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Peter Lichtman

Hon. Peter D. Lichtman (Ret.)

Case Manager
Jasmine Lu
T: 213-253-9783
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Judge Lichtman brings a unique perspective to handling employment disputes having been one of the founders of the Superior Court’s Complex Civil Litigation program. He has had extensive experience handling and resolving employment matters, providing fair, creative solutions that respects the needs of all parties.

Judge Lichtman speaks Portuguese fluently and currently serves as a member of the Brazilian Consulate’s Conselho de Cidadão and the Brazilian California Chamber of Commerce.

Representative Matters

  • Wage and hour violations including, but not limited to, overtime, meal and rest breaks and wage statements, failure to pay, wrongful termination, discrimination, PAGA claims, waiting time penalties, unfair business practices and class actions 
  • Class action dispute involving Respondent’s failure to pay gratuity to limousine drivers 
  • Court reference for wage and hour class action matter 
  • Wage and hour matter involving independent contract drivers of port trucking companies 
  • Disputes related to misclassification of independent contractors 
  • Certified class action wage and hour disputes with PAGA claims 
  • Numerous wage and hour disputes, including class actions 
  • Employment matter with issues related to failure to pay earned wages, failure to provide accurate itemized wage statements, waiting time penalties, unfair business practices, wrongful termination and violation of multiple Labor Code Sections 
  • Wage and hour disputes with related consumer class action matters
  • Class action disputes related to wrongful termination 
  • Wage and hour class action disputes involving issues related to overtime 
  • Employment disputes alleging employer failed to provide rest breaks 
  • Wage and hour dispute with related PAGA claims involving hotel chain for failure to provide meal and rest breaks, pay overtime, pay minimum wages, indemnify, provide accurate wage statements and maintain required records, pay wages due to discharged employees, and unlawful business practices 
  • Class action with elaborate MOU and necessity to return to court for preliminary and final approval 
  • Class action disputes involving auto dealership technicians 
  • Federal court disputes involving wage and hour class actions and collection actions alleging violations of California Labor Code and FLSA
  • Recognized as one of California's Top Rising Star Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2012
  • Alfred J. McCourtney Memorial Trial Judge of the Year Award, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, 2003
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ Board of Governors, 2008-2010
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar, Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2008-2010
  • Member, Los Angeles County Superior Court BAJI Committee, 1998-2000
  • Member, Los Angeles County Superior Court Rules Committee, 1998-2000
  • Member, Los Angeles County Superior Court Executive Committee
  • Member Brazilian Consulate’s Conselho de Cidadão and the Brazilian California Chamber of Commerce
  • "American Perspectives on the Mediation Concept," (in Portuguese) (in English) An interview with Peter Lichtman By Andrea Maia
  • Co-Author, “Getting your class settlement approved,” The Advocate Magazine, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California, Jan. 2011
  • Author, “The leadership role of the judge,” The Advocate Magazine, Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California, Oct. 2005
  • Author, “The Complex Litigation Program of the Los Angeles Superior Court: Where is it now? Where is it headed?” LA Litigator, Sept. 2003
  • Author, “Practice Tips: Enforcing settlement agreements,” Los Angeles Lawyer, 1986
  • Author, “Anatomy of a discovery motion,” The Rutter Group, 1984
  • Author, “The new discovery rules,” Los Angeles Lawyer, May 1982
  • Co-author, “California pre-trial civil procedure,” LexisNexis, Oct. 2003
  • Co-author, “California Civil Discovery,” LexisNexis, Oct. 2003
  • Contributing editor, “California practice guide: Civil procedure before trial,” The Rutter Group, 1983
  • Advisory member, Judicial Council’s Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee for Contributions to Deskbook on the Management of Complex Civil Litigation, Nov. 2004 Updates, Release No. 5 only
  • Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1997-2011 (Supervising Judge, LASC Mandatory Settlement Program, 2010-2011; Justice Pro Tem, Division 8, 2nd District California Court of Appeal, 2010; Supervising Judge, Complex Civil Litigation, 2009-2010 and 2002-2003; Assistant Supervising Judge, Complex Civil Litigation, 2000; Pilot Project Judge, Complex Litigation Program, 2000; Fast Track Civil Calendar Judge, 1997-2000
  • Municipal Court Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court, 1993-1997
  • Partner, Lichtman & Bruning, specializing in business/commercial and insurance defense litigation , 1979-1993
  • Associate, Rasch & Golob, specializing in business/commercial litigation, 1978
  • Associate, Lasky & Battaglia, practicing general civil litigation, 1977
  • J.D., Southwestern Law School
  • B.A., cum laude in International Relations, University of Southern California

Counsel Comments

    • “He is an expert at becoming an expert” 

      - Phil Baker, past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (2007) and American Board of Trial Advocates (2010) 
    • "Those harmed by the Metrolink collision are indebted to Judge Peter D. Lichtman for his extraordinary service in resolving the damage allocations in this case”

      - Prominent Los Angeles trial attorney



Practice Areas

  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Construction
  • Construction Defect
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy
  • Employment
  • Energy/Utility
  • Entertainment and Sports
  • Family Law
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Pharmaceuticals/Mass Tort
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Special Master/ Discovery Referee
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