Hon. Robert M. Letteau (Ret.)



  • 1964-1967: Hastings College of Law, J.D.
  • 1960-1964: Stanford University, B.A. in English

Professional Experience

  • 2002-Present: Mediator and Private Judge
  • 1996-2002: Los Angeles County Superior Court, Department 11
  • 1994-1996: Appointed Supervising Judge for Probate in Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • 1992-1994: Appointed Supervising Judge for the Northwest (Van Nuys) District
  • 1982-1992: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Appointed by Governor Brown, January 1982; Elected 1982; Re-elected in 1988 and 1994; Assigned to Northwest District and served at that post from 1982-1994)
  • 1968-1982: Practicing Attorney Associated with Ross Pierson & Letteau, a seven member firm established in Inglewood and later venued in West Los Angeles (Admitted to Practice by State of California, United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit, and United States District Court, Central District, in 1982)

Honors and Awards

  • 2013: Daily Journal “Top Neutral”
  • 2004: Recognized for outstanding mediation abilities xby the Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • 2001: Presented with the Judicial  Civility Award by American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 1999: Honored by the Santa Monica Bar Association for Outstanding and Devoted Service
  • 1992: Honored by the San Fernando Valley Bar Association
  • 1986: Recipient of “Trial Judge of the Year” by Los Angeles County Trial Lawyers Association

Community Service

  • 1983: Organizing Founder and  First President of Inns of Court, San Fernando Valley Chapter
  • 1989: Trustee, Valley Legal Foundation


  • 1995-2002: Los Angeles Superior Court Technology Committee
  • 1994-2002: Los Angeles Superior Court Budget and Personnel Committee
  • 1988: Chairperson, Los Angeles Superior Court Rules Committee
  • 1984-1987: Los Angeles Superior Court Arbitration Committee
  • 1983-1991: Los Angeles Superior Court Benefit Committee
  • 1983-1984: Los Angeles Superior Court Legislative Committee
  • 1972-1977: Member, Inglewood Housing and Redevelopment Agency
  • 1972, 1976: Elected to Inglewood City Council on two separate occasions
  • 1974: Vice President, N.O.I.S.E (National Organization to Insure a Sound – Controlled Environment)

Public Speaking Experience

  • 1991: Northern California Defense Council Symposium
  • 1985, 1989: Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, Los Angeles
  • 1989: Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, Las Vegas
  • 1989: Continuing Education of the Bar
  • 1989: San Fernando Valley Bar Litigation Section
  • 1986: Southern California Defense Council
  • 1975: American Banking Institute

Representative Cases


“Judge Letteau was great-he listened and helped bring about a settlement in one day. His judgment and techniques were appropriate and worked. I will certainly request his services in the future in trust and estate matters. I also thought the facilities were excellent, and lunch was on time and enjoyable, which is always helpful. I appreciated the reminder from ADR a day or two prior to the mediation.”