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HON. TIMOTHY M. CASSERLY, RET.

  • Based in San Diego, available in All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

With a combined 25 years of experience on the bench, Judge Casserly has presided over hundreds of civil trials and managed more than 1,000 matters. Appointed to the San Diego County bench in 1996, he oversaw criminal jury trials before becoming a criminal supervising judge, assigning cases for trial and settling hundreds of matters each month. In 2004, Judge Casserly was reassigned to the San Diego Superior Court Trial Department, handling civil trials and conducting weekly civil settlement conferences.

From 2010 until his retirement, he served on the Civil Independent Calendar Department, managing a high caseload, and conducting over 300 judicial settlement conferences nationwide. During his time on the bench, Judge Casserly served on the Center for Judicial Education and Research’s New Judge Orientation Faculty, helping new judges adjust to their roles and responsibilities. Prior to the bench, Judge Casserly also spent a combined 15 years as a deputy district attorney for Sacramento and San Diego counties.

Judge Casserly says, “During my time on the bench the job I enjoyed the most was conducting settlement conferences. I really became passionate about it. I’m looking forward to continuing to help people settle their cases in the private sector.”

Practice Areas

  • All types of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
  • Business/Contractual
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Medical Negligence
  • Probate
  • Real Property

Hobbies & Interests

Judge Casserly enjoys playing tennis, golf, and horseback riding.

Testimonials

"I have been in front of Judge Casserly many times over the years when he was on the bench. Judge Casserly works extremely hard and goes above and beyond. After he retired, I worked with him on a mediation in which he helped the parties reach a good settlement. I am very glad that he retired and became a neutral at Judicate West!"
- Attorney on a Tort Personal Injury/Premises Liability case

"In our recent mediation with Judge Casserly, he impressed me by being exceptionally well prepared and fully understanding of the complex issues from the perspectives of both sides. He was able to use his extensive experience, both as a trial judge and an effective settlement judge, to keep the mediation moving in a positive direction. He conducted the entire mediation in a professional and congenial manner that made the attorneys and their clients feel comfortable with the process."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto case

"Casserly was great, clear, and empathetic."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto case

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Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full-time Neutral, Judicate West (Present)
  • Judge, San Diego Superior Court (1996 -June 2021); North County Civil IndependentCalendar Department (2010-2021); North County Trial Department (2004-2010); North County Criminal Presiding Department (2000-2004); North County Criminal Trial Department (1998-2000); North County Municipal Court Criminal Trial Department (1996-1998)
  • Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County (1986-1996)
  • Deputy District Attorney, Sacramento County (1981-1986)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of Southern California School of Law (1981)
  • B.A., California State University, Los Angeles (1978)
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law, “Mediating the Litigated Case”
  • Member, Todd Inn of Court (2018-Present)
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) (2015-Present)
  • Member, Lopardo Inn of Court (2012 – Present)

Legal Experience

  • All types of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
  • Business/Contractual
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
  • Medical Negligence
  • Probate
  • Real Property

Recent Representative Cases