Hon. Raul A. Ramirez (Ret.)

Profile

Education

  • LL.B., 1970, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
  • B.A., 1967, California State University at Los Angeles

Experience

  • 1990-Present
    • Ramirez Arbitration & Mediation Services: Since leaving the federal bench in 1990, I have specialized in the resolution of legal disputes with primary focus on the mediation/settlement of the following: employment claims (wrongful termination, sex, race, age and handicap discrimination); insurance coverage disputes; personal injury and wrongful death claims; professional malpractice; complex business/commercial disputes.
  • 1990-1996
    • Senior Litigation Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; (Sacramento Office). Primary focus on complex litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures, i.e., court appointed settlement master, mediator, private settlement conference judge, neutral and party Arbitrator.
  • 1980-1990
    • Federal District Court Judge, Eastern District of California; Appellate Judge, by appointment, to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • 1977-1980
    • Municipal/Superior Court Judge, Sacramento County, California.
  • 1970-1977
    • Extensive representation of clients in the areas of tort litigation and defense of major crimes, both at the state and federal court levels. During this period, had cause to successfully represent clients before the respective state courts of appeal and the California Supreme Court.*
During the course of my experience as a civil litigator, jurist, and private judge, I had cause to try or otherwise preside over 3000 or more injury trials, settlement conferences and/or mediations

Lecturer/Panelist

Have lectured extensively on the subjects of trial practice and procedure for the California Continuing Education of the Bar, local and federal bar associations, trial lawyer associations, and various law schools including The University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, The University of California at Davis, Martin Luther King Law School, and Northwestern School of Law, Sacramento. Among the more notable lectures are the following:

  • Author/Speaker – “The Nuts and Bolts of Federal Trial Practice”, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association, 1989 – current; Board of Advisors, faculty member/lecturer, Orientation In American Law Program, University of California at Davis, 1990- current;
  • Faculty member and Chair, National Employment Law Institute (NELI) 1990- current;
  • Speaker, Sacramento County Bar Association Minority Hiring & Retention Committee, Summer Fellowship Program 1990 – current;
  • Speaker/Panelist KVIE Channel 6 In Person Series “Ethics in The Media – Hard News, Hard Choices”, Sacramento 1991; Speaker, CJA Panel Program, “Representing a Client in Grand Jury Proceedings”, Sacramento 1991;
  • Speaker, “Bridging The Gap Program”, sponsored by the Barristers’ Club of Sacramento and The Daily Recorder, 1991; Speaker, Equal Employment Advisory Council (EEAC), San Francisco, 1992;
  • Presentation – “Employment Discrimination Actions”, Sacramento City Attorney’s Office, 1994;
  • Judge – mock trials, MeGeorge School of Law, University of The Pacific and University of California at Davis, Martin Luther King Law School, 1990 – current;
  • Speaker/Panelist, “Mediation – Timing, Tactics, Effective Approaches to Settlement”, Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, Cannel, CA 1994;
  • Speaker/Panelist, Alternative Dispute Resolution in Environmental Matters, OH&S Environmental Seminars, San Francisco and Sacramento 1994

Admitted

  • United States Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit)
  • United States District Court (N.D., C.D., E.D., S.D., Cal.) California Supreme Court

Achievements, Awards, Hobbies and Interests

  • First Hispanic Appointed to the Federal District Court in California
  • Youngest Judge to be appointed to the Sacramento Municipal Court
  • Youngest Judge to be appointed to the Federal District Court
  • Distinguished service award, Sacramento City Counsel, Police Practices Committee
  • All sports, sports cars, weight training, mechanics & gardening

Representative Cases

PERSONAL INJURY:

  • A disabled child was molested by bus driver; case settled for $1.5 million.
  • One of 3 mediators in the longest sexual abuse case in history of state; case ultimately settled for $139 million.
  • Wrongful death dispute between surviving heirs; case settled for $1 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged negligent operation of vehicle, speeding and/or alcohol issues; case settled for $1.25 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged injuries while in care of foster parents; case settled for $450,000.
  • Plaintiff’s three minor children alleged sex abuse by teacher; case settled for $250,000.
  • Plaintiff, a minor, alleged sex abuse by transport company; case settled for $370,000.
  • Special needs plaintiff harassed at school by teacher, etc.; case settled for $350,000.

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EMPLOYMENT:

  • Plaintiff alleged disability discrimination against major health provider; case settled for $1.1 million.
  • Plaintiff, a 16-year-old female working as a waitress, alleged she was sexually assaulted; case settled for $1.0 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged same sex harassment while employed as heavy equipment operator; case settled for $250,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged harassment and/or maternity leave discrimination and retaliation; case settled for $150,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged wage and hour violations against major restaurant facility; case settled for $1.3 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged handicap discrimination and/or failure to accommodate; case settles for $185,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged FMLA violations and/or retaliation; case settled for $250,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged sex harassment and failure to promote; case settled for $160,000.
  • Wage and hour dispute regarding pre-work activities, etc.; case settled for $800,000.
  • Age discrimination case; case settled for $350,000.
  • Wage and hour dispute; meal and rest period dispute; settled for $1.0 million.
  • Plaintiff alleges disability and/or failure to accommodate; case settled for $250,000.
  • Sex harassment case at medical facility; case settled for $350,000.

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CIVIL RIGHTS:

  • Police were accused of excessive force in shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old; case settled for $1.5 million.
  • Police allegedly beat an unarmed suspect to death; case settled for $5.8 million.
  • Police shot and killed a 24-year-old mentally ill suspect; case settled for $1.3 million.
  • Inmates alleged various civil rights violations; case settled for $475,000.
  • Police brutality and failure to provide medical attention case; case ultimately settled for $8.3 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged a failure to provide medical care by jail personnel; case settled for $775,000.
  • Mediated the famous “pepper-spray” case at UCD campus; case settled for $1.0 million.
  • Plaintiff claimed civil rights violation; excessive force regarding arrest; case settled for $450,000.
  • Plaintiff claimed civil rights violation and resulting personal injuries; case settled for $6.7 million.
  • Plaintiff claimed civil rights violation regarding arrest and detention; case settled for $250,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged §1983 action; failure to provide needed medical treatment while confined; case settled for $1.2 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged §1983 action regarding mentally ill person shot by police; case settled for $950,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged §1983 action regarding mentally ill person shot by police; case settled for $850,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged §1983 action regarding fleeing felon shot in back by police; case settles for $2.2 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged §1983 action dog bite by police dog; excessive force; case settles for $350,000.
  • Plaintiff alleged §1983 action regarding inmate beaten by guards; case settled for $3.7 million.

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MISCELLANEOUS:

  • Plaintiff alleged business dispute regarding tax assessment overcharge, etc.; case settled for $1.975 million.
  • Plaintiff alleged business dispute regarding overcharge for utilities, etc.; case settled for $650,000 million.
  • CEQA case; case settled for $3.1 million.
  • Insurance dispute regarding fire damage, etc.; case settled for $1.5 million.
  • Habitability issues; case settled for $1.5 million.
  • Habitability claims; settled for $450,000.

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