The California Discovery Law Initiative is a non-profit organization funded by Anderson Zeigler PC and Gallagher Jones LLP, with the hopes of creating a collaborative platform where attorneys of all levels of experience can find and share valuable information related to California Civil Discovery Law.
The original California Discovery Law website was originally created over 20 years ago by the now-retired Commissioner Richard E. Best of the San Francisco Superior Court. Commissioner Best served in the San Francisco Courts for 29 years and adjudicated numerous civil discovery, privilege, and constitutional issues. He has also written and spoken extensively on civil discovery and e-discovery topics.
Commissioner Best's vision for the original CA Discovery Law website was to provide a simple, neutral and comprehensive presentation of California discovery statutes and cases accumulated over the years. His intent in creating the site was to aid knowledgeable and experienced litigators who needed to refresh and update their knowledge or quickly locate that case they know exists but could not quickly remember. Upon Commissioner Best's retirement, the California Discovery Law Initiative (CDLI) had inherited about 300 pages of content that will form the backbone of our new website.
While keeping Commissioner Best's original goal and purpose, CDLI also hopes to harness newer technologies and create a collaborative website where attorneys of all levels of experience can find valuable information, as well as share their expertise related to California Civil Discovery Law.
Michael Shklovsky is a Partner with Anderson Ziegler, APC in Santa Rosa, California. He is a seasoned trial attorney with extensive experience in all facets of civil litigation. His practice focuses on representing both plaintiffs and defendants in business, employment, real estate and intellectual property disputes. Michael has successfully obtained verdicts in both jury and bench trials, and has prevailed in mediation and arbitration. He has also authored several writ petitions and appeals. In matters that are not in litigation, Michael routinely navigates clients though complex legal issues, and counsels individuals and businesses on how to avoid litigation altogether.
Michael is actively involved in the Bay Area legal community. He regularly teaches MCLE classes on the mechanics of civil litigation to less experienced attorneys. From 2014 through the end of 2016, Michael has served as the Chair of the Alameda County Bar Association’s Trial Practice Section. From 2013 until 2018, he was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Section’s Newsletter. In October of 2016, Michael was appointed to the Business Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar Association. Michael frequently represents indigent clients on a pro bono or reduced fee basis in debt collection defense, sealing of arrest records, and Presidential pardon cases. Michael was recognized as a Northern California Rising Star in Business Litigation by the Super Lawyers Magazine in in 2015-2019.
Kathleen Gallagher is a Partner with Gallagher Jones LLP in West Sacramento, California. She was admitted to practice law in June 2007 and worked with some of the top law firms in Northern and Southern California prior to starting her firm. She specializes in civil litigation on both the plaintiff and defense side, as well as business formation and governance, and estate planning. Kat is an experienced trial attorney who has litigated contract disputes, partnership disputes, commercial landlord/tenant, personal injury, and others. She also has transactional experience drafting contracts and other business documents, in addition to her skills and experience with estate planning.
Kat graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in December 2006. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Dance and Philosophy from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 1999. In addition to being appointed to the CLA's Business Litigation Standing Committe, Kat also sits on the Board of Directors for Women Lawyers of Sacramento and a variety of non-profit organizations. She was recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer in 2017 (Rising Star) and again in 2019.
Samuel Jeremy Treanor, Esq. - Contra Costa County Library - Concord, California
Samuel is a generalist civil attorney who graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law, passing the bar in 2013. Samuel clerked for the Honorable Socrates P. Manoukian, who at the time handled the civil discovery calendar for Santa Clara County. Samuel’s expertise lies in statutory analysis and pre-trial motions, particularly as they relate to discovery. His legal practice has included handling contract and employment matters, sexual harassment, restraining orders, landlord-tenant issues, and others. Samuel is presently taking a break from legal practice to spend time with his wife and growing son. He has joined the Contra Costa County Library assisting with personnel work, including labor matters, regulation interpretation, and legal compliance issues.