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Judge Crispo served on the Los Angeles Superior Court, Direct Civil Calendar from 1995-2004; Criminal Calendar, 1994-1995. His tenure on the bench for nearly a decade presiding over a variety of matters, and his extensive private career, enable him to effectively work with counsel and their clients to move matters toward resolution. Knowledgeable in many aspects of the law, Judge Crispo is insightful, extremely personable and knows how to achieve consensus.


Judge Crispo specializes in business/commercial, class action, construction defect, discovery disputes, elder care, eminent domain, employment, entertainment, environmental law, intellectual property, family law, fee disputes, health care, homeowner’s associations, insurance coverage and bad faith, intellectual property, professional malpractice, personal injury, probate, products liability, real estate, and toxic tort and mold.

Judge Crispo began his legal career as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, 1961-1962. He worked as an associate and later Of Counsel to the firm of Gilbert, Thompson & Kelly, 1962-1967, and was a partner at Breidenbach, Swainston, Crispo & Way, 1967-1994, until his appointment to the Superior Court.


  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Delegate and Ex-Officio;
  • Chair: State Bar Litigation section; Coalition for Justice; Los Angeles County Bar Assn., Judiciary Committee;
  • President: Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Governors; Italian-American Lawyers Assn. of Los Angeles;
  • Member: American Bar Assn.; California Judges Assn.; American Judicature Society; Assn. of Business Trial Lawyers; American Inns of Court; American Board of Trial Advocates; American College of Trial Lawyers; Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.


1961 J.D., Loyola Law School;

1956 B.S., Loyola Marymount University;

1998 National Judicial College, Mediation and Dispute Resolution;

2002 Straus Institute, Pepperdine Law School, Mediation and Advanced Mediation.