Aaron Kahn is a litigator with experience in white-collar internal investigations and defense, complex commercial litigation, and trust and estate litigation.
In the white-collar arena, Mr. Kahn has conducted a number of internal investigations for large corporations and helped clients defend against government investigations arising out of alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, and other laws. Mr. Kahn recently represented an international chemical distribution company against a False Claims Act investigation by the US Attorney's Office and US Department of Justice arising out of alleged circumvention of trade duties. A recent internal 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 conducting a lengthy investigation of FCPA compliance issues for multiple segments of a multi-national corporation with extensive overseas operations. Mr. Kahn also has advised several clients in connection with their efforts to develop anti-corruption compliance programs and in examining the anti-corruption policies and procedures of prospective borrowers, business partners, merger partners, and acquisition targets.
Mr. Kahn's work in the estate and trust litigation arena includes representations of trustees, settlors, and beneficiaries. He has advised a number of trust companies on matters related to navigating California probate law. He also has assisted a number of charitable foundations achieve large favorable settlements in many cases, including 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 the product of her caretaker’s undue influence. 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.
Mr. Kahn's significant recent experience also 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.
Mr. Kahn has assisted clients in a number of complex civil litigation matters, including helping a major technology company navigate and defeat two high-stakes class action arbitrations brought before the American Arbitration Association. His work for this client also has included assisting with related matters before federal district courts and courts of appeal. Mr. Kahn also was a member of the team representing Consortium de Realisation S.A., an agency of the Republic of France, in several matters arising out of the insolvency and rehabilitation of the Executive Life Insurance Company.
Aaron Kahn is 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