Judge Bianchini was appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge for The Southern District of California in 1974. After 8 1/2 years of service, he was appointed to the State Court Bench. He retired from the Superior Court in San Diego to pursue his passion for mediation as a full-time neutral in 2002. He was later recruited by the Federal Courts in New York as a settlement judge for complex civil litigation and prisoner civil rights matters. During his tenure on both the state and federal benches, Judge Bianchini mediated more than 3,500 cases ranging from simple to multi-issue complex matters. Among his settlements are many multi-million-dollar verdicts in complex cases ranging from patent cases to class actions.
His experience on the bench with varying court rules, instructions, and jury verdicts have been assets to him in the private sector. Judge Bianchini is known to be an advocate for the settlement process while using a warm and caring approach. Many clients praise him for not giving up and truly exploring every avenue for possible settlement. One client said, "he is a wonderful person, knowledgable, and an effective mediator."
Judge Bianchini and his wife travel frequently. He has two daughters from a previous marriage - one is in federal government law enforcement, and his oldest daughter resides in the San Francisco area where she works as an executive producer for Microsoft, having lived in New Zealand where she was a Digital Producer for the New Zealand and Hollywood movie industry. His youngest daughter is an associate in an international employment law firm. Judge Bianchini enjoys volunteer work and is involved in many foundations including the San Diego County Bar Association as a director. He is currently the Chairman of the Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation. He is extensively involved in the sport of Sabre Fencing and was ranked 6th in the World in 2011, and was the U.S. National Champion in Veteran's Sabre Fencing - 2012 to 2013. He is a two-time Gold Medalist, a Silver Medalist, and a Bronze Medalist in Team competition at the World Veterans Fencing Championships. Judge Bianchini has an extensive aviation background. In addition to his assignment with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Vietnam as a helicopter crewmember, he is a commercial, single and multi-engine instrument rated pilot, and a rated captain in the Cessna Citation (C-500) twin engine business jet. He is also a rated commercial helicopter pilot and a long-term owner of a Beechcraft Bonanza. In his spare time, Judge Bianchini enjoys teaching, playing tennis, golf, playing the piano, and tinkering with his vintage BMW motorcycle with a sidecar.
"Judge Bianchini has a keen grasp of the issues and has "seen about everything!" My client was impressed by the efforts and insight offered by the judge. He is a keeper! "
- Attorney on a Personal Injury case
"Judge Bianchini did an excellent job establishing a relationship with our client, building trust, and explaining the reasons why settlement was our client’s best option."
- Attorney on an Employment/Discrimination Dispute
"Judge Bianchini was great."
- Attorney on a Professional Malpractice case
"Judge Bianchini settled one that I really didn't expect to settle. He absolutely gave me the feeling he wanted to know the case in and out and to discuss what I expected to be impediments to settlement."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury case
"Judge Bianchini is a skilled jurist and it is an honor to work with him on my cases. I have utmost respect for him and he has carried the same thoughtfulness from the bench to mediation."
- Attorney on a business/contractual dispute
"Our case was a complex medical malpractice birth injury case. Judge Bianchini was prepared, deliberate and incisive. While the case did not settle at the hearing, it is doubtful it would have settled but for his considerable efforts. Long after the hearing concluded, he continued to work on this case. His professional assistance is much appreciated."
- Attorney on a Medical Malpractice Dispute
"Very helpful in proposing creative solutions. Very good with the client."
- Attorney on a Civil Rights Dispute
"Judge Bianchini understood the case and seemed prepared. He gave a good faith effort."
- Attorney on an Estate Law Probate case
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