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Mr. Kahn advises and represents both public agency and non-profit clients on public agency law, education, health care law, and labor and employment. Mr. Kahn brings to his clients over 43 years of diverse public agency and higher education experience and creative solutions to complex issues. Most recently, Mr. Kahn was Associate General Counsel for the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Health System from 2015-2023. Mr. Kahn has over 30 years’ experience representing many elected boards and appointed boards including city councils and planning commissions and advising city managers on legal aspects of city management issues. Mr. Kahn has also represented the City and County departments as chief counsel. Former clients include Planning, Human Resources, Police and Fire, Finance and Public Works, Superior Court, Civil Grand Jury, County airports, and Tax Collectors. Mr. Kahn has substantial litigation and appellate advocacy experience. He received the 2003 County Counsel Litigation Award and is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.


  • Pfeiffer v. City of Sunnyvale, 200 Cal. App. 4th 1552 (2011)
  • Trinity Park LP v. City of Sunnyvale, 193 Cal. App 4th 1014 (2011)
  • Sunnyvale West Neighborhood Assoc. v. City of Sunnyvale City Council, 190 Cal. App. 4th 1351 (2010)
  • Van’t Rood v. County of Santa Clara, 113 Cal. App. 4th 549 (2003)
  • Zilog v. Superior Court, 86 Cal. App. 4th 1309 (2001)
  • Lillian F. v. Superior Court, 160 Cal. App. 3d 314 (1984)
  • Peterson v. City of Bellevue, 56 Wash. App. 1 (1989)
  • Crippen v. City of Bellevue, 61 Wash. App. 251, cert. denied 117 Wash. 2d 1015(1991)
  • Rozner v. City of Bellevue, 116 Wash. 2d 342 (1991)
  • IAFF v. City of Bellevue, 119 Wash. 2d 373 (1992)
  • Mull v. City of Bellevue, 65 Wash. App. 245 (1992)
  • Bellevue 120th Associates v. City of Bellevue, 65 Wash. App. 594, cert. denied 818 P. 2d 1098


  • California League of Cities, Brown Act Committee (2011-2014)
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • National Health Law Association
  • California League of Cities Legal Advocacy Committee (2007-09)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Trustee
  • United States District Court Magistrate Judge Selection Committee
  • Chair, United States District Court Pro Bono Committee (1996)

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