Hon. Suzanne G. Bruguera (Ret.) joins ADR Services, Inc. after 27 years as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior and former Municipal Courts, with the entirety of her time on the bench spent in civil assignments. Responsible for handling hundreds of cases with unlimited jurisdiction as an independent calendar judge, Judge Bruguera is known for negotiating difficult settlements and for conducting controversial high publicity jury trials.  She is a well-respected jurist, known for being firm, fair, and able to settle cases which other settlement officers could not.

Patient, courteous, and respectful, Judge Bruguera’s excellent judicial temperament made her one of the most admired civil trial judges on the bench. Her success as a judge reflects the high regard in which she is held in the legal community, and she has often been recognized for her high level of intellect, sound decision-making, and dedication to each case before her.

Judge Bruguera’s judicial career was preceded by experience as a Deputy Attorney General for the California State Department of Justice, where she handled complex business and tax matters and Medi-Cal fraud for nearly five years. Prior to that, she was a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles and spent a year in private practice.

Areas of Specialization

  • Employment
  • Real Estate
  • Business & Commercial
  • Personal Injury
  • Entertainment
  • Elder Law

Professional Experience

  • 2000 – 2016    Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
    Presided over an Independent Calendar courtroom, Stanley Mosk Courthouse
    Elevated to Superior Court upon court unification in 2000

  • 1989 – 2000    Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court
    Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian in July 1989

  • 1984 – 1989    Deputy Attorney General, California State Department of Justice
    Business & Tax Section
    Previously in Medical Fraud

  • 1983 – 1984    Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
    Criminal prosecutor

  • 1982 – 1983    Associate, Voorhees, Knable, & Voorhees
    Private law practice in Torrance, California


  • 2017 “STAR: A Systematic Approach to Mediation Strategies”, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University (18 hours)
  • 1981  J.D., Loyola Law School
  • 1978  B.S., University of Southern California

Hon. Suzanne G. Bruguera (Ret.)

Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.)