Victor E. Bianchini

Hon. Victor E. Bianchini, Ret.

Santa Ana, California 92701


Aviation, Business, Commercial, Contract, Employment, Family, Financial, Intellectual Property, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice, Workplace

Retired Superior Court Judge and Retired Federal Magistrate Judge

Judge Bianchini was appointed a Federal Magistrate Judge for The Southern District of California in 1974. After 8 ½ years of service, he was appointed to the State Court Bench. He retired from the Superior Court in San Diego to pursue his passion for mediation as a full time neutral in 2002. He was later recruited by the Federal Courts in New York as a settlement judge for complex civil litigation and prisoner civil rights matters. During his tenure on both the state and federal benches, Judge Bianchini mediated more than 3,500 cases ranging from simple to multi-issue complex matters. Among his settlements are many multi-million dollar verdicts in complex cases ranging from patent cases to class actions. Judge Bianchini is known to be an advocate for the settlement process while using a warm and caring approach. Many clients praise him for not giving up and truly exploring every avenue for possible settlement. One client said, "he is a wonderful person, knowledgeable, and an extremely effective mediator".
  • JD – University of San Diego
  • BA – Political Science, San Diego State University (1960)
  • Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, National Judicial College (2001); Extensive formal mediation training, Pepperdine University
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar to Country of Eritrea, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Consultant to Minister of Justice (2002)
  • Associate Professor, Legal Advisor, International Student Advisor, San Diego State University (1960)
  • Naval Justice School (1970)
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Chair Ethics Committee (1973)
  • Military Judges’ School, University of Virginia, (1983)
  • Chairperson, Criminal Justice, Law & Public Administration Dept., National University, Lead Faculty, 1978, 1986-1989.
  • Member, National University Faculty Senate, (1997)
  • Member, Faculty and Faculty Council National Judicial College (1994-1998)
  • Traveled to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan consulting to educate judges and to establish mediation programs in court and with governmental agencies for the National Judicial College (1998)
  • President, San Diego County Law Library Board of Trustees (1993, 1995)
  • President, San Diego County Law Library Foundation Board of Trustees (1993-1995)
  • Federal Judicial Center Mediation Skills Program for U.S. Magistrate Judges (2003, 2012)
  • Pepperdine Mediation Seminars, Standard & Advanced (1998, 2000, 2012)
  • Certificate in Judicial Development and Alternative Dispute Resolution, National Judicial College (1998-2000)
  • President, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Historical Society (2007-2009)
  • President, Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association, San Diego Chapter (2001)
  • Vice President, Treasurer, Director, San Diego County Bar Association Board of Directors (1978-1980)
  • Chairman, Board of Visitors, University of San Diego School of Law (1977), Member, (1975-1978).
  • San Diego Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board (2004-Present)

  • Business/Commercial, Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith, Products Liability, Medical/Legal Malpractice, Civil Rights, Family Law, Mortgage/Foreclosure, Employment & Class Action Suits, Intellectual Property, Securities, Shareholder Suits, ERISA, Highly Sensitive and/or Catastrophic Personal Injury, Americans with Disability Act (ADA), Homeowners Association Disputes, Jones Act/Maritime, Aviation, Franchise, Professional Liability, Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), Family Law (Property and associated issues only)

  • Consumer Attorneys of San Diego Judge of the Year (2007)
  • President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Evidence, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego (1992)
  • “Volunteer of the Year,” Mt. Carmel High School, Poway School District (2006)
  • “Trial Judge of the Year” Awarded by the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (1992)
  • “President’s Award,” awarded by the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association for educational contributions as Lecturer in CLE Subjects (1991)
  • “Special Recognition Award” by San Diego Trial Lawyers Association for educational contributions as Lecturer in CLE Subjects (1988)
  • Special Award for Educational Contributions, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association
  • “Legal Professional of the Year,” Foothills Bar Association (“Big Footie” (as in “Foothills” Award of the Foothills Bar Association, East County Lawyers) (2001)
  • Family Law Judge of the Year awarded by Foothills Bar Association & El Cajon Superior Court (2002)
  • "Outstanding Professor" award, National University (1979)
  • "Legion of Merit" for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service, United States Marine Corps for service during "Desert Shield/Desert Storm," while in Washington, D.C. (1991)
  • "Bronze Star" with Combat "V" for meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an opposing armed force in Vietnam, United States Marine Corps (1965-1966)
  • "Air Medals" (3) for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flights involving conflict with an opposing armed force in combat in Vietnam, United States Marine Corps (1965-1966)
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San Diego, CA 92101

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