Hon. James P. Kleinberg (ret.)


Judge Kleinberg retired from the Superior Court of California in April 2014, after 11 1/2 years of service. Since then he has served as a neutral with JAMS based in San Francisco and Silicon Valley handling arbitration, mediation, mock trials and appeals, and special court assignments. During his last three years on the bench he supervised the Complex Civil Litigation Department. After graduating from Michigan Law School, Judge Kleinberg was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. In 1983 he joined McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen (later Bingham McCutchen) as a litigation partner in San Jose, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. In 2013 he was named “Outstanding Jurist” by the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and in 2014 he was named “Trial Judge of the Year” by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association.