Michael Latin

Hon. Michael Latin mediates, arbitrates and acts in the capacity of a private judge on a wide range of cases.

As a mediator, Judge Latin settles most of his cases through a combination of his deep knowledge of the law, his extensive experience, and his approachable and warm personality. Since retiring from the Los Angeles Superior Court, where he served for eight years as a trial judge, Judge Latin has established himself as one of the most sought-after neutrals in Southern California.

Judge Latin began his career as an associate at Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest employment defense firm, specializing in wrongful termination, wage & hour, and discrimination claims in state and federal courts. He then served as a trial attorney in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office for 16 years, where we was assigned to the elite Major Crimes Division, responsible for handling the District Attorney's most complex and high-profile cases. He prosecuted over 150 felony jury trials, including Sara Jane Olson, real estate magnate Bruce Koklich, Judge Albert Garcia, and music producer Phil Spector.

In 2003, Judge Latin joined the bench as a Superior Court Judge in Los Angeles. In 2008, he was named the Supervising Site Judge for the Van Nuys Superior Civil Courthouse. He was also named to the Los Angeles Superior Court ADR Committee in 2009. In 2010, he was elected to the Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Committee. He also acted as Assistant Supervising Judge for the Los Angeles Northwest District Courts, where he supervised approximately 40 civil and criminal judge and bench officers. In 2010, he was nominated for Trial Judge of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, a distinction bestowed on Judge Latin for his continued excellence in overseeing and resolving cases in a fair and impartial manner.

During his eight years on the bench, Judge Latin successfully facilitated over 500 settlements in addition to presiding over jury and bench trials. He also supervised seven unlimited jurisdiction courts. Judge Latin is experienced in overseeing disputes relating to:

  • Professional Malpractice
  • Employment
  • Product Liability
  • General Business/Complex Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Real Estate
  • Fee Disputes
  • Health Coverage
  • Entertainment
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial Contract
  • Computer Fraud
  • Construction Defect
  • Governmental Liability
  • Bad Faith
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury

The media has taken notice of Judge Latin's talents, with The Daily Journal having written two profiles on Judge Latin's work as a neutral in 2013 and 2016. Additionally, Judge Latin's work in prosecuting high-profile individuals, including Sara Jane Olson and Phil Spector, has been profiled by Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many other outlets.