Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, A Professional Law Corporation

Firm Overview

Since 1974, Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood has been dedicated to representing people suffering from mesothelioma and other cancers caused by exposure to airborne asbestos. For 40 years, Kazan Law has been instrumental in winning precedent-setting rulings, making California asbestos law while obtaining justice for our clients.
Main Office
Kazan Law
Jack London Market
55 Harrison Street, Suite 400
Oakland  CA  94607
  • (877) 995-6372
  • (510) 835-4913
Kazan Law is a nationwide plaintiffs' asbestos law firm located in Oakland California. For 40 years, Kazan Law has been instrumental in winning precedent-setting rulings, making California asbestos law while obtaining justice for our clients.
Recognized by The Wall Street Journal as the most important plaintiffs' firm in the asbestos trust arena, our attorneys are among the most experienced mesothelioma lawyers in California.

Asbestos litigation is a very complicated area of law. Only attorneys with vast experience can get the best possible results. By focusing solely on asbestos litigation, our attorneys stay on the cutting edge.

We have the resources to pursue each case to the fullest. Let us help you get the justice you deserve.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Founding partner Steven Kazan filed his first case on behalf of an asbestos victim in 1974 and since then the firm has been dedicated to representing people suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others?

By focusing solely on asbestos litigation, our attorneys stay on the cutting edge of new laws and emerging issues, which enables us to achieve maximum recovery for our clients. Our goal is to go as far as possible within the legal system to redress the wrong done to each of our clients.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We have been instrumental in winning precedent-setting rulings that have impacted asbestos law in California. With unmatched experience in asbestos bankruptcy reorganizations and before asbestos bankruptcy trust funds, The Wall Street Journal recognized us as the most important victims' law firm in the asbestos trust arena.

Steven Kazan

Founding, senior and managing principal; admitted to New York (since 1967-) and California (since 1970-) Bars; U.S. Courts of Appeals, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuits; California and U.S. District Courts, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; U.S. Supreme Court; Harvard University (LL.B., 1966); Brandeis University (A.B., 1963.)

I filed my first case on behalf of an asbestos victim in 1974, and since then have represented thousands of injured workers and their family members in court cases.

  • Harvard University
    LL.B , 1966
    Cambridge, MA
  • Brandeis University
    A.B. , 1963
    Boston, MA

David McClain

My first job out of law school was for the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, where we provided legal services to people who could not otherwise afford them. Then, with two friends, I opened a law office in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, mainly serving Latino clients.

In 1981 I was asked to help try an asbestos case in Long Beach, and I moved down to Los Angeles to represent a number of injured shipyard workers. However, I missed the Bay Area and moved back to join Steven Kazan's practice. I have tried a number of asbestos cases and in 1989 I obtained what was then the highest verdict in California for a single plaintiff in an asbestos case. (My record, however, lasted only a few years, as my partners subsequently broke it.)

  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California
    J.D , 1972
    San Francisco, CA
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    B.A. , 1969
    Los Angeles, CA

Gordon Greenwood

Gordon Greenwood has made a career of representing real people. In 1998, Gordon began working as an Associate at Kazan, McClain. For more than a decade, he has represented hundreds of persons who either worked with or around asbestos containing products, or whose families worked with these toxins. Also, he has prosecuted claims on behalf of victims of construction accidents and victims of medical malpractice. He has represented clients located throughout the United States, and who worked in various industries, including commercial construction, residential construction, auto maintenance and repair, military service, oil refineries and power plants.

  • George Washington University School of Law
    J.D. , 1988
    Washington DC, DC
  • Morehouse College
    B.A. , 1985
    Atlanta, GA

Frances Schreiberg

I became a lawyer in order to help defend many forms of resistance during the height of the Vietnam anti-war movement. After practicing as a criminal defense attorney with a number of public defender offices, I taught juvenile law and supervised a criminal law clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Having been an active union member throughout my work life, I switched my emphasis in the mid-70's to defending the rights of workers. I consulted with and later worked for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board, training administrative law judges, attorneys and investigators.

  • Bar Number: Attorney
    California , 1973
  • Bar Number: Attorney
    New York , 1972
  • New York University School of Law
    J.D. , 1972
    New York, NY
  • Northwestern University
    B.A. , 1968
    Evanston, IL

Ted Pelletier

Ted Pelletier is a partner and manages the firm's appellate and motion department. He actively participates in Kazan Law's trials, leading the firm's briefing on legal issues including evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and post-trial matters. Over a career spanning over two decades, he has handled dozens of appeals in the California Courts of Appeal and California Supreme Court, representing many injured consumers, including those with asbestos-related illnesses.

Mr. Pelletier has successfully represented asbestos plaintiffs in many landmark Supreme Court and appellate court cases. In 2014, he associated in the representation of the plaintiffs in Kesner v. Pneumo Abex, obtaining a reversal of the judgment of nonsuit in the appellate court. Subsequently he briefed and argued the case before the California Supreme Court. In December 2016, he obtained a landmark decision when this Court ruled employers have a duty to protect family members from asbestos brought home by workers on their clothing, hair, shoes, tools, etc. This is an important ruling for family and household members who become sick as a result of second-hand contact with asbestos. His other cases include:
- Scott v. Ford Motor Co, which affirmed the plaintiff's verdict and obtained reversal on dismissal of punitive-damages claim;
- Hellam v. Crane Co., which affirmed the plaintiff's verdict and post-judgment settlement-credit issues; and
- Johnson v. U.S. Steel, which reversed summary judgment for benzene product defendant.
  • Bar Number: 172938
    California , 1994
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    J.D. , 1994
    cum laude; Order of the Coif; Thurston Society; American Jurisprudence Award for Appellate Process;
    Extern to the Hon. Fern Smith, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
    B.A. , 1989
    With Honors

Joseph Satterley

Joseph D. Satterley has always been attracted to the practice of law. He firmly believes that everyone deserves to have quality legal representation and fights to the bitter end when his clients are facing tough opposition. He has provided compassionate yet aggressive assistance to clients for 20 years.

Mr. Satterley is one of the most highly accomplished asbestos attorneys in the United States. His drive to succeed in this area of law is based on a personal experience: his grandfather suffered from asbestosis, a potentially deadly disease caused by asbestos exposure. Mr. Satterley is a keynote speaker for asbestos cases across the country and has produced many successful results for his clients.
  • Bar Number: 286890
    California , 2012
  • Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
    J.D. , 1997
  • Eastern Kentucky University
    B.A. , 1989

Justin Bosl

Partner Justin Bosl has been with Kazan Law since 2004 when he joined the firm as a law clerk. From the initial client interview through every phase of litigation, he has handled numerous cases over the past 13 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Most recently, Mr. Bosl obtained a $10 million jury verdict for his client who worked with asbestos cement pipe and was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2016 (Michael B. Burch and Cindy Burch v. CertainTeed Corporation, et al., Case No. RG16819332, Alameda County Superior Court).

Mr. Bosl was named a Rising Star for six consecutive years (2011-2015) and a Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in 2016 by Super Lawyers. He was named to the Top 40 Under 40 list by The National Trial Lawyers in 2012 and 2013. He has been invited to speak at national conferences, including the annual convention of the Consumer Attorneys of California where he presented on asbestos litigation.
  • Bar Number: 241117
    California , 2005
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    J.D. , 2005
  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
    B.A., cum laude , 2002

Denyse Clancy

Denyse Clancy is a nationally recognized appellate and trial lawyer with prominent experience in asbestos litigation and other toxic torts. She is one of only a handful of lawyers in the entire nation who has both litigated cases a trial attorney and protected the law as an appellate attorney in numerous state supreme and appellate courts. Her victories have been named on the top nationwide verdicts lists and the largest settlements and awards by various publications, including the National Law Journal.

Ms. Clancy has tried and won a wide array of asbestos-related cases and has succeeded in defending a number of verdicts. Included among her victories as lead appellate counsel are:
-Izell v. Union Carbide, which upheld a large punitive damages verdict;
-Mahoney v. Georgia-Pacific, in which a California Court of Appeal upheld a significant compensatory damages verdict on behalf of a California asbestos sufferer and her family;
-Watts v. Hebert Brothers., in which a verdict for a Louisiana plaintiff with lung cancer was upheld; and
-Moore v. Ericsson, which upheld a judgment on behalf of a Pennsylvania electrician against an asbestos wire manufacturer.

Prior to joining Kazan Law as a partner in 2016, Ms. Clancy was a shareholder and lead appellate and trial counsel at another highly respected trial firm headquartered in Dallas.
  • Bar Number: 255276
    California , 2008
  • Bar Number: 308065
    Pennsylvania , 2010
  • Bar Number: 24012425
    Texas , 1999
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law
    J.D., Valedictorian , 1999
  • Columbia University
    M.A. , 1992
  • Yale University
    B.A., magna cum laude , 1989

John Langdoc

John Langdoc is a partner at Kazan Law. His practice focuses on scientific issues, particularly dissecting industry-funded "studies" that invariably show that known industrial toxins are "safe."

In 2015 Mr. Langdoc's $48 million dollar verdict on behalf of a California mesothelioma patient and his wife was affirmed after numerous unsuccessful appeals by the asbestos company. This landmark case was recognized by Legal 500 as one of the most significant toxic exposure verdicts in the nation, and it was selected by the National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Verdicts of the year.

Mr. Langdoc was inducted into the inaugural Texas Lawyer's Verdicts Hall of Fame. He was recognized for the top California toxic exposure verdict of 2012 and both the first place and second place largest product liability verdicts in Texas in 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Langdoc was a shareholder and lead trial lawyer for another well-respected law firm headquartered in Dallas.

Some of Mr. Langdoc's trial successes include:
-$48 million verdict against Union Carbide Corporation for causing a construction worker's cancer
-$20 million verdict against Georgia-Pacific for a woman who developed cancer from being exposed to asbestos in the Koch Industries subsidiary's home remodeling products
-Two verdicts against Dow Chemical Company: $9 million verdict for exposing a worker to carcinogens at a Texas chemical refinery and $6 million verdict for a man exposed to carcinogens at a Dow plant in Louisiana
-$12 million verdict for a man who was exposed to carcinogens at a Pennsylvania paper mill
-$11 million verdict for a man who was exposed to carcinogens as a painter
-$8 million verdict for the wife of a man who was exposed to carcinogens from Ashland Inc.'s Haveg pipe
-$5.5 million verdict for the families of men exposed to asbestos, which included Ericsson's asbestos containing wire and cable
  • Bar Number: 235509
    California , 2005

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