With over 45 years of experience as an attorney, judge and private neutral, Judge Jackman continues to serve the legal community as a mediator, arbitrator, and judicially appointed discovery referee and special master. Judge Jackman retired from Orange County Superior Court in July of 2000, including service as Supervising Probate Judge for more than four years. He presided over numerous cases in the areas of business, real estate, construction, premises liability, product liability, mental health, conservatorships, vehicle accidents and professional malpractice as part of his daily occupation.
Judge Jackman's Community Service as an elected Councilman and Mayor of the City of Orange gives him a unique perspective in settling cases involving government entities, homeowners' associations, land use, and zoning matters. He has also been a licensed real estate broker. He is currently serving on the Anaheim Advisory Committee on Electoral Districts.
Judge Jackman has mediated and arbitrated over two thousand interesting, complex and challenging cases in every area of civil litigation. Attorneys agree his knowledge of the law, coupled with an unerring sense of fairness and intuitive sense of people, make him one of the most effective mediators in the industry. He is known not only for his skillful work during the mediation, but his persistence in following up by phone to achieve settlement. Attorneys frequently comment on his creative and innovative solutions to the obstacles of settlement. He is requested for his extensive experience and skill in resolving multi-party, complex cases and his reputation for successfully handling matters with a high emotional content so that by the conclusion of a mediation the participants and parties feel proud and happy that they have achieved a solution together. One trial lawyer stated: "He effectively encourages settlement in such a way that the parties eventually feel that it represents a glorious achievement, rather than a disappointing compromise."
In his spare time, Judge Jackman enjoys music, woodworking, travel, playing bridge, playing piano, hiking, and spending time with his wife, brothers, children and grandchildren.
"Judge Jackman is very patient. He got to the heart of the matter, and explained consequences effectively to my clients."
- Attorney. Los Angeles, California
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Judge Jackman for his assistance on a difficult probate case. His knowledge of the case, expertise in the law and professional and respectful demeanor to the parties and counsel were instrumental in reaching a settlement."
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California
"We are appreciative of the extraordinary efforts, displayed by Judge Jackman in facilitating a resolution to a very technically challenging case. My clients were extremely impressed with his knowledge, expertise and candid approach taken to achieve, what they consider to be an excellent result. I have participated in numerous mediations before retired Orange and LA County Probate Judges and I consider Judge Jackman to be among the best."
- Attorney, Mission Viejo, California
"There is no doubt in my mind that we would not have been able to reach a settlement without Judge Jackman's assistance. I would gladly recommend him to my colleagues."
- Attorney, Orange County, California
"He cut through causation/liability issues quickly and worked hard on the dollar distribution issues in an emotionally charged trust litigation matter."
- Attorney on a Probate Dispute
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