Cecily Bond

Hon. Cecily Bond (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Karen Clerici
T: 916-830-7102
F: 916-565-7780
1415 L Street, Suite 700, Sacramento, CA 95814


Judge Bond has over twenty 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 is involved in both mediations and arbitrations. Her 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. Judge Bond is committed to providing an impartial hearing to all parties and timely and reasoned decisions based on the evidence and the law.

  • Agricultural
  • Attorney fee disputes
  • Business and contractual dispute litigation
  • Construction defect, contract delay
  • Partnership dissolutions
  • Estate/probate
  • Elder abuse
  • Employment: wrongful termination, discrimination, sexual harassment, defamation, and wage and hour
  • Federal Employees Labor Act (FELA) cases
  • Fraud, misappropriation, trade secrets, and unfair competition
  • Gas and oil
  • Insurance coverage, bad faith, and fee disputes\
  • Managed healthcare: fees for services, provider vs. provider, hospital disputes, reimbursements
  • Medical, dental, and legal professional negligence
  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Real estate contract and disclosure issue
  • Toxic hazards, environmental issues, and CEQA, CERCLA challenges

Representative Matters

  • Adjudication of environmental impacts and sufficiency of a county general plan, as well as decisions regarding other environmental and toxic hazards
  • Agricultural dispute involving sale and distribution of land and estate issues
  • Issues of elder abuse and false imprisonment
  • Issues relating to insurance coverage, scope and meaning of policy language and exclusions in cases involving financial transactions, pollution and fire damage
  • Issues relating to managed healthcare, billing practices, and scope of insurance coverage and fees for services
  • Issues relating to apportionment of attorneys fees between counsel
  • Issues relating to unfair competition, trade secrets, and misappropriation of ideas, designs, customer lists and products
  • Issues with respect to contract interpretation, damages, restitution and specific performance in business disputes
  • The interpretation, effect and scope of a professional partnership agreement which had implications for numerous similar entities statewide. Decision affirmed on appeal
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • 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, 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
  • 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, Loeb & Loeb, Los Angeles, CA, 1965-1976
  • 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

Counsel Comments

    • “Did not waste time at the start of mediation; got right into the disputed issue.”

      -Head of Civil Litigation Department, Employment Firm
    • “Judge Bond proved an excellent neutral. She was prepared, understood the legal and factual issues, communicated well with my client, and understood that my client was well aware of the risks and issues with the case. She did not waste time.”

      -Sacramento Attorney
    • “Judge Bond did a great job! Willing to listen; didn’t get sidetracked by difficult evidence; was not fazed by significant dollars. She is one of the best. Always gets it done.”

      -Silicon Valley Attorney
    • “Judge Bond quickly boiled down some complicated facts to the essential issues and was able to show my client their exposure.”

      -Greater Sacramento Area Attorney
    • “Judge Bond is terrific, effective mediator. She is great at problem solving when parties come to an impasse. She did not give up.”

      -Bay Area Attorney




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