Named “Mediator of the Year” in 2014 by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Judge Sabraw has established herself as one of the most highly sought after ADR professionals in the Bay Area. Her ability to “think outside the box” and consistently bring parties together has earned her the reputation of fully investing herself in the settlement process in order to resolve almost all types of dispute, even under the most trying and contentious circumstances. As a result of her high settlement rate and extensive experience in dispute resolution, she was selected as one of California’s Top 50 Neutrals by the Daily Journal newspaper consecutively over four years, from 2010 until 2013, at which time the Daily Journal ceased featuring the list.
During her 20 years on the Bench, Judge Sabraw presided over hundreds of settlement conferences, court and jury trials in all categories of civil litigation. Judge Sabraw has been handling complex matters since 1996 and was assigned to the complex litigation department during her last two years on the Bench. From 2001 to 2006 she presided over all California Environmental Quality Assurance (CEQA) matters filed in Alameda County. Throughout the course of her career, Judge Sabraw has handled nearly every type of dispute, including Consumer and Employee Class Actions, Unfair Business Practices Matters, Catastrophic and Mass Tort Personal Injury Cases, Insurance Coverage Claims, Real Estate Disputes, Eminent Domain Matters, Construction Defect, and Proposition 65 Environmental Claims.
Since becoming a full-time neutral in 2008, Judge Sabraw has successfully mediated, arbitrated, and presided over complex discovery disputes, in hundreds of cases with a focus on the areas of Business, Employment, Insurance Coverage, Real Estate, Professional Malpractice, Elder Abuse, Class Actions and Catastrophic Personal Injury. Judge Sabraw has been described as having an approachable demeanor and an ability to effectively assist parties in working together to reach a resolution. With an invaluable perspective stemming from her diverse experiences, Judge Sabraw views each matter as unique and important to the litigants, encouraging the parties to openly communicate their concerns, as well as providing a realistic judicial assessment of the merits of each case. Counsel have consistently praised her for her high level of empathy, ability to listen carefully to the parties and gain their confidence, while also exerting the right amount of judicial probity in the process.
“Hon. Bonnie Sabraw was incredible. Extremely respectful to the client and a skilled neutral.”
“Judge Sabraw is excellent. She was extremely helpful and brought the human side to the table. It took someone who really understands the trauma that my client experienced to get this resolved. In the end my client could not take it anymore due to her trauma and Judge Sabraw was able to get a number that worked.”