Richard R. Clouse

Richard R. Clouse: Attorney with ClouseSpaniac Attorneys AV stamp icon
  • Founding Member at ClouseSpaniac Attorneys (8 Attorneys)
  • 8038 Haven Avenue, Suite E, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
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    5.0/5.0 (11)
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Mr. Clouse is a founding member of ClouseSpaniac. Mr. Clouse has a general civil trial and appellate practice, with a particular emphasis on the defense of civil rights and employment discrimination cases. He has argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions on behalf of both the California Department of Corrections (CDC) and the County of San Bernardino. One such matter was Blueford v. Prunty, which dealt with a Section 1983 claim brought against Mr. Clouse’s clients, including the CDC. Blueford v. Prunty is published at 108 F.3d 251.

Mr. Clouse was lead counsel defending the County of San Bernardino in a class action venued in the United States District Court involving the provision of special education services to wards in the County Juvenile Justice System (John Doe 2 v. County of San Bernardino). Mr. Clouse was instrumental in negotiating a consent decree which served to upgrade and modernize the educational services provided to children in County custody. He was then appointed to oversee a committee created by the Federal Court to implement the settlement agreement.

Mr. Clouse holds (AV) Peer Review, the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell. His reputation and experience have led to several prestigious appointments.

Mr. Clouse is currently a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and an Arbitrator on the Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County Arbitration Panels. He has also served as a Settlement Officer in the U.S. District Court Attorney’s Settlement Officer Panel and a Judge Pro Tempore to both the San Bernardino County Superior Court and County of Los Angeles Municipal Court.

Areas of Practice (11)

  • General Civil Litigation Defense
  • Non-Profit and Charitable Organizations
  • Employer Rights/Liability Defense
  • Civil Rights/First Responder Defense
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Jail Management Litigation
  • Pubic Entity and Police Civil Liability
  • Non-Profit Civil Liability
  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Firearms and Range Safety Issues

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
909-276-4992  Phone
909-941-3388  Phone
University Attended:
San Francisco State University, B.A., Pol. Sc., cum laude, 1980
Law School Attended:
McGeorge School of the Law, University of the Pacific, J.D., 1983
Year of First Admission:
1984, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1995, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 1988, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1983, California; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court
Defense Research Institute, American Bar Association, California State Bar, American Inns of Court, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, San Bernardino County Bar Association Western San Bernardino County Bar Association
Reported Cases:
Blueford v. Prunty, 108F.3d 251 (1987); Morgan v. The City of Chino and Bruce Schofield, 94-55774 (9th Circuit, 1996); Sutcliffe v. Ippolito, 2nd California District Court of Appeals; Sergio Romero v. City of Chino; Wilson v. County of San Bernardino; Guadalupe Calderon v. County of San Bernardino, Case No. EDCV-01-525 SGL; William Pruitt v. B.W. Heibert, et al., Case No. CVF945322; John Doe 2 v. County of San Bernardino, et al., Case No. EDCV 02-962 SGL; Marie Lou Garcia v. Irwindale Police Department, et al, Case No. CV 04-4269 SGL; Michael S. Buss v. City of La Verne, et al., Case No. CV-03-04021 ABC(VBKx); Daniel Victor Montanez v. City of Baldwin Park, et al. Case No. CV03-0488 TJH(MANx); Magellon Harmon v. City of Los Angeles, et al. Case No. CV 00-06278 DDP (Rzx); Thelma Williams v. Corona/Norco Unified School District, Riverside Superior Court; Rita Rangel v. State of California, et al., Case No. SCVSS 65506; Sanders v. US Elevator; Japely v. Western Sands Motel.

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0 (11 reviews)
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