The accomplishments attained by Mr. Thomas J. Klitgaard in the field of Legal Services, warrants inclusion into The Top Attorneys of North America.
“The key to my success is integrity, caring about people and putting their interest first.” – Thomas Klitgaard
Dillingham & Murphy, LLP an AV-rated, medium-size law firm founded in 1982, represent clients in a wide range of domestic and international clients, including major publicly owned corporations, private companies, start-ups, non-profits, individuals, and governmental entities throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. At Dillingham & Murphy they have a client driven philosophy, they do the legal work that works for their clients, helping them succeed in business.
Thomas J. Klitgaard Of Counsel at Dillingham & Murphy, LLP, San Francisco, focuses his practice on East Asian commercial and intellectual property, litigation and international business issues. He began his law career as the law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. He served as the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Tandem Computers Incorporated and Sega of America, Inc., a Japanese owned company.
Mr. Klitgaard currently serves as an adjunct professor of Asian Law and Chinese Business Law at the University of San Francisco Law School. In addition to teaching Asian Legal Systems at USF for nine years, Klitgaard has been a guest professor at the Shanghai Economic Management College and an associate and adjunct professor of commercial and corporate law at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). He has written and lectured extensively on legal and business matters in China, Japan, and other countries in East Asia. He was a litigation associate and later a partner for many years at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. Mr. Klitgaard is also an international arbitrator and mediator and serves on the international arbitration panel of the American Arbitration Association’s International Center for Dispute Resolution in New York City.
Mr. Klitgaard graduated from the University of San Francisco, with an A.B, Summa Cum Laude, 1956 and the received his LL.B. from the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), 1961, obtained a Certificate from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, Mandarin Language Program 1979, a Certificate, from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Executive Program, Dartmouth College, 1990, and is a Graduate, of the United States Army Antiaircraft Guided Missile School’s Officer Basic Course (computers, electronics, radar), 1957; He has course work in economics and geology, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, 1957-1958.
Klitgaard was the chair of a business management training program for mid-level managers in conjunction with the Shanghau Foreign Affairs Office and China’s State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission.
He has served as a Member of the Legal Advisory Board of Martindale-Hubbell. He has also served as the chair of the California State Bar Committee for the Maintenance of Professional Competence. He is a member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, member of the panels of domestic and international arbitrators and mediators of the American Arbitration Association and of the panel of International Commercial Mediators of the Singapore International Mediation Center.
The Shanghai Municipal Government, awarded Mr. Klitgaard its Magnolia Silver Award in 2011 for “valuable support to Shanghai’s development and outstanding contributions to our relations.”
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