Experience & Specialties
Judge Long (Ret.) provides mediation, arbitration, evidentiary hearings and related services throughout Southern California and the Central Coast.
- Judge, Ventura County Superior Court (1997–2011); Judicial assignments included: civil and felony criminal jury trials, settlement conferences; Served for ten and one half years as Supervising Civil Judge, principally conducting Mandatory Settlement Conferences. More than 9,000 MSC’s conducted with 85% + settlement rate; Served 2 three year assignments on the Superior Court Appellate Division
- Appointed Judge of the Ventura County Municipal Court (1995)
- Appointed and served for two years as Ventura County Superior/Municipal Commissioner, selected over 126 applicants (1993)
Legal Career and Prior Experience
Judge Long worked for ten years as a civil trial attorney for both plaintiff and defendant firms. Before his legal career as a trial attorney, he worked for 17 years as a casualty insurance claims adjuster/executive. He has also worked for seven years as paralegal/legal assistant and investigator for the oldest law firm in Ventura County before becoming a lawyer.
Juris Doctor (1983)
Ventura College of Law
U.S. Marine Corps, 1958 thru 1966, including reserve time
- Licensed Amateur Radio Operator since 1954 (Amateur Radio Call-K6EVQ).
- 33 year Member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association.
- Private Pilot since 1964 – Hang Glider Pilot 1982 -1990.
- Avid golfer.
- Chaired A.D.R./Judicial Arbitration Committee, Ventura County Superior Court.
- Chaired New Legislation and Rules Committee, Ventura County Superior Court.
- Chaired the statewide California Judges Association Civil Law and Procedure Committee.
Memberships & Honors
- Tri Counties Easter Seal Society, Former Member of the Board of Directors
- Marine Corps League, Ventura County Detachment 597, Former Sr. Vice Commandant
- Kiwanis Club of Ventura, Kiwanian of the Year (1992-1993).
- Boss of the Year by the Ventura County Legal Secretaries Association (1990).
- Judge of the Year, Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association (1996, 2007).
- Founding Member and two-term President, Jerome H. Berenson Chapter, American Inns of Court.
- President of Board of Trustees, Ventura and Santa Barbara Colleges of Law.
- Member of the Ventura County Bar Association
He may be one of the best sitting judges in terms of conducting settlement conferences that I have encountered in 35 years. He is thoughtful, thorough and analytical. He presses you in an appropriate way to better understand your case. And he underscores the strengths and the weaknesses of the cases.
I was astounded at how well-prepared he was, despite the fact that he was handling multiple settlement conferences a day.
He seems to have a tremendous capacity for understanding, in my case, complex medical malpractice issues. It has been one of the great privileges to go to settlement conferences in his court. I give him a very, very solid thumbs up.
Judge Long has the ability to take the edge off of a case where people are very upset. Every time you go in he has a joke, and he puts people at ease very early. He’s remembers what it’s like to be a lawyer. He also is always prepared. You can confess to what you think the weaknesses are in your own position and be comfortable that he’s not going to run to the other side and share that with them.
Judge Long combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the law with sound judgment. This is not just some glad-hander. His practical wisdom is something that does clients a lot of good. He has not changed at all. He is as modest, humble, pleasant and regular a guy now as he was when he was an attorney. I have never met a lawyer who didn’t enjoy being in his courtroom and that’s win, lose or draw.
He’s just got this phenomenal ability to read a case and boil it down to the key issues in short order and help the parties come together…Often times, if we can’t settle it on the spot, we end up settling it later because of his intervention.
He’s ‘seamless’. He is consistently the same way with everybody. He knows when to put the pressure on and knows when to ease off the throttle. He knows when there’s a chance of getting something done and when there isn’t. He’s the complete package as a judge. He’s smart, he’s experienced, he’s respected, he’s efficient and he’s effective. And, I might add, he’s a very nice man.