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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

 Judge Haden is well suited to working closely with multiple parties to resolve class actions and mass torts. He has mediated numerous class actions across a wide range of practice areas and industries.

As a judge with the San Diego County Superior Court for more than two decades, he managed many class actions and mass tort cases encompassing numerous legal issues. These included disputes over utilities, wages, false advertising and unfair business practices.

Representative Matters

  • Breach of warranty and alleged violation of consumer protection statutes by automobile manufacturer 
  • Disclosures of personal information by retail chains, including homeware and clothing stores 
  • Employment matter involving computation of accrued vacation time and personal time off 
  • Manufacturer of power tools in matter involving product labeling 
  • Medical care provider fees charged for copies of medical records 
  • Multiple employment matters involving wage and hour issues at large retail enterprises 
  • Producers of packaged foods in multiple disputes involving appropriate product labeling 
  • Discovery referee in multiple class action matters
  • 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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