Attacking and Defending Experts after Sargon

June 1, 2015
State Bar of California

An estimated 80% of all cases that go to trial in California involve one or more experts. The California Supreme Court's decision in Sargon v. University of Southern California significantly changed the standards for the admissibility of expert opinion in California trial courts. Using an innovative argument structure to make key points, an experienced trial judge and two outstanding trial lawyers will provide key insights into Sargon and its progeny. You will learn:

  • How Sargon compares to prior California practice and the federal Daubert/Kuhmo Tire standards
  • How to defend your experts after Sargon
  • How to use Sargon to attack your opponent's expert
  • Practical tips on how to use Sargon effectively in your own practice


  • Hon. Ernest Goldsmith, Judge of the Superior Court, San Francisco
  • Susan Harriman, Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP, San Francisco
  • Philip Gregory, Principal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, Burlingame
  • Thomas Greene (Moderator), Special Trial Counsel, Federal Trade Commission