Name


HON. THIERRY PATRICK COLAW, RET.

  • Available in Orange County, All of California
  • Available for Mediation and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

After 21 years of distinguished service for the Orange County Superior Court, Judge Colaw is now available statewide to serve as a mediator, arbitrator, and private judge. After 11 years on the General Civil Panel, Judge Colaw served for 9 years on the Complex Civil Panel, where he developed an unparalleled track record, presiding over a broad spectrum of challenging cases including employment class actions, construction defects, toxic torts, CEQA and other multi-party complex matters. He also served on the court’s executive committee for a decade. Judge Colaw is a long time active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)and Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL). He is the proud recipient of  many judicial honors including several “Judge of the Year” awards from various organizations. Prior to serving on the bench, Judge Colaw was in private practice for 20 years representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of civil litigation. Judge Colaw, a United States Navy veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, is an alumnus of the Santa Clara University School of Law, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Specialties

  • Business/Contractual
  • Construction Defect
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Product Liability including Pharmaceutical
  • Professional Malpractice
  • All types of Personal Injury
  • General Maritime Law
  • Environmental/CEQA
  • Class Actions
  • Mass Tort

Hobbies & Interests

Judge Colaw is a sports enthusiast who yearly in autumn travels to college football meccas for big games with his brothers and sons. He especially loves all classical music, most jazz, some pop, enjoys photography, bicycling, the beach, cooking French cuisine with his spouse, and travel anywhere, although especially the USA and Europe.

Testimonials

Very drawn out & difficult process, that was only solved by patience and determination.
- Attorney on a wrongful death matter

He knew the law, the nuances of the evidentiary uses, and listened to the client and attorneys.
- Attorney on a premises liability dispute

Good listener. Effective listener & communicator. No sugarcoating – appreciated that. Quite likable.
- Attorney on a real property dispute

J. Colaw listens to the parties and takes what they say and applies it to the case. He brings years of invaluable insight and experience to the mediation process. He is also very good at thinking outside of the box in ways to try to resolve the case.
- Attorney on a personal injury slip & fall matter

Understands trial and its pitfalls.
- Attorney on a premises liability dispute

He was attentive, he really worked at the process the facts, the law + getting to areas of resolution + eventual settlement.
- Attorney on a premises liability dispute

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Judge, Superior Court, Orange County (1997-2018); Complex Civil Panel (2006-2010 and 2014-2017); General Civil Panel (1997-2005 and 2011-2013)
  • Partner, Hunt, Colaw & Adams, Civil Litigation (1993-1997)
  • Partner, Hunt & Colaw, Civil Litigation (1990-1992)
  • Partner, Hunt, Colaw & Roe, Civil Litigation (1985-1989)
  • Attorney, Vernon W. Hunt, Civil Litigation (1979-1984)
  • Attorney, Smith & Brissenden, Insurance Defense Litigation (1977-1979)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of Santa Clara Law School (1977)
  • B. A., Cum Laude, University of California, Los Angeles (1974)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), (2001-Present)
  • ABOTA Orange County Chapter, President (2012), Board Member (2006-2014)
  • Board Member, CAL-ABOTA (2011-2013)
  • Board or Judicial Advisory Board Member, Assoc. of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL); (2006-2018)
  • Member, Robert J. Banyard Inn of Court (1998-Present); President (2000)
  • Executive Committee of the Orange County Superior Court (2006-2015)
  • Board of Directors, California Judges Association (CJA); (2007 – 2010)
  • Board of Directors, Orange County Bar Association (OCBA); (1982-1996)
  • Member, California State Bar Committee on the Administration of Justice (1989-1992)
  • President, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (1989)
  • President, Orange County Barristers (1983)

Achievements & Awards

  • George Francis Judicial Civility Award Recipient, American Board of Trial Advocates (2015)
  • Judicial Excellence & Integrity Award, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (2004)
  • Judge of the Year, Business Trial Lawyer Section of Orange County Bar Association (2003)
  • Judge of the Year, American Board of Trial Advocates (2000)
  • Judicial Civility Award, Robert J. Banyard Inn of Court (1999)
  • Jerrold Oliver Award, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer/panelist for American Board of Trial Advocates, The Rutter Group, CEB, California Judicial Education Research, Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program

Legal Experience

  • Business/Contractual
  • Construction Defect
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Product Liability including Pharmaceutical
  • Professional Malpractice
  • All types of Personal Injury
  • General Maritime Law
  • Environmental/CEQA
  • Class Actions
  • Mass Tort

Recent Representative Cases


Downtown Los Angeles

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

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

Mediators Los Angeles

San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation

Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation