Former Superior Court Judge Robert C. Bradley has joined a prominent Thousand Oaks law firm, rebounding from a struggle with alcoholism that ended his judicial career.
Bradley, 59, was disqualified from the bench last year after two drunk driving arrests. He went on to violate the terms of his probation four times in subsequent months and did not seek reelection last fall.
But his interest in returning to the courtroom, as either a lawyer or temporary judge, has been well-known in the legal community. The partners at Cohen, Alexander & Clayton decided to give him a chance.
"We are aware of the past problem and are convinced it is long past," said attorney Leonard Alexander. "I think he is an outstanding legal talent and he has got enormous experience." Cohen, Alexander & Clayton specializes in estate planning, business and family law.
Bradley will become the sixth lawyer at the longtime firm, which is best known for its land-use litigation on behalf of developers.
Bradley said he was grateful that the firm opened its doors to him. He served two jail sentences and at one point he was barred from the courthouse after showing up to work intoxicated.
Now, Bradley said his No. 1 priority is maintaining his sobriety and regularly attending the Alcoholics Anonymous meetings that he credits for helping him get his life back on track.