Portrait of
Named to BTI Consulting Group's list of "Client Service All-Stars" in 2012,
2014, and 2015.


  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.A. (1970) Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi 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 San Francisco
Phone: +1 415.365.7817
275 Battery Street, 23rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111

Michael Kahn is senior counsel at Crowell & Moring and is a member of the Commercial 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.

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.


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)


  • 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)


  • "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.

In the News

  • A Learned Career: Crowell & Moring Alumni at Universities
    March 2015 — Crowell Connect (Alumni Newsletter)

    At universities across America, more than 30 Crowell & Moring alumni make their careers as in-house counsel or faculty. Among them are Beth Nolan, senior vice president and general counsel at George Washington University, Karen Petrulakis, chief deputy general counsel at University of California, and David Florin, deputy general counsel for health affairs at Yale University. And just this December, alumna Ramona Romero assumed the role of Princeton University's general counsel. All serve in key leadership positions and help their universities tackle issues ranging from cutting-edge research and intellectual property licensing to Title IX concerns and academic freedom." In the March edition of Crowell Connect, they and other C&M alumni discuss their memories of the firm and what it's like to work in higher education. 

  • GCs Name A-Listers For Client Service
    February 2, 2012 — Law360

    Washington, D.C.-based Government Contracts Group partner Thomas P. Humphrey and San Francisco-based Litigation Group senior counsel Michael A. Kahn are mentioned in a Law360 article for their inclusion in the "2012 BTI Client Service All-Stars" report from The BTI Consulting Group Inc, which recognizes 30 attorneys who demonstrate an unmatched commitment to outstanding client service.

    According to the article, the survey of world-leading corporate counsel recognizes superior client service leaders. BTI, in its annual survey, asks general counsel and their direct reports to name those attorneys who drive superior client relationships.

Firm News & Announcements

May.19.2015 Chambers USA Ranks 53 Crowell & Moring Attorneys and 20 Leading Practice Areas Among Best in U.S.
Feb.11.2015 Four Crowell & Moring Partners Recognized Among "2015 Client Service All-Stars" By BTI Consulting Group
Sep.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.
Feb.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.
Sep.01.2013 Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes 64 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Jun.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.
Sep.01.2012 Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes 42 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Feb.02.2012 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.
Jan.19.2011 Daily Journal Names Crowell & Moring to 2010 "Top Plaintiff Verdicts" List
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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