J. Thomas Trombadore


Business Advice & Commercial Litigation Practice:

  • Mr. Trombadore has handled general and complex civil litigation matters in a variety of subjects.  Mr. Trombadore represents business owners in all facets of business, operational, finance, asset management, real estate, compliance, leasing, risk management and dispute resolution matters. Mr. Trombadore also has extensive experience representing professionals, particularly attorneys and trustees, in professional liability and fiduciary liability claims. Mr. Trombadore also advises attorneys and their law firms on operational governance, risk management issues and legal ethical issues.

  • Mr. Trombadore has extensive experience representing policyholders (individuals and institutions) and insurance companies in insurance recovery matters, insurance fraud, insurance coverage disputes and insurance bad faith litigation.

Mr. Trombadore has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters. Some representative matters include:

  • Business and contract disputes; 
  • Securities litigation including securities fraud and class action litigation;
  • Financial services matters;
  • Consumer rights litigation including class actions;
  • Real estate litigation including development issues, purchase/sale disputes, nuisance claims, residential and commercial construction defect litigation and commercial leasing disputes; and
  • Business and partnership dissolution matters;
  • Labor and employment matters including wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour claims and class action litigation.

Litigation Services
Mr. Trombadore's practice experience includes all facets of general and complex civil litigation, including civil trial and jury trial experience in both State and Federal Courts.  Mr. Trombadore has handled commercial arbitrations.  

Mr. Trombadore writes about and has lectured on numerous topics of interest to business owners and entrepreneurs.

Commercial Alternative Dispute & Mediation Services
Mr. Trombadore has extensive experience in all aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution techniques including civil mediation work.  Mr. Trombadore continues to pursue advanced training as a mediator of civil disputes, and is available to mediate civil law disputes as a third party neutral.  

Nonprofit Organization Services
Mr. Trombadore provides full outside general counsel services to a variety of California-based, nonprofit organizations.  These services include: 


  • Strategic and business planning issues; 
  • Organizational and Operational issues;
  • Governance matters;
  • Fundraising activities, registration & reporting; 
  • Nonprofit tax and regulatory compliance issues;
  • Capital development, financing, planning & implementation;
  • Real estate issues (including leasing);
  • Risk management issues; 
  • Insurance matters;
  • Capital development and implementation;
  • Board/Senior Staff Recruitment & Retention;
  • Succession planning/implementation;
  • Dispute Resolution & Conflicts of Interest; and
  • Mergers, acquisitions and dissolutions/winding up.

Tom writes for and has lectured on numerous topics of interest to nonprofit organizations.


  • University of San Francisco, School of Law J.D.,
  • USF Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Judicial Extern to Hon. Eugene F. Lynch, U.S. District Ct, No. District of California 1987
  • Stanford University - A.B. Human Biology 1983
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Certificate of Mediation Training 2006/07

Admitted & licensed to practice law in California since 1988.
Admitted before all California State & Federal Courts


  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Lawyers Professional Liability Committee, Member
  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, Member
  • Nat'l Assoc. of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Member
  • Board of Governors – President, University of San Francisco, School of Law
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, Member
  • California Bar Association, Member
  • Litigation Section, Member
  • San Francisco Bar Association, Member

Nixon, Peabody, Associate & Partner 1991 – 2007
Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, Associate 1988 – 1991