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Hon. Stuart T. Waldrip, Ret.
Hon. Stuart T. Waldrip started his legal career in the Trial Department of Rutan & Tucker, Orange County’s largest local-based firm. He left as a senior partner to become General Counsel for Dataramics and Mediscan, two sister companies in the health care field. Shortly thereafter, he opened his own firm, the Law Offices of Stuart T. Waldrip, APC, where he pursued a successful career as a business litigator for 16 years, before being appointed to the Orange County Superior Court. Even before becoming a full-time jurist, Judge Waldrip served regularly as a judge pro tempore of the Superior Court. Over the years, he presided over hundreds of settlement conferences and other judicial proceedings. He has received many awards and honors, including being President of the Orange County Bar Association and receiving the Franklin G. West Award, its highest honor. In 1991, he was inducted as a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. With nearly 40 years of experience as a successful litigator and jurist, Judge Waldrip has a reputation as an even-tempered, fair-minded, very capable jurist, with a talent for bringing opposing sides together. His final assignment before retiring from the Court was as a member of the elite Complex Civil Litigation Panel. He presided over complex construction, product defect, class action, mass tort, condemnation and other large and difficult civil cases. Most of those cases were resolved by settlement with Judge Waldrip’s able help. He has a passion for helping others resolve disputes with the firmness, experience and understanding that make him the ideal neutral.
LEGAL CAREER & PRIOR EXPERIENCE
  • Judge, Superior Court Orange County (1996-02) presided over General Civil and Complex Civil cases
  • Attorney, Law Offices of Stuart T. Waldrip, specialized in business litigation (1980-96)
  • General Counsel and Vice President, Dataramics and Mediscan Healthcare Company (1979–80)
  • Attorney, Rutan & Tucker, Trial Department (1967-79)
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
  • J.D., University of Utah College of Law (1967)
  • B.A., Stanford University (1961)
  • Adjunct Professor of Civil Trial Practice, BYU Law School (2006-2008)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, (1991-Present)
  • President, Orange County Bar Association (1987) and Treasurer (1985)
  • Executive Committee, Orange County Bar Asso. (1985-88); Board of Directors (1977-79 and 1982-88)
  • Mission President of the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission (2002-05) and former Stake President and Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
ADR EXPERIENCE & SPECIALTIES
  • Non-Medical Malpractice
  • Business/Contractual
  • Construction Defect
  • Class Action
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Intellectual Property
  • Trade Secrets
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Matters involving difficult issues and multiple parties
ACHIEVEMENTS & AWARDS
  • Inaugural recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Constitutional Rights Foundtion of Orange County (2002)
  • Franklin G. West Award, Orange County Bar Association (1996)
  • Outstanding Attorney Volunteer Award, Constitutional Rights Foundation (1996)
  • Outstanding Lawyer Award, J. Reuben Clark Law Society of Orange County (1994)
  • Bill of Rights in Action Award, Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County (1993)
  • Community Service Award from Orange County Bar Foundation (1991)
HOBBIES & INTERESTS
  • Enjoys Fly Fishing, Backpacking, Golf and Skiing
LOCATIONS
  • All of the United States