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Steven J. Kahn

Shareholder, Chair - Real Estate & Land Use

4309 Hacienda Drive, Suite 350
Pleasanton, CA 94588

925-460-3362 | 925-224-7782
steven.kahn@hogefenton.com
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Steven J. Kahn

Main Bio

Practice Overview

Steven Kahn is a seasoned real estate lawyer who balances litigation skill with strategy to achieve his clients’ goals and protect their interests.

Steven focuses on real estate disputes and litigation. He represents clients throughout Northern California, including individuals, families, trusts, real estate professionals, insurers, municipalities, and businesses of any size, private or public.

Steven is fundamentally a “dirt lawyer,” addressing wide-ranging issues involving real estate, and is committed to solving problems and finding solutions for clients in real estate disputes and transactions.

Background

Steven joined Hoge Fenton in July 2014 and was elected a shareholder in January 2016. Previously, he was a partner with Bardellini, Straw, Cavin & Bupp LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in real estate and business litigation, real estate transactions, title insurance, and escrows.

Steven began his legal career as claims counsel with First American Title Insurance Company, where he gained valuable in-house experience in title insurance claims, escrow practices and procedures, and real estate transactions. In addition to his broad real estate practice, he is proud to now represent title insurers, underwritten escrow companies, and title insurance policyholders.

During law school, Steven worked as a California State Bar certified law student at the Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center’s Consumer Protection Clinic, where he represented low-income individuals in litigation and disputes involving debt collection, credit reporting, and automobile sales.

Practice Areas & Experience

With more than 13 years of experience in-house, at large and boutique law firms, and through all phases of litigation, trials, arbitrations, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution, Steven counsels his clients on important real estate decisions in their business and personal lives.  His core practice includes:

  • Easements
  • Boundary disputes
  • Encroachments
  • Land ownership disputes
  • Title disputes
  • Title cleanup and quiet title lawsuits
  • Partition lawsuits
  • Title insurance coverage
  • Escrow disputes
  • Mechanic’s liens
  • Lien priority disputes
  • Commercial real estate transactions and disputes
  • Residential real estate transactions and disputes
  • “Home sales gone bad”
  • Commercial landlord-tenant disputes
  • Drafting, review, and negotiation of commercial leases

Education

  • J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law – 2004
  • B.A., Government, Claremont McKenna College – 2001
  • Marin Academy High School, San Rafael, California

Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California

Affiliation & Awards

Professional and Community Activities

Steven serves as chair of the Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center’s Advisory Board.

He is also a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, where he regularly presents to the Real Estate and Litigation sections on real estate issues.

Steven is an affiliate member of the California Land Title Association, which represents and advocates on behalf of California’s title insurance and escrow industries.

He is active within the Bay Area ProVisors network, as a member of both the San Francisco 10 group and Pleasanton 1 group, where he serves on the executive committee.

Steven is also responsible for Hoge Fenton’s involvement with Book Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving literacy rates in early readers through partnerships with local public schools. As the firm’s representative, Book Trust is an integral part of Hoge Fenton’s commitment to the community.

Awards

Steven was named a Super Lawyers “Northern California Rising Star” in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018, a designation given to no more than 2.5% of top lawyers under the age of 40 or in practice 10 years or less, as chosen by his peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine.

Personal

Outside the office, Steven enjoys CrossFit, yoga, and road cycling. He is also mildly obsessed with the San Francisco Giants and Formula 1 racing.

Steven and his wife love animals. They volunteer with the local animal rescue foundation where they adopted one of their three senior rescue dogs.

Speaking & Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Non-Marital Relationships & Real Estate Ownership: Planning, Settling, & Partitions – Contra Costa County Bar Association (2018)
  • Real Estate Litigation 101 – Contra Costa County Bar Association (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Home Sales Gone Bad: Real Estate Claims & Litigation – Various Residential Realty Companies (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • California Association of Realtors Residential Purchase Agreement and Contract Forms Update – Various Residential Realty Companies (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Title and Escrow Industry Issues, Litigation, and Legislation – Contra Costa County Bar Association (2016, 2017)
  • Real Estate Transactions from A to Z – National Business Institute (2017)
  • 1031 Exchange Creative Solutions – California Lawyers Association Real Property Law Section (2018)
  • Equitable Subrogation Litigation – Contra Costa County Bar Association (2014, 2016)

Publications

Mackrell International California Minority Counsel Program Bay Area Green Business