Hon. Zerne P. Haning III (Ret.)

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Hon. Zerne P. Haning III (Ret.) has heard cases involving virtually all areas of California law during his 19-year judicial career. As a former appellate Justice as well as a Superior Court Judge, Justice Haning has experience in mediation at the appellate as well as at the trial and pre-filing level. He has settled numerous cases after judgment and while the cases were pending on appeal. Justice Haning has authored a wide variety of appellate opinions that govern the application of California law today.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Business/Commercial: Corporate partnership dissolution, breach of contract, fraud, etc.
  • Complex Litigation: Class actions, product liability, securities fraud, etc.
  • Construction: Commercial buildings, large-scale development, and single structures
  • Employment: Discrimination, harassment, and wrongful termination
  • Insurance: Coverage disputes (private and public entity), bad faith
  • Intellectual Property: Trade secrets, unfair competition, and computer technology
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death: Premises liability, workplace accidents, vehicular accidents, etc.
  • Professional Negligence: Medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and hospital and health care facility negligence
  • Real Property: Premises effects, breach of lease, landslide, purchase and sale (disclosure issues, etc.), real estate broker liability, land use, and development

Representative Matters

  • Complex medical negligence actions in the seven figure damages category
  • Legal malpractice actions involving damages exceeding seven figures
  • Insurance coverage disputes involving both public entities and private parties, including bad faith
  • Eminent domain actions
  • Breach of contract actions involving national corporations
  • Commercial lease disputes
  • Complex real estate development actions
  • Wrongful termination and sexual harassment cases
  • Malicious prosecution actions
  • Public entity liability for tort, breach of contract, land use, and inverse condemnation

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Former Chair, Technology Committee, First Appellate District, oversaw hardware and software installation, networking and software training, 1987-1998
  • Vice President, State Bar of California, 1980-1981
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of California, 1978-1981
  • Co-Chair, State Bar Committee on Law School Accreditation, 1979-1980
  • President, San Mateo County Bar Association, 1977
  • Co-author of California Practice Guide: Personal Injury, The Rutter Group, Thompson/West Publishing Co., Updated Annually
  • Lecturer and Panel Moderator, California Education of the Bar (CEB), Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), California Judges Association (CJA), The Rutter Group; National Conference of Chief Judges

Background and Education

  • Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, First District, 1982-2000
  • Judge, Superior Court, San Mateo County, 1981-1982
  • Managing Partner, Haning, Fox & Guheen, practicing general civil litigation, San Mateo, CA., 1965-1981

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