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Thomas J. Klitgaard, Of Counsel
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Litigation

San Francisco Attorney
Thomas J. Klitgaard, Of Counsel

Phone: 415.397.2700


Languages: English, Mandarin Chinese

Of Counsel (AV Rated), Dillingham & Murphy LLP

Professional Experience:

  • Attorney, Dillingham & Murphy 1997-present
  • Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Sega of America, Inc. 1992-1996
  • Vice President, Senior Vice President, Tandem Computers Incorporated, 1985-1992
  • Partner, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, 1971-1985
  • Associate, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, 1964-1971
  • Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, 1963-1964
  • Law Clerk to Justice William O. Douglas, United States Supreme Court, 1961-1962
  • Adjunct professor in Asian Law, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2002-present
  • Visiting Professor, Real Property Secured Transactions; Uniform Commercial Code, University of California at Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) 1967-1968
  • Adjunct Professor, Corporate Law and Partnerships, University of California at Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall) 1997

Areas of Expertise:

  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration and Mediation, domestic and International
  • Commercial Litigation (plaintiff and defendant)
  • Comparative Law, China, Japan, Hong Kong SAR,  the Koreas, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan (considered by China to be a province), Thailand, Vietnam, and the other Asian Countries
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • Familiarity with Tax Laws and International Treaties with the United States for Friendship, Commerce and Navigation
  • Negotiation and Problem Solving (commercial and public interest)


  • A.B, University of San Francisco, Summa Cum Laude, 1956
  • LL.B., University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1961
  • Certificate, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Mandarin Language Program 1979
  • Certificate, The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Executive Program, Dartmouth College, 1990
  • Other: Graduate, United States Army Antiaircraft Guided Missile School (computers, electronics, radar), 1957; Course work in economics and geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1957-1958

Achievements, Memberships and Publications (partial list):

  • Editor- in-Chief, California Law Review, 1960-1961
  • Fellow, American College of Commercial Arbitrators, 2009
  • Member, Martindale-Hubbell/Lexis Nexis Legal Advisory Board
  • Member, American Bar Association, Sections of Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law
  • Co-Chair, United States Supreme Court Historical Society Membership Committee
  • Trustee, University of San Francisco
  • Trustee Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
  • Member of Board of Directors, San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Member of Board of Directors, Co President and Vice President,, Chinese Culture Foundation of San Francisco
  • Magnolia Silver Award, Shanghai Municipal Government for Contributions to Development of Shanghai and Friendly Relations, 2011
  • Silver Beaver Award, Boy Scouts of America, San Francisco Bay Area Council, for contributions to Scouting

Publications (representative):

Asian Legal Systems, University of San Francisco School of Law, Constitutions, Cases and Laws (10th Edition 2014): Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan (considered by China to be a province), and Vietnam 

The Context for Innovation in Japan:  Comparative Competitive Aspects and Some Practical Comments, 21 Canada-United States Law Journal 55 (1995)

Arbitration Laws and Dispute Resolution in The People’s Republic of China: Recent Developments, Symposium on Private Investments Abroad — Problems and Solutions in International Business, Matthew Bender & Company (1992)

High Technology Disputes:  The Minitrial as the Emerging Solution, 8 Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal 1 (1992) (co-author)

People’s Republic of China Joint Venture Dispute Resolution Procedures, 1 UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal 1 (1982) 

The Civil Rights Act and Mr. Monroe, 49 Cal. L. Rev. 145 (1961), reprinted in Selected Essays on Constitutional Law, Association of American Law Schools, West Publishing Co. (1963)

Constitutional Law: Power of Legislative Committees to Compel a Witness to Reveal Communist Affiliations, 47 Cal. L. Rev.930 (1959)

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Dillingham & Murphy, LLP

601 Montgomery Street
Suite 1900
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

Law Firm Contact: Jack C. Henning / Patrick J. Hagan

Tel: 415.397.2700

Fax: 415.397.3300



Member Since: 2017

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