• University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. (1970) Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Eta Sigma
  • Stanford University, M.A. (1973) political science
  • Stanford Law School, J.D. (1973) Irving Hellman, Jr. Scholar, Stanford Law Review, 1971-1972; Book Review Editor, 1972-1973


  • California

Michael A. Kahn

Senior Counsel

Michael Kahn is senior counsel at Crowell & Moring and is a member of the Litigation Group. Mr. Kahn's practice involves federal and state court proceedings throughout the United States. He has tried over twenty cases to verdict with a success rate of over ninety percent. He has also argued over a dozen appeals in State Supreme Court and Federal and State Courts of Appeal and has arbitrated over a dozen cases to decision (with over a 90 percent success rate).

Mr. Kahn has been involved in numerous landmark cases including PeopleSoft v. Oracle in which he represented PeopleSoft; U.S. v. Stringfellow in which he was lead trial counsel and City of Atascadero v. Merrill Lynch in which he represented the "Killer Bs." He was appointed by the California Supreme Court to represent the defendants in a landmark search and seizure case and a death penalty case.

Mr. Kahn has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a leading business litigation lawyer since 2004.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Mr. Kahn was a senior counsel at the San Francisco firm of Folger Levin & Kahn LLP.

Government Appointment Roles and Representative Matters

  • Member and Committee Chairman: Advisory Group, Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 1990-1994.
  • Commissioner: State Senate Commission on Property Tax Equity and Revenue, 1990.
  • Member: California State Insurance Commissioner Task Force on Insurance Industry Practices; Chairman: Unfair Practices Committee, 1991-1994.
  • Member: Northern District of California Masters' Committee of the Task Force on Expedition of Dispute Resolution, 1982-1988.
  • Member: California State Insurance Commissioner Task Force on Environmental Liability Insurance, 1993-1994.
  • Evaluator: Early Neutral Evaluator for the United States District Court, Northern District of California, 1990-2002.
  • Arbitrator: San Francisco County Superior Court, 1981-.
  • Member: Senator Boxer Judicial Advisory Committee, Northern District of California, 1995-1998.
  • Chair: California State Commission on Judicial Performance, 2000; Vice Chair, 1999; Member, 1999-.
  • Member: Bay Area Judicial Selection Advisory Committee, 1999-.
  • Chair: California Electricity Oversight Board, 2000-2001.
  • Chair: California Green Team, 2001.
  • Member: California Electrical Operation and Maintenance Board, 2002-2004.
  • Trustee: Gray Davis Papers.
  • Chair: California ISO Board of Governors, 2001-2005.
  • Mr. Kahn has been involved in the screening and selection of candidates for the Bench for two California Governors and one U.S. Senator.
  • Commissioner: Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery, 2019.


Admitted to practice: California



  • American Law Institute (Adviser, Restatement of Torts (Third): Apportionment)
  • Board of Visitors Executive Committee
  • Stanford Law School Stanford Law School, (Law Fund National Chair: Board of Visitors and Dean's Strategic Council Member)
  • Center for the Study of the Presidency (National Advisory Council/Board of Trustees/Treasurer)
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California State Bar Convention Delegate
  • San Francisco Public Defenders' Office Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Coordinator of Ben C. Duniway Memorial and Scholarship Fund
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Litigation and Antitrust Law
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (Board Member)
  • Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Legal Aid Society of San Francisco (Board Member)
  • American Arbitration Association (Commercial Panelist)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Regents Working Group on Innovation Transfer and Entrepreneurship (2020)
  • UCSF Parnassus Executive Committee (2020)
  • UCSF Board of Overseers Committee on Community and Government Relations (2020)


  • Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Commonwealth Club of San Francisco
  • Coro Foundation (Past President)
  • Grolier Club - Grolier Club Exhibit entitled "Political Cartoons and Caricatures from the Collection of Michael Alexander Kahn"
  • Lake Merced Golf & Country Club
  • Lincoln Cottage Advisory Board
  • UCLA Chancellor's Associates
  • Silverado Country Club
  • Stanford Associates


  • InPro Biotechnology, Inc. (also served as officer)
  • Liquid Environmental Solutions
  • Premier Pacific Vineyards (chairman of Executive Committee, Chairman of the Board)
  • DWK Advisors (Partner)
  • KW Advisors (Partner)


Speeches & Presentations

  • "Winning the Big Trial," The State Bar of California 89th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (October 1, 2016). Presenter: Michael A. Kahn.


  • "Right Side Up," Thomson Reuters Westlaw Journal Government Contract, Vol. 30, Issue 4 (June 20, 2016). Author: Michael A. Kahn.
  • "Litigation Forecast 2016: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (January 2016). Contributor.
  • "Business Turned on its Side," Crowell & Moring's Litigation Forecast 2016 (January 2016). Contributors: Kent Gardiner, Robert Cusumano, and Michael Kahn.
  • "What Fools These Mortals Be!" The Story of Puck – America's First and Most Influential Magazine of Color Political Cartoons, IDW Publishing (2014). Co-Authors: Michael A. Kahn and Richard West.
  • "Political Cartoons and Caricatures from the collection of Michael Alexander Kahn," The Grolier Club (2007). Author: Michael A. Kahn.
  • "May It Amuse the Court," Hill Street Press (2005). Author: Michael A. Kahn.
  • Inside the Minds, Building & Growing a Law Firm, Founding Partners on the Essentials for Developing a Client Base, Earning Prestige & Ensuring Firm-Wide Success, (2004). Author: Michael A. Kahn.
  • "Is There A Confirmation Mess?" Point Counterpoint: Readings In American Government (1998). Author: Michael A. Kahn.
  • "Abraham Lincoln's Appointments to the Supreme Court: A Master Politician at his Craft," Journal of Supreme Court History, 2nd Vol. (1997). Author: Michael A. Kahn.
  • "The Appointment Of A Supreme Court Justice: A Political Process From Beginning To End," Presidential Studies Quarterly (1995). Author: Michael A. Kahn.

Press Coverage

Firm News & Announcements

March 12, 2021 Crowell & Moring Salutes the University of California’s Charlie Robinson at Directors Roundtable Event
March 16, 2020 Fourteen Crowell & Moring Lawyers Named 2020 Acritas Stars
September 20, 2019 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 15, 2018 Super Lawyers Recognizes 82 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
October 31, 2017 Super Lawyers Recognizes 79 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
May 26, 2017 Chambers USA 2017 Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Lawyers and 23 Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
February 13, 2017 Three Crowell & Moring Lawyers Recognized as BTI Consulting Group’s "2017 Client Service All-Stars"
November 30, 2016 Super Lawyers Recognizes 71 Crowell & Moring Lawyers Across United States
May 27, 2016 Chambers USA Ranks 56 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
February 24, 2016 Four Crowell & Moring Attorneys Recognized Among "2016 Client Service All-Stars" by BTI Consulting Group
November 5, 2015 Crowell & Moring's Michael Kahn Inducted Into the State Bar of California’s Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame
October 27, 2015 Super Lawyers Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May 19, 2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
February 11, 2015 Four Crowell & Moring Partners Recognized Among "2015 Client Service All-Stars" By BTI Consulting Group
September 30, 2014 Super Lawyers 2014 Recognizes 90 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
May 23, 2014 Chambers USA Ranks 51 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
February 25, 2014 Crowell & Moring's Kathy Kirmayer, Doug Sullivan, and Mike Kahn Recognized Among "2014 BTI Client Service All-Stars" by BTI Consulting Group Inc.
September 1, 2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
June 10, 2013 Litigation Note: Crowell & Moring Client General Motors Prevails in $3 Billion Suit
May 24, 2013 Chambers USA Ranks 45 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 19 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
September 1, 2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
February 2, 2012 Crowell & Moring's Thomas P. Humphrey and Michael A. Kahn Recognized Among "2012 BTI Client Service Super All-Stars" by the BTI Consulting Group Inc.
January 19, 2011 Daily Journal Names Crowell & Moring to 2010 "Top Plaintiff Verdicts" List
September 1, 2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
September 1, 2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys