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HON. DAVID W. ABBOTT, RET.

  • Available in Northern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

After serving on the Sacramento Superior Court bench for 18 years, Judge Abbott is now retired and is available to serve as a Mediator, Arbitrator and Private Judge. During his tenure on the bench, he presided over civil and criminal jury trials, civil case management calendars, complex civil cases and law and motion. Judge Abbott has earned a reputation as a fair, intelligent and flexible judge and was awarded Judge of the Year by several organizations.
 
Before his judicial career, he was a trial attorney for over 25 years in a tort litigation practice emphasizing products liability, professional negligence, general personal injury and insurance bad faith. He is an active member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and American Board of Trial Advocates.
 
Judge Abbott stated, “My goal as a professional neutral is to assist the parties to achieve settlement and resolve disputes with dignity, creativity and respect. Judges don’t settle cases, lawyers and litigants do.”

Specialties

  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • All Types of Personal Injury
  • Complex Litigation and Coordinated Actions

Hobbies & Interests

Judge Abbott has been a Rotarian for 30 years and is an advocate for literacy in public schools and serves on the advisory board of the Sacramento Chapter of Reading Partners a nonprofit that tutors children in reading and spelling. He also enjoys playing golf, bicycle riding, reading, traveling and crossword puzzles.

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full Time Neutral, Judicate West (Present)
  • Judge, Sacramento Superior Court (2002-2020), Assistant Presiding Judge 2008-2009 and 2018-2019, and four years as Supervising Judge at the Carol Miller Justice Center
  • Judge, Sacramento Veterans’ Treatment Court (2014-2019)
  • Trial Attorney, Abbott & Nolen (1996-2001)
  • Trial Attorney, Gessford & Abbott (1983-1990)
  • Trial Attorney, Gessford, Sevey & Alpar (1981-1983)
  • Trial Attorney, Freidberg Law Corporation (1978-1981)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D. University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1973)
  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley (1970)
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar Association (1978-Present)
  • Member, Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association (1978-2002)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, ABOTA, Sacramento chapter (1993-Present)
  • Member, California Judges Association (2002-2020)
  • Member, Wiley Manuel Bar Association (1996-2005)

Legal Experience

  • Products Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • All Types of Personal Injury
  • Complex Litigation and Coordinated Actions

Recent Representative Cases