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Practice Areas: Pacific Rim, Intellectual Property, Litigation Defense

Professional Profile - Klitgaard, Thomas J. - Of Counsel (AV Rated)


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

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)