• Available in Los Angeles, Southern California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments


Following his retirement from the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1997, Judge Gutierrez has been serving as an Arbitrator, Mediator and Private Judge, utilizing his extensive experience on the bench and his keen understanding of the law to settle all types of civil disputes in the private sector. As an Arbitrator, he is known for his warm, friendly demeanor, his meticulous reviewing of submitted materials, and for his flexibility in letting the parties influence his hearing style. As a Mediator, his style is more like a settlement officer than a traditional mediator, and he has a high settlement rate. Judge Gutierrez is also known to be patient, understanding, and he diligently devotes himself to bringing them together to reach equitable resolution. Noted one attorney, "This Judge is an excellent listener...and he is very assertive when necessary."


  • Professional Malpractice
  • Employment/Labor
  • Personal Injury
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Real Property and Construction Disputes

Hobbies & Interests

Enjoys Golf , Tennis, Skiing, Coaching Little League, & YMCA

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Judge, Superior Court, LA (1979-97); also on Assignment, 2nd District Court of Appeal
  • Judge, Municipal Court, Los Angeles Judicial District, (1977-79)
  • Elected Commissioner/Judge Pro Tempore, LA Superior Court (1972-77)
  • Presiding Judge, Los Angeles County Juvenile Court (1985-87); Elected Member, Court’s Executive Committee (1988) and Ex Officio Member (1985-87); assigned to Civil Trial Calendar, (1987-97)
  • Partner, Sillas & Castillo, Los Angeles, specializing in litigation of mechanics’ liens, construction, stop notices and bond actions (1969-72)
  • Trial Attorney, US Dept. of Justice, Washington, D.C. (1968); Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles (1965-68)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Member, CJA, Executive Board (1989-92); Chairman, Juvenile Courts Committee (1983)
  • Member, Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Committee (1984-87)
  • Member, State Bar of California; LA County Bar Association; American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Mexican-American Bar Association
  • Board Member, National Association for People with Disabilities (NAPD)
  • B.A., University of Santa Clara (1960)

Achievements & Awards

  • C.A.A.L.A. Alfred J. McCourtney Memorial Trial Judge of the Year; “Judge of the Year Award” (1997); Pasadena Bar Assn. (1995); “Judge of the Year Award,” Constitutional Rights Foundation (1986); Recipient, MALDEF (Mexican-American Legal Defense & Education Fund) Achievement Award (1975); San Gabriel Hispanic Leaders Award (1980, 1983); Mexican-American Bar Assn. Award, Outstanding Legal Profession Contributions (1980)

Legal Experience

  • Professional Malpractice
  • Employment/Labor
  • Personal Injury
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Real Property and Construction Disputes

Recent Representative Cases

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

Mediators Los Angeles

San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation


980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation