The Honorable Margaret Miller Bernal

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department F

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Biography

The Hon. Margaret Miller Bernal is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior in California. She was originally appointed to the Whittier Municipal Court by former Governor Pete Wilson on February 21, 1998. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Alfonso Hermo (Ret.). She was subsequently elevated to the Superior Court as a result of the court's unification in 2000.

Judge Miller Bernal received her B.A. from California State University, Long Beach in 1979. She went on to earn her J.D. from Loyola Law School in 1983.

Prior to her appointment to the Municipal Court, Miller Bernal had been appointed a court commissioner for the Whittier Municipal Court in 1992. At the time of her appointment as a court commissioner, she was practicing as a partner at the Whittier law firm of Miller, Bernal, and Angevine.

In 2007 Judge Miller Bernal was named Judicial Officer of the Year.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Margaret Miller Bernal

  • IRMA MOJARRO ET AL VS CITY OF WHITTIER

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On March 2, 2020, this Court issued a ruling on Defendant WEST COAST ARBORISTS, INC.’s Ex Parte Application to Transfer this Action to a Long Cause Courtroom. The Order states, “The parties are ORDERED to prepare the Long Cause Binders and submit them to Dept. 1…. Dept. 1 will rule if the case is appropria...

  • JOSEFINA LIMTAO VS EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Limtao’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. The Clerk is ordered to set trial “not more than 120 days” from this date. (CCP 36(f).))

    Moving Party to give NOTICE.

    Plaintiff Limtao moves for a trial preference pursuant to CCP 36(a).

    A party to a civil action who is over...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    MOJARRO v. CITY OF WHITTIER

    CASE NO.: BC656449

    HEARING: 06/25/2020

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs’ motion for trial preference is CONTINUED to Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. SE-F.

    Defendant WEST COAST ARBORISTS, INC. to give Notice.

    On March 2, 202...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    May 15, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    MCGOWAN v. MODA TRANSPORTATION, LLC

    CASE NO.: BC686776

    HEARING: 05/15/2020

    Pursuant to Plaintiff’s request, the Ex Parte Application for Order to Enforce Settlement goes off calendar.

    ...

  • KATHERINE SANCERI VS BARBARA ANDERSON

    Dec 02, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    SANCERI v. ANDERSON

    CASE NO.: VC066546

    HEARING: 12/2/19 in Department SE F-Master Calendar

    Calendar #2

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendant Anderson’s motion to continue trial is GRANTED.

    Moving Party to give NOTICE.

    Defendant Anderson moves to continue trial.

  • MAYELA ROMAN VS ALTA LOS ANGELES HOSPITALS INC ET AL

    Oct 24, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    ROMAN v. ALTA LOS ANGELES HOSPITALS, INC.

    CASE NO.: BC700387

    HEARING: 10/24/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendant ALTA LOS ANGELES HOSPITALS, INC.’s motion to Continue Trial and all Trial-Related Dates and all Discovery Cut-Off Dates is GRANTED. CRC 3.1332.

    Moving Party to gi...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    Sep 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    MCGOWAN v. MODA TRANSPORTATION, LLC

    CASE NO.: BC686776

    HEARING: 09/20/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36.

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    CCP §36(c)(1) pertains to the time for filing a motion a motion for trial prefer...

  • GEORGE VILORIA VS TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 26, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    VILORIA v. TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, et al.

    CASE NO.: 19NWCV00494

    HEARING: 8/26/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff George Viloria’s motion for trial preference pursuant to CCP 36 is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff George Viloria moves for trial preference pursuant to CCP 36(a).

    ...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    Aug 23, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    MCGOWAN v. MODA TRANSPORTATION, LLC

    CASE NO.: BC686776

    HEARING: 08/23/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s motion for trial preference is CONTINUED to Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. SE-F. CCP §36(c)(1).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    “(a) A party to...

  • SAMUEL THOMAS VS. GREENDAY FINANCE I, LLC

    Apr 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    #VC067310

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff Samuel Thomas’s request for an expedited trial date is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff Samuel Thomas moves for trial preference pursuant to CCP 36(a).

    CCP 36(a) provides that a party to a civil action who is over the age of 70 years may petition the co...

  • CHARLES BENJAMIN ET AL VS CITY OF DOWNEY ET AL

    Jan 17, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    BENJAMIN v. CITY OF DOWNEY

    CASE NO.: BC694207

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs’ CHARLES BENJAMIN and MARIA BENJAMIN’s motion for trial preference is DENIED without prejudice. CCP §36(c)(1).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    CCP §36(c)(1) states, “A party may file and s...

  • LAURA ZAMORA VS ROBERT A. PESCI ET AL

    Dec 11, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ZAMORA v. PESCI

    CASE NO.: BC712571 HEARING: 12/11/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff LAURA ZAMORA’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36(e).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    Plaintiff, LAURA ZAMOA moves for trial preference on the grounds that Defendant ROB...

  • LAURA ZAMORA VS ROBERT A. PESCI ET AL

    Nov 16, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ZAMORA v. PESCI

    CASE NO.: BC712571

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff LAURA ZAMORA’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36(e).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    Plaintiff, LAURA ZAMOA moves for trial preference on the grounds that Defendant ROBERT A. PESCI is ov...

  • TOMMY BURNSTEIN VS. CARMEN LORENA HARRIS

    Nov 06, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    BURNSTEIN v. HARRIS

    CASE NO.: VC066386

    HEARING: 11/06/18

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant’s motion to continue the discovery cut-off date is GRANTED.

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    At the ex parte hearing on October 22, 2018, this Court gra...

  • OSCAR LAGUNA, ET. AL. VS. TRIMMING LAND CO., INC.

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    LAGUNA v. TRIMMING LAND CO.

    CASE NO.: VC066346

    HEARING: 09/27/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs’ motion to enforce settlement is GRANTED. C.C.P. § 664.6.

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    No Opposition has been filed as of September 25, 2018.

    “If part...

  • METZLI GARCIA MONSESVAEZ VS KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS ET A

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    MONSESVAEZ v. KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS

    CASE NO.: BC691012

    HEARING: 09/27/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Trial Preference is GRANTED. CCP § 36(b).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    “(b) A civil action to recover damages for wrongful death or ...

  • STEVE FELIX VS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNDERGROUND CONTRACTORS I

    Sep 11, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    FELIX v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNDERGROUND CONTRACTORS, INC.

    CASE NO.: BC668630

    HEARING: 09/11/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Trial Preference is GRANTED. CCP §§ 36(a).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    “(a) A party to a civil action who is over ...

  • ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS, VS. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC. ET AL

    Sep 05, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS v. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC., ET AL.

    CASE NO.: VC065560

    HEARING: 09/05/18

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-Complainant’s motion to vacate dismissal is GRANTED. CCP § 473(b).

    Moving Party to give notice.

    Under section 473, subdivision (b...

  • ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS, VS. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC. ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS v. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC.

    CASE NO.: VC065560

    HEARING: 08/02/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Cross-Complainant JOHNSON ROOFING SERVICES’ motion to vacate dismissal is DENIED without prejudice. CCP § 473(b).

    Opposing Party to give notice.

  • GUVEN UZUN VS. THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL BOARD

    May 16, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    UZUN v. THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL BOARD

    CASE NO.: VC065794

    HEARING: 05/16/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendants RACHEL LASOTA’s demurrer to Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED without leave to amend. CCP §430.10(e)

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    Thi...

  • DANIEL G. SHEPHERD VS. FOREST RIVER, INC.

    Apr 06, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    SHEPHERD v. FOREST RIVER, INC.

    CASE NO.: VC066115

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs DANIEL G. SHEPHERD and MARGIE P. SHEPHERD’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36(a).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    No Reply filed as of April 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Due by ...

  • DAVID RUDICK VS KIRK KIRAGOS FELIKIAN, ET AL

    Mar 19, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    RUDUCK v. FELIKIAN

    CASE NO.: VC064437

    HEARING: 03/19/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendants’ FELIKIAN and IRES INC.’s unopposed motion to Continue Trial is GRANTED. CRC 3.1332(c).

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    No Opposition filed as of March 14, 2018. Plaintif...

  • ALBERTO LOZOYA VS STARBUCKS CORPORATION

    Mar 14, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    LOZOYA v. STARBUCKS CORPORATION

    CASE NO.: BC587992

    HEARING: 03/14/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff ALBERTO LOZOYA’s application to Continue Trial is DENIED.

    Opposing Party to give Notice.

    Plaintiff argues that a continuation of the currently set trial da...

  • EMANUEL NWAZOTA VS LAKEWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER INC ET A

    Jul 11, 2017 |  Los Angeles County

    NWAZOTA v. LAKEWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    CASE NO.: BC536840

    HEARING: 07/11/17

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    The OSC re: Dismissal of Defendant SOLOMON F. RABINOWITZ, M.D. from the First Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Dept. SE-C at 1:30 p.m., in ...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Margaret Miller Bernal

  • IRMA MOJARRO ET AL VS CITY OF WHITTIER

    Jul 08, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On March 2, 2020, this Court issued a ruling on Defendant WEST COAST ARBORISTS, INC.’s Ex Parte Application to Transfer this Action to a Long Cause Courtroom. The Order states, “The parties are ORDERED to prepare the Long Cause Binders and submit them to Dept. 1…. Dept. 1 will rule if the case is appropria...

  • JOSEFINA LIMTAO VS EMPIRE TRANSPORTATION, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 29, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Plaintiff Limtao’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. The Clerk is ordered to set trial “not more than 120 days” from this date. (CCP 36(f).))

    Moving Party to give NOTICE.

    Plaintiff Limtao moves for a trial preference pursuant to CCP 36(a).

    A party to a civil action who is over...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    MOJARRO v. CITY OF WHITTIER

    CASE NO.: BC656449

    HEARING: 06/25/2020

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs’ motion for trial preference is CONTINUED to Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. SE-F.

    Defendant WEST COAST ARBORISTS, INC. to give Notice.

    On March 2, 202...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    May 15, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    MCGOWAN v. MODA TRANSPORTATION, LLC

    CASE NO.: BC686776

    HEARING: 05/15/2020

    Pursuant to Plaintiff’s request, the Ex Parte Application for Order to Enforce Settlement goes off calendar.

    ...

  • KATHERINE SANCERI VS BARBARA ANDERSON

    Dec 02, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    SANCERI v. ANDERSON

    CASE NO.: VC066546

    HEARING: 12/2/19 in Department SE F-Master Calendar

    Calendar #2

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendant Anderson’s motion to continue trial is GRANTED.

    Moving Party to give NOTICE.

    Defendant Anderson moves to continue trial.

  • MAYELA ROMAN VS ALTA LOS ANGELES HOSPITALS INC ET AL

    Oct 24, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    ROMAN v. ALTA LOS ANGELES HOSPITALS, INC.

    CASE NO.: BC700387

    HEARING: 10/24/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendant ALTA LOS ANGELES HOSPITALS, INC.’s motion to Continue Trial and all Trial-Related Dates and all Discovery Cut-Off Dates is GRANTED. CRC 3.1332.

    Moving Party to gi...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    Sep 20, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    MCGOWAN v. MODA TRANSPORTATION, LLC

    CASE NO.: BC686776

    HEARING: 09/20/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36.

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    CCP §36(c)(1) pertains to the time for filing a motion a motion for trial prefer...

  • GEORGE VILORIA VS TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Aug 26, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    VILORIA v. TENET HEALTHCARE CORPORATION, et al.

    CASE NO.: 19NWCV00494

    HEARING: 8/26/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff George Viloria’s motion for trial preference pursuant to CCP 36 is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff George Viloria moves for trial preference pursuant to CCP 36(a).

    ...

  • IDA MCGOWAN VS MODA TRANSPORTATION LLC ET AL

    Aug 23, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    MCGOWAN v. MODA TRANSPORTATION, LLC

    CASE NO.: BC686776

    HEARING: 08/23/19

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s motion for trial preference is CONTINUED to Friday, September 20, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. in Dept. SE-F. CCP §36(c)(1).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    “(a) A party to...

  • SAMUEL THOMAS VS. GREENDAY FINANCE I, LLC

    Apr 18, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    #VC067310

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff Samuel Thomas’s request for an expedited trial date is GRANTED.

    Plaintiff Samuel Thomas moves for trial preference pursuant to CCP 36(a).

    CCP 36(a) provides that a party to a civil action who is over the age of 70 years may petition the co...

  • CHARLES BENJAMIN ET AL VS CITY OF DOWNEY ET AL

    Jan 17, 2019 |  Los Angeles County

    BENJAMIN v. CITY OF DOWNEY

    CASE NO.: BC694207

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs’ CHARLES BENJAMIN and MARIA BENJAMIN’s motion for trial preference is DENIED without prejudice. CCP §36(c)(1).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    CCP §36(c)(1) states, “A party may file and s...

  • LAURA ZAMORA VS ROBERT A. PESCI ET AL

    Dec 11, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ZAMORA v. PESCI

    CASE NO.: BC712571 HEARING: 12/11/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff LAURA ZAMORA’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36(e).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    Plaintiff, LAURA ZAMOA moves for trial preference on the grounds that Defendant ROB...

  • LAURA ZAMORA VS ROBERT A. PESCI ET AL

    Nov 16, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ZAMORA v. PESCI

    CASE NO.: BC712571

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff LAURA ZAMORA’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36(e).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    Plaintiff, LAURA ZAMOA moves for trial preference on the grounds that Defendant ROBERT A. PESCI is ov...

  • TOMMY BURNSTEIN VS. CARMEN LORENA HARRIS

    Nov 06, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    BURNSTEIN v. HARRIS

    CASE NO.: VC066386

    HEARING: 11/06/18

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Defendant/Cross-Complainant’s motion to continue the discovery cut-off date is GRANTED.

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    At the ex parte hearing on October 22, 2018, this Court gra...

  • OSCAR LAGUNA, ET. AL. VS. TRIMMING LAND CO., INC.

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    LAGUNA v. TRIMMING LAND CO.

    CASE NO.: VC066346

    HEARING: 09/27/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs’ motion to enforce settlement is GRANTED. C.C.P. § 664.6.

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    No Opposition has been filed as of September 25, 2018.

    “If part...

  • METZLI GARCIA MONSESVAEZ VS KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS ET A

    Sep 27, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    MONSESVAEZ v. KAISER FOUNDATION HOSPITALS

    CASE NO.: BC691012

    HEARING: 09/27/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Trial Preference is GRANTED. CCP § 36(b).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    “(b) A civil action to recover damages for wrongful death or ...

  • STEVE FELIX VS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNDERGROUND CONTRACTORS I

    Sep 11, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    FELIX v. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNDERGROUND CONTRACTORS, INC.

    CASE NO.: BC668630

    HEARING: 09/11/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff’s Motion for Trial Preference is GRANTED. CCP §§ 36(a).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    “(a) A party to a civil action who is over ...

  • ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS, VS. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC. ET AL

    Sep 05, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS v. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC., ET AL.

    CASE NO.: VC065560

    HEARING: 09/05/18

    TENTATIVE RULING

    Cross-Complainant’s motion to vacate dismissal is GRANTED. CCP § 473(b).

    Moving Party to give notice.

    Under section 473, subdivision (b...

  • ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS, VS. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC. ET AL

    Aug 02, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    ALLIED BUILDING PRODUCTS v. SOUTHWEST GROUP CA, INC.

    CASE NO.: VC065560

    HEARING: 08/02/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Cross-Complainant JOHNSON ROOFING SERVICES’ motion to vacate dismissal is DENIED without prejudice. CCP § 473(b).

    Opposing Party to give notice.

  • GUVEN UZUN VS. THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL BOARD

    May 16, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    UZUN v. THE CALIFORNIA MEDICAL BOARD

    CASE NO.: VC065794

    HEARING: 05/16/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendants RACHEL LASOTA’s demurrer to Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint is SUSTAINED without leave to amend. CCP §430.10(e)

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    Thi...

  • DANIEL G. SHEPHERD VS. FOREST RIVER, INC.

    Apr 06, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    SHEPHERD v. FOREST RIVER, INC.

    CASE NO.: VC066115

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiffs DANIEL G. SHEPHERD and MARGIE P. SHEPHERD’s motion for trial preference is GRANTED. CCP §36(a).

    Moving Party to Give Notice.

    No Reply filed as of April 4, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (Due by ...

  • DAVID RUDICK VS KIRK KIRAGOS FELIKIAN, ET AL

    Mar 19, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    RUDUCK v. FELIKIAN

    CASE NO.: VC064437

    HEARING: 03/19/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Defendants’ FELIKIAN and IRES INC.’s unopposed motion to Continue Trial is GRANTED. CRC 3.1332(c).

    Moving Party to give Notice.

    No Opposition filed as of March 14, 2018. Plaintif...

  • ALBERTO LOZOYA VS STARBUCKS CORPORATION

    Mar 14, 2018 |  Los Angeles County

    LOZOYA v. STARBUCKS CORPORATION

    CASE NO.: BC587992

    HEARING: 03/14/18

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    Plaintiff ALBERTO LOZOYA’s application to Continue Trial is DENIED.

    Opposing Party to give Notice.

    Plaintiff argues that a continuation of the currently set trial da...

  • EMANUEL NWAZOTA VS LAKEWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER INC ET A

    Jul 11, 2017 |  Los Angeles County

    NWAZOTA v. LAKEWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

    CASE NO.: BC536840

    HEARING: 07/11/17

    TENTATIVE ORDER

    The OSC re: Dismissal of Defendant SOLOMON F. RABINOWITZ, M.D. from the First Amended Complaint is CONTINUED to Thursday, August 17, 2017 in Dept. SE-C at 1:30 p.m., in ...

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