In Memoriam: Maureen Elizabeth St. John McClain (1948-2021)
It is with deep sadness that we announce that our former beloved partner Maureen McClain has passed away after a long illness.
Maureen first became acquainted with our firm when she co-chaired a PLI program on labor law with our founding partner Jerry Kauff. Shortly thereafter we partnered in representing Warner Communications and Atari in a many-faceted labor dispute involving its locations in Northern California. Maureen joined our firm as a partner in 1986. The firm became Kauff McClain & McGuire, and she headed up our San Francisco office.
Maureen was a remarkable lawyer with an incredibly incisive mind and relentless zeal for advocacy and her clients. She was a great friend and colleague and we will miss her.
Maureen’s obituary follows:
Maureen Elizabeth (St. John) McClain died at home on May 17, 2021 at the age of 73 after a long battle with Corticobasal Degeneration. Maureen was born in Somerville, NJ to James and Anita (Taylor) St. John. She received her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Women’s College and her J.D. from Stanford Law School. Maureen practiced labor and employment law in San Francisco her entire career. She worked for Littler Mendelson PC from 1974 to 1986, then again as a shareholder from 2009 until her retirement in 2015. Maureen founded the San Francisco office of Kauff McClain & McGuire in 1986.
Maureen was a generous patron of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the de Young Museum. Maureen donated much of her private art collection to the Iris B. & Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. Maureen travelled the world, enjoying museums and the arts along the way.
Maureen is also remembered for her love of animals. She was an ardent supporter of the SPCA and volunteered countless hours to the “doggies.”
Maureen was predeceased by her father, James St. John, her sister-in-law Colleen St. John, and her life partner of over 20 years, Harold “Hal” Kahn. She is survived by her mother, Anita St. John of Tucson AZ, her brothers Keith (Diana) St. John of Tucson, AZ and Kevin St. John of Hillsborough, NC, her niece Megan (St. John) Carr of Tucson, AZ and her nephew Kyle St. John of Scottsdale, AZ.