Senior Counsel

Thomas H. Kao

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property

Thomas H. Kao is a business litigation attorney with more than a decade of experience handling complex litigation in state and federal courts. His practice areas include contract and business tort disputes, M&A disputes, securities litigation, shareholder suits, insurance coverage disputes, and trade secret litigation.

Thomas has represented clients ranging from individual entrepreneurs to publicly traded companies. His clients have included telecommunication companies, financial services firms, software startups, and real estate development partnerships.

Thomas received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the Entertainment Law Review, a member of the Moot Court National Team, and a recipient of the Distinguished Advocate and Outstanding Brief Writer awards in the Moot Court Honors competition. He received his B.A. with honors in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

After graduation, Thomas served as a law clerk to Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Before coming to Keller/Anderle LLP, Thomas was an associate at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth and Morgan Lewis, and worked in-house for a commercial real estate company.

Thomas serves on the Board of Directors the Orange Country Asian American Bar Association, and on the Orange County Executive Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. He speaks conversational Mandarin.

  • Member of trial team that defended nationally-recognized ratings agency against multi-billion dollar FIRREA action by the U.S. government. Responsible for litigating electronic discovery against 10 of the investment and commercial banks involved in the creation and management of mortgage-backed securities. Against the country’s largest bank, obtained order compelling widespread disclosure of all evidence from every lawsuit for fraud or mismanagement in its RMBS and CDOs.
  • Defending an international insurance firm in pending bad faith dispute arising out of one of the largest personal injury verdicts in California.
  • Representing minority shareholder in pending direct action against the majority shareholder and board of a nationally-known plumbing products company.
  • Defending billionaire developer in pending partnership dispute over real estate portfolio.
  • Advised CGI startup firm in partnership dispute between co-founders.
  • Defended publicly-traded technology licensing company against business intelligence firm in case over breach of representations and warranties and fraud before the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • Represented family-owned organic gardening products company through negotiation and closing of M&A agreement with competitor.
  • Lead associate in representing local telecommunications company against competitor in suit for breach of M&A agreement, leading to over $2 million recovery for client.
  • Lead associate in representing local software company against former director in fraud action over M&A agreement, resulting in terminating sanctions and over $2 million recovery for client.
  • Lead associate in False Claims Act and bid-rigging case against international government contractor, resulting in $3.5 million recovery for family-owned environmental controls business.
  • Advised Orange County computer memory manufacturer on consumer protection and privacy statutes in wake of multi-state data breach.
  • Member of trial team that achieved summary judgment in defense of venture capital firm in $15 million securities fraud case.