HON. STEVEN L. PERK, RET.

  • Available in Orange County, All of California, Central Coast, Inland Empire
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

Judge Perk spent more than two decades on the bench, presiding over complex civil and criminal matters and conducting hundreds of settlement conferences and mediations. He was appointed to the Superior Court in 1995 by Gov. Pete Wilson and served on the Complex Civil Panel for three years, and the General Civil Panel for nine years. During his tenure, he was appointed Supervising Judge of the General Civil Panel and conducted weekly settlement conferences in all matters of civil litigation. In 2009, he co-founded the Off-Site Settlement Conference Program to mediate and resolve cases while the Superior Court closed court access once per week due to state budget cuts.

Judge Perk served on the board of directors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers for nearly a decade, and in 2016, he received the Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award from the Orange County Bar Foundation, Society of Fellows. He commented, "I am committed to providing the highest quality of service for a meaningful and cost effective dispute resolution experience for litigants and attorneys." One attorney had this to say about Judge Perk: "Judge Perk was a hard-working jurist who for years demonstrated a fire in the belly to settle cases with the credibility of his understanding of both simple and complex litigation and a keen ability to cut to the chase to the real issues. He moves past the posturing to convey risks and realities forged and tempered from his own trial experience- giving parties a real and fair opportunity to resolve their differences."

Specialties

  • All types of Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Negligence
  • Business/Contractual
  • Mass Torts/Environment
  • Class Action
  • Product Liability
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Real Property/HOA
  • Complex Litigation/Employment

ADR Highlights

  • Developed the “Off-Site” Settlement Conference Program for the Orange County Superior Courts during the statewide budget crisis of 2008
  • Presided over 700+ Mandatory Settlement Conferences during a 22 year career as a Superior Court Judge
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Experience Summary

Notable case types Judge Perk oversaw as a superior court judge

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Hobbies & Interests

Serious golf

ADR Highlights

  • Developed the “Off-Site” Settlement Conference Program for the Orange County Superior Courts during the statewide budget crisis of 2008
  • Presided over 700+ Mandatory Settlement Conferences during a 22 year career as a Superior Court Judge
  • Presided over numerous Mandatory Settlement Conferences of complex litigation cases while assigned to the Orange County Superior Court Complex Litigation Panel

Testimonials

Judge Steven Perk is a one of the finest jurists in Southern California. It is Judicate West’s good fortune to have him join the team.
- Attorney, Laguna Hills, CA

A fair and well-liked Orange County Judge who will undoubtedly make a seamless transition to be both an effective mediator and thoughtful arbitrator.
- Attorney, Santa Ana, CA

Judge Steve Perk is a gentleman and a wonderful person who handles all his cases with expediency and he has tremendous experience with all types of civil cases.
- Attorney, Irvine, CA

We are excited to learn Judge Perk is now available for ADR. Judge Perk was a hard working jurist who for years demonstrated a fire in the belly to settle cases with the credibility of his understanding of both simple and complex litigation and a keen ability to cut to the chase to the real issues. He moves past the posturing to convey risks and realities forged and tempered from his own trial experience- giving parties a real and fair opportunity to resolve their differences. We welcome him as an option as a mediator and will definitely schedule cases we hope to resolve short of trial.
- Attorney, Costa Mesa, CA

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Experience Summary

BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL

  • Wide range of business disputes including claims related to corporate and partnership disputes, trade secrets, unfair competition, lockouts, freezeouts, partnership/corporate dissolution, disputes in purchase and sale of businesses or business assets, including intellectual property, corporate governance disputes , HOA Breach of fiduciary duties
  • $10 million breach of contract action over US electronics company breach of contract for failure to pay vs. Chinese company's trade secrets violations
  • $50 million fraud action over misrepresentations in the securities and sales presentations related to real estate developments

CLASS ACTION/MASS TORS

Employment class actions, including PAGA claims, wage & hour claims, misclassification claims, construction defects and design defects on large scale commercial and residential projects with accompanying insurance coverage issues


EMINENT DOMAIN

  • Large hotel chain dispute over FMV of property taken for transportation corridor and potential future city takings under master plan transportation expansion
  • Business interruption takings

EMPLOYMENT

Wrongful termination, wage & hour claims, misclassification claims, hostile work environment, gender discrimination claims, whistleblower and retaliation claims


ENVIRONMENTAL

  • Disputes involving large residential/commercial development conformity with the master plan and CEQA
  • Dispute involving the County proposed jail expansion conformity with Master plan and CEQA

GENERAL DISCOVERY DISPUTES

All kinds related to pretrial litigation


PERSONAL INJURY AND PRODUCT LIABILITY

  • Traffic accidents – Rear-enders, T-bones, rollovers, pedestrians, multi vehicle, (including Workers Compensation issues)
  • Wrongful death due to electrocution
  • Wrongful death due to truck collision with pedestrian
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice of all types
  • Defective design of bicycle path, highways and roadways

TRUST AND PROBATE

  • $10 million family dispute over control of a valuable medical device and business with accompanying legal malpractice claim
  • $25 million family dispute for removal of trustee for breach of fiduciary duties

Legal Career

  • Judge, Superior Court, Orange County (1995-2016); General Civil Panel (2003-2012)
  • OC Superior Court Appellate Panel (2007-2009), Supervising Judge of the Orange County Appellate Panel (2008), Supervising Judge of the General Civil Panel (2009-2010), Civil Complex Litigation Panel (2012-2014), Criminal (1995-2003)
  • Business Litigation, Roberts and Associates (Cliff Roberts) (1991-1995)
  • Insurance Defense, Tuverson and Hilliard (Steve Hilliard) (1989-1991)
  • Criminal, Orange County District Attorney (Cecil Hicks) (1982-1989)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law (1980)
  • B. A., University of South Dakota/Springfield (1973)

Achievements & Awards

  • Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF), Society of Fellows, Distinguished Judicial Fellows Award Recipient (2016)
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA), Judicial Excellence Award (2011)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Trial Judge of The Year (2009)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Board of Directors (2006-2014)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), George Francis Civility Award (2007)

Legal Experience

  • All types of Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Negligence
  • Business/Contractual
  • Mass Torts/Environment
  • Class Action
  • Product Liability
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Real Property/HOA
  • Complex Litigation/Employment

Recent Representative Cases


Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

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11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
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402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
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Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
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San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
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980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

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