H. WarrenKnight (D), Esquire

California Superior Court (Ret.)
(1929 - 2013)
Newport Beach, CA 92660-4209


Judge Knight passed away on November 15, 2013.

Warren Knight is the recipient of the ACCTM 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hon. H. Warren Knight (Ret.), Founder, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (J·A·M·S) January, 1979.

Judge Knight's distinguished judicial career includes six years of service with the Orange County Superior Court and two years with the Orange County Municipal Court, South Judicial District. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was in private practice with Portigal & Knight in Orange County for twelve years.

He is now retired and lives with his wife, Carolyn, in Newport Beach, CA.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Employment
  • General Mediation
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Organizational
  • Personal Injury
  • Workplace

MEMBER: 1997



Heard thousands of settlement conferences and developed an expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice, disability retirement, hospital staff hearings, dissolutions and complex civil litigation. Due to his long-standing commitment to ADR, he has not only extensive knowledge of the full spectrum of legal issues, but also a thorough understanding of all types of ADR hearing formats.

While on the Civil Jury Trial Panel, Judge Knight worked with three other judges to create Settlement Conference Week. He helped draft the rules and participated in that program for two years.

Law experience primarily consisted of a general insurance defense practice, with specialization in personal injury and insurance coverage issues.

Spoken extensively on ADR in the United States and Europe, traveled to China with the "People to People" delegation, published numerous articles and books on the subject, and written arbitration rules and clauses for use by businesses, insurance companies and attorneys.

Appeared on "ABC Business News" and other network news broadcasts, and has been written about in the Wall Street Journal and other national print media and by many publications specific to the legal community.


LL.B., University of Virginia Law School,
Charlottesville, 1955
B.A., University of Virginia , Charlottesville, 1952
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