Hon. Bruce R. Geernaert (Ret.)

T: 213-620-1133
F: 213-620-0100
Governmental/Public Agency
Judge Geernaert has had extensive experience as a private attorney representing clients before various regulatory agencies, including California and other state Public Utilities Commissions, the Federal Communication Commission, and the Interstate Commerce Commission. He represented national and regional companies concerning their regulatory, corporate and finance issues. In that capacity, he gained knowledge and understanding of the applicable laws and of their accounting.

As a private attorney, he had extensive experience in negotiating settlements under the National Labor Relations Act. This experience further honed his negotiating skills and sensitivity, which he finds useful as a mediator.

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

  • Represented national and regional transportation companies in the acquisition of operating rights and the institution and maintenance of rate tariffs
  • Represented numerous California clients before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communication Commission concerning the institution of regulation by those Commissions of mobile radio telephone companies (Radio Telephone Utilities) and their interconnection with the land line companies
  • Several cases as a trial judge involving regulatory and utility issues

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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