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Richard McAdams

Hon. Richard J. McAdams (Ret.)

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During his tenure on the California Court of Appeal, Sixth District from 2003 to 2011 and throughout his over 26 years of service on the bench in Santa Cruz County, Justice McAdams presided over cases involving all aspects of employment law, including wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour claims, and labor disputes.

Representative Matters

  • Mediation of wrongful termination claim between teacher and religious school
  • Mediation of fraud action by terminated CEO pending appeal of judgment awarding compensatory and punitive damages
  • Mediation of store manager’s claims of violations of wage and hour laws by retail pharmacy
  • Mediation of wrongful termination and defamation claims after the discharge of a clergyman
  • Settled wrongful termination case involving claim of discrimination based on disability
  • “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
  • 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

Counsel Comments

    Named “Appellate Justice of the Year” by the Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association, 2010

    “Throughout my judicial career, I have been dedicated to the fair and just resolution of cases and to the creation and promotion of alternatives to traditional litigation. It is my experience that disputes can be resolved in a timely and efficient fashion without sacrificing the participant’s right to be heard and the right to be treated with respect.”

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