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 earned a reputation for successfully handling complex, multi-party construction defect contract delay claims and real estate development and homeowner association disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee/special master.

Representative Mediations

  • Disputes with public regulatory agencies and developers involving compliance with state and federal regulations and penalties
  • Homeowner Associations’ disputes with respect to services, nuisances, construction of new facilities (at a ski resort), interpretation of CC&Rs, and disputes with suppliers (roof, snow removal, and water intrusion)
  • Housing development litigation involving 63 homes with significant structural problems and code violations involving over fifteen separate trades resulting in a global settlement
  • Numerous cases between individual homeowners; Homeowners Associations, general contractors, and subcontractors involving issues relating to grading, foundations, structural, mold infestation, HVAC, roofing, stucco, plumbing, electrical defects, and water damage
  • Numerous matters both residential and commercial involving construction delay and contract interpretation, penalties, bonus provisions, bonding issues, and disputes over change orders

Representative Arbitrations

  • Chair of three arbitrator panel involving remodel of a commercial center with numerous areas of dispute re construction costs, change orders, and modifications
  • Sole arbitrator in a commercial property with severe sewer and septic system problems as a result of installation by prior owner

Special Master/Discovery Referee, Representative Matters

  • Discovery Referee in litigation involving a major commercial apartment complex with alleged multi-construction defects and improper construction practices with numerous and ongoing discovery disputes including monitoring depositions and extensive discovery motions and disputes. Thereafter, by stipulation of all counsel and parties, successfully mediated case resulting in settlement of all disputes among all the parties.
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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