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The Honorable Kevin R. Culhane

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 23 (website)

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Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 23 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (916) 874-5754


The Hon. Kevin R. Culhane is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was elected to the bench in 2008.

Judge Culhane received his bachelor's degree from California State University, San Bernardino. He would earn his J.D. with high honors from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1976 and his LL.M from Stanford University in 1977. While in law school, Culhane served as the editor-in-chief for the Law Review.

After graduating with his master's degree, Culhane began teaching as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, McGeorge School of Law.

Prior to being elected to the Superior Court, Culhane worked in private practice, where he specialized in business and professional liability, real estate and lender liability, as well as insurance, corporate, and personal injury matters.

He also served as a judge pro tem for the Superior Court.

While on the bench, Judge Culhane has served as an assistant presiding judge and a presiding judge. His assignments have included complex civil and criminal cases. He has also served as a criminal law and motion judge as well as a family law judge.

Some of his many memberships have included the Judicial Council of California, the State Bar Committee on Professional Liability Insurance, the Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession, and the Presiding Judges Civil Advisory Committee. He also served on the State Bar Board of Governors, where he helped form the State Bar Court and was also instrumental in the creation of the Legal Malpractice Insurance program.

Culhane was named Judge of the Year in 2012 by the American Board of Trial Advocates, in 2013 by the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, and in 2017 by the Sacramento County Bar Association.


LL.M. from Stanford University (1977)

J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1976)

Bachelor's degree from California State University, San Bernardino


Adjunct Professor at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento County, California (from 1977)

Partner at Hansen, Culhane, Kohls, Jones & Sommer in Sacramento County, California

Partner at Hansen, Boyd, Culhane & Watson in Sacramento County, California

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