code 3218468 and then hit enter. Choose your room type and complete your reservation.

Alternative Stay: Sheraton Universal Hotel
(6 minute walk, 0.3 miles to Host hotel)
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91808
(818) 980-1212

REGISTRATION INFO

Registration Deadline:

Friday, August 19, 2022

* CLE credit available to attendees in qualifying states who register on or before August 5. We cannot guarantee state accreditation after August 5.

CONFERENCE INFO

CLLA’S
WESTERN REGION CONFERENCE

Thursday & Friday
September 15-16, 2022

Travel to Universal City, California for a conference full of opportunity to enhance the value of Creditors’ Rights Attorneys, Commercial Collection Agencies and Law Lists.

Meet with colleagues for stimulating, in-depth discussions and attend exclusive education events that will address issues that matter to you and speak to the current state of our industry.

Take advantage of the chance to network and learn from others who have knowledge and experience to share. Attend to receive the quality offerings you have come to expect from CLLA in an exciting in-person setting.

Who Should Attend
Professionals who benefit the most are those who attend structured meetings to maximize contact with colleagues from around the US, Canada and abroad. This conference attracts professionals from various aspects of the commercial law arena interested in forming business connections. The conference site and schedule will allow you to do business and still take advantage of all that Universal City, California has to offer.

Member/Non-Member Registration Fee for Friday Includes:

• Educational sessions
• CLE/CEU credits
• Continental breakfast
• AM/PM breaks
• Luncheon
• Reception

Spouse/Guest** Registration Fee for Friday Includes:

• Continental breakfast
• AM/PM breaks
• Luncheon
• Reception

EVENT LOCATION / HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (Host hotel)
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-2500

There is no room block associated with this conference. Should you choose to stay at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, please go to www.hiltonuniversal.com to make your reservation. In the booking window, enter your arrival and departure dates and click the “special rates” icon. Scroll down to “Corporate Code” and use code 3218468 and then hit enter. Choose your room type and complete your reservation.

Alternative Stay: Sheraton Universal Hotel
(6 minute walk, 0.3 miles to Host hotel)
333 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91808
(818) 980-1212

REGISTRATION INFO

Registration Deadline:

Friday, August 19, 2022

* CLE credit available to attendees in qualifying states who register on or before August 5. We cannot guarantee state accreditation after August 5.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, September 15

5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Western Region Executive Council Meeting (Open to all CLLA Members)

6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Optional Group Dinner (Additional charge, Registration Required)
LOCATION: Smokehouse, 4420 Lakeside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505

8:30 P.M.

Mix and Mingle at the Atrium Lounge (Cash Bar)

Thursday, September 15

5:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Western Region Executive Council Meeting (Open to all CLLA Members)

6:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Optional Group Dinner (Additional charge, Registration Required)
LOCATION: Smokehouse, 4420 Lakeside Drive, Burbank, CA 91505

8:30 P.M.

Mix and Mingle at the Atrium Lounge (Cash Bar)

Friday, September 16

8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Networking & Continental Breakfast (Club Room)

9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Who Bears Risk of Loss When Hacked
Speakers: Ted Hamilton, Wetherington Hamilton, Tampa, FL; Lorna Walker, Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, PC, San Francisco, CA

10:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.

Networking Break

10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Digital Integrity, Peace of Mind
Speaker: Edward Baker, Buzz Cybersecurity, Costa Mesa, CA

11:15 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Networking Break

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Money to Judgements – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
Speakers: John Carter, The Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis, Riverside, CA; Tim Grimes, BARR Credit Services, Tucson, AZ; Ben Kelly, The Law Offices of Benjamin E. Kelly, PS, Seattle, WA

12:45 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.

Lunch

1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Asset Investigations in A Nutshell
Speakers: Scott Herring and Lynda Bergh Herring, S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

2:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Networking Break

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Whose Recording Me Now? The California Invasion of Privacy Act
Speaker: June Coleman, Messer Strickler Burnette

4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Post Conference Social

6:30 P.M.

Dinner on your own

Friday, September 16

8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Networking & Continental Breakfast (Club Room)

9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Who Bears Risk of Loss When Hacked
Speakers: Ted Hamilton, Wetherington Hamilton, Tampa, FL; Lorna Walker, Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, PC, San Francisco, CA

10:00 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.

Networking Break

10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Digital Integrity, Peace of Mind
Speaker: Edward Baker, Buzz Cybersecurity, Costa Mesa, CA

11:15 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Networking Break

11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Money to Judgements – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
Speakers: John Carter, The Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis, Riverside, CA; Tim Grimes, BARR Credit Services, Tucson, AZ; Ben Kelly, The Law Offices of Benjamin E. Kelly, PS, Seattle, WA

12:45 P.M. – 1:45 P.M.

Lunch

1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Asset Investigations in A Nutshell
Speakers: Scott Herring and Lynda Bergh Herring, S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

2:45 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

Networking Break

3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Whose Recording Me Now? The California Invasion of Privacy Act
Speaker: June Coleman, Messer Strickler Burnette

4:30 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Post Conference Social

6:30 P.M.

Dinner on your own

SPEAKER BIOS

Edward Baker is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. With a background in sales and leadership, his career focus in tech and cybersecurity has made him an expert in his field. Edward worked his way up from starting a modest tech consulting business to running a Managed Security Services company that supports thousands of users across multiple industries including legal, financial services, medical and transportation. He is passionate about helping his clients learn the importance of cybersecurity and protect their businesses from cyber-attack through a proven strategy and user training.

John Scott Carter, Associate Managing Attorney, California State Bar# 220077. Also Admitted Washington DC Bar 483195. Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL; Law School: University of San Diego, School of Law, San Diego, CA; Master of Business Administration Chapman University. Admitted to the State Bar of California in June, 2002. Courts: All Courts in California (Since 2002); United States District Courts: Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; Bankruptcy Courts: Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California.
Experience: John Scott Carter grew up in Florida. He moved to California while enlisted in the US Navy. After leaving the US Navy John worked as an engineer at a Large San Diego Electronics manufacturer. He began his career in San Diego as Medical Malpractice Attorney. John has represented individuals, small, medium and large companies in commercial litigation including collections as well as Bankruptcy and family Law Matters. He is a certified mediator with National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego, CA.

June D. Coleman, Managing Attorney for the California Office of Messer Strickler, Ltd., is a defense litigator with about 25 years of experience. Her areas of emphasis include defense of consumer rights actions involving the FDCPA, TCPA, and FCRA. She has a deep understanding of permissible debt collection conduct and how best to defend claims and minimize liability in the collection industry. She is also familiar with governmental investigations and prosecutions, including those conducted by AGs and the CFPB, as well as defending collection attorneys before the California State Bar.
Since 2008, Ms. Coleman has been voted by her peers as one of the top lawyers practicing in Northern California and Sacramento, earning her a spot on the Northern California Super Lawyers list; the “Best of the Bar” list by the Sacramento Business Journal, and the “Top of the Bar” list by the Sacramento Magazine. Ms. Coleman has also been recognized by Accounts Recovery as one of the leading attorneys in the collections field for her defense work. Ms. Coleman is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.

Timothy Grimes is the liaison between BARR Credit Services’ clients and partnered legal counsel. He works with the handling of claims and has been in the collection industry for more than fifteen years. Prior to which he was in the retail grocery industry. Tim currently serves as past president of the Executive Council of the Western Region of the Commercial Law League of America.

As head of the Legal Department for the past fourteen years, Tim has grown the department and excelled in his career as a respected expert in the industry. He enjoys sharing his knowledge through various speaking engagements and conferences.

Tim grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona. He is married, and in his spare time he enjoys reading and cooking. Tim also volunteers at The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, and Integrative Touch for Kids. In fact, he met Randy Frazee while volunteering at a local soup kitchen; he began his career in collections shortly thereafter.
For Tim, the employees are the best part about working at BARR Credit Services. “Everyone is dedicated to their job and the health of the company.”

Ted Hamilton is a partner of Wetherington Hamilton PA. His practice concentrates on Corporate Law, Secured Transactions, Community Association Law, Commercial Litigation, Collections, Real Estate Transactions, Civil Trial Practice and Real Estate Litigation. Attorney Hamilton has been in private practice his entire career. After graduating from the University of Florida Law School in 1991, he went into private practice in Tampa where he grew up. His sustained growth in his firm, has occurred as a result of diversification, recognizing talent, and treating both clients and employees fairly.

Lynda Herring possesses 40 years’ experience in the investigation industry. Her initial employment consisted solely of conducting workers’ compensation defense cases, specifically interviewing witnesses and collecting physical evidence. Since obtaining her Private Investigator’s license in 1996, she expanded her investigation repertoire to include asset searches, child custody, due diligence, pre-employment background, elder abuse, skip tracing / missing persons, personal injury, traffic accidents, and she is passionate about the fight against sex trafficking of children.

Lynda graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy, and possesses bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is a contributing author to “Advanced Private Investigation,” a training manual that is used throughout the P.I. industry, and in criminal justice courses at several colleges and universities; and is designated by the State of California as a Subject Matter Expert regarding private investigation law. Lynda is a member of multiple private investigation associations, including Intellenet, which is comprised of investigators based around the world, affording her the ability to locate assets in many countries, not just the United States.

She lives in south Orange County with her husband and fellow Private Investigator, Scott, and their Spy pup, Mannix.

Scott W. Herring entered the private investigation industry in 1990. He has thirty-two (32) years of industry experience, which began with conducting locate and skip tracing investigations for service of process, and has included witness interviews, undercover operations, surveillance for high profile cases, and celebrity assignments. Additionally, he has helped companies develop and implement standard training practices and training operations curriculum for new hires. Over his career, Scott has held positions from field investigator, field investigator supervisor, to Director of Surveillance Operations overseeing a team of twelve field investigators with a multi-million-dollar investigation company.

In 2004, Scott ventured out to open S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, now located in Orange County, California. Scott has experience and testified in both WCAB and Superior Court matters. Scott continually attends industry related training seminars, webinars, and conferences to keep apprised of new trends, laws, investigative practices, and technology.

Scott is an active member of the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, and an active member of the Screen Actors Guild. Scott lives in south Orange County with his Private Investigator wife Lynda, and their Spy pup, Mannix.

Ben Kelly is an attorney in Seattle. He has fifteen years of litigation experience. He is a trained negotiator and mediator.

Lorna Walker is a principal in the Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, P.C. and is the managing attorney. She has practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years. Ms. Walker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Walker received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1991.

Ms. Walker’s practice focuses on contract litigation, commercial litigation, and judgment enforcement. In addition to her state litigation practice, Ms. Walker has represented creditors in bankruptcy court where she pursued non-dischargeability suits against debtors and defended fraudulent transfer actions on behalf of creditors. Ms. Walker has litigated cases in various courts throughout the State of California, and in the United States Bankruptcy Courts and District Courts in the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California. She also has handled appellate matters on various issues.

Ms. Walker is actively involved in several legal organizations. She is a past president of the Board of Governors for the Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”), chairs the CLLA National Education Committee, and sits on the education committee for the International Association of Commercial Collectors. Ms. Walker also is a past chair of the CLLA Creditor’s Rights Section, the CLLA National Marketing and Nominating Committees, and the CLLA Western Region.

Ms. Walker is a frequent speaker on creditor’s rights topics. She has presented programs for various trade groups, including programs directed to the oil and gas industry, the agricultural industry, the wine industry, the food and beverage industry, the marijuana industry, and various finance, credit management, and legal associations. She has spoken about foreign judgment enforcement, credit applications, complex litigation issues, electronic signature acts, and personal guarantees.

SPEAKER BIOS

Edward Baker is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. With a background in sales and leadership, his career focus in tech and cybersecurity has made him an expert in his field. Edward worked his way up from starting a modest tech consulting business to running a Managed Security Services company that supports thousands of users across multiple industries including legal, financial services, medical and transportation. He is passionate about helping his clients learn the importance of cybersecurity and protect their businesses from cyber-attack through a proven strategy and user training.

John Scott Carter, Associate Managing Attorney, California State Bar# 220077. Also Admitted Washington DC Bar 483195. Undergraduate: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale IL; Law School: University of San Diego, School of Law, San Diego, CA; Master of Business Administration Chapman University. Admitted to the State Bar of California in June, 2002. Courts: All Courts in California (Since 2002); United States District Courts: Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California; Bankruptcy Courts: Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern Districts of California.
Experience: John Scott Carter grew up in Florida. He moved to California while enlisted in the US Navy. After leaving the US Navy John worked as an engineer at a Large San Diego Electronics manufacturer. He began his career in San Diego as Medical Malpractice Attorney. John has represented individuals, small, medium and large companies in commercial litigation including collections as well as Bankruptcy and family Law Matters. He is a certified mediator with National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego, CA.

June D. Coleman, Managing Attorney for the California Office of Messer Strickler, Ltd., is a defense litigator with about 25 years of experience. Her areas of emphasis include defense of consumer rights actions involving the FDCPA, TCPA, and FCRA. She has a deep understanding of permissible debt collection conduct and how best to defend claims and minimize liability in the collection industry. She is also familiar with governmental investigations and prosecutions, including those conducted by AGs and the CFPB, as well as defending collection attorneys before the California State Bar.
Since 2008, Ms. Coleman has been voted by her peers as one of the top lawyers practicing in Northern California and Sacramento, earning her a spot on the Northern California Super Lawyers list; the “Best of the Bar” list by the Sacramento Business Journal, and the “Top of the Bar” list by the Sacramento Magazine. Ms. Coleman has also been recognized by Accounts Recovery as one of the leading attorneys in the collections field for her defense work. Ms. Coleman is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney.

Timothy Grimes is the liaison between BARR Credit Services’ clients and partnered legal counsel. He works with the handling of claims and has been in the collection industry for more than fifteen years. Prior to which he was in the retail grocery industry. Tim currently serves as past president of the Executive Council of the Western Region of the Commercial Law League of America.

As head of the Legal Department for the past fourteen years, Tim has grown the department and excelled in his career as a respected expert in the industry. He enjoys sharing his knowledge through various speaking engagements and conferences.

Tim grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona. He is married, and in his spare time he enjoys reading and cooking. Tim also volunteers at The Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, and Integrative Touch for Kids. In fact, he met Randy Frazee while volunteering at a local soup kitchen; he began his career in collections shortly thereafter.
For Tim, the employees are the best part about working at BARR Credit Services. “Everyone is dedicated to their job and the health of the company.”

Ted Hamilton is a partner of Wetherington Hamilton PA. His practice concentrates on Corporate Law, Secured Transactions, Community Association Law, Commercial Litigation, Collections, Real Estate Transactions, Civil Trial Practice and Real Estate Litigation. Attorney Hamilton has been in private practice his entire career. After graduating from the University of Florida Law School in 1991, he went into private practice in Tampa where he grew up. His sustained growth in his firm, has occurred as a result of diversification, recognizing talent, and treating both clients and employees fairly.

Lynda Herring possesses 40 years’ experience in the investigation industry. Her initial employment consisted solely of conducting workers’ compensation defense cases, specifically interviewing witnesses and collecting physical evidence. Since obtaining her Private Investigator’s license in 1996, she expanded her investigation repertoire to include asset searches, child custody, due diligence, pre-employment background, elder abuse, skip tracing / missing persons, personal injury, traffic accidents, and she is passionate about the fight against sex trafficking of children.

Lynda graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy, and possesses bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is a contributing author to “Advanced Private Investigation,” a training manual that is used throughout the P.I. industry, and in criminal justice courses at several colleges and universities; and is designated by the State of California as a Subject Matter Expert regarding private investigation law. Lynda is a member of multiple private investigation associations, including Intellenet, which is comprised of investigators based around the world, affording her the ability to locate assets in many countries, not just the United States.

She lives in south Orange County with her husband and fellow Private Investigator, Scott, and their Spy pup, Mannix.

Scott W. Herring entered the private investigation industry in 1990. He has thirty-two (32) years of industry experience, which began with conducting locate and skip tracing investigations for service of process, and has included witness interviews, undercover operations, surveillance for high profile cases, and celebrity assignments. Additionally, he has helped companies develop and implement standard training practices and training operations curriculum for new hires. Over his career, Scott has held positions from field investigator, field investigator supervisor, to Director of Surveillance Operations overseeing a team of twelve field investigators with a multi-million-dollar investigation company.

In 2004, Scott ventured out to open S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, now located in Orange County, California. Scott has experience and testified in both WCAB and Superior Court matters. Scott continually attends industry related training seminars, webinars, and conferences to keep apprised of new trends, laws, investigative practices, and technology.

Scott is an active member of the Southern California Fraud Investigators Association, and an active member of the Screen Actors Guild. Scott lives in south Orange County with his Private Investigator wife Lynda, and their Spy pup, Mannix.

Ben Kelly is an attorney in Seattle. He has fifteen years of litigation experience. He is a trained negotiator and mediator.

Lorna Walker is a principal in the Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, P.C. and is the managing attorney. She has practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area for 30 years. Ms. Walker received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho in 1988 and graduated summa cum laude. Ms. Walker received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Utah School of Law in 1991.

Ms. Walker’s practice focuses on contract litigation, commercial litigation, and judgment enforcement. In addition to her state litigation practice, Ms. Walker has represented creditors in bankruptcy court where she pursued non-dischargeability suits against debtors and defended fraudulent transfer actions on behalf of creditors. Ms. Walker has litigated cases in various courts throughout the State of California, and in the United States Bankruptcy Courts and District Courts in the Northern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California. She also has handled appellate matters on various issues.

Ms. Walker is actively involved in several legal organizations. She is a past president of the Board of Governors for the Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”), chairs the CLLA National Education Committee, and sits on the education committee for the International Association of Commercial Collectors. Ms. Walker also is a past chair of the CLLA Creditor’s Rights Section, the CLLA National Marketing and Nominating Committees, and the CLLA Western Region.

Ms. Walker is a frequent speaker on creditor’s rights topics. She has presented programs for various trade groups, including programs directed to the oil and gas industry, the agricultural industry, the wine industry, the food and beverage industry, the marijuana industry, and various finance, credit management, and legal associations. She has spoken about foreign judgment enforcement, credit applications, complex litigation issues, electronic signature acts, and personal guarantees.

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