Hon. Candace Cooper (Ret.)

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Real Property

As a former justice of the California Court of Appeal and nearly three decades as a member of the judiciary, Justice Cooper has handled virtually every type of case, including real estate matters.

She brings an ideal temperament and a wealth of legal expertise in handling complex, often highly publicized cases. Justice Cooper served for nine years on the California Court of Appeal, Second District, most recently as Presiding Justice of Division Eight from 2001-2008, and as a Superior and Municipal Court judge prior to that. Justice Cooper has also served on the Los Angeles Superior Court for 12 years, handling a variety of assignments, ranging from court management, civil master calendar, civil trials, to felony criminal and death penalty trials to juvenile dependency and delinquency.

Representative Matters

  • In class action alleging unconstitutional takings of property [interest and other accruals on unclaimed property held pursuant to the California Unclaimed Property Law], plaintiff was not entitled to interest earned on property during the holding period because title to property was legitimately vested in the state during that period.
  • Arbitration regarding commercial loan for financing the purchase of a 300 unit apartment complex
  • Misstatement of material fact made in relation to a property, including the value of and the amount of funds expended to improve the property
  • Condominium Law
    • Liability of Homeowners Association for dangerous condition due to faulty construction
    • Personal liability of homeowners association board of directors for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of CC&R’s
    • Validity of CC&R’s 
  • Escrow Issues
    • Compliance with terms of escrow
    • Liability
  • Title Issues
    • Validity of transfer of deed
  • Subdivision/Map Act/Zoning cases
    • Validity of approval of zoning variances
    • Compliance
  • Boundary and lot-line disputes
  • California Coastal Commission
  • Environmental Impact Reports
  • California Environmental Quality Act [CEQA]
  • Adverse Possession
  • Easements – Prescriptive, equitable
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Premises Liability
    • Equestrian Facility
    • Amusement Park
    • Restaurant/ ADA Compliance
  • Eminent Domain
  • Contract Interpretation
    • Contract for sale of property
    • Lease
  • Water Law

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Honoree, National Bar Association Hall of Fame, 2015
  • Roger J. Traynor Memorial Award, Appellate Justice of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2003
  • Bernard S. Jefferson Judge of the Year Award, California Association of Black Lawyers, 2002
  • Crystal Heart Award, Loved Ones of Homicide Victims, 2000
  • Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Judge Award, California Women Lawyers, 1997
  • Alumni Merit Award, University of Southern California, General Alumni Association, 1994
  • Outstanding Trial Jurist, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1992-1993
  • Criminal Court Judge of the Year, Century City Bar Association, 1992
  • Silver Achievement Award, Los Angeles Y.W.C.A., 1991
  • Superior Court Judge of the Year, Los Angeles County Bar Association Criminal Justice Section, 1990
  • Ernestine Stalhut Award, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, 1989
  • Board of Councilors, University of Southern California Law Center, 1997-present; Chair, 2001–2003; Vice-Chair, 1999-2000; General Alumni Association; Board of Directors, 1995
  • Judicial Council Select Committee on Judicial Retirement, 1993
  • The State Bar of California: Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession and the State Bar, 1992-1995
  • Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts, 1991-1997
  • Judicial Council Advisory Committee on Private Judges, 1989-1990
  • ABA Advisory Committee for "Understanding the Courts" Videotape Project, 1988-1990
  • President, California Judges Association, 1988-1989; Executive Committee, 1987-1988; Chairperson, Annual Meetings Seminar Committee, 1986
  • Municipal Court Judges Association, Planning & Research Advisory Committee, 1984-1987; Marshal's Committee, 1982
  • Board Member, LAC/USC Institutional Review Board, 1981-1988
  • Life Member, National Bar Association, 1980-present
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1974-present
  • Panelist, California State Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1998, 2008
  • Lecturer, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2004
  • Lecturer, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2003
  • Lecturer, California Statewide Conference on Race and Ethnic Bias in the Court, 2002
  • Lecturer, Judicial College, 1981, 1982, 1987, 2002 (Bernard Witkin Lecture)
  • Faculty, Continuing Judicial Studies Program (CJSP) 1982, 1984, 1986, 1998
  • Lecturer, Continuing Education of the Bar, 1992, 1994, 1996
  • Lecturer, Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), 1981-1982
  • Received comprehensive training in JAMS in-house Entertainment Law workshops including, but not limited to:
    • “Net Profits and New Media: The Future of Entertainment Litigation”
    • "Legal Issues and Developments in Video Game Law"

ADR Profiles

Background and Education

  • Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Eight, 2001-2008
  • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second District, Division Two, 1999-2001
  • Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1987-1998
  • Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1980-1987
  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1974-1980
  • Summer Associate, O’Melveny & Myers, 1972
  • Law Clerk, Occidental Petroleum Oil Company, 1971
  • J.D., University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, 1973
  • B.A., University of Southern California, 1970

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