With over 30 years of service to California as both a trial and appellate court judge, Presiding Justice James Ardaiz of the Fifth District Court of Appeal has joined Baker Manock & Jensen as Of Counsel. Justice Ardaiz served as the Administrative Presiding Justice of Court of Appeal, headquartered in Fresno, since August 1994.
Justice Ardaiz served as Administrative Presiding Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeal (1994-2010); Associate Justice, Fifth District Court of Appeal (1988-1994); Superior Court, County of Fresno (1985-1988); Municipal Court, County of Fresno (1981-1988); Chief Deputy District Attorney, Homicide, County of Fresno (1997-1981).
California Jurist of the Year (1999-2000); Chair Executive Committee Judicial Council; Chair Task Force on Trial Court Employees (creating new personnel system for 20,000 employees in 58 counties with separate systems, negotiating all labor issues); Co-Author, California Evidence; National lecturer and state lecturer in evidence, trial practice, judicial decision making; Distinguished American Award (2008); Japanese American Citizen's League Hastings Alumnus of the Year (Fresno Chapter); four-time recipient of the Ralph Klepp Award for judicial management in California.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 1974)
- California State University, Fresno (B.A., 1970)
- State Bar of California (1974)