The Honorable James F. Rigali

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department SM2

Biography

The Hon. James F. Rigali is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench in 2004.

He is a registered Republican.

Judge Rigali received his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame in 1983. He also earned his M.B.A. and J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Rigali first worked at the Los Angeles law firm of Burke, Williams, and Sorensen before moving to Santa Maria, California to practice general civil law at Henbury and Rigali. Then, in 1994, he joined Kirk and Simas where he would serve as a partner. During his time there, Rigali specialized in real estate, estate litigation and general civil matters. Rigali also served as co-owner of the Grover Beach Realty Company, a business he ran alongside his sister. He remained in both capacities until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2004.

He and his wife Anne are the parents of six children.

Recent Rulings by Hon. James F. Rigali

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF OLIVIA BICKLEY

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial Review

    Appearances required. On October 6, 2020, this Court ordered that all parties must show cause why this case should not be transferred to Orange County. The Court ordered Ms. Hoffman King to prepare the OSC and submit it to the Court for si...

  • ESTATE OF DONN STRATTON PARDEE

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Supplement to the Petition. The following allegations must be made, but were left blank or improperly alleged and must be corrected by supplement:

    - Paragraph 8 – A supplement to the pe...

  • ESTATE OF DOROTHY E. BENFORD

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Determine Persons Entitled to Distribution

    The following defects in the petition were noted for the last hearing and have not been remedied:

    1) Amended Petition. The Petition suffers from the following defects that must be corrected:

    a) The Petitio...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF EVA WILSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Review / Death of Conservatee

    The Court Investigator reports the Conservatee has passed away. The Conservator has fulfilled the mandatory duty to file a Notice of Conservatee’s Death (Form GC-399). (Prob. Code, § 2361.)

    The death of a conservatee ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KYLEE GARCIA, ET AL.

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Personal Service. Proof of timely personal service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) showing service on Phillip Garcia ...

  • ESTATE OF LUIS RODRIGUEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration and Petition to Determine Ownership of Estate Property

    Petition to Determine Ownership of Estate Property

    Appearances required. Parties must come prepared to narrow issues for trial.

    Petition for Letters of Administration...

  • SHAFFER V RICE RANCH COMMUNITY LLC

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer

    Plaintiffs Stanley Shaffer, Justine Shaffer, Reif Madrid, Maci Shaffer and Kolt Shaffer purchased property located at 932 Calle De La Rosa, Santa Maria from defendant Rice Ranch Community LLC (“Rice Ranch.”) upon which a single-family residence had been constructed ...

  • JENNIFER HERRINGTON V THE NATURE CONSERVANCY ET AL

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer to Second Amended Complaint

    The factual allegations of the second amended complaint (SAC) mirror those of the first amended complaint (“FAC”). Plaintiff Jennifer Herrington (“plaintiff” or “Herrington”) alleges she was employed by defendant The Nature Conservancy in...

  • SUNBELT RENTALS INC V GWEN J HAUENSTEIN ET AL

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment

    Defendants Gwen Hauenstein, Gary Hauenstein, BMI Group, Inc. and Ara Baljian are alleged to own real property at 3333 Avena Road, Lompoc, CA. Plaintiff Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. is a material and equipment supplier to the construction trade. ...

  • ESTATE OF HENRY SIMONSEN

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF RAMON ALMADA

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration (UPDATED on 11/16/2020)

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF PATRICIA R. DONALDSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution (UPDATED 11/16/2020)

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KRISTOPHER LEE ERVIN

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DANIEL EDWARD SILVA

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-121). Amended pleadings must be re-served the same as original pleadings. (CRC, Rule 7.53.) Notice must be given 15 days prior to hearing, served on ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ROGER WILLIAM GERSH

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Conservatorship Compliance Hearing

    The following must be submitted before the hearing:

    1) Inventory & Appraisal (Form GC-040) (Prob. Code, § 2610) The Inv. & Appr. filed is not marked Final. Conservator must file FINAL Inventory & Appraisal.

    2) Proof of Servic...

  • ESTATE OF PATRICIA R. DONALDSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    Appearances are required to explain to the Court the need to distribute zero assets. The following must be submitted before the hearing:

    Declaration. What amounts to allegations were improperly made in the Corrected Final Inventory and ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MANUEL DE JESUS PEREZ VASQUEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Duties of Guardian Form (Form GC-248)

    2) Proposed Letters (Form GC- 250). The proposed letters are not signed by the proposed guardian.

    3) Declaration ...

  • MATTER OF JULIAN MEDINA

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Minor’s Compromise

    Appearances required, including the minor. (CRC 7.952.)

    The following must be submitted before petition may be approved:

    1) Adequate documentation that the minor has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover from his injuries. The att...

  • MATTER OF LILY MARTINEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Minor’s Compromise (Expedited)

    The following must be submitted by Monday, November 16, at noon:

    1) Adequate documentation that the minor has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover from her injuries. The attachments supporting the allegation at paragraph 10 o...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MANUEL DE JESUS PEREZ VASQUEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Duties of Guardian Form (Form GC-248)

    2) Proposed Orders (Forms GC-240)

    3) Proposed Letters (Form GC- 250)

    ...

  • ESTATE OF FRANCINE MARIE GABEL

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Sanctions, Removal, Appointment of Public Administrator

    Appearance required.

    This matter is on for hearing to determine whether the Personal Representative should be sanctioned for not obeying a court order, and whether the Personal Representative should be re...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MATTHEW QUINCY JACKSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Conservatorship Compliance Hearing

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Form GC-341) (Prob. Code, § 1830(c)). Proof of Service of this form must be filed showing it was mailed timely to the conservatee and to the co...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MARVIN PAUL JENSEN

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 11th Accounting and Report of Conservator (review hearing)

    Appearances required. Attorney for Conservatee and Attorney for Conservator must come prepared to discuss remediation measures to reduce the burn rate of the esatate as noted here:

    Conservatee now resides in a...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF AMELLIA KAY KINGSLEY BROWN, ET AL.

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Personal Service. Proof of timely personal service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) on Michael Kingsley Brown, OR Cons...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. James F. Rigali

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF OLIVIA BICKLEY

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial Review

    Appearances required. On October 6, 2020, this Court ordered that all parties must show cause why this case should not be transferred to Orange County. The Court ordered Ms. Hoffman King to prepare the OSC and submit it to the Court for si...

  • ESTATE OF DONN STRATTON PARDEE

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Supplement to the Petition. The following allegations must be made, but were left blank or improperly alleged and must be corrected by supplement:

    - Paragraph 8 – A supplement to the pe...

  • ESTATE OF DOROTHY E. BENFORD

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Determine Persons Entitled to Distribution

    The following defects in the petition were noted for the last hearing and have not been remedied:

    1) Amended Petition. The Petition suffers from the following defects that must be corrected:

    a) The Petitio...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF EVA WILSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Review / Death of Conservatee

    The Court Investigator reports the Conservatee has passed away. The Conservator has fulfilled the mandatory duty to file a Notice of Conservatee’s Death (Form GC-399). (Prob. Code, § 2361.)

    The death of a conservatee ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF KYLEE GARCIA, ET AL.

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Personal Service. Proof of timely personal service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) showing service on Phillip Garcia ...

  • ESTATE OF LUIS RODRIGUEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration and Petition to Determine Ownership of Estate Property

    Petition to Determine Ownership of Estate Property

    Appearances required. Parties must come prepared to narrow issues for trial.

    Petition for Letters of Administration...

  • SHAFFER V RICE RANCH COMMUNITY LLC

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer

    Plaintiffs Stanley Shaffer, Justine Shaffer, Reif Madrid, Maci Shaffer and Kolt Shaffer purchased property located at 932 Calle De La Rosa, Santa Maria from defendant Rice Ranch Community LLC (“Rice Ranch.”) upon which a single-family residence had been constructed ...

  • JENNIFER HERRINGTON V THE NATURE CONSERVANCY ET AL

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer to Second Amended Complaint

    The factual allegations of the second amended complaint (SAC) mirror those of the first amended complaint (“FAC”). Plaintiff Jennifer Herrington (“plaintiff” or “Herrington”) alleges she was employed by defendant The Nature Conservancy in...

  • SUNBELT RENTALS INC V GWEN J HAUENSTEIN ET AL

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Motion to Set Aside Default Judgment

    Defendants Gwen Hauenstein, Gary Hauenstein, BMI Group, Inc. and Ara Baljian are alleged to own real property at 3333 Avena Road, Lompoc, CA. Plaintiff Sunbelt Rentals, Inc. is a material and equipment supplier to the construction trade. ...

  • ESTATE OF HENRY SIMONSEN

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF RAMON ALMADA

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration (UPDATED on 11/16/2020)

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF PATRICIA R. DONALDSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution (UPDATED 11/16/2020)

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KRISTOPHER LEE ERVIN

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue. No appearance is required.

    The next review hearing will be held on November 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DANIEL EDWARD SILVA

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Letters of Administration

    The following must be submitted:

    Proof of Service of Notice of Hearing (Form DE-121). Amended pleadings must be re-served the same as original pleadings. (CRC, Rule 7.53.) Notice must be given 15 days prior to hearing, served on ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ROGER WILLIAM GERSH

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Conservatorship Compliance Hearing

    The following must be submitted before the hearing:

    1) Inventory & Appraisal (Form GC-040) (Prob. Code, § 2610) The Inv. & Appr. filed is not marked Final. Conservator must file FINAL Inventory & Appraisal.

    2) Proof of Servic...

  • ESTATE OF PATRICIA R. DONALDSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    Appearances are required to explain to the Court the need to distribute zero assets. The following must be submitted before the hearing:

    Declaration. What amounts to allegations were improperly made in the Corrected Final Inventory and ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MANUEL DE JESUS PEREZ VASQUEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Duties of Guardian Form (Form GC-248)

    2) Proposed Letters (Form GC- 250). The proposed letters are not signed by the proposed guardian.

    3) Declaration ...

  • MATTER OF JULIAN MEDINA

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Minor’s Compromise

    Appearances required, including the minor. (CRC 7.952.)

    The following must be submitted before petition may be approved:

    1) Adequate documentation that the minor has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover from his injuries. The att...

  • MATTER OF LILY MARTINEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Minor’s Compromise (Expedited)

    The following must be submitted by Monday, November 16, at noon:

    1) Adequate documentation that the minor has fully recovered, or is expected to fully recover from her injuries. The attachments supporting the allegation at paragraph 10 o...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF MANUEL DE JESUS PEREZ VASQUEZ

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Duties of Guardian Form (Form GC-248)

    2) Proposed Orders (Forms GC-240)

    3) Proposed Letters (Form GC- 250)

    ...

  • ESTATE OF FRANCINE MARIE GABEL

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Sanctions, Removal, Appointment of Public Administrator

    Appearance required.

    This matter is on for hearing to determine whether the Personal Representative should be sanctioned for not obeying a court order, and whether the Personal Representative should be re...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MATTHEW QUINCY JACKSON

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Conservatorship Compliance Hearing

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Notice of Conservatee’s Rights (Form GC-341) (Prob. Code, § 1830(c)). Proof of Service of this form must be filed showing it was mailed timely to the conservatee and to the co...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF MARVIN PAUL JENSEN

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 11th Accounting and Report of Conservator (review hearing)

    Appearances required. Attorney for Conservatee and Attorney for Conservator must come prepared to discuss remediation measures to reduce the burn rate of the esatate as noted here:

    Conservatee now resides in a...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF AMELLIA KAY KINGSLEY BROWN, ET AL.

     |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required. The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Personal Service. Proof of timely personal service of the notice of hearing and a copy of the petition (Prob. Code, § 1511) on Michael Kingsley Brown, OR Cons...

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