Hon. Peter G. Stone (Ret.)

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Hon. Peter G. Stone (Ret.) has settled cases for over 20 years. As a jurist, Judge Stone was best known for his handling of all types of civil cases, particularly his penchant for getting litigants to settle prior to trial. His easy informal manner makes him one of the legal community's favorite judges.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Intellectual property, electronics, business, real estate and land use, product liability, complex personal injury, corporate and securities litigation, high tech litigation, employment and wrongful termination, toxic torts, construction defect litigation, catastrophic injury, professional malpractice, insurance coverage and bad faith
  • Team leader, case manager and settlement judge for 15 years

Representative Matters

  • Multi-party intellectual property matter arising out of electronic communication involving trade secrets
  • Substantial numbers of partnership dissolutions including medical, bio tech and legal businesses
  • Complex product liability matters involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death
  • Class action toxic tort litigation regarding mold and lead
  • Securities fraud litigation
  • Land use cases regarding residential, commercial and industrial sites
  • Multi-party insurance bad faith litigation
  • Consumer class action regarding cable television access
  • Sexual harassment, gender discrimination litigation
  • Multi-million dollar condominium construction defect litigation
  • Eminent Domain litigation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Trial Judge of the Year, California Trial Lawyers Association, 1985
  • Member, California Judges Association Judicial Ethics Committee

Background and Education

  • Appointed Judge of the Superior Court, Santa Clara County, 1977-1997 (Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division, 1980-1981; Presiding Judge of the entire court, 1988)
  • City Attorney of San Jose, CA, 1973-1977
  • City Attorney of Palo Alto, CA, 1968-1973
  • Private practice, Sunnyvale, CA, 1965-1968
  • Partner in general civil practice, Trepel, Gingerich, Hoss & Stone
  • Associate, Boccardo, Blum, Lull, Niland, Teerlink & Bell, 1962-1964
  • J.D., Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, 1961; Assoc. Editor, Hastings Law Journal, 1961; Order of the Coif, 1960-1961
  • B.A., Medical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley