Hon. Cesar Sarmiento (Ret.) is a distinguished former Settlement Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. During his 26
year tenure, he led hundreds of successful settlement conferences in cases across a broad span of practice areas such as general business
commercial disputes, employment, malpractice and personal injury. While on the bench, Judge Sarmiento implemented the first Santa Monica
Court personal injury Civil Referee Assisted Settlement Hearing (CRASH) program where he personally participated in 10+ personal injury
related settlement conferences per week.
As a mediator, Judge Sarmiento is noted for his dogged determination and follow-up when a case does not settle on the day of mediation. He prides himself on being extremely diligent in his preparation for every matter he handles. He is also well known for his organization and skills in handling complex and high-stake matters, for his thoughtful even handed approach and uncanny ability to break impasse with even the most staunchly opposing viewpoints. Many attorneys regard him as "professional, thoughtful and decisive."
Judge Sarmiento is an avid surfer and in his spare time plays the guitar in a jazz band.
Judge Sarmiento's bench experience and communication skills contributed greatly to completing our mediation successfully.
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Dispute
Judge Sarmiento is extremely effective at quickly understanding and reducing complex facts + legal
issues to basic terms. He’s also very efficient in isolating settlement issues and coming up w/
creative ways to resolve them.
- Attorney on a complex and highly emotional business contractual fraud dispute
I had several very positive experiences with Judge Sarmiento when he was on the bench. I am pleased to see that those skills translated well to the mediator position!
- Attorney on a product liability dispute
Judge Sarmiento was very effective in getting the parties to address the issues and exchange
- Attorney on a legally complex, general negligence dispute
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