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Bruce Geernaert

Hon. Bruce R. Geernaert (Ret.)

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Karla Adams
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Judge Geernaert has extensive experience in intellectual properties, science, technology, computers and the Internet. As a mediator, he has been involved with cases involving major participants in the computer industry and Internet such as Microsoft Corporation, Litton Industries and Epoch. He is computer literate and has dealt with cases involving software disputes and business aspects of the computer industry. Judge Geernaert has been consulted by a national trade association concerning the Y2K situation and resolution methods and procedures of such problems.

As a private attorney, he specialized in representing business clients. His clients included leading entities in land and mobile communications, land and air transportation and other utilities.

As a trial judge sitting in Los Angeles Superior Court, Central, Judge Geernaert became a specialist in business, commercial and finance cases. For a period of time, he was assigned all business and commercial cases for settlement by the Presiding Judge prior to assignment to a Master Calendar Trial Department. In all, he served exclusively in settlements for five years at the request of the Presiding Judge.

In the private sector, he served as Executive Vice President of Avis Rent-a-Car licensee and Grey Line Sightseeing (covering Southern California, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C.) overseeing operations, sales, finance and personnel. He dealt with financial statements, balance sheets, profit and loss statements and related schedules.

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. He brings business, commercial or finance dispute experience that allows, in many instances, non-monetary business oriented solutions.

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

Representative Matters

  • A case involving a dispute between the creator of an educational intellectual property and stockholder of a national firm relating to claims of first use, copyright infringement and breach of contract
  • A case involving privacy rights and unfair competition in connection with a Web site operator
  • A dispute involving appropriation of intellectual property
  • 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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