Arbitration and mediation services available from pros like the Hon. Lisa Hart Cole with Signature Resolution.

Hon. Lisa Hart Cole (Ret.)

Mediator | Arbitrator | Discovery Referee

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“After 25 years on the bench, I know that a solution can be elusive, but I am committed to finding it.”

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Commercial Contracts
  • Class Action
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Habitability
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • UIM
  • Wage & Hour
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination


  • J.D., U.C. Hastings College of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley


Hon. Lisa Hart Cole (Ret.) brings her experience from nearly 25 years as a judge to Signature Resolution as a mediator, arbitrator, and judicial and discovery referee. She resolves personal injury, employment, business, insurance, real estate, construction, wage and hour cases, asbestos, and class action matters.

During her career on the bench, Judge Cole presided over a busy independent calendar court in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, handling motions of every type, holding settlement conferences and conducting hundreds of jury and court trials. While in Santa Monica, Judge Cole also served as the Supervising Judge of the West District. Additionally, she sat in downtown Los Angeles in the prestigious Complex Litigation Department, where she oversaw wage and hour cases, class actions, construction, and complex insurance disputes. Most recently, Judge Cole was a highly sought-after judge and mediator in the LASC Mandatory Settlement Program, successfully resolving hundreds of settlement conferences in virtually every type of civil action.

Attorneys describe her as a prepared, thorough, and persistent judge who always demonstrated great respect for lawyers.

Judge Cole started her legal career as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, where she conducted many serious felony and high-publicity jury trials.


  • Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (2000–2020)
  • Judge, Municipal Court of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles (1996–2000)
  • Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office (1982–1996)
  • Deputy City Attorney, Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office (1981–1982)