The Honorable Timothy J. Staffel

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department SM1

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Biography

The Hon. Timothy J. Staffel is a judge for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1998.

Judge Staffel graduated with his B.A. in political science and journalism from San Diego State University in 1978. After college, Staffel worked as a journalist before ultimately pursuing his law degree. He would go on to earn his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1985.

After law school, Staffel worked as an associate at the law firm Borton, Petrini, and Conron LLP for one year before practicing as a named partner at Moomau and Staffel in 1987. He remained in that capacity until his appointment to the Superior Court in 1998. During his time in private practice, Staffel specialized in civil litigation.

Staffel also served as an elected member of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 1998 and a member of the California Coastal Commission from 1994 to 1998.

Judge Staffel grew up in the Lompoc Valley.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy J. Staffel

  • TEVIS V. GENERAL MOTORS

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer; Motion: Strike

    Trial counsel is directed to appear.

    According to the Majors Declaration filed March 30, 2020, the attempted meet and confer was untimely, as was the declaration to the court affirming a good faith attempt to meet and confer was made. Conseque...

  • ESTATE OF PAUL F. KOPP

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Final distribution / Surcharge of Former Personal Representative

    Appearances required. Teresa Vaughn must personally appear.

    The following matters are procedurally before the Court:

    1) Petition for Final Distribution filed March 11, 2011

    2) Col...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF PHILIPE P. FERNANDEZ

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 14th Accounting and Report

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval, minus $191.00 in costs to attorney billed as overhead pursuant to Local Rule 1732.

    The next review hearing in this case will be held on August 4, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court ...

  • ESTATE OF MARGARET S. BEVAN

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve 19th Accounting/Fees

    The following must be resolved before approval:

    Discrepancy no 1: “Fiduciary Commissions” are listed at $2,356.89 for each co-trustee, without further explanation. A supplement is required to explain why the co-trustees are pai...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF AXEL HERNANDEZ ACOSTA

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial 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 August 3, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF VALERIE FAYE GALBREATH

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial 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 August 3, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF LAURA CHAPA

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate of Lost Will and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DENISE M BIRKHOLM

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • MATTER OF JAIME VENTURA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Receipt and Acknowledgment of Order for the Deposit of Money Into Blocked Account

    No appearances required. Compliance achieved.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF RAMON F. VILLA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Removal of Personal Representative and Appointment of Public Administrator

    A Status of Administration was filed by the attorney for the Personal Representative on September 17, 2019. That report revealed the Personal Representative was disabled and homeless, and is no...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TONI WILLIAMS

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: CI Review/Notice of Death of Conservatee

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

    The Court received Notice of Conservatee’s Death ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF JOSE GARCIA GALICIA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF RAMON F. VILLA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Removal of Personal Representative and Appointment of Public Administrator

    A Status of Administration was filed by the attorney for the Personal Representative on September 17, 2019. That report revealed the Personal Representative was disabled and homeless, and is no...

  • JOSE APPOLINAR V, E. CORTEZ CORP.

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    Status of case – Defendant was in bankruptcy. Stay still in effect?

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF AILYN BUENROSTRO

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Termination of Guardianship

    The following must be submitted before the Petition may be granted:

    1) Proof of Service. Notice must be mailed at least 15 days prior to the hearing to the following persons (Prob. Code, §§ 1601, 1460(b) and (c), 1510(c) ):

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ONETIA WATSON

    Jul 21, 2020 |  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 April 6, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DANNY BOHART

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was file...

  • ANNABELLE HILARIO V. LUIS ANTONIO CORONA

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    PI vehicle accident case, Bunny St. – Santa Maria, date of incident 2/26/19. Medical specials $17,000 (Howell figure?) Discuss ADR with counsel/ parties – private mediation or CMADRESS. Plaintiff posted CCP sec. 631 fees 3/19/20.

    ...

  • ARACELI VIORATO ET. AL. V. DARIO PINI

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    Status of case? Housing Settlement Conference held. Possible CCP sec. 639/640 reference to move case forward?

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KIMBERLY LARSH

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    Appearances required.

    CI Report

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue.

    The next review hearing has already been set by court order and will be held on July ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JAMES R. MARKS II

    Jul 21, 2020 |  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 July 20, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • NAOMI GRAHAM ET. AL. V. RODNEY HUSS MD

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    2nd amended complaint filed 2/25/20 – Request for Entry of default vs. Lompoc Valley Medical Group filed 7/9/20; Defendant Valley Medical Group filed answer on 4/19/19 to initial complaint; appeared at prior CMCs and filed CMC statement 7/6/20. Stat...

  • JAMES DAGGS ET. AL. V. FCA US LLC

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    Removed to US District (Federal) Court on 4/29/20; Case No. 2:20-cv. 03867

    Set further CMC in January/ February 2021 to determine status of federal case.

    ...

  • WILLIAM SCHUMANN V, EDUARDO IZQUIERDO ET. AL.

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    PI vehicle accident case, College Ave.- Lompoc, date of incident 11/17/16.

    Last CMC was 3/3/20 – given more time to serve to 5/12/20 during court shutdown period.

    No proof of service on file, no request for order to serve by publicat...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Timothy J. Staffel

  • TEVIS V. GENERAL MOTORS

    Aug 05, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Demurrer; Motion: Strike

    Trial counsel is directed to appear.

    According to the Majors Declaration filed March 30, 2020, the attempted meet and confer was untimely, as was the declaration to the court affirming a good faith attempt to meet and confer was made. Conseque...

  • ESTATE OF PAUL F. KOPP

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Final distribution / Surcharge of Former Personal Representative

    Appearances required. Teresa Vaughn must personally appear.

    The following matters are procedurally before the Court:

    1) Petition for Final Distribution filed March 11, 2011

    2) Col...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF PHILIPE P. FERNANDEZ

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: 14th Accounting and Report

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval, minus $191.00 in costs to attorney billed as overhead pursuant to Local Rule 1732.

    The next review hearing in this case will be held on August 4, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. in the court ...

  • ESTATE OF MARGARET S. BEVAN

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Approve 19th Accounting/Fees

    The following must be resolved before approval:

    Discrepancy no 1: “Fiduciary Commissions” are listed at $2,356.89 for each co-trustee, without further explanation. A supplement is required to explain why the co-trustees are pai...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF AXEL HERNANDEZ ACOSTA

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial 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 August 3, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF VALERIE FAYE GALBREATH

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Biennial 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 August 3, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF LAURA CHAPA

    Aug 04, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate of Lost Will and Letters Testamentary

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DENISE M BIRKHOLM

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Final Distribution

    No appearances required. Petition is recommended for approval.

    ...

  • MATTER OF JAIME VENTURA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Review: Receipt and Acknowledgment of Order for the Deposit of Money Into Blocked Account

    No appearances required. Compliance achieved.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF RAMON F. VILLA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Removal of Personal Representative and Appointment of Public Administrator

    A Status of Administration was filed by the attorney for the Personal Representative on September 17, 2019. That report revealed the Personal Representative was disabled and homeless, and is no...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF TONI WILLIAMS

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: CI Review/Notice of Death of Conservatee

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

    The Court received Notice of Conservatee’s Death ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF JOSE GARCIA GALICIA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition to Appoint Guardian of the Person

    Appearances required.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF RAMON F. VILLA

    Jul 28, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: OSC re: Removal of Personal Representative and Appointment of Public Administrator

    A Status of Administration was filed by the attorney for the Personal Representative on September 17, 2019. That report revealed the Personal Representative was disabled and homeless, and is no...

  • JOSE APPOLINAR V, E. CORTEZ CORP.

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    Status of case – Defendant was in bankruptcy. Stay still in effect?

    ...

  • GUARDIANSHIP OF AILYN BUENROSTRO

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Termination of Guardianship

    The following must be submitted before the Petition may be granted:

    1) Proof of Service. Notice must be mailed at least 15 days prior to the hearing to the following persons (Prob. Code, §§ 1601, 1460(b) and (c), 1510(c) ):

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF ONETIA WATSON

    Jul 21, 2020 |  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 April 6, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • ESTATE OF DANNY BOHART

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary

    The following must be submitted:

    1) Proof of Publication. Jurisdiction of the Probate Court is obtained by publication in accordance with Probate Code section 8121. (Prob. Code, § 8003(b).) No proof of publication was file...

  • ANNABELLE HILARIO V. LUIS ANTONIO CORONA

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    PI vehicle accident case, Bunny St. – Santa Maria, date of incident 2/26/19. Medical specials $17,000 (Howell figure?) Discuss ADR with counsel/ parties – private mediation or CMADRESS. Plaintiff posted CCP sec. 631 fees 3/19/20.

    ...

  • ARACELI VIORATO ET. AL. V. DARIO PINI

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    Status of case? Housing Settlement Conference held. Possible CCP sec. 639/640 reference to move case forward?

    ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF KIMBERLY LARSH

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Court Investigator’s Annual Review

    Appearances required.

    CI Report

    The court investigator’s report has been received and recommends that the conservatorship continue.

    The next review hearing has already been set by court order and will be held on July ...

  • CONSERVATORSHIP OF JAMES R. MARKS II

    Jul 21, 2020 |  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 July 20, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. in the court identified above.

    ...

  • NAOMI GRAHAM ET. AL. V. RODNEY HUSS MD

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    2nd amended complaint filed 2/25/20 – Request for Entry of default vs. Lompoc Valley Medical Group filed 7/9/20; Defendant Valley Medical Group filed answer on 4/19/19 to initial complaint; appeared at prior CMCs and filed CMC statement 7/6/20. Stat...

  • JAMES DAGGS ET. AL. V. FCA US LLC

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    Removed to US District (Federal) Court on 4/29/20; Case No. 2:20-cv. 03867

    Set further CMC in January/ February 2021 to determine status of federal case.

    ...

  • WILLIAM SCHUMANN V, EDUARDO IZQUIERDO ET. AL.

    Jul 21, 2020 |  Santa Barbara County

    Nature of Proceedings: Case Management Conference

    PI vehicle accident case, College Ave.- Lompoc, date of incident 11/17/16.

    Last CMC was 3/3/20 – given more time to serve to 5/12/20 during court shutdown period.

    No proof of service on file, no request for order to serve by publicat...

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