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J. Richard Haden

Hon. J. Richard Haden (Ret.)

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Hon. J. Richard Haden (Ret.) joined JAMS in 2005 following two decades of distinguished service on the San Diego County Superior Court. Since becoming a full-time neutral, Judge Haden has successfully mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of cases including class action, employment, real estate, insurance, professional negligence, and business matters. He has also acted as a discovery referee and court-appointed special master in a variety of complex cases for both state and federal courts.

While on the bench, Judge Haden presided for 14 years in an independent calendar department where he was responsible for managing 600 civil cases concurrently. He conducted jury and court trials, law and motion hearings, and settlement conferences. Judge Haden was also involved in all aspects of case management.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial
    • Extensive experience resolving disputes involving wide variety of commercial claims, including those involving franchise, unfair business practice, Cartwright Act, antitrust and anti-SLAPP motion issues 
    • For a comprehensive overview of Judge Haden’s experience, please visit his business/commercial biography
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
    • Antitrust class action involving public utility 
    • Class action involving alleged negligent misrepresentation and violations of California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act arising out of claims made in infomercial advertisement 
    • Employment claims over designation of workers at major retail chain
  • Employment
    • Age discrimination claim between individual and major corporation 
    • School coach’s wrongful termination claim against school district 
    • Please see Judge Haden’s employment biography for a detailed overview of his practice
  • Professional Liability
    • Alleged professional negligence of major accounting firm 
    • Malpractice claim involving death arising out of alleged failure to diagnose 
    • Medical malpractice death case involving psychiatric diagnosis
  • Real Property
    • Breach of agreement to purchase residential property 
    • Dispute over ocean-view property involving quiet title, declaratory relief, prescriptive easement and trespass issues 
    • Dispute over whether life estate existed in agricultural property 
    • Lease dispute between industrial company and port authority 
    • Matter involving fraudulent transfer of property
  • Chancellor and President, American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • Board of Visitors, University of San Diego School of Law
  • University of San Diego Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011
  • Chair, California Judges Association Ethics Committee, 1998 (Ethics Committee member, 1995-1998; CJA member since 1984)
  • President, San Diego County Judges Association, 1987-1988 (Vice President, 1986-1987; Board of Directors, 1983-2001; SDCJA member since 1983)
  • Advisor, California State Bar Litigation Section, 2001-2011
    • Lecturer, "A Week in Legal London" and "A Week in Legal Oxford," 2006, 2008
    • Speaker, Annual Trial Symposium, 1999, 2000, 2002–2007
  • Associate Justice Pro Tem, California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, 1988, 1998
  • Judge, San Diego County Superior Court, 1985-2004
  • Judge, San Diego Municipal Court, 1983-1985
  • Deputy Attorney General, California State Department of Justice, San Diego, 1975-1983
  • U.S. Navy, 1967-1991 (Active Naval Duty, 1967-1971; Reserve Captain, Retired, 1971-1991)
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1974
  • B.A., California State University, Long Beach, 1967
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