Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas (Ret.)
joined JAMS in 1996 upon his retirement as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court. Chief Justice Lucas' distinguished legal career spans more than four decades, from his Long Beach civil law practice to the Los Angeles Superior Court, federal court, and, finally, to his service as 26th Chief Justice of California where he presided over one of the world's largest judicial systems.
During his tenure, the California Supreme Court issued landmark decisions on reapportionment, insurance law and employment law, among other issues. Widely heralded for bringing order and efficiency to the entire judicial system and restoring confidence in and respect for the Supreme Court, he was responsible for numerous administrative reforms in the high court's internal operations that have improved procedures and streamlined the decision-making process.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
- Successfully mediated and arbitrated numerous cases involving a wide variety of legal issues including complex multi-party disputes involving business, insurance, intellectual property, employment and personal injury matters
Significant Lucas Court decisions include:
- Moradi-Shalal v. Fireman's Fund Ins. Companies (1988) 46 Cal.3d 287 (limiting an insurer's tort liability to third parties for bad faith refusal to settle claim with insured)
- Foley v. Interactive Data Corp. (1988) 47 Cal.3d 654 (defining the limits of tort liability for wrongful termination of employment)
- Garvey v. State Farm Fire & Casualty (1989) 48 Cal.3d 395 (developed analysis for determining causation under homeowner's insurance policies)
- Walnut Creek Manor v. Fair Employment & Housing Com. (1991) 54 Cal.3d 245 (restricting power of state Fair Employment and Housing Commission to award punitive and emotional distress damages for discrimination)
- Moncharsh v. Heily & Blase (1992) 3 Cal.4th 1 (defining the limits of judicial review of arbitration decisions)
- Neary v. Regents of University of California (1992) 3 Cal.4th 273 (upholding stipulated reversal of judgment to effectuate settlement following appeal)
- Montrose v. Admiral Ins. Co. (1995) 10 Cal.4th 645 (defining coverage under liability insurance policy where damage is continuous and extends over successive policy periods)