The Honorable Bret D. Hillman

Tulare County Superior Court, Department 7

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Biography

The Hon. Bret D. Hillman is a judge for the Tulare County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010.

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Hillman received his B.A. from Stanford University. He went on to earn his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the Superior Court, Hillman spent his entire legal career in private practice. He was an associate at Stringham and Rogers from 1986 to 1990. He then partnered at Stringham, Hillman, and Lew until 2007 when he was a partner at Hillman and Lew. He would remain there until receiving the call to the bench.

While on the bench, Judge Hillman has served as an Assistant Presiding Judge of the Court.

Judge Hillman's family history is well-established in Tulare. His great grandfather founded a grain business there in 1886 and it is still run by the family.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Bret D. Hillman

  • RAMSEY V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL

    May 7, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Defendants’ Demurrer to Second Amended Complaint Tentative Ruling: To sustain the demurrer of defendants County of Tulare, et al.’s demurrer to second amended complaint with twenty days’ leave to amend. The court notes from a review of its file that proper notice was given to all parties. There has...

  • JT2, INC. V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL.

    May 7, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Demurrer by Defendants County of Tulare, Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Reed Schenke, John Hess, Hernan Beltran Herrera, and Grey Tompkins to Plaintiff’s Complaint Tentative Ruling: To Sustain Defendants’ demurrer to Plaintiff’s Complaint as to the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Causes of Ac...

  • RODRIGUEZ V. RODRIGUEZ

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File his Second Amended Complaint Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for leave to file his first amended complaint. Plaintiff shall file his first amended complaint within five days from the notice of this ruling. All parties were given proper notice of th...

  • GOMEZ V. GARCIA

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Motion to Enforce Written Settlement and for Attorney’s Fees (CCP §664.6) Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion to enforce written settlement as itemized below in this ruling. Plaintiff shall be awarded attorney fees under Civil Code §1717 in the amount of $1,590.00. This is an action for b...

  • HERNANDEZ V. METROCOM

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint Tentative Ruling: Defendant Metrocom, Inc.’s demurrer to plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) is overruled. Defendant Metrocom, Inc. shall have thirty days’ leave to answer the plaintiff’s FAC. Item #2 of defendant’s request for judicial notice i...

  • RENFRO V. PIXLEY MEDICAL CLINIC

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motions: (1) General Demurrer to All Causes of Action to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint; (2) Motion to Strike Improper Prayer and Punitive Damages and “Retraining” from Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint Defendants’ demurrer is sustained without leave to amend as to plaintiff Christopher Renfro’s res...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF CHRISTOPHER SELIX AND ALEXIA MARIE SELIX

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Objector’s Motion to Quash, Modify. Or Limit Petitioners’ Subpoena for Records Issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy Tentative Ruling: To grant Objector’s motion to quash, modify. or limit petitioners’ subpoena for records issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy Motion...

  • HERNANDEZ V. VISALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Motion for Reconsideration Pursuant to CCP 473 Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the waiver of a jury trial. Plaintiff shall deposit the applicable jury fees with the Court within ten days from the notice of this ruling. Plaintiff’s Request for Judicial Notice is ...

  • IMPAX AUTOMATION, LLC V. VISALIA DAIRY COMPANY

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Motion for Entry of Judgment Pursuant to CCP §664.6 Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff Impax Automation, LLC’s motion for entry of judgment under CCP §664.6 in the amount of $220,000.00 against Visalia Dairy Company and defendants Mark D. Acevedo, and Leonard Vandenberg. $50,000 of this judgment ...

  • RESA V. CENTEX HOMES

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Cross-Defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement Tentative Ruling: To grant the motion of cross-defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. (“FPPI”) motion for determination of good faith settlement A review of the Court’s file indicates that all neces...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Bret D. Hillman

  • RAMSEY V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL

    May 7, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Defendants’ Demurrer to Second Amended Complaint Tentative Ruling: To sustain the demurrer of defendants County of Tulare, et al.’s demurrer to second amended complaint with twenty days’ leave to amend. The court notes from a review of its file that proper notice was given to all parties. There has...

  • JT2, INC. V. COUNTY OF TULARE, ET AL.

    May 7, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Demurrer by Defendants County of Tulare, Tulare County Resource Management Agency, Reed Schenke, John Hess, Hernan Beltran Herrera, and Grey Tompkins to Plaintiff’s Complaint Tentative Ruling: To Sustain Defendants’ demurrer to Plaintiff’s Complaint as to the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th Causes of Ac...

  • RODRIGUEZ V. RODRIGUEZ

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File his Second Amended Complaint Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for leave to file his first amended complaint. Plaintiff shall file his first amended complaint within five days from the notice of this ruling. All parties were given proper notice of th...

  • GOMEZ V. GARCIA

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Motion to Enforce Written Settlement and for Attorney’s Fees (CCP §664.6) Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion to enforce written settlement as itemized below in this ruling. Plaintiff shall be awarded attorney fees under Civil Code §1717 in the amount of $1,590.00. This is an action for b...

  • HERNANDEZ V. METROCOM

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Demurrer to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint Tentative Ruling: Defendant Metrocom, Inc.’s demurrer to plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) is overruled. Defendant Metrocom, Inc. shall have thirty days’ leave to answer the plaintiff’s FAC. Item #2 of defendant’s request for judicial notice i...

  • RENFRO V. PIXLEY MEDICAL CLINIC

    Apr 30, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motions: (1) General Demurrer to All Causes of Action to Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint; (2) Motion to Strike Improper Prayer and Punitive Damages and “Retraining” from Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint Defendants’ demurrer is sustained without leave to amend as to plaintiff Christopher Renfro’s res...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF CHRISTOPHER SELIX AND ALEXIA MARIE SELIX

    Apr 29, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Objector’s Motion to Quash, Modify. Or Limit Petitioners’ Subpoena for Records Issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy Tentative Ruling: To grant Objector’s motion to quash, modify. or limit petitioners’ subpoena for records issued to Cardboard Box Company & Mountain View Dairy Motion...

  • HERNANDEZ V. VISALIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Motion for Reconsideration Pursuant to CCP 473 Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the waiver of a jury trial. Plaintiff shall deposit the applicable jury fees with the Court within ten days from the notice of this ruling. Plaintiff’s Request for Judicial Notice is ...

  • IMPAX AUTOMATION, LLC V. VISALIA DAIRY COMPANY

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Motion for Entry of Judgment Pursuant to CCP §664.6 Tentative Ruling: To grant plaintiff Impax Automation, LLC’s motion for entry of judgment under CCP §664.6 in the amount of $220,000.00 against Visalia Dairy Company and defendants Mark D. Acevedo, and Leonard Vandenberg. $50,000 of this judgment ...

  • RESA V. CENTEX HOMES

    Apr 23, 2019 |  Judge Bret D. Hillman |  Tulare County, CA

    Motion: Cross-Defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. Motion for Determination of Good Faith Settlement Tentative Ruling: To grant the motion of cross-defendant Fresno Precision Plastics, Inc. (“FPPI”) motion for determination of good faith settlement A review of the Court’s file indicates that all neces...

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