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Joe W. Hilberman
Los Angeles

ADR Services, Inc.

Career Highlights: Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court; partner, Fonda Hilberman & Fraser; partner, Fonda Garrard Hilberman & Davis; partner, Levinson & Lieberman; partner, Shield & Smith; trustee, American Board of Trial Advocates

Specialty: Arbitration, mediation and discovery matters in personal injury, malpractice, business and contract litigation, employment, real estate, homeowners association litigation and family law

One thing Hilberman enjoyed most about his 28 years in practice and his eight years on the bench was the wide variety of cases. As aneutral, Hilberman keeps his work just as varied. In less than two years as a mediator, arbitrator and discovery referee, his cases — 300 the first year alone — ranged from family law to police shootings and from discovery disputes to attorney fee fights. Recently, Hilberman helped arrange substantial settlements for a person left in a permanent vegetative state by medical error and for the family of a person killed by the police. He also worked on a case against the Los Angeles Unified School District by parents of a molested student. “It’s been quite remarkable,” he said.