Carl West

Hon. Carl J. West (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Jo-El Hume
T: 213-253-9740
F: 213-620-0100
555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Carl J. West is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Hon. Carl J. West (Ret.) joined JAMS following eighteen years on the bench, spending the most recent ten years as a judge with the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s complex litigation panel. The complex litigation program, distinguished by its early judicial involvement and hands-on case management, promotes early identification of issues, focuses discovery to permit significant issues to be resolved, and encourages settlement. Judge West has held hundreds of settlement conferences for disputes that have spanned the legal spectrum, often working closely with parties to bring them together and foster resolution of even the most complex and difficult cases.
Judge West is highly regarded as a tech-savvy and hands-on innovator in complex case management, e-discovery, and civil procedure and is a frequent speaker and lecturer on these topics.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration of food industry breach of contract claim regarding overcharging related to alleged failure to convert to agreed volume measurement
  • Matter regarding alleged failure to pay for services involving providers of construction management services
  • Heard arbitration matter involving foreclosure of property in violation of Service Member's Civil Relief Act and alleged wrongful foreclosure 
  • Arbitration of breach of contract dispute between industrial machinery distributor and management services company 
  • Breach of emergency department coverage agreement between parties 
  • Breach of pharmaceutical supply and service agreement related to convalescent care 
  • Dispute over right to cancel escrow before close of agreed installment payment period 
  • Dispute regarding earn-out payment for “qualified leases” by tenants procured by plaintiff in specified time period 
  • Elder financial abuse matter raising breach of contract and fiduciary duty 
  • Fraud and breach of contract matter between early education industry franchisee and franchisor 
  • Lease agreement dispute between utility and government entity 
  • Settled dispute regarding cosmetics-related products in Korea and various contractual agreements between licensor and investment company 
  • Mediated entertainment matter over misappropriation of images for commercial use 
  • Settled internet service dispute 
  • Mediation of membership rights dispute in a private beach club related to legacy membership created by original developer 
  • Subrogation case between insurance company and energy corporation 
  • Telephonic Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action against large direct banking and payment company
  • Breach of settlement agreement following resolution of employment dispute 
  • Heard entertainment dispute regarding constitution of sequel rights offer as “last offer” per agreement among parties 
  • Heard enrichment, breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and fraud allegations against parent company of leading online mortgage and non-mortgage loan aggregators

Pending Matters

  • Accounting issues related to alleged breach of contract between a real estate developer and builder involving accounting for costs and profits **
  • Breach of contract arbitration involving large real estate sales operation alleging inability to maintain quality control in the development, creation, and sale of investment programs as securities **
  • Breach of partnership agreement arbitration involving real estate joint venture related to accounting for costs and profits **
  • Chair of tripartite arbitration panel on interpretation of contracts involving two major railroad/transportation companies
  • Entertainment breach of contract matter alleging profit loss and writer compensation **
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Recognized as one of California's Top Rising Star Neutrals, Daily Journal, 2012
  • Member, Sedona Conference Advisory Board, 2003-present
  • Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Board Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers-Los Angeles
  • Board Member, Pasadena Bar Association
  • Board Member, Polytechnic School, Pasadena, CA
  • Board Member, Wellness Community-Foothills
  • Board Member, Pasadena Rotary Club
  • Speaker and lecturer on complex case management, e-discovery, and civil case procedure at numerous conferences, including the Sedona Conference, the ABA Litigation and Insurance section annual retreat, and the State Bar of California’s Antitrust and Unfair Competition seminar
  • Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, 1996-2011
  • Judge, Los Angeles County Municipal Court, 1994-1996
  • Partner, Hahn & Hahn, 1980-1994
  • Associate, Severson Werson Burke & Melchior, 1978-1980
  • J.D., Loyola Law School, 1977
  • B.A., Occidental College, 1973

Counsel Comments

    • "[Judge West] was excellent. He stayed involved for weeks until the case was settled. He developed unique strategies to communicate to the parties the mutual benefits of settling under the terms proposed."
    • "Exceptionally professional, extremely fair ... [and] firm, concise and timely in rulings"



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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