Hon. Bruce R. Geernaert (Ret.)

T: 213-620-1133
F: 213-620-0100
Estates/Probate/Trusts
Judge Geernaert is experienced in resolving cases involving disputes concerning estates, trusts, probate and family.

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, Judge Geernaert assisted in the settlement of disputes within a multimillion dollar estate involving claims by sibling heirs concerning the distribution of the estate and the conduct of the trustee, their father.
  • Judge Pro Tem in a Los Angeles Superior Court action involving claims by two sibling co-trustees, in a multimillion dollar estate/trust. The claims involved legal objections to the administration of the estate and the conduct of each of the co-trustees and the effect upon the other heirs. At the request of the parties, Judge Geernaert served as a mediator. The matter was ultimately settled by an extensive written agreement and the resignation of the sibling co-trustees and the appointment of an institutional trustee with oversight and supervisory functions vested in Judge Geernaert.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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