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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.


As a trial judge for twenty-three years, including his term as Presiding Judge of the Court and six years as the Court’s Complex Litigation Judge with a single assignment calendar, which included all discovery disputes and terminating motions, Justice Hanlon has developed skills for organizing and expediting discovery, delivering clear and concise orders. Justice Hanlon served as San Francisco Superior Court Complex Litigation Judge for DES cases, AIDS blood bank cases, toxic tort, environmental cases, and complex insurance coverage cases. He conducted the only DES market share determination trial in the United States. He serves as Special Master in complex insurance, toxic tort, and construction defect cases.

Representative Matters

  • Appointed Discovery Referee in several Superior Court cases involving complex discovery issues including attorney-client privilege and work-product
  • Discovery Referee for large construction defect case which encompassed several types of defects throughout the entire project of single homes
  • Federal Special Master for pretrial motions and discovery issues relating to six different contracts for the construction of the International Terminal at San Francisco Airport (SFO) and multimillion dollar claims by public entities against the contractor
  • Special Master to resolve issues stemming from interpretation of trust document and the testator’s will
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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