Christianne Kerns has been elected Hahn & Hahn’s Managing Partner effective March 1, 2020. She is the first woman chosen to lead the firm.

“Chris is an obvious choice to guide us into the next decade,” said current Managing Partner Karl I. Swaidan, who has held the post for the past 13 years. “Her leadership experience, sound judgment, and successful track record will benefit us and our clients as we look to tackle future challenges head on.”

Swaidan decided to step away from day to day management of the firm so he can spend more time on his trust and estates and tax practice. He will remain a member of Hahn & Hahn’s executive committee.

“Hahn & Hahn has been in existence for more than 120 years,” noted Kerns, who joined the firm in 2003. “I think much of that longevity is attributable to strong leadership. I know I speak for all of the partners when I say that we are enormously grateful to Karl for guiding the firm to where we are today.”

Kerns is the not only the first woman elected to lead Hahn & Hahn, she is only the fifth managing partner since the founding Hahn family entrusted the administration of the firm to the broader partnership.

Kerns says her goals for Hahn & Hahn include remaining true to the firm’s values and vision for high quality legal representation in and around Southern California. The firm will continue its long emphasis on providing clients with excellent legal counsel and economic value, broadening its deep community ties in the region, and leveraging its recent certification as a majority women & minority owned business enterprise, which is a rarity for firms of its size.