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.
- 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