Hon. J. Richard Haden (Ret.)

T: 619-236-1848
F: 619-236-9032
Real Property

During Judge Haden's 21 years of distinguished service on the San Diego County Superior Court, he managed hundreds of real estate cases involving a broad range of matters, including purchase, sale, lease, easement, and fraudulent transfer issues. He has continued to handle real property cases as a neutral, and works closely with parties to craft fair and creative solutions to even the most complex and contentious disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitration of dispute between partners concerning option to purchase and right to encumber medical facility 
  • Arbitration regarding "big box" retailer land use 
  • Arbitration of a dispute concerning long-term lease at airport 
  • Arbitration of claims for diminution in value of property caused by repeated complaint to public agencies, surveillance, and defamation 
  • Arbitration on meaning of lease terms for large medical property, including provisions for security, parking, and appropriate subleasing 
  • Arbitration regarding a claim for specific performance for sale of nearly 80 acres of unimproved property, together with breach of contract and potential fraud issues 
  • Arbitration regarding removal of feasibility contingency in real estate purchase contract for 35 acres 
  • Arbitration of real estate sales dispute between broker and seller 
  • Arbitration regarding removal of lis pendens and claim for specific performance in residential real estate contract 
  • Arbitration seeking rescission and restitution on “triplex” that was actually commercial space plus single residential unit 
  • Arbitration regarding cell phone tower lease 
  • Multiple mediations between homeowners associations and homeowners concerning maintenance of common areas, boundaries, easements and vehicles 
  • Mediation concerning inverse condemnation of industrial and research facility 
  • Mediation concerning option to purchase provision in long-term business lease 
  • Mediation in loan brokerage dispute over option to purchase large parcel of undeveloped property 
  • Mediation concerning time-share membership in resort 
  • Mediation involving allegations of failure to perform in development of industrial complex 
  • Multiple mediations concerning homeowners defrauded by refinancing Ponzi scheme 
  • Numerous arbitrations between residential mortgage lenders and loan brokers 
  • Numerous arbitrations involving allegations of failure to disclose material conditions in real property sales contracts

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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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