Douglas Kahn graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1985. That year, he became a member of the California Bar and began working as an Associate in the employment law department of the 300-lawyer Pettit & Martin law firm in San Francisco. He later joined the smaller law firm of Mullen & Filippi, also in San Francisco, where he became a partner. He opened his own firm in 1994, where much of his loyal clientele followed him.

In the ensuing years he has enjoyed and appreciated the many client referrals from past and current clients, other attorneys (often from prior opposing counsel), judges, government agencies (such as the EEOC and DFEH), San Francisco and Marin County Attorney Bar Associations, and friends. He has successfully represented individuals, law firms, accounting firms, high technology companies, distributors, restaurants, and other businesses in their employment-related concerns.

He has litigated claims in State Superior Courts, Federal Courts, private arbitration, and within agencies including the DLSE (California Labor Commissioner), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing.


Mr. Kahn is proud to have been selected each of the last nine years in a row by his peers as one of Northern California's Super Lawyers. This honor came through a survey conducted among 50,000 attorneys in Northern California. The results were published in San Francisco Magazine. Only the top 5% of all attorneys in Northern California are selected as Super Lawyers.

The four-phased selection process for this honor is rigorous. First, practicing attorneys are asked to nominate the best lawyers they personally observed in action. Each nominee is given a score based on the number and type of votes received. Next, an attorney-led research staff reviews the nominees’ credentials, assigns points based on defined evaluation criteria and verifies all nominee data. The nominees are then divided into practice areas and a Blue Ribbon Panel, consisting of the nominees with the most points, reviews each nominee and produces a positive or negative point total for each. The Final Selection process totals points for each nominee from the general survey, the research panel and the Blue Ribbon Panel. Honorees are then notified.


Mr. Kahn recently won a $1.5 million judgment in Alameda County Superior Court on behalf of his client stemming from workplace sexual harassment.

He also obtained a seven-figure settlement in a class action wage and hour case against a group of restaurants.

Click here for an article on another recent discrimination case handled by Mr. Kahn. [Adobe PDF, 160Kb]

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