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Judges’ Night Gala

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles

Judges’ Night Gala with The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association (OCIPLA), and the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court invite you to our annual Judges’ Night Gala.

Judges’ Night honors those members of the judiciary who handle intellectual property matters and features an interactive discussion of current topics with a panel of prominent judges and scholars. We are extremely pleased to announce that this year’s guest of honor will be The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

**Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (provider # 2083) will seek approval from the State Bar of California for MCLE credit in the amount of 1.0 hour.

Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Chicken or Vegetarian

Business Attire

Valet parking at the hotel is available for $20. Alternatively, you may park across the street in Pershing Square for $9 after 5:00 PM.

Tables seat 10 total – 8 guests with an additional 2 seats reserved for a judge and guest or for in-house counsel (if available)

Member* Table: $1,750 ($2,250 after February 14)

Non-Member Table + Discounted LAIPLA Firm Membership: $2,750 ($3,250 after February 14)

Non-Member Table: $2,400 ($2,900 after February 14)

Individual Pricing:

Judge (plus one guest, e.g., law clerk): FREE

In-House: FREE (limited number) ($150 after February 14)

LAIPLA Law Student Members**: $80 ($105 after February 14)

Government: $110 ($150 after February 14)

Member*: $175 ($225 after February 14)

Non-Member + Discounted LAIPLA Membership: $275 ($325 after February 14)

Non-Member: $240 ($290 after February 14)

* Members of LAIPLA, OCIPLA, or the Inn of Court are eligible for the discounted Member rate
** Membership for Law Students is free

Limited tickets available. This event has sold out in previous years.

Pre-registration deadline is Friday, February 14. After Friday, February 14, the registration fee increases as shown above. Cancellations must be received by the pre-registration deadline of Friday, February 14.


5:30 PM – 6:30 PM: Cocktail Reception
6:30 PM: Dinner Begins
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Panel Discussion


The Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Headshot of Judge Jimmie V. ReynaJudge Reyna was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen, where he directed the firm’s Trade and Customs Practice Group (1998-2011), led its Latin America Task Force (2006-08), and served on its board of directors (2009-11). He was an associate and partner at the Washington law firm of Stewart and Stewart (1986-98). From 1981 to 1986, Judge Reyna was a solo practitioner in Albuquerque, New Mexico and, prior to that, an associate at Shaffer, Butt, Thornton & Baehr, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Judge Reyna was appointed and served on the U.S. roster of dispute settlement panelists for trade disputes under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (1994-2011), and the U.S. Indicative List of Non-Governmental Panelists for the World Trade Organization, Dispute Settlement Mechanism, for disputes both in trade in goods and trade in services (1995- 2011). Judge Reyna is the author of two books, Passport to North American Trade: Rules of Origin and Customs Procedures Under the NAFTA (Shepards 1995), and The GATT Uruguay Round, A Negotiating History: Services, 1986-1992 (Kluwer 1993) and numerous articles on international trade and customs issues. He was the founder and senior co-editor of the Hispanic National Bar Association Journal of Law and Policy.

Judge Reyna has worked throughout his career towards the positive development of the U.S. legal profession. He served in various leadership positions in the ABA Section on International Law and the Section on Dispute Settlement. He was a founder and member of the board of directors of the U.S.-Mexico Law Institute. He has provided nearly two decades of leadership in the Hispanic National Bar Association, including serving as its National President (2006-07).

Judge Reyna received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1978 and his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1975.


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Located in Los Angeles and Century City, the firm’s office space offers first-rate conference rooms, private client and attorneys-only lounges and an onsite concierge service, all in the pursuit of making the resolution process as pleasant and effective as possible. The firm also offers a custom case management system, providing centrally-located case information and updates.

Questions? Contact the LAIPLA office at or call 323-285-1654.

Sponsorship? See LAIPLA Sponsorship Opportunities 2019-2020 for this event and others.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
5:30 – 8:30 PM

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Downtown Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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Contact the LAIPLA office at or call 323-285-1654.