ABTL - Association of Business Trial Lawyers


San Diego

ABTL is pleased to invite you to its final dinner program of 2017 and to enjoy an informative and timely panel on cyber risks and how attorneys should manage those risks. ABTL is honored to host our expert cybersecurity panelist, Sabrina Fève, Peter Garza and Justine Phillips, and moderator, Hon. Mitchell D. Dembin, for what promises to be an entertaining and lively discussion on recent high-profile data breaches, including Equifax, Yahoo! and Target, and ransomware attacks. Our panelist will address how companies should respond to such attacks, as well as lawyers’ obligations when advising their clients, protecting their clients’ information and engaging with law enforcement agencies.


Hon. Mitchell D. Dembin was sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California on March 18, 2011. Judge Dembin is a member of the 9th Circuit Magistrate Judge Executive Board and serves as chair of its Technology Subcommittee. Prior to his appointment, Judge Dembin was an Assistant US Attorney in San Diego and served as the Cybercrime Coordinator for the office. While an AUSA, Judge Dembin is credited with having founded the San Diego Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, a national prototype, which provides computer forensics services and assistance to federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Before that, he was the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft Corporation assisting Microsoft’s business customers in creating and implementing strategic security plans. Prior to joining Microsoft, Judge Dembin was the president of EvidentData, Inc., a firm specializing in computer forensics, digital evidence and computer security. Judge Dembin served four different terms as an AUSA over 20 years. Beginning in 1991, Judge Dembin specialized in investigating and prosecuting high technology crimes.


Sabrina Fève joined the San Diego US Attorney’s Office in 2007, after spending several years practicing civil litigation in San Francisco. Since 2009, she has worked in the National Security and Cybercrime Section, where she serves as the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator, the National Security Cybercrime Specialist, and the Identity Theft Coordinator. In addition to overseeing cybercrime and national security investigations in San Diego, Sabrina also represents the Department of Justice on the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Digital Evidence subcommittee, which is tasked with crafting forensic standards for the collection and use of electronic evidence.

Peter Garza has worked as a computer forensics expert in civil litigation since 1999. Mr. Garza has served in a consulting, testifying or neutral expert capacity in hundreds of civil litigation cases. Mr. Garza has extensive experience responding to data breach incidents and working with legal counsel on the urgent forensic investigative, notification and remediation issues that arise. Prior to Mr. Garza’s work in the private sector, he worked with the federal government as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). As a civilian special agent, Mr. Garza specialized in computer forensics, computer counterintelligence and computer intrusion (“hacker”) investigations. Mr. Garza was the case agent and digital forensics lead on the first court-ordered wiretap of an Internetconnected network. Mr. Garza holds a Master of Science in Information Systems degree from Claremont Graduate University.

Justine Phillips is an attorney at Sheppard Mullin specializing in both Cybersecurity and Employment. Ms. Phillips focuses her practice on incident response, data security and information governance, employment litigation and counseling, and commercial litigation. She assists clients on everyday issues related to electronically stored information including: cyber risk management and mitigation; eWorkforce policies; compliance with data regulations; retention/ destruction policies and protocols; crisis management and forensic investigations for data breaches; and business email compromises. Ms. Phillips also founded Women in eDiscovery San Diego chapter.


Thursday, November 16, 2017


5:00 - 6:00 p.m. — Cocktails
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. — Dinner and Program


U.S. Grant Hotel
326 Broadway
San Diego, California 92101

Parking: $10 | View Map/Directions


$40 — Judicial /Public Sector Members
$65 — ABTL Members
$85 — Non-Members


1 Hour MCLE Credit

The ABTL certifies that this activity conforms to the standards of approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education.


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Program Registration for November 16, 2017

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