Hon. William H. McAdam, Jr. (Ret.)

Hon. William H. McAdam, Jr. (Ret.)

Hon. William H. McAdam, Jr. (Ret.)Hon. William H. McAdam, Jr. (Ret.)Hon. William H. McAdam, Jr. (Ret.)

Mediator • Arbitrator • Private Judge



After an accomplished legal career spanning four decades, Judge McAdam joined ADR Services, Inc. to assist parties and their lawyers in the resolution of their legal disputes and to bring peace to their lives. Judge McAdam will provide his expertise in the areas of Family Law and Construction Law. He is available to conduct mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences and all types of civil proceedings. If requested, he will serve as a private judge in accordance with Article VI.

Judge McAdam graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with an undergraduate degree in Economics and received his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. After passing the California bar exam, he reported for Active Duty with the United States Marine Corps. Judge McAdam served as a Captain in Vietnam and was a decorated combat infantry officer, serving as a company commander of an infantry rifle company.

After returning to the United States from Vietnam, Judge McAdam began his law career in 1969 as a legal officer at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. From 1970 to 1976, he practiced general and civil litigation with the law firm of McAdam & Neil, and later with the law firm of Jones, Tellam, Irving & Estes. In 1976, he moved to Idaho, where he practiced general and civil litigation. He then returned to San Diego in 1988 and worked as In-House Counsel for Lusardi Construction Company, handling numerous Construction related matters. Three years later, he joined Gordon & Rees, where he handled Insurance defense cases and all types of Construction and Construction Defect matters.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge McAdam served as a full-time Judge Pro Tem at the San Diego Juvenile Court, where he presided over Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency cases. He also chaired the Drug Court Steering Committee and the Delinquency and Truancy Subcommittees.

Appointed by former Governor Gray Davis, Judge McAdam began his judicial career in 2003. Driven by his earlier experiences working with families and juveniles at the Juvenile court, Judge McAdam chose to spend the majority of his time on the bench in Family Law assignments. During his tenure, he presided over some of the court’s toughest child custody, support, and asset evaluation cases, while approaching each case with a concern and compassion for the individuals involved.

Parties and lawyers appearing before Judge McAdam can be assured that he will do everything possible to assist them in the resolution of their cases.


  • Character, value and division of property
  • Child and spousal support
  • Custody and visitation
  • Relocation
  • Pre- and post-marital agreements
  • Business valuation
  • Business apportionment
  • Parenting issues


Judge, San Diego Superior Court

  • Family Law and Juvenile assignments

Judge Pro Tem, San Diego Superior Court

  • Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency
  • Chaired the Drug Court Steering Committee and chaired the Delinquency and Truancy subcommittees


In-House Counsel, Infant Hearing Screening Specialists

  • Served as In-House Counsel for a company providing infant hearing screening services for hospitals in California

Associate, Gordon & Rees

  • Handled Insurance defense work and Construction Defect cases

In-House Counsel, Lusardi Construction Company

  • Oversaw construction litigation matters and contract issues

City Attorney, Sandpoint, Idaho

  • Practiced general and civil litigation

Associate, Jones, Tellam, Irving & Estes

  • Practiced general and civil litigation

Legal Officer, Marine Corps Recruit Depot


Captain, United States Marine Corps


  • J.D., Loyola Law School
  • B.A. in Economics, University of California, Berkeley




Family Law

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