Honorable J. Gary Hastings - Moderator
Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Ret.



Justice Hastings served as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 4, from September 1993 to February 2006 and continued to serve on assignment through August 2006. He sat on the Los Angeles County Superior Court from 1985 until his appointment to the appellate bench. On the Superior Court, he handled civil and criminal trials, family law matters, a probate calendar, law and motion calendars, and a civil master calendar. He was Supervising Judge of the Southwest branch from 1989-1990.

Justice Hastings began his legal career as an associate and later a shareholder at the law firm of Belcher, Henzie & Biegenzahn from 1972-1985. He focused on civil matters including product liability, bad faith/insurance coverage and medical malpractice, family law and probate.

Justice Hastings is currently an Adjunct Professor of law at Southwestern Law School, where he teaches Trial Advocacy. From 1973-1977, he taught classes on Legal Research and Writing and Civil Law and Procedure. He has been a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Southern California Regional Program, since 1994 and is a frequent lecturer for bar associations and other organizations.