HON. ENRIQUE ROMERO (RET.)
Since leaving the bench in 1999, Hon. Enrique Romero (Ret.) has been, quite simply, one of the busiest neutrals in California.
Judge Romero has overseen nearly every type of civil matter, including A-list celebrity disputes, catastrophic personal injury matters, all aspects of labor and employment litigation, insurance coverage disputes, legal malpractice actions, eminent domain/inverse condemnation disputes, and complex business litigation. Based on his achievements, Judge Romero has earned a stellar reputation for his unique, no-nonsense approach to settling disputes fairly and quickly.
During his eight years on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Judge Romero made quite a mark by calling his calendar at 7 A.M. every morning to preside over initial case management conferences, mandatory settlement conferences, ex parte matters, and motion and law matters, all in the pursuit of resolving matters thoroughly yet expeditiously. Judge Romero made settlement a priority in every case assigned to him, presiding over as many as a 1000 MSCs a year throughout the United States and England. Besides his direct calendar civil docket, Judge Romero also presided over probate and family law cases and was the Supervising Judge in the South Central District, presiding over the court’s civil master calendar for four years.
Judge Romero has extensive, diverse experience in law that goes far beyond civil litigation. He is one of the few dispute resolution professionals with a Master of Law in Taxation, making him well-qualified to handle complex business litigation. In addition, he was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and a Trial Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, conducting grand jury investigations and prosecuting matters involving hate crimes and police abuse/brutality throughout the U.S. He also served as a Special AUSA in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida and as an AUSA in the Organized Crime, Money Laundering, and Major Narcotics Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. With this wide-ranging background, Judge Romero is particularly qualified in presiding over federal cases as well as those tied to Latin America, the Far East, and the U.K.