Respected as a trial lawyers judge, Judge Crispo’s extensive private career and tenure on the bench enables 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, highly personable and able to achieve consensus in matters brought before him.


  • 1961 Loyola Law School
  • 1956 Loyola Marymount University
  • 1998 National Judicial College – Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • 2002 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law School – Mediation and Advanced Mediation

Professional Career

  • 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

Judicial Experience

  • 1994-1995 Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, Criminal Calendar
  • 1995-2004 Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court, Direct Civil Calendar

Types of cases handled include:

Business, Civil Rights, Commercial Contract, Computer Fraud, Construction Defect, Eminent Domain, Employment, Entertainment, Family Law, Governmental Liability, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Intellectual Property, Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Real Estate, Securities and Toxic Torts.

Judicial Committees

  • Superior Court Executive Committee – Two Terms
  • Committee on Standard Jury Instructions (BAJI)
  • State Bar Judicial Council Liaison Committee
  • 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

Professional Associations

  • Chair & Advisor, State Bar Litigation Section
  • Member, American Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Lawyer Delegate, Federal Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member, California Judges Association
  • Advisor, State Bar Committee on ADR
  • Vice President, State Bar Board of Governors
  • 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
  • National Trustee, American Inns of Court
  • Advocate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • President, Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Governors
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, International Society of Barristers
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Judges

Lectures & Teaching

  • 1978-1982 Lecturer & Faculty Member, USC Law Center
  • 1990-2004 Rutter Group
  • 1994-2004 Continuing Education of the Bar, State Bar of California
  • 1999-03 Faculty, Continuing Judicial Studies Program
  • 2000-Present Member, CJER Civil Law Education Planning Committee
  • 2000-2003 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • 2000-2003 Civil Law & Procedure Institute
  • 2000-2002 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
  • 2003 Defense Research Institute
    California Certified Public Accountants Association
    Mealy Institute
    Litigation Section – “Champions of the Courtroom”

Representative Cases