Hon. Victor E. Bianchini (Ret.)


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"My career has been dedicated to helping people resolve their disputes, from serving as a U.S. Magistrate Judge and state court settlement judge to mediating over 3,500 cases. Joining Signature Resolution allows me to continue this work with a team that values listening, patience, and perseverance. My experience with complex cases has shaped my approach to blend evaluative and facilitative mediation techniques effectively. I look forward to leveraging my extensive background to assist clients in finding meaningful and lasting resolutions."

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Practice Areas

  • Business and Commercial Contracts
  • Employment
  • Probate, Trust & Estates
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate


  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law
  • B.A., San Diego State University
  • Certificate in Judicial Development with Alternative Dispute Resolution Emphasis, National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
  • Pepperdine University Numerous Dispute Resolution Courses
  • Numerous Alternative Dispute Resolution seminars, both as attendee and panelist


Hon. Victor E. Bianchini (Ret.) is celebrated for his unwavering dedication to achieving resolution. With a distinguished career that includes more than two decades in private alternative dispute resolution, he brings a wealth of expertise to Signature Resolution’s panel of neutrals.

Currently extending his mediation career at Signature Resolution, Judge Bianchini views his role as “a devotion to helping people resolve their disputes.” He leads with exceptional care and empathy, emphasizing that listening, patience and a commitment to resolution are essential to his approach. He has consistently championed the settlement process, promising clients to leverage his unmatched experience to deliver superior mediation services. Central to his approach, which blends evaluative and facilitative methods, is his steadfast belief in perseverance.

Judge Bianchini first began his judicial career as a U.S. commissioner and then as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of California. He was then appointed as a state court judge and served for 20 years in that capacity, during which time he served extensively as the Court’s settlement judge. After retiring from the Superior Court of San Diego in 2002, Judge Bianchini began a private mediation practice. His expertise was soon recognized by the Federal Courts in New York, which enlisted him part-time as a settlement judge for complex civil litigation and prisoner civil rights cases. Throughout his tenure on state and federal benches and private mediation practice, he has mediated over 3,500 cases, ranging from straightforward disputes to intricate, multi-issue complex cases. His record includes numerous multi-million-dollar settlements in diverse and challenging cases, such as patent disputes and class actions. His judicial experience as a trial judge in both the federal and state systems, encompassing a wide range of civil cases, has greatly enhanced his mediation practice in the private sector.

Judge Bianchini’s passion for settlement was ignited early in his life. As a high school student, he excelled in speech and debate, which shaped his interest and skills in mediation. Initially planning to major in speech and debate at San Diego State University, his aspirations to join the military shifted his focus to political science, influenced by his family’s military background. Although he intended to join the Navy, the Marines offered him an opportunity to pursue legal studies. Upon completion of his law school studies, he was selected as the confidential law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Southern District of California, who later became a Ninth Circuit Judge. After his clerkship ended, he went on active duty with the Marine Corps, completing his active service after three years, with one year’s service in Vietnam and remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, completing a total service of 31 years and retiring as a colonel.

Beyond his legal practice, Judge Bianchini is an esteemed law professor. He has taught at San Diego State University, Thomas Jefferson School of Law as an evidence professor and National University, among others, and has been honored on several occasions during this time.


  • Private Mediation and Arbitration Practice, San Diego, CA (2002-Present)
  • United States Magistrate Judge, part time, U.S. District Court in the Central District of California (2015-2022)
  • United States Magistrate Judge, part time, U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Washington (2013-2015)
  • United States Magistrate Judge, part time, U.S. District Courts U.S. District Courts in the Western and Northern Districts of New York (2002-2013)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar and Lecturer, U.S. State Department to Country of Eritrea (2002 & 2004)
  • Judge, State of California Superior Court (1998-2002)
  • General Courts-Martial Judge, Camp Pendleton, CA (1984-1987)
  • Judge of the Municipal Court, El Cajon, CA (1982-1998)
  • United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California (1974-1982)
  • Elected Official Member, Democratic Central Committee of San Diego County, California (1970)
  • United States Commissioner, U.S. District Court, San Diego (1968-1969)
  • Confidential Law Clerk to Chief Judge James M. Carter, U.S. District Court, San Diego, CA (1963-1964)
  • United States Marine Corps Reserve (1960-1991)
    • Retired as Colonel with Vietnam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm Service

Professional Achievements and Memberships

  • Excellence in the Adjudication of the Law (Witkin Award), San Diego Law Library Justice Foundation (2019)
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, San Diego State University (2018)
  • Legend of the Bar, San Diego County Bar Association (2010)
  • Volunteer of the Year, Mt. Carmel High School Debate and Moot Court Instructor (2007)
  • Legal Professional of the Year, Foothills Bar Association (2001)
  • Family Law Judge of the Year, Foothills Bar Association (2002)
  • Trial Judge of the Year, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (1992)
  • Legion of Merit for Exceptionally Meritorious Conduct in the Performance of Outstanding Service, United States Marine Corps for service during Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1991)
  • President’s Award, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (1991)
  • Special Award for Educational Contributions, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association (1990)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, National University (1979)
  • Bronze Star w/Combat “V”, for meritorious service, United States Marine Corps, as Combat Correspondent and Head of Photo Facilities for the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Da Nang, Vietnam (1965-1966)
  • Three Air Medals for flights in combat, United States Marine Corps for service in Vietnam (1965-1966)