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

Cecily Bond 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.


Judge Bond has the distinctive experience of having served as a trial judge for nearly twenty years and as a mediator thereafter on cases involving legal, medical, dental, and accounting malpractice and healthcare issues including elder abuse. She has lectured on the effectiveness of mediation in these cases to attorneys and healthcare providers, as well as to nursing home providers. Her experience uniquely qualifies her to focus on the intricacies of healthcare law while at the same time dealing with the emotional issues involved. Judge Bond is widely respected for her neutrality and objectivity, and she has achieved an extremely high settlement rate.

Representative Matters

  • Accounting Malpractice: Judge Bond has handled several cases involving allegations of improper accounting procedures, failure to give appropriate tax advice, and co-mingling of monies for personal use with business income
  • Elder Abuse: Because of confidentiality requirements, Judge Bond is unable to specifically enumerate elder abuse cases she has handled, but she has personally mediated cases in both Northern and Southern California. She has also been specifically requested to mediate cases in Las Vegas, Nevada on a regular basis, and has successfully mediated numerous elder abuse claims resulting in six- and seven-figure dollar settlements
  • Legal Malpractice: Judge Bond has mediated and arbitrated numerous matters involving interpretation of partnership agreements, buy-sell agreement, valuations of legal practices as well as claims of legal malpractice including misrepresentation and fee disputes
  • Medical and Dental Malpractice: Judge Bond has 25 years of extensive experience in medical and dental mediations, arbitrations, and trials involving allegations of negligence for failure to diagnosis; failure to perform procedures in conformity with the standard of care; failure to adequately explain consequences of procedures and/or courses of treatment; failure to involve other specialties; and failure to provide adequate follow up care
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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