Thomas K. Hockel

Mr. Hockel is a partner with Klein, Hockel, Iezza & Patel, P.C., and has been with the firm since 1999. He is an employment counselor and an experienced trial attorney. Tom handles all phases of litigation in cases before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including trial and appeals. He has successfully handled or tried numerous cases involving a variety of claims, including but not limited to:

  • Wrongful termination
  • Sex, disability, age, and race discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Labor Code retaliation claims
  • Labor Code claims for failure to pay wages
  • Trade secret claims
  • Covenants not to compete

Although his primary emphasis is employment law, Tom has handled cases in numerous other areas, including business torts, commercial litigation, ERISA, and insurance bad faith. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 1994 and is authorized to practice before all federal and state courts in California. He has been admitted pro hac vice in cases in federal and state courts in Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. EMAIL THOMAS K. HOCKEL


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D. (1994)
  • University of San Francisco, B.A.,¬†Philosophy (1987),¬†magna cum laude
  • Saint Ignatius Institute, 1987 ( four-year interdisciplinary study of literature, philosophy, history, and theology)
  • University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck Austria (1985-1987)

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • California State Bar
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Past President, St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco
  • Marriage Preparation Leader, Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
  • Volunteer, Pope Francis Pro Bono Legal Clinic, Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
  • Coach and Manager, Walnut Creek Little League

Personal Information, Hobbies, and Interests

  • Songwriter, musician, and vocalist
  • Enjoys literature, poetry, and cooking
  • Avid fan of the San Francisco Giants and Oakland¬†Raiders
  • Married 27 years, Tom and his wife have six sons and one daughter