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Hon. Zerne P. Haning III (Ret.)

Hon. Zerne P. Haning III (Ret.)

General Biography
Practice Areas
Business Commercial
Class Action and Mass Tort
Intellectual Property
Personal Injury Torts
Professional Liability
Real Property
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
Background and Education
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.

Representative Matters

  • Business Commercial
      • Breach of contract actions involving national corporations
      • Shareholder derivative actions
      • Corporate partnership dissolution, 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 cases
  • Governmental Public Agency
      • Public entity liability for tort, breach of contract, land use, and inverse condemnation
  • Health Care
      • Health care matters involving provider-insurer, provider-provider, and reimbursement claims
  • Insurance
      • Insurance coverage and subrogration disputes involving both public entities and private parties, including bad faith
  • Intellectual Property
      • Trade secrets, unfair competition, and computer technology
  • Neutral Evaluation
      • Neutral evaluator of appellate case involving nationally followed products liability matter against multinational conglomerate
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
      • Premises liability, workplace accidents, vehicular accidents, etc.
  • Professional Negligence
      • Complex medical negligence actions in the seven figure damages category
      • Hospital and health care facility negligence
      • Malicious prosecution actions
      • Legal malpractice actions involving damages exceeding seven figures
  • Real Property
      • Commercial lease disputes
      • Complex real estate development actions
      • Eminent domain actions
      • Premises effects, breach of lease, landslide, purchase and sale (disclosure issues, etc.), real estate broker liability, land use, and development
  • Wildfire and Fire Cases
      • Discovery assignment in highly publicized urban fire incident
      • Fire cases relating to power providers and natural incidents

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • 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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