As a highly respected and well-liked trial and mandatory settlement conference judge, Judge Solner brings more than 40 years of legal and judicial experience to the ADR world. At the end of his 17 year judicial career, Judge Solner had become one of the most requested settlement judges at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.
Judge Solner served 4 years as an Air Force officer, flying combat missions over North Viet Nam, before attending law school. Following graduation, he began his legal career as an Assistant United States Attorney, and at the same time, served as a reserve JAG officer.
During his 4½ year tenure in the US Attorney’s office, he tried 32 felony jury trials, numerous court trials, wrote many appellate briefs, and argued countless cases before the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. At this time, as an Asst. US Attorney, he received an award from the Department of Justice for outstanding sustained superior performance.
He then became a partner at a major California law firm handling a wide variety of litigation matters. After 10 years there, the opportunity to build his own practice with an established clientele led him to a solo practice for the 10 years before his appointment to the bench. His experience as an attorney before becoming a judge includes trials in Federal and State court, both criminal and civil, as well as trials in U.S. Tax Court.
Is realizing that disputed matters are personal and of extreme importance to all parties;
That one size does not fit all disputes and innovative and/or non-traditional thinking is often helpful;
And listening in depth to the parties’ concerns is vital to intelligent decision making.