2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows

May 3-5, 2017
Santa Fe, New Mexico


The 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows will be held May 3-5 at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The conference is designed for Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America to enhance their already superior trial skills, to address practical issues and topics challenging litigators in today’s changing legal environment, and to afford each individual the opportunity to hear from and interact with North America’s finest trial and appellate lawyers.

A portion of the program will be presented by the rotating faculty of the Trial Law Institute and will count toward its Trial Master Certification, contemporaneously with CLE credits.

Participants will be provided with advanced tools for continued success and expertise in trial techniques, evidence presentation, courtroom technology, case evaluations and marketing, as well as negotiations and alternative dispute resolution. New Fellows of the LCA will be formally inducted into the society during the black tie Celebration of Fellows Gala on Thursday, May 4. The conference will also give Fellows the opportunity to network with other distinguished attorneys from across North America, earn CLE credit and experience the splendor of the American Southwest.


Santa Fe, known as The City Different, is a magical, exuberant, colorful journey at any time of year. Its legendary history and culture will fascinate and inspire you. Its art galleries and diverse visual arts span ancient traditional art to the most contemporary, making it one of the largest and most important art markets in the country. Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, the art and more.

Situated at 7,000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains with low humidity and 325 sunny days a year, Santa Fe is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. There are miles of mountain hiking and biking trails, rivers to raft, and fish to be caught. Enjoy a horseback ride, a guided llama trek, or a Jeep tour. Explore Indian ruins, hike to high mountain lakes, or view petroglyphs carved by ancient Pueblo people. If you prefer a more tranquil activity, you can enjoy one of the Santa Fe walking tours or take a ride on an open-air tour bus. If golf is your preference, you can golf year round beneath turquoise skies.

Santa Fe has long been a center for arts and culture; Santa Fe ranks as the country’s third largest art market. You will find nearly 300 galleries and dealers to explore. Santa Fe has the third largest State Museum system in the country featuring culture, history and traditions of this region and the world. With a backdrop of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the world-class Santa Fe Opera also makes its home there.

In recent years, Santa Fe has earned a stellar reputation with food-lovers. There are more than 200 restaurant choices ranging from local New Mexican flavors to creative Southwestern cuisine to authentic world cuisines.


Please click here to view the agenda for the 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows.

Please click here to view the attendee list.

Please click here to view the list of 2017 Spring Inductees.

Please click here to view a hotel map of LCA Events.


100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Situated in the heart of Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza is regarded as one of the best Santa Fe Plaza hotels, and provides guests with an authentic New Mexican experience complemented by 4 Diamond distinctive services. Offering a wealth of luxury services, La Fonda is the only Santa Fe hotel situated on the historic Plaza, sitting on a coveted location that is said to have hosted an inn since the 1600’s.

La Fonda is more than just a base for exploring the area’s sights; it is one of the sights and is said to be the gathering place of Santa Fe. One of the hotel’s most prized possessions is its art collection which contains more than 685 original pieces in the still growing collection.

Just a few of La Fonda’s many awards include the following:

  • Historic Hotels Award of Excellence, Best Historic Hotel (76-200 rooms), 2016
  • New Mexico Top HAT Premier Award for Hotel of the Year, 2016
  • AAA Four Diamond Award Winner, 2013-2016
  • #7 Top Hotels in the American Southwest, Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards, 2015 & 2016

limited number of discounted hotel rooms have been made available for this conference. In order to obtain the group rate, which is only available to conference attendees and their guests, reservations must be made before Wednesday, April 5, 2017.  

Reservations can be made online by clicking here or by calling the hotel directly at 505.982.5511, #1.

Please call between the hours of (Mountain Standard Time):
Monday – Friday: 7 AM-8 PM
Saturday: 8 AM-5 PM
Sunday: 9 AM-5 PM

If booking by phone, please specify the Litigation Counsel of America’s (LCA) 2017 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows to take advantage of the following group rate:

  • $179*   Traditional Rooms

* Room rates are subject to 7% Lodger’s Tax and 8.3125% Gross Receipts Tax, totaling 15.3125%.    All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card.

There will be an additional charge of $15.00 per person (per night) for each guest over double occupancy.  Maximum occupancy per room: four (4).  Children under 12 years of age may share the same room with parents at no additional charge. Please note that rollaways are limited.

Guest accommodations will be available at 3:00 PM on arrival day and reserved until 12:00 PM on departure day.

Rates will be honored three (3) days pre-and post-conference, based on availability of Traditional Rooms at time of reservation.  Rooms and rates on pre-and post-conference dates are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.  Making your reservation early is strongly suggested.  If room block capacity is reached on or before April 5, 2017, the LCA rate will not be guaranteed and may no longer be available.  All special requests must be made at the time of booking.

If you are unable to reserve your room prior to Wednesday, April 5, 2017, please contact Jessica Sullivan at Jessica.Sullivan@litcounsel.org or 212.724.4128 to be placed on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.

Please familiarize yourself with La Fonda on the Plaza’s Cancellation Policy as the LCA is not responsible for any cancellation fees or other hotel charges.  Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled date of arrival to avoid penalty.  Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to arrival will forfeit one night’s room rate and tax.  No-shows will be charged the full room revenue for the dates of the reservation.  Departure dates are reconfirmed at check-in and may be changed at this time without penalty.  Any guest departing before his or her reconfirmed departure date will be subject to a one-time, “early-out” penalty fee of $100 plus taxes.  

Slip away from the rigors of daily life with a soothing experience at The Spa at La Fonda. This intimate Santa Fe spa promotes tranquility through sumptuous massage therapies, allowing guests to revel in a delicious state of relaxation.

Tucked away from the excitement of the Plaza, The Spa at La Fonda features a limited number of treatment rooms, guaranteeing easy access and a peaceful experience. Luxuriate in the care of a massage administered by one of the accomplished spa technicians, soothing tension and alleviating stress. Hotel guests may choose to receive the same massage services in the privacy of their guest room for an additional fee.* In addition to exceptional massage therapies, guests may indulge in a range of spa services including body wraps, body scrubs and oils featuring naturally derived ingredients.

The Spa at La Fonda has generously extended a 15% spa discount to our conference attendees and guests.  (Please note discount applies to spa services only and may not be used in conjunction with any other specials or on already discounted menu pricing.)  You must advise that you are with the LCA at the time of booking in order to receive the discount.  Due to the high demand for the resort’s state-of-the-art spa facilities, you are strongly encouraged to make arrangements in advance. All scheduled appointments must be cancelled 24 hours prior to the session to avoid incurring charges.  Please call 505.995.2333 or email concierge@lafondasantafe.com to schedule a spa appointment.

Spa Hours of Operation: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Please click here to view the spa menu.

*Guests that elect to order massage services in their guest room will be charged an additional fee of $50.

2017 Spring Sponsors

Approximately 9 hours of MCLE credit has been or will be requested, including at least 1 hour of ethics credit.  Certificates of Attendance will be provided to each attendee at the conclusion of the General Session.

If you have any questions regarding MCLE credit, please contact Julia Land at Julia.Land@litcounsel.org or 212.724.4128.

Please click here to view 2017 Spring Faculty & Topics.

2017 Spring Faculty



Albuquerque International Sunport
Major airlines serve Santa Fe via the Albuquerque International Sunport, just 60 miles to the south of Santa Fe. Regular shuttle bus service and the New Mexico Rail Runner connect the two cities, and rental cars are readily available.

Santa Fe Municipal Airport
Located southwest of the city, the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) provides commercial airline service by American Eagle Airlines and United Express.
Airport Main Line: 505.955,2903

Train Station
The New Mexico Rail Runner carries passengers in and out of Santa Fe between Albuquerque and points south. Please note: There is no direct train from the Sunport. You must take a shuttle or taxi to the Albuquerque Train Station and catch the train north from there. View the Schedule and Current Fare Structure, and visit the New Mexico Rail Runner Express website for details. For more information, you may also call: 1.866.795.RAIL.

Shuttle Services
A variety of shuttle services offer convenient transportation between Santa Fe and the Albuquerque International Sunport with pick-up and drop-off at all hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, colleges, and other locations.

Sandia Shuttles:  505-474-5696, 888-775-5696
Road Runner Shuttle:  505-424-3367

Enterprise Car Rental
Enterprise offers an on-site car rental location located in the garage at La Fonda on the Plaza. Schedule a car for day trips to go hiking, skiing or just touring to other great locations in New Mexico.

Arriving by Car

Please click here for directions.

Self-Parking (no valet at hotel)

LCA Discounted Rate: $12.00 per vehicle, per night (with unlimited “in-and-out” access)


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