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<xTITLE>“My Story” Featuring Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.)</xTITLE>

“My Story” Featuring Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.)

by Randa M. Trapp
February 2022

JAMS ADR Blog by Chris Poole

Randa M. Trapp

Judge Trapp joined JAMS after serving 18 years on the San Diego Superior Court, including 10 years in the civil division, where she presided over all aspects of civil litigation. 

Judge Trapp’s professional journey was circuitous. It began as she worked toward earning her undergraduate degree. She started out as a pre-pharmacy major in the 1970s, but she took a break and joined the military. She credits her experience in the military with helping her grow and mature as a person. When she returned to college, she obtained a political science degree and then proceeded to law school with the goal of helping people.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Trapp had a varied career, which included a focus on construction defect and business litigation with a mid-sized firm. Additionally, she was corporate counsel for a Fortune 100 energy company.

When Judge Trapp was appointed to the bench, she had the opportunity to sit in Family Court, Criminal Court and ultimately the Civil Division, where she became the supervising judge of the third-largest court system in the nation.

 

 

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Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.) joins JAMS after serving 18 years on the San Diego Superior Court, including 10 years in the civil division where she presided over all aspects of civil litigation. Judge Trapp was elected to serve two terms on the court’s Executive Committee and was elevated to assistant supervising judge and then supervising judge of the Civil Division. She has presided over more than 100 civil jury trials. During her tenure as supervising judge and as chair of the court's ADR Committee, Judge Trapp reinstated the Settlement Days program in 2019.

During her time on the bench, Judge Trapp presided over discovery disputes, pretrial rulings, trials and settlement conferences. Her experience with complex civil cases includes business, commercial, employment, California Private Attorneys General Act, wage and hour, construction defect, personal injury, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, professional malpractice and trade secret matters.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Trapp’s practice focused on construction defect and business litigation with a mid-sized firm, and she was also in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 energy company, where she was appointed assistant corporate secretary for the company’s regulated utilities. In her capacity as in-house counsel, she handled corporate governance issues, negotiated franchise agreements with local municipalities and managed multi-million-dollar personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from a nuclear radiation leak. 



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