Aaron Kahn is a litigator with experience in commercial litigation, white-collar internal investigations and defense, and trust and probate litigation. He has represented clients in state and federal court, as well as in multi-million dollar arbitrations. Mr. Kahn has worked on matters involving personal and business torts, contract law, commercial fraud, unfair competition/false advertising law, trust & probate law, intellectual property, real property law, and constitutional law. His clients have included individuals, small businesses, charitable institutions, and large international corporations in a variety of industries including sports & entertainment, technology, retail, health care, manufacturing, real estate development, engineered products and services, financial services, legal services, and banking.
Mr. Kahn's significant recent experience includes being a member of the trial and appellate team representing the Log Cabin Republicans in its high-profile lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of the US military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy. During the two-week federal court trial, White & Case presented extensive documentary evidence and testimony by experts and former servicemembers, all of which demonstrated that the policy does not further any of its asserted governmental purposes and violates the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. As part of the trial, Mr. Kahn examined highly-decorated and accomplished Air Force servicemembers discharged under Don't Ask, Don't Tell. The Court found in favor of Log Cabin and on October 12, 2010 enjoined the United States from enforcing Don't Ask Don't Tell.
His recent experience also includes defending a major technology company in several high-stakes class arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association. His work for this client includes all aspects of the new and rapidly changing field of class arbitration practice, including the clause construction, class certification, and merits stages of the arbitrations. His work for this client includes related matters before federal district courts and courts of appeal.
He has also conducted a number of internal investigations for several large corporations. A recent investigation concerned allegations of international bribery and other improper conduct involving a manufacturing company's employees. Another investigation examined whistleblower allegations at a large real estate development company. He also assisted in planning and participated in a lengthy investigation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance issues for multiple segments of a multi-national corporation with extensive overseas operations. In addition, Mr. Kahn recently addressed the Litigation Section of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants regarding legal developments related to US Anti-Money Laundering Laws.
Mr. Kahn's work in the probate and trust litigation arena includes representations of trustees, settlors, and beneficiaries. He recently achieved large favorable settlements for charitable foundations in three separate cases: one arising out of a deceased celebrity's lost will that named our clients as beneficiaries, one in which a decedent's children challenged their mother's mental capacity when she named our clients as beneficiaries of her estate, and one in which our clients challenged a settlor's trust amendments as being unduly influenced by her caretakers. Mr. Kahn also obtained a dismissal at the pleading stage of all claims in a multi-million dollar fraud action brought against a large NYSE-traded financial services corporation and corporate trustee, and defeated successive appeals.
Aaron Kahn is also committed to pro-bono work. His very first client at White & Case was an 8-year-old Guatemalan girl facing deportation proceedings before the Los Angeles Immigration Court. After extensive country-specific research and consultation with experts and major non-governmental organizations, Mr. Kahn argued his client's asylum application to the immigration court and won, preventing her return to the gender-motivated violence plaguing her home country. White & Case has recognized Mr. Kahn for his work on this case and other pro bono matters with several pro-bono awards.
Mr. Kahn serves on the Loyola Law School Alumni Association's Board of Governors.
Bars and Courts
California State Bar, 2005
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Supreme Court
JD, Loyola Law School Los Angeles, , magna cum laude, 2005
BA, University of Southern California, magna cum laude, 1997