Hon. Eric E. Younger (Ret.)



  • 2012 Daily Journal Top Neutral
  • Santarelli Award, National Association of Victims Assistance

Professional Background

Private Judge in all phases of dispute resolution, exclusively affiliated with ADR Services, Inc.

Prior Professional Work

Judge of the Superior Court, Los Angeles County (1974-1995)
Of 20+ years, the first six were on the Los Angeles Municipal Court – all California trial courts have since unified. Judicial service included several hundred jury trials, several thousand court trials, law and motion hearings and settlement conferences; final seven years were in Central Civil “fast track”; headed Pasadena Juvenile Court for two years; served twice on Superior Court Executive Committee and in various master calendar courts; represented court(s) on several boards, before Legislature and in national programs (primarily on community service sentencing, “cameras in the courts,” crime victims’ rights); California’s first televised criminal trial; nine appellate opinions.

Justice Pro Tem, California Court of Appeal, 2nd District (1982)
Authored nine opinions, seven published

Attorney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles (1968-1971)
Corporate Law

Assistant Attorney General, State of California (1971-1974)
Law enforcement education, training and planning; state-wide crime prevention programs; representative on POST Commission

Advisor to the Firm, Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger, Los Angeles (1999-2002)

Of Counsel, Graham & James, Los Angeles (1995-99)

Teaching, University of Southern California; University of California, Irvine

Peace Officer, Cadet and later Police Officer, Hermosa Beach; Deputy, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Reserve Officer, Pasadena Police Department


  • Harvard Law School, 1968, cum laude: Poverty Law, Community Legal Assistance Office
  • University of Southern California, 1965, magna cum laude: Phi Beta Kappa; Freshman track team
  • Otis Art In­stitut­e; John Marshall High School, Los Angeles (Highest H­o­n­o­r­s, lettered in three sports); Eagle Scout

Testimony and Publications

  • Book: Younger on California Motions (Thomson Reuters, formerly West – now in 20th edition)
  • Articles: Stanford Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, Judicature, Human Rights, Los Angeles County Bar Journal, Judges’ Journal, Westways, The Police Chief; Booklet, Doing Business in Kuwait
  • Editor­ials (some nationally syndicated): Los Angeles Times, Pasadena Star News
  • Testimony: United States Senate and House of Representatives committees, California Legisla­ture; Lectures in 12 states on law, crime prevention, victims rights, sentencing, media and the courts

Activities (Present and Past)

  • Trustee, Member of Executive Committee, Chair of Research and Collections Committee, Los Angeles County Natural History Museum
  • Legal: Faculty, California Trial Judges’ College, Berkeley, and National College of the State Judiciary, Reno, Nevada; American Bar Association, committee chair and section officer; Atlantic Exchange, Netherlands; Board of Directors, Neighborhood Justice Center, Venice; National Association of Victims Assistance; Harvard Law School Association; California Judges Association;
  • Community: Former Director: Boy Scouts of America, San Gabriel Valley Council (former Chair, Rose Bowl District); Volunteer, Park City [Utah] Museum and Historical Society; Pasadena Pops Orchestra (founding Board); Member: Cardinal and Gold, University of Southern California; Harvard Law School Association; American Bar Association. Former Member: National Ski Patrol; California Peace Officers Association;


  • Born: San Francisco, 1943;
  • Married: Former Debra Diane Degener (50-year Flight Attendant, Continental (now United) Airlines); Children: Candace Anne (Administrator (Former Attorney), Cal Tech) and David Harry (Los Angeles public school teacher)
  • Languages: Poor Spanish and French
  • Hobbies: Travel, museum volunteering, carpentry/construction, camping/fishing, writing/reading, skiing

Representative Cases