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Hon. Burton S. Katz
Los Angeles County Superior Court, Retired

Named one of the Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top Neutrals in 2006 and 2009, Judge Burton S. Katz is a fulltime dispute resolution professional who has gained an excellent reputation for his settlement abilities. Described by his clients as “smart, focused, creative, engaging, nonthreatening, empathetic and firm when he needs to be,” Judge Katz specializes in construction defect issues but has also resolved multi-million dollar cases involving partnership dissolutions, fee disputes and a range of other complex disputes.



Construction defect, business/contractual, negligence, insurance, bad faith, real estate, habitability, entertainment, medical malpractice, personal injury, labor & employment and civil rights issues.


Judge Katz has mediated and arbitrated numerous cases during the past six years, specializing in construction defect issues, including general con­struction, contractual disputes, tenant improvements, and ­negligence. A Certified Property Mold Specialist in Toxic Mold Remedi­ation and Toxic Mold Inspection, Judge Katz mediated Gorman v. Kormick, which involved the largest settlement to date in a toxic mold case. Judge Katz has also had success resolving entertainment, employment and all areas of official misconduct, as well as medical malpractice, bad faith and insurance issues.

An accomplished jurist and trial lawyer for more than 25 years who is respected for his knowledge and legal acumen, Judge Katz conducted hundreds of trials, motions and hearings and handled lengthy high-profile and complex matters. He retired from the Los Angeles Superior Court to become a legal commentator. He hosted his own shows on MSNBC TV and KABC radio and appeared regularly on such programs as CNN’s Crossfire.

Judge Katz is an approved neutral on the Construction, Commercial and Labor panels for the AAA, as well as the Contractor’s State License Board and the State Department of Insurance.



Member, American Bar Association, Labor & Employment and Dispute Resolution sections

Member of the Dispute Resolution Sections of the Los Angeles County and the Beverly Hills Bar associations, as well as the Southern California Mediation Association.

Adjunct ­professor, University of San Fernando College of Law.

Lecturer, California Judicial College at Boalt Hall, Pepperdine ­University School of Law and the top litigation law firms.

Has twice been the moderator for the National Forensic Center’s Annual Conference of Distinguished Experts.

Author of numerous published articles on the justice system and trial advocacy.


J.D., Loyola University of Los Angeles

Judge Katz is available throughout California.

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