Kenneth R. Zuetel, Jr. graduated from San Diego State University in 1974 at age 20 with a Bachelors Degree (top 5% - high honors). He was elected to membership in four national honor societies during that time, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. In 1978, Ken was one of the youngest members of his graduating class from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he obtained a Juris Doctor degree (top 15%) and was elected to the position of Lead Articles Editor for the San Diego Law Review, was published, and was also elected to Who's Who Among University Graduates.
Following law school, Ken clerked for the Hon. Martin Pence, Federal Judge for Hawaii, and thereafter was associated with two national law firms (Buchalter, Nemer and Thelen, Reid & Priest) in their trial departments. In 1988, Ken joined the Pasadena law firm of Linton, Cushman & Hammond, which was thereafter renamed Zuetel & Associates. Ken is the managing partner of Zuetel & Associates, and specializes in business litigation and the defense of physicians and attorneys, with an emphasis on arbitration law.
Ken has lectured extensively on, and has published over 25 book chapters and articles dealing with civil procedure, trial techniques, evidence and arbitration. He has also served as counsel in several published California Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases dealing with important advances in business, arbitration and healthcare law. Ken has served as Judge Pro Temp for the Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts, as well as the chair of several Los Angeles County Bar Committees. He is a member of the State Bars of Nevada and California, as well as all California federal courts and the Ninth Circuit, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in California and America, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and (since 1989) has been an AV-rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
Ken is also a recognized expert on arbitration and healthcare law, and was responsible for the drafting of California Code of Civil Procedure §§ 1281.6 (final paragraph amended 2001) and 1281.9. He has testified twice before the California State Senate (Insurance and Judiciary Committees) on arbitration, before the Nevada State Assembly (Judiciary Committee) on Nevada MICRA legislation (submitted testimony), has served as an expert witness before the California Medical Board and the Los Angeles Superior Court, and has tried to completion over 150 arbitrations dealing with medical malpractice, business, personal injury and insurance matters. Ken has served in excess of 300 arbitrations as the neutral or party arbitrator in cases ranging from business disputes to medical malpractice.