Civil matters of all types, with emphasis on products liability, real estate (including landlord-tenant and the Davis-Sterling Act), personal injury and matters within the jurisdiction of the probate court.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Commissioner Carnahan served on the Los Angeles Municipal Court, South Bay Judicial District, from 1984-2000 and, after the two courts consolidated, continued as a Superior Court Commissioner from 2000-2013. Prior to his judicial service he was a civil litigator, emphasizing tort litigation in state and federal court, much of that practice being devoted to products cases and other insured litigation.
All during his judicial career, he handled mandatory and voluntary settlement conferences, law and motion matters and all phases of civil trials. He presided over numerous emotionally charged matters, including those involving family disputes, domestic violence, restraining orders and small claims. He sat in the first preliminary hearing in the South Bay of a three-strikes felony case, and also in the case of Peters v. Honda, in which the plaintiff sought damages for alleged misrepresentation of mileage figures in a mass produced automobile.
Since retirement, Commissioner Carnahan has continued the teaching and writing careers that he maintained while on the bench and, in addition to his ADR practice, has devoted time to legal consulting, primarily in the probate arena, and to pro bono work in the area of housing litigation, for the Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles.
ORGANIZATIONS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Lectured and taught before numerous court-sponsored continuing judicial education groups on civil procedure topics and substantive civil law.
Author of several law-related books and of over 200 columns (for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and other publications) on law and judicial practice and ethics.
Adjunct professor (at various times) at: Whittier Law School, Loyola Law School, University of West Los Angeles Law School, the Northrop University Law School, the USC Law Center Paralegal Program, the UCLA Extension, El Camino Community College, West Coast University. Taught courses in Probate; Business Law; Real Property; Evidence; Remedies; Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiation; Civil Procedure; and Torts.
Member: State Bar of California; South Bay Bar Association, Benjamin Aranda III American Inn of Court.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco (1975)
B.S., Engineering, UCLA (1968)
CJER Judicial Education Training Course (2005)
M.P.W. (Masters of Professional Writing), University of Southern California (2008)
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