Hon. Randa M. Trapp (Ret.) joins JAMS after serving 18 years on the San Diego Superior Court, including 10 years in the civil division where she presided over all aspects of civil litigation. Judge Trapp was elected to serve two terms on the court’s Executive Committee and was elevated to assistant supervising judge and then supervising judge of the Civil Division. She has presided over more than 100 civil jury trials. During her tenure as supervising judge and as chair of the court's ADR Committee, Judge Trapp reinstated the Settlement Days program in 2019.
During her time on the bench, Judge Trapp presided over discovery disputes, pretrial rulings, trials and settlement conferences. Her experience with complex civil cases includes business, commercial, employment, California Private Attorneys General Act, wage and hour, construction defect, personal injury, traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, professional malpractice and trade secret matters.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Trapp’s practice focused on construction defect and business litigation with a mid-sized firm, and she was also in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 energy company, where she was appointed assistant corporate secretary for the company’s regulated utilities. In her capacity as in-house counsel, she handled corporate governance issues, negotiated franchise agreements with local municipalities and managed multi-million-dollar personal injury and wrongful death cases stemming from a nuclear radiation leak.