The Honorable Kristin S. Escalante

CA Bar #: 169635 (January 1994)

Appointed By: Gov. Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

Biography

The Hon. Kristin S. Escalante is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court of California. She was appointed to the bench in 2017 by former governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Suzanne G. Bruguera (Ret.).

Judge Escalante graduated with her B.Arch. in architecture from the University of Southern California in 1989. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1992. While at USC, Escalante was a member of the Order of the Coif honor society and also served as editor-in-chief of the Southern California Law Review.

After graduating from law school, Escalante began a year-long clerkship with the Hon. Diarmuid O'Scannlain with the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. Then, in 1994, she became an associate for the law firm of Munger, Tolles, and Olson LLP until 2002 when she was then named a partner. After 17 years with the firm, Escalante left to partner at Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips LLP. While there, her areas of practice included consumer class actions, complex commercial matters, trade secrets, copyright, and civil fraud cases. The industries she represented as a commercial litigator included the telecommunication industry, as well as the entertainment, energy, beverage, aerospace, and securities industries. Escalante practiced with Manatt et al. for six years.

She left the private sector in 2014 to become a senior trial counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Enforcement. During her three years there, Escalante served on a small trial unit. She remained there until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2017.

Judge Escalante grew up in Downey, California. Her father, Jeff Sherratt, became an amateur mystery writer. Escalante herself enjoys reading mystery novels as well as perusing art museums.

Some of her professional organizations have included the California Judicial Council's Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Litigation Section.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Kristin S. Escalante

  • ELLEN KAPLAN VS SANTA FE HEIGHTS HEALTHCARE CENTER, LLC

    Aug 19, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    ELLEN KAPLAN, Plaintiff(s), vs. SANTA FE HEIGHTS HEALTHCARE CENTER, LLC, dba SANTA FE HEIGHTS HEALTHCARE CENTER, Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: 20STCV36667

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER GRANTING DEF...

  • IN THE MATTER OF: ANGELICA GONZALES

    Aug 19, 2021 Los Angeles County

    IN THE MATTER OF ANGELICA GONZALES, PETITIONER.

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    CASE NO: 21CMCP00041

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER GRANTING PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME

    Dept. A

    DATE: Thursday, August 19, 2021

    TIME: 8:30 A.M.

    Petitioner, Angelica Gonzalez, filed this petition on 4/7/2...

  • IN THE MATTER OF: JORGE LUIS AGUILAR

    Aug 19, 2021 Los Angeles County

    IIN THE MATTER OF JORGE LUIS AGUILAR, PETITIONERTENTATIVE ORDER DYING PETITION FOR CHANGE OF NAME WITHOUT PREJUDICEDATE: 8/19/21DEPT: ATIME: 8:30 A.M.

    Petitioner, Jorge Luis Aguilar, filed this petition on 4/15/21for an Order for Change of Name to Librado Jorge Luis Aguilar Ruiz. Petitioner is 32 y...

  • WHA SUNG WON VS KATHY NAM, ET AL.

    Aug 19, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    WHA SUNG WON, Plaintiff(s), vs. KATHY NAM, ET AL., Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: 20CMCV00190

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO SUBSTITUTE A SUCCESSOR-IN-INTEREST ON BEHALF OF DECEASE...

  • ALIREZA RAJAIEH VS AMERICAN LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS, L.P., A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    ALIREZA RAJAIEH, Plaintiff(s), vs. AMERICAN LOGISTICS INTERNATIONAL WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS, LP, ET AL., Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: 20CMCV00254 [AMENDED TENTATIVE] ORDER GRANTING...

  • SHANE HESTER VS STEPHEN S. LEE, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Case Number and Name: 19STCV30377 SHANE HESTER vs STEPHEN S. LEE, et al.

    Motion: Motion to Withdraw

    Moving Party: Oakwood Legal Group, LLP, attorney for Plaintiff Shane Hester

    Responding Party: None

    TENTATIVE: Motion is DENIED

    Reason: Counsel has not fixed all the pr...

  • RUSSELL MASON VS MICHAEL JOHNSON

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    Defendant Michael Johnson’s Motion for an Order Continuing Trial and Trial Deadlines is GRANTED.

    Legal Standard

    Trial dates are firm to ensure prompt disposition of civil cases. (Cal. Rules of Court, rule 3.1332(a).) Continuances are thus generally disfavored. (Id., rule 3...

  • MARQUARIUS JOHNSON, AN INDIVIDUAL VS VALUEPLUS GLOBAL, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Motion:

    Moving Party: Defendant Solineth Pel

    Responding Party: None

    TENTATIVE: Motions are DENIED without prejudice.

    Reason: Defendant Solineth Pel did not comply with the Court's interim order on July 22, 2021, requiring Defendant to filed four separate motions as amended a...

  • CYNTHIA FIGUEROA VS REBECA GOMEZ

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    On March 23, 2021, the Court found the settlement was fair and reasonable and that the amount of attorney’s fees requested was also reasonable. However, the Court found various defects that precluded the granting of the petition. The Court thus continued the petition and ordered Petitione...

  • MAXIMILIANO SANTIZO VS PEARCE CONCRETE AND MASONRY, INC.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    Defendant Pearce Concrete and Masonry, Inc.’s Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement is GRANTED.

    Legal Standard

    CCP section 877.6(a)(1) provides that “[a]ny party to an action wherein it is alleged that two or more parties are joint tortfeasors or co-obligors on...

  • ROSARIO PEREZ VS ASGHAR AMIRPANAH, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    ROSARIO PEREZ, Plaintiff(s), vs. ASGHAR AMIRPANAH, ET AL., Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: 21CMCV00083

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER OVERRULING DEMURRER BY CROSS-DEFENDANT, ROSARIO PEREZ, TO THE CROS...

  • EVANGELINE COSIO-BAUTISTA VS FOOD 4 LESS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, INC.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    After considering the evidence and arguments presented in the record, the Court denies Plaintiff Evangeline Cosio-Bautista’s Motion To Quash Deposition Subpoenas.

    However, the Court grants Plaintiff Evangeline Cosio-Bautista’s Motion To Modify Deposition Subpoenas, such that the p...

  • ROBERTSON'S READY MIX, LTD. VS. HUNTINGTON DEVELOPMENT, INC.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    ROBERTSON’S READY MIX, LTD, Plaintiff(s), vs. HUNTINGTON DEVELOPMENT, INC., ET AL., Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: TC022955

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT, VACATE...

  • IC VS COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    I.C. A MINOR, BY AND THROUGH HIS GUARDIAN AD LITEM, SILVIA MELENDEZ, Plaintiff(s), vs. COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, ET AL., Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: BC665118

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER ...

  • DONNA S. JOHNSON VS VELMA WARMACK, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    FOR THE COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES – SOUTH CENTRAL DISTRICT

    DONNA S. JOHNSON, Plaintiff(s), vs. VELMA WARMACK, ET AL., Defendant(s).

    CASE NO: 19CMCV00189

    [TENTATIVE] ORDER DENYING MOTION TO STRIKE BY DEFENDANT, EBONY FAIRCHILD

    Dep...

  • GABRIEL ARTHUR SANCHEZ VS VALLEY ENTERTAINMENT, INC.,, ET AL.

    Aug 17, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    20STCV30445

    Sanchez v. Valley Entertainment

    Court Order Re: Transfer and Reassignment of Complicated Personal Injury (“PI”) Case to An Independent Calendar ("IC") Courtroom from Department 29, a PI Hub Court.

    The Court's order Re: Transfer of Complicated Personal I...

  • ESTEFANIA JIMENEZ, BY AND THROUGH GAL, ET AL. VS GREGORY IM, ET AL.

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    Plaintiff’s Demurrer to Defendants’ First Amended Answer is SUSTAINED, in part, and OVERRULED, in part.

    The Court SUSTAINS Plaintiff’s Demurrer as to the fifth, ninth, thirteenth, and fifteenth affirmative defenses with 30 days leave to amend.

    Plaintiff’s Demurrer is other...

  • SAMIRA AMIRANSARI VS SEAN DONAHUE

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    The Motion to Stay filed by Defendant Sean Donahue, by and through his Guardian Ad Litem, Kevin Donahue, is GRANTED.

    Legal Standard

    The court’s power to stay proceedings derives from the court’s power to control its own processes and orders to ensure orderly administration...

  • JACQUELINE ROMERO VS BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. A MINNESOTA CORPORATION

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Motion: Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

    Moving Party: Derek Wilson, counsel for Plaintiff Jacqueline Romero

    Responding Party: None

    TENTATIVE: Motion is DENIED

    ANALYSIS:

    1) Counsel has failed to file a proof of service showing service of the moving papers on Plaintif...

  • IC VS COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    The court posts the following tentative on defendant's MIL No. 9 for discussion at the FSC on August 16th. The court will be prepared to discuss all other motions in liminie at that time but is not posting tentatives. The court notes that defendant's MIL No. 9 is related to plaintiff's motion to amend set ...

  • CONCEPCION PAYAN, ET AL. VS CITY OF LONG BEACH

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    Motion: Motion to be Relieved as Counsel

    Moving Party: Ryan H. Sargent, counsel for Plaintiffs Concepcion Payan and Ricardo Lopez

    Responding Party: None

    TENTATIVE: Motion is DENIED

    ANALYSIS:

    1) The proof of service fails to set forth the address at which Plaintiffs w...

  • BRIAN NIEHAUS, ET AL. VS PETROLEUM GAS STATION MAINTENANCE AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC., A CALIFORNIA CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    Defendant/Cross-Defendant/Cross-Complainant Promotion Plus Sign Co., Inc.’s Motion for An Order to Continue Trial and All Related Cut-Off Dates is TAKEN OFF CALENDAR.

    Discussion

    Promotion Plus seeks a continuance of the trial date from October 28, 2021 to April 4, 2022 or ...

  • EXSCARLET MALDONADO, AN INDIVIDUAL VS CITY OF LOS ANGELES, A PUBLIC ENTITY, ET AL.

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    After considering the evidence and arguments presented in the record, the Court GRANTS Defendant Neutron Holdings, Inc.’s Motion To Compel Arbitration And Dismiss Or, In The Alternative, Stay Civil Action

    Furthermore, the Court STAYS the proceedings of this action pending the outc...

  • RUBY MATHEWS VS SIDNEY DWAYNE SMITH, ET AL.

    Aug 16, 2021 Los Angeles County

    TENTATIVE

    The City’s motion for summary judgment is denied.

    The City is to give notice of this ruling.

    Background

    This action arises from a motor vehicle accident on January 27, 2020, involving Plaintiff Ruby Mathews (“Plaintiff”) and defendants Sidney Dwayne Smith (“Smith”)...

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