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Hon. Robert R. Devich, Ret.

Retired Court of Appeal Justice

Justice Devich retired from the California Court of Appeal in 1992. Thereafter, he served on a Civil Assignment hearing long cause matters in the Los Angeles Superior Court until 1996. Justice Devich started his career as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Discovery Referee and Private Judge in 1997. As an Arbitrator, clients have commented favorably on his friendly, courteous and respectful manner, keen sense of the law and expertise in handling complex issues. “He’s extremely knowledgeable and always prepared,” is a frequent compliment. As a Mediator, Justice Devich has earned special praise for his ability to listen, observe and understand the issues, to keep discussions focused and productive, and to be objective and responsive in assisting parties to evaluate their positions. Clients say “he is knowledgeable and trial savvy...he provides great insight...most of all, he remains fair-minded and responsive at all times.”
LEGAL CAREER & PRIOR EXPERIENCE
  • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal (1986-92) Second District, Division 1
  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (1978-86)
  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, On Assignment, Civil Calendar (1992-96)
  • Judge, Municipal Court, Los Angeles County (1972-78)
  • Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County (1965-72)
  • Police Officer, City of Beverly Hills (1955-65)
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • LL.B., Southwestern University Law School (1964)
  • B.A., Business, University of Portland (1950)
  • President and Board Member, Southwestern University School of Law;
  • Member, Mexican American Bar Association;
  • Officer and Member, Salesian Boys Club
  • Citizens Development Council, California State University, Northridge
ADR EXPERIENCE & SPECIALTIES
  • Business/Contracts
  • Construction Issues
  • Medical and Legal Malpractice
  • Strict Liability
  • Unlawful Termination
  • Civil Rights
  • Bad Faith/Insurance Coverage
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Portland (1996)
  • Outstanding Judicial Officer, Southwestern University School of Law (1993)
  • Alumnus of the Year, Southwestern University School of Law (1985)
  • Judicial Excellence Award, LA Criminal Courts Bar Association (1984)
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
  • In his spare time, Justice Devich enjoys sports, music and legal research.
LOCATIONS
  • All of Southern California