Judge William J. Howatt, Jr. (Ret.) joined JAMS following more than 27 years on the bench, including almost two decades with the San Diego County Superior Court. He first served as Presiding Judge of the Court before serving as an Independent Civil Calendar Judge, where he managed over 1,000 general and limited jurisdiction cases. During his time on the bench, Judge Howatt conducted jury and court trials, as well as law and motion and settlement conferences. From 2003 to 2006 he was Supervising Judge for Family Law. He continues to utilize his knowledge of evidence principles and rules to facilitate both mediations and arbitrations.
Attorneys who have worked with Judge Howatt describe him as well prepared and a thorough listener who is able to help parties find a resolution that is fair for all involved. His experience and patience are qualities that clients find crucial to dispute resolution.
- Matters regarding fraudulent credit practices in sale of motor vehicles
- Numerous disputes arising from dysfunctional automotive vehicles
- Numerous matters involving wrongful termination
- Matters arising from alleged California Environmental Quality (CEQA) violations by cities
- CEQA matter involving proposed construction of elementary schools
- Family Law
- Judge Howatt has experience with matters involving dissolution of marriage, asset and property distribution, child and spousal support, child custody, move-away, attorney fees, and costs of move-away issues.
- For a comprehensive overview of Judge Howatt’s experience, please visit his Family Law biography
- Governmental/Public Agency
- Matters arising from disputes to determine qualifications for election to public organizations
- Disputes concerning allegations of malfeasance by board members of public health organizations
- Matter involving Writ of Mandate and Declaratory Relief regarding authority of Review Board to subpoena peace officers as witnesses of Board hearings
- Disputes concerning privacy rights of police officers
- Matter arising from dispute where public service employee sued an attorney-rental car owner for false reports of police misconduct
- Personal Injury/Torts
- Lawsuit resulting from incident involving death of individual chased into oncoming traffic by security dogs on golf course
- Real Property
- Dispute regarding breach of major leased space for church services