Hon. Eli Chernow (Ret.)


Present Position

Private Dispute Resolution, including adjudication, mediation, settlement conferences, reference proceedings and other modes of dispute resolution.

Prior Positions

  • 1977-93 Judge of Superior Court of Los Angeles County.
    • Assignments included criminal, civil law and discovery, family law and fast track courts.
  • 1975-77 Assistant to Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr., for environmental matters.
  • 1972-74 Associate Professor of Law, U.S.C. Law Center.
    • Courses taught included evidence, corporations and environmental law.
  • 1965-72 Partner, Tuttle & Taylor, Los Angeles, California. Specialization: commercial litigation.


  • 1964-65 Harvard University, Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellow.
  • 1964 J.D. Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, Editor, Harvard Law Review.
  • 1961 B.S. California Institute of Technology, Mathematics Major.


  • Co-author: California Practice Guide: Civil Trial & Evidence, published by The Rutter Group.
  • “Video in the Courtroom – More Than a Talking Head,” Litigation, The Journal of the ABA Litigation Section, Fall, 1988.
  • “Sanctions – Remedies That are Right California Litigation,” Journal of California State Bar Litigation Section, Vol. 1, No. 1.
  • “Choosing an Expert Witness for Real Estate Appraisal,” Co-author, Beverly Hills Bar Journal, 1993.
  • Contributor, Shalom Bayit, A Jewish Response to Child Abuse and Domestic Violence, 1993.

Professional Organizations

  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Past Member, Family and Juvenile Court Advisory committee, Judicial Council of California
  • Past Member, Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Past Member, Executive Committee, Family Law Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association

Community Organizations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Union for Reform Judaism Camp
  • Member of North American Board, Union for Reform Judaism (2006-2014)

Representative Cases