Dennis S. Choate
19000 MacArthur Blvd
Irvine, California 92867
Telephone: 949 863-9800
Firm: ADR Services
Sixteen years as a trial prosecutor in Los Angeles followed by nearly 21 years as a superior court trial judge, Dennis Choate has ditinguished himself on the bench and in the Southern California legal community. As an experienced mediator for ADR Services, Irvine, Judge Choate has shown to be a quick study with resolute tenacity and energy to bring cases to early resolution. Judge Choate enjoys the following areas of specialization:
- commercial contract/general business
- personal injury including catastrophic injury
- products liability (including aircraft)
- real estate
- medical malpractice
- elder abuse
Judge Choate is well known for his innovative common sense approach to resolution. He is available for case and issue evaluation. He has resolved very complex pretrial discovery disputes in various IP and business settings.
Nineteen years with the Los Angeles County District Attorney--sixteen as a prosecutor. Organized Crime and Narcotics Division, specializing in prison gangs and search and seizure (six years) Special Award from DEA. Senior trial Deputy and supervisor of the Hardcore Gang Division (street gang homicides). Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to West Orange County Municipal Court (1987) elevated to the Superior Court by Governor Deukmejian in 1989. Three terms on the Appellate Department, once as presiding judge. Three terms executive committee of the court. Strauss Institue, Masters Forum. Last 16 years on the bench as a civil trial judge managing a mixed calendar averaging 485 cases per month with an averqage turnover of 50-60 cases. Law and motion recognition. Leturer on various subjects including demonstrative evidence, voir dire, and Mediation 101. Sworn in by his father the late Judge Raymond Choate who gave him his personal robes which Judge Dennis Choate wore for 21 additional years. (Judge Raymend Choate was a trial judge for 23 years and presided over some of the Manson trials).
Affiliations & Memberships:
Orange County Bar Association ; Orange County Bar Foundation of Fellows (Founding Fellow), Orange County Trial Lawyers, ABTL, Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, International Academy of Trial Judges, California Retired Judges Association, Loyola Alumni Association, Bruin Bench and Bar, UCLA Alumni Association, California State Bar
IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) Certified Observer,
College Athletics (Judge Choate was a CIF wrestling champion ( 168#) and scholarship wrestler at UCLA, Friends of the Marlin ( Commodore), United Anglers, boating, family
...and a great steak.
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