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John Kennedy

Hon. John W. Kennedy, Jr. (Ret.)

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With his extensive background and experience involving business and accounting issues, Judge Kennedy is highly regarded among counsel for his ability to resolve real property disputes. He has special expertise in eminent domain matters, having handled nearly 300 cases since becoming a full-time neutral. In addition, Judge Kennedy frequently serves as a panelist and speaker on eminent domain issues and legal developments.

 Representative Matters

  • Eminent domain dispute involving condemnation of furniture manufacturing facility
  • Experience handling matters involving condemnation of agricultural properties
  • Experienced in cases involving valuation and condemnation of residential and commercial properties
  • Handled several disputes involving condemnation of desert properties
  • Handled cases involving partial and full takes of mobile home parks
  • Cases involving condemnation of a small shopping centers
  • Handled disputes over condemnation of hotels
  • Handled eminent domain cases centering on condemnation of surface mining operations
  • Served as appraiser to determine appropriate rental adjustment for amusement arcade and restaurant
  • Chair, California Presiding Judges, 1999
  • Dean, California Judges' College, 1992-1994
  • Bernard Jefferson Award, California Judges' Association, 1993
  • Associate Dean, California Judges' College, 1990-1991
  • Publications include: Personality Type and Judicial Decision Making, ABA Judges' Journal, Volume 37, No.3; California Evidence, Attorneys' Briefcase (co-author)
  • "Accounting for Success," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, August 13, 2010
  • Taught numerous educational programs relating to decision-making skills to about 2,000 judges nationwide and to 400-500 attorneys at various organizations including The Rutter Group, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Federal Judicial Center, National Judicial College, American Bar Association, California Center for Judicial Education and Research, California Judges Association, California State Bar Association, Pepperdine Law School and Stanford University
  • Justice Pro Tem, California Court of Appeal, 1984
  • Presiding Judge, San Bernardino County Courts, 1997-1999
  • Judge, San Bernardino County Superior Court, 1984-2000
  • Judge, California Municipal Court, 1980-1984
  • Private Practice, 1963-1964 and 1968-1977
  • Deputy District Attorney, San Bernardino County, 1964-1968 and 1978-1980
  • J.D., Stanford School of Law, 1963 (Law Review); B.A., Stanford University, 1961

Counsel Comments

    • "Judge Kennedy is tireless, patient, amiable, never loses his ability to remain warm and caring. He understands issues really well. He is good at reading people. Judge Kennedy goes to a lot of trouble bending over backwards to get a fair result. He is up-front and extremely intelligent. He's a quick study."

      - Attorney specializing in Complex Civil Litigation
    • "All of my experiences with Judge Kennedy have been positive. He is friendly and has the ability to suck you in. He has tremendous experience with the San Bernardino Court and community. Judge Kennedy has a frank way of telling the parties what they can expect."

      - Attorney specializing in Complex Personal Injury
    • "Judge Kennedy is a nice person; he treats lawyers with courtesy, patience, diplomacy and tact. He's smart, knows what the issues are and quickly recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of a case. He doesn't use a saw to cut the baby in half. Judge Kennedy has the courage to make a ruling without worrying about his next meal ticket. He's not worried about being politically correct. He is the first judge that walks on water without getting his feet wet."

      - Attorney specializing in Complex Personal Injury (Product Liability)
    • "Judge Kennedy is very bright and a quick study. He is well versed in employment law. He is a caring person and is not afraid to let it show. He is very effective in sensitive and emotional matters.  He allows sufficient time for everyone. He is a proactive neutral and he gets the job done."

      - Attorney specializing in Employment Disputes

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