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Ilana Kohn


Mills College

University of San Francisco School of Law

Ilana Kohn, a partner in the firm, joined Bertrand, Fox, Elliot, Osman & Wenzel in 2009. Her practice focuses on the defense of cities, counties, school districts, community colleges, and water districts in cases alleging dangerous condition of public property, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, negligent supervision, civil rights, and inverse condemnation. Ms. Kohn represents clients from pre-litigation investigation of claims through pleadings, discovery, summary judgment, and resolution of cases. She has successfully briefed and argued numerous dispositive motions in state and federal courts and has argued before the California Court of Appeals.


Prior to joining Bertrand, Fox, Elliot, Osman & Wenzel, Ms. Kohn represented corporate clients and individuals in industries including airline, health services, staffing, and manufacturing in employment litigation, securities fraud, and complex commercial litigation, as well as defended national clients in federal and state wage and hour class actions. She has also performed workplace investigations of complaints of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.


In 1993, Ms. Kohn obtained a BA in Political, Legal and Economic Analysis from Mills College, and she earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1999.


She has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1999, and she is admitted to practice in the Northern and Central Districts of California, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.




Public Agency Risk Management Association (PARMA) – February 2021: “Rope Swings, Mountain Bikes, Hillsides, and Trees – What Possibly Could Go Wrong? Using Immunities and Other Risk Management Strategies to Minimize Exposure in Dangerous Condition and Inverse Condemnation Cases”

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