Hon. Richard Denner, Ret.
Judge Richard Denner spent nearly three decades assigned to Family Law cases on the Los Angeles Superior Court bench, including 20 years as a judge and nine years as a commissioner. He served as Presiding Judge of the Family Law courts from 1993-94.

Judge Denner has presided over numerous high-profile and landmark cases, including the Rossi lottery ticket divorce trial and In re Marriage of Iredale and Cates III, in which he set the standard of goodwill calculation for the wife of a partner of a large firm. Both of these decisions were upheld on appeal.

Judge Denner has a reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about Family Law issues. He is known to be scholarly, well-informed and well-prepared. Attorneys say he is analytical and decisive. He was a member of the CJER Family Law education committee for six years and is a frequent panelist and contributor to Family Law seminars and publications. He served as an adjunct professor of law at Whittier College School of Law from 1985-89. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Denner was in private practice and worked as a Deputy Public Defender for Los Angeles County.


  • Publications: Los Angeles County Bar Family Law Symposium, Retirement Benefits; Editorial Consultant, California Family Law Monthly, Matthew Bender & Co.; Author & Editorial Consultant, California Family Law Trial Guide, 4 Volume, Matthew Bender & Co.
  • Lecturer: Business Evaluation, Pensions Complex Tax Consequences in Family Law Matters, CJER; Business Valuation, CEB.


Family Law, including divorce mediation arbitration and discovery, as well as accounting, retirement and pension benefits


  • J.D., Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley (1965)
  • B.A., Business Administration, Occidental College, Los Angeles (1962)


Throughout Southern California.