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Retired Justice Joins Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach

May 24, 2019

Whitney, Thompson & Jeffcoach is proud to announce their newest addition, Justice James Ardaiz, retired Administrative Presiding Justice from California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. Prior to joining the WTJ team, he was with Baker, Manock & Jensen PC in Fresno since 2011.

“I am pleased to join Whitney Thompson & Jeffcoach, an innovative law firm with highly accomplished attorneys and a cutting edge perspective on providing legal services to its impressive client base,” said Ardaiz.

Justice Ardaiz’s experience as a trial and appellate judge includes business, personal injury, governmental policy, environmental, agricultural, estate, and property disputes. He has authored over 2,000 appellate opinions and participated in over 6,000 total opinions, encompassing all areas of the law practiced in the State Courts of California, with precedent-setting opinions in virtually all areas of the law. As a trial judge, he primarily handled general civil and criminal trials.

Since retiring from the Court of Appeal, Justice Ardaiz’s practice has primarily consisted of mediation, arbitration and appellate evaluation, and strategic planning in large litigation, although he does act as counsel to a limited number of commercial clients. His primary case involvement has been in commercial and property disputes, with personal injury being a lesser portion of his case load.

“We are honored to have such an experienced, distinguished former judge join our team,” said Marshall Whitney. “Jim Ardaiz aligns perfectly with our principles and goals for our clients, and his many years of success are a great asset to us.”

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