Eric C. Kastner

Managing Partner

Email: eck@kastnerkim.com

Practice Area

Eric C. Kastner is a founding partner of Kastner | Kim LLP, he has been practicing law in the Silicon Valley since 1976. For the last twenty five years, he has represented company founders, CEO's, CFO's, other senior executives, and principals in venture capital firms in California and throughout the United States in all employment matters. He has negotiated and concluded hundreds of sophisticated employment agreements, compensation packages, stock option grants, and severance, change-of-control, and other transition-related agreements with management and their inside and outside counsel. Eric also advises management teams of acquired companies during mergers and acquisitions.

Eric is also a successful litigator, having pursued and vindicated the rights of his clients in many trials and arbitration proceedings. He has prosecuted and defended claims for wrongful termination, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and ERISA violations, and he has represented clients before State and Federal administrative agencies in disputes over independent-contractor status, wage and hour claims, and Cal-OSHA citations. His litigation practice includes general commercial cases, with an emphasis in trade-secret and intellectual-property matters, competition cases, and fraud, breach of contract, and other disputes involving letters of intent, contests for corporate control, and promised financing.

Professional Background

Eric is the managing partner and one of the two founding partners of Kastner | Kim LLP. Prior to opening Kastner | Kim LLP, Eric was managing partner and founder of Kastner | Banchero LLP from 2004 until 2008. Eric was also a partner at Newton, Kastner & Remmel from 1984 to 2004 and Boornazian, Jensen & Garthe from 1981 to 1984. He began his private practice career as an associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison from 1976 to 1981 after three years as Senior Defense Counsel at the Naval Legal Service Office, Fifth Naval District from1973 to 1976.

Professional & Community Activities

•· Named one of the top labor lawyers in the Silicon Valley by San Jose Magazine for the last seven years

•· Named a Northern California Super Lawyer for the last five years

•· Forbes Radio/Sky Radio Business and Technology Report Presents America's Best Lawyers

State Bar Admission

California State Bar

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and in the Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

Education

Naval Justice School, 1973

University of California, Davis, J.D., 1972

University of California, Berkeley B.S., with honors, 1969