Hon. Nathan D. Mihara is a retired Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District. After serving over three decades as a judicial officer, including 27 years for the Court of Appeal and 8 years for the Santa Clara County Superior and Municipal Courts, Justice Mihara joined ADR Services, Inc. to resolve disputes as a mediator, arbitrator, and referee.
Justice Mihara began his legal career as a civil lawyer in private practice. He then joined the California State Attorney General’s office as a Deputy Attorney General, serving in the criminal division prosecuting appeals and writs. During this time, he handled numerous cases in the trial courts and hundreds of appeals which included two cases he successfully argued before the California Supreme Court. In 1985, Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to the Santa Clara County Municipal Court, where he served for three years before his elevation to the Superior Court in 1988.
As a Judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Justice Mihara’s assignments covered civil trials and settlement conferences, law and motion, felony trials, family law, juvenile law, and probate matters. In 1993, Justice Mihara was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to be an Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District. Over the course of his 27 years at the Court of Appeal, he has authored over 250 published opinions and reviewed thousands of civil and criminal appeals and extraordinary writ matters.