Senior Counsel

Thomas H. Kao

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Securities And Corporate Litigation

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, and shareholder suits.

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 he 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.

  • Represented investment partnerships against the IRS in TEFRA action over $290 million in disputed tax losses.
  • Represented individual owners of local recycling firm against plastic manufacturing conglomerate in fraud claims arising from M&A transaction.
  • Pursued fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims on behalf of local real estate developer against international investment partners.
  • Defended credit ratings agency against FIRREA suit by the U.S. government. Litigated against the mortgage lenders and investment banks that structured mortgage-backed securities.
  • Represented toy manufacturer in trade secret misappropriation claims against competitor.
  • Represented minority shareholder in action for breach of fiduciary duties against board and majority shareholder of plumbing products company.
  • Defended local telecommunications company against competitor in suit for breach of M&A agreement.
  • Pursued fraud claims on behalf of local software company against former director, resulting in terminating sanctions and judgment for client.
  • Represented family-owned HVAC business in False Claims Act and bid-rigging case against international government contractor.
  • Advised Orange County computer memory manufacturer on consumer protection and privacy law requirements following data breach.