Hon. Jacqueline Connor brings over 25 years of judicial experience in resolving complex legal and factual issues to her mediations. Nationally recognized for her extensive study of juries, Judge Connor’s fluency in the art and business of jury perceptions offer parties an expert assessment of the risks and rewards that they face at the hands of a jury.


Judge Connor’s in-depth knowledge of settlements, judicial decisions, and jury verdicts is enhanced by her ability to connect with parties on a straightforward and honest level. Attorneys have commented favorably on her superb settlement ability, such as “[Judge Connor] was able to work out a deal that was agreeable to everybody. It took a lot of guts for her to do what she did. But she figured out what the case was worth and she settled the case. There [are not] enough judges that do that sort of thing.”


Judge Connor has been honored as “Judge of the Year” by three different legal organizations as well as been recognized as amongst the top legal professionals in both California and the nation, speaks fluent Japanese, and is a proud alumnus of the University of Southern California. 


AREAS OF EXPERTISE

• Business & Commercial Contract
• Consumer Rights Litigation
• Employment
• Medical Malpractice
• Personal Injury
• Products Liability
• Real Estate


AWARDS & HONORS


2013 Top Neutral Rising Star, Daily Journal

2012 Judge of the Year, Loyola Law School

2007 Top 100 California Leading Lawyers (Daily Journal)

2006 Leading 500 Judges Nationwide (Lawdragon)

2006 Outstanding Jurist of the Year (Los Angeles County Bar Association)

2000 Judge of the Year (Century City Bar Association)

2000 Judge of the Year (Criminal Section – Los Angeles County Bar Association)


PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND


1988 – 2012

Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court

   • Santa Monica Courthouse (Civil Assignment), 2002 – 2012

   • Central Criminal, 1989 – 2002  

   • Pasadena Courthouse,1988


1986 - 1988

Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court

   • West Los Angeles; Metropolitan Courthouse; Central Arraignment


1977 - 1986

Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office

   • Head of the Sexual Assault Unit, 1979 -1983 


EDUCATION


2012 Pepperdine, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Mediating the Litigated Case

1976 University of Southern California School of Law, Juris Doctorate

1973 University of Southern California, International Relations and Economics


PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS


  • California District Attorney's Association, Co-Chair/Co-Founder Sexual Assault Committee 1981-1982
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Chair, Sexual Assault Committee 1981-1982
  • Office of Criminal Justice and Planning, State Advisory Committee for the California Sexual Assault      Services and Prevention Program 1980-1983
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee to Draft Rules for Criminal Trials, Superior Court 1994
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Grand and Trial Jury Committee Vice Chair 1989 to 2000
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Trial Jurors Committee Chair 2000 to 2006, 2011-2012
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Legislation Committee 1989
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Committee 1990-1991, 1998-2001
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Personnel and Budget Committee 1991, 1993
  • Member, Los Angeles Superior Court Task Force on Fairness and Equality 1994-1995
  • Member, Nominating Committee, California Judge's Association 1995
  • Member, Los Angeles Superior Court Ad Hoc Plan Oversight Committee, 1996-2000
  • Board of Directors, Carlthorp School, Santa Monica 1993-1998
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Criminal Court Committee 1997
  • Chair, Los Angeles Superior Court Pro Per Committee 1991 to 2001
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Death Penalty Appeals 1992
  • Chair, Written Questionnaire Committee, L.A. Superior Court 1992; member 1993, 1994
  • Member, Jury Deliberation Project, American Judicature Society 1997 to 1999
  • Los Angeles Superior Court Services/Sheriff Committee 1999
  • Member, Judicial Council Task Force on Jury System Improvement 1998 to 2006
  • Member, Media Committee, Los Angeles Superior Court, 1998 to 2000
  • Member, Hung Jury Advisory Committee, National Center for State Courts, 1999-2000
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Task Force on Jury Service Practices 2003
  • Vice Chair, Education Committee, California Continuing Judicial Studies 2004 to 2006
  • Member, AOC Committee on Pro Per Litigants 2004
  • AOC Steering Committee on Jury Rules Proposals 2005 to 2012
  • Member, ABA Commission on Juries 2004 to 2012
  • Member AOC  Joint Working Group on Jury Administration and Management 2007 to 2012
  • Board Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers July 2008 to 2010
  • ABTL member
  • Commission on Judicial Performance Special Master 2007 to 2012
  • Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Committee 2009 to 2012
  • Publication Consultant, AOC Bench Handbook JURY MANAGEMENT 2007 to 2012
  • Santa Monica Bar Association
  • Italian American Bar Association
  • Southern California Mediation Association​
  • California Society of Healthcare Attorneys 


SPEAKING PRESENTATIONS


Judge Connor has spoken extensively on various legal topics, including:


- Jury Innovation and Reforms

- Elder Abuse

- Evidence

- Civil Jury Instructions

- Media & High Profile Cases

- Technology in the Courtroom

- Voir Dire and Jury Strategies

- Trial Practice

- Cross-Boarder Litigation

- Juries and Cyberspace



Judge of the Superior Court (Retired)

Hon. Jacqueline A. Connor