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Hon. Herbert L. Ashby
California Court of Appeal, Second District, Retired

Justice Herbert Ashby’s impeccable integrity and effectiveness have won him widespread respect among litigators. Because of his incisive intellect and his unique ability to evaluate facts and legal issues, he can express legal concepts in a way that makes them clear and understandable to both lawyers and laymen. Justice Ashby is recognized for his ability to bring
parties together to reach settlements in even the most complicated or strenuously disputed cases.


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Personal Injury, Complex Litigation, Business/Commercial, Real Estate Development and Planning, Discovery, Construction, Legal and Medical ­Malpractice, Environmental, Insurance Coverage, Probate.


Justice Ashby was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan to the California Court of Appeal in 1972. During his 20 years as an Associate Justice in Division Five of the Second Appellate District, Justice Ashby was the author of more than 500 published opinions. His store of legal knowledge has earned him acclaim from the bar as “one of the best,” and “four star.”

Justice Ashby’s expertise, especially in personal injury, business litigation and employment cases, permits him to take the parties’ differences and help evolve them into a shared perception that results in workable settlements.

Prior to his appointment to the Appellate bench, Justice Ashby was a private attorney. He served as Assistant District Attorney for the County of Ventura, and was that county’s first County Counsel. He also served as Chief Assistant Attorney General for the State of California. In his 40 years as a lawyer and judge, he has handled almost every conceivable legal issue and has seen the rest. He has been a private judge for more than 15 years.



Member or former member: State Bar of California; New Mexico Bar

U.S. Army, 1953-55


J.D. (1958), University of San Francisco School of Law. Dean’s Honor Roll; Nathan Burkam Award for Copy Right Law.

B.A. (1952), University of New Mexico.

Justice Ashby is available in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and the San Fernando Valley.

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