Nat Agliano

Hon. Nat A. Agliano (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Kathleen Hanley
T: 415-774-2617
F: 415-982-5287
1255 Treat Blvd., Suite 700, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

Nat A. Agliano is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Nat A. Agliano (Ret.) joined JAMS’ panel of neutral arbitrators and mediators a short time after his retirement as Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District in 1992.

Prior to his service on the Court of Appeal, Justice Agliano served as a Judge of the Monterey County Superior Court for 13 years. He was also in private practice for nine years, and served as a California Deputy Attorney General for three years prior to private practice.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

Justice Agliano has served as a mediator, or referee/special master and judge pro-tem in thousands of cases in virtually every practice area of civil law. His 46 years of legal experience as a practitioner, judge, and teacher provides him with great understanding and insight in the resolution of cases ranging from the straightforward to the most complex.

Representative Matters

  • Appellate Review
    • Cases involving sufficiency of evidence, legal error, propriety of jury instructions, reversible error
  • Administrative Law
    • Hospital denial/discipline/ termination of medical staff privileges; governmental employment issues
  • Business Commercial
    • Breach of contract matters involving manufacturing, sales, crop growing, telecommunications, electronics, waste disposal, cell phone distributorship, radio broadcasting, airline charter, cemetery services
  • Construction
    • Commercial and residential construction disputes; construction defects, insurance coverage, causation of harm, damages
  • Employment Law
    • Cases involving claims of unlawful termination; Hostile work environment, retaliation, age discrimination, gender discrimination, damages
  • Family Law
    • Characterization of property as community or separate; spousal and child support; attorney’s fees and costs
  • Healthcare
    • Disputes between Hospitals, Health plans, Health Plan members/patients
  • Insurance
    • Disputes involving policy interpretation, coverage including insurer’s duty to defend and/or indemnify, Insurer’s duty to investigate, and claims of bad faith
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
    • Legal and Medical malpractice claims including determination of standard of care, causation of harm, damages
  • Real Property
    • Purchase and sale disputes, misrepresentation and non-disclosure, brokers and agents rights and responsibilities, partition of real estate, determining fair market value of property, determining reasonable rent of commercial and agricultural property; damage to real property, eminent domain/inverse condemnation
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Monterey County Bar Association, 2011
  • Monterey Peninsula College Hall of Fame
  • Justice Pro Tem, California Supreme Court, 1990
  • Presiding Judge, several terms, Monterey County Superior Court
  • Member of Sentencing Practices Advisory Committee, Judicial Council, 1976
  • President-elect, Monterey County Bar Association, 1962
  • Hastings Law Review, Note and Comment Editor, 1958
  • Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, 1986-1992
  • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, 1984-1986
  • Justice pro-tem, California Supreme Court, 1990
  • Judge, Monterey County Superior Court, 1972-1984
  • Private Practice, Monterey County, 1963-1971
  • Deputy Attorney General, CA, 1960-1963
  • J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1959 (Law Review 1958)
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, 1954

Counsel Comments

    • "All parties have great respect for Justice Agliano, and so his wise counsel facilitated a quick settlement." 
    • "Thank you for facilitating the settlement of the TCI case. You exerted a calming influence over personalities who were inclined to declare fixed-in-stone positions. Your consideration and hard work set an example for all of us. Without your involvement, I do not believe a satisfactory resolution would have been reached short of additional litigation. Thank you for helping us achieve a settlement which serves the needs of the public without resort to a discovery war."




Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Law
  • Governmental/Public Agency
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Special Master/Discovery Referee
Available nationwide


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