Hon. H. Lee Friedman Sarokin

Hon. H. Lee Friedman Sarokin

United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Retired

Judge Sarokin is one of only a few private judges in the entire country who served on both the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals. Recognized for his decisiveness and scholarship, he is also renowned for his ability to bring parties together in extremely contentious and complex cases. Judge Sarokin brings a wealth of skill and experience to his practice as a private neutral.


  • Twice appointed Chair of the Third Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Twice selected as Chair of the Quadrennial National Conference of Federal Judges
  • Appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to Judicial Conference Committees on judicial improvements, automation, judicial administration and case management
  • Listed in Who's Who In America and Who's Who in the Law
  • Author of numerous law review articles


All complex litigation, including intellectual property, business, environmental, and employment matters.


Judge Sarokin's 17 years on the federal bench were preceded by 25 years as a litigator representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of complex litigation, resulting in experience in almost all fields of the law. Judge Sarokin has authored more than 2,000 written opinions, settled approximately 3,000 cases and presided over more than 1,000. During his federal tenure, he was involved in numerous class action suits, every conceivable federal claim coming before the courts, and a panoply of state issues arising under diversity jurisdiction.

While serving as a judge, he was a favorite among lawyers for his knowledge, patience, courtesy, quickness and sense of humor, and his courtroom was coveted as the most pleasant place in which to try a case.

Federal Reports Published Opinions In addition to his many unpublished decisions, opinions by Judge Sarokin have been published in the Federal Reports on the following subjects: cigarette litigation/the Cipollone case; ERISA; age discrimination; environmental claims; race discrimination (individual and class action suits); EPA violations; building contracts; Education of the Handicapped Act; FDIC; and many other subjects.


   Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School

Judge Sarokin is based in Southern California and available nationwide.

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