Professional Accomplishments

The Honorable Peter S. Smith
Judge of the Superior Court, Retired


Judge of the Superior Court from 1972 - 1988

Supervising Judge of the East district (Pomona) from 1986 to 1987. Responsible for administration of twelve judicial officers and staff. Presided over master calendar, probate, and law and discovery matters. Law and Discovery Judge in the East District in 1982, 1984 and 1985. Civil Trial Judge from 1979 to 1981 in the Central District. Presided over a variety of civil litigation including the 1981 libel case of Carol Burnett v. National Enquirer. Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court from 1977 to 1978. Juvenile Court Judge from 1975 to 1976. Criminal court Judge from 1972 to 1974.

Judge of the Municipal Court, Alhambra Judicial district from 1968 to 1972.

Presiding Judge in 1970.

Special Assignments

1981 - San Luis Obispo, Superior Court.
1980 - Court of Appeal, Second District.
1972 - Special Master, Commission on Judicial Qualifications v. Geiler.


1963 - 1968 Private practice with the firm of Getz, Aikens & Manning. Partner from 1967 - 1968. While in private practice, specialized in business litigation.

1961 - 1962 Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles.

Admitted to the California State Bar on January 11, 1961.


Since 1988, has presided over in excess of 3,500 cases, including arbitrations, mediations, mini trials, court trials, and orders of reference. These include the resolution of construction and real estate disputes, medical negligence arbitrations, international arbitrations, auto accident cases, insurance coverage disputes, professional liability, bad faith actions, wrongful termination cases and other tort and business litigation.

As Special master has presided over mediations which resulted in settlements for 200 claimants in the Baldwin Hills brush fire litigation (1989 - 1990), the HOA in the Diamond Bar Tennis Club construction defect case (1994), and 150 claimants who suffered damage in the Northridge Earthquake (1997). Served as Discovery Referee in the Lockheed toxic tort cases (1995).

Appointed referee in numerous real estate partition actions for the purpose of selling real property. Licensed real estate broker for 12 years.


Los Angeles Superior Court 1988 - 1990, Case Management


Midland School (1951), Los Olivos, California
UC Berkeley (1955) - B.A. Political Science, History and Speech
Loyola Law School (1960) - J.D.
California Judges College (1968)


1958 - 1959 Member, Moot Court Team Loyola Law School which was Regional Finalist in the National Moot Court Competition.

1986 - Named Trial Judge of the Year by the Riverside and San Bernardino County Bar Association


Born March 20, 1933 in New York, N.Y.
Married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren
Served in the U.S. Army from 1955 - 1957