In 42 years as a trial lawyer, trial judge, and ADR neutral, Judge von Kann has had hands-on experience with matters involving virtually every field of civil law, including accounting, acquisitions, anti-trust, aviation, bankruptcy, civil rights, class actions, computers, condominiums, construction, consumer protection statutes, contracts, copyright, corporations, defamation, domestic relations, employment, engineering, entertainment, environmental, ERISA, executive compensation, False Claims Act, franchising, government contracts, healthcare, high tech, hospitals, insurance, intellectual property, investments, labor laws, partnerships, patents, personal injury, product liability, professional liability, Qui Tam
, real estate, securities, telecommunications, trademarks, trade secrets, and unfair competition.
Judge von Kann, who is Immediate Past President of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, literally wrote the book on business arbitration as Editor-in-Chief of the College’s Guide to Best Practices in Commercial Arbitration and Associate Editor of its Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration. He has served as sole arbitrator or member (usually chair) of tripartite panels in a wide variety of institutional and ad hoc cases applying rules from JAMS, the American Arbitration Association, the CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution, and the International Center for Dispute Resolution as well as specialized party-crafted rules.
- Collective Action. Actions against employer for allegedly misclassifying employees as exempt and then failing to pay them overtime required by Fair Labor Standards Act for non-exempt employees.
- Contracts. Claim by newspaper against Internet access provider for alleged breach of contract in terminating newspaper's website.
- Corporate Acquisition. Claim by broker that it was entitled to a multi-million dollar commission for assisting giant European pharmaceutical company in acquiring U.S. company that held valuable patents.
- Employment. Claims against various employers alleging wrongful discharge due to racial discrimination, violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other grounds.
- Executive Compensation. Claims of alleged breach of contract for failure to provide severance pay and stock options to senior executive terminated by high tech company.
- Franchises. Claims and counterclaims arising out of terminations of franchisee by national franchisors of restaurants and hotels.
- Insurance Coverage. Dispute between insurer and placing broker regarding proper construction of rider language defining the coverage trigger for massive hurricane damage suffered by large grocery chain.
- Intellectual Property. Determination of copyright royalty rates to be paid by all Internet web casters for the use of recorded music.
- International High-Tech. Claim by U.S. distributor of state-of-the-art dental imaging devices that Korean manufacturer sold the devices to other distributors in violation of an alleged exclusive distributorship agreement.
- Mass Torts. Determination of allocation among giant chemical companies of payment of $1 billion settlement in product liability class action.
- Power Plant. Competing claims between general contractor and structural steel assembly subcontractor for delay damages allegedly caused by breach of contract and faulty engineering in construction of electric power generation plant.
- Real Estate/Construction. Claims of multiple breaches of contract in development of the nation's third largest shopping mall.
- Resort Development. Dispute between partners in development of luxury resort in Virgin Islands concerning alleged mismanagement of the project and breaches of fiduciary duties.
- Satellites. Dispute between satellite radio company and its insurer over whether company’s alleged failure to disclose material information barred it from recovering $80 million for loss of two satellites caused by defective solar arrays.
- Securities. Claim by client of major Wall Street brokerage firm for huge losses allegedly caused by unsuitable investments and failure to properly execute trades.