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Hon. Robert W. Parkin
Los Angeles County Superior Court, Retired

As Presiding Judge of the nation’s largest trial court, Judge Robert “Bob” Parkin enjoyed a reputation as a savvy ­administrator with the leadership skills necessary to build consensus among more than 200 independent judges. Often described as an “easy-going,” “no-nonsense” jurist, Judge Parkin brings an ideal ­combination of trial court experience and settlement skills to ARC.



Business disputes, construction defects, real estate, personal injury, probate and medical and legal malpractice


During his tenure at the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Parkin deftly managed a number of controversial issues, including state trial court funding and ­superior/municipal court coordination. His colleagues credit his political experience as a two-term Long Beach City Attorney for his patient and painstaking ability to move opposing parties toward agreement.

Judge Parkin served as a Deputy City Attorney assigned to the Harbor Branch office for 12 years, handling oil development and port-related matters including contracts, leases, tariffs, ­commercial landlord/tenant ­relations, and intergovernmental relations. He was elected City Attorney in 1978 and served until 1985, when he was appointed to the Superior Court by Gov. Deukmejian. He served as Supervising Judge, Norwalk Judicial District, and Assistant Presiding Judge, Los Angeles ­Superior Court, before being elected as Presiding Judge in 1997, where he served until December 1998.



“Judge of the Year” awards: Southeast Bar Assn., 1992; Long Beach Bar Assn., 1998

Member: California Judges Assn.; Judicial Council — Presiding Judges Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee on Ethnic & Racial Bias in the Courts; State Trial Courts Budget Commission (chaired Budget Evaluation Subcommittee); St. Mary’s Medical Center Board of Trustees. Former member, Los Angeles County Bar Assn., Long Beach Bar Assn.; Former California State Bar Disciplinary ­Referee, member of Bar’s Review Department.


J.D., Pacific Coast University, Long Beach, CA (1960)

B.S., University of California at Berkeley (1954)

Judge Parkin is available throughout Southern California.

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