Hon. Daniel ''Mike'' Hanlon (Ret.)

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Construction Defect
During Justice Hanlon’s tenure on the Superior Court, he supervised and settled more than two dozen residential, commercial, and industrial construction defect cases which involved homeowners associations, developers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, and their insurers. Justice Hanlon authored or participated in several Court of Appeals decisions involving the rights and responsibilities of these construction industry professionals, property owners, and managers.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrated claim against contractor for failure to perform under contract and failure to complete the project in a workmanlike manner
  • Arbitrated discrimination case brought by builder against a municipal district
  • Arbitrated dispute between competing national cable TV providers regarding installation of cable network
  • Mediated a case regarding significant issues of trespass during construction
  • Mediated a dispute over lighting installation in a school under the school district's contract
  • Mediated dispute between general contractor and the owner/operator of the business for the premises regarding the quality of work and amount due under the contract
  • Mediated dispute involving claims of negligent construction against contractor and subcontractors leading to significant fire damage
  • Special Master for a case involving a major project for single family homes with defective and mis-installed windows and significant damage to the project by water invasion

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Chair, California Judges' Association, ADR Committee, 2006-present
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Appellate Law and Procedure, Empire College of Law, 2006-present
  • Alumnus of the Year, University of San Francisco, 1998
  • Trial Judge of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 1995
  • Trial Judge of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers' Association, 1987
  • Member, Commission on Judicial Performance, California Supreme Court, March 1997-March 2001; Chair, February 1999-present
  • Member, California Judges Association's Civil Law and Procedure Committee, 1989-1995
  • Member, Advisory Committee, California Judicial Council on Business Courts, 1993-1996
  • Member, Corporate Board of Catholic Charities of Sonoma, Napa, and Lake Counties, 2007-Present
  • Board Member, Redwood Empire Food Bank, 2002-2006
  • Member, Edward J. McFertridge American Inn of Court, 1987-present (President, 1998-1999)
  • Faculty, Judicial College and Continuing Studies Program, Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) on complex litigation, toxic torts, environmental cases, and insurance overcharge issues
  • Adjunct Professor of Law (Juvenile Law), University of San Francisco, 1985-1991
  • Lectures locally and nationally on various aspects of ADR including ethics
  • International:
    • Lecturer on judicial ethics as part of an international judicial team and acted as an international monitor for the judicial reform examinations at the Europe and Eurasia Program (CEELI) in Tiblisi, Republic of Georgia, 1998
    • Lecturer on alternative dispute resolution and negotiations at the Indonesian Judges' Conference in Bali, 2001
    • Joined a team of professors from the University of San Francisco School of Law who taught Vietnamese judges the provisions of the new Civil Code of Vietnam, 1996

Background and Education

  • Justice, First Appellate District, Court of Appeal, Division Four, 1995-2000; (Presiding Justice, 1997-2000); (Associate Justice, 1995-1997)
  • Judge, Superior Court, San Francisco, 1978-1995; (Presiding Judge, 1988-1989)
  • Judge, Municipal Court, San Francisco, 1972-1978
  • Associate, Hoberg, Finger, Brown & Abramson, specializing in civil trial practice, principally plaintiff personal injury, 1967-1972
  • Legal Officer, U.S. Marine Corps, serving as Regimental Legal Officer, 5th Marine Regiment, Camp Pendleton and Camp Hanson, Okinawa. Served as trial/defense counsel, 1st Marine Division at Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, January 1965-December 1967
  • J.D., University of San Francisco, 1964
  • B.A., University of San Francisco, 1962

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