Judge Kolker served as a District Associate
Judge (equivalent to California Municipal Court Judge) Black Hawk County, Iowa,
for three years; Served as Assistant United States Attorney, Southern District
of California, for three years.
EXPERIENCE AND SPECIALTIES
In private practice, Judge Kolker was a
trial lawyer, with emphasis in civil litigation, business and contract disputes,
corporate and partnership matters, estate planning and probate. He is also experienced
in real property transactions, title litigation, labor/management matters and
As a judge, he has presided over a variety
of legal issues, including contracts and commercial, employment/wrongful termination,
family law, insurance coverage and indemnity, medical/professional malpractice,
personal injury, products liability and trusts and estates. He has presided
over numerous settlement conferences and discovery disputes. Judge Kolker is
active as an arbitrator and mediator, and he is frequently assigned by the Judicial
Council to serve as an arbitrator in Southern California Superior and Municipal
Previously, he served as Chairman of the
Iowa Public Employment Relations Board where he presided over all board hearings
and supervised all mediation, fact-finding and arbitration of public sector
bargaining and grievance disputes.
SPECIAL HONORS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Member of Society of Professionals in Dispute
Resolution, Academy of Family Mediators and Southern California Mediation Association.
Former Director, Rancho Bernardo Chamber of Commerce and Rancho Bernardo Community
Planning Board. Former Adjunct Professor of Law, National University College
of Law, San Diego, California.
J.D., University of Iowa College of Law,
B.A., University of Iowa, 1965