Hon. Steven R. Denton (Ret.) was a full time civil jury trial litigator for 26 years prior to serving as a
Superior Court Judge from 2001 until 2013. He is a long time member of ABOTA and was honored to serve as President
of the San Diego Chapter of ABOTA. Judge Denton, after his appointment to the San Diego Superior Court, served as
an Independent Calendar Judge for both the Civil and Family Law Divisions. He served as the Assistant Supervisor
of the Civil Division and President of the San Diego County Judge's Association. As an Independent Calendar trial
judge he was responsible for managing a running caseload of up to 1000 civil cases of all types including complex
litigation matters. He presided over law and motion, case management and trial of catastrophic personal injury and
wrongful death cases, complex real estate litigation, class actions, business and commercial disputes, medical and
legal malpractice matters, employment and harassment cases, as well as insurance bad father matters. He was known
as a "lawyer's judge" and was highly regarded for his pragmatic, fair and balanced courtroom management style.
Since joining Judicate West Judge Denton has handled numerous mediations, arbitrations, and discovery master assignments. He has also functioned as an appointed Reference Judge for pending Superior Court litigation. As an Arbitrator Judge Denton has served on complex insurance coverage and subrogation cases, legal malpractice matters, real estate and homeowner's association cases and all types of personal injury cases. His mediation practice has included virtually every type of civil matter from cyber-stalking to catastrophic death and injury, real estate, business, to insurance coverage and bad faith matters. He has successfully resolved complex defective design and manufacturing defect cases against major automobile manufacturers. Judge Denton has a special interest in legal and medical malpractice cases and has successfully settled many such cases that the parties thought were not resolvable.
He is best known for his energetic and pragmatic approach to problem solving as well as tenacious drive to resolve difficult cases. Having personally experienced over 40 years as a judge and litigator how cases are actually adjudicated in court, Judge Denton brings a valuable combination of perspective and judgment to the case appraisal and mediation process. Judge Denton is well regarded for his ability to connect with difficult clients whether they are blue collar litigants or wealthy business owners involved in complex international business disputes.
Judge Denton, having significant litigation experience, is ideally suited to act as a catalyst in resolving cases.
He recently applied his talents and resolved what was sure to be a highly contentious high stakes employment matter. He acted promptly,
before a complaint was even filed, convincing the parties and their attorneys that a mutually agreeable known result is a far better solution than years
of expensive litigation leading to an uncertain result.
- Attorney, Irvine, CA
We were impressed by Judge Denton's approach, efficiency and preparedness.
- Attorney, Orange County, CA
Denton took the time to understand the many complex questions/ issues of law and fact, so as to create a viable and acceptable
mediator's proposal after the initially unsuccessful session
- Attorney on a complex employment wrongful termination dispute
Creative methods to bridge settlement offer gap. Knowledgeable in all respects of law and insightful as to
a potential judicial/evidentiary perspective.
- Attorney on a legally complex legal malpractice dispute
Judge Denton frequently enjoys international travel with his wife who is an accomplished litigator, deep sea fishing, running, skiing, golf and coordinating the activity, school and athletic schedules for his two young adopted foster children who are 5 & 7. Despite being a "weekend golfer" Judge Denton is lucky and has two "holes in one" and one "eagle" to his credit. He spent most of his youth overseas and went to high school in Berlin, Germany arriving in 1961 as the "Wall" was being built. He also enjoys spending his free time with his older daughter who is a Federal Prosecutor in Wash. D.C. and a son who is a 3d digital animator for a major film studio.
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