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STEVEN KAZAN, Founding, Senior and Managing Partner

STEVEN KAZAN, Founding, Senior and Managing Partner

Lead Counsel award   Super Lawyers Steven Kazan

Founding, Senior and Managing Principal Steven Kazan has played a significant role in asbestos litigation for over four decades. Mr. Kazan filed his first case on behalf of an asbestos victim in 1974 and since then has represented thousands of injured workers and their family members in court cases. He has dedicated the majority of his practice to representing workers suffering from mesothelioma in third party asbestos lawsuits (against manufacturers, contractors, distributors, and premises owners). In addition, he has also represented victims of asbestos lung cancer as well as seriously disabling asbestosis.

Mr. Kazan has also been nominated by the U.S. Trustee and appointed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to serve as a member or as counsel to victim members on almost all asbestos bankruptcy reorganizations, including Amatex, Carey Canada, Celotex, H.K. Porter, Babcock & Wilcox, Armstrong World Industries (AWI), W.R. Grace, North American Refractories Company (NARCO), Federal-Mogul, Kaiser Aluminum, Global Technologies (GIT), ACandS, ARTRA, Owens Corning/Fibreboard, Plibrico, T&N, U.S. Gypsum, Combustion Engineering, the Muralo Company, Congoleum, Flintkote Company, Special Electric, ABB Lummus Global, T H Agriculture & Nutrition (THAN), Leslie Controls, Garlock, General Motors, the Budd Company, D-II, Energy Future Holdings (EECI/Ebasco), Pittsburgh Corning Trust (PCC), Bestwall (formerly Georgia Pacific), and Thomas Dee Engineering.  For Bestwall and Thomas Dee Engineering, Mr. Kazan serves as the Asbestos Creditors’ Committee (ACC) Chair.  For Garlock, he is co-chair of the ACC.

In almost all cases where the bankruptcy reorganization is approved, Mr. Kazan has been approved by the Federal Court to serve as a member of The Trustees’ Advisory Committee (TAC) to work with The Trust on behalf of asbestos victims.  For Leslie Controls, Mr. Kazan serves as TAC Chair.  For the Kaiser Aluminum and NARCO Trust Advisory Committees, he is co-chair.

For over forty-five years Mr. Kazan has been a lecturer, speaker, moderator, program chairman and participant at various legal, medical, and insurance seminars and conferences throughout the world focusing on asbestos, toxic torts, and mass torts. He has lobbied and testified in Congress on behalf of asbestos victims and before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees on asbestos litigation and legislation.

Prior to starting the firm in Oakland in 1974, Mr. Kazan was an Assistant to the General Counsel of the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington, D.C. (1967-1969); an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California (1969-1971); and an associate at Werchick & Werchick, a plaintiffs’ medical malpractice specialty law office in San Francisco (1971-1974.)

 

 

Education

  • Harvard University (LL.B., 1966)
  • Brandeis University (A.B., 1963)

 

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York (1967)
  • California (1970)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • California and U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Organizations

  • California Consumers Attorneys of California (Board of Governors 1980-1995, Vice-President 1990, Parliamentarian 1989)
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (President 1980)
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • AFL-CIO Lawyers’ Coordinating Committee
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association of Justice
  • Great Britain’s Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Allen E. Broussard Law School Scholarship Foundation (Chairman of the Board of Directors)

 

Medical Articles:

Kazan, Steven. “Work-Related Inhalation Injuries.” Chest 122.5 (2002): 1865-1866

Kazan, Steven.  “Mesothelioma at the Intersection of Law and Medicine.” 10th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Kyoto, Japan.  September 2010.

Kazan, Steven, Bosl, Justin A.  “A Review of the (Scarce) Literature on Localized Malignant Mesothelioma.” 11th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Boston, MA, USA.  September 2012.

Kazan, Steven, Ruiz, William F.  “A Geological Review of Calidria Asbestos and its Amphibole Assemblage.” 11th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Boston, MA, USA.  September 2012.

Kazan, Steven.  “Demonstrating the Inaccuracy of Death Certificates.” 11th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Boston, MA, USA.  September 2012.

Kazan, Steven.  “Patient’s Rights to Compensation from United States Bankruptcy Trust Funds.”  11th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Boston, MA, USA..  September 2012.

Kazan, Steven.  “Patient’s Rights to Compensation from United States Bankruptcy Trust Funds – An Update.”  12th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Capetown, South Africa.  October 2014.

Kazan, Steven, Meltzer, Faith.  “A Review of the (Scarce) Literature on Pericardial Malignant Mesothelioma.”  12th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Capetown, South Africa.  October 2014.

Kazan, Steven.  “Pericardial Mesothelioma – Accidental Treatment and Long-Term Survival.”  12th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Capetown, South Africa.  October 2014.

Kazan, Steven, Kin, I.  “Hippocrates and BAP1 Genetic Testing in Mesothelioma Litigation.”  13th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Birmingham, UK.  May 2016.

Kazan, Steven.  “Update:  Recent Studies Examining Impact of BAP1 Mutation on Mesothelioma Risk and Implications for Mesothelioma Litigation.”  13th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Birmingham, UK.  May 2016.

Kazan, Steven, Ruiz, William.  “A Mesothelioma Cluster Amongst Experimental Physicists.”  13th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Birmingham, UK.  May 2016.

Kazan, Steven.  “Further Update:  Impact of BAP1 Mutation on Mesothelioma Risk and Implications for Mesothelioma Litigation.”  14th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Ottawa, Canada.  May 2018.

Kazan, Steven, Steinberg, Henry.  “Comparative Electron Microscope Asbestos Fiber Burden Analysis of Baby Powder in the Bottle and Body”  15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Brisbane, Australia.  March 2020.

Kazan, Steven.  “A Brisbane Mesothelioma Case with Worldwide Significance.”  15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Brisbane, Australia.  March 2020.

Kazan, Steven.  “How to Not Find Asbestos Present in Cosmetic Talc in Order to Report ‘No Asbestos Found.’”  15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Brisbane, Australia.  March 2020.

Kazan, Steven, Meltzer, Faith.  “Shipbreaking:  Creating Accountability.”  15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Brisbane, Australia.  March 2020.

Kazan, Steven, Meltzer, Faith.  “The Role of Company Doctors in Decisions About Public Health and Product Safety:  A Cautionary Tale.”  15th International Conference of the International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig), Brisbane, Australia.  March 2020.
 

Steven Kazan Reported Cases:

  1. Georgine v. Amchem Products, Inc., 83 F.3d 610, 64 USLW 2711, 34 Fed.R.Serv.3d 407, 26 Envtl. L. Rep. 21,138 (3rd Cir.(Pa.), May 10, 1996) (NO. 94-1925, 94-1929, 94-1932, 94-1927, 94-1930, 94-1960, 94-1928, 94-1931, 94-1968)
  2. Jackson v. Ingersoll-Rand Co., 42 Cal.App.4th 1163, 50 Cal.Rptr.2d 66, 96 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 1221, 96 Daily Journal D.A.R. 2059 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Feb 23, 1996) (NO. A070086)
  3. Kellogg v. Asbestos Corp. Ltd., 41 Cal.App.4th 1397, 49 Cal.Rptr.2d 256, 61 Cal. Comp. Cases 49, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 14,474, 96 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 496, 96 Daily Journal D.A.R. 773 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Jan 23, 1996) (NO. A050344)
  4. Ahearn v. Fibreboard Corp., 162 F.R.D. 505 (E.D.Tex., Jul 27, 1995) (NO. CIV. A. 6:93CV526)
  5. Georgine v. Amchem Products, Inc., 1995 WL 251402 (E.D.Pa., Apr 26, 1995) (NO. CIV. A. 93-0215); 160 F.R.D. 478 (E.D.Pa., Feb 28, 1995) (NO. CIV. A. 93-0215); 878 F.Supp. 716 (E.D.Pa., Sep 21, 1994) (NO. CIV. A. 93-0215); 1994 WL 124866 (E.D.Pa., Apr 05, 1994) (NO. CIV. A. 93-0215)
  6. Carlough v. Amchem Products, Inc., 158 F.R.D. 314 (E.D.Pa., Oct 27, 1993) (NO. CIV. A. 93-0215); 834 F.Supp. 1437(E.D.Pa., Oct 06, 1993) (NO. CIV. A. 93-0215)
  7. Finlayson v. Sanbrook, 10 Cal.App.4th 1436, 13 Cal.Rptr.2d 406 (Cal.App. 6 Dist., Nov 12, 1992) (NO. H009221)
  8. Jackson v. Deft, Inc., 223 Cal.App.3d 1305, 273 Cal.Rptr. 214, 59 USLW 2260, Prod. Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 12,728 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Sep 18, 1990) (NO. A046190)
  9. Vermeulen v. Superior Court, 204 Cal.App.3d 1192, 251 Cal.Rptr. 805, 57 USLW 2264 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Sep 29, 1988) (NO. A037335, A037462)
  10. Evangelatos v. Superior Court, 44 Cal.3d 1188, 753 P.2d 585, 246 Cal.Rptr. 629, 56 USLW 2627, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 11,762 (Cal., Apr 21, 1988) (NO. S000194)
  11. Evans v. Celotex Corp., 194 Cal.App.3d 741, 238 Cal.Rptr. 259 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Jul 02, 1987) (NO. A033273)
  12. North American Asbestos Corp. v. Superior Court, 180 Cal.App.3d 902, 225 Cal.Rptr. 877 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., May 09, 1986) (NO. A030737)
  13. Courtney v. Abex Corp., 176 Cal.App.3d 343, 221 Cal.Rptr. 770 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Jan 03, 1986) (NO. AO25875)
  14. Kaminski v. Western MacArthur Co., 175 Cal.App.3d 445, 220 Cal.Rptr. 895, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 10,882 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Dec 10, 1985) (NO. A028702, A029762, A030047, A030125, A031922)
  15. General Foundry Service v. W.C.A.B., 213 Cal.Rptr. 420, Review Granted, Previously published at: 167 Cal.App.3d 470, (Cal.Const. art. 6, s 12; Cal. Rules of Court, Rules 28, 976, 977, 979) (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Apr 29, 1985) (NO. AO22529)
  16. Barbary Coast Furniture Co. v. Sjolie, 167 Cal.App.3d 319, 213 Cal.Rptr. 168 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Apr 25, 1985) (NO. A015083)
  17. Maddon v. W.C.A.B., 154 Cal.App.3d 314, 201 Cal.Rptr. 146, Ordered Not Published, (Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 976), (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Apr 10, 1984) (NO. A020993)
  18. Blakey v. Superior Court, 153 Cal.App.3d 101, 200 Cal.Rptr. 52 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Feb 16, 1984) (NO. AO21900, AO21902)
  19. Berkebile v. W.C.A.B., 144 Cal.App.3d 940, 193 Cal.Rptr. 12 (Cal.App. 2 Dist., Jun 20, 1983) (NO. CIV. 67003)
  20. Baptist v. W.C.A.B., 137 Cal.App.3d 903, 187 Cal.Rptr. 270 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Nov 02, 1982) (NO. CIV. 54087)
  21. North American Asbestos Corp. v. Superior Court, 128 Cal.App.3d 138, 179 Cal. Rptr. 889 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., Jan 22, 1982) (NO. CIV. 51482, CIV. 52559, CIV. 53506, CIV. 53830)
  22. Johns-Manville Products Corp. v. Superior Court, 27 Cal.3d 465, 612 P.2d 948, 165 Cal.Rptr. 858, 9 A.L.R.4th 758 (Cal., Jul 03, 1980) (NO. S.F. 24086)
  23. Denton v. Secretary of Air Force, 483 F.2d 21(9th Cir.(Cal.), Jun 08, 1973) (NO. 26565)
  24. Harmon v. Finch, 460 F.2d 1229 (9th Cir.(Cal.), May 09, 1972) (NO. 71-1608)
  25. Parisi v. Davidson, 456 F.2d 686 (9th Cir., Apr 06, 1972) (NO. 25773)
  26. Cobb v. Laird, 329 F.Supp. 780 (N.D.Cal., Jun 02, 1971) (NO. C-70-1032)
  27. Cowles Communications, Inc. v. Department of Justice, 325 F.Supp. 726 (N.D. Cal., Apr 26, 1971) (NO. C-70-1599)
  28. Glazier v. Hackel, 440 F.2d 592 (9th Cir.(Cal.), Mar 31, 1971) (NO. 26106); IML Seatransit, Limited v. U. S., 323 F.Supp. 562 (N.D.Cal., Jan 18, 1971) (NO. CIV. C-702667)
  29. Parisi v. Davidson, 435 F.2d 299 (9th Cir.(Cal.), Dec 03, 1970) (NO. 25773)
  30. Zemke v. Larsen, 434 F.2d 1281 (9th Cir.(Cal.), Dec 01, 1970) (NO. 25417)
  31. Hall v. U. S., 314 F.Supp. 1135 (N.D.Cal., Jul 24, 1970) (NO. C-48017)
  32. Denton v. Seamans, 315 F.Supp. 279 (N.D.Cal., Jul 01, 1970) (NO. C-50957)
  33. Harvey v. Finch, 313 F.Supp. 323 (N.D.Cal., May 21, 1970) (NO. CIV. 52159)
  34. Maxwell v. U. S., 313 F.Supp. 245 (N.D.Cal., May 21, 1970) (NO. CIV. 50378)
  35. Prieto v. Stans, 321 F.Supp. 420 (N.D.Cal., Apr 10, 1970) (NO. CIV. C70-430)
  36. Mindel v. U. S. Civil Service Commission, 312 F.Supp. 485 (N.D.Cal., Mar 30, 1970) (NO. CIV. 49300)
  37. McFarlane v. DeYoung, 311 F.Supp. 321 (N.D.Cal., Feb 20, 1970) (NO. C-70-116)
  38. Quon v. Stans, 309 F.Supp. 604 (N.D. Cal., Feb 06, 1970) (NO. CIV. C-70-27)
  39. Jarrett v. Resor, 426 F.2d 213, 13 A.L.R. Fed. 137 (9th Cir.(Cal.), Jan 23, 1970) (NO. 24668)
  40. Beaty v. Kenan, 420 F.2d 55 (9th Cir.(Cal.), Dec 23, 1969) (NO. 24745)
  41. Taylor v. Southern Pac. Co., 308 F.Supp. 606 (N.D.Cal., Dec 19, 1969) (NO. CIV. 47289)
  42. Berman v. Resor, 302 F.Supp. 1200 (N.D.Cal., Aug 11, 1969) (NO. CIV. 51475)
  43. Superior Trucking Co. v. U. S., 302 F.Supp. 257 (N.D.Ga., Jun 03, 1969) (NO. 12407)
  44. Chemical Leaman Tank Lines, Inc. v. U. S., 298 F.Supp. 1269 (D.Del., Apr 22, 1969) (NO. CIV. 3560)
  45. Iowa Beef Packers, Inc. v. U. S., 297 F.Supp. 1156 (N.D.Iowa, Apr 16, 1969) (NO. CIV. 67-C-3016-W, CIV. 67-C-3017-W)
  46. Drum Transport, Inc. v. U. S., 298 F.Supp. 667 (S.D.Ill., Apr 07, 1969) (NO. P-3001)
  47. Transit Homes, Inc. v. U. S., 299 F.Supp. 950 (D.C.S.C., Apr 04, 1969) (NO. CIV. 68-415)
  48. I. McCormack Trucking Co. v. U. S., 298 F.Supp. 39 (D.N.J., Mar 26, 1969) (NO. CIV. 314-67)
  49. Connecticut Limousine Service, Inc. v. U. S., 295 F.Supp. 1335 (D.Conn., Feb 12, 1969) (NO. CIV. 12466)
  50. Southern Pac. Co. v. U. S., 298 F.Supp. 971 (N.D.Cal., Feb 11, 1969) (NO. CIV. 49677)
  51. Southern Trucking Corp. v. U. S., 293 F.Supp. 297 (W.D.Tenn., Nov 25, 1968) (NO. CIV. C-68-87)
  52. Houff Transfer, Inc. v. U. S., 291 F.Supp. 831 (W.D.Va., Nov 01, 1968) (NO. CIV. 67-C-27-H)
  53. Short Line, Inc. v. U. S., 290 F.Supp. 939 (D.R.I., Oct 15, 1968) (NO. CIV 3884)
  54. Younger Bros., Inc. v. U. S., 289 F.Supp. 545 (S.D.Tex., Sep 17, 1968) (NO. CIV. 68-H-282)
  55. Caravelle Exp., Inc. v. U. S., 287 F.Supp. 585 (D.Neb., Jul 22, 1968) (NO. CIV. 1258-L)
  56. Atchison, T. & S. F. Ry. Co. v. U. S., 287 F.Supp. 354 (N.D.Tex., May 17, 1968) (NO. CIV. 3-2250)
  57. Connecticut Limousine Service, Inc. v. U. S., 281 F.Supp. 681(D.Conn., Feb 16, 1968) (NO. CIV. 12085)
  58. National Bus Traffic Ass’n v. U. S., 284 F.Supp. 270 (N.D.Ill., Dec 11, 1967)
  59. Goggin Truck Line, Inc. v. U. S., 276 F.Supp. 884
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