The Law Offices of Thomas C. Walker

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Firm Overview

This law practice has taken on some of the Bay Area's & Silicon Valley's most prominent employers in seeking recompense and restitution for our clients: current and former employees, those wanting to be hired or promoted, employees mis-classified as independent contractors, ...from blue collar to the CEO.

Main Office

San Jose Courthouse Office
111 N. Market Street
Third Floor
San Jose  CA  95113


2033 Gateway Place
Fifth Floor
San Jose  CA  95110

Phone
  • (408) 418-0234
Fax
  • (650) 651-1530

Other Offices

  • Pleasanton Office
    4900 Hopyard Road
    Suite 100
    Pleasanton,  CA  94588
  • Walnut Creek Office
    1990 N. California Blvd.
    Suite 800
    Walnut Creek,  CA  94596
  • Silicon Valley - Palo Alto Office
    228 Hamilton Avenue
    Suite 300
    Palo Alto,  CA  94301

Thomas C. Walker

Tom's practice has been solely dedicated to employee-side employment law and litigation since 2004, with special expertise in ERISA plans and deferred compensation arrangements. 

Consultative engagements are among Tom's favorite projects, and they play to his business experience and strategy skills.

Tom has board level experience negotiating with both Fortune and emerging technology companies, senior executive experience, and once acted as a contract negotiator for the Teamsters' Union.  Tom has completed the Executive Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Business and several advanced programs in business theory and  legal compliance.  He served on the national Board of Governors of the Society for Human Resource Management for two years and as an adjunct professor of Employment Law and Corporations for three years.

Tom is an avid bicyclist and bicycle mechanic, often touring Bay Area roads.

    * Admitted to California State Bar, 1984

    * Admitted to U.S. District Courts,  Northern District

    * Member,  American Bar Association

    * Member,  California Employment Lawyers Association

    * Juris Doctorate, Thomas Jefferson School of Law 

License
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    California
Education
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 1982
    San Diego, CA
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Business
    Completed , 1994
    Cambridge, MA

    Executive Study and Leadership Program

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 1982
    San Diego, CA
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Business
    Completed , 1994
    Cambridge, MA

    Executive Study and Leadership Program

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 1982
    San Diego, CA
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Business
    Completed , 1994
    Cambridge, MA

    Executive Study and Leadership Program

  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence , 1982
    San Diego, CA
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Business
    Completed , 1994
    Cambridge, MA

    Executive Study and Leadership Program

Articles Written

The Performance Improvement Plan: PIP or IED?

Created On: 11/11/2010

It sounds like such a positive, constructive approach: Give an employee with performance deficiencies a plan to become a more successful and valued contributor. Unfortunately, performance improvement plans (PIPs) are more often used as a manager's improvised device to sabotage a subordinate's future at the company, an “IED” on your career highway. What should you do in response?

California EDD Unemployment Insurance – Real Money at Stake

Created On: 12/19/2009

The employee-friendly days at California Employment Development Department (EDD), the state agency that handles unemployment compensation claims, seem to be over. California’s staggering jobless rate and budget deficit have drained the state’s unemployment insurance trust accounts, reported to have a funding deficit in the billions of dollars

Hostile Work Environments, Harassment and Discrimination Claims by Employees

Created On: 12/03/2009

Anyone who has suffered harassment by managers and co-workers knows how negatively it affects the quality of the employment relationship – often turning the workplace into a "hostile work environment." These behaviors can turn a dream job into a waking nightmare.

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