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Richard McAdams

Hon. Richard J. McAdams (Ret.)

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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 several years as the court’s Probate Court judge.  He also heard family law, estate, probate and trust matters, as assigned, while presiding in other departments throughout his trial bench career.

For a full picture of Justice McAdams experience in this area, please click here to see his Family Law biography. 

Prior to assuming the bench, Justice McAdams was active in issues involving elder law, including elder abuse.  He founded the Senior Citizens Legal Services, a nationally recognized non-profit law office specializing in elder law and seniors’ issues, which has become a model project for similar services around the country.

Representative Matters

  • Mediated three separate high-conflict inter-family cases involving issues of trust management, undue influence, elder abuse and related claims
  • Mediated a complex probate matter involving the law of California, Monaco and Iran
  • Mediated dispute between widow and former spouse concerning life insurance proceeds
  • “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
  • "An Appealing Approach," Daily Journal, ADR Profile, March 2, 2012
  • 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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