The Honorable Kevin R. Culhane

Sacramento County Superior Court

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Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 23 (website)

Clerk phone: 916-874-5754

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Biography

Hon. Kevin R. Culhane is a judge for the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California.

Judge Culhane was named 2017 Judge of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association Magazine (see link to article below). He was the presiding judge of the Sacramento Superior Court (2015-2017) and colleagues attribute the court's turnaround to him (see details in Courthouse News article - link below).

Judge Culhane has continued to teach law at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. He has 30+ years of experience in private practice. He also served as vice president of the State Bar of California and has headed numerous Judicial Council committees.

In addition, Judge Culhane literally wrote the book "Model Interrogatories" (available on Amazon, Nook, etc).

Before his appointment, his practice consisted primarily of professional liability and appellate law. As a practitioner, Judge Culhane held an A-V rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

He has been a visiting professor of Evidence and Torts at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, and is currently completing his 32+ year as an adjunct professor teaching Insurance Law, Professional Responsibility and Advanced Torts. He has been a faculty member at Hastings Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy in San Francisco, and frequently lectured on discovery and trial matters for California’s Continuing Education of the Bar. He has an LLM from Stanford and his JD from McGeorge.

This full-time practice/part-time teaching combination helped Judge Culhane write a book useful to experienced practitioners and understandable to novices.

Judge Culhane was also a member of the California State Bar Board of Governors, and was active in his County Bar Association. As a practitioner, Judge Culhane was instrumental in establishing the California State Bar’s Professional Liability Insurance Program and served as the Chair of the Board of Governors Committee on Attorney Discipline. Before assuming the bench, he served a one-year term as Vice-President of the State Bar of California, and was appointed to two successive terms as a member of the Judicial Council of California.

Noteworthy cases of his include Benford v. Kawasaki (defective motorcycle sidestand, $825,000 plaintiff’s verdict); North Dakota v. Neville (U.S. Supreme Court appearance as amicus in DUI refusal); Potter v. Westfield (injury settlement exceeding $7 million); and 136 Families v. Coordinated Financial Planning (assets exceeding $1 million recovered from defendant). Reported appellate cases include Adams v. Paul (1995) 11 Cal.4th 583; Chirmside v. P.E.R.S. (1983) 143 Cal. App. 3d 205; Miofsky v. Schweiker (1983) 709 F.2d 1517; Municipal Court v. Superior Court (1992) 9 Cal. App. 4th 1867; Olney v. Sacramento Co. Bar Ass’n. (1989) 22 Cal. App. 3d 807 and CTLA v. Superior Court (1986) 187 Cal. App. 3d 575.

Education

  • J.D. from McGeorge School of Law
  • Bachelor's Degree from California State University at San Bernardino

Career

  • Judge at Superior Court of Sacramento County in Sacramento, CA (from 2008)
  • Partner at Hansen, Culhane, Kohls, Jones & Sommer in Sacramento, CA (2002 to 2008)
  • Partner at Hansen, Boyd, Culhane & Watson in Sacramento, CA (1977 to 2002)