The Honorable Kenneth J. Medel

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SD-66

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Biography

The Hon. Kenneth J. Medel is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 18, 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Michael Bennett Orfield.

Medel earned a B.A. from the University of California, Irvine in 1976. He then received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1979.

Medel began his legal career as a deputy district attorney with the Office of the District Attorney of San Diego County. During his seven-year tenure there, he served in the Gang Prosecution Unit, where he tried major violent felony cases.

Then, in 1987, he left the public sector in order to work as an associate at Ault, Midlam & Deuprey. His practice with the firm involved medical malpractice defense. He also represented police agencies and entertainment venues. Ten years later, Medel left the firm and started Medel & Rawers, a small civil litigation defense firm. Finally, in 2001, Medel established the Medel Law Firm, where he specialized in medical negligence litigation and Medical Board proceedings. He served as its owner and principal attorney until his appointment to the bench.

Medel has served as past-president of the San Diego Inn of Court. He has also been a board member of San Diego Defense Lawyers as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Medel was born and raised in Downey, California. He has coached Mid City Little League Baseball.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Kenneth J. Medel

  • CONNOLLY VS DEL SOL LIONS FOUNDATION

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Facility Concession Services, Inc.'s unopposed Demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED without leave to amend. Plaintiff's Amended Complaint alleges she was assaulted by Defendant Laura Paul an employee of Defendant Del Sol Lions Foundation ("Del Sol"). At approximately 6:00 pm, Plaintiff was ...

  • TKG SAN YSIDRO DEVELOPMENT LLC VS. LOS CARBONES TACO SHOP INC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff TKG San Ysidro Development, LLC's Motion for Terminating Sanctions against defendants LUIS OCTAVIO ALCANTAR MARTINEZ and MARITZA MIRAMONTES

    ALCANTAR is GRANTED. Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging breach of a commercial lease against seven defendants on July 19, 2018. Defaults are entere...

  • PETITION FOR DRB CAPITAL LLC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear from the payee.

    ...

  • RAMIRO MORALES OLIVAS VS. EDCO WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICES INC [E-FILE]

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court GRANTS Preliminary Approval. The parties to appear to set a Final Approval date.

    ...

  • SVAP III POWAY CROSSINGS LLC VS LA FITNESS INTERNATIONAL LLC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Grant Phelan's Application to Appear Pro Hac Vice is approved pursuant to Rule 9 .40 of the California Rules of Court. The applicant has met the conditions and requirements set forth in Rule 9.40, including payment to the State Bar of California. This order is subject to counsel paying the annual renewal f...

  • NEVAREZ VS PACIFIC BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Pacific Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T California's Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff, a Customer Service Representative working for AT&T in San Diego since April, 1997 filed his Complaint against AT&T in this Court, alleging six causes of action, in...

  • NEVAREZ VS PACIFIC BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Pacific Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T California's Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff, a Customer Service Representative working for AT&T in San Diego since April, 1997 filed his Complaint against AT&T in this Court, alleging six causes of action, in...

  • DURRUTHY VS OCHOA

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Juan Durruthy's Motion to Set Aside Dismissal is DENIED. The motion is late. Plaintiff dismissed on 8/5/19. The motion to set aside was first raised at ex parte on 2/13/20 – 6 months and 8 days later beyond the 6-month requirement under CCP 473(b). Even if within the mandatory 6 month time frame,...

  • PETERSON VS. THOR INDUSTRIES INC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant's Demurrer to the Fifth Cause of Action for Violation of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Action is SUSTAINED with 10 days leave to amend. Defendant relies on authority from choice of law analysis in federal court that "consumer protection claim should be governed by the consumer protection...

  • ASCENTIUM CAPITAL LLC VS NORTH CREEK MEDICINE INC PS

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants NORTH CREEK MEDICINE, INC. and MARK SWYER's Motion to Set Aside Default is GRANTED. The Court finds a basis to set aside the default and default judgment based upon discretionary relief under CCP 473(b). (1) Defendants' Washington counsel reasonably believed default would not be entered because ...

  • PAPUGA VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear.

    ...

  • SHAPERY ENTERPRISES VS SEARS

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Application for Prejudgment Writ of Attachment is GRANTED. Plaintiff is to provide an order for the Court's signature.

    ...

  • TAKAHASHI II VS PRIME HEALTH CARE PARADISE VALLEY LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    This is a wrongful-death and successor-in-interest action by Dean Takahashi's widow (Lani Takahashi) and surviving son (Dean Takahashi II), arising out of Dean Takahashi's suicide while he was admitted to a psychiatric facility owned and operated by defendant Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, LLC. Decedent...

  • SELLERS VS JUSTANSWER LLC [E-FILE]

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    JustAnswer is an online service that pairs customers with various experts on issues. It is a subscription service but offers potential customers the option of paying $5.00 to post their first question and then enroll in a trial 7-day membership that includes unlimited conversations with on-call experts. (C...

  • DARIN BARIONI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Successors in Interest's Motion Permitting Substitution of Plaintiffs is GRANTED pursuant to CCP 377.31. The Court has read and considered the declarations of Jenny Barioni and Grace Barioni and they meet the requirements as set forth in CCP 377.32. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff DARIN BARIONI, De...

  • DARIN BARIONI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Successors in Interest's Motion Permitting Substitution of Plaintiffs is GRANTED pursuant to CCP 377.31. The Court has read and considered the declarations of Jenny Barioni and Grace Barioni and they meet the requirements as set forth in CCP 377.32. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff DARIN BARIONI, De...

  • BENTLEY VS ARABO

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Responses is GRANTED. These motions all revolve around the same issues – RFAs 5, 6 and 7. RFA No. 7 requests admissions regarding alterations. RFAs 5 and 6 are about whether permits were sought and granted at defendant's business. Defendant objected to these three RFAs ...

  • TIMM VS HHLP SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATES LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court rules on HHLP San Diego Associates LLC et al.'s Demurrer and Motion to Strike as follows: Plaintiffs allege that they stayed at the Courtyard Marriot from March 28, 2018 to April 3, 2018. Complaint ¶ 2, p.2:10-13. Plaintiffs allege they were bitten by bedbugs in their hotel while they slept. Plai...

  • TIMM VS HHLP SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATES LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court rules on HHLP San Diego Associates LLC et al.'s Demurrer and Motion to Strike as follows: Plaintiffs allege that they stayed at the Courtyard Marriot from March 28, 2018 to April 3, 2018. Complaint ¶ 2, p.2:10-13. Plaintiffs allege they were bitten by bedbugs in their hotel while they slept. Plai...

  • THOMAS JAMES VS LEAVITT GROUP AGENCY OF SAN DIEGO INC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Thomas James' Motion for Attorney Fees will be continued for further briefing as set forth below. The Court finds that there are two contracts for attorney fees. Mr. James' Employment Agreement at section 7.09(1) and the December 1, 2012 Stock Issuance Agreement and the January 1, 2013 Stock Issu...

  • DARIN BARIONI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Successors in Interest's Motion Permitting Substitution of Plaintiffs is GRANTED pursuant to CCP 377.31. The Court has read and considered the declarations of Jenny Barioni and Grace Barioni and they meet the requirements as set forth in CCP 377.32. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff DARIN BARIONI, De...

  • TAKAHASHI II VS PRIME HEALTH CARE PARADISE VALLEY LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    This is a wrongful-death and successor-in-interest action by Dean Takahashi's widow (Lani Takahashi) and surviving son (Dean Takahashi II), arising out of Dean Takahashi's suicide while he was admitted to a psychiatric facility owned and operated by defendant Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, LLC. Decedent...

  • SELLERS VS JUSTANSWER LLC [E-FILE]

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    JustAnswer is an online service that pairs customers with various experts on issues. It is a subscription service but offers potential customers the option of paying $5.00 to post their first question and then enroll in a trial 7-day membership that includes unlimited conversations with on-call experts. (C...

  • BENTLEY VS ARABO

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Responses is GRANTED. These motions all revolve around the same issues – RFAs 5, 6 and 7. RFA No. 7 requests admissions regarding alterations. RFAs 5 and 6 are about whether permits were sought and granted at defendant's business. Defendant objected to these three RFAs ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Kenneth J. Medel

  • CONNOLLY VS DEL SOL LIONS FOUNDATION

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Facility Concession Services, Inc.'s unopposed Demurrer to the First Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED without leave to amend. Plaintiff's Amended Complaint alleges she was assaulted by Defendant Laura Paul an employee of Defendant Del Sol Lions Foundation ("Del Sol"). At approximately 6:00 pm, Plaintiff was ...

  • TKG SAN YSIDRO DEVELOPMENT LLC VS. LOS CARBONES TACO SHOP INC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff TKG San Ysidro Development, LLC's Motion for Terminating Sanctions against defendants LUIS OCTAVIO ALCANTAR MARTINEZ and MARITZA MIRAMONTES

    ALCANTAR is GRANTED. Plaintiff filed a complaint alleging breach of a commercial lease against seven defendants on July 19, 2018. Defaults are entere...

  • PETITION FOR DRB CAPITAL LLC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear from the payee.

    ...

  • RAMIRO MORALES OLIVAS VS. EDCO WASTE AND RECYCLING SERVICES INC [E-FILE]

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court GRANTS Preliminary Approval. The parties to appear to set a Final Approval date.

    ...

  • SVAP III POWAY CROSSINGS LLC VS LA FITNESS INTERNATIONAL LLC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Grant Phelan's Application to Appear Pro Hac Vice is approved pursuant to Rule 9 .40 of the California Rules of Court. The applicant has met the conditions and requirements set forth in Rule 9.40, including payment to the State Bar of California. This order is subject to counsel paying the annual renewal f...

  • NEVAREZ VS PACIFIC BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Pacific Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T California's Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff, a Customer Service Representative working for AT&T in San Diego since April, 1997 filed his Complaint against AT&T in this Court, alleging six causes of action, in...

  • NEVAREZ VS PACIFIC BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Pacific Bell Telephone Company dba AT&T California's Motion to Compel Arbitration and Stay Proceedings is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff, a Customer Service Representative working for AT&T in San Diego since April, 1997 filed his Complaint against AT&T in this Court, alleging six causes of action, in...

  • DURRUTHY VS OCHOA

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant Juan Durruthy's Motion to Set Aside Dismissal is DENIED. The motion is late. Plaintiff dismissed on 8/5/19. The motion to set aside was first raised at ex parte on 2/13/20 – 6 months and 8 days later beyond the 6-month requirement under CCP 473(b). Even if within the mandatory 6 month time frame,...

  • PETERSON VS. THOR INDUSTRIES INC

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant's Demurrer to the Fifth Cause of Action for Violation of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Action is SUSTAINED with 10 days leave to amend. Defendant relies on authority from choice of law analysis in federal court that "consumer protection claim should be governed by the consumer protection...

  • ASCENTIUM CAPITAL LLC VS NORTH CREEK MEDICINE INC PS

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants NORTH CREEK MEDICINE, INC. and MARK SWYER's Motion to Set Aside Default is GRANTED. The Court finds a basis to set aside the default and default judgment based upon discretionary relief under CCP 473(b). (1) Defendants' Washington counsel reasonably believed default would not be entered because ...

  • PAPUGA VS CITY OF SAN DIEGO

    Aug 13, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear.

    ...

  • SHAPERY ENTERPRISES VS SEARS

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Application for Prejudgment Writ of Attachment is GRANTED. Plaintiff is to provide an order for the Court's signature.

    ...

  • TAKAHASHI II VS PRIME HEALTH CARE PARADISE VALLEY LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    This is a wrongful-death and successor-in-interest action by Dean Takahashi's widow (Lani Takahashi) and surviving son (Dean Takahashi II), arising out of Dean Takahashi's suicide while he was admitted to a psychiatric facility owned and operated by defendant Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, LLC. Decedent...

  • SELLERS VS JUSTANSWER LLC [E-FILE]

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    JustAnswer is an online service that pairs customers with various experts on issues. It is a subscription service but offers potential customers the option of paying $5.00 to post their first question and then enroll in a trial 7-day membership that includes unlimited conversations with on-call experts. (C...

  • DARIN BARIONI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Successors in Interest's Motion Permitting Substitution of Plaintiffs is GRANTED pursuant to CCP 377.31. The Court has read and considered the declarations of Jenny Barioni and Grace Barioni and they meet the requirements as set forth in CCP 377.32. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff DARIN BARIONI, De...

  • DARIN BARIONI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Successors in Interest's Motion Permitting Substitution of Plaintiffs is GRANTED pursuant to CCP 377.31. The Court has read and considered the declarations of Jenny Barioni and Grace Barioni and they meet the requirements as set forth in CCP 377.32. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff DARIN BARIONI, De...

  • BENTLEY VS ARABO

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Responses is GRANTED. These motions all revolve around the same issues – RFAs 5, 6 and 7. RFA No. 7 requests admissions regarding alterations. RFAs 5 and 6 are about whether permits were sought and granted at defendant's business. Defendant objected to these three RFAs ...

  • TIMM VS HHLP SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATES LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court rules on HHLP San Diego Associates LLC et al.'s Demurrer and Motion to Strike as follows: Plaintiffs allege that they stayed at the Courtyard Marriot from March 28, 2018 to April 3, 2018. Complaint ¶ 2, p.2:10-13. Plaintiffs allege they were bitten by bedbugs in their hotel while they slept. Plai...

  • TIMM VS HHLP SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATES LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court rules on HHLP San Diego Associates LLC et al.'s Demurrer and Motion to Strike as follows: Plaintiffs allege that they stayed at the Courtyard Marriot from March 28, 2018 to April 3, 2018. Complaint ¶ 2, p.2:10-13. Plaintiffs allege they were bitten by bedbugs in their hotel while they slept. Plai...

  • THOMAS JAMES VS LEAVITT GROUP AGENCY OF SAN DIEGO INC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Thomas James' Motion for Attorney Fees will be continued for further briefing as set forth below. The Court finds that there are two contracts for attorney fees. Mr. James' Employment Agreement at section 7.09(1) and the December 1, 2012 Stock Issuance Agreement and the January 1, 2013 Stock Issu...

  • DARIN BARIONI VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Successors in Interest's Motion Permitting Substitution of Plaintiffs is GRANTED pursuant to CCP 377.31. The Court has read and considered the declarations of Jenny Barioni and Grace Barioni and they meet the requirements as set forth in CCP 377.32. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff DARIN BARIONI, De...

  • TAKAHASHI II VS PRIME HEALTH CARE PARADISE VALLEY LLC

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    This is a wrongful-death and successor-in-interest action by Dean Takahashi's widow (Lani Takahashi) and surviving son (Dean Takahashi II), arising out of Dean Takahashi's suicide while he was admitted to a psychiatric facility owned and operated by defendant Prime Healthcare Paradise Valley, LLC. Decedent...

  • SELLERS VS JUSTANSWER LLC [E-FILE]

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    JustAnswer is an online service that pairs customers with various experts on issues. It is a subscription service but offers potential customers the option of paying $5.00 to post their first question and then enroll in a trial 7-day membership that includes unlimited conversations with on-call experts. (C...

  • BENTLEY VS ARABO

    Aug 06, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Further Responses is GRANTED. These motions all revolve around the same issues – RFAs 5, 6 and 7. RFA No. 7 requests admissions regarding alterations. RFAs 5 and 6 are about whether permits were sought and granted at defendant's business. Defendant objected to these three RFAs ...

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