Alameda County
Bar Association

Member Spotlight: Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, Recipients of the Distinguished Service Award for Law Firm 


The Alameda County Bar Association is proud to honor Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood as our Law Firm of the Year at our January 14, 2016 Board Installation and Distinguished Service Awards Dinner.

Founded in 1974, Kazan McClain Sattlerley & Greenwood represents people suffering from asbestos related illnesses, particularly mesothelioma. Kazan Law supports the Alameda Legal Community as an ACBA Leadership Firm and a VLSC Guardian of Justice. Since its founding, Kazan Law has represented thousands of people, and has been successful winning multi-million dollar awards for their clients. The Kazan McClain Partners’ Foundation, Inc, formed in 1994, has disbursed over $20 million in grants to a wide array of community and civic organizations, including $6 million for mesothelioma research. Kazan Law  employs a full-time pro bono attorney, a passionate workers’ rights advocate, who has an impressive track record in working with both the legislative and executive branches of California state government to protect workers from safety and health workplace hazards of all kinds.

Founding, Senior and Managing Principal, Steven Kazan is profiled below.

Steven Kazan

When did you know you wanted to be a lawyer?

In 1962 when I got my LSAT scores back and realized law was a viable alternative to graduate school.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what would you be doing instead?

Probably a retired poli-sci professor.

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were first admitted to practice?

That if you do it right, the practice of law can actually be fun.

What is the biggest challenge facing you as a lawyer today?

Accepting that I just can’t keep up with the young lawyers.

What is your favorite part of being a lawyer?

Helping clients get justice.

What is your dream vacation?

What’s that?

What are you reading now?

‘Sapiens’ by Prof. Harari, ‘The Genesis of Justice’ by Prof. Dershowitz.

What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?

I was modestly athletic when I was younger and taller.

What person, living or dead, real or fictional, would you like to have dinner with?

Louis Brandeis, J.

Why did you decide to be an ACBA member?

I thought it a moral obligation when I opened my office in Oakland.

What is the greatest benefit of membership?

Getting back to the collegial side of the adversary system.

Please join us in honoring Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood and the other Distinguished Service Award Recipients at the Rotunda Building Oakland on January 14th, 2016. Click here for more information and tickets.

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