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David E. Aron
Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
E. Jacob Lubarsky
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

Thomas H. Carlson
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Carlson is co-chair of the firmís Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the firmís Management Committee.

Professional Qualifications

For more than thirty years Mr. Carlson has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of complex business disputes. He has tried cases and argued appeals in both state and federal court, including multi-jurisdictional and class action litigation. He also has extensive experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings, regularly appearing before such entities as the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association and JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services). Mr. Carlson has considerable expertise in contract disputes, business torts, unfair competition, successor liability, trade secret, covenants not to compete, stock option, shareholder, partnership/LLC, and false advertising matters.

Mr. Carlson has represented a wide range of clients, including venture capitalists, small start-ups, individuals, established businesses and large public companies. He regularly advises clients on preventive measures to avoid or minimize disputes, and his practical and effective advice is valued by clients.

Following graduation from law school Mr. Carlson served a clerkship with the San Francisco Superior Court. He then practiced law in Silicon Valley with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison from 1986 to 2003, and with Morgan Lewis & Bockius from 2003 to 2005.


J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law
Magna Cum Laude
McAuliffe Honor Society
American Jurisprudence Awards (Corporations, Evidence, Community Property)

B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
High honors

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Complex Commercial Litigation

Robert Dollar Building
311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.365.5305
Fax: 415.956.6457
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