Hon. Jack Komar (Ret.)

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Arbitration

Judge Jack Komar (Ret.) has extensive experience settling and managing complex cases acquired during more than 24 years of service on the Santa Clara County Superior Court bench, including eight years as the sole Complex Litigation Judge. As the first Presiding Judge of the unified Superior Court, Judge Komar initiated a voluntary early mediation program for all unlimited civil cases, upon stipulation of the parties, which is focused on settling cases before large sums are expended on discovery and law and motion. His experience with reaching settlements early and cost-effectively make him sought after as an arbitrator.

Judge Komar has heard and decided complex issues of fact and law in numerous challenging cases both on the bench and as an arbitrator. He is highly regarded by counsel for his objectivity, fairness, and efficiency in managing multi-party complex litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Case involving breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith, unfair completion and concealment as well as a claim of wrongful termination of distributorship contract and disputes involving the scope of territory and products
  • Matter involving a collection agency’s breach of contract for preventing the earning of the claimant’s commission
  • Corporate dissolution case which involved the alleged violation of exclusivity provisions, a defamation claim, and claims of improper surgery and billing
  • Case involving the purchase of a cell phone and the inability of service providers, other than the one from which it was purchased, to activate the phone for the consumer
  • Handled several construction defect arbitrations
  • Case involving solicitation of employees, inducement of breach of contract and the alleged misuse of trade secret information
  • Handled matter involving the geotechnical study of property and the alleged nondisclosure of information about landslides
  • Matter involving a medical malpractice claim that occurred during a transgender surgery
  • Heard many malpractice matters including claims against doctors, physical therapists

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Member, California Judicial Council, 2002-2005
    • Chair, Litigation Management Committee supervising all litigation in California involving courts and court judicial and other personnel, 2004 and 2005
    • Vice Chair, Executive and Planning Committee, 2003-2005
    • Member, Science and the Law Steering Committee, 2006
  • Past President and immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors, National Conference of Metropolitan Courts
  • Charter member, American Inn of Court (William Ingram Chapter) (Since 1985)
  • Member, American Bar Association, the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts, the California Judges Association, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Taught Judicial and Continuing Education Courses as lawyer and judge

Background and Education

  • Judge, Superior Court, Santa Clara County, CA, 1985-2009 (Presiding Judge, 1999-2000; Assistant Presiding Judge, 1997-1998)
  • Private Practice, San Jose, CA, 1969-1985
  • Professor of Law, contract law, Lincoln University Law School, 1970-1984
  • Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County, 1966-1969
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C., 1965-1966
  • J.D., (Order of the Coif), University of California Hastings College of the Law, 1965; Thurston Society; Hastings Law Journal Staff
  • B.A., San Jose State University, 1962
  • United States Navy, 1954-1958 Honorable Discharge

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