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Hon. Robert Feinerman (Ret.)

Hon. Robert Feinerman (Ret.)

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Presiding Justice, California 2nd District Court of Appeal (Retired)

Since his retirement as a Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Justice Robert Feinerman has been engaged full time in Alternative Dispute Resolution as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Private Judge. On November 25, 2002 the Daily Journal stated that Justice Feinerman was one of the State's twenty "most sought after mediators and arbitrators, who provides the best in alternative dispute resolution." In 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007 Justice Robert Feinerman was again selected by the Daily Journal as one of California's top neutrals. Matters handled by Justice Robert Feinerman since his retirement from the bench after twenty five years of active service cover a broad spectrum of civil law, including complex business litigation, aviation, personal injury and products liability, professional malpractice, bad faith, employment, intellectual property, unfair trade practices, entertainment, real estate and corporate matters.


  • June (1949) J.D., University of California (Boalt Hall of Law)

  • (February 1946) B.A., UCLA

  • (July 1966) Graduate of National College of State Trial Judges, University of Colorado


  • (February 17, 1987-February 16, 1988) Administrative Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District

  • (May 13, 1982-February 16, 1988) Presiding Justice, Second Appellate District, Division Five

  • Served by assignment on the California Supreme Court

  • (June 8, 1965-May 14, 1982) Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Civil, Criminal, Law and Motion, Juvenile, Psychiatric, West District branch court; Supervising Judge of Criminal Departments)

  • (February 8, 1963-June 8, 1965) Judge, Municipal Court, Los Angeles Judicial District


  • Chairman, California Center for Judicial Education and Research

  • Vice President, California Judges Association

  • Select Committee on Supreme Court Procedures

  • Chairman, Appellate Courts Institute

  • Faculty of California Judicial College

  • Judicial Advisor to California State Bar committee on Court Reform, Civil subcommittee

  • Chairman, Ethics Committee, California Judges Association

  • National Conference of State Trial Judges' Committee on Fair Trial and Free Press


  • Admitted to practice before California Supreme Court on January 5, 1950

  • Admitted to practice before U.S. Supreme Court on May 1, 1956


Engaged in general practice of law in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from January 1950 to February 7, 1963, with special emphasis on management representation in the field of labor-management relations


  • Engaged full time as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Private Judge since retirement from the Court of Appeal

  • Handled over 2,500 matters as an independent private judge

  • Served as a member of the National Panel of the American Arbitration Association

  • Served as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of the National Center for

  • Public Interest

  • Served on Arbitration Committee of Labor Law Section of the American Bar Association


Complex Business litigation, Entertainment, Personal Injury, Aviation, Bad Faith, Employment
Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Products Liability, Unfair Trade Practices, Professional Liability, Corporate Matters, Wrongful Death, Health Care


  • California Judges Association

  • American Judicature Society

  • Los Angeles Bar Association


Selected by the Daily Journal as one of California’s top neutrals in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2007


  • Lecturer in Law, University of Southern California Law Center (Evidence, Psychiatry and the Law)

  • Guest lecturer at USC Medical School, UCLA Graduate School of Management, UCLA Extension (Program on Justice for the Poor) and the California State Bar C.E.B. Programs in Evidence and “Evaluation and proof of damages in personal injury and wrongful death cases

  • Have been a speaker at numerous judicial and legal seminars including the California Judges Association, Criminal Courts Bar Association, UCLA Law Seminar, Lawyers Club of Los Angeles, Wilshire Bar Association

  • Have published articles on a variety of legal subjects in legal publications

  • Recipient of a Special Commendation from the Joint Committee on Legal Education of the American Bar Association and the American Law Institute


In his spare time, Justice Robert Feinerman has a passion for traveling all over the world, frequently attends sporting events, enjoys his daily workout, and his 5 grandchildren.


Throughout Southern California


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