Peter J. Polos (retired) serves as Panish Shea & Boyle LLP’s Director of Litigation. In that role, he assists in overseeing the firm’s entire litigation practice, providing a unique perspective as both an experienced trial lawyer and as a judge who understands effective case presentation.
Judge Polos frequently attends case mediations with other firm attorneys, provides guidance on trial strategy and works closely with the firm’s referral attorneys to ensure a smooth transition and oversight of cases brought to the firm by other lawyers. Over the years, he has effectively screened the viability of thousands of potential cases. As a judge and private mediator, he has successfully mediated hundreds of complex cases to successful resolution.
Prior to joining Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, Judge Polos spent eight years as a Superior Court Judge in Orange County, California. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Gray Davis in 2001 and sat for almost five years on the General Civil Panel hearing complex tort, business, employment and product liability cases. He presided over 250 trials, including the City of Anaheim v. L.A. Angels of Anaheim naming case as well as numerous other high profile cases.
His assignments also included handling misdemeanor and felony criminal jury trials. During his time on the bench, Judge Polos was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court to serve two terms as a member of the Judicial Council’s Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee.
He served on both the Complex and Uniform Rules Subcommittees and Co-chaired the committee for Minor’s Compromise reform. Judge Polos served two terms as an alternate on the Court’s Executive Committee and was a long time member of the Grand Jury Selection Committee and the Educational Committee.
He previously served on the Court Technology Committee and the Court Referral Program Advisory Council. He also was asked by the presiding judge to serve as a mentor Judge to newly appointed Judges.
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