Judge Cardenas served on the Orange County Municipal and Superior Court benches for 20 years, presiding over court and jury trials involving a wide variety of discovery issues. As a neutral at JAMS since 1996, he has served as mediator, arbitrator, discovery referee, and special master on hundreds of matters.
While at JAMS, Judge Cardenas has participated in Continuing Education Programs such as: Goodbye Paper Documents, Hello E-Discovery by Gordon Calhoun, Esq., and Scott Woodworth; Virtual Roundtable by Martin Quinn, Esq. and Hon. John Hughes (Ret.), with panelists: Harold Barza, Esq., Allen Burton, Esq., Wendy Curtis, Esq., Colleen Kenny, Esq., and Gilbert Keteltas, Esq.; E-Discovery Cadre presented by Hon. James Smith (Ret.), Hon. Dan Pratt (Ret.), and Hon. Greer Stroud (Ret.).
Judge Cardenas has studied the electronic discovery procedures as stated in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and California Discovery Act, as well as the Sedona Principles (Second Edition) for electronic document production.
- Served as discovery referee and special master on both simple and complex litigation, ranging from small business disputes to accounting disputes between Hollywood studios. Most cases involved a mix of hard copy and e-document disputes.
- Handled multiple party litigation such as wage and hour and other assorted class action cases involving numerous discovery matters, evolving out of thousands of paper and e-mail documents.
- Have conducted many In Camera reviews of disputed hard copy and e-document items, usually to protect private and privileged materials.
- Actively assists lawyers in meeting and conferring with the Referee to establish a protocol of best practices that will establish a cooperative approach to litigation holds, collection, review, and production of electronically stored information in response to discovery requests. This helps eliminate uncertainties as to obligations under the discovery acts and reduces costs for the clients.