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We represent numerous retailers, pharmacists, and other businesses in employment, pharmaceutical, commercial and premises liability matters. We specialize in aggressive, but economical defense of complex matters. I have a great deal of successful trial and binding arbitration experience, and believe that good lawyering can still make a difference.


Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 55%
    20 years
  2. Commercial: 20%
    23 years
  3. Professional Negligence: 15%
    23 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    23 years



Hourly ($400-475/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes)

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Kelly, Hockel & Klein, P.C.

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA, 94104-4700

11500 Olympic Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA, 90064



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Southern California's Top LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2015
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Southern California's Top LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
San Francisco's Top LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
"Go-To" Law FirmAmerican Lawyer2010
G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication AwardDefense Research Institute2009
Martindale-Hubbell AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Northern California Super LawyerSan Francisco Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyerN/A2007
Northern California Super LawyerN/A2006
America's Best LawyersSkyRadio2005
Northern California Super LawyerN/A2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentKelly, Hockel & Klein, P.C.2008 - Present
PartnerKelly, Herlihy & Klein LLP1998 - 2008
AssociateLaw Offices of Mukesh Advani1996 - 1998
AssociateSteefel, Levitt & Weiss1994 - 1996
AssociateCrosby, Heafey, Roach & May1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oakland Girls Softball LeagueBoard Member2014 - 2015
Friends of the University of SussexBoard Chair2012 - Present
Field of DreamsBoard Member2012 - 2013
Oakland Girls Softball LeaguePresident2011 - 2014
Oakland Girls Softball LeagueVice President and Development Director2009 - 2010
California Pharmacists AssociationAssociate Member2009 - Present
Friends of the University of SussexBoard Member2008 - 2012
Oakland Girls Softball LeaguePresident2008 - 2009
Professional organizations and associationsN/A2007 - Present
Oakland Girls Softball LeagueVice President2006 - 2008
American Society For Pharmacy LawMember2002 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember2001 - Present
Northern California Association of Defense CouncilMember2001 - Present
San Francisco County Bar AssociationMember1992 - 2009
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1992 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Balock v. SafewayDefense Verdict at trial
Hunter v. Rite AidSummary Judgment for Defense (affirmed on appeal)
Gomarooni v. Rite AidMotion to dismiss granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of California - Santa CruzPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1989
University of SussexN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Contra Costa County EAC Monthly SeminarHow to Improve HR Investigations2010
West Los Angeles Employer Advisory CouncilSexual Harassment Training -- An Interactive Seminar2009
Santa Barbara Human Resources AssociationTop 10 Mistakes in Human Resources Investigations2009
Monthly MeetingTop 10 Mistakes in HR Investigations2009
Fresno County Employer Advisory CouncilTop 10 Mistakes in Human Resources Investigations2009
California Employer Advisory Council -- Annual ConferenceTop 10 Mistakes in Human Resources Investigations2009
American Society for Pharmacy Law Annual ConferenceHealth Care Fraud Update/Medicare Reimbursement Issues2009
American Society for Pharmacy LawPharmacy Litigation2006