Hon. Elizabeth R. Feffer (Ret.) has been providing mediation, arbitration, and referee services full-time since 2020, with an impressive track record of successful settlements across a broad spectrum of civil cases. She has also arbitrated numerous cases through hearing and final award. As a mediator, Judge Feffer has received praise from clients for her attentive approach, taking the time to fully comprehend the intricacies and dynamics of each case, and working diligently to ensure all parties reach a fair and reasonable resolution. Judge Feffer’s personable yet professional demeanor and persuasive nature has earned her the reputation of being an effective mediator. Her practical and insightful perspective allows her to realistically address the parties’ needs while fostering a constructive environment for resolution.
As a Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court for 13 years, Judge Feffer served in various roles, including an unlimited jurisdiction civil independent calendar court for six years, a civil trial court for three years, and a family law court for four years. During that time, Judge Feffer presided over more than 75 civil jury trials, more than 500 civil bench trials, hundreds of evidentiary hearings, and numerous settlement conferences, with a diverse range of complex factual and legal issues. Judge Feffer has handled a wide array of cases, including employment litigation, professional liability, personal injury, elder abuse, products liability, business litigation and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, land use litigation, eminent domain, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, and entertainment cases.
In addition to her civil court assignments, Judge Feffer served four years in the Family Law Division, where she presided over, and issued rulings on, thousands of cases involving all types of contested and complex family law subject matters, including business valuation, property valuation and characterization, validity of pre-marital agreements, child custody and support, and spousal support.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Feffer worked as a partner and trial lawyer litigating civil actions in state and federal court, on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
Judge Feffer is highly regarded for her thorough preparation and ability to connect with litigants, understanding and appreciating the conflicting perspectives involved in disputes. She is committed to working on matters until they are resolved to the satisfaction of the parties.
2007 – 2020 Judge of the Superior Court, Los Angeles
Judge Feffer is well known for her eloquence, respectful and decisive judicial temperament, and exceptional legal knowledge. She is regularly engaged as a speaker and panelist on litigation-oriented topics for various associations including ABOTA, LACBA, CAALA, ASCDC, ABTL, the California Lawyers Association, the State Bar of California, and the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.
For a complete list of Judge Feffer’s speaking engagements and publications, please visit her website at www.JudgeFeffer.com.
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“Judge Feffer has proven herself to be effective over three mediations in the last year, which is why we are a repeat customer. She is dogged, insightful, realistic with the parties without being argumentative. She’s one of, if not the best neutrals we’ve worked with since the pandemic hit and she will be on our short list for the foreseeable future.”
“Hon. Elizabeth Feffer has been personable, professional, and persuasive. I have attended many mediations over the years and it is seldom that I encounter a mediator that truly has a talented for the task; I am pleased to say that the Hon. Elizabeth Feffer is one of such.”
“This was a very good mediation, on the admin side, on the technology side, and on the mediator side. Judge Feffer was very well prepared, was thorough, did a tremendous job, and (most importantly) never gave up! Thank you to all.”
“Judge Feffer is great. This is the third matter she has helped us settle. She has become my first choice for a mediator.”
“Judge Feffer was recommended by another colleague. I thought she handled the mediation very competently. Judge Feffer was very effective. Great to work with.”
“Very effective. I very much enjoyed mediating with Judge Feffer and she handled a difficult situation very well.”
“Judge Feffer takes the time to learn about the case and understand the issues and dynamics involved and then is very thorough and patient to help the parties reach a reasonable resolution. She is very smart and most capable!”