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James F. Kuhne


(949) 255-6970
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5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


J.D., with distinction, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 2007

  • Dean’s List for three years
  • Member, Roger J. Traynor Honor Society
  • Voted Best Advocate at the 2006 National Ethics Mock Trial Competition
  • Associate Comment Editor, Pacific McGeorge Global Business & Development Law Journal

B.A., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 1994


Selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for transportation/maritime and civil litigation defense

James F. Kuhne Jr. is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Gordon & Rees. His practice focuses on delivering civil litigation, emergency casualty response and corporate advisory services to clients in the maritime and transportation industries. He has over a decade of success in all aspects of litigation and pre-litigation matters for industry-leading shipowners, tug and barge operators, marine terminal operators, vessel charterers and their underwriters, with particular emphasis on personal injury defense, emergency casualty response, pollution response, and business litigation.

Twice selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in transportation/maritime and civil litigation defense, Mr. Kuhne provides national and international leaders in the maritime industry with onboard and shoreside emergency and casualty claim response, including investigation and strategic management of personal injury incidents, fatalities, marine oil spills and cargo claims, as well as the defense of various personal injury, wrongful death and casualty-related claims brought under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, OPA ’90, the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty, and the general maritime law.

Mr. Kuhne also has extensive real estate transactional and litigation experience.  Before attending law school, Mr. Kuhne worked as a commercial real estate agent for a large multinational real estate firm, where he and his team negotiated and marketed commercial real estate transactions on behalf of institutional owners, users and developers of industrial property throughout Orange and Los Angeles Counties. As an attorney, he uses his experience in real estate development, acquisition and underwriting, property management, sales (both user and investor) and leasing to assist owners, users, managers and brokers of commercial real estate to successfully bring their “deals” to conclusion and to navigate the day-to-day complexities of their real estate business. Mr. Kuhne has also used his litigation and real estate experience to successfully defend numerous securities broker-dealers, their officers, and registered representatives in both state court and FINRA arbitration against claims involving TICs, REITs, and other securitized real estate investments.


  • California
  • 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern, Eastern and Southern districts of California


Maritime Law Association

Community Involvement

Downtown Long Beach Alliance, Board of Directors and Past Chair - Economic Development Committee