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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 42

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Michael P. Ribons

152,566 votes (10.26%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Providing a courtroom which is effective and efficient while achieving justice.
  • Providing all with a voice and opportunity to be heard without bias
  • Advance the public trust and confidence in the judicial system by reaching decisions on the facts of each case before me.



Profession:Arbitrator, Attorney
Attorney, Private Practice (1996–current)
Volunteer Temporary Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court — Appointed position (2010–2016)
Volunteer Temporary Judge, Ventura County Superior Court — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Member Citizens Advisory Committee, Los Angeles CIty Council Third District — Elected position (2006–2008)


Whittier Law School, Los Angeles Juris Doctorate (1995)
California State University, Northridge Double Bachelor of Science - Real Estate/Finance (1986)

Community Activities

Fee Arbitrator, San Fernando Valley Bar Association (2007–current)
Fee Arbitrator, California State Bar (2014–current)
Member, Professional Standards Committee, San Fernando Valley Bar Association (1991–1994)
Chair, Vice Chair, Member - Ethics & Arbitration Panel, Greivance Committe,, San Fernando Valley Association of Realtors (1988–1993)


  • "Well Qualified" rated by the Los Angeles County Bar Association for his professional ability, experience, competence, integrity and temperament to serve as Judge with skill and effectiveness.
  • As a Volunteer Judge, Arbitrator, and Mediator heard thousand of matter
  • Community Oriented Volunteer
  • Experienced trial attorney with 20 years experience
  • Committed to providing justice to all in an unbiased, efficient and expediant manner.


Michael was born and raised in Los Angeles, the son of an immigrant father.  He attended Los Angeles Unified School District.   From a young age he was entrepreneurial and community service oriented. While in his teens he started a non-profit organization which provided public service to the community.  Michael has started several successful companies in the Los Angeles area.


While working full time he graduated from Cal State University, Northridge, and later while raising his family attended Whittier Law School in Hancock Park.  Prior to law school Michael was a member of the local Realtor Board's Ethics and Arbitration Committee, culminating in chairing various Committees.  During law school, he was an extern for United States Bankruptcy Judge Vincent P. Zurzolo,


Michael was appointed as an adviser to the Los Angeles City 12th  Council District, and served as an elected member of the 3rd  District Woodland Hills/Warner Center Citizens Advisory Committee. He has coached youth sports, and served on several non-profit boards focused on youth activities.


He has participated in the Horace Mann Project on several occasions which introduces young people to the judicial system.  Michael has been a judge at the American Mock Trial Association's Regional Tournament.


Michael has served as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and is a fee arbitrator for the San Fernando Valley Bar Association, and the California State Bar.  Michael has been appointed as a Temporary Judge in both the Los Angeles and Ventura County Superior Courts, and has served on approximately 300 occasions hearing Limited Civil, Traffic, Small Claims, Landlord/Tenant disputes, and Civil Harassment, conducting hundreds of trials, and thousands of motions and arraignments,


Michael has been a civil litigator for 20 years in both the California and Federal Courts serving plaintiffs and defendants from around the world and from all socio-economic backgrounds.  He runs all aspects of his own practice.


He is seeking a judicial seat in order to give back to the community.  As a litigator he knows how delays in the judicial system have both an emotional and financial impact on participants.  He would like to bring the efficiency of a small private practice to the bench while serving justice for the litigants.


Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (3)

  • Robert M. Letteau, Judge retired
  • Gregory O'Brien, Judge Retired
  • Michael Harrison, fomer Mayor of Calabasas, former City Council Member

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 Michael P. Ribons:

While constrained by Canon 5 of the Code of Judicial Ethics, I can say that as long as alternatives are provided by Californai law, and the facts and circumstances allow for justice to be served utilizing alternative, non-jail sentencing , I will consider altenative sentencing.


Mental health services; substance abuse counseling; life skills.  In appropriate circumstances public service. 

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