CLLA's 2022

WESTERN REGION CONFERENCE

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CLLA's 2022

WESTERN REGION CONFERENCE
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Edward Baker

Buzz Cybersecurity, Costa Mesa, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Digital Integrity, Peace of Mind
10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

John Carter

The Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis, Riverside, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Money to Judgments – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

June Coleman

Messer Strickler, Ltd., Sacramento, 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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Whose Recording Me Now? The California Invasion of Privacy Act
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Tim Grimes, BARR Credit Services, Tucson, AZ

BARR Credit Services, Tucson, AZ

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.”

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
 Money to Judgments – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Ted Hamilton

Wetherington Hamilton, Tampa, FL

Theodore J. Hamilton is a partner of Wetherington Hamilton, P.A. and a member of the Florida Bar. His practice concentrates on Commercial and Retail Debt Collection, Corporate Law, Business Sales, Community Association Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Probate and Commercial Litigation, Collections, Secured Transactions, 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, Florida where he grew up. Ted has been a member of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) since 1997. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the CLLA and also serves as its membership chair and member of the Commercial Law World Magazine. He considers himself to be a legal entrepreneur. His sustained growth in his firm, Wetherington Hamilton, P.A., has occurred as a result of diversification, recognizing talent and treating both clients and employees fairly.

Mr. Hamilton has handled all types of legal matters throughout his 24 year legal career. He has represented both individuals and entities in contested matters involving real estate, fraudulent transfers, injunctions, property taxes, easements; enforcement and defense for homeowners’ associations, among others. He has extensive experience in handling complex litigation, and complicated real estate matters, having represented title insurance companies throughout the state. He has the ability to identify and understand the problem and then work to discover viable solutions, to reach timely and cost-effective resolution of disputes, as often as possible.

Mr. Hamilton has also been a keynote speaker at various events including the National Association of Credit Managers, the Electrical Manufacturers Credit Group Spring Meeting, the Community Association Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. Mr. Hamilton has published articles in the Florida Bar Journal and the NACM journal relating to Fraudulent Transfers. He is also a frequent writer in the Commercial Law World magazine.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Who Bears Risk of Loss When Hacked
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Lynda Bergh Herring

S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Asset Investigations in A Nutshell
1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Scott Herring

S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Asset Investigations in A Nutshell
1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Ben Kelly

The Law Offices of Benjamin E. Kelly, PS, Seattle, WA

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Money to Judgments – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Lorna Walker

Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, PC, San Francisco, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Who Bears Risk of Loss When Hacked
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Edward Baker

Buzz Cybersecurity, Costa Mesa, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Digital Integrity, Peace of Mind
10:15 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

John Carter

The Law Offices of Gary A. Bemis, Riverside, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Money to Judgments – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

June Coleman

Messer Strickler, Ltd., Sacramento, 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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Whose Recording Me Now? The California Invasion of Privacy Act
3:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Tim Grimes, BARR Credit Services, Tucson, AZ

BARR Credit Services, Tucson, AZ

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.”

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
 Money to Judgments – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Ted Hamilton

Wetherington Hamilton, Tampa, FL

Theodore J. Hamilton is a partner of Wetherington Hamilton, P.A. and a member of the Florida Bar. His practice concentrates on Commercial and Retail Debt Collection, Corporate Law, Business Sales, Community Association Law, Estate Planning and Probate, Probate and Commercial Litigation, Collections, Secured Transactions, 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, Florida where he grew up. Ted has been a member of the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) since 1997. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the CLLA and also serves as its membership chair and member of the Commercial Law World Magazine. He considers himself to be a legal entrepreneur. His sustained growth in his firm, Wetherington Hamilton, P.A., has occurred as a result of diversification, recognizing talent and treating both clients and employees fairly.

Mr. Hamilton has handled all types of legal matters throughout his 24 year legal career. He has represented both individuals and entities in contested matters involving real estate, fraudulent transfers, injunctions, property taxes, easements; enforcement and defense for homeowners’ associations, among others. He has extensive experience in handling complex litigation, and complicated real estate matters, having represented title insurance companies throughout the state. He has the ability to identify and understand the problem and then work to discover viable solutions, to reach timely and cost-effective resolution of disputes, as often as possible.

Mr. Hamilton has also been a keynote speaker at various events including the National Association of Credit Managers, the Electrical Manufacturers Credit Group Spring Meeting, the Community Association Institute and the Commercial Law League of America. Mr. Hamilton has published articles in the Florida Bar Journal and the NACM journal relating to Fraudulent Transfers. He is also a frequent writer in the Commercial Law World magazine.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Who Bears Risk of Loss When Hacked
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.

Lynda Bergh Herring

S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Asset Investigations in A Nutshell
1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Scott Herring

S.W. Herring International Private Investigations, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Asset Investigations in A Nutshell
1:45 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Ben Kelly

The Law Offices of Benjamin E. Kelly, PS, Seattle, WA

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Money to Judgments – Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Lorna Walker

Law Offices of Sweet & Walker, PC, San Francisco, CA

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.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Who Bears Risk of Loss When Hacked
9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.