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.
- 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