Hon. Philip M. Saeta (Ret.)


Judicial Experience

  • Judge of the Superior Court 1975 to 1991
    • 1.5 years of law and motion and discovery
    • 2  years of family law
    • 3  years of Civil Fast Track including law and motion and discovery, civil jury and non jury trials
    • 2  years Appellate Department
    • 6.5 years general civil jury and non jury trials and mandatory settlement conferences
  • Judge of the Municipal Court 1964 to 1975
    • 5   years of criminal assignments
    • 1.5 years of civil law and motion and discovery
    • 4.5 years of civil jury and non jury trials


  • AB and JD degrees Stanford University and Stanford University School of Law – 1953 and 1957


  • Civil practice, Beardsley, Hufstedler & Kemble – 1958 to 1964

Organizations & Service

  • Member and Chair of BAJI Committee for 20 years
  • Member and Chair of California Judges Association Civil Procedure Committee for many years.
  • Member and Chair of several committees of American Bar Association Division of Judicial Administration and its Conferences
  • California Judges Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER).
  • Author and contributor to several pieces of new legislation and California Rules of Court.
  • Lecturer and Adjunct Professor Southwestern University and Loyola Schools of Law and California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) in fields of law and motion, jury instructions, civil trials and evidence.

Representative Cases