Hon. Jack Komar (Ret.) has an in-depth understanding of the complexities of environmental cases. He has honed his extensive experience settling and managing complex cases over 24 years of service on the Santa Clara County Superior Court and now as a JAMS neutral . His breadth of experience encompasses issues such as toxic waste, crop disputes, groundwater allocation, contamination, and other water rights issues. Additionally, Judge Komar is adept at navigating the delicate relationship with regards to environmental matters between government entities, private citizens, Native American tribes, and commercial owners.
As the sole Complex Litigation Judge for eight years, Judge Komar has heard and decided many complex issues of fact and law. As a neutral, he has handled some of the most intricate and challenging environmental cases. He is highly regarded by counsel for his objectivity, fairness, and efficiency in managing difficult matters.
- Groundwater allocation disputes; crop duties; return flows; coordinated any class action appellate affirmance of findings of overdraft and prescription claims, adverse possession, multi-party cases involving water producers, farmers, other land owners, and municipalities, state agencies, and federal government
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA): Environmental impact report, litigation with writs of mandate/prohibition
- Clean Water Rights Act contract dispute between metro water district of southern California and Indian tribes regarding water rights and rate charges; interpretation of water agreement contract between city of Los Angeles and Inyo County for water rights
- Toxic Waste matters: public and private nuisance cases resulting from tank leakage which caused ground contamination of adjacent property, toxic contamination of soil allegedly causing prenatal injury and mental defects from birth, and injury to unborn child caused by contaminants in soil at place of employment
- Matter involving the water pumping rights of Los Angeles in Owens Valley
- California Aquifer Groundwater Rights cases: adjudicated case involving thousands of acres of land and thousands of land owners, along with public and private water companies who produce water for residential and commercial use, large farmers and ranch owners, and municipalities, water districts, and counties, as well as the federal government; issues included pleading issues, jurisdictional issues, overdraft, safe yield, prescription, reasonable and beneficial use of water, and quiet title
- Acted as a CCP 638/639 referee in a matter brought by a timber company against the state of California regarding the consequences of a land swap of an old growth forests for a working forest; alleged breach of contract and misrepresentation