Thomas M. Gaa

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Thomas M. Gaa has practiced law for nearly 30 years in the area of business reorganizations and workouts, creditor-debtor rights, acquisition and sale of businesses and assets, and commercial law, with an emphasis on high technology and cross-border insolvency, credit and collection issues. Mr. Gaa has lectured on business reorganizations, technology issues in bankruptcy, and cross border insolvency and credit issues before local bar associations, the State Bar of California, the State Bar of Nevada, and the American Bar Association, as well as trade groups. Mr. Gaa authored "Harmonization of International Bankruptcy Law and Practice: Is It Necessary? Is It Possible?" in The International Lawyer, Vol. 27, No. 4, Winter, 1993 and was a contributing author for the Annual Review of Current Developments in the area of International Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy for 1996, published in The International Lawyer, Vol. 31, No. 2, Summer, 1997, and for 1998, published in The International Lawyer, Vol. 33, No. 2, Summer, 1999.

Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Kappa Phi. Member: Task Force on Claims and Task Force on Corporate Entities, Transnational Insolvency Project of the American Institute, 1997; Advisory Committee on Private International Law, U.S. Department of State, Legal Advisors Office (1995). Advisory Committee Study Group on Cross-Border Insolvency, U.S. Department of State Office of Legal Advisor, 1997.

Areas of Practice (13)

  • Business Reorganization
  • Workouts
  • Creditor-Debtor Rights
  • International Creditors Rights
  • Commercial Law
  • Business Acquisitions
  • High Technology
  • Corporate Workouts
  • Commercial Workouts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insolvency
  • International Insolvency
  • Commercial Insolvency

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650-857-9500  Phone
650-207-8988  Cell Phone
650-494-2738  Fax
University Attended:
Michigan State University, B.A., 1973
Law School Attended:
University of Montana School of Law, J.D., 1980; Georgetown University School of Law, LL.M., 1987
Year of First Admission:
1997, U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit; 1987, California; 1980, Montana
State Bar of Montana; State Bar of California (Member, Executive Committee, International Section, 2003-2005); American Bar Association (Member, International Law and Practice, Secretary and Council Member, 2000-2001; Section Liaison to the American Law Institute, Transnational Insolvency Project, 1997-2000; Chair, 1995-1997 and Vice-Chair 1995-1997, 1999-2004, International Creditors Rights and Bankruptcy Committee; Co-Chair, Annual Section Meeting, 1997 and 2003; Member, 2004- and Chair, 2004, Secured Transaction and Insolvency Committee); International Insolvency Institute.

Peer Reviews

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Menlo Park, California

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