Distinguished Lawyer Memorial Honoree

Leslie Hahn

Jane grew up in the Seattle area where, at Newport High School, she was an All-American swimmer, winning several state championships and topping the national rankings in the 100-yard freestyle. Jane also excelled in debate and in a variety of other activities. She graduated from Newport High in 1979 with a scholarship to Harvard University.

At Harvard, Jane graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Government. A star of the Harvard swim team, she earned All-America honors and was the Ivy League champion in the 100-yard individual medley. She also was elected to the editorial staff of the student newspaper, the Harvard Crimson. Following Harvard, Jane attended the University of Chicago Law School, receiving her J.D. in 1986.

Jane then embarked on a distinguished legal career, first in private practice, then with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and ultimately with her own firm, Hahn & Adema, where she attracted top-notch clients and cases while maintaining a family-friendly work environment. Successfully handling over 25 jury trials, Jane received a multitude of accolades, including San Diego Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year in 1997. In 2005, while continuing her work with Hahn & Adema, Jane became Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. based intellectual property law firm Sughrue Mion, PLLC.

Jane was passionate in everything she did, constantly reaching beyond the ordinary both personally and professionally. She drew people to her with her engaging sense of humor, her compassion and her honesty, and enriched the lives of all those around her.