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J. Richard Haden

Hon. J. Richard Haden (Ret.)

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Jenny Truex
T: 619-237-0805
F: 619-236-9032
401 B Street, Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92101

Since joining JAMS, Judge Haden has assisted as a mediator and arbitrator in the resolution of numerous claims involving business matters. During his 21 years of distinguished service on the San Diego County Superior Court, he managed hundreds of business and commercial cases encompassing a broad range of legal issues including franchise agreements, unfair business practices, Cartwright Act claims, state antitrust matters and anti-SLAPP motions.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration of LLC member with manager and operator of multiple nursing homes 
  • Arbitration of dispute between corporate officers of construction firm and their accountant shareholder 
  • Arbitration involving major retailer and its third party administrator (TPA) of workers' compensation benefits 
  • Arbitration involving shares in closely-held corporation 
  • Arbitration of stock option dispute between former board member and board 
  • Arbitration of subcontractor claims in project to seal off or “abandon” old oil wells
  • Arbitration regarding buy-sell agreement and non-compete clause for contractor in pharmaceutical industry 
  • Arbitration involving dispute among producers of major motion picture 
  • Arbitration involving contract dispute within gaming industry 
  • Arbitration involving financing of aircraft 
  • Arbitration involving sale of investment brokerage 
  • Arbitration involving hotel cancellation fees for multiple conventions 
  • Discovery referee in various complex state and federal matters
  • Mediation between employer and departing key employee over relationships with clients 
  • Mediation between subcontractor and manufacturer of high-tech device used in defense of ocean-going ships 
  • Mediation involving contract to manage major hotel 
  • Mediation involving development and installation of software for retail marketing system 
  • Mediation involving reliance on promise to make gift for construction of school 
  • Mediation of “lift out” dispute between brokers and their former firm with allegations of misappropriations of proprietary information and business opportunity 
  • Mediation of breach of contract claim between two foreign corporations concerning commissions due in sale of military hardware to foreign nation 
  • Mediation of partnership dispute involving the manufacture of medical devices 
  • Mediation of dispute concerning alleged misrepresentations in sale of business 
  • Mediation of healthcare insurance coverage dispute between insured and carrier 
  • Mediation of insurance subrogation matter concerning fire at wharf 
  • Mediations of various disputes concerning medical billing between healthcare providers and between insurance companies and healthcare providers 
  • Mediation between hedge fund and investors regarding call option transaction
  • 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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