At the CCTLA Annual Awards Event on December 8th, 2022, held this year at the Sutter Club, DBBWC partner Robert Bale received the Award for 2021 Advocate of the Year. This award is made, “in recognition of the recipient’s outstanding advocacy in the last twelve months on behalf of consumers, and for his intrepid work in support of the ideals and goals of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association.” The event was heavily attended by Judges from Sacramento County Superior Court, including the current Presiding Judge Hon. Michael G. Bowman. Robert received the reward in recognition of his work on the Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire case, in which 36 young people lost their lives. Robert spearheaded the team of four attorneys who successfully litigated that case against the City of Oakland, PG&E, and the NG family, owners of the Ghost Ship Property.