Thomas L. Riordan


The scholarly nature of appellate and complex motion work suits Tom to a tee. His zest for research started back in his days at Yale University and continues to this day, particularly in the areas of world history and politics.


UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D., 1982)

  • California Law Review Editor

Yale University (B.A., 1979)

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Distinction in Major
Practice Areas Admitted to Practice
  • All California State Courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Professional Memberships & Awards

  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate Section

Representative Appeals

  • Gilman v. Schwarzenegger, 638 F.3d 1101 (9th Cir. 2011)
  • Bookout v. State of California ex rel. Dept. of Transportation, 186 Cal.App.4th 1478 (2010)
  • Newdow v. Rio Linda Union Sch. Dist., 597 F.3d 1007 (9th Cir. 2010)
  • Sager v. County of Yuba, 156 Cal.App.4th 1049 (2007)
  • Walker v. Sonora Regional Medical Center, 2012 Cal.App.LEXIS 18 (Jan. 12, 2012)