Hon. Gregory O'Brien, Jr.
Case Manager: Elvira Camacho
Tel: (213) 683-1600 Ext. 37
After a distinguished 20-year judicial career, Judge O'Brien began a fulltime practice as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee in 2005. His last assignment while on the Los Angeles Superior Court was
to the Mandatory Settlement Conference Department where he assisted
counsel in settling a wide variety of disputes and gained invaluable
insight into the settlement process, allowing him to quickly address the
necessary issues to achieve resolution. He is the 2005 recipient of
ABOTA’s “Civility Award”, a reflection of his excellent personal
demeanor, which combined with his extensive settlement skills and civil
experience make him an ideal choice when selecting a neutral.
1987 – 2005 Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge
2004 – 2005 Assigned exclusively to mandatory settlement conferences
1995 - 2005 Central Civil Trials, Los Angeles
1994 Supervising Judge, East District
1985 – 1987 Citrus Municipal Court
1987 Presiding Judge, Citrus Court
2004 – 2005 Mandatory Settlement Department, Los Angeles Superior Court.
Judge O’Brien was selected as a Settlement Judge based on his extensive judicial experience, intelligence and personable demeanor. In this capacity he settled hundreds of cases ranging from thousands to millions of dollars in a wide variety of practice areas achieving an impressive settlement rate and party satisfaction.
1978–1984 In-House Counsel, Southern California Edison Company.
Represented Edison before the South Coast Air Quality Management District, California Public Utilities Commission, California Air Resources Board, California Coastal Zone Conservation Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
1972–1978 Deputy, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
Four years specializing in land use environmental matters, including dozens of eminent domain cases and writ proceedings; challenging CEQA compliance, planning and zoning decisions, and the issuance of subdivision maps; two years representing the Department of Water and Power in air quality and other environmental state and federal regulatory proceedings, primarily before the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board.
Tried and argued cases at every level of State and Federal Trial and Appellate Courts, except the U.S. Supreme Court.
2000 – 2002 Los Angeles Daily Journal, “Bench Press” monthly column
1995 – 2000 Gavel to Gavel, the judicial newsletter of the Los Angeles Superior Court
1991 – 1995 California Courts Commentary (now, The Bench), quarterly news letter of
the California Judges Association
“Anatomy of a Trial” (book review), The Bench (Winter 2009)
“Bienvenidos, Jeuces”, The Bench (Fall 2007)
“Good Settlements Take Effort”, CEB Civil Litigation Reporter (April 2006)
“The Magistrates” (book review), The Bench (Winter 2006)
“Confessions of an Angry Judge,” Judicature, March 2004.
“Speech May Be Free and Talk Cheap, But Judges Can Pay a Heavy Price for Unguarded Expression,” 28 Loyola Law Review 815 (1995).
Lenin Lives (a novel) published by Stein & Day, 1984.
Judge O’Brien is a frequent panelist on the subject of mediation and judicial temperament at conferences of the California Judges Association, has taught settlement techniques for the Center for Judicial Education and Research, has participated in mock trial exercises for law firm summer associates and has spoken on the subjects of judicial ethics, mediation and arbitration before several major law firms.
2009 Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Whittier College
2005 Recipient, “Civility Award,” Los Angeles Chapter of ABOTA
2012 – 2013 President, Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club
2012 – 2013 Vice Chair, City of Rancho Palos Verdes Finance Advisory Committee
2010 – Member, Finance Advisory Committee, City of Rancho Palos Verdes
2010 – Member, Editorial Board, The Bench
2009 – 2012 Retired Judge Member, Board of Directors, California Judges Association
2007 – 2010 Member, ADR Committee, State Bar of California
2007 – Member, ADR Committee, California Judges Association
President, Whittier Law School Leadership Council
President, Palos Verdes Sunset Ridge HOA
Member, Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club
2007 – 2008 Chair, Retired Judges Committee of the California Judges Association
2008 Chair, Retired Judges Conference
2002 – 2003 President, California Judges Association
2000 – 2002 Board of Directors, California’s Judges Association
1987 – 1988 President, West Covina Rotary Club
1979 – 1980 Vice Chair, West Covina Recreation and Parks Commission
1975 – 1977 Board of Directors, Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce
1972 J.D., Whittier Law School
1968 A.B., USC School of Journalism
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