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Justice Kane was appointed Justice for the California Court of Appeal where he served from 1971-1979; Superior Court Judge, San Mateo County, 1969-1971.


In private practice, Justice Kane tried over 250 civil jury cases to verdict and has represented individual and corporate clients in litigation of all types, including business disputes, family law matters, professional liability, trusts and estates, real estate, insurance coverage and bad faith and cases involving both federal and state constitutional issues. He serves as a Special Master and Referee for the Courts and as Arbitrator and Mediator in complex litigation matters.

In his judicial experience in the trial court, Justice Kane presided over wide variety of cases, including international trade, securities, labor, environmental law, health care, personal injury, professional liability and toxic torts. He was appointed United States Ambassador to Ireland, 1984-1985, and served as United States Arbitrator for a treaty dispute with Poland, 1982.


Judge Kane serves as a faculty member, Hastings Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, and is a frequent lecturer for Continuing Education of the Bar programs sponsored by the California Bar.

Past President, California Judges Association; Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers and American Board of Trial Advocates; Master Bencher and Founding Member, American Inns of Court, San Francisco Chapter.


"The Work-Product Doctrine — Cornerstone of the Adversary System; " "Criminal Discovery — The Circuitous Road to a Two Way Street; " "The Inter Vivos Legacy of Marshall F. McComb."


J.D., University of San Francisco, 1952.