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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


Hon. Peter D. Lichtman (Ret.) joined JAMS as a strong international mediator and arbitrator following a diverse 35-year legal and judicial career. He is known for his ability to settle particularly complex cases. Judge Lichtman brings a unique perspective to the dispute resolution process. Counsel regard him as tenacious, innovative, and dedicated to making sure matters are resolved expeditiously and with all due respect to each party. He is widely esteemed for his settlement skills, his approach to cases, and his intelligence and fair mindedness. On the bench, Judge Lichtman served as head of the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Mandatory Settlement Program. He is also one of the founders of the Superior Court’s Complex Civil Litigation program, and twice served as the program’s supervising judge.

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. He also has conversational Spanish.

Please request or click to download Judge Lichtman's biography and introduction letter in Portuguese.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated alleged wrongful termination matter involving Japanese company that creates automatic semiconductor testers, equipment handlers, and integrated test systems
  • Mediated breach of contract dispute involving US based seafood importer and Indonesian seafood supplier regarding disputed weight, size, and quality of seafood
  • Mediated dispute concerning acquisition of a Ramen food concept restaurant owned and operated by Japanese entities where Plaintiff claims the Franchise Agreement entered was based on false profit and loss statements which artificially and substantially inflated the value of the restaurant
  • Mediated royalties and trademark disputes involving global recording artists
  • Mediated numerous insurance coverage disputes involving major carriers
  • Mediated post-closing contract dispute following an acquisition of an England based fabless semiconductor company and US based acquiring company
  • Mediated multi-million dollar class action accusing Austria-based beverage company of falsely advertising its energy drinks benefit consumers
  • Mediated or arbitrated numerous complex breach of contract disputes involving a wide array of global companies within the telecommunications, semiconductor, entertainment, manufacturing, and energy sectors
  • 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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