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

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Real Property

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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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)
  • ADR Profile: "Accounting for Success," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), 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

Background and Education

  • 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


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