Hon. Monica Bachner
Judge Bachner has garnered an outstanding reputation over the course of her impressive four-decade legal career. As a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for over 20 years, she sat in criminal and civil departments, during which she presided over a civil unlimited independent calendar and trial court for the last seven years.
Prior to her appointment, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, where she served in a variety of managerial positions, including as chief prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Orange County office.
While serving as a bench officer, Judge Bachner was settlement-oriented and often assisted attorneys in resolving discovery disputes, facilitating their progress toward trial. Judge Bachner describes her approach to private dispute resolution, with the following, “My role as a neutral is to assist the parties in finding mutual agreement. It is important to understand the legal issues and the litigants’ motivations while ensuring that all parties are heard. I will always be fair to all sides and consider the facts and the law presented.”
• Business Litigation
• Construction Defect
• Employment and Labor Law
• Lemon Law
• Professional Malpractice
• Real Estate
Hobbies & Interests
Judge Bachner has a passion for education and giving back to others. She chaired the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Education Committee for many years and has served as an instructor or panelist on various topics including anti-SLAPP motions, arbitrations and experts. She has also dedicated her time to teaching trial advocacy to law students and mentoring students. She spends her free time studying French (her mother's first language), traveling with family and friends, and reading books.