Recognized since 2009
San Clemente, California
Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Thomas “Tom” H. Bienert, Jr. is a highly experienced trial attorney who handles the spectrum of litigation matters. After spending ten years as a federal prosecutor and two years at a national law firm, Tom founded Bienert Katzman Littrell Williams LLP (BKLW) in 2000 and steadily grew the firm to its current size through the addition of other trial attorneys. Since starting the firm, he has obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts for plaintiffs in civil cases, multiple zero-sum results defending civil lawsuits, and numerous non-prosecutions, dismissals, and defense verdicts representing clients in white-collar criminal matters.
Tom’s cases have involved a wide variety of criminal and civil subject areas, including business disputes, civil rights violations, class actions, contract disputes, copyright infringement, defense contractor issues, environmental offenses, estate plan litigation, false advertising, fraud in many contexts, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), health-care, money laundering, personal injury, public corruption, securities litigation, trade secret violations, unfair competition, whistleblower actions and wrongful termination.
As a prosecutor, Tom served as Chief of the Orange County Office of the United States Attorney, Chief of Criminal Complaints in the U.S. Attorney’s Los Angeles Office, and as Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C. During his decade as a government lawyer, he worked on a number of high-profile matters, including the Independent Counsel investigation of President Clinton, the Orange County bankruptcy, the UCI fertility clinic matter, the Reginald Denny beating case during the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and the “Operation Big Spender” corruption investigation of L.A. Sheriff’s Department deputies. Before starting BKLW, Tom worked in the private sector at Irell & Manella.
Tom is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Orange County Bar Judiciary Committee. He is also a former board member of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association (“OCBA”), and the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Tom served as President of the OCBA from 2014-2015. He has been selected to the Best Lawyers® list every year since 2009 and has been a Super Lawyers® honoree every year since 2006. Tom was named Orange County’s “White-Collar Lawyer of the Year” for 2011 by Best Lawyers®, has been selected as “America’s Top 100 Attorneys” for Southern California and as the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100,” and is recognized repeatedly as one of the “Top 50 Lawyers in Orange County” by Super Lawyers®. Tom has also served as a Lawyer Delegate to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Tom attended Tulane University School of Law, where he was an honors graduate, an editor of the Law Review, and a member of the Order of Barristers. He has also been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School and a frequent lecturer on legal issues.
Contact & Links
- 903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 350
San Clemente, CA 92673
- Tulane University , J. D., graduated 1986
- Louisiana State University, B. A., graduated 1983
- California, 4/27/1988
- Louisiana, Not currently active, but in Good Standing
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
- Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Orange County (2011)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:
- Bet-the-Company Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Criminal Defense: White-Collar
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