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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 60

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James A. Kaddo

Judge of the Superior Court
1,060,461 votes (75.67%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To render justice to all those who appear before me, to be fair, to render decisions on the merits of the case and according to the law.
  • To hear both sides in every case, to keep an open mind and to ensure that both sides are on the same level playing field.
  • To insist on civility and professionalism among the lawyers who appear before me.



Profession:Superior Court Judge
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Los Angeles County (1998–current)
Superior Court Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court — Elected position (1998–current)
Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court, Los Angeles County (1981–1998)
Judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court, Los Angeles Municipal Court — Appointed position (1991–1998)
Owner, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of James A. Kaddo (1971–1990)
Partner, Attorney at Law, Voorhies, Kaddo & Greene (1969–1971)
Partner, Attorney at Law, Voorhies & Kaddo (1966–1969)


University of Southern California Gould School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) (1966)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), political science, international relations (1958)
University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), political science (1956)

Community Activities

Founding Member, L.A. Beirut Sister City Organization (2013–current)



·        Los Angeles Superior Court judge for 25 years

·        United States Army veteran with honorable discharge

·        Tried thousands of civil, criminal and asbestos cases

·        Private attorney for 27 years, tried cases in property, real estate, personal injury and liability law

Judge James A. Kaddo is the incumbent candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Office #60.  As both a Municipal and Superior Court judge for 25 years, Judge Kaddo has tried thousands of civil and criminal cases. Most recently, Judge Kaddo is responsible for trying major asbestos cases in Los Angeles County, protecting and ruling to compensate workers who have suffered horrible and debilitating diseases as a result of exposure to asbestos.  

After attaining his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkley, and serving in the United States Army, where he received an honorable discharge, Judge Kaddo earned his Juris Doctor from the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. 

As a private attorney during the 27 years leading up to his judgeship, he tried cases in property, real estate, personal injury and liability law. As a partner and owner of his own law firm, Judge Kaddo was a staunch advocate for his clients. His notable cases include Campbell v. Southern Pacific Railroad, a personal injury case.

He is a steward of the community and is the founder and member of several social and cultural institutions. Judge Kaddo is the founding member of L.A. Beirut Sister City Organization, a group founded along with former Councilmember Dennis Zine, former Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and Mayor Eric Garcetti.  In recognition of his efforts, Judge Kaddo received the Distinguished Service Award on June 7, 2013.

Judge Kaddo is a dedicated husband, father and grandfather and has served the county selflessly and with honor for more than a quarter century.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich
  • Congressman Brad Sherman
  • Assemblymember Matt Debabneh

Organizations (2)

  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • Los Angeles Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council

Individuals (1)

  • Former Los Angeles City Councilmember Dennis Zine

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO (1)

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?
Answer from James A. Kaddo:
Alternatives to incarceration, such as substance abuse treatment and drug court, may be effective in reducing California's prison population. It's important that the state address issues of recidivism and overcrowding by considering all of the factors that lead to a citizen's arrest, including education level, income level, addiction history, and mental health history. However, as California works to strengthen the criminal justice system, it must provide local jurisdictions sufficient financial support to thoroughly and efficiently implement these reforms.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a judge, I espouse and champion justice, fairness and equal treatment. As a citizen, I believe in equality among all citizens without bias, prejudice or favoritism.  I believe in democracy, in free but not unbridled, rational capitalism, and individual civil and political rights, including the right to worship. I believe that an informed and educated citizenry is essential to our democracy; therefore I believe that education should be a priority. And, last but not least, an independent, non-political judiciary is the glue that holds this democracy together. Government is essential to a civil society, but I also believe that too big a government can be a detriment to good governance.      


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