Anthony is currently finishing his LL.M. at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution, and is serving on the neutral panels for the Mediation Center of Los Angeles (MCLA) and Alternative Resolution Centers (ARC), as well as on the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Employment Arbitrators. He has more than 20 years of experience in the legal industry, culminating most recently, with a position as a Court Commissioner in Kern County where he presided over very diverse calendars, including, preliminary hearings in criminal felony matters, family law, domestic violence restraining orders, civil harassment restraining orders, small claims, limited civil, unlawful detainer, traffic and juvenile traffic, child support/AB1058, and misdemeanor jury trials. During his time on the bench in Kern County, Anthony also created a civil mediation program for limited civil, small claims, unlawful detainer, and civil harassment matters, and he created a voluntary settlement program for family law matters, as well as served as a mandatory settlement conference judge for unlimited civil matters.
Prior to taking the bench, Anthony ran a successful law practice for over a decade, specializing in civil, business, and employment law litigation. During that time, he represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and participated in dozens of mediations. Despite his extensive experience as a trial attorney, Anthony’s reputation was that of a staunch, but pragmatic, advocate–often receiving praise from colleagues, opposing attorneys, and judicial officers alike, for his exemplary ethical conduct, courteous and affable demeanor, and his ability to get cases settled.
Since leaving the bench, he has become a member of the International Academy of Mediators (IAM) Mentorship Program, and he is a co-leader of SCMA’s new Ventura/Santa Barbara Professional Development Group, and a co-leader of the Employment Professional Development Group that SCMA is set to launch in November.