Zerne Haning

Hon. Zerne P. Haning III (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Kathleen Hanley
T: 415-774-2617
F: 415-982-5287
1255 Treat Blvd., Suite 700, Walnut Creek, CA 94597


While on the Court of Appeal, Justice Haning authored a wide variety of appellate opinions governing the application of California law today, including the law of arbitration. Since his affiliation with JAMS, he has conducted arbitrations and been designated to try bench cases as judge pro tem. Moreover, he has been appointed as a Special Master in complex litigation involving business and commercial disputes, class actions, securities fraud, trade secret violations, and professional negligence.

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial: corporate and partnership dissolution; breach of contract; fraud and other business torts
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment: wrongful termination and discrimination
  • Insurance Litigation: coverage disputes; bad faith
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Professional Negligence: medical, legal, accounting, and architectural malpractice
  • Public Entity Liability
  • Real Estate: transactions and development; land use; broker liability; purchase and sale liability
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
  • 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



Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Arbitration
  • Business/Commercial
  • Class Action/Mass Tort
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury/Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Property
  • Securities
Available nationwide


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