Join us as we move into "The New Era"
Catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and learn from our exceptional presenters.
(Check back for updates as more information becomes available.)

8.5 WSBA CLE Credits Confirmed
Thursday, July 20
4:00 p.m.                       Fairmont Chateau Whistler Check-in Time
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.            Trial Boot Camp Moot Court Championship
                                      Macdonald Ballroom
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.            Welcome Reception
                                      Woodlands Terrace
                                      Dinner on your own
7:30 p.m.                       Past Presidents Dinner
                                      For Past Presidents & Guests
                                      Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Whistler Village
                                      Sponsored by Jeffrey Frank, Mediator at Buchalter & Roy Umlauf, Kubik Mediation
Friday, July 21
6:30 – 7:30 a.m.           Yoga
                                     Join Christine Tavares, Preg O’Donnell Gillett, Certified Yoga Instructor, for a morning stretch!
                                     Meet up in Macdonald A. Bring your own mat or grab one from your room.
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.           Breakfast & Exhibitor Showcase
                                     Macdonald Ballroom
7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Core Sponsor Exhibit Area Open
8:15 - 8:30 a.m.             Welcome Remarks
                                      Michael K. Rhodes, Convention Chair
                                      Jon R. Morrone, WDTL President
                                      Mainstage sponsor Keating, Bucklin & McCormack
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.             Welcome to Canada: Everything You Wanted to Know about Litigating in Canada
                                      Jonathan Hodes, Miller Thompson
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.          A Deeper Look at Henderson:  Rethinking Approaches to Trial Practice after Henderson
                                      Panel Discussion Moderated by Rory Cosgrove, Carney Badley Spellman
                                      Panelists: Judge Brad Maxa, Court of Appeals Div 2, Joy Lee, Smith Freed Eberhard, and Amy Mensik,
                                      Hawley Troxell
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.        Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  A Fireside Chat with a Litigation Legend
                                       Roy Umlauf, Kubik Mediation and Kim Reppart, Forsberg & Umlauf
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.             Golf Tournament
                                       Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course
                                       Sponsored by Mix Sanders Thompson
                                       Dinner on your own
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.           President’s Party Honoring Jon R. Morrone
                                       Celebrate WDTL’s outgoing President, Jon R. Morrone, Holland America Group
                                       Join us for cocktails and hor d’ouerves at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre

Saturday, July 22
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.             Breakfast & Exhibitor Showcase
                                       Macdonald Ballroom
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.              Ethical Issues in Remote Lawyering and Advocacy
                                       Judge John P. Erlick, Ret., JDR
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.            The State of Anti-SLAPP in WA: A Discussion of Jha v. Khan
                                       Bruce E.H. Johnson, Davis Wright Tremaine
                                       Caesar Kalinowski, Davis Wright Tremaine
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.         Break & Core Sponsor Raffle
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Widen Your Tolerance for Stress
                                       Denise Gaskin, RavenWork
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.           Womens’ Networking Lunch
                                       Why Imposter Syndrome Impacts Highly Successful Women MORE
                                       Presented by Denise Gaskin, Executive Coach, RavenWork
                                       Ticketed event
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.            Awards Dinner
                                      Close out the Convention as we dash for desserts, honor the recipient of the WDTL President's Award,
                                      elect the 2023-2024 Board of Trustees and present the Golf Tournament awards.
                                      Dressy casual attire is recommended.
Sunday, July 23
11:00 a.m.                      Fairmont Chateau Whistler Checkout Time
*WiFi Group Code: 2023

Convention Registration

Once you register for the Convention, watch for your registration confirmation email which will include the link to the room block.

Please log in to your WDTL account to receive the appropriate rate.

Member Type  
WDTL Members $550
Past Presidents $350
Guests $200
Kids (ages 3-11) $50
Core Sponsors (2 reps included w/your annual sponsorship) $0
Additional Core Sponsor Representatives (Additional company reps or guests) $250
Are you interested in representing your services and networking with top-level attorneys?
The WDTL Annual Meeting & Convention is the place to be!
Please contact Maggie Sweeney for details.

Registration includes a Thursday evening reception, breakfast on Friday & Saturday, the Friday President’s Party, the Saturday evening Cocktail Party & Awards Dinner, an extensive CLE Program, and a souvenir for each registrant. Children’s registration includes breakfast Friday & Saturday and dinner/entertainment on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Kids programs are designed for kids ages 3 to 11 (diaper-free).

Cancelation Policy: Registrants canceling their Convention Registration prior to June 20 will receive a refund less a $75.00 handling fee. No refunds after June 20. Substitutions welcome.


Book Your Room

Fairmont Chateau Whistler
4599 Chateau Boulevard
Whistler, BC, CA, V8E 0Z5

To make resort reservations under the WDTL room block, click the button below or use the link in your confirmation email. 

Extend your Stay! WDTL's room rates will be honored 3 days prior to and 3 days after the convention.

The WDTL room block closed Tuesday, June 20th but rooms are still available. Room rates begin at $409 CAD.


Golf Tournament

Friday, July 21 | 1:00 p.m.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course
Sponsored by Mix Sanders Thompson

$200 per person - Sign up when you register for the Convention
Includes box lunch, cart, and prizes.

Players of all ability levels are encouraged to participate.

No refunds for golf tournament registration after July 7 but substitutions are welcome.

Appropriate golf attire is required.



Yoga: Get your Namaste on for an early Friday morning stretch led by Christine Tavares, a certified yoga instructor. Christine will lead a multi-leveled class with adaptations for individual levels of flexibility. Meet in the lobby promptly at 6:30 a.m.  Bring a towel, WDTL will provide a yoga mat.

Kids Activities: We will provide dinner & entertainment on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Kids programs are designed for children ages 3 to 11 (diaper-free).

Welcome Reception: Start the weekend off with networking and fun on Thursday night. (Dinner on Thursday will be on your own.)

President's Party: Join us Friday, July 21 as we celebrate outgoing WDTL President, Jon Morrone at Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.

Women's Networking Lunch: Saturday, July 22, $50 per person.

Cocktail Party & Awards Dinner: Saturday, July 22, close out the Convention as we honor the recipient of the WDTL President's Award. Dressy casual attire is recommended.

Convention Attire: Casual resort wear is recommended except where noted.



WDTL invites our Law Firm partners to join us in sponsoring the Convention. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maggie Sweeney at

Thank You Firm Sponsors!

Thank You WDTL Core Sponsors!


Book Your Room

The Marcus Whitman
6 W Rose Street
Walla Walla WA 99362

Book your rooms by June 17 to guarantee the WDTL rates.
Historic Tower Rooms: $279 
West Wing Rooms: $219

Please use the following link when booking your room:

If you would like to extend your stay, WDTL has contracted for our negotiated rates to be available three days before and three days after the Convention, based on availability. Please contact Emily Brown, Senior Sales Manager, at (509) 524-5106 or

The phone number to call for reservations is (509) 525-2200.  Please reference the group code, “Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Annual.” 

For the hotel room cancellation policy, please visit the hotel website.


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