Neutral Profile



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


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.


  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Defect
  • Real Estate
  • Product Liability
  • Employment
  • 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

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • 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

Legal Experience

  • Personal Injury
  • Construction Defect
  • Real Estate
  • Product Liability
  • Employment
  • General Breach of Contract

Recent Representative Cases