Judge Denton was a full time civil jury trial lawyer for 26 years prior to serving as a San Diego Superior Court Judge from 2001 until 2013. While his tenure on the bench, he served as an Independent Calendar Judge for both the Civil and Family Law Divisions and the Assistant Supervising Judge of the Civil Division. 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 on cases involving complex insurance coverage, subrogation, legal malpractice, real estate, and virtually every type of civil matter from cyber-stalking to catastrophic death and injury. He is best known for his energetic and pragmatic approach to problem solving as well as tenacious drive to resolve difficult cases. Many attorneys comment that his perspectives as an experienced judge and litigator for over 40 years brings a valuable combination of perspective and judgment to the mediation process.
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.
"Focused. No nonsense. Listened well. Committed to really trying to resolve case. Matter did not really require creative solutions, just tenacity."
- Attorney on an Intellectual Property/Copyright Dispute
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your amazing hard work and dedication on this difficult case. The fact of settlement here is directly attributable to you, your single-mindedness, your tenacity, your brilliant insights and beautifully reasoned analyses. I have been doing this a long time and I have never had a Mediator stay as completely focused and engaged in a case as you have been in this one. Stated simply, this doesn’t get done without you.
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Matter
"He was very familiar with the facts and the law in our case. He was also very effective communicating, and particularly effective with his use of time."
- Attorney on an Employment Wage & Hour Dispute
"Denton is about the best you have."
- Attorney on a Dog Bite Matter
"This was my first Zoom mediation and I thought it was very well done"
- Attorney on a Workers Compensation Matter
"Judge Denton was fabulous!!!"
- Attorney on a Family Law Matter
"Mediator was efficient, straight to the point, and knew the issues."
- Attorney on an employment labor code dispute
"[Judge Denton] understood the issues, worked doggedly to get to resolution."
- Attorney on a Business Transactional Dispute
Religious and Disability Discrimination against religion based non-governmental shelter provider with major constitutional and governmental grant issues.
Single Engine Aircraft Crash against airport operator for injuries to pilot and passenger.
Consumer Class Action
TCPA class action for "wrong number class" resolved as individual case.
Small Restaurant Chain-Gift Card-Failure To Pay in Cash-on demand where balance less that $10.
Breach of Contract Business Brokerage Sale and Non-Compete litigation between former business partners.
Breach of Contract litigation between two large charities following dissolution of long term mutual fund raising program.
Patent, IP Dispute and Breach of Contract dispute brought by founder of profitable growing phone re-cycling business against later investors.
Business and Contract/Fraud between LLC and dissolved partnership over developer fees and ownership percentages.
Breach of Contract and Fraud in Inducement to contract for purchase of restaurants.
Business Fraud & Misrepresentation claims against overseas bank in complex investments in warrants in a fund of hedge funds.
Construction Breach Of Contract
Construction lot grading caused landslide damaging adjoining property with underlying settlement and assignment of claim against defendant.
Wrongful Termination Disability Discrimination alleged by former sales person with hearing impairment.
Wage and Hour
Wrongful Termination - Director of medical facility alleged retaliation for laboratory billing irregularities.
Wage and Hour Class Action
Plaintiff asserted that his long term employer discriminated against older workers in the organization and that the reduction in force was used
simply to get rid of older and more expensive workers. Plaintiff asserted his action in a class action, however, the court enforced the arbitration
agreement. Defendant asserted that a comprehensive settlement and release agreement supported by substantial consideration barred the claim. Plaintiff
claimed the release was invalid because it was fraudulently induced as defendant did not disclose its hidden agenda. The case was settled on an
individual basis for a confidential amount subject to court approval.
Wrongful Termination & Disability Discrimination alleged by executive director of hospice and palliative care company.
Wage & Hour claims by multiple company employees.
Sexual Harassment claimed by employee against supervisor where case resolves for cash and agreement to terminate employment.
Assistant Manager in a retail store worked for 13 years and was terminated. He alleged violation of public policy and retaliation for reporting internal
theft that could have some impact on the public. Defendant asserted that the Plaintiff having worked with good reviews for 11 years performed poorly over many months
under a new manager and that his termination was unrelated to any public policy related cause.
Plaintiff was a training employee of an ambulance company and asserted claims of constructive termination, discrimination based on gender, gender based pay
discrimination, class claims of wage and hour violations for "off the clock" required work along with PAGA penalties. The parties were able to resolve the matter to accommodate
financial limitations of the defendant by narrowing the class definition and the look back for those claims. The individual claims of the plaintiff were separately resolved.
Family Law Issues
Family Law- Dissolution long term marriage where value of husband's business was disputed.
Post Marital Dissolution dispute over disposition of valuable real property, disputed interpretation of right to purchase in judgment.
Insurance Bad Faith & Coverage Dispute of insurance services company against sub-agent's fraudulent conduct.
Insurance Company asserts fraudulent billing practices against physician for illegal billing practices.
Fire Damage Cause and Origin Dispute between multiple insurance companies as to apportionment of loss.
Intellectual Property litigation brought against former CEO by manufacturing business.
Medical Malpractice and failure to supervise patient staying in hospital who escaped hospital and was later found dead in the elements.
Medical Malpractice alleged in serious orthopedic hip and leg surgeries.
Medical Malpractice against two doctors where surgery caused severe infection.
Medical Malpractice where claimant alleged ligation of common bile duct and artery during cholecystectomy.
Medical Malpractice Case where back surgery led to vascular collapse and leg amputation and a related workers compensation case.
Medical Malpractice case of child whose skull growth abnormality went undiagnosed for several years causing progressive brain compression, symptoms, and disability.
Prof Malpractice Accounting
Accountant malpractice results in IRS levies and loss of plaintiff's property and resultant deficiency judgment against plaintiff.
Professional Malpractice Legal
Fraudulent Transfer of major business assets to avoid execution on multi-million dollar judgment and associated legal malpractice action.
Legal Malpractice/Breach of Fiduciary Duty claim where attorney received interest in large corporation.
Legal Malpractice and malicious prosecution case where plaintiff asserted loss of inheritance.
Legal Malpractice claim by former PI client who asserted that lawyer failed to address mild traumatic brain injury prior to settlement of case.
Breach Of Contract
Title Insurance company failed to defend and indemnity against claimed title defect not disclosed but known to real estate broker.
Real property title dispute involving family members contesting ownership of home and continued residence of aged mother.
Class action by tenants against owner of many apartment buildings alleging illegal liquidated damage clause and illegal deposit return provisions in leases.
Residential Real Estate Sale Fraud claimed for severe rat infestation and extermination causing need for major structural reconstruction of home. Failure to disclose.
Commercial Real Property disputed implied easements for sewer and parking interrupted high rise development on property.
Lease dispute with downtown deli in a building. Issue over ability to open a coffee shop. Parties agreed to work on new lease to settle entire case and allow the coffee shop to open.
Consumer Class Action on behalf of tenants of motels evicted from rooms every 30 days in violation of tenant's protection statute.
CalTrans and contractor claim by victim of catastrophic limb amputating injury.
Cyberstalking case where individual used website postings to solicit visitors to unsuspecting people.
Elder Abuse Wrongful Death, elderly victim strangled because not restrained from being wedged between bed, table and wall.
Jones Act Seaman's injury case against operator of yacht tending service for disputed injuries.
Wage & Hour Class Action and PAGA claims on behalf of workers in restaurants owned by defendant.
Elderly woman was rear-ended at a stop light by a semi-truck. Collision was at low speed and property damage minimal. Plaintiff had underlying and
long standing cervical and lumbar disc disease. She had extensive conservative care following the collision and a fusion in the cervical spine. There were large
areas of impeachment of claimant in the deposition about prior medical care and her underlying spinal problems.
Commercial Premises, automatic door malfunction causes partial finger amputation to customer and resulting work disability.
Plaintiff, self represented, was a superintendent on a large remodel job for a general contractor for a well-known gym franchise. Tight schedule and a lot of last minute work occurred, and mold was discovered, torn out and replaced. Plaintiff asserts that Defendant failed to properly address mold and asserts that he incurred injuries as a direct result of the conditions resulting in a below-the-knee amputation. Liability disputed.
Vehicle Manufacturer Rollover Product Liability design defect against major overseas manufacturer resulted in C6-7 quadriplegia.
Wrongful Death in Rehabilitation Facility - alleged that administration of medication and failure to monitor condition caused death.
Wrongful Death by adult children against mother's husband for causing her suicide.
MVA Wrongful Death and Injury case where driver fell asleep and killed pedestrian in crosswalk with related criminal restitution issues.