Principals of the Firm


Thomas H. Keeling

THOMAS H. KEELING's practice encompasses complex civil litigation; eminent domain/ condemnation matters; business disputes; bank loan/guaranty matters; and appellate proceedings.  His litigation briefs are well-crafted, his arguments concise and convincing. Mr. Keeling's mastery of the written word has been the decisive factor in many of the FREEMAN FIRM's triumphs.

Mr. Keeling earned his juris doctorate at Stanford Law School in 1984 and was admitted to practice in California the same year. He clerked for Justice Otto Kaus of the California Supreme Court before commencing practice with a national law firm in Southern California. Mr. Keeling relocated to Northern California in 1994; he joined the FREEMAN FIRM in 1999 and became a principal in 2001.

Mr. Keeling earned his bachelor of arts degree with highest honors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As a recipient of a Graduate Intern Fellowship and the Bradford Booth Memorial Fellowship, Mr. Keeling then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his master's in English in 1974 and his Ph.D. in English in 1977. After teaching at the university level for several years, Mr. Keeling decided to pursue a career in law.  At Stanford Law School, Mr. Keeling became the Associate Editor and later the Senior Editor of the Stanford Journal of International Law.

Mr. Keeling is a member of the State Bar of California, the San Joaquin County Bar Association, and the Sacramento County Bar Association. In 2008, he served as the President of the San Joaquin County Bar Association. He worked as a member of the Board of Governors from 2004 through 2007 and became an ex officio member in 2009. For many years, Mr. Keeling also served as Chair and Co-Chair of the MCLE Committee. In 2005, Mr. Keeling received the San Joaquin County Bar Association's "President's Award." Mr. Keeling is a member of the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court (2006-Present). Additionally, he is an Adjunct Instructor in Civil Procedure at Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law.

Mr. Keeling is admitted to practice before all United States District Courts of California, as well as the United States Court of Appeal for both the Ninth and Fifth Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He has been admitted pro hac vice to the United States District Court of Maryland and the United States District Court of Arizona.

Mr. Keeling's Reported Cases Include:
  • Cobb v. City of Stockton
    (2011) 192 Cal.App.4th 65
  • Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co.
    (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 29
  • City of Stockton v. Marina Towers, LLC
    (2009) 171 Cal.App.4th 93 
  • TeSelle v. McLoughlin
    (2009) 173 Cal.App.4th 156
  • National Fair Housing Alliance v. A.G. Spanos Construction, Inc.
    (N.D. Cal. 2008) 542 F.Supp.2d 1054
  • Garcia v. Brockway
    (9thCir. 2008) 526 F.3d 456
  • H.D. Arnaiz, Ltd. v. County of San Joaquin
    (2002) 96 Cal.App.4th 1357
  • City of Ripon v. Sweetin
    (2002) 100 Cal.App.4th 887
  • City of Stockton v. Albert Brocchini Farms, Inc.
    (2001) 92 Cal.App.4th 193
  • In re American Honda Motor Co. Dealerships Litigation
    (D. Md. 1996) 958 F.Supp. 1045 ("Honda II")
  • New v. Armour Pharmaceutical Co.
    (9th Cir. 1995) 67 F.3d 716
  • Calfarm Insurance Co. v. Deukmejian
    (1989) 48 Cal.3d 805
  • Waller v. Financial Corporation of America
    (9th Cir. 1987) 828 F.2d 579

Mr. Keeling's Presentations Include:

  • Author
    Rumble in the Delta: An Overview of the Legal Battle Over Accessing Delta Properties for Studies Preliminary to Construction of a Peripheral Canal (Across the Bar, August/September 2011)
  • Co-Presenter
    Eminent Domain Workshop for Delta Landowners (Restore the Delta, 2011)
  • Speaker
    Appellate Essentials, Waivers, Standards of Review, and Presumptions on Appeal (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2010)
  • Co-Presenter
    Are You Properly Engaged? - What You Don't Know About Attorney Fee Agreements Can Hurt You (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2009)
  • Co-Presenter
    Game On! - Provisional Remedies in State Court Litigation (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2009)
  • Speaker
    S.L.A.P.P. Happy: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2008)
  • Speaker
    Public Agencies as Litigants (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2006)
  • Co-Presenter
    Effective Legal Writing (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2005)
  • Co-Presenter
    Saving Your Bacon: What You Must Know About Making and Preserving Your Appellate Record (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2004)
  • Contributing Author and Panelist
    What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in California (Lorman Education Services, 2003)
  • Panelist
    "Hot" Topics in Legal Ethics (San Joaquin Co. Bar Assn., 2002)
  • Co-Author and Co-Presenter
    How to Protect Your Business from Ruinous Litigation in California (National Business Inst., 1997)
  • Co-Presenter
    Trial Evidence in California (National Business Inst., 1997)
  • Contributing Author and Panelist
    Tort Litigation - California Judges Association 1995 Program (California Judges Assn. and The Rutter Group, 1995)
  • Editor and Contributing Author
    Damages in Business Litigation (The Rutter Group and Assn. of Business Trial Lawyers, 1990)
  • Panelist
    Advanced Level Series - Damages in Business Litigation (L.A. Co. Bar Assn. and The Rutter Group, 1990)
  • Panelist, Editor, and Contributing Author
    Getting to the Bottom Line: Damages Before, During and After Trial (14th Annual Seminar of the Assn. of Business Trial Lawyers, 1987)

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