Thomas (“Tom”) McInerney, the Managing Shareholder of the San Francisco office of Ogletree Deakins, has extensive employment litigation experience in complex litigation matters, with an emphasis on class actions, multi-plaintiff cases, and trade secret and other complex business disputes. He has tried to verdict several cases in both state and federal courts, and represents clients in a wide-range of fields, including technology, financial services, insurance, construction, energy/utility, healthcare, transportation and logistics, and personal services.
Tom brings a practical, problem-solving business perspective to his practice, formed in part by his experience working with large, medium-size, and small business clients throughout California and elsewhere. Tom’s expertise is in helping clients navigate complex or novel issues, including claims asserting wage and hour class, collective, and representative (PAGA) actions, sex and race discrimination and harassment, alleged theft of trade secrets, and breach of contract. Tom’s legal expertise has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Litigation and as a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment. Tom also has significant experience in appellate matters, including litigating cases in the California Court of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Arbitrations and mediations are also a large part of Tom’s practice.
In addition to managing Ogletree’s San Francisco office, Tom also serves on the Ogletree Deakins Management and Pro Bono Committees. Tom has a deep commitment to providing legal services to those in need, and in 2014 was awarded the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s “2014 Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service Award.” Tom is also very active in the local San Francisco Bay Area community, serving as co-chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Judiciary Committee and as a board member of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. For eight years, Tom also served as an elected official in Marin County, California, including two terms as Mayor of San Anselmo, as chair of the Central Marin Police Authority and the Ross Valley Fire Board.