The Honorable James J. McBride

San Francisco Superior Court

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San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)


James J. McBride was a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco in California. He was elevated to the court in 1998 and retired in 2015. McBride was previously appointed to the Municipal Court in 1994. In 2001 he was awarded the Trial Judge of the Year award by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers.

According to one lawyer speaking of his judgeship, “He’s conservative, and I’m not looking for a conservative judge. But his rulings are down the middle."

As a practicing attorney, he took business litigation, criminal defense work, and personal injury cases. Before practice law, he was a police officer for the San Francisco Police Department.

McBride currently works as a mediator, arbitrator, referee, and private judge for ADR Services.

He is a Democrat.


  • J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1979)
  • B.A. from University of California, Berkeley (1973) (Psychology)


  • Assistant district attorney at San Francisco District Attorney’s Office in San Francisco County, California (1979 to 1985)
  • Civil litigator at Private practice in San Francisco County, California (1985 to 1994)