The Honorable Ginger E. Garrett

San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Department 2

Biography

The Hon. Ginger E. Garrett is a judge for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Christopher G. Money.

Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama. She then continued her studies at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she completed a J.D.

She began her legal career as an attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1978. She first worked as a staff attorney for Alabama Legal Aid. Two years later, she accepted a position as managing attorney for the Legal Services Corporation of Tuscaloosa. Then, in 1982, she started her own private practice, where she handled cases for the next decade.

Garrett relocated to the Central Coast of California in 1993. She practiced as a sole practitioner in her own family and juvenile law practice until 2002, at which time she was selected to serve as a family law court commissioner for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County. She held that position until her appointment to the bench.

Garrett has served as the Director of the Tuscaloosa Legal Aid Society. She has also been an advocate of San Luis Obispo County’s Behavioral Health Treatment Court and the Adult Treatment Collaborative Court.

She is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Ginger E. Garrett

  • NATALIE NASSER V. MARGARITA ADVENTURES, LLC

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Natalie Nasser (“Nasser” or “Plaintiff”) filed this action on May 8, 2019, against Margarita Adventures, LLC (“Defendant”). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that she was injured while riding on a zipline owned and operated by Defendant, when the retrieval “robot”, a device attached to the zipline which is use...

  • NATALIE NASSER V. MARGARITA ADVENTURES, LLC

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Natalie Nasser (“Nasser” or “Plaintiff”) filed this action on May 8, 2019, against Margarita Adventures, LLC (“Defendant”). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that she was injured while riding on a zipline owned and operated by Defendant when the retrieval “robot”, a device attached to the zipline which is used...

  • DUC NGUYEN V. MARK MAHAFFI

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Duc Nguyen (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Mark Mahaffie (“Defendant”) on July 8, 2020, alleging claims for (1) Violation of Cal. Corp. Code §§ 2500, et seq. – Unlawful Conduct of Business as an “Investment Advisor” and “Broker,” (2) Fraud, (3) Negligent Misrepresentation, (4) Intentional Misrepres...

  • B&D FARMS, INC. V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (consolidated with 20CVP-0064)
    Hearing: Demurrer
    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is r...

  • RICK A. MACHADO V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (consolidated with 20CV-0310)
    Hearing: Demurrer
    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is re...

  • DREW B. GRUNDFOR V. ALLSTATE NORTHBROOK INDEMNITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (2) Motion for Sanctions
    Background.
    On February 26, 2019, Plaintiff Drew B. Grundfor filed a lawsuit against Defendants Allstate Northbrook Indemnity Company (Allstate); John Demarest; and Hanger, Steinberg, Shapiro & Ash (the Law Firm). Plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes o...

  • PACHO LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, ET AL. V. EUREKA ENERGY COMPANY

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    This lawsuit concerns the 2,400-acre parcel known as Wild Cherry Canyon (the Property) near Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. On March 18, 2019, Plaintiffs Pacho Limited Partnership (Pacho) and San Luis Bay Limited Partnership (San Luis Bay) filed a complaint against Defendant Eureka ...

  • MARSH HIGUERA MIXED USE, LLC ET AL. V. JOHN W. BELSHER, ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    On April 24, 2020, Marsh Higuera Mixed Use, LLC; Taylor Judkins; and The Donald R. Judkins and Maxine Judkins Revocable Trust dated January 3, 1985 (collectively Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit against John W. Belsher; Ryan Joseph Wright formerly known as Ryan Joseph Petetit; PB Companies...

  • BETTY LONG, ET AL. V. CITY OF EXETER, ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Further Responses to Requests for Admission, Set Three to the City of Exeter, Clifton Bush, and Brett Inglehart (filed by Betty Long)
    Both the parties and the Court are familiar with the background of the case so that the Court recites only that portion of the matter’s history necessa...

  • BETTY LONG, ET AL. V. ALEX GEIGER, ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Both the parties and the Court are familiar with the background of the case so that the Court recites only that portion of the matter’s history necessary for purposes of these motions.1
    Trial is currently set to begin on January 25, 2021; and has been granted preference. (Min. Order, 02/07/20.) Becaus...

  • B&D FARMS, INC. V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Dec 31, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed an action against Ginger Mankins (“Ginger”), Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064 (the “Machado Action”). The complaint alleges that Ginger, ...

  • WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY V. JENNETTE HALL

    Dec 31, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 5, 2017, Plaintiff Wesco Insurance Company filed this limited civil action against Defendants Omega aka Omega Concrete; Lawrence Leroy Hall, individually and dba Omega Concrete; and Jennette Hall, individually and dba Omega Concrete. The complaint alleges one cause of action for breach of contract....

  • JOHN DAUPHINEE V. BRADLEY DRATNOL

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    John Dauphinee and eight others (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed this action on May 1, 2020, against All Access Coach Leasing, LLC (“All Access”), Modern Management, Inc. (“MMI”), and Bradley Dratnol (“Dratnol”). The complaint alleges (1) wrongful death, (2) strict liability for defective design; (3) neg...

  • RICK A. MACHADO V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is referred to herein as the “Machado Action.” The complaint al...

  • B&D FARMS, INC. V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    McKinsey’s Motion to Consolidate Actions
    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is referred to he...

  • BETTY LONG V. CITY OF EXETER

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On December 13, 2016, Betty Long (“Long”) and David Fear, residents of Grover Beach, were attacked by two dogs. Long was injured and David Fear died from his injuries three days later. Rachel, Sarah, and Steven Fear (the “Fears”) are David Fear’s children and sole heirs. Long and the Fears (collectively, “...

  • KIRIT PATEL V. CRYSTAL SPALETTA

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories Motion to Compel Responses to Requests for Production of Documents Motion to Deem Requests for Admission, Admitted
    Kirit Patel (“Plaintiff”) initiated this action on July 30, 2019, against Crystal Spaletta (“Defendant”). The dispute arises out of D...

  • PAUL CARDENAS V THE MANSE ON MARSH, LP

    Nov 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Paul Cardenas and Samuel Cardenas (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this action for premises liability and wrongful death against Horizon Senior Living, Inc., Gary Potts, the Manse on Marsh LP (the “Manse”), and Christopher Skiff (“Skiff”), on March 3, 2020. After Skiff filed a demurrer on statute of limit...

  • CALIFORNIA STATE GRANGE, ET AL. V. SAN LUIS OBISPO GUILD HALL

    Nov 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On July 17, 2019, California State Grange and San Luis Obispo Grange No. 639 (Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit against San Luis Obispo Guild Hall (Defendant). Plaintiffs’ first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes of action for (1) declaratory judgment, (2) cancellation of deed and quiet titl...

  • MARC BUENTIEMPO V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL.

    Nov 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Introduction.
    On August 22, 2018, Plaintiff Marc Buentiempo filed an employment lawsuit against Defendants California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Josephine Gastelo. Ms. Gastelo is the warden at California Men’s Colony (CMC) where Plaintiff was and is employed as a Painter I...

  • SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT V. A. TEICHERT & SON, INC.

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On May 19, 2020, the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District (the “District”) filed this action against A. Teichert & Son, Inc., doing business as Teichert Construction (“Teichert”). The action arises from a public construction project known as the Nacimiento Water Project, Pipel...

  • CARMEN EULLOQUI, ET AL. V. GABRIELA LOPEZ, ET AL.

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories Motion to Compel Responses to Requests for Production
    Carmen Eulloqui and Francisco Velasquez (“Plaintiffs”) filed this action on January 21, 2020, against Gabriela Lopez and Jorge Vasquez (“Defendants”). The complaint alleges that Plaintiffs are t...

  • DAVID RADMACHER V. JOANN SALINAS

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Deem RFAs Admitted
    Background.
    On December 10, 2019, David Radmacher (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Joann Salinas (Defendant) alleging causes of action for (1) breach of contract, (2) breach of fiduciary duty, (3) constructive fraud, (4) money loaned, (5) unjust enrichment, and (6)...

  • WARLIN V. SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL, INC.

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Timothy Warlin (“Timothy”) 1, Brent Warlin (“Brent”), Janice Der Garabedian (“Janice” and Brian Der Garabedian (“Brian”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this action on February 21, 2020. Plaintiffs filed their First Amended Complaint on June 23, 2020 (“FAC”). This action arises out of the death and funer...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Ginger E. Garrett

  • NATALIE NASSER V. MARGARITA ADVENTURES, LLC

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Natalie Nasser (“Nasser” or “Plaintiff”) filed this action on May 8, 2019, against Margarita Adventures, LLC (“Defendant”). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that she was injured while riding on a zipline owned and operated by Defendant, when the retrieval “robot”, a device attached to the zipline which is use...

  • NATALIE NASSER V. MARGARITA ADVENTURES, LLC

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Natalie Nasser (“Nasser” or “Plaintiff”) filed this action on May 8, 2019, against Margarita Adventures, LLC (“Defendant”). Plaintiff’s complaint alleges that she was injured while riding on a zipline owned and operated by Defendant when the retrieval “robot”, a device attached to the zipline which is used...

  • DUC NGUYEN V. MARK MAHAFFI

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Duc Nguyen (“Plaintiff”) filed this action against Mark Mahaffie (“Defendant”) on July 8, 2020, alleging claims for (1) Violation of Cal. Corp. Code §§ 2500, et seq. – Unlawful Conduct of Business as an “Investment Advisor” and “Broker,” (2) Fraud, (3) Negligent Misrepresentation, (4) Intentional Misrepres...

  • B&D FARMS, INC. V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (consolidated with 20CVP-0064)
    Hearing: Demurrer
    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is r...

  • RICK A. MACHADO V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (consolidated with 20CV-0310)
    Hearing: Demurrer
    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is re...

  • DREW B. GRUNDFOR V. ALLSTATE NORTHBROOK INDEMNITY COMPANY, ET AL.

    Jan 14, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    (2) Motion for Sanctions
    Background.
    On February 26, 2019, Plaintiff Drew B. Grundfor filed a lawsuit against Defendants Allstate Northbrook Indemnity Company (Allstate); John Demarest; and Hanger, Steinberg, Shapiro & Ash (the Law Firm). Plaintiff’s first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes o...

  • PACHO LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, ET AL. V. EUREKA ENERGY COMPANY

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    This lawsuit concerns the 2,400-acre parcel known as Wild Cherry Canyon (the Property) near Avila Beach in San Luis Obispo County. On March 18, 2019, Plaintiffs Pacho Limited Partnership (Pacho) and San Luis Bay Limited Partnership (San Luis Bay) filed a complaint against Defendant Eureka ...

  • MARSH HIGUERA MIXED USE, LLC ET AL. V. JOHN W. BELSHER, ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    TENTATIVE RULING
    On April 24, 2020, Marsh Higuera Mixed Use, LLC; Taylor Judkins; and The Donald R. Judkins and Maxine Judkins Revocable Trust dated January 3, 1985 (collectively Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit against John W. Belsher; Ryan Joseph Wright formerly known as Ryan Joseph Petetit; PB Companies...

  • BETTY LONG, ET AL. V. CITY OF EXETER, ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Further Responses to Requests for Admission, Set Three to the City of Exeter, Clifton Bush, and Brett Inglehart (filed by Betty Long)
    Both the parties and the Court are familiar with the background of the case so that the Court recites only that portion of the matter’s history necessa...

  • BETTY LONG, ET AL. V. ALEX GEIGER, ET AL.

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Both the parties and the Court are familiar with the background of the case so that the Court recites only that portion of the matter’s history necessary for purposes of these motions.1
    Trial is currently set to begin on January 25, 2021; and has been granted preference. (Min. Order, 02/07/20.) Becaus...

  • B&D FARMS, INC. V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Dec 31, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed an action against Ginger Mankins (“Ginger”), Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064 (the “Machado Action”). The complaint alleges that Ginger, ...

  • WESCO INSURANCE COMPANY V. JENNETTE HALL

    Dec 31, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On July 5, 2017, Plaintiff Wesco Insurance Company filed this limited civil action against Defendants Omega aka Omega Concrete; Lawrence Leroy Hall, individually and dba Omega Concrete; and Jennette Hall, individually and dba Omega Concrete. The complaint alleges one cause of action for breach of contract....

  • JOHN DAUPHINEE V. BRADLEY DRATNOL

    Dec 17, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    John Dauphinee and eight others (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) filed this action on May 1, 2020, against All Access Coach Leasing, LLC (“All Access”), Modern Management, Inc. (“MMI”), and Bradley Dratnol (“Dratnol”). The complaint alleges (1) wrongful death, (2) strict liability for defective design; (3) neg...

  • RICK A. MACHADO V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is referred to herein as the “Machado Action.” The complaint al...

  • B&D FARMS, INC. V. GINGER L. MANKINS, ET AL.

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    McKinsey’s Motion to Consolidate Actions
    On February 7, 2020, Rick Machado, individually and doing business as Rick Machado Livestock (“Machado”), filed this action against Ginger Mankins, Mark Mankins, and Wapita, Inc. (“Wapita”).1 The action was assigned case number 20CVP-0064, and is referred to he...

  • BETTY LONG V. CITY OF EXETER

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On December 13, 2016, Betty Long (“Long”) and David Fear, residents of Grover Beach, were attacked by two dogs. Long was injured and David Fear died from his injuries three days later. Rachel, Sarah, and Steven Fear (the “Fears”) are David Fear’s children and sole heirs. Long and the Fears (collectively, “...

  • KIRIT PATEL V. CRYSTAL SPALETTA

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories Motion to Compel Responses to Requests for Production of Documents Motion to Deem Requests for Admission, Admitted
    Kirit Patel (“Plaintiff”) initiated this action on July 30, 2019, against Crystal Spaletta (“Defendant”). The dispute arises out of D...

  • PAUL CARDENAS V THE MANSE ON MARSH, LP

    Nov 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Paul Cardenas and Samuel Cardenas (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this action for premises liability and wrongful death against Horizon Senior Living, Inc., Gary Potts, the Manse on Marsh LP (the “Manse”), and Christopher Skiff (“Skiff”), on March 3, 2020. After Skiff filed a demurrer on statute of limit...

  • CALIFORNIA STATE GRANGE, ET AL. V. SAN LUIS OBISPO GUILD HALL

    Nov 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Background.
    On July 17, 2019, California State Grange and San Luis Obispo Grange No. 639 (Plaintiffs) filed a lawsuit against San Luis Obispo Guild Hall (Defendant). Plaintiffs’ first amended complaint (FAC) alleges causes of action for (1) declaratory judgment, (2) cancellation of deed and quiet titl...

  • MARC BUENTIEMPO V. STATE OF CALIFORNIA, ET AL.

    Nov 19, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Introduction.
    On August 22, 2018, Plaintiff Marc Buentiempo filed an employment lawsuit against Defendants California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Josephine Gastelo. Ms. Gastelo is the warden at California Men’s Colony (CMC) where Plaintiff was and is employed as a Painter I...

  • SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT V. A. TEICHERT & SON, INC.

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    On May 19, 2020, the San Luis Obispo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District (the “District”) filed this action against A. Teichert & Son, Inc., doing business as Teichert Construction (“Teichert”). The action arises from a public construction project known as the Nacimiento Water Project, Pipel...

  • CARMEN EULLOQUI, ET AL. V. GABRIELA LOPEZ, ET AL.

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories Motion to Compel Responses to Requests for Production
    Carmen Eulloqui and Francisco Velasquez (“Plaintiffs”) filed this action on January 21, 2020, against Gabriela Lopez and Jorge Vasquez (“Defendants”). The complaint alleges that Plaintiffs are t...

  • DAVID RADMACHER V. JOANN SALINAS

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Motion to Deem RFAs Admitted
    Background.
    On December 10, 2019, David Radmacher (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against Joann Salinas (Defendant) alleging causes of action for (1) breach of contract, (2) breach of fiduciary duty, (3) constructive fraud, (4) money loaned, (5) unjust enrichment, and (6)...

  • WARLIN V. SERVICE CORPORATION INTERNATIONAL, INC.

    Nov 12, 2020 |  San Luis Obispo County

    Timothy Warlin (“Timothy”) 1, Brent Warlin (“Brent”), Janice Der Garabedian (“Janice” and Brian Der Garabedian (“Brian”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) filed this action on February 21, 2020. Plaintiffs filed their First Amended Complaint on June 23, 2020 (“FAC”). This action arises out of the death and funer...

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