Judge Virga retired from the Sacramento Superior Court where for over 22 years he presided over civil and criminal jury trials, civil case management conferences, and preliminary hearings. He also served as the Supervising Settlement Judge for over ten years and managed all of the assigned mediators and cases in the program until he retired. He also conducted daily settlement conferences and co mediated over 600 cases in many areas of civil and commercial litigation such as personal injury, construction defect, real estate, product liability, employment and general breach of contract cases.
His reputation of always making himself available, strong settlement skills and caring about everyone he works with earned him accolades in the legal community with both sides.
General Breach of Contract
Hobbies & Interests
Judge Virga enjoys playing pickleball and tennis. He enjoys spending time with his family
and grandchildren and is also a big fan of the Sacramento Kings, the Sacramento River Cats, the San Francisco
49ers and the San Francisco Giants.
"I was very pleased with Judge Virga. He was prepared when we arrived, he knew the facts and was tough on both sides. He forced each side to address the weaknesses and risks of their case but also, in my opinion, fairly evaluated the case. We settled for a very reasonable amount and I thought his negotiating approach was appropriate for that particular matter."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Dispute
Full Time Neutral, Judicate West (Present)
Judge, Sacramento Superior Court (1994-2016)
Judge, Sacramento Municipal Court Bench (1992)
Deputy District Attorney (1981-1992)
Education & Professional Affiliations
J.D. Santa Clara University Law School (1981)
B.A. Santa Clara University (1978)
Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
Member, Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association
Member, California Judges Association
Member, Asian Bar Association of Sacramento
Member, Italian Cultural Society, Arbëreshë Club of Sacramento
Milton Schwartz Inns of Court
Coordinator, Gordon D. Schaber High School Mock Trial Competition
National Mediation Training – Judicial College
Achievements & Awards
Named, “Judge of the Year,” by Sacramento County ABOTA in 2016
Named, “Judge of the Year,” by Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association in 2005
Named, “Judge of the Year,” by Sacramento County Bar Association in 2004