Hon. Lawrence W. Crispo, Ret.
Judge Lawrence Crispo’s tenure as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge included nearly a decade assigned to a Direct Civil Calendar, where he resolved a wide range of civil disputes. Since his retirement from the bench, he has mediated and arbitrated virtually every kind of case. Known for his ability to achieve consensus, Judge Crispo combines insight, knowledge of the law and a command of the settlement process.

A legal professional for more than 40 years, Judge Crispo began his career as a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. He worked as a sole practitioner, associate and later Of Counsel to the firm of Gilbert, Thompson & Kelly before becoming a partner at Breidenbach, Swainston, Crispo & Way, where he remained until he was appointed to the Superior Court.

Judge Crispo has received training in Mediation and Advanced Mediation at the Straus Institute as well as Mediation and Dispute training at the National Judicial College. Judge Crispo served on countless judicial committees and panels and has been a faculty member and frequent lecturer for a number of educational and legal institutions.


Business/Commercial Disputes, Construction Defect, Discovery Disputes, Employment, Entertainment, Family Law, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Intellectual Property, Professional Malpractice, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Probate, Real Estate


1961, Loyola Law School
1956, Loyola Marymount University


  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Delegate and Ex-Officio
  • Chair: State Bar Litigation section; Coalition for Justice; Los Angeles County Bar Assn., Judiciary Committee
  • President: Loyola Law School Alumni Board of Governors; Italian-American Lawyers Assn. of Los Angeles
  • Member: American Bar Assn.; California Judges Assn.; American Judicature Society; Assn. of Business Trial Lawyers; American Inns of Court; American Board of Trial Advocates; American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference


Throughout California.