Hon. Nandor J. Vadas
United States Magistrate Judge (Ret.)
Mediator • Arbitrator • Special Master
Hon. Nandor J. Vadas is a retired federal Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. During his tenure, Judge Vadas presided over many civil actions, and criminal pretrial matters in the counties of Del Norte, Lake, Humboldt, and Mendocino, while also presiding over cases in San Francisco and on the Hopland Indian Reservation in Mendocino County. With thirteen years of experience on the bench, Judge Vadas has handled a wide variety of cases and settlement conferences involving matters of civil rights, employment issues, real estate, insurance issues, personal injury, the Americans with Disabilities Act, commercial litigation, and the Endangered Species Act. Judge Vadas also founded an early settlement program for civil rights cases brought by unrepresented prisoners, which has been applied in all state prisons in the Northern District of California and some prisons in the Eastern District of California as well.
Judge Vadas’ judicial career was preceded by extensive trial experience as a Deputy District Attorney for a combined eleven years with the City and County of San Francisco and Humboldt County, and as a federal prosecutor for nine years in the United States Attorneys’ Office. Judge Vadas also worked in private practice, where he primarily handled family law and dependency matters.
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