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Carlos Moreno

Hon. Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.)

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Hon. Carlos R. Moreno (Ret.) joins JAMS after a distinguished 25-year career on the judiciary, including ten years on the California Supreme Court. During his tenure, Justice Moreno authored over 140 majority opinions on a wide range of precedent setting cases, including significant opinions implicating LGBT rights, arbitration, and insurance policy coverage. Previously, he served fifteen years as a trial judge in state and federal courts presiding over hundreds of trials covering the full spectrum of criminal and civil litigation. Most recently, Justice Moreno served as United States Ambassador to Belize where he made great strides in advancing citizen security within Belize and the region, focusing on citizen protection, economic development, and governance.

Justice Moreno is a first-generation Mexican-American and fluent Spanish speaker. He was the third Latino to serve on the Supreme Court of California. Justice Moreno has been honored with numerous accolades for his work on and off the Bench, recognizing his commitment to equality and justice, his pioneering accomplishments as a Mexican-American, and his work in child advocacy. He has served on numerous community-based organization boards.

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ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Served as United States Ambassador to Belize working to improve citizen security for Belize and the region, emphasizing citizen protection, economic development, and good governance
  • Ten years on the California Supreme Court authoring over 140 majority opinions on a wide range of precedent-setting civil and criminal cases, including death penalty appeals, and the author of significant opinions implicating LGBT rights, arbitration, and insurance policy coverage. Participated in at least 1000 oral arguments before the Court
  • Fifteen years as a trial judge in state and federal courts presiding over 100's of trials involving the full panoply of criminal and civil litigation
  • Four years as a prosecutor with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office, including dozens of trials and assignment to consumer protection section
  • Ten years in private practice with business law firms

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration
    • Author of several decisions on arbitration including arbitrability and unconscionability doctrines
  • Appellate
    • Neutral Evaluator on several matters before the California Supreme Court including foundation for expert witness testimony, redevelopment legislation, charter schools, and water district resource allocations among other issues, including petitions for review and preparation for oral argument
  • Business/Commercial
    • Author of majority opinion in Korea Supply re: remedy of restitution in unfair competition cases
    • Arbitrated multi-million dollar dispute over fraudulent representations by seller on the purchase value of ongoing business
    • Presided over lengthy federal trial concerning breach of prospective defense contract to build fighter jets and enforceability of oral representations made in bid process
  • Civil Rights
    • Author and majority member of numerous decisions on LGBT rights including same-sex adoptions, domestic partner rights, in vitro fertilization and child custody rights, and same-sex marriage
  • Employment
    • Neutral Evaluator in case concerning minority faculty allegations of discrimination in hiring and promotions at major public university
    • Matters involving issues of discrimination based on race, age, gender, disability, medical condition, religion, sexual origin, national origin
    • Sexual harassment claims
    • Retaliation claims
  • Insurance
    • Author of majority opinion in McKinnon and other coverage cases discussing “reasonable expectations of the insured”
    • Author of coverage cases concerning mixed concurrent causation, successor liability, bad faith insurance claims, Brandt fees, policy interpretation, and lost policies
  • Intellectual Property
    • Neutral evaluator in matters concerning patent standards, infringements, and trademarks
    • Trial judge in patent infringement and patent invalidity claims, trade secrets, trademark, and copyright violations
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Mexican American Bar Association Foundation, 2011
  • Cesar E. Chavez Legacy Award, 2011
  • Lambda Legal Liberty Award, 2011
  • Diversity Award, State Bar Council on Access & Fairness, 2011
  • Esperanza Award, California Latino Caucus, 2011
  • Equality & Justice Award, Equality California, 2010
  • Yale University Medal, 2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Hispanic National Bar Association, 2009
  • Legal Services for Children Advocacy Award, 2007
  • Justice Roger J. Traynor Appellate Justice of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2002
  • Yale University – For God, For Country and For Yale Award, 2002
  • Member, California Judges Association, Present
  • President, Yale Club of Southern California, 1997-1999
  • Board of Governors, Association of Yale Alumni, 1991-1994
  • Board of Visitors, Stanford Law School, 1988-1991
  • President, Mexican American Bar Association, 1982
  • United States Ambassador to Belize, 2014-2017
  • Of Counsel, Irell & Manella LLP, 2011-2013
  • Associate Justice, California Supreme Court, 2001-2011
  • United States District Judge, Central District of California, 1998-2001
  • Judge of the Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, 1993-1998
  • Judge of the Municipal Court, Compton Judicial District, 1986-1993
  • Kelley, Drye & Warren, 1979-1986
  • Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney, 1975-1979
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 1975
  • B.A., Political Science, Yale University, 1970



Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Civil Rights
  • Employment
  • Federal Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
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