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

  • SIMON VS WRIGHT

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    No papers have been filed.

    ...

  • ALCOCER VS CREDIAUTOUSA FINANCIAL COMPANY LLC

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Court DENIES the request for Protective Order regarding any sale proceeds from defendant's personal residence. The Court does not find that there is a sufficient showing of probability of prevailing on the alter ego issue such that personal assets of Mr. Gomez should be attached or subject to protectiv...

  • ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY VS WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion to Compel Further Production of Documents as to Defendant Whirlpool is GRANTED. Within 20 days of notice of this order, defendant Whirlpool is to provide documents as requested on or about February 3, 2020.

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion ...

  • COSTARAKIS VS BOTTINI JR

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Defendants FRANCIS BOTTINI, JR. and BOTTINI & BOTTINI, INC.'s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is DENIED. The Complaint pleads a cause of action for professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

    Defendant argues that even though Melton did not and will not pay the judgment, the Trustee ...

  • LERMA VS COTTRELL INC

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear the motion for terminating sanctions. While plaintiffs indicate in the Opposition that they have complied with discovery orders, the Reply brief indicates that (1) the discovery responses are still inadequate in a number of respects and (2) monetary sanctions have yet to be paid. The Co...

  • ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY VS WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion to Compel Further Production of Documents as to Defendant Whirlpool is GRANTED. Within 20 days of notice of this order, defendant Whirlpool is to provide documents as requested on or about February 3, 2020.

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion ...

  • OLSON VS LA JOLLA NEUROSURGICAL ASSOCIATES

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Defendants, LA JOLLA NEUROSURGICAL ASSOCIATES and FRANK COUFAL, M.D.'s Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED. This complaint alleges a single cause of action for violation of the ROSENTH.AL FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT CAL CIV §§ 1788, ET SEQ. Plaintiff alleges she is the victim of continuous unfair...

  • INOA VS RASI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Danny Inoa's Motions to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories, Form Interrogatories, and Request for Production of Documents is GRANTED. On April 24, 2019, Plaintiff DANNY INOA served discovery. Based on the Reply Brief, Defendant has yet to respond. The Opposition indications that the UBER...

  • MCS 555 WEST BEECH LLC VS FRANK BONGIOVANNI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    At the ex parte hearing on November 12, 2020, the Court ordered Defendant Frank Bongiovanni to submit to a deposition within the next three weeks. The Court will hear as to whether defendant appeared for deposition.

    The Court will also hear as to sanctions.

    ...

  • DONDELINGER VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Petitioner Chris Dondelinger's Petition for Writ of Mandate is DENIED. This action is a Petition for Writ of Mandate, which arises under section 1094.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and seeks to overturn the DMV's administrative decision. A petitioner has the burden to lodge the administrative record for...

  • JACKIE ONEAL USHER VS WHITE COMMUNICATIONS LLC [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear.

    ...

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

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Final Approval of Settlement is GRANTED.

    ...

  • MARIA RIVERA VS OCTAVIAN FM LLC

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court GRANTS Final Approval of the Settlement.

    ...

  • LERMA VS COTTRELL INC

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants Pasha Trucking, LLC and Pasha Distribution Services, LLC's unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment as to plaintiffs Nicholas Lerma and Gina Lerma is GRANTED. Based upon the undisputed evidence plaintiffs have explicitly stated that they are no longer alleging any assertions of liability against th...

  • HAROLD MICHAEL DENARDI VS. TPL LLLP LP

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Motions are OFF CALENDAR. No moving papers have been filed.

    ...

  • LERMA VS COTTRELL INC

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants Pasha Trucking, LLC and Pasha Distribution Services, LLC's unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment as to plaintiffs Nicholas Lerma and Gina Lerma is GRANTED. Based upon the undisputed evidence plaintiffs have explicitly stated that they are no longer alleging any assertions of liability against th...

  • ROBERT A SUNSTEIN DDS INC VS WU

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Bryan K. Theis' unopposed Motion to be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. Plaintiff Sunstein Holdings, Inc. cannot appear in pro per. The Court sets an OSC re Dismissing the Case for January 8, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Plaintiff Sunstein Holding, Inc. is to appear by counsel at the hearing to avoid having the case d...

  • ROBERT A SUNSTEIN DDS INC VS WU

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Bryan K. Theis' unopposed Motion to be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. Plaintiff Sunstein Holdings, Inc. cannot appear in pro per. The Court sets an OSC re Dismissing the Case for January 8, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Plaintiff Sunstein Holding, Inc. is to appear by counsel at the hearing to avoid having the case d...

  • FRACTURED ROCK RIDGE LLC VS MIKE SALEH CO-TRUSTEE OF THE SALEH FAMILY TRUST DATED FEBRUARY 23 2005

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Motion to Set Aside Default against Defendants MIKE SALEH AND LIBBY SALEH INDIVIDUALLY AND MIKE SALEH AND LIBBY SALEH CO-TRUSTEES OF THE SALEH FAMILY TRUST DATED FEBRUARY 23, 2005 is GRANTED. The Court accepts the declaration of counsel Saied Kashani and finds that the default was entered within 6 mont...

  • RAMIREZ VS. JOHNSON DIVERSIFIED

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear.

    The parties appeared ex parte on September 1, 2020 to advance nine discovery motions. The Court granted the request and set the nine motions for 12/11/20. The Court also ordered the parties to meet and confer and attend a discovery conference with either Judge Barton, Judge Enr...

  • STRATEGIC FUNDING SOURCE INC VS MAGNUS SECURITY

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    STRATEGIC FUNDING SOURCE, INC.'S unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment as to Marques Oliver is GRANTED.

    This is a breach of contract case involving breach of a written business loan agreement. Defendant Magnus Security entered into two written Loan Agreements with Plaintiff Strategic Funding Source...

  • JEZDIMIROVIC VS NUVIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Quash is DENIED. The Court finds that the financial records are likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence on the issue of whether plaintiff is an independent contractor or employee. The discovery could at least lead to the discovery of admissible evidence regarding plaint...

  • CASTANEDA VS NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP [EFILE]

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant's Motion to Stay is DENIED. A stay is discretionary with the Court. This is a representative action filed as a proxy for the state. Staying this PAGA case pending resolution of the arbitration of declaratory relief by defendant will in effect be compelling aspects of the PAGA claim to arbitration...

  • JEZDIMIROVIC VS NUVIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Quash is DENIED. The Court finds that the financial records are likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence on the issue of whether plaintiff is an independent contractor or employee. The discovery could at least lead to the discovery of admissible evidence regarding plaint...

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Recent Cases by Hon. Kenneth J. Medel

Recent Rulings by Hon. Kenneth J. Medel

  • SIMON VS WRIGHT

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    No papers have been filed.

    ...

  • ALCOCER VS CREDIAUTOUSA FINANCIAL COMPANY LLC

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Court DENIES the request for Protective Order regarding any sale proceeds from defendant's personal residence. The Court does not find that there is a sufficient showing of probability of prevailing on the alter ego issue such that personal assets of Mr. Gomez should be attached or subject to protectiv...

  • ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY VS WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion to Compel Further Production of Documents as to Defendant Whirlpool is GRANTED. Within 20 days of notice of this order, defendant Whirlpool is to provide documents as requested on or about February 3, 2020.

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion ...

  • COSTARAKIS VS BOTTINI JR

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Defendants FRANCIS BOTTINI, JR. and BOTTINI & BOTTINI, INC.'s Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings is DENIED. The Complaint pleads a cause of action for professional negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.

    Defendant argues that even though Melton did not and will not pay the judgment, the Trustee ...

  • LERMA VS COTTRELL INC

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear the motion for terminating sanctions. While plaintiffs indicate in the Opposition that they have complied with discovery orders, the Reply brief indicates that (1) the discovery responses are still inadequate in a number of respects and (2) monetary sanctions have yet to be paid. The Co...

  • ALLSTATE INSURANCE COMPANY VS WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion to Compel Further Production of Documents as to Defendant Whirlpool is GRANTED. Within 20 days of notice of this order, defendant Whirlpool is to provide documents as requested on or about February 3, 2020.

    Plaintiff Allstate Insurance Company's Motion ...

  • OLSON VS LA JOLLA NEUROSURGICAL ASSOCIATES

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Defendants, LA JOLLA NEUROSURGICAL ASSOCIATES and FRANK COUFAL, M.D.'s Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED. This complaint alleges a single cause of action for violation of the ROSENTH.AL FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT CAL CIV §§ 1788, ET SEQ. Plaintiff alleges she is the victim of continuous unfair...

  • INOA VS RASI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff Danny Inoa's Motions to Compel Responses to Special Interrogatories, Form Interrogatories, and Request for Production of Documents is GRANTED. On April 24, 2019, Plaintiff DANNY INOA served discovery. Based on the Reply Brief, Defendant has yet to respond. The Opposition indications that the UBER...

  • MCS 555 WEST BEECH LLC VS FRANK BONGIOVANNI

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    At the ex parte hearing on November 12, 2020, the Court ordered Defendant Frank Bongiovanni to submit to a deposition within the next three weeks. The Court will hear as to whether defendant appeared for deposition.

    The Court will also hear as to sanctions.

    ...

  • DONDELINGER VS STATE OF CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    Petitioner Chris Dondelinger's Petition for Writ of Mandate is DENIED. This action is a Petition for Writ of Mandate, which arises under section 1094.5 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and seeks to overturn the DMV's administrative decision. A petitioner has the burden to lodge the administrative record for...

  • JACKIE ONEAL USHER VS WHITE COMMUNICATIONS LLC [E-FILE]

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear.

    ...

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

    Jan 07, 2021 |  San Diego County

    The Final Approval of Settlement is GRANTED.

    ...

  • MARIA RIVERA VS OCTAVIAN FM LLC

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court GRANTS Final Approval of the Settlement.

    ...

  • LERMA VS COTTRELL INC

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants Pasha Trucking, LLC and Pasha Distribution Services, LLC's unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment as to plaintiffs Nicholas Lerma and Gina Lerma is GRANTED. Based upon the undisputed evidence plaintiffs have explicitly stated that they are no longer alleging any assertions of liability against th...

  • HAROLD MICHAEL DENARDI VS. TPL LLLP LP

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Motions are OFF CALENDAR. No moving papers have been filed.

    ...

  • LERMA VS COTTRELL INC

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendants Pasha Trucking, LLC and Pasha Distribution Services, LLC's unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment as to plaintiffs Nicholas Lerma and Gina Lerma is GRANTED. Based upon the undisputed evidence plaintiffs have explicitly stated that they are no longer alleging any assertions of liability against th...

  • ROBERT A SUNSTEIN DDS INC VS WU

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Bryan K. Theis' unopposed Motion to be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. Plaintiff Sunstein Holdings, Inc. cannot appear in pro per. The Court sets an OSC re Dismissing the Case for January 8, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Plaintiff Sunstein Holding, Inc. is to appear by counsel at the hearing to avoid having the case d...

  • ROBERT A SUNSTEIN DDS INC VS WU

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Bryan K. Theis' unopposed Motion to be Relieved as Counsel is GRANTED. Plaintiff Sunstein Holdings, Inc. cannot appear in pro per. The Court sets an OSC re Dismissing the Case for January 8, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Plaintiff Sunstein Holding, Inc. is to appear by counsel at the hearing to avoid having the case d...

  • FRACTURED ROCK RIDGE LLC VS MIKE SALEH CO-TRUSTEE OF THE SALEH FAMILY TRUST DATED FEBRUARY 23 2005

    Dec 16, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Motion to Set Aside Default against Defendants MIKE SALEH AND LIBBY SALEH INDIVIDUALLY AND MIKE SALEH AND LIBBY SALEH CO-TRUSTEES OF THE SALEH FAMILY TRUST DATED FEBRUARY 23, 2005 is GRANTED. The Court accepts the declaration of counsel Saied Kashani and finds that the default was entered within 6 mont...

  • RAMIREZ VS. JOHNSON DIVERSIFIED

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    The Court will hear.

    The parties appeared ex parte on September 1, 2020 to advance nine discovery motions. The Court granted the request and set the nine motions for 12/11/20. The Court also ordered the parties to meet and confer and attend a discovery conference with either Judge Barton, Judge Enr...

  • STRATEGIC FUNDING SOURCE INC VS MAGNUS SECURITY

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    STRATEGIC FUNDING SOURCE, INC.'S unopposed Motion for Summary Judgment as to Marques Oliver is GRANTED.

    This is a breach of contract case involving breach of a written business loan agreement. Defendant Magnus Security entered into two written Loan Agreements with Plaintiff Strategic Funding Source...

  • JEZDIMIROVIC VS NUVIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Quash is DENIED. The Court finds that the financial records are likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence on the issue of whether plaintiff is an independent contractor or employee. The discovery could at least lead to the discovery of admissible evidence regarding plaint...

  • CASTANEDA VS NORTHROP GRUMMAN SYSTEMS CORP [EFILE]

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Defendant's Motion to Stay is DENIED. A stay is discretionary with the Court. This is a representative action filed as a proxy for the state. Staying this PAGA case pending resolution of the arbitration of declaratory relief by defendant will in effect be compelling aspects of the PAGA claim to arbitration...

  • JEZDIMIROVIC VS NUVIA WATER TECHNOLOGIES INC

    Dec 10, 2020 |  San Diego County

    Plaintiff's Motion to Quash is DENIED. The Court finds that the financial records are likely to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence on the issue of whether plaintiff is an independent contractor or employee. The discovery could at least lead to the discovery of admissible evidence regarding plaint...

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