The Honorable Samantha P. Jessner

Los Angeles Superior Court, Department 001

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Biography

The Hon. Samantha P. Jessner is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in March of 2007 by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of Chris Conway.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Jessner received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1991.

After graduating from law school, Jessner joined the law firm of Sheppard Mullin as an attorney. After three years in private practice, she became an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in 1994. She left in 2000 to serve as counsel for The Boeing Company. In 2001 she joined the Inspector General's Office as an Assistant Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission. Jenner returned to the U.S. Attorney's Office in 2002 where she would serve as Director of the Financial Crimes Task Force. She remained in that capacity until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2007.

During her time on the Superior Court, Judge Jessner has served as a supervising judge for the mental health courthouse, and as an assistant supervising judge in the criminal division. She has also presided over the criminal trial court.

In 2017 Jessner was appointed to the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) by the California Supreme Court, the committee was established to offer ethics advice to judicial officers. She has also served on the Judicial Council Information Technology Advisory Committee and the Civil Jury Instructions Committee.

Judge Jessner has taught qualifying judicial ethics as an instructor for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research. In 2017 she served as moderator for a discussion involving diversity in the entertainment industry at the National Association of Women Judges' Midyear Meeting and Leadership Conference.

She has also written articles for law magazines on the subjects of technological advancements within the Superior Court, and the benefits of the informal discovery conference.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Samantha P. Jessner

  • MORAYMA A RUIZ VS RIGOBERTO ROMO ET AL

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Ruiz v. Romo, et al (BC695946)

    NOTE: IF ANY PARTY INTENDS TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING RATHER THAN SUBMIT ON THE TENTATIVE RULING, THE PARTY MUST APPEAR REMOTELY BY LACourtConnect.

    On February 26, 2018, Morayma A. Ruiz filed an unlimited civil complaint against Rigoberto Romo and Rebeca Romo, a...

  • TINA DAVIS VS HARBOR VILLAGE APARTMENTS

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Tina Davis v. Harbor Village Apartments (BC637824)

    On July 6, 2017, Judge Barbara A. Meiers formally declared Tina Davis a vexatious litigant in Los Angeles Superior Court case BC642078 Tina Davis v. Walter Worth Millsap, III. The prefiling order listed vexatious litigant Tina Davis’ address a...

  • BLOOMFIELD MERCHANT SERVICES LLC VS MEGA CARD SOLUTIONS INC

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Bloomfield Merchant Services, LLC v. Mega Card Solutions, Inc., et al (BS174597)

    NOTE: IF ANY PARTY INTENDS TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING RATHER THAN SUBMIT ON THE TENTATIVE RULING, THE PARTY MUST APPEAR BY TELEPHONE.

    On December 21, 2017, Michigan’s Circuit Court for the County of Oakland ...

  • ALEXANDER C. BAKER VS. CLARA VESELIZA BAKER

    Jul 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Alexander Collin Baker v. Clara Veseliza Baker (LC103241)

    On June 7, 2018, Judge Gregory J. Weingart formally declared Alexander Baker a vexatious litigant in Los Angeles Superior Court case LD068701 Baker v. Baker. Under that order, Mr. Baker became subject to a CCP § 391.7 prefiling requirem...

  • HOUSTON CASUALTY COMPANY VS STEPHEN ACKER, ET AL.

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Houston Casualty v. Acker, et al (20LBCV00077)

    On February 3, 2020, Houston Casualty Company filed an unlimited civil complaint against Stephen Acker, Jerri Johnson, Leslie Ann Burnet, and Acker & Whipple, LLC. The operative First Amended Complaint asserts a single cause of action for legal malprac...

  • CHRISTOPHER THANNHAEUSER VS TKH ZUMA, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Thannhaeuser v. TKH Zuma, LLC (19STCV11326)

    On April 2, 2019, Christopher Thannhaeuser filed an unlimited civil complaint against TKH Zuma, LLC and Mary Anne Keshen asserting causes of action for: (1) breach of written contract; (2) conversion; (3) violation of Civil Code § 1950.5; (4) violation of...

  • SHASHIKANT JOGANI VS HARESH JOGANI ET AL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Shashikant Jogani v. Haresh Jogani, et al (BC290553)

    On February 18, 2003, Shashikant Jogani sued Haresh Jogani, Rajesh Jogani, Chetan Jogani, Shailesh Jogani, K.H. Jogani, Pinkal Jogani, J.K. Properties, Inc., H.K. Properties, Inc., Hansa Investments, Inc., Commonwealth Investments, Inc., Moo...

  • LUCAS BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION INC VS TAKASHI NAKAMURA ET AL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #2 – Lucas Brothers Construction v. Takashi Nakamura, et al (BC617507)

    On February 13, 2020, the court held a hearing on Plaintiff and Cross-Defendants Lucas Brothers Construction, Inc. and Dan Martinez, as well as Plaintiffs, Defendants, and Cross-Complainants Dr. Elliot H. Brunner and Dr. Nourit ...

  • FREDERIC LEIGHT VS ANTHONY KISSELEV

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Plaintiff Frederic Leight’s Ex Parte Application and Motion for Trial Setting Preference Pursuant To Cal. Civ. Proc. Code §36(a).

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff’s ex parte application for trial preference.

    Pursuant to CCP § 36(a), “[a] party to...

  • SAMUEL BRENNER VS JEREMY MOLLET, ET AL.

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Cross-Complainants VincentBenjamin Group, LLC dba

    VincentBenjamin Phoenix, LLC, VincentBenjamin Irvine Consulting, LLC, and VincentBenjamin Los Angeles Consulting, LLC’s ex parte application and the opposition thereto. Cross-Complainants seek to continue the motion...

  • MICHAEL-PERZOW CALVERT PARTNERSHIP ET AL VS MD INSIDER INC

    Jun 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Michael-Perzow Calvert Partnership et al v. MD Insider, Inc. (BC690742)

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Application to Extend Deadline for Opposing Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment to Permit Discovery.

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff MPC Partnership...

  • FEI GAO VS TOLBEX, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 15, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    This is Plaintiff's third ex parte application to restrain a foreclosure. Plaintiff initially filed an ex parte set for hearing on April 21. P now shows that she filed a Notice of Withdrawal on April 20, 2020. That is a satisfactory explanation for the first application.

    The second ex parte applica...

  • LAURETTA MOSKOWITZ VS RED LOBSTER MANAGEMENT LLC

    Jun 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff Lauretta Moskowitz’s ex parte application and Defendant’s opposition thereto. Plaintiff request the court advance the hearing date on her unfiled motion for trial preference, or in the alternative, grant the trial preference pursuant to CCP § 36(a). Plaintiff fil...

  • ORION GALLO VS ARCADIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL

    Jun 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff Orion Gallo’s ex parte application and Defendant’s opposition thereto. Plaintiff requests the court continue Defendant’s motion for summary judgment, or alternatively, summary adjudication and trial.

    On April 7, 2020, Defendants’ Arcadia Unified School Di...

  • GLENN SPEARS VS SMART AND FINAL STORES LLC ET AL

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On June 4, 2020, the court denied Prospective Intervenor’s first ex parte due to insufficient notice.

    The court has read and considered Prospective Intervenors Sara B. Poster, Kyle Todd, and Steven L. Rodriguez’s second ex parte application to intervene, Defendants’ opposition, and Robert Whitmore’...

  • ROBERT JAMES YANOVICK, ET AL. VS AROUS MOURADIAN

    May 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiffs Robert Yanovick and Cosmina Yanovick’s ex parte application and Defendant’s opposition thereto. Plaintiffs request the court advance the hearing date on their motion for trial preference, or in the alternative, an order grant the trial preference pursuant to CCP...

  • CITY OF POMONA VS ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF PENSION OBLIGATION BONDS, ET AL.

    May 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff City of Pomona’s ex parte application for entry of default judgment on its complaint for validation.

    On January 8, 2020, the City of Pomona filed a complaint for validation naming “All Persons Interested In The Matter Of The Issuance And Sale Of Pension O...

  • JORGE POLZIN VS UCLA HEALTH

    May 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Plaintiffs’ Ex Parte Application for an Order Compelling the Appearance of Ennily Chan and Christian Beshara for their Properly Noticed Depositions, or in the Alternative, to Strike Defendants’ MSJ/A, or in the Alternative, for an Order Shortening Time to Bring Forth Such ...

  • DOUGLAS A BAGBY VS JOSEPH DANIEL DAVIS ET AL

    May 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff Douglas Bagby’s ex parte application for an OSC re: Preliminary Injunction and a Temporary Restraining Order and Defendant’s opposition thereto.

    On September 25, 2018, the court entered default judgment awarding Plaintiff Bagby $27,145,021.41. On January ...

  • GRACE ALBA, A MINOR, BY AND THROUGH HER GUARDIAN AD LITEM, SYLVIA ALBA VS SPARKLETTS, INC., A CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Apr 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Alba v. Sparkletts, et al (19STCV09102)

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Petitioner Silvia Alba's Ex Parte Application to Approve Minor's Compromise with an Impending Deadline.

    The court has read and considered Petitioner Silvia Alba’s ex parte application to approve minor’s compromises fo...

  • ALBERTA HENDERSON VS DIGNITY HEALTH ET AL

    Apr 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and reviewed the Petition to Approve Compromise with Pooled Trust. In addition, the Probate Department has reviewed the submission. Other than the issues discussed below, the petition and supporting documents appear to be in compliance with applicable laws and statutory requirements.

    ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #2 – Bag Fund, LLC v. John Ray Ware (ATP15UA0331)

    On February 13, 2015, Bag Fund, LLC sued John Ray Ware for unlawful detainer in ATP15UA0331 Bag Fund, LLC v. John Ray Ware. The case is currently assigned to the Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley courthouse in the North District of the Los Angeles ...

  • GILBERT BELL VS KYLE JOHNSON

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Gilbert Bell v. Kyle Johnson (19STCV23804)

    On August 9, 2019 and August 12, 2019, Defendant/Petitioner Kyle Johnson filed a Notice of Related Case in civil law cases 19STCV23804 Bell v. Johnson and 18VECV00350 GB Entertainment, LLC v. Hawkins, et al, probate law case 18STPB04265 In re: Conserv...

  • WHITE ZUCKERMAN WARSAVSKY LUNA & HUNT, LLP. VS AMITISS NASIRI AKA AMITISS ANSARI NASIRI

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #2– White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP v. Amitiss Nasiri (19VECV01693)

    On November 22, 2019, Plaintiff White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP sued Amitiss Nasiri for breach of contract and two common counts in 19VECV01693 White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP v. Amitiss Nasiri. The...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Samantha P. Jessner

  • MORAYMA A RUIZ VS RIGOBERTO ROMO ET AL

    Jul 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Ruiz v. Romo, et al (BC695946)

    NOTE: IF ANY PARTY INTENDS TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING RATHER THAN SUBMIT ON THE TENTATIVE RULING, THE PARTY MUST APPEAR REMOTELY BY LACourtConnect.

    On February 26, 2018, Morayma A. Ruiz filed an unlimited civil complaint against Rigoberto Romo and Rebeca Romo, a...

  • TINA DAVIS VS HARBOR VILLAGE APARTMENTS

    Jul 23, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Tina Davis v. Harbor Village Apartments (BC637824)

    On July 6, 2017, Judge Barbara A. Meiers formally declared Tina Davis a vexatious litigant in Los Angeles Superior Court case BC642078 Tina Davis v. Walter Worth Millsap, III. The prefiling order listed vexatious litigant Tina Davis’ address a...

  • BLOOMFIELD MERCHANT SERVICES LLC VS MEGA CARD SOLUTIONS INC

    Jul 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Bloomfield Merchant Services, LLC v. Mega Card Solutions, Inc., et al (BS174597)

    NOTE: IF ANY PARTY INTENDS TO APPEAR AT THE HEARING RATHER THAN SUBMIT ON THE TENTATIVE RULING, THE PARTY MUST APPEAR BY TELEPHONE.

    On December 21, 2017, Michigan’s Circuit Court for the County of Oakland ...

  • ALEXANDER C. BAKER VS. CLARA VESELIZA BAKER

    Jul 14, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Alexander Collin Baker v. Clara Veseliza Baker (LC103241)

    On June 7, 2018, Judge Gregory J. Weingart formally declared Alexander Baker a vexatious litigant in Los Angeles Superior Court case LD068701 Baker v. Baker. Under that order, Mr. Baker became subject to a CCP § 391.7 prefiling requirem...

  • HOUSTON CASUALTY COMPANY VS STEPHEN ACKER, ET AL.

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Houston Casualty v. Acker, et al (20LBCV00077)

    On February 3, 2020, Houston Casualty Company filed an unlimited civil complaint against Stephen Acker, Jerri Johnson, Leslie Ann Burnet, and Acker & Whipple, LLC. The operative First Amended Complaint asserts a single cause of action for legal malprac...

  • CHRISTOPHER THANNHAEUSER VS TKH ZUMA, LLC, ET AL.

    Jul 02, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Thannhaeuser v. TKH Zuma, LLC (19STCV11326)

    On April 2, 2019, Christopher Thannhaeuser filed an unlimited civil complaint against TKH Zuma, LLC and Mary Anne Keshen asserting causes of action for: (1) breach of written contract; (2) conversion; (3) violation of Civil Code § 1950.5; (4) violation of...

  • SHASHIKANT JOGANI VS HARESH JOGANI ET AL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Shashikant Jogani v. Haresh Jogani, et al (BC290553)

    On February 18, 2003, Shashikant Jogani sued Haresh Jogani, Rajesh Jogani, Chetan Jogani, Shailesh Jogani, K.H. Jogani, Pinkal Jogani, J.K. Properties, Inc., H.K. Properties, Inc., Hansa Investments, Inc., Commonwealth Investments, Inc., Moo...

  • LUCAS BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION INC VS TAKASHI NAKAMURA ET AL

    Jun 25, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #2 – Lucas Brothers Construction v. Takashi Nakamura, et al (BC617507)

    On February 13, 2020, the court held a hearing on Plaintiff and Cross-Defendants Lucas Brothers Construction, Inc. and Dan Martinez, as well as Plaintiffs, Defendants, and Cross-Complainants Dr. Elliot H. Brunner and Dr. Nourit ...

  • FREDERIC LEIGHT VS ANTHONY KISSELEV

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Plaintiff Frederic Leight’s Ex Parte Application and Motion for Trial Setting Preference Pursuant To Cal. Civ. Proc. Code §36(a).

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff’s ex parte application for trial preference.

    Pursuant to CCP § 36(a), “[a] party to...

  • SAMUEL BRENNER VS JEREMY MOLLET, ET AL.

    Jun 19, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Cross-Complainants VincentBenjamin Group, LLC dba

    VincentBenjamin Phoenix, LLC, VincentBenjamin Irvine Consulting, LLC, and VincentBenjamin Los Angeles Consulting, LLC’s ex parte application and the opposition thereto. Cross-Complainants seek to continue the motion...

  • MICHAEL-PERZOW CALVERT PARTNERSHIP ET AL VS MD INSIDER INC

    Jun 16, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Michael-Perzow Calvert Partnership et al v. MD Insider, Inc. (BC690742)

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Plaintiff’s Ex Parte Application to Extend Deadline for Opposing Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment to Permit Discovery.

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff MPC Partnership...

  • FEI GAO VS TOLBEX, INC., ET AL.

    Jun 15, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    This is Plaintiff's third ex parte application to restrain a foreclosure. Plaintiff initially filed an ex parte set for hearing on April 21. P now shows that she filed a Notice of Withdrawal on April 20, 2020. That is a satisfactory explanation for the first application.

    The second ex parte applica...

  • LAURETTA MOSKOWITZ VS RED LOBSTER MANAGEMENT LLC

    Jun 10, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff Lauretta Moskowitz’s ex parte application and Defendant’s opposition thereto. Plaintiff request the court advance the hearing date on her unfiled motion for trial preference, or in the alternative, grant the trial preference pursuant to CCP § 36(a). Plaintiff fil...

  • ORION GALLO VS ARCADIA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ET AL

    Jun 09, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff Orion Gallo’s ex parte application and Defendant’s opposition thereto. Plaintiff requests the court continue Defendant’s motion for summary judgment, or alternatively, summary adjudication and trial.

    On April 7, 2020, Defendants’ Arcadia Unified School Di...

  • GLENN SPEARS VS SMART AND FINAL STORES LLC ET AL

    Jun 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    On June 4, 2020, the court denied Prospective Intervenor’s first ex parte due to insufficient notice.

    The court has read and considered Prospective Intervenors Sara B. Poster, Kyle Todd, and Steven L. Rodriguez’s second ex parte application to intervene, Defendants’ opposition, and Robert Whitmore’...

  • ROBERT JAMES YANOVICK, ET AL. VS AROUS MOURADIAN

    May 28, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiffs Robert Yanovick and Cosmina Yanovick’s ex parte application and Defendant’s opposition thereto. Plaintiffs request the court advance the hearing date on their motion for trial preference, or in the alternative, an order grant the trial preference pursuant to CCP...

  • CITY OF POMONA VS ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF PENSION OBLIGATION BONDS, ET AL.

    May 20, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff City of Pomona’s ex parte application for entry of default judgment on its complaint for validation.

    On January 8, 2020, the City of Pomona filed a complaint for validation naming “All Persons Interested In The Matter Of The Issuance And Sale Of Pension O...

  • JORGE POLZIN VS UCLA HEALTH

    May 13, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Plaintiffs’ Ex Parte Application for an Order Compelling the Appearance of Ennily Chan and Christian Beshara for their Properly Noticed Depositions, or in the Alternative, to Strike Defendants’ MSJ/A, or in the Alternative, for an Order Shortening Time to Bring Forth Such ...

  • DOUGLAS A BAGBY VS JOSEPH DANIEL DAVIS ET AL

    May 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and considered Plaintiff Douglas Bagby’s ex parte application for an OSC re: Preliminary Injunction and a Temporary Restraining Order and Defendant’s opposition thereto.

    On September 25, 2018, the court entered default judgment awarding Plaintiff Bagby $27,145,021.41. On January ...

  • GRACE ALBA, A MINOR, BY AND THROUGH HER GUARDIAN AD LITEM, SYLVIA ALBA VS SPARKLETTS, INC., A CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Apr 30, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    Alba v. Sparkletts, et al (19STCV09102)

    Nature of Proceedings: Hearing on Petitioner Silvia Alba's Ex Parte Application to Approve Minor's Compromise with an Impending Deadline.

    The court has read and considered Petitioner Silvia Alba’s ex parte application to approve minor’s compromises fo...

  • ALBERTA HENDERSON VS DIGNITY HEALTH ET AL

    Apr 24, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    The court has read and reviewed the Petition to Approve Compromise with Pooled Trust. In addition, the Probate Department has reviewed the submission. Other than the issues discussed below, the petition and supporting documents appear to be in compliance with applicable laws and statutory requirements.

    ...

  • (NO CASE NAME AVAILABLE)

    Mar 12, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #2 – Bag Fund, LLC v. John Ray Ware (ATP15UA0331)

    On February 13, 2015, Bag Fund, LLC sued John Ray Ware for unlawful detainer in ATP15UA0331 Bag Fund, LLC v. John Ray Ware. The case is currently assigned to the Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley courthouse in the North District of the Los Angeles ...

  • GILBERT BELL VS KYLE JOHNSON

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #1 – Gilbert Bell v. Kyle Johnson (19STCV23804)

    On August 9, 2019 and August 12, 2019, Defendant/Petitioner Kyle Johnson filed a Notice of Related Case in civil law cases 19STCV23804 Bell v. Johnson and 18VECV00350 GB Entertainment, LLC v. Hawkins, et al, probate law case 18STPB04265 In re: Conserv...

  • WHITE ZUCKERMAN WARSAVSKY LUNA & HUNT, LLP. VS AMITISS NASIRI AKA AMITISS ANSARI NASIRI

    Mar 05, 2020 |  Los Angeles County

    #2– White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP v. Amitiss Nasiri (19VECV01693)

    On November 22, 2019, Plaintiff White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP sued Amitiss Nasiri for breach of contract and two common counts in 19VECV01693 White Zuckerman Warsavsky Luna & Hunt, LLP v. Amitiss Nasiri. The...

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