Luis Cardenas

Hon. Luis A. Cardenas (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Bianca Kelly
T: 714-937-8221
F: 714.939.8710
5 Park Plaza, Suite 400, Irvine, California 92614


Since his retirement from the Superior Court bench in 1996, Judge Cardenas has served the community as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee. He has earned a reputation for settling the majority of matters submitted for mediation; for granting awards in arbitrations that reflect a philosophy of fairness and in-depth knowledge of the law; and for assisting the courts in complex litigation with scholarly reports and recommendations.

A substantial number of disputes in Judge Cardenas’ practice involve real estate transactions.

Representative Matters

  • Appraisal matters involving disputes between experts, allegations of negligence, and failure to exercise due diligence
  • Commercial real estate cases, such as: sales, leases, rentals, contract interpretation, landlord-tenant disputes, build-out and improvement matters, losses due to fire and water damage, insurance, indemnification, and construction
  • Commission disputes between agents and individuals for both commercial and residential properties
  • Construction defect matters involving single dwellings, entire housing tracts, and commercial enterprises
  • Disclosure matters arising out of commercial and residential real estate transfers
  • Litigation involving demands for specific performance arising from sale of both commercial and residential real estate
  • Mold cases and related allegations of personal injury
  • Numerous property owner versus homeowner association disputes involving CC&Rs and other governing documents
  • Other related matters include: title insurance, financing, options, mobile home parks, senior living developments, fraud, easement and boundary litigation, foreclosures, insurance coverage, and real estate partnership disputes
  • Real estate agent issues concerning ethics, alleged conflict of interest, and failure to disclose
  • Sales, leases, and rental issues arising from residential real estate matters
  • Zoning and ordinance issues: impact on private and commercial ownership of land and structures
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • The only judge in Orange County to receive a commendation from the State Legislature upon his elevation to the bench
  • Recognized as “Judge of the Year” by the Orange County Women’s Bar Association and the West Court Bar Association
  • Winner of the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Orange County Grand Jury
  • Received recognition for his contributions to the law by Loyola Law School and the Mexican-American Bar Association of Orange County
  • Current member of the California State Bar
  • Prior member of the California Judge’s Association

ADR Profile

  • Judge, Superior Court, Orange County, 1980-1996
    • Presiding Judge, West Court Operations, 1985-1996
  • Judge, Municipal Court, North Orange County, 1976-1980
    • Assistant and Presiding Judge, 1978 and 1979
  • J.D., Loyola Law School at Los Angeles, 1968
  • B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1965

Counsel Comments

    • “This mediation was a wonderful experience. Judge Cardenas was very understanding and patient. I feel so relieved, knowing that there is an impartial 3rd party looking at these disputes.”

      - Party involved in series of mediations with Judge Cardenas




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