Hon. Joe Hilberman
Case Manager: Dana Schuler
Tel: (310) 201-0010 Ext. 140
2009 - 2012 Daily Journal, "Top 50 Neutral"
2008 Jurist of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates, Los Angeles Chapter
JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE & AWARDS
2001 – 2009 Judge of the Superior Court, Los Angeles
Unlimited civil independent calendar trial court
Family Law trial court - Long cause trials, domestic violence, spousal and child support, child custody
Limited jurisdiction civil trial court
Misdemeanor trial court
2008 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, Specialized Mediation
1996 Mediation Training, UCLA Extension Dept. of Business and Management
1973 JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
1970 AB, University of California, Los Angeles
Judge Hilberman also has education and experience in the home inspection industry.
1996 – 2001 Fonda Hilberman & Fraser, Founding Partner.
Civil litigation and mediation, including professional and personal liability, insurance coverage, and risk management issues on behalf of insurance carriers, self-insured businesses, universities and healthcare providers, mediator.
1984 – 1996 Fonda Garrard Hilberman & Davis, Senior Partner.
Tort, professional liability and insurance coverage litigation and risk management.
1981 – 1984 Levinson & Lieberman, Partner.
General civil practice, specialization in general litigation, real estate title litigation.
1973 – 1981 Shield & Smith, Partner.
General civil practice; specialization in litigation. Special expertise in products liability, negligence law and professional liability.
American Board of Trial Advocates, 1990-present.
o Member, Board of Trustees, Los Angeles Chapter, 2003-present.
o Secretary, 2005-2008.
o Standing Committee on Professional Civility, 2005-present. (Chair, 2005-2006)
UCLA School of Law Alumni Association, 1973-present.
o Board of Directors, 2005-present; President 2009-2010.
UCLA School of Law Mentor Program, 2000-present.
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Judicial Fellow, February 2006.
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section Exec. Committee, 2006-2009.
Santa Monica Bar Association, Board of Trustees, 2006-2008.
UCLA School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, 2009.
Guest lecturer, Pepperdine Law School, Trial Advocacy, February 2007.
Faculty, Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Education Seminar, “Civil Case Management,” February 2007.
Guest lecturer, UCLA “Issues of Domestic Violence in a Family Law Court,” "Sex and the Law," November 2006.
Loyola Law School, Adjunct Professor of Law, “Family Law,” Spring 2005, Fall 2005 & Fall 2006.
Administrative Office of the Courts, Faculty, Cow County Judges Institute, “Discovery, Law and Motion, and Sanctions,” May 2006.
Los Angeles Superior Court, Settlement Skills Education Committee, Instructor, 2005.
“Mediation Tips Based on Attorneys' Pet Peeves,” Verdict Magazine (ASCDC), Summer 2012.
“Not-So-New Kid in Town,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 17, 2010.
“Concern for the environment: Successful mediation techniques for court or private mediation,” Advocate Magazine (CAALA), September 2010.
“Video Depositions At Trial,” Advocate Magazine (CAALA), January 2008.
“Tech Savvy,” Verdict Magazine (ASCDC), Fourth Quarter 2007.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS (PARTIAL LIST)
Panelist, "Winning Your Case Without Ever Going to Court: Successful Mediation Techniques for Private Mediation," The State Bar of California 83rd Annual Meeting, Monterey, September 23-26, 2010.
Panelist, "Concern for the environment: Successful mediation techniques for court or private mediation," CAALA Las Vegas Seminar, August 2010.
Panelist, "Civility in Litigation," CAALA Las Vegas Seminar, August 2009.
Panelist, "Civility from the Trench to the Bench: Does it Really Matter?" UCLA School of Law, March 2009.
"Local Rules and Civility,” Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, March 2009.
Speaker, “Courtroom Etiquette,” Southwestern Law School, October 2008.
Panelist, “Automobile Litigation,” CAALA Las Vegas Seminar, August 2005, 2006, 2008.
Panelist, “Candid Comments,” LACBA Litigation Section, June 2008.
Panelist, “Annual Trial Lawyer Skills for the New Attorney,” CAALA, March 2008.
Moderator, Civil Bench Seminar, “Developments in Contracts,” February 2007.
Speaker, Santa Monica Bar Association Family Law Section, April 2006.
MCLE Presenter at more than 30 private law firms.
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