Santa Barbara Superior Court
CADRe Program



Hon. Frank J. Ochoa, (ret.)


Sanger, Swysen & Dunkle
222 East Carrillo St., Suite 300
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Phone No.:

(805) 962-4887, Cell: (805) 451-1240

Fax No.:

(805) 963-7311

E-mail Address:


$500 per hour, including preparation time

Administrative Costs:

As Needed


As Agreed


Full fee payable 14 days in advance of scheduled mediation unless otherwise agreed

Cancellation Policy:

Full refund if mediation is cancelled 7 days or longer before mediation, otherwise half day fee will be retained unless the scheduled date is booked by other clients.

Payment Responsibility:

Shared equally by each party to the mediation unless the parties agree otherwise in writing.

Years as mediator:

40 years as a legal practitioner with experience in employment (including discrimination) law, constitutional litigation, government benefits, family, landlord/tenant and other property, contract and business matters, and related legal fields in state and federal court litigation; including 32 years as a trial court bench officer.

Conducted hundreds of jury and court trials in all types of civil and criminal cases in the subject matter areas listed elsewhere.

Substantial experience training judges and lawyers in trial court processes and mechanics. (See "About Ochoa" at website:

Trained at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in Mediating Disputes, Judicial Studies Program (2001), and by the American Institute of Mediation: "Mediating Commercial & Litigated Cases" (2015).

Southern California Mediation Association's "Judge of the Year" Award. Designed and Implemented Santa Barbara Superior Court's CADRe (Court Administered Appropriate Dispute Resolution) program.

Number of mediations conducted:

Many hundreds

Subject matter of mediations conducted:

Civil and Criminal cases involving business, environmental, property, real estate, eminent domain, employment, family, probate, personal injury, contract, construction and construction defect, and virtually all other types of cases.

Areas of expertise:

All areas of law except for patent, copyright, and securities law

Additional Information:

See further information at

Panelist Information Updated: January 24, 2020
Biography: Hon. Frank J. Ochoa (ret.)

Go to Mediation Panel List

: :   Contact CADRe   : :
Phone: (SB) 805-882-4661
CADRe Home | Select a Neutral | Forms | Articles | For Neutrals | Site Map

© 2018 Santa Barbara CADRe