Symposium 2016

Symposium 2016

Keynote Speaker

Bill Tanner, Esq. – Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Bill Tanner received a J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1994 and a B.A. in Philosophy/Law and Society from University of California, Riverside in 1991.  He is currently a Directing Attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, where he oversees the Legal Aid Hotline, Incubator Program, The Notice, the Small Claims Court Advisory Program of Orange County and aspects of I-CAN! Legal.

Speaker Panel

Ilian Alchehayed
Modern Legal, LLP

Ilian attended Western State University, in Fullerton, California, earning his Juris Doctor degree in 2013. As a law student, Ilian worked at the Orange County Superior Court under the Honorable Frederick P. Aguirre, and as a law clerk for several local law firms. Ilian performed at the top of his class, graduating Cum Laude, and earning awards for academic performance by the Witkin Legal Institute in Trusts and Estates, Contract Drafting, Juvenile Law, and Legal Ethics. After law school, Ilian was hired by a prestigious Southern California law firm practicing exclusively in the area of family law. In this position, Ilian was trained by certified family law specialists, ultimately assuming primary responsibility for more than 100 active client matters. As a partner at Modern Legal, Ilian continues to focus his practice on family law, handling everything from routine and uncontested matters, to novel legal issues and complex litigation. Ilian always puts his clients first, and he has developed a reputation for providing high-quality legal services that has attracted clients from all counties across Southern California.

Eric Traut
Traut Firm

Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer ​Association.

He has been selected by his peers to the list of Super Lawyers, including the “Top 50 Orange County” and “Top 100 Southern California” lists that featured him in Los Angeles Magazine consecutively from 2005 to the present. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC’s “Primetime.” Eric was the youngest member ever admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the age of 33, and he served as President of the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA in 2010. Presently, he serves as the President of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization strengthening Orange County youth and families through unique, award-winning health and education programs. In 2008, he was named as Alumni of the Year at Western State University Law School, and was inducted in the school’s “Hall of Fame” in 2013. He is a recipient to the Angelo Palmieri Award for Civility from the Banyard Inn of Court and was the first lawyer to be awarded the OC Look award by Orange Coast Magazine, an award given to those individuals who exemplify success and style in Orange County. Eric has been a speaker at countless seminars on litigation and trial skills, and published multiple articles on strategy and practice.

Rahul Gupta
Senior Trial Attorney, County of Orange

Mr. Gupta is an accomplished and experienced trial attorney who has litigated over 75 court and jury trials to verdict. Mr. Gupta’s vast legal experience spans representing Fortune 100 clients in business litigation and product’s liability cases to fighting for justice for victims in criminal cases. Mr. Gupta developed an expertise in digital technology as account manager for a leading, full-service e-business solutions provider to Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Gupta managed clients and projects involving e-business strategy consulting, creative design, online branding, and development and implementation of e-business software applications. Mr. Gupta regularly instructs and provides guidance to members of the law enforcement community on critical legal issues including, social media, admissibility of digital evidence and the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act.