Hon. Jeffrey King (Ret.)

T: 909-942-5942
F: 909-889-2162
Personal Injury/Torts

Justice King (Ret.) has settlement and litigation experience with personal injury claims as an appellate court justice, trial court judge, and lawyer working on both sides of the bar.

As a trial attorney, he focused primarily on personal injury litigation. Throughout his career he represented plaintiffs and governmental entities. As both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, he dealt with wrongful death matters, as well as cases in which the plaintiffs sustained catastrophic injuries, including brain injuries and quadriplegia.

While serving on the trial court, he oversaw personal injury matters on the complex and fast track civil assignments. He also wrote opinions on and mediated personal injury cases while serving on the appellate court.

With his background and experience, Justice King knows the issues important to all sides of a personal injury matter. He is well suited to working closely with plaintiff, defense, and insurance counsel to foster creative resolutions and, when necessary, make informed decisions based on the law and the facts at hand.

Representative Matters

  • Catastrophic Injuries
    • As a practicing lawyer, Justice King tried numerous cases involving catastrophic injuries. His experience in handling these matters included serving as defense and plaintiff’s counsel, dealing with matters involving quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain injury, amputation of extremities, and wrongful death.
    • On the Superior Court, he mediated and presided as a trial judge over matters involving wrongful death, brain injury, quadriplegia, and paraplegia. The injuries involved flowed primarily from alleged product defects, dangerous conditions of public property, and medical malpractice, and trucking accidents.
  • Dangerous Condition of Public Property
    • As a trial lawyer, superior court judge, and appellate court justice, Justice King handled hundreds of cases dealing with dangerous conditions of public property. He is intimately familiar with all of the applicable immunities and their exceptions.
    • Alleged dangerous condition as to location of school bus stop
    • Dangerous condition and applicability of design immunity to auto v. pedestrian accident
    • Dangerous condition based on phasing of signal lights and applicability of California Government Code §830.4
    • Dangerous condition of public property and applicability of design immunity
    • Dangerous condition of public property and applicability of CA Gov’t Code sections 830.6 and 830.8
    • Dangerous condition of public property and applicability of design immunity under changed circumstances
    • Sight obstructions at intersection and whether property used with due care
  • Defamation
    • Defamation action against city officials for statements made at board hearings
    • Defamation action against newspaper
    • Defamation dispute involving investment firm engaging in Ponzi scheme
    • Slander and libel per se claims against law firm
    • Slander per se claims stemming from employee termination
  • Elder Abuse
    • Elder abuse and unfair business practices against health care facility relative to treatment
    • Elder abuse and wrongful death claims against care facility and doctors
    • Elder abuse involving church minister obtaining donation to church for purchase of real property
    • Enforceability of arbitration clause arising from elder abuse dispute
  • Medical Malpractice
    • Against hospital for negligence of emergency non-physician staff
    • Alleged failure of radiology department to inform pregnant patient of risks
    • Applicability of res ipsa loquitur to medical malpractice action
    • Failure to diagnose colon cancer
    • Improper amount of anesthetic during breast augmentation resulting in significant brain injury
    • Medical malpractice and father’s claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress in delivery of baby
    • Medical malpractice at birth and issues concerning ostensible agency
    • Numerous matters of alleged failure to properly monitor during child birth resulting in catastrophic brain injury
    • Performance of anterior cervical corpectomy
  • Premises Liability
    • Applicability of Privette to subcontractor injury
    • Applicability of release and California Civil Code section 1953 to injury received in apartment complex recreation room
    • Completed and accepted doctrine
    • Helicopter crash and failure to mark overhead transmission lines
    • Liability of HOA for intoxicated resident’s negligent operation of vehicle on association’s streets
    • Liability of land owner for failure to warn contractor of dangerous condition of property
    • Matter involving unmarked cable gate across roadway
    • Personal injury action regarding duty of care of adjacent property owner to users of public property
    • Personal injury against property owner for injury received by individual involved in paint ball fight
  • Product Defect
    • Alleged failure to provide safety cage for operator
    • Crashworthiness in respect to location of gas tank
    • Dangerous food supplement and alleged failure to warn
    • Defective seat back
    • Failure of restraint system
    • Guards for operator of fork truck
    • Placement of auxiliary gas tank
    • Roof crush
    • Tire failure
  • Civil Rights and Constitutional Violations 
    • 1983 action involving use of excessive force by police officer in hog tying individual, resulting in death
    • 1983 action against mandated reporter and applicability of qualified immunities
    • 1983 and state action for failure of county to provide medical care for individual suffering from seizures, resulting in death
    • Action against prison officials involving guard’s forced sexual relations with juvenile wards
    • Application of excessive force in arresting individual through use of police vehicle
    • Use of excessive force by officers on individual in custody
    • Wrongful arrest dispute involving claim that arrestee was sexually assaulted while in custody
  • Miscellaneous
    • Applicability of governmental immunities to wrongful arrest
    • Class action against tire manufacturer under Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA) and for unfair business practices
    • Duty of care under Restatement (Second) §324A for undertaking of duty by governmental entity
    • Equestrian accident and effect of written release on Dillon v. Legg actions
    • Equestrian death and implied assumption of risk
    • Exclusivity of worker’s compensation and going and coming rule
    • Legal malpractice on underlying worker’s compensation claim
    • Liability action for damages against private traffic engineer for negligent design of detour
    • Liability of employer under California Labor Code section 4558 for injuries allegedly received while operating power press
    • Personal injury claim alleging negligent transmission of herpes virus
    • Personal injury dispute involving boat accident and applicability of maritime law relative to set-offs for prior settlements
    • Personal injury matter against contractor who made improvements to residential property
    • Primary assumption of risk and Firefighter’ Rule as to an injury received by probation officer during training
    • Spoliation of evidence in failure to preserve tire for examination by adverse party
    • Suit against church and others for sexual abuse against minor
    • Workers’ compensation exclusivity and the personal comfort doctrine
    • Wrongful death of student off campus, allegations of negligent supervision, and leaving campus with unlicensed driver

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Kaufman-Campbell Judge of the Year Award, San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2015
  • Roger J. Traynor Memorial Appellate Justice of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2014
  • Judicial Officer of the Year, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, 2013
  • Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Inland Empire Chapter, 2007
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1994-present
  • Member, John Lewis King Scholarship Committee, which provides scholarships to law students
  • Rancho Cucamonga City Council, 1984-1988
    • Mayor, City of Rancho Cucamonga, 1986
  • Served on the Rancho Cucamonga Planning Commission, 1981-1984
    • Planning Commission Chairman, 1982-1984

Background and Education

  • Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Two, 2003-2016
  • Superior Court Judge, San Bernardino County, 1995-2003
  • Markman, Archinzky, Hansen & King, 1989-1995
  • Garza, Jure & King, 1981-1989
  • King & Gebbie, 1979-1981
  • Law Offices of Jeffrey King & Pamela King, 1978-1979
  • Law Offices of Herbert Hafif, 1976-1978
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
  • B.A., University of Redlands

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