The Honorable Laurence D. Kay

San Francisco Superior Court

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San Francisco Superior Court, Department retired (website)


The Hon. Laurence D. Kay is a retired Justice of the of the First District Court of Appeal, California. Prior to that, he was the Presiding Judge of the San Francisco Superior Court and a Presiding Judge of four separate departments of the San Francisco Superior Court.

After leaving the bench on September 2005, Justice Kay made use of his extensive knowledge and expertise in judicial practice and legal services by becoming a full-time arbitrator and mediator in high-profile and complex litigation between national and multi-national companies, lending and real estate disputes, and probate cases, to name a few.

One of his prominent cases was the $96 million cash settlement of Smokeless Tobacco antitrust cases, which involved anti-competitive practices and Sherman anti-trust violations.
Justice Kay was named “Top 50 Neutrals” in California in 2009-2012 by the Daily Journal.


  • J. D, from Boalt Hall school of Law (1963)
  • Bachelor Degree in Economics from UC Berkeley (1958)


  • Justice at California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, (2000 to 2005)
  • Judge at Superior Court, City and County of San Francisco (1983 to 2000)
  • Judge at Municipal Court, San Francisco Judicial District (1981 to 1983)
  • Attorney at Private Practice (1963 to 1981)