Judge Papas brings the "pro" to professionalism. A former Federal Magistrate Judge for more than 18 years, he has tried and mediated almost every type of federal matter. Among his many cases, he has helped parties find closure in the Chapter 11 San Diego Roman Catholic Diocese priest abuse cases, multi-party claims against the Coast Guard and United States arising out of catastrophic injuries and death at the annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, claims against the City of San Diego, SD Padres, SD Chargers and others regarding ADA claims against Qualcomm Stadium, City of San Diego/DeAnza mobile residence multi-party (230 claimants) and class action cases, the sad chapters resolving civil claims surrounding the historic Stephanie Crowe murder, and Qui Tam claims involving a 14-year relationship between the City of San Diego and Rural/Metro.
When he retired in 2009, knowing his passion for mediation, he felt he was destined to do this work and called it his encore career. He brings his unparalleled judicial and private sector experience, thorough preparation, and undivided attention to each case which is why he is on lawyers' "short list" of mediators, particularly in sensitive/emotionally charged matters, class actions, multi-party complex, and mass tort cases.
Those experiencing one of his thousands of mediations uniformly remark about his unpretentious and engaging yet businesslike personality, meticulous and thorough preparation, relentless work ethic, limitless patience, and extraordinary passion for helping parties develop the necessary trust and framework to reach closure. From his OBTWs (ask him), Judge Papas appreciates and takes into account the emotional, physical, and economic impact of litigation on each party. His genuine and ingratiating demeanor and eternal optimism allow the litigants to trust him and the process to find closure across the spectrum of disputes, including straightforward matters and those involving the most highly confidential.
Judge Papas and his wife are travel enthusiasts. They visit their son in New York, their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren in San Francisco, and take cruises to many foreign ports and exotic locations. The Judge also plays golf and is a fan of most other sports.
"Magistrate Papas is one of my go-to mediators. He’s pleasant, thoroughly prepared and has a thoughtful approach based on the issues and dynamic. Importantly, he brings credibility given his breadth of mediation and settlement experience. "
- Attorney on a legally complex Professional Malpractice matter
"Your dogged determination and your relentless attention to detail paved a mediated path to a settlement that I thought might never be achieved. I was astounded by the speed at which you learned the intricacies and the history of this case and were able to cut to the heart of the issues to help guide both parties to an effective solution."
- Client on a Complex Business Dispute
"Judge Papas was a stellar mediator. I would recommend him to anyone seeking a neutral with case experience and sensitivity to issues."
- Attorney on a Commercial Aviation case
"Judge Papas is very effective in explaining the options to the client and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of their positions."
- Attorney, Solana Beach, California
"Judge Papas is effective, experienced, relaxed, good-natured, persistent, thoughtful, and creative. He is my first choice for any complex case."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto case
"We think Judge Papas is superb."
- Attorney on a General Negligence Matter
"Judge Papas was amazing. There was no chance this case would settle. Mediation was a desperate measure. His ability to gain the trust of the other side and work a settlement was nothing short of a miracle. "
- Principal at a San Diego Law Firm and Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell Law
"Judge Papas is simply outstanding as a mediator. His commitment and devotion to keeping the discussion going are extraordinary."
- Shareholder and President of a Real Property Law Firm in San Diego
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