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Daniel Hanlon

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

Case Manager
Patricia Usak
T: 415-774-2616
F: 415-982-5287
Two Embarcadero Center, Suite 1500, San Francisco, CA 94111

Daniel ''Mike'' Hanlon is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


During Justice Hanlon’s twenty-three years on the trial court, he adjudicated a number of cases involving claims to real property. He understands the rights and obligations of persons claiming an interest in real property and the contracts which may govern such rights and obligations. He understands the law which governs the rights to an interest in real property. On the Court of Appeal, he has written and participated in several significant cases adjudicating the rights of real property.

Representative Matters

  • Arbitrated dispute between tenants in common regarding management of the property
  • Arbitrated dispute regarding sale of a 10 year commercial lease with subtenant’s rights
  • Arbitrated several disputes arising out of sale of property in San Francisco
  • Mediated dispute involving a claim for several hundreds of thousands of dollars over trees creating a “split fence”
  • Mediated dispute over the property of the initiation of a non-judicial foreclosure
  • Mediated dispute regarding security interest in real property affected by fraudulent or negligently prepared appraisal. Other issues involved a claim of misrepresentation and waste by the borrower/owner of the property
  • Mediated dispute regarding the rights and use of a deeded easement by adjacent landowner farmer and community college district with issues involving a claim of trespass and use of a gate over the easement
  • Mediated right to significant holdings of real property where mother deeded some property to only one of her sons
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS.

  • 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
  • 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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