Steven J. Kahn

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Steven J. Kahn

Shareholder, Chair - Real Estate & Land Use

6801 Koll Center Parkway, Suite 210
Pleasanton, CA 94566

925-460-3362 | 925-224-7782

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.


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 19 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
  • Quiet title
  • 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


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


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

Affiliation & Awards

Professional and Community Activities

Steven proudly serves on the Advisory Board of Santa Clara University School of Law’s Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center. Working there was his favorite part of law school.

Steven is a member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association and is also the co-chair of the Santa Clara County Bar Association Real Property & Business Law Section. He has presented to both Bar Associations on various real estate topics.

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.

Steven is very active within the Bay Area ProVisors network. He is the leader of the Pleasanton 1 group, serves on the executive board of the Bay Area Real Estate Affinity Group, and is also a member of the Walnut Creek 3 group and Bay Area Lawyers Affinity Group


Steven was named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. He was named a “Northern California Rising Star” in 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, and 2019.


Outside the office, Steven and his wife spend their free time with family, friends, their rescue dog, and at the CrossFit box. He is also mildly obsessed with the San Francisco Giants and Formula 1 racing.

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Speaking & Publications

Speaking Engagements


Mackrell International California Minority Counsel Program Best Places to Work 2019 Bay Area Green Business