ORANGE COUNTY; Apr. 24, 2017 – Judicate West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services, welcomes retired Orange County Superior Court Judge Steven L. Perk to its roster of exclusive neutrals.
“Judge Perk possesses a passion for dispute resolution and a skillset he has honed throughout his tenure on the bench. Having served Orange County for more than 20 years, his broad knowledge of the various paths toward resolution and deep community ties will be distinct benefits to Judicate West and our clients,” said Alan Brutman, President of Judicate West. “We are excited to welcome him to our panel in Southern California.”
Judge Perk spent more than two decades on the bench, presiding over complex civil and criminal matters and conducting hundreds of settlement conferences and mediations. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1995 by Gov. Pete Wilson and served on the General Civil Panel for nine years. During his tenure, Judge Perk was appointed Supervising Judge of the General Civil Panel and conducted weekly settlement conferences in all matters of civil litigation. In 2009, he co-founded the Voluntary Settlement Conference program to mediate and resolve cases while the Superior Court closed court access once per week due to state budget cuts.
Judge Perk served on the board of directors for the American Board of Trial Lawyers for nearly a decade, and in 2016, he received the Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award from the Orange County Bar Foundation, Society of Fellows. Judge Perk earned his J.D. from the Pepperdine University School of Law (1980) and his B.A. from the University of South Dakota, Springfield (1973).