Hon. Richard J. McAdams (Ret.)

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Arbitration

Prior to his tenure on the California Court of Appeal, Sixth District from 2003 to 2011, Justice McAdams served over 26 years on the bench in Santa Cruz County, including five years on the Civil calendar handling an individual caseload from filing through post-judgment proceedings.  He also heard civil cases, as assigned, while presiding in other departments throughout his trial bench career and taught civil topics, including alternative dispute resolution, in the Continuing Judicial Studies Program and other judicial education programs.  His bench experience included all categories of cases - real property disputes, business litigation, construction cases, contract matters, personal injury and wrongful death and other torts, estate and trusts, professional liability, family law, consumer cases, employment, insurance litigation, agricultural disputes, environmental/land use issues, and government/public entity liability.  Prior to assuming the bench, his practice included all facets of civil and family law.

Representative Matters

  • Professional malpractice claims such as legal malpractice, in a variety of settings, including family law and business disputes
  • Real property disputes involving claims of nondisclosure and other misrepresentations
  • Dispute involving radio program marketing services
  • Construction disputes, such as dispute between home owner and contractor for alleged breach of contract and construction defects in $750K remodel
  • Family law disputes including post-judgment issues, visitation, child support, spousal support and property issues including deferred sale of family home and attorney fees
  • Premises liability case: slip and fall
  • Hospital and physician liability
  • Arbitration of attorney malpractice action arising from estate planning services

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • “Appellate Justice of the Year,” Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
  • Member, California Judges Association, 1977-present
    • Civil Law & Procedures Committee, 2000-2003
    • Family Law Committee, 1995-1997
    • Discipline and Disability Committee, 1992-1995
    • Executive Board, 1989-1992
    • Courts & Technology Committee, 1988-1989
    • Judicial Elections Committee, 1987-1988
    • Courts Administration Committee, 1986-1987

Background and Education

  • Appellate Justice, Sixth District Court of Appeal, 2003-2011
  • Superior Court Judge, Santa Cruz County, 1998-2003
  • Municipal Court Judge, Santa Cruz County, 1977-1998
    • Assigned to Superior Court, 1994-1998
    • Presiding Judge, 1980, 1984, 1987, and 1990
  • Founding Partner, Fox McAdams and Popin, 1974-1977
  • Solo practice, 1973
  • Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Santa Cruz, 1970-1973
    • Acting Director, 1973
  • Attorney, Jarvis, Miller and Stender, 1969-1970
  • J.D., Hastings College of Law, 1968 
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1965

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