2019 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows

May 1-3, 2019
Santa Barbara, California


The 2019 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows will be held May 1-3 at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. 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.

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 2, 2019. The conference will also give Fellows the opportunity to network with other distinguished attorneys from across North America, earn CLE credit and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Santa Barbara’s pristine beaches, majestic mountains and colorful culture.


Epitomizing the casually sophisticated California lifestyle, Santa Barbara is among America’s most coveted destinations. Located on the California coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the landscape is lush and almost tropical. Graced by sunny skies and a mild year-round climate, the Santa Barbara ambiance is richly Mediterranean, earning the community its reputation as the American Riviera.

The town’s Spanish colonial heritage is reflected in romantic architecture featuring adobe walls with recessed doors and windows, graceful archways, wrought-iron gates and red-tile roofs.  With a small and exclusive population of just 90,000 people, Santa Barbara vibrates with activity – from quaint tree-lined State Street to intriguing art galleries, museums and the interactive Museum of Natural History Sea Center. Santa Barbara County is also a popular wine region that features nearly I00 vineyards.   Adventure continues in the ocean with sport fishing, sunset cruises and kayaking around the nearby Channel Islands.

Luminous palm-lined beaches, jasmine-scented gardens and whitewashed adobes topped with red brick tiles have lured artists, writers and movie stars to Santa Barbara for over a century. Once a well-kept secret, the American Riviera is now a popular vacation spot that offers a little something for everyone.  Art lovers make their way to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the various galleries on State Street and history buffs experience the history and grandeur of Old Mission Santa Barbara.  Hikers enjoy the challenge of the Cold Spring Trail, surfers catch a wave at Rincon Beach, and wine enthusiasts find award-winning vintages in local tasting rooms. Shoppers hit their stride in the Spanish-style courtyards of Paseo Nuevo, and foodies check out the vast Santa Barbara cuisine scene.

To view the agenda, please click here.

To view the attendee list, please click here.

To view a list of Fellows eligible for induction, please click here.

To view a map of LCA event locations, please click here.



Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
1260 Channel Drive
Santa Barbara, California 93108

Originally built in 1927, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara embodies timeless luxury on the California coast.  Situated on the American Riviera, the legendary Resort, with its red roof tiles, ivory adobe and graceful archways, provides visitors a luxurious and intimate retreat. Lit by romantic gas lamps, brick walkways guide visitors through 20 acres of lush manicured tropical gardens surrounding the 207 guest rooms, suites and bungalows.

Along with its exemplary service and historical 1920’s elegance and charm, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara offers the following complimentary services and amenities to make guests feel at home:

  • No Resort fee
  • Complimentary Standard Wi-Fi
  • Twice daily housekeeping
  • Morning coffee and tea and freshly baked pastries in lobby (before 9:00 am)
  • Oceanview fitness center (open 24 hours) with complimentary bottled water and fresh fruit
  • Access to Spa steam room and sauna
  • Three lighted tennis courts, croquet lawn and putting green
  • Kids For All Seasons program (seasonal)
  • Local phone calls
  • Honeymoon, anniversary, birthday and children’s amenities
  • Ionic hairdryer and terry bath robes and slippers
  • 24 hour shoeshine service
  • 24 hour business center
  • 24 hour multilingual concierge
  • In-room safe
  • Daily newspaper
  • All meals for children under five years of age
  • Use of children’s toys, games, DVDs and books
  • Use of crib, stroller, high chair and playpen
  • Poolside services including towel service, food and beverage service for lunch, flavored iced water, sunblock, moisturizing lotion, aloe vera and reading materials
  • Hourly poolside amenities at our two swimming pools – such as sunglass cleaning, chilled oshibori towels, frozen pops, fruit kabobs, Evian spritz service and more

On Saturdays and Sundays, the Resort’s shuttle runs continuously to and from downtown Santa Barbara from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The shuttle drops off and picks up at Saks Fifth Avenue, allowing guests to take a leisurely stroll down historic State Street and explore its many shopping opportunities. The last departure from the Resort is at 4:30 PM, with the last pick up downtown at 5:00 PM. Reservations are not required for this first-come, first-served, complimentary service.

Located on Butterfly Beach and adjacent to Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara is the legendary Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club. Built in 1937, the Coral Casino is an exclusive private membership social club that has long served as a glamorous playground for Hollywood and Montecito’s elite set.

All Resort guests may access the Coral Reef Bar and Tydes Restaurant at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club without an access fee.

*The Coral Club Casino Beach and Cabana Club has a $200 daily entrance fee per room if utilized by individual guests.

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, March 27, 2019. 

If room block capacity is reached on or before Wednesday, March 27, 2019, the LCA rate will not be guaranteed and may no longer be available.  

Rates will be honored three (3) days pre-and post-conference based on availability at time of booking and rooms may be subject to a higher rate and/or length of stay restrictions. 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.

Any special requests must be made at the time of booking. Please note that special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 805.565.8299.  Please specify the LCA’s 2019 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows at the time of booking to take advantage of the following group rates:

  • $335* Riviera and Garden Rooms
  • $395* Run of House Jungle, Jungle Junior Suite and Bungalow Rooms

*Posted groups rates do not include $10.00 per person, roundtrip porterage charge or $4.00 per room, per day gratuity for housekeeping attendants.  Room rates are subject to applicable occupancy and sales taxes, currently totaling 12%. A California Tourism Assessment Fee of 0.24% and a Santa Barbara Tourism Assessment Fee (TBID) of $4.40 per room night will also be charged on all guest bills. All taxes and fees are subject to change.

Please familiarize yourself with Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s Cancellation Policy as the LCA is not responsible for any cancellation fees or other resort charges. All reservations must be guaranteed by a major credit card at time of booking. A deposit equal to two night’s room & tax will be taken 14 days prior to arrival. This deposit is non-refundable within 14 days of arrival. Should a guest need to cancel or make changes to their stay, the Resort requires a 30 day notice from the date of arrival to issue a refund of this deposit or change the dates of the reservation. A confirmation letter with details of the reservation as well as the cancellation policy will be sent electronically to each guest at time of booking. Any guest who checks out prior to their scheduled departure date as confirmed at check-in will be responsible for those nights room & tax charges.

Check-in is at 4:00 PM.  Room assignments prior to this time are subject to availability.

Check-out is at 12:00 PM.  If any room is not vacated by this time, there will be a late charge of 50% of the room rate unless prior arrangements are made with the resort’s management.

A nightly fee of $65.00 per room will be added to guest rooms occupied with three persons above the age of 18.

If you are unable to reserve your room prior to Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 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.

Approximately 8 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.

For Restaurant Recommendations, please click here.

For information about Wine Country, please click here.

For Tours & Activities, please click here.


Considered the finest most luxurious hotel spa in Santa Barbara, The Spa overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands.  Set between the award-winning Rose Garden at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara and the Resort’s Jungle Pool, The Spa, designed by world famous Peter Marino, a sophisticated contemporary décor melds with traditional Spanish colonial architecture and finishes to create a uniquely fresh and classic environment. Spacious at 12,000 sq. ft., The Spa features an upper level relaxation space, expansive locker rooms with sauna and steam room, and eleven lavish treatment rooms.

Experience the range of signature facial and body treatments, stroll or sit in the spa garden amid dozens of roses and flowering sage overlooking the sea and islands while enjoying teas and fresh juices from the tea bar, served by peacefully accommodating attendants.

The Spa has generously extended a 10% discount off regular treatments to our conference attendees and guests. (Please note discount may not be used on merchandise or in conjunction with any other specials.) 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.

Please contact The Spa directly at 805.565.8250 to schedule a spa appointment.

Click here to view spa menu.

The Spa Hours: 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

José Eber Santa Barbara

José Eber Santa Barbara offers a wide range of luxurious hair styling, coloring and make-up services in a serene and glamorous setting. Arguably the most recognized hairstylist the world, Beverly Hills-based stylist José Eber has had his hands in the hair of Hollywood’s most beloved stars for four decades.

The architect of the world’s most acclaimed hairstyles, thousands of women around the world have been transformed by his artistic touch and inspired vision. The salon features the finest hair-care products from PHYTO as well as the signature line of José Eber products.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call 805.770.3000.

Click here to view the José Eber Santa Barbara Services Menu.



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