Biography

Adjunct Professor Thomas Klitgaard, an attorney at Dillingham & Murphy, LLP, San Francisco, focuses his practice on East Asian commercial and intellectual property issues. He has written and lectured extensively on legal and business matters in China, Japan, and other countries in East Asia. He has served as senior vice president and general counsel of two major companies doing business in East Asia, Tandem Computers and Sega of America, Inc., and was a litigation associate and later a partner for many years at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco. He 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. He is a member of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Mr. Klitgaard was the chair for many years of a business manager training program jointly run by the Shanghai Municipal Government, China’s State Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, and the City of San Francisco. He received the Magnolia Silver Award in 2011 from the Shanghai Municipal Government for “valuable support to Shanghai’s development and outstanding contributions to [our] friendly cooperation.” Early in his career, Klitgaard served as the law clerk for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas. 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).

Education
AB, University of San Francisco
LLB, UC Berkeley