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What You Will Learn

Learn how private and public attorneys can work together on auto cases

•    Determine how to handle attorney fees
•    Drafting effective fee petitions and retainer agreements
•    Developing efficient systems to handle the intake of auto fraud cases
•    Identifying clients and cases
•    Networking in the era of COVID


Elizabeth Gonzales is the directing attorney for the Consumer Unit at the Public Law Center (PLC) in Santa Ana, CA. She litigates matters involving debt collection defense, homeowners association disputes, Rees-Levering cases, student loans, including bankruptcy discharges, elder financial abuse, and various other civil matters involving unfair business practices and fraud. She also directs PLC’s Federal Pro Se, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Bankruptcy Reaffirmation clinics for unrepresented individuals. She is also currently a lecturer in law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Prior to joining PLC in 2012, she practiced labor and employment litigation at Loeb & Loeb LLP for three years.

Kristin Kemnitzer is a managing partner at the law firm of Kemnitzer Barron & Krieg, LLP. Kristin litigates cases involving lemon law, auto fraud, unfair debt collection, illegal repossessions, motorcycle finance, elder abuse, cell phone abuse, and California’s mortgage anti-deficiency statutes. Kristin has represented hundreds of individual consumers and has been appointed as lead counsel in dozens of class actions. She also has significant experience in arbitration and mediation.

Noah Zinner is a Regional Managing Attorney for consumer issues at Bay Area Legal Aid. Previously, he was a Managing Attorney at Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA). He received his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law.