Hon. Daniel P. Ramirez (Ret.)

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Hon. Daniel P. Ramirez (Ret.) joins ADR Services, Inc. after 26 years as a Judge for the County of Los Angeles. After obtaining his J.D., Judge Ramirez began his legal career as an associate at Meyer, Wagner, and Associates, with a practice focusing on personal injury matters. After working in private practice, he then spent the next five years as Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles. After his first year as a prosecutor, he was assigned to the Hardcore Gang Division where he specialized in homicide cases. For his successful jury trial work in prosecuting gang-related homicides, he earned special letters of commendation from the District Attorney.

With his appointment to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1994, Judge Ramirez became one of the youngest judges ever appointed to the bench. While presiding over civil cases, he took on leadership roles at the court, serving as Assistant Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge. He was later elevated to the Los Angeles Superior Court upon court unification in 2000.

Judge Ramirez brings a wealth of experience in presiding over both court and jury civil trials. In addition, he is a skilled negotiator and was known among his judicial colleagues as the “go-to judge” for case settlements. He has participated in thousands of settlement conferences involving family law, personal injury, business litigation, and landlord/tenant matters.

Judge Ramirez is tenacious and consistently goes the extra mile to help parties reach resolution. Attorneys and litigants praise him for being well prepared, fair, exceptionally patient, and relentless. He actively listens and he cares about the parties. His strengths are listening, understanding the needs of the parties and pursuing mutually satisfactory agreements to meet those needs.

Judge Ramirez is proficient in Spanish.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

  • Family Law
    • Character, Value and Division of Property
    • Child Custody and Visitation
    • Child and Spousal Support
    • Premarital and Marital Agreements
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Homeowners Association

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2000-2020       Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court

  • Presided over both limited and unlimited civil and family law cases.
  • Elevated to Superior Court upon court unification in 2000.

1994-2000       Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court

  • Served as Assistant Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge.
  • Presided over limited civil cases.

1989-1994       Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles

  • Criminal prosecution, specializing in the prosecution of gang-related homicides.
  • Received letters of commendation from the District Attorney for the successful prosecution of felony homicide cases.

1988-1989       Meyer, Wagner, and Associates

  • Private law practice specializing in personal injury matters.

EDUCATION

2020     “Mediating the Litigated Case”, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (48 hours)

2019     Certified Civil Mediator by The National Judicial College (40 hours)

1987     J.D., Western State University College of Law

1984     B.A., Northern Illinois University

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Whittier Bar Association
  • Southeast Bar Association
  • Alliance of California Judges
  • Latino Judges Association
  • California Judges Association

Representative Cases

FAMILY LAW

  • Complex family law case involving multiple unimproved and improved properties. Long term marriage wherein the disabled spouse sought spousal support. Further issues involved custody, visitation, and school selection for the children.
  • Breach of fiduciary duty involving forgery in the acquisition of real property. Business valuation, spousal support, and property division.
  • Marital home division, multiple retirement plans, federal and state tax debts, Epstein credits and Watts charges, antique vehicle valuation and division of personal property, spousal support, Ostler/Smith calculations, cohabitation dispute, and attorney fees.
  • Property division involving overseas real property and real property within California. Spousal support, attorney fees, and pension plan dispute.
  • Long term marriage where one party was allegedly cohabitating after separation. Deliberate overtime reduction dispute. Valuation of firearms, pension plans, and division marital home.
  • Moore/Marsden calculations, spousal support, child custody, and child support. Long term marriage involving high-income earner and unemployed homemaker.
  • During the marriage, parties executed a revocable trust wherein one party was placed as trustee. Moore/Marsden issues regarding marital home. Both parties had significant monies in their own pension plans. The cost to litigate was estimated at over $100,000 as to each party.
  • Transmutation of marital home, domestic violence allegations, division of retirement account, spousal and child support. Exceptionally, high conflict parents involving issues of custody and visitation. One party spent over $300,000 in attorney's fees. Tried to judgment.
  • Spousal support, breach of fiduciary duties due to excessive gambling debts, division of marital home, pension plan dispute, burial plot division, separate property dispute involving real property held by other party, multiple firearms division, federal and state tax debts dispute.
  • Multi-million-dollar business division and move away dispute. Date of separation was also contested.
  • Short term marriage involving separate real property owned by one party for over twenty years. Title changed to add new spouse and dissolution filed three years later.
  • Parties owned the marital home that was going into foreclosure. One party objected to having the property sold.
  • The litigation involved an equity share partner and the other a homemaker. Dispute concerning division of marital home; spousal support; and attorney’s fees.
  • Long term marriage involving failure to pay IRS and FTB debts; failure to pay spousal support, QDROs distributions and property division.
  • Parties filed domestic violence restraining orders against each other. Smith/Ossler calculations and arrears involving spousal and child support. Pension plans and credit card debt allocations. Domestic violence restraining orders were mutually dismissed and all other issues settled after mediation.
  • Dispute concerning custody, visitation, and selection of school for children.
  • Contentious custody and visitation issue involving the appropriateness of grandparents assisting in childcare. Contested child support.
  • Child sexual abuse allegations that was vehemently denied by the accused party, custody, and visitation dispute; attorney’s fees. The parties agreed to a step program with conjoint therapy and monitored visitation.
  • One party is an attorney and the other party worked for the government. High conflict parents. Child custody, visitation, support and attorney fees issues.
  • Move away dispute where the family evaluator recommended that the child should be permitted to move with one party. The court did not follow the recommendation due to the child’s close relationship with the non-moving party and the child’s extensive family ties in California. Spousal, child support, and stock option division. All issues tried to judgment.
  • Child custody dispute involving a move-away. Allegations of substance abuse. Division of property, valuation of professional practice, child support, and spousal support.
  • Parties polarized over child custody and visitation. Move away involving autistic children.
  • Allegation of domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse. Concerns raised regarding appropriate visitation due to the safety of the children. After court mediation, the parties reached a settlement.
  • One party was a veteran and the other a part-time teacher. This case was especially difficult to resolve since one party was represented by a contentious attorney. In the end, the case settled, and the parties thanked the court in helping to resolve the case.
  • Two non-biological men claimed to be the presumed father of the child. Allegations of child abuse. After trial, the court determined that only one of the presumed fathers was the true presumed father thereby appropriately awarding custody and visitation. Judgment
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order issued against one party by court. Child custody, child support, spousal support, division of marital home, leased vehicle, and claims of disability.
  • One party purchased real property prior to marriage. During the marriage, the parties executed a revocable trust. Moore/Marsden, pension plan and spousal support. This case was noteworthy because the cost to litigate would have exceeded $100,000.

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BUSINESS LITIGATION

  • Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging causes of action for breach of contract, breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Plaintiff sought compensatory, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees under Brandt. The parties signed White Waivers for this matter. In this case, Plaintiff’s home was flooded as a result of a leaking pipe. The defense asserted that the leak occurred over an extended period of time and denied the claims. There was also evidence of mold and water stains on the drywall.
  • Plaintiff's assignor sold livestock feed to defendant. At the end of the relationship, there was a balance due of $11,576. However, defendant contended that it was due an offset of $3,466 for product plaintiff's assignor refused to pick up from defendant. When defendant failed to pay plaintiff's assignor, plaintiff's assignor assigned its claim to plaintiff, a collection agency. Thereafter, plaintiff sued defendant, alleging common count theories of recovery. Plaintiff alleged that defendant owed the sum of $11,576 for goods sold and that defendant was not entitled to an offset for goods defendant attempted to return. Defendant contended that it was entitled to the credit and also several hundred dollars in additional credits since defendant's last order from plaintiff's assignor also contained bad product for which credit was not issued.
  • Plaintiffs entered into a written installment sales contract to buy a used car from defendant car dealership. Plaintiffs alleged that after the purchase, they discovered that defendant did not have clean title, and therefore plaintiffs were unable to register the vehicle. The car was repeatedly ticketed for lack of a registration. When plaintiffs went to defendant for help, they were ushered out of the office. Defendant refused to return the money paid by plaintiffs and failed to provide the registration to plaintiffs. The vehicle was eventually repossessed and plaintiffs commenced the lawsuit, claiming breach of contract and fraud. Plaintiffs sought to revoke acceptance of the sales contract and requested that defendants restore the amount paid.
  • Violation of ATROS (Automatic Temporary Restraining Orders) by refinancing the property, breach of fiduciary duties due to concealment of assets, business valuation, substantial credit card obligations.
  • Long term marriage involving the valuation of the contractor’s business, spousal support, sale of the marital home.
  • Valuation of business where two forensic accountants differed substantially in the value of the business, imputation of income due to decreased earnings of one party, Family Code §4331 vocational examination party, division of debts, Watts charges, retirement plans, life insurance plans, spousal support, and attorney’s fees.

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PERSONAL INJURY

  • Defendant driver was not the registered owner in this four-vehicle collision. The registered owner’s maximum property damage responsibility pursuant to Vehicle Code Section 17151 was capped at $5,000. Liability was not disputed. Defendant driver claimed to be homeless and insolvent.
  • Plaintiff alleges that Defendant failed to stop at red light thereby colliding with her vehicle. Defendant claimed that she went through a green light and Plaintiff failed to stop at her red light causing the collision. Plaintiff’s medical damages were over $70,000.00. Plaintiff sought more than 10x the amount of the policy stating that the insurance policy “popped” because Defendant failed to accept policy limits demand after full disclosure of losses in excess of the policy. Defendant disputed that the insurance policy lid was off or opened since no offer was tendered, liability was disputed, and damages were also in dispute.
  • Plaintiff sustained substantial personal injuries when her vehicle was totaled in an intersection. Defendant claimed that Plaintiff was at fault by entering the intersection against the red light and hitting his vehicle when he was making a right turn. There was no corroborating evidence such as admissions, police report findings, or independent witnesses to substantiate either party’s claim that the other party was at fault.
  • Plaintiff slipped and fell on water while shopping at a grocery store. Defense asserted that Plaintiff’s admitted that Defendant did not have actual nor constructive knowledge of the condition of the floor.
  • Plaintiff was injured in a low impact rear-end automobile accident. Less than one month later Plaintiff was involved in another accident. Plaintiff denied in his deposition that he was involved in a second accident.
  • Elderly Plaintiff walking his dog when the Defendant’s German Shepard attacked him on his right leg causing Plaintiff to fall backward sustaining serious injuries.
  • Rear end auto collision causing soft tissue injuries. Liability was not disputed. Less than a month later, Plaintiff was allegedly involved in another auto collision. However, Plaintiff denied being involved in the subsequent accident. The defense also claimed that Plaintiff’s treatment was not reasonable nor necessary.
  • Personal injury resulting for a two-car accident where damages to the vehicles were moderate and medical treatment was minimal. Liability disputed. The defense asserted comparable negligence.
  • A 35-year-old delivery truck driver came to a controlled intersection and brought his truck to a stop for a red light. When his light changed to green, he pulled to mid-intersection and then stopped to allow oncoming traffic to clear. After defendant's traffic light phased to yellow and then to red, he commenced his left turn. Plaintiff entered the intersection and struck defendant's truck as it was clearing the intersection. Plaintiff claimed her light was yellow and defendant executed his left turn in front of her path of travel, failing to yield the right-of-way as required. Defendant contended he commenced his turn after his light had phased to red and when plaintiffs' car was still a sufficient distance away that she should have been able to stop safely.

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INSURANCE

  • In this subrogation case, Plaintiff sought to recover property-related damages. Newly discovered information at mediation revealed that Defendant was in fact insolvent and that a supplemental financial declaration was needed to close the case.

LANDLORD / TENANT

  • Landlord/Tenant dispute where Tenant failed to pay six months of rent. Tenant claimed breach of the implied warranty of habitability. Landlord asserted that the property was in good repair.