Hon. Victor H. Persón (Ret.)

Profile

Recognized as a Daily Journal “Top Neutral” in 2009 and a full time mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee since 2007, Judge Persón brings 45 years of legal experience to his practice, including 23 years of judicial experience. Known on the bench for his courteous demeanor, thorough preparation, and excellent knowledge of the law, he has earned a reputation as an effective, serious ADR professional whose grasp of complex issues brings high-stakes and often high-value disputes to resolution.

Legal Experience

  • 1992-2007 Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court
    • 2000-2007 Civil Fast Track assignment
    • Served on the Rules, Technology, and ADR Committees
  • 1985-1992 Municipal Court Judge, Pasadena Judicial District
  • 1973-1985 Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County
    • Spent 5 years in the Consumer and Environment Protection Division prosecuting unfair competition, false advertising, and other consumer claims

Areas of Specialty

  • Business & Commercial
  • Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Elder Care & Abuse
  • Professional Malpractice (Accounting, Legal, Medical)
  • Entertainment
  • Personal Injury, including Product Liability

Awards & Memberships

  • 2009 Daily Journal “Top Neutral”
  • Honorary Member of the Board of Directors, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities
  • Judicial Advisor to the Board of Directors, William J. Rea ABOTA Inn of Court
  • Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Los Angeles Chapter
  • Associate Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)
  • Associate Member, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC)

Education

  • 2005 Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (40 hours), Pepperdine University
  • 1971 JD, Loyola Law School
  • 1968 BS in Business Administration, University of Southern California

Continuing Legal Education

  • Judge Persón regularly attends continuing legal education seminars offered by various professional groups or bar associations, including:
    • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Annual Convention
    • California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA), Annual Conference
    • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), Annual Seminar
    • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC), Annual Seminar

Representative Cases

Business

  • Tenant has occupied two buildings of landlord for over 30 years. Dispute arose due to question as to whether tenant properly exercised, or exercised at all, his third of four 10-year lease extensions. Tenant claims he did. Landlord says he did not. Tenant’s rent rate is substantially below market, which made his business attractive for purchase and he wants to sell it but can’t unless he gets an option to buy.

Entertainment

  • One case was with the female singer, Jewel, who was being sued by her manager/friend. Jewel and her manager had entered into a contract that provided that the manager would collect a certain amount of commission on work Jewel did and a certain percentage of the revenue on her first four published CD's.
  • Another major entertainment case was when Jennifer Lopez sued her ex-husband, for violating the marital settlement agreement that they had entered into to settle his former lawsuit against her when she fired him as the manager of her Cuban restaurant in Pasadena.
  • Finally, Judge Person also heard a very complex matter while on the trial court that he resolved on a demurrer, The Woods vs. Fox Broadcasting. It related to the interference with contractual relationships, either negligent or intentional. This case dealt with a very large scale sale of intellectual property--kids' television programming from Fox to Disney where the minority shareholders of the company selling the programming complained that they were not adequately compensated because of the majority shareholders' act

Real Estate

  • Plaintiff was the estate of the owner of real property (residential) that was conveyed to an LLC set up as a loan source for funding the setting aside of a foreclosure initiated by the original lender, a major bank. Plaintiff was alleging fraud in the inducement, lack of consideration in the operating agreement and trying to cancel the deed.