Hon. Angela M. Bradstreet (Ret.)

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Hon. Angela M. Bradstreet (Ret.) joined ADR Services, Inc. in 2022 after over 11 years as a Judge of the Superior Court for the County of San Francisco. Judge Bradstreet spearheaded the Court’s highly successful judicial settlements program and presided over Civil Trials and Settlements for the last six years of her judicial career. Recognized for her extraordinary ability to settle difficult cases, Judge Bradstreet was regularly entrusted to handle many of the Court’s largest, most complex and emotionally charged matters. She has successfully settled/mediated hundreds of cases ranging from one of the largest-ever wage and hour class actions, to complex commercial, personal injury, mass torts, premises and products liability, landlord-tenant, sexual harassment, and discrimination cases. During her final two years on the bench alone, her remarkable talent of settling cases resulted in a savings of more than seven years in trial time for the Court. In addition to her settlement work, she presided over numerous jury and court trials. In 2017, Judge Bradstreet was honored by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers as Judge of the Year.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Bradstreet served as the State Labor Commissioner for over three years enforcing California’s minimum wage and hours laws. Before that, she worked in private practice for 25 years at a major local law firm, and served as the firm’s first woman firm-wide managing partner and one of the first LGBTQ managing partners in the Bay Area. Her litigation and trial practice focused on the areas of commercial and employment litigation. Judge Bradstreet was selected as one of the Top 75 Women Litigators in California in 2005.

Widely recognized as a pioneer for the advancement of women and LGBTQ equality in the legal profession and in the judiciary, Judge Bradstreet is a former President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, California Women Lawyers, and the Queen’s Bench Bar Association. She is a recipient of the California State Bar’s Diversity Award, the Minority Bar Coalition’s Unity Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s Jurisprudence Award, the Barristers Club Judges Award, the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Queen’s Bench Bar Association. She is also the recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, the highest award given by the American Bar Association in recognition of accomplishments of women lawyers in the nation who have excelled in their field and been leaders in advancing women in the legal profession.

Judge Bradstreet has a Bachelor in Law degree from the University of Bristol, England, a Masters in Law from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an honorary doctorate degree in law from Golden Gate University.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Employment: With her unique background as the former California Labor Commissioner, Judge Bradstreet successfully mediates all types of employment cases including wage and hour class actions, whistleblower, sexual harassment, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, transgender and disability discrimination claims, and PAGA claims.

Personal Injury: Judge Bradstreet has successfully mediated numerous multi-party catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, often with multiple cross-claims for contractual (as well as equitable) indemnity, in addition to numerous two-party personal injury claims.

Business/Commercial: Judge Bradstreet has successfully mediated the gamut of commercial litigation cases involving technology companies, lending institutions, health care plans, real estate and insurance brokers, the public sector, and numerous other businesses relating to claims of tortious interference, Bus. and Prof. Code 17200, violation of trade secrets and unfair competition, fraud, False Claims Act, Cartwright Act, breach of fiduciary duty, and other tort and contract claims.

Landlord-Tenant: Having presided over numerous landlord-tenant trials and successfully settled over fifty landlord-tenant cases, Judge Bradstreet is well-versed in the San Francisco Rent Control Ordinance and other similar local ordinances, as well as the Costa-Hawkins Act.

Medical Malpractice: Judge Bradstreet reviews the actual pertinent medical records in order to gain a full understanding of how a jury will be likely to perceive the often complex facts in medical malpractice claims. This approach has been very effective in enabling both sides to appreciate the relative risks at trial.

Insurance Bad Faith: Judge Bradstreet drills down to the facts in the underlying case, which can be pivotal to assisting the parties evaluate a bad faith action. Her extensive experience working with insurance companies has often been invaluable in reaching a settlement.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco (2010-2022)
  • State Labor Commissioner, State of California (2007-2010)
  • Associate, Equity Partner, and Managing Partner, Carroll, Burdick and McDonough (1981-2007)
  • Judicial Clerk, Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo (1980-1981)

PROFESSIONAL DISTINCTIONS

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Queen’s Bench Bar Association (2019)
  • Amel Zenoune-Zouani Award, International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (2018)
  • Judge of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers (2017)
  • Appointed by the Chief Justice to the Strategic Evaluation Committee to evaluate the Administrative Offi¬ce of the Courts (2011-2012)
  • Minority Bar Coalition’s Unity Award (2011-2012)
  • Firm-wide Managing Partner, Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP (2001-2007)
  • Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession (2007)
  • Member, Bipartisan Northern California Federal Judicial Advisory Committee (2001-2010)
  • Northern California’s Super Lawyers, San Francisco Magazine, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Top 75 Women Litigators in California, The Daily Journal (2005)
  • President’s Community Advocacy Award, National Association of Women Business Owners (2004)
  • California State Bar Diversity Award (2003)
  • President, Bar Association of San Francisco (2002)
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Golden Gate University Law School (2002)
  • Commencement Speaker, Golden Gate University Law School (2002)
  • Top 75 Most Influential Women in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times (2001)
  • Jurisprudence Award, Anti-Defamation League (1998)
  • Rella Lossey Professional Achievement Award (1997)
  • President, California Women Lawyers (1992-1993)
  • Member, California Lawyer Advisory Editorial Board (1994-1996)
  • Appointed by San Francisco Superior Court to serve on its Settlement Panel and appointed by Bar Association of San Francisco to the Employment Mediation Panel
  • Created and Co-Authored, Sexual Harassment Policy Guidelines for Employers, California Women Lawyers and the Bar Association of San Francisco (1992)
  • Co-Chair, Women Rainmaker’s Committee, American Bar Association (1991-1992)
  • President, Queen’s Bench Bar Association (1989)

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Participant, “It Gets Better” Initiative, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (June 2011)
  • Founder, BASF’s No Glass Ceiling Task Force (2002)
  • Founder, Advancement of Afghan Women Scholarship by BASF and Golden Gate University Law School (2002)
  • Co-Founder and Chair, BASF’s Womentoring program to help low-income women gain entry into the workplace
  • Led the successful effort that in 2003 resulted in the California Supreme Court amending the Commentary in the Judicial Canons of Ethics to require judges to disclose memberships in organizations that exclude women and racial minorities, or gays and lesbians
  • Led Bar Association of San Francisco delegation to World Women’s Conference in Beijing (1995)
  • President, Board of Permit Appeals, City and County of San Francisco (1994-1996) and Member (1992-1994)

PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Judge Bradstreet has published numerous articles for the American Bar Association, the Recorder, the Daily Journal, Federal Lawyer, San Francisco Attorney, and other legal publications. She is regularly engaged as a speaker and panelist on topics including diversity in the legal profession, advancing and promoting women attorneys, overcoming bias, cutting edge issues in employment law, negotiation skills, and mediation best practices.

For a complete list of Judge Bradstreet’s publications and speaking engagements, please visit her website at www.JudgeBradstreet.com.

Representative Cases

COMMERCIAL / BUSINESS

  • Technology Fortune 500 company claimed various publishing companies hired to advertise the company defrauded it out of tens of millions by utilizing “click-flooding”, “auto-redirects” and fake app names. Settled.
  • Bank sued a technology company for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices and breach of nondisclosure agreement relating to the marketing of an automated loan underwriting process which the technology company alleged in a cross-complaint was proprietary. Settled.
  • Independent physicians’ association and a health services plan sued each other for tortious interference with business relationships, violations of the Cartwright Act and breach of the applicable medical services agreement. Aside from the complexity of the facts, the computations of damages were equally complex which required a successful separate session with each side’s chief financial officer. Settled.

EMPLOYMENT

  • One of the largest ever wage and hour class actions in California involving 48,000 employees with a class period spanning fourteen years against a national janitorial company; claims alleged meal period, split shift and mileage reimbursement violations. Settled.
  • Disability discrimination, failure to accommodate and retaliation claims by a news reporter against a Fortune 500 media company and alleging that a subarachnoid hemorrhage was caused by the employer’s conduct. Settled.
  • Whistleblower claim under Labor Code 1102.5 and related qui tam claim under the California False Claims Act alleging false reporting by a private recycling company of the weights and type of materials redeemable for cash from the state under the California Redemption Value repayment program. Settled.
  • Sexual harassment, pregnancy disability, gender discrimination and retaliation claims by long time employee against a public entity with “me too” allegations. Settled.
  • Multiple former police officers sued a city for age discrimination alleging disparate impact based on its promotion procedures. Settled.
  • Same-sex sexual harassment case with claims of failure to investigate and to prevent harassment from occurring. Settled.

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INSURANCE BAD FAITH

  • Bad faith action by an insured against his carrier and brokers following an adverse verdict, alleging an unreasonable refusal to settle the underlying case in which the insured who was a landlord had been sued for violating the San Francisco Rent Control Ordinance by a tenant. Settled.

LANDLORD / TENANT

  • Tenants claimed the landlord engaged in a fraudulent owner-move in eviction in violation of the San Francisco Rent Control Ordinance and that his dominant purpose was to convert the property into condominiums and not to occupy the unit as his principal place of residence for the minimum time period mandated by the code. Settled.
  • Claims by multiple tenants of residential building against landlord for violations of the Ellis Act and 37.10 of the San Francisco Rent Ordinance seeking treble damages and attorneys fees. Settled.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

  • Medical malpractice claim against a hospital, surgeon and nurse alleging negligent performance of an ablation of the posterior wall of the heart and negligent follow up, causing an atrial esophageal fistula and multiple strokes a few weeks later. Settled.
  • Plaintiff claimed she suffered serious urological injuries to her bladder and ureter as a result of a negligently performed vaginal hysterectomy, and negligent failure to diagnose cervical cancer. Settled.

PERSONAL INJURY

  • Mass Shooting related claims by over forty individual plaintiffs against a national security company, including two wrongful death and two gunshot victims, alleging negligent security at their place of work. Settled.
  • Plaintiff suffered life threatening third degree burns and paralysis when he was electrocuted by a power line while working as a cable splicer. Over ten parties involved with multiple cross claims for contractual as well as equitable indemnity and additional insured provisions. Settled.
  • Product liability action against the manufacturer and supplier of a compact utility loader alleging design defects which caused the machine to topple over and eject the operator who was killed. Settled.
  • Product liability action against manufacturer and supplier of a bicycle alleging design and manufacturing defects causing a brake failure that resulted in catastrophic injuries. Settled.
  • Plaintiff suffered severe brain injuries and quadriplegia in a scooter accident when he was hit by a driver of a mobility service provider. Whether he was barred from recovering non-economic damages under proposition 213, the Financial Responsibility Act, and whether the other driver was an employee or independent contractor, were critical issues that were evaluated in the settlement process and led to a successful resolution. Settled.

    REAL PROPERTY

    • Multiple property damage and personal injury claims against the owner of a multi residential and commercial use building following a large fire. The owner cross-complained against the electrician. Settled.
    • Real property dispute between neighbors relating to historical encroachments, multiple alleged easements, trespass and property damage. Settled.
    • Quiet title and slander of title action brought by a non-profit religious organization against an individual relating to two real properties who cross-complained against the organization and others for fraud and conversion of rental income from the properties. Settled.
    • Dispute between siblings, one of whom was the trustee and all were beneficiaries of a family trust, with significant real estate and other assets involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, a separate partition action and a related probate action, all of which were successfully mediated at one settlement conference. Settled.

    Testimonials

    “I have had the pleasure of working with Judge Bradstreet on three significant and high exposure matters. In 35 years of practice, I have never witnessed a neutral who works harder, gets more into the details of the case, and knows how to manage the personalities of the parties, counsel, and claims professionals more sensitively. My compliment covers personal experience in both private mediation and in judicial settlement conferences.”


    “Over the past 15 years, I will say no mediator or Judge in my experience has ever conducted a better settlement conference or mediation – from any perspective: legal knowledge, knowing the case, energy, humanity, pragmatism, being straight with the parties, etc. Judge Bradstreet is a real credit to the state system, and it is understandable why she is leading the settlement panel.”


    “It is no overstatement to recognize that this settlement was entirely due to Judge Bradstreet’s efforts. No one thought that this case would ever settle. The parties were embroiled in an exceedingly contentious dispute with no movements toward settlement and with all signs pointing to costly and protracted litigation. But through a mixture of smarts, charm, toughness, and determination, she made this settlement happen and in the process averted wasteful litigation that would have harmed not only the parties but the larger community as well. And that she did all this after-hours, while still maintaining her “day job,” makes her commitment all the more extraordinary.”


    “I have appeared in front of many judges, but Judge Bradstreet is by far the brightest, most-prepared and most gracious judge I have ever had the pleasure of appearing before. There has been much written about her and her efforts to open doors for women, minorities, and members of the LGBT community. I am always inspired when I see someone take the time to help others in our profession.”


    “Judge Bradstreet did a truly outstanding job, settling a case that was less than 30 days from trial, and in which no settlement negotiations had been held in 14 months of litigation. All counsel were extremely impressed by Judge Bradstreet’s depth of preparation. Our case was factually complex, with at least a thousand pages of material submitted by the parties to Judge Bradstreet. We were favorably surprised when, after a review of this material, she requested specific additional materials. She then held a half-hour phone conference with counsel a few days before the MSC in which she demonstrated impressive mastery of the facts and asked important additional questions.”


    “Without Judge Bradstreet’s determination, laser-like focus, and skillful negotiation, this matter would not have resolved.”


    “I was thoroughly impressed with Judge Bradstreet’s abilities and honestly found her to be one of the most effective mediators I have encountered. She is absolutely the reason the litigation was resolved.”


    “I have been a lawyer for 42 years and I’m not impressed with most Judges. Judge Bradstreet, however, has some, in the words of my clients, “mad” skills. Her ability to connect with the client was awesome, and her patience and advocacy was a pleasure to behold.”


     

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