The Honorable Peter J. Polos (ret.) is Of Counsel to the firm and serves as its 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.
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.
Before his appointment to the bench in 2001, Judge Polos practiced complex plaintiff's litigation, including mass tort, product liability and medical malpractice cases. Judge Polos served as a member of the Plaintiff's Executive Committee of the Coordinated Fen/Phen Litigation, on the Executive Committee for the Coordinated Ford/Firestone Litigation, and as Co-Lead Counsel for Southern California for the Coordinated Sulzer Hip Litigation. He was the primary handling attorney on over 2000 Superior Court Cases which resulted in over one billion dollars in settlements. The mass tort cases he has been involved with collectively have settled for over seven billion dollars. Judge Polos practiced with David M. Harney in Los Angeles from 1990 to 1996 and was a partner at Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman, Skikos & Polos in Newport Beach from 1996 to December 2001.
Judge Polos attended UCLA on a Water Polo scholarship and earned his undergraduate degree in Economics in 1987. While at UCLA, he was a member of the Air Force ROTC and earned one of two quotas given to all Southern California ROTC members to enter flight school after graduation. He also earned his pilot's license for a Cessna 152 while at UCLA. Judge Polos graduated from Loyola Law School with his JD in 1990.
Judge Polos is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He serves on the ABTL Judicial Advisory Committee and is a member of the Banyard Inn of Court. He was the 2003 recipient of the W. Patrick McCray award presented by the West Orange County Bar Association. Judge Polos has two children in elementary school and has been married to his wife, Kristie, for over 12 years. His hobbies include coaching his kids' sports teams and golf.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|W. Patrick McCray Award||West Orange County Bar Association||2003|
|Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee||California Supreme Court of Orange County, Judicial Council||N/A|
|Fellow||American Board of Trial Advocates||N/A|
|Of Counsel||Panish Shea & Boyle LLP||2010 - Present|
|Judge||California Supreme Court of Orange County||2001 - 2010|
|Partner||Lopez, Hodes, Restaino, Milman, Skikos & Polos||1996 - 2001|
|Associate||Law Offices of David M. Harney||1990 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Judicial Council of California||Advisory Board, Civil and Small Claims||2010 - Present|
|State Bar of California||Member||1990 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Member||N/A|
|American Board of Trial Advocates, Judicial Advisory Committee||Member||N/A|
|Robert A. Banyard American Inn of Court||Member||N/A|
|California Supreme Court of Orange County, Judicial Council, Complex and Uniform Rules Subcommittees||Member||N/A|
|California Supreme Court of Orange County, Judicial Council, committee for Minor's Compromise||Co-chair||N/A|
|Grossman Burn Foundation||Board of Directors||N/A|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Advisory Board, Judicial Advisory Council||N/A|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Orange County chapter)||Board of Governors||2008 - 2008|
|Association of Business Trial Lawyers||Organizing Committee, 33rd Annual Seminar||2006 - 2006|
|Orange County Lawyer Magazine||A Resigning Judge||2010|
|Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Advocate||Effective Expert Preparation and Presentation||2010|
|Los Angeles Times||O.C. Judge Jails Brea Lawyer for Filing Frivolous Suits (quoted)||2006|
|USA Today||Judge Rejects Request by Anaheim to Force Angels Name Change (quoted)||2006|
|Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University||JD - Juris Doctor||1990|
|University of California - Los Angeles||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1987|
|ABTL 34th Annual Seminar: Security & Privacy Actions: The Changing Landscape for Business Litigators||Security & Privacy Actions: The Changing Landscape for Business Litigators: Open Forum with Members of the Judiciary||2007|
|ABTL 33rd Annual Seminar: When Things Go Wrong||When Things Go Wrong: Juries and Juror Misconduct||2006|
|ABTL 32nd Annual Seminar: Masters of the Art: Building to the Close||Building to the Close (Faculty: Justices and Judges)||2005|
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