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JUSTICE JOHN A. ARGUELLES (Ret.)

Justice Arguelles is a retired associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, whose experience as a lawyer and jurist spans fifty years. His judicial career began in 1963, when he was appointed by Governor Edmund Brown to the Los Angeles Municipal Court. Six years later, he was elevated by Governor Reagan to the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 1985, Governor Deukmejian appointed him to the Second District Court of Appeal, and then to the California Supreme Court in 1987. Justice Arguelles is currently active as an Arbitrator, Mediator and Private Judge for a wide variety of civil and appellate matters.



EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALTIES

  • Associate Justice, Supreme Court of California (1987-89)
  • Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, 2nd Appellate District, Division Four (1984-87)
  • Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (1969-84); Presiding Judge, Pomona (1971); and Long Beach (1983)
  • Judge, Municipal Court, East Los Angeles (1963-69); Presiding Judge 1967-68
  • Munnell, Mullendore, Peetris & Arguelles, LA, General Civil Litigation (1958-63)
  • Private Law Practice, Los Angeles, General Civil Litigation (1955-58)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Member: California Judicial Council (1980-81)
  • Faculty: California Trial Judges College Session (now CJER), Berkeley, 1977
  • Member: California Judges Association; former Vice President and Executive Board member
  • Founding Member: California Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Chairman: Judicial Councilís Advisory Committee on Racial & Ethnic Bias in the Courts
  • Member: U. C. I. Chancellor's Club
  • Former Member: American Bar Association
  • Former Member: Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Former Member: East Los Angeles-Montebello Bar Association and Long Beach Bar Association

EDUCATION

J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1954)
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, Economics major, Spanish minor (1950)

ADR SPECIALTIES

Appellate
Business/Commercial
Class Action
Complex Litigation
Employment
Environmental
Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith
International Business
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Products Liability
Real Estate
Special Master/Discovery Referee