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Hon. William E. Burby
Los Angeles County Superior Court, Retired

An active neutral since 1994 known for his excellent settlement skills, Judge Burby has served as a mediator, arbitrator, judge pro tem, discovery referee and special master on a wide range of complex disputes. He most recently handled civil cases throughout California from 2006-2011 as a member of the Assigned Judges Program administered by the Judicial Council of California. He has tried a number of notable cases, including Merced Alliance v. Walmart, a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) case; Talbot v. Transamerica Insurance, involving bad faith; Osario v. ITT, an age discrimination case; and Behr v. Redmond, a case of first impression recently upheld by the 4th Appellate District Court.


Complex litigation, including business/commercial,
construction defect, employment, insurance coverage,
personal injury, products liability, professional liability and
real estate.


Judge Burby was appointed to the Superior Court in 1989. He began his tenure in Norwalk but was soon moved to downtown Los Angeles, where he spent the majority of his time assigned to Fast Track matters. He also worked exclusively on settlements in Department 82 Central for six months. In addition to hearing cases as a member of the Assigned Judges Program, Judge Burby also served on the Riverside Strike Force, where he helped resolve 10 years worth of backlogged cases.

Before being appointed to the bench, Judge Burby was a partner at Kern & Wooley for more than a decade, where he tried numerous cases and represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He began his legal career as a Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney and later practiced law as an associate and partner with Brill Hunt De Buys and Burby.

Judge Burby completed the "Mediating the Litigated Case" program presented by the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University Law School.




Member: California Judges Association.

Member: American Board of Trial Advocates.

Frequent panelist and speaker on ADR law.

Published author and speaker on a variety of employment-related topics.


L.L.B., 1957, University of California Los Angeles

B.S., 1952, University of Southern California

Judge Burby is available throughout California and in Las Vegas.

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