Hon. Cecily Bond (Ret.)

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Hon. Cecily Bond (Ret.) has over 20 years of dispute resolution experience as a sitting judge and joined JAMS immediately following her retirement from the Sacramento Superior Court. Since joining JAMS in 2000, she has mediated, arbitrated, and has acted as discovery referee and/or special master in a wide variety of cases. Her mediations and arbitrations have involved complex civil litigation often involving multi-party cases. As a trial judge, she has presided over numerous complex civil court trials and writ adjudications which required written determination of complex legal and factual issues involving virtually all areas of civil litigation.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Presided over and participated in hundreds of civil trials and settlement conferences involving a wide variety of matters
  • Adjudicated and/or resolved the following types of cases:
    • Agricultural disputes
    • Business and contractual dispute litigation
    • Civil Rights 
    • Construction defect and contract delay
    • Elder abuse
    • Employment: wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, and wage and hour
    • Entertainment Law: copyright, contracts in film, music, tv-radio
    • Environmental cases involving toxic hazards, and CEQA, CERCLA challenges, groundwater contamination, attacks on general plans and environmental impact reports 
    • Federal Employees Labor Act (FELA) cases
    • Fraud, misappropriation, trade secrets, and unfair competition
    • Insurance coverage and bad faith issues
    • Managed healthcare
    • Medical, dental, legal, and professional negligence
    • Personal injury and wrongful death
    • Property damage and personal injury resulting from chemical use/discharge
    • Public policy disputes
    • Real estate contract and disclosure issues, homeowner association disputes 
    • Toxic hazards, environmental issues, and CEQA, CERCLA challenges
  • Extensive law and motion and discovery dispute resolution experience
    • Presided over numerous publishing and print media disputes
  • In charge of the development and implementation of the Sacramento Superior Court's Civil Settlement Conference Program, which uses local attorneys in conjunction with a supervising judge to settle civil cases and which resulted in a dramatic increase in the percentage of settlements

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Recognized as a "Top Neutral," Daily Journal Top Neutrals List, 2013
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer, ADR Category, 2009-2014
  • Recognized as a Top 30 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2006
  • Judge of the Year Award, Sacramento Consumer Attorneys (for Mediations and Settlements), 1999
  • Sacramento Women Lawyers, Francis Newell Carr Award, 1997
  • Judge of the Year Award, Sacramento County Bar Association, 1988
  • Judge of the Year Award, Capitol City Trial Lawyers, 1988
  • Business and Professional Women, Top Hat Award, 1980-1981
  • Member, State Bar of California, California Women Lawyers, Sacramento Women Lawyers
  • Authored numerous articles and publications on a wide variety of topics
  • Frequently requested lecturer and panelist for a variety of organizations, including the CJER, CEB, California Judges Association, Rutter Group, and California State Bar, Litigation Section
  • Member of the L.A. Copyright Society
  • Co-Authored article on development of cable television
  • "Abstract Adjudications: Cecily Bond often relies on unique solutions to reach settlements," ADR Profile, Daily Journal, August 7, 2015

Background and Education

  • Judge, Sacramento Superior Court, 1980-2000
  • Judicial Council Task Force on Complex Civil Litigation, 1997-1999
  • Member, Judicial Council of California, 1988-1990
  • Presiding Judge, 1988, 1989; Presiding Judge, Appellate Department, 1982-1985
  • Deputy Director and Chief Counsel, Employment Development Department, Sacramento, CA, 1976-1980, handled a variety of administrative and legal duties, including representing the Governor in both the California and the United States Supreme Courts
  • Private Practice (specialized in civil litigation), Los Angeles, CA, 1965-1976
  • Loeb & Loeb (specializing in entertainment law), Los Angeles, CA
  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1965
  • M.A., Public and Constitutional Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1963
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1961


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