Thomas F. Keating Jr.

Thomas F. Keating, Jr.

Attorney at Law

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Tom Keating specializes primarily in the representation of accident victims and their loved ones. He prides himself in working personally with each of his clients to obtain the best possible result on their behalf. Tom has traveled to 10 Northern California counties to try cases for his clients. He is experienced in representing people who have been injured in all types of accidents including auto accidents, vehicle-pedestrian collisions, slip-and-fall, and unsafe-condition accidents, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, and accidents involving defective products.

His experience includes handling cases involving all types of serious injuries, including brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia wrongful death, and serious back and knee injuries. For more information about Tom, click on Personal Injury.

Tom has participated in the Master’s in Trial for the American Board of Trial Advocates on a number of occasions in order to teach winning trial strategies to other lawyers. He has also participated as a speaker at seminars presented by the California Association of Consumer Attorneys from which he has received recognition for his extraordinary dedication, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association,
the Association of Defense Counsel, The Rutter Group, and the National Business Institute.

Tom has served as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore at the request of the Marin and San Francisco Superior Courts and has testified before the California State Legislature on various issues affecting the courts.


  • University of California at Berkeley – B.A.
  • University of San Francisco Law School – J.D.


  • The State Bar of California
  • US District Court for the Northern District of California

Associations and Awards

Selected Northern California Super Lawyer as one of the top 5% of lawyers in his area

Listed as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers in Marin County

Highest Possible Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ AV® California Association of Consumer Attorneys

  • – Recognition for Extraordinary Dedication

American Board of Trial Advocates – Elected in 1986
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College – Graduate
California Defense Counsel – President in 2000

  • – Award of Appreciation in 1996

Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Northern California Association of Defense Counsel, President in 1995

  • – 1998 President’s Award for Distinguished Service

Defense Research Institute

  • – Exceptional Performance Citation in 1995

Richard Sangster American Inn of Court – Master


Thorough and Competent

I hired Tom Keating to represent me in a personal injury case as a result of a car accident that I was involved in. I was hit from behind on the freeway and am still suffering from the results of that accident, and Tom always showed compassion for my situation.

I am writing this because it was a pleasure to work with Tom after such a terrible experience. He was thorough and competent in gathering information and preparing my case. He was sure to have me well prepared for my deposition and settlement conference, and I was happy to settle out of court. Never once did I feel anything but complete trust in him. His calm and friendly nature was a big plus and reassuring for me. I highly recommend Tom Keating. He is the best.


Fantastic Team

Tom, thank you so much for taking my case. It was very comforting to know you had my back at every turn. I enjoyed your concise explanations when complex items hit me head-on. And when you spoke metaphorically, it eluded volumes of my fearfulness. You have an absolutely fantastic team with Natalia and Jane. It felt to me, because they were so “on it”, that I was your sole client. Please express my sincerest gratitude to them both. The mediation was an insightful & amazing experience. Life is a compromise, isn’t it?


Favorable Settlement

My wife hired Tom to represent her in a personal injury case and had such a great result, there was no question as to who I was going to hire to represent me when I was hit by a drunk driver years later. It appeared at first that the defendant who hit me was not insured. However, Tom was able to find a small loophole in the insurance policy that although never proven, put pressure and doubt on the defendant’s counsel which resulted in a favorable settlement to me where there likely could have been nothing. I would recommend Tom because he is very experienced and works very hard for his clients.


Knowledgeable and Professional

I was apprehensive about finding an attorney for my accident claim and friends and family had no recommendations. Since my family had used the Freitas Law Firm I decided to check Tom Keating, Jr. out. At my consultation I was impressed when Tom told me he has represented both sides in insurance claims litigation. As I had recently become self-employed my financial loss was going to be difficult to demonstrate, but Tom seemed very comfortable with representing me. He guided me through the entire process, from gathering the documentation to preparing for my deposition and subsequent mediation. Tom’s attention to detail, knowledge and professionalism were key to obtaining a settlement which all sides felt was fair. Tom Keating has my highest recommendation for accident and injury cases.

Gregory F. Phipps

Top Notch

Mr. Keating was especially patient and reassuring while preparing for deposition, and showed great sympathy for my predicament during a distressing time. He was very flexible in scheduling appointments around my work schedule. He often conferred with other attorneys and an accident re-constructionist to prepare the best possible legal strategy; I felt like I had a team on my side. I was completely pleased with the outcome of the case. Mr. Keating was instrumental in negotiating affordable medical payments. The support staff is exceptionally competent and professional. They reply to correspondence and phone calls in a timely manner. They went the extra mile in recovering correspondence that was misplaced in the mail. TOP NOTCH! PERSONAL INJURY, MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Professional and Caring

Mr. Keating handled our personal injury case with the professionalism and care that was needed. His knowledge, experience and sensitivity in handling this elderly victim is excellent. As the guardian/POA of the insured party, I feel I made the right choice in choosing Mr. Keating. I have since sought his advice and counsel on other matters.


Exceeded My Expectations

I was injured in an automobile accident in 2005. I had a figure in mind that I would accept as settlement. The settlement amount that Tom negotiated on my behalf far exceeded my expectations.

Jane L.

Highly Recommend Him

I was involved in a motorcycle accident. I had minimal coverage on my motorcycle, spent five days in the hospital and with a young child and another one on the way, I needed help. Thomas Keating came highly recommended to me through his work on my coworkers case. I called him while I was still in the hospital and he was quickly able to begin work. Thomas Keating prepared me well for my first deposition and calmed my nerves as we neared the proposed court date. We settled outside of court only weeks before the court date for a figure well above what I initially expected. Thomas Keating gave me closure in a very stressful situation and I highly recommend him and his firm to anyone seeking a well experienced trial lawyer.