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.
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.