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John M. Kaman

About me

When not being a lawyer, I write poetry, publish some of it, have written for literary journals and am a film buff.  Other than that my only other mentionable passion is sports car racing, the Porsche being my beast of choice.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    37 years, 4.32 thousand cases
  2. Federal Crime: 10%
    37 years, 450 cases
  3. Violent Crime: 10%
    37 years, 860 cases
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
    37 years, 575 cases



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Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Christine C McCall

    Day after day Mr. Kaman fields criminal law and procedure questions here on Avvo with remarkable insight, judgment, and candor. The depth of his knowledge and experience in criminal matters is truly impressive and his ability to provide concrete straight-talk in difficult and challenging matters is a gift to those who submit questions and to attorneys throughout the state. There are lots of different ways to make a pro bono contribution to those in need and to the legal profession. Mr. Kaman's daily Avvo participation is in the highest and purest pro bono tradition.


    Christine McCall
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Francisco J Rodriguez

    John has built a solid reputation the old fashion way, he earned it! People who love what they do are said to have a fire within. John's fire burns deep inside, his passion is displayed in every case he handles. He will make sure that he knows your case better then anyone in the courtroom. He is tenacious and will not give up a fight until he wins it. If you are looking to hire an Attorney for your criminal case, look no further! Consider yourself lucky if John accepts your case, you will never have to look back!


    Francisco Rodriguez DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

360 Ritch St Ste 201
San Francisco, CA, 94107


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AvvoSuperb 10/102015
French ConsulateRecommended Lawyer2015
Superb 10/10Avvo2014
Certificate of MeritJeune Notariat (Sponsor)2013
Outstanding Rating ReviewsBar Association of SF2013
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity de Paris Dauphine2009
Outstanding Service AwardsVolunteer Legal Services Project2008
Certificate of MeritSF BAR VLSP Program2006
Woodrow Wilson FellowshipFord Foundation1966
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyKaman Law Office1987 - Present
AttorneyPettit & Martin1983 - 1986
AttorneyWare, Fletcher & Freidenrich1980 - 1983
Association namePosition nameDuration
Serious Felony PanelIDA2015 - Present
San Joaquin Bar Association Lawyer's Referral ServiceMember Special Circumstances Panel2009 - Present
UCLA Moot Court CompetitionJudge2009 - Present
California Criminal Defense LawyersMember2008 - Present
Indigent Defense AdministrationAttorney2005 - Present
Volunteer Legal ServicesAttorney2005 - Present
Lawyer's Referral and Information Service (San Francisco)Attorney2005 - Present
Member Court Appointed Attorney PanelConflicts Attorney2005 - Present
Law Society of England and WalesSolicitor2003 - Present
California State Bar AssociationAttorney1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tecnical Equities Securities LitigationSettled on appeal
People v WatsonHung jury; mistrial
People v WongNot guilty on chief counts
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Publication nameTitleDate
For the DefenseWhy We Don't Have the Greatest Criminal Justice System in the World2013
For the DefenseNancy Tung Dismisses Bungled Case2011
For The Defense (Defense Research Institute)West Memphis 3: New DNA Evidence2010
For The DefenseBlack Man Accused2008
For the DefenseVerdict In2008
For the DefenseBerzerk DA2008
For the DefensePenal Code 288 Trial2008
PhD Dissertation: StanfordLonely Hero in Hawthorne, James Twain and Melville1973
Honors Thesis: Rhodes CollegePaternity Motifs in James Moyce's Ulysses1966
City of Buds and FlowersUntitled PoemsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Stanford UniversityN/APhD - Doctorate1973
Rhodes CollegeN/ABA1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual International ConferenceJustice and Inquisitionary Systems2013
French Notaries AssociationCivil v Common Law Practice2007
Federal Publications Construction Law ConferencesFederal Claims Process1993