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Bruce Geernaert

Hon. Bruce R. Geernaert (Ret.)

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Judge Geernaert has extensive experience in environmental torts and contract provisions relating thereto. He was the first judicial officer in California to deal with a Superfund remediation case.

In the private sector, he also served as Executive Vice President of Avis Rent-a-Car licensee and Grey Line Sightseeing (covering Southern California, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C.). He oversaw operations, marketing, sales, finance and personnel.

As a private mediator/arbitrator in business, commercial and financial disputes involving accounting questions, he utilizes a tripartite approach modified to suit the particular case. First, he facilitates as full a communication as possible between the parties through their attorneys and experts (accountants or CPAs). Second, he utilizes his extensive experience in business, commercial and financial matters to separately evaluate the prospects of each party if no settlement were to be reached. Third, he assists in negotiations utilizing his experience and knowledge of successful bargaining techniques and avoiding pitfalls that might prevent a settlement that would otherwise be possible.

Note: In providing representative cases, only generic information is disclosed in recognition of the confidential nature of mediations and arbitrations.

Representative Matters

  • As a mediator, assisted in settling a case involving numerous homeowners concerning environmental concerns allegedly caused by the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
  • Presided over the trial in the case involving claims of breach of contract concerning the acquisition of the Metropolitan News from Jack Kent Cooke
  • As trial judge, supervised the clean up of one of the first toxic waste dumps in California, which resulted in the first Superfund remediation
  • Member of many committees of the court, including the Executive Committee and Personnel and Budget Committee
  • Former Member, BAJI Committee on Civil Jury Instruction
  • Editorial consultant, Mathew Bender's California Forms and Practice, 1996
  • Contributing Editor to Bancroft -Whitney on California Civil Protocol-Business Litigation, 1993
  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1980-1996; (Supervising Judge, Law and Motions/Discovery and Writs and Receivers, 1984-1987)
  • Private practice litigating personal injury, public utilities and regulatory matters in state and federal courts and regulatory agencies
  • LL.B., Hastings College of Law of the University of California, 1953
  • B.S., University of California, 1949

Counsel Comments

    • "OUTSTANDING ability to mediate"
    • "I do not know of any other judge who is as effective a settlement judge"

      -by an attorney who has had over 20 cases before him
    • "[Geernaert] truly explores the merits of each side's case to point out the strengths and weaknesses . . ."
    • "PERSISTENT, he will roll up his sleeves and bang heads... but he's never rude or insulting."
    • "Has an almost uncanny ability to grasp the salient points in business litigation . . . an ability I've never seen in my 20 years of experience."
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