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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 84

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Aaron J. Weissman

Small Business Attorney
216,232 votes (14.77%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preside over an effective and efficient courtroom giving all participants in the judicial process the respect to which they are entitled
  • Follow the law as required by all appropriate legislative bodies and in accordance with the California and United States Constitutions
  • Act fairly

Experience

Experience

Profession:Small Business Attorney
Senior Counsel, Novian & Novian, LLP (1995–current)

Education

University of West Los Angelesa School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (1980)

Biography

·         Selected by Burbank/Glendale Judges: Judge Pro Tem handling civil calendars for vacationing judges

·         20 years Los Angeles Superior Court volunteer arbitrator/mediator

 

·         Statewide Temporary Small Claims Judge: San Fernando

 

·         Highest National rating: legal ability/ethics

·         Lifelong Los Angeles resident

A lifelong resident of Los Angeles County, Aaron Weissman entered law school at age 19 and has followed that path through a now 34-year legal career. Aaron Weissman was active in student government and related activities during law school, was elected Senior Class President and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Senior by the Alumni Association. Aaron Weissman also was a Member of the Law Review, and co-authored an article on Television Violence and the First Amendment Rights of the Media. 

After passing the California Bar Exam in 1981, Aaron Weissman entered a small, general law practice, cutting his professional teeth by representing individuals and small business owners in criminal, real estate, landlord-tenant, personal injury, probate, workers’ compensation and family law matters. 

From 1983 to 1995, Aaron Weissman worked with several larger and well-respected insurance litigation firms, further developing his legal skills while working with some of the finest trial attorneys in California. Routinely in the courtroom, Aaron Weissman focused on pre-trial matters and heavily research-oriented motion and appellate practice. 

Widely respected by local judges, Aaron Weissman was approached to serve the judges of the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Glendale and Burbank branches as a Judge Pro Tem. In that capacity, Aaron Weissman handled the calendars of various civil departments when judges were out, thus enabling the courts’ caseloads and calendars to move along without delay. As a result, Aaron Weissman has already presided over hundreds of Motions, Case Management, Trial Setting, Status and Mandatory Settlement Conferences, and Probate and Family Law matters.  

For approximately twenty years, the entire life of the Los Angeles County Superior Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, Aaron Weissman was honored to serve as a volunteer mediator and arbitrator. Aaron Weissman arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases, many to settlement. No other candidate has the judicial experience that Aaron Weissman already possesses. 

Since 1995, Aaron Weissman has worked for and is Senior Counsel with Century City-based Novian & Novian, a business law, business litigation and dispute resolution firm that primarily represents small and medium-sized businesses in arenas as diverse as the hospitality, textile, construction and entertainment industries. 

Aaron Weissman is recognized nationally in Martindale-Hubbell’s legal peer-review system as "AV" rated, its highest rating for "legal ability" and "faithful adherence to the professional standards of conduct and legal ethics of the legal profession, professional reliability and diligence...."A dedicated family man, married for over 30 years with two adult daughters and a son-in-law, Aaron and his wife Debby have lived in the San Fernando Valley since they were married in 1983.

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Honorable Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney
  • Honorable Richard Schauer, Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, 2nd District (Retired)
  • Honorable Mitchell Englander, Los Angeles City Council Member, District 12

Organizations (5)

  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees Local 33
  • International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees Local 80
  • Laborers' International Union of North America Local 300
  • Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36

Elected Officials (7)

  • Honorable Jeffrey Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor
  • Honorable Bobbi Fiedler, United States Congresswoman, 21st District (Retired)
  • Honorable Paula Boland, California State Assembly, 38th District (Retired)
  • Honorable Fred Gaines, Esq., Calabasas City Council Member
  • Honorable David J. Shapiro, Esq., Calabasas City Council Member
  • Honorable Andrew N. Weissman, Esq. (No Relation), Culver City Vice Mayor
  • Honorable David Atkinson, El Segundo City Council Member

Individuals (13)

  • Honorable Michael D. Marcus, State Bar Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Helen I. Bendix, Assistant Supervising Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Honorable William D. Stewart, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Frank J. Johnson, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Bruce L. Bialosky, C.P.A., Founder of California Republican Jewish Coalition and Columnist
  • Susan A. Rodriguez, Esq., Immediate Past President/Former Commissioner, Los Angeles Convention Ctr./Exhibition Authority
  • Laurence M. Stearn, Co-Chairman, Los Angeles Police Department Community - Police Advisory Board
  • Thomas G. Stolpman, Esq., California State Bar President (1996 - 1997)
  • Honorable Joseph S. Biderman, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Joe Hilberman, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Robert Letteau, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Robert H. O'Brien, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Randolph M. Hammock, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO (1)

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?
Answer from Aaron J. Weissman:

Judicial candidates must follow Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics, which appropriately dictates that they “shall not engage in political or campaign activity that is inconsistent with the independence, integrity or impartiality of the judiciary.”

Judicial candidates thus cannot make statements committing themselves to a position with respect to cases, controversies or issues that could come before them.  This extremely broad prohibition should be carefully followed by all judicial candidates.

Political Beliefs

A judicial election is nonpartisan and apolitical.  I have been asked several times about my “platform” as a candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge.  The challenge of developing such a “platform” is that, in certain respects, it cannot be done.

Judicial candidates must follow Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics, which appropriately dictates that they “shall not engage in political or campaign activity that is inconsistent with the independence, integrity or impartiality of the judiciary.”

Judicial candidates thus cannot make statements committing themselves to a position with respect to cases, controversies or issues that could come before them.  This extremely broad prohibition should be carefully followed by all judicial candidates. 

My “platform,” therefore, is simple: I will faithfully follow and enforce the laws of the United States and the State of California as proposed by the Legislative Branch, approved by the Executive Branch and interpreted by the Appellate and Supreme Courts.

I am highly qualified to serve as a Judge, and what will distinguish me from my likely opponents in a run for an “open seat” (I will not run against an incumbent judge) is the uniqueness and scope of my qualifications:

  • Almost 35 years as an attorney in a wide variety of legal disciplines, including criminal law, civil, insurance and business litigation, family law and probate law.

     

  • Over 20 years of volunteer service to the Los Angeles Superior Court, the legal community and the public at large as a mediator/arbitrator -- greatly enhancing my ability to help parties resolve their disputes.

     

  • A career-long professional goal of “giving back” to the community by serving as a Judge.

Most significantly, I am honored to have spent many years providing volunteer services to the Glendale and Burbank branches of the Los Angeles Superior Court as a Judge Pro Tem.  Hand-picked by sitting judges, I regularly presided over their courtrooms while they were on vacation or otherwise unavailable.  As a Judge Pro Tem, I handled hearings in civil, probate and family law matters and issued judicial rulings on hundreds of motions. 

Much of what Los Angeles Superior Court Judges do, I have already done. 

Having been a member of the State Bar for almost 35 years, I simply wish to serve the people of Los Angeles County by being a full-time Judge, and I am well-prepared to “hit the ground running.”

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