Highly respected by trial lawyers, Judge Crispo's tenure on the bench and his extensive private career enable him to easily and 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 has been able to achieve consensus in almost all matters brought before him.




Business, Civil Rights, Commercial Contract, Computer Fraud, Construction Defect, Elder Abuse, Eminent Domain, Employment, Entertainment, Family Law, Governmental Liability, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Intellectual Property, Medical Legal & Accountancy Malpractice, Medical Devices, Personal Injury, Pharmaceuticals, Probate, Product Liability, Real Estate, Securities and Toxic Torts.




2002   Pepperdine Law School, Straus Institute for Dispute  Resolution -

            Mediation and Advanced Mediation

1998   National Judicial College, Mediation and Dispute Resolution

1961   Loyola Law School, J.D.

1956   Loyola Marymount University, B.S.




2004-Pres.  Private Judge – Dispute Resolution

1994-2004  Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court –

                      Extensive Complex Civil Calendar

1967-1994  Partner & Shareholder - Breidenbach, Swainston, Crispo & Way

1964-1967  Sole Practitioner and Of Counsel to Gilbert, Thompson & Kelly

1962-1964  Associate - Gilbert, Thompson & Kelly

1961-1962  Deputy City Attorney - City of Los Angeles




Superior Court Executive Committee – Two Terms

Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (BAJI)

State Bar Judicial Council Liaison Committee

Superior Court ADR Committee

Chair of the Bench and Bar Committee

Grand and Trial Jurors Committee

Jury Reform Committee

Legislative Committee

Special Events Committee

Judicial Council Civil Advisory Committee

Committee on Judicial Education and Research




Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Member, International Society of Barristers

Member, American Law Institute

Vice President, State Bar Board of Governors

Chair & Advisor, State Bar Litigation Section

Lawyer Delegate, Federal Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates

Member, California Judges Association

Advisor, State Bar Committee on ADR

Member, State Bar of Foundation Board of Directors

Chair, Coalition for Justice

Member, American Judicature Society

Chair, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Judiciary Committee

President, Wilshire Bar Association Board of Governors

Governor, Association of Business Trial Lawyers

President, Italian-American Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (IALA)

National Trustee, American Inns of Court

President, Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Governors

Member, International Academy of Trial Judges

American Inns of Court, National Director and

Charter President of The Mount Baldy Inn




1978-1982  Lecturer & Faculty Member, USC Law Center,

                     California Institute of Trial Advocacy

1990-2004  Rutter Group

1990-Pres.  California State Bar Annual Meetings

1992-2005  Litigation Section , “Champions of the Courtroom”

1994-2005  Continuing Education of the Bar, State Bar of California

1999-2003  Faculty, Continuing Judicial Studies Program

1999            Food and Drug Law Institute, Georgetown Law Center

2000-2004  Member, CJER Civil Law Education Planning Committee

2000-2003  Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Las Vegas Annual Seminars

2000-2003  Civil Law & Procedure Institute

2000-2003  Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Annual Seminars

2001            American Academy of Judicial Education

2001            Sonoma County Bar Association

2002            Faculty & Seminar Group Leader, B.E. Witkin Judicial College

2002            Lexis Nexis, Mealey’s California Section 17200 Conference

2003-2005  California CPA Education Foundation, Advanced Business Litigation Institute

                     B&P17200 Unfair Business Practices, LaQuinta & Los Angeles

2003            Defense Research Institute, Product Liability Conference Las Vegas

2004-2007  State Bar Section Education Institute Santa Monica & Berkeley

2006            ALI ABA American Law Institute - The Art & Science of Serving as a Special Master

                     in Federal & State Courts - San Francisco

 2006           California State Bar - What Every Litigator Would Like Transactional Lawyers to

                     Know - Monterey




Arbitrations, Mediations, Discovery References, Early Neutral Evaluations,and Summary Trials



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