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Gregory H. Ward has served as a Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 1990. He has presided over hundreds of jury and nonjury trials in civil, criminal, juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency cases.
Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Judge Ward was in private practice in Palo Alto, California. He also served as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Organized Crime & Racketeering Division, in Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Jose, California.
Judge Ward graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in San Jose with his wife, Jo Anne, and their son, Nathan.
James Michael Byrne is a private mediator and arbitrator for ADR Services. In March 2003 he retired after serving 20 years as a Los Angeles’ Superior Court Judge. While presiding in Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles Civil fast-track courts, Judge Byrne tried an average of 15-20 civil jury trials a year.
Judge Byrne is an active lecturer to both Bench and the Bar, specializing in Evidence and Trial Tactics. He has presented lectures on Hearsay and Privileges as part of the Los Angeles Superior Court Civil Judges' education program, and a program on trial issues at the Civil Law Institute for civil court judges from throughout the state.
From 1969 until 1983, Judge Byrne was a trial attorney and later a supervising attorney in the Los Angeles and Sacramento District Attorney offices. Judge Byrne graduated from Loyola Law School and Loyola-Marymount University.
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