Justice Zebrowski served on the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1982 to 1995, when he was appointed to the California Court of Appeal. He served on the California Court of Appeal until November of 1999, when he joined ADR Services, Inc. His ADR practice since then has covered a spectrum of business-related matters including commercial contracts, insurance, real estate, finance, entertainment, partnership and corporate disputes, business torts, securities, intellectual property, environmental liabilities, professional liability (other than medical malpractice), employment and similar matters.
ADR Practice, 1999 – present:
Justice Zebrowski’s ADR practice consists primarily of arbitration and mediation. He also conducts temporary judge trials and judicial reference proceedings, and has acted as a provisional corporate director. On occasion he also consults on or conducts moot court proceedings regarding appeals or major motions, assists in development of litigation and mediation strategy, or handles discovery references.
Although Justice Zebrowski has presided over cases in New York, London, Washington, Atlanta, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno, Santa Barbara, Ventura, the Inland Empire, Palm Springs and other cities, the bulk of his work is done in Los Angeles and nearby Counties.
Justice Zebrowski served on the California Law Revision Commission from 2008-2011, and was Chair of the Commission in 2010-2011. He currently serves as a member of the BAJI Civil Jury Instructions Committee, and is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.
California Court of Appeal, 1995-1999:
Justice Zebrowski authored 48 published opinions. He also joined in (or dissented from) approximately 100 other published opinions, and in total participated in a few thousand appellate and writ decisions. He attended the NYU appellate jurist's training program in 1997 and 1998.
Los Angeles Superior Court, 1982-1995:
Justice Zebrowski served on the Los Angeles Superior Court, first in the capacity of Judge Pro Tem and Commissioner, and then in the capacity of Judge, for thirteen years. All of his 13 years on the Superior Court were in civil assignments. He served for approximately seven years in law and motion and writs and receivers, and approximately six years in civil trial departments, including five years in downtown fast track. He was often designated as judge for all purposes in complex business cases.
During his early Superior Court service Justice Zebrowski served as a consultant to the BAJI Committee. He also served as a member of the State Bar Lis Pendens Task Force, and drafted the code commentary that now appears in the annotated version of the lis pendens law. For many years Justice Zebrowski taught for the Rutter Group and edited Civil Procedure Before Trial. He also co-authored California Pre-Judgment Money Remedies (West), served on the Board of Governors of the ABTL and on the executive committees of the LACBA Litigation Section and the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Section, taught for many years at Loyola Law School, wrote and lectured widely on civil litigation and related subjects, etc. He attended the California Judicial College in 1983 and 1987, and subsequently taught injunctions at the College. He also served on the Los Angeles – Leningrad liaison committee in 1990-1992.
USA Petroleum Corporation, 1981-1982:
Justice Zebrowski served as Assistant Secretary and Assistant General Counsel of former client USA Petroleum Corporation in Santa Monica. His duties covered the spectrum of issues arising in corporate operations, including contracts, UCC, finance and credit, insurance, environmental, real estate, personnel, regulatory proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, securities, international trade, etc. Justice Zebrowski also held a real estate broker’s license at this time and conducted real estate transactions.
Private Practice, Los Angeles, 1975-1981:
Justice Zebrowski practiced business litigation with the firms of McCutchen, Black, Verleger & Shea (now Baker & Hostetler) and Schwartz, Alschuler & Grossman (later Alschuler, Grossman & Pines), which was subsequently largely absorbed by Bingham. Areas involved included insurance, contracts, banking and finance, real estate, entertainment, construction, antitrust, admiralty, high tech, international trade and other business-related areas.
United States Department of the Interior, 1973-1975:
During his last two years in law school, Justice Zebrowski worked approximately 30 hours per week as a Legislative Analyst for the Department of the Interior. In this capacity, he analyzed proposed legislation, primarily relating to environmental, natural resources and energy issues, prepared legislative reports for Congress, and drafted proposed legislation.
Georgetown University Law Center, 1972-1975:
Justice Zebrowski received his J.D. in 1975 from Georgetown, where he served as a law review editor. His student note has been cited several times by Federal appellate and Federal administrative courts.
University of Pennsylvania, 1966-1970:
Justice Zebrowski received a B.A. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) in 1970. He majored in an interdisciplinary program divided between the Wharton business school and the College of Arts & Sciences, emphasizing economics, business and international affairs.
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Although Justice Zebrowski often handles quasi-public proceedings such as private judge trials, judicial references, Federal special master assignments, administrative hearings, etc., ADR procedures are usually confidential. However, general descriptions of the subject matter of representative cases handled by Justice Zebrowski can be found on his website at www.JusticeZebrowski.com and at www.ADRServices.com. Information on Justice Zebrowski’s experience with particular areas of substantive law may also be available upon specific inquiry.