Thomas P. Klein is the founder and principal of TKlein Associates, Inc. He has spent over 25 years litigating cases and counseling employers and executives on employment-related matters. His practice includes advising clients on personnel and restrictive covenant issues, negotiation of executive employment, separation and other agreements, representation in employment litigation, expert witness and mediation services, handling of sensitive internal investigations, and management training on human resources matters.
Tom was previously an employment law partner with the firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco and Human Capital Officer for the former investment firm of Scudder Weisel Capital LLC. Tom has been a featured lecturer for CEB, PLI and various other groups. He has also been a commentator on employment law matters for various legal and other periodicals, and a TV commentator for San Francisco station KGO regarding the Paula Jones v. Bill Clinton case. Tom also successfully argued before the California Supreme Court as amicus curiae in the landmark case of Reno v. Baird, 18 Cal. 4th 640 (1998), ruling that individual managers cannot be held personally liable for employment discrimination under California law.
Tom obtained his JD degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley. During law school, Tom served as an extern to the Honorable Joseph T. Sneed of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and was later a visiting Deputy District Attorney trying misdemeanor criminal cases in Alameda County, California.
Tom is a member of the California Bar Association, and its Labor and Employment Law Section. He is also a charter member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, the first such professional association in the United States.