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Section 1: 8-K (8-K)


Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 6, 2018
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
949 South Coast Drive, Costa Mesa, California
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (714) 438-2500
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)
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Item 5.02
Departure of Directors or Principal Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Principal Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers

Compensation Arrangements
On April 10, 2018 (the “Effective Date”), Pacific Mercantile Bancorp (the “Company”) entered into an Employment Agreement with Curt A. Christianssen (the “Employment Agreement”), pursuant to which Mr. Christianssen will continue to serve as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company and its wholly owned banking subsidiary, Pacific Mercantile Bank (the “Bank”), for a period of three years, commencing as of the Effective Date. The Employment Agreement replaces that certain Employment Agreement entered into effective January 1, 2015 between the Company and Mr. Christianssen, which terminated by its terms on January 1, 2018.
Set forth below is a brief summary of the compensation to be paid and the benefits to be received by Mr. Christianssen pursuant to the Employment Agreement. This summary is not intended to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Employment Agreement, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
Base Annual Salary. Mr. Christianssen’s base salary is $300,000 per year.
Bonus or Incentive Compensation. Mr. Christianssen will be eligible to receive annual incentive cash awards based upon achievement of performance criteria set forth in a management incentive compensation plan to be established and approved by the Compensation Committee.
Automobile Allowance. Mr. Christianssen will receive an automobile allowance of $950 per month to cover the costs to him of using his own automobile on Company and Bank business.
Other Benefits. Mr. Christianssen is entitled to participate in all of the health and other benefit plans made available to executive employees from time to time, and will be entitled to four weeks of annual vacation.
Severance Compensation.
Termination without Cause or for Good Reason. If Mr. Christianssen’s employment is terminated without Cause or Mr. Christianssen terminates his employment for Good Reason (in each case as defined in the Employment Agreement), Mr. Christianssen will be entitled to severance compensation consisting of a lump sum payment in an amount equal to one year of his then annual base salary.
Termination due to Disability. If Mr. Christianssen’s employment is terminated due to his disability, he would become entitled to receive his salary and a continuation of his medical and health care benefits for a period of six months following such termination of employment.
Termination due to Death. In the event of a termination of employment due to Mr. Christianssen’s death, his beneficiaries will be paid all salary and unused vacation accrued to, but unpaid as of, the date of his death.
Termination for Cause or Due to Expiration of Employment Agreement. If Mr. Christianssen’s employment is terminated for Cause (as defined in the Employment Agreement) or due to the expiration of the term of the Employment Agreement, he will not be entitled to any severance compensation.

Departure of Director
On April 6, 2018 our director Warren T. Finley provided notice to our board of directors (the "Board") of his intention to retire from his position on the Board of Directors of both the Company and the Bank, and as a member of each of the Audit Committee and Risk and Finance Committee. His retirement will be effective at the conclusion of the 2018 annual shareholders meeting of the Company to be held on May 16, 2018. Mr. Finley has confirmed that he has no disagreement with the Company on any matter relating to its operations, policies or practices, and there is no matter relating to his retirement that needs to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the Company.
Mr. Finley has served on the Board of the Bank since its inception in 1999 and on the Board of the Company since its formation in 2000. The Board has expressed its sincere gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Finley for his valuable and outstanding contribution to the Company and the Bank during his tenure of service.

Item  9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits.
The following exhibits are being filed as part of this report:
Description of Exhibit

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.  
Date: April 11, 2018
Thomas M. Vertin,
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Section 2: EX-10.1 (EXHIBIT 10.1)

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT THIS EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is made and entered into as of day of [_], 2018 (the "Effective Date"), by and among Curt A. Christianssen (thethis"Executive"), on the one hand, and Pacific Mercantile Bank, a Califomia banking corporation (the"Bank"), on the other hand (Executive and the Bank collectively, the "Parties"). RECITALS WHEREAS, Pacific Mercantile Bancorp ("PMB") is a bank holding company registered under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, as amended, subject to the primary supervision and regulation ofthe Board ofGovemors ofthe Federal Reserve System ("FRB"). WHEREAS, the Bank is a Califomia chartered commercial bank and wholly-owned subsidiary ofPMB, subject to the primary supervision and regulation ofthe Califomia Department ofBusiness Oversight ("CDBQ") and the FRB by virtue ofits membership in the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. WHEREAS, it is the intention ofthe Parties to enter into an employment agreement for the purposes of assuring the services of Executive as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer ofthe Bank and PMB on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in this Agreement. NOW, THEREFORE, based on the foregoing premises and in consideration ofthe mutual covenants and representations contained herein, the Parties hereto agree as follows: 1. Term. The Bank (the "Em^loyer") hereby employs Executive, and Executive hereby accepts employment with Employer, under the terms ofthis Agreement. The term ofthis Agreement shall be for a period of three (3) years (the "Initial Term") commencing as of the Effective Date, subject to the termination provisions ofparagraph 4. The term ofthis Agreement, as in effect from time to time in accordance with the foregoing, shall be referred to herein as the "Term". The period oftime between the Effective Date and the termination ofthe Executive's employment hereunder shall be referred to herein as the "Employment Period." 2. Employment. (a) Positions and Reporting. Executive shall be employed as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of the Bank. During the Employment Period, Executive shall report directly to the ChiefExecutive Officer ofthe Bank. (b) Authoritv and Duties. Executive shall exercise such authority, perform such executive duties and functions and discharge such responsibilities as are reasonably associated with Executive's position as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, commensurate with the authority vested in Executive pursuant to this Agreement and consistent with the bylaws ofthe Bank and ofPMB. During the Employment Period, Executive shall devote his full business time, skill and efforts to the business of Employer and shall not during the Employment Period engage in any other business activities, duties, or pursuits whatsoever, or directly or indirectly render any services of a business, commercial, or professional nature to any other person or organization, whether for compensation or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the SMRH:485126413.3 1

Board ofDirectors ofEmployer (the "Board"). Notwithstanding the foregoing. Executive may (i) serve in any capacity with any civic, educational or charitable organization, or any trade association, without seeking or obtaining approval by the Board, provided such activities and service do not materially interfere or conflict with the performance ofhis duties hereunder and (ii) with the approval ofthe Board serve on the boards ofdirectors ofother corporations that are not involved in commercial banking or similar business activities; provided, however, Executive shall not directly or indirectly acquire, hold, or retain any beneficial interest in any business competing with or similar in nature to the business of Employer except passive shareholder investments in other financial institutions and their respective affiliates which do not exceed three percent (3%) of the outstanding voting securities in the aggregate in any single financial institution and its affiliates on a consolidated basis. (c) Notwithstanding provisions of Section 2(b) to the contrary, following approval ofthis Agreement by the Compensation Committee ofthe Board ofDirectors, the Bank consents to the provision ofservices by the Executive to Carpenter & Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates as described in and pursuant to the terms ofthat certain Reimbursement Agreement dated January 1, 2015 by and between the Bank and Carpenter & Company. (d) Executive hereby represents and agrees that the services to be performed hereunder are of a special, unique, unusual, extraordinary, and intellectual character that gives them a peculiar value, the loss of which cannot be reasonably or adequately compensated in damages in an action at law. Executive therefore expressly agrees that Employer, in addition to any other rights or remedies that Employer may possess, shall be entitled to injunctive and other equitable reliefto prevent or remedy a breach ofthis Agreement by Executive. 3. Compensation and Benefits. (a) Salary. During the Initial Term Executive shall receive an annual base salary of $300,000 payable in equal semimonthly payments (the "Base Salary"). Such Base Salary shall be subject to review in the eleventh (llth) month after the Effective Date, and at each anniversary of the Effective Date thereafter, or during Executive's normal officer review period, for possible adjustment by the Chief Executive Offlcer in concurrence with the Compensation Committee ofthe Bank based on various factors including, but not limited to, market conditions, the consolidated results ofoperations ofthe Bank and PMB and the performance ofExecutive, but shall in no event be decreased from the level set forth above during the Initial Term. All payments ofBase Salary shall be subject to applicable adjustments for withholding taxes, pro-rations for any partial payment periods and such other applicable payroll procedures ofthe Bank. (b) Salary Continuation During Disability. IfExecutive for any reason (except as expressly provided below) becomes temporarily or permanently disabled so that he is unable to perform the duties under this Agreement, Executive shall be paid the Base Salary otherwise payable to Executive pursuant to subparagraph 3(a) ofthis Agreement, reduced by the amounts received by Executive from state disability insurance, or worker's compensation or other similar insurance benefits through policies provided by Employer, for a period of six (6) months from the date ofdisability. For purposes ofthis paragraph 3(b), "disability" shall be defined as provided in the Employer's disability insurance program. SMRH:485126413.3

(c) Cash Incentive Payments. Executive shall be eligible to participate in the Management Annual Incentive Plan. Executive's bonus, if any, shall be paid in one lump sum to Executive at such time as other executive bonuses are paid. The Chief Executive Officer retains the discretion to determine whether a pro-rata bonus is appropriate ifthe Executive is terminated or leaves the employ ofthe Bank prior to the annual determination ofbonuses. All cash incentive payments shall be subject to applicable adjustments for applicable withholding and payroll taxes. Notwithstanding any provision of any incentive plan or arrangement, no right of continued employment or any modification ofthe "at will" nature ofExecutive's employment with Employer shall be conferred upon Executive thereunder or result therefrom. (d) Insurance Benefits. such group During the Employment Period, Executive shall and health (including medical, dental, vision andreceive life, disability, hospitalization), accident and disability insurance coverage and other beneflts which Employer extends, as a matter of policy, to all of its executive employees, except as otherwise provided herein, and shall be entitled to participate in all benefit and other incentive plans ofthe Employer, on the same basis as other like employees ofEmployer. (e) Vacation. Executive shall be entitled to four (4) weeks ofannual vacation during the Employment Period at his then existing rate of Base Salary, which shall be scheduled in Executive's discretion, subject to and taking into account applicable banking laws and regulations and business needs. Vacation will accrue in accordance with the Bank's personnel policies. (f) Business Expenses. During the Employment Period, Employer shall promptly reimburse the Executive for all documented ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred by Executive in the performance ofhis duties under this Agreement. Executive shall also be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in activities associated with promoting the business ofEmployer, including expenses for entertainment, travel, conventions, and educational programs. All such expenses described above will be subject to compliance with applicable policies of Employer. All such reimbursements shall be made upon presentation and approval of receipts, invoices or other appropriate evidence of such expense in accordance with the policies Employer in effect from time to time. (g) Professional License Expenses. During the Employment Period, Employer shall reimburse the Executive for all documented ordinary and necessary expenses incurred by Executive in maintaining professional business licenses and certifications that he possesses as of the date ofthis Agreement. All such expenses described above will be subject to compliance with applicable policies of Employer. All such reimbursements shall be made upon presentation and approval of receipts, invoices or other appropriate evidence of such expense in accordance with the policies Employer in effect from time to time. (h) Car Allowance. The Bank shall provide the Executive with a monthly automobile allowance of $950.00 per month during the Employment Period. Executive shall (A) obtain and maintain public liability insurance and property damage insurance policies with insurer(s) acceptable to Employer and with such coverage in such amounts as may be reasonably acceptable to Employer, and (B) provide copies of such policies, endorsements or other evidence ofinsurance acceptable to Employer. SMRH:485126413.3

4. Termination ofEmployment. (a) Termination for Cause. The Board of Bank may terminate Executive's employment hereunder for "Cause" or without "Cause." For purposes of this Agreement termination for "Cause" shall mean (i) conviction of a crime directly related to his employment hereunder, (ii) conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude, (iii) willful and gross mismanagement of the business and affairs of Employer, (iv) willful and intentional violation of any state or federal banking or securities laws, or of the bylaws, rules, policies or resolutions of Bank, or the rules or regulations ofor any final order issued by the FRB, the CDBO, or the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (the "FDIC"), (v) any violation of the Employer's policy against harassment, equal employment opportunity policy, drug and alcohol policy and/or the confldentiality agreement that shall Employee shall execute at the commencement of his employment and (vi) breach of any material provision of this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, no act, or the failure to act, on Executive's part shall be considered "willful" unless done, or omitted to be done, not in good faith and without reasonable belief that the action or omission was in the best interests of Employer. Executive shall not be deemed to have been terminated for Cause unless and until there shall have been delivered to him a notice oftermination. In the event employment ofExecutive is terminated pursuant to this subparagraph 4(a), Employer shall have no further liability to Executive other than for compensation accrued and for reimbursement ofbusiness expenses incurred through the date oftermination but not yet paid. Termination under this subparagraph 4(a) shall not prejudice any remedy that the Employer may have at law, in equity, or under this Agreement. (b) Termination by Employer Without Cause or by Executive for Good Reason. Employer may tenninate the employment of Executive without "Cause" (as defined in subparagraph 4(a)) at any time during the Employment Period by giving written notice to Executive specifying therein the effective date of termination. Executive shall have the right at any time to terminate his employment with the Bank for any reason or for no reason. For purposes of this Agreement, and subject to Employer's opportunity to cure as provided in Section 4(c) hereof, Executive shall have "Good Reason" to terminate his employment hereunder if such termination shall be the result of: (i) a material diminution during the Employment Period in the Executive's title, duties or responsibilities as set forth in Section 2 hereof without Executive's consent; (ii) a material breach by Employer of the compensation and benefits provisions set forth in Section 3 hereof; Agreement; or (iii) a material breach by Employer of any material terms of this (iv) the relocation of Executive's principal place of employment to any location more than 50 miles from the Bank's headquarters at the Effective Date. (c) Notice and Opportunity to Cure. Notwithstanding the foregoing, it shall be a condition precedent to Employer's right to terminate this Agreement under subparagraph 4(a)(iv) SMRH:485126413.3 4

and Executive's right to terminate his employment for "Good Reason" that (1) the party alleging a breach shall first have given the other party written notice stating with specificity the reason for the termination ("breach") and (2) ifsuch breach is susceptible ofcure or remedy, a period of30 days from and after the giving of such notice to cure the breach. Ifthe breach cannot reasonably be cured or remedied within 30 days, the period for remedy or cure shall be extended for a reasonable time (not to exceed 30 days), provided the party against whom a breach is alleged has made and continues to make a diligent effort to effect such remedy or cure. (d) Termination Upon Death or Permanent Disability. This Agreement shall terminate automatically upon: (i) the death of Executive, and (ii) the "permanent disability" of Executive as such term is defined in the disability insurance provided by Employer, or if such insurance is not provided by Employer, the term shall mean that Executive has been deemed by a medical care provider to indefinitely be unable to perform the essential functions of Executive's position with or without accommodation. If the Employment Period is terminated by reason of the permanent disability ofthe Executive, Employer shall give 30-days' advance written notice to that effect to the Executive or his representative. Employer and Employee shall comply with any obligations they may respectively have, under state or federal law, to interact regarding reasonable accommodations. 5. Consequences of Termination. The following are the benefits to which Executive is entitled upon termination ofemployment in all positions with Employer, and such payments and benefits shall be the exclusive payments and benefits to which Executive is entitled upon such termination. Except in the case oftermination ofemployment by Employer for Cause, or due to death, the post-termination payments (other than those required by law) and benefits shall only be provided if the Executive first enters into a form of general release agreement reasonably satisfactory to Employer releasing Employer from any and all claims, known and unknown, related to the Executive's employment with the Bank. (a) Termination Without Cause or for Good Reason. In the event oftermination ofExecutive's employment (i) by Employer without "Cause" (other than upon death or permanent disability), or (ii) by Executive for "Good Reason", Executive shall be entitled to the following severance pay: (i) Severance Pay - a lump sum amount equal to twelve (12) months of the Executive's annual Base Salary. (b) Termination Upon Disability. In the event of termination of Executive's employment hereunder by Employer on account of permanent disability, Employer shall pay to Executive the accrued Base Salary and accrued and unused vacation eamed through the date of disability. Such payment shall be made no later than sixty (60) days after the date ofdisability. (c) Termination Upon Death. In the event of termination of Executive's employment hereunder on account of Executive's death. Employer shall pay to Executive's beneflciary or beneficiaries or his estate, as the case may be, the accrued Base Salary and accrued and unused vacation eamed through the date of death. Such payment shall be made no later than sixty (60) days after the date of death. In addition, Executive's beneficiary(ies) or his estate shall be entitled to the payment of benefits pursuant to any life insurance policy of Executive, as SMRH:485126413.3

provided for in Section 3(c) above. Executive's beneficiary or estate shall not be required to remit to Employer any payments received pursuant to any life insurance policy purchased pursuant to Section 3(c) above. (d) Termination for Cause or Due to End of the Term. In the event the employment ofExecutive is terminated by Employer for Cause, no severance payment or benefit shall be provided. In the event the employment of Executive is terminated as a result of the expiration ofthe Term, Executive shall be entitled to no severance payment or benefit ofany kind notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Employer's employee manual or policies then in effect, except as to matters such as coverage under The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA") and unused vacation required by law without reference to such manual or policies. (e) Accrued Rights. Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section 5, in the event oftermination ofExecutive's employment hereunder for any reason or for no reason, Executive shall be entitled to payment of any unpaid portion of his Base Salary through the effective date oftermination, payment ofany unreimbursed expenses incurred pursuant to Sections 3(f) or 3(g) above, and payment ofany accrued but unpaid benefits solely in accordance with the terms ofany incentive bonus or employee beneflt plan or program ofEmployer. (f) Non-assignability. Neither Executive nor any other person or entity acting on his behalf or as his representative shall have any power or right to transfer, assign, anticipate, hypothecate, mortgage, commute, modify, or otherwise encumber in advance any ofthe rights or benefits of Executive under this Section 5, nor shall any of said rights or benefits be subject to seizure for the payment of any debts, judgments, alimony or separate maintenance, owed by Executive or any other person or entity, or be transferable by operation of law in the event of bankruptcy, insolvency or otherwise. The terms of this Section 5(f) shall not affect the interpretation ofany other provision ofthis Agreement. (g) Regulatory Restrictions. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Agreement: (i) If Executive is removed and/or permanently prohibited from participating in the conduct of Employer's affairs by an order issued under Section 8(e)(4) or 8(g)(l) ofthe Federal Deposit Insurance Act ("FDIA") (12 U.S.C. 1818(e)(4) and (g)(l)), all obligations of Employer under this Agreement shall terminate, as of the effective date of such order, except for the payment of Base Salary due and owing on the effective date of said order, reimbursement of business expenses incurred as of the effective date of termination and such matters required by law. (ii) If Executive is suspended and/or temporarily prohibited from participating in the conduct of Employer's affairs by a notice served under Section 8(e)(3) or 8(g)(l) ofthe FDIA (12 U.S.C. 1818(e)(3) and (g)(l)), all obligations ofEmployer under this Agreement shall be suspended as ofthe date ofservice, unless stayed by appropriate proceedings. If the charges in the notice are dismissed, Employer shall (i) pay Executive all or part of the compensation withheld while its contract obligations were suspended and (ii) reinstate (in whole or in part) any ofits obligations which were suspended. SMRH:485126413.3

(iii) If Bank is in default (as defmed in Section 3(x)(l) ofthe FDIA), all obligations under this Agreement shall terminate as ofthe date ofdefault, but the vested rights of the parties shall not be affected. (iv) All obligations under this Agreement shall be terminated, except to the extent a determination is made that continuation ofthe contract is necessary for the continued operation ofEmployer (i) by the director ofthe FDIC or his or her designee (the "Director"), at the time the FDIC enters into an agreement to provide assistance to or on behalf of Employer under the authority contained in 13(c) ofthe FDIA; or (ii) by the Director, at the time the Director approves a supervisory merger to resolve problems related to operation of Employer when the Employer is determined by the Director to be in an unsafe and unsound condition. Any rights of the Executive that have already vested, however, shall not be affected by such action. (v) No payments shall be made pursuant to this paragraph 5 or any other provision herein in violation of the requirements of Section 18(k) of the FDIA (12 U.S.C. §1828(k)). (h) IRC Section 280G. In no event shall the payment(s) described in this paragraph 5 exceed the amount pennitted by Section 280G ofthe Intemal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended f"Section 280G"). Therefore, ifthe aggregate present value (determined as ofthe date ofthe change ofcontrol in accordance with the provisions ofSection 280G) ofboth the severance payment and all other payments to Executive in the nature of compensation which are contingent on a change in ownership or effective control ofBank or PMB or in the ownership ofa substantial portion of the assets of the Bank (the "Aggresate Severance") would result in a "parachute payment," as defined under Section 280G, then the Aggregate Severance shall not be greater than an amount equal to 2.99 multiplied by Executive's "base amount" for the "base period," as those terms are deflned under Section 280G. In the event the Aggregate Severance is required to be reduced pursuant to this subparagraph 5(h), the last payments in time shall be reduced first. (i) Conditions to Severance Benefits. The Bank shall have the right to seek repayment ofthe severance payments and benefits or to terminate payments or benefits provided by this paragraph 5 (i) in the event that the Executive fails to honor, in accordance with their terms, the provisions ofparagraphs 6 or 9 hereofor (ii) to the extent such payments or benefits would violate Section 18(k) ofthe FDIA (12 U.S.C. §1828(k)). 6. Confidentialitv. Executive agrees that he will not at any time during the Employment Period or at any time thereafter for any reason, in any fashion, form or manner, except as required by law to comply with legal process, either directly or indirectly, divulge, disclose or communicate to any person, firm, corporation or other business entity, in any manner whatsoever, any financial information or trade or business secrets, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the techniques, methods or systems ofits operation or management, any information regarding its financial matters, customer lists, computer software, or any other information conceming the business or operations of Employer, its subsidiaries, affiliates and any of its customers, govemmental relations, customer contacts, underwriting methodology, loan program configuration and qualiflcation strategies, marketing strategies and proposals, its manner of operation, its plans or other material data, or any other information conceming the business ofthe Employer, its subsidiaries or affiliates, and the Employer's goodwill (the "Busmess"). The SMRH:485126413.3 7

provisions of this Section 6 shall not apply to (i) information disclosed in the performance of Executive's duties to Employer based on his good faith beliefthat such a disclosure is in the best interests ofEmployer; (ii) information that is, at the time ofthe disclosure, public knowledge; (iii) information disseminated by Employer to third parties in the ordinary course of business; (iv) information lawfully received by Executive from a third party who, based upon inquiry by Executive, is not bound by a confidential relationship to Employer or otherwise improperly received the information; or (v) information disclosed under a requirement of law or as directed by applicable legal authority havingjurisdiction over Executive. In the event Executive is required by law to disclose such information described above, Executive will provide Employer and their counsel with immediate notice ofsuch request so that they may consider seeking a protective order. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Executive may disclose such information conceming the business or operations of Employer and its subsidiaries and affiliates as may be required by the FRB, CDBO, FDIC or other regulatory agency having jurisdiction over the operations of Employer in connection with an examination ofBank or PMB or other proceeding conducted by such regulatory agency. Executive agrees that all written, printed or electronic material, notebooks and records including, without limitation, computer disks, used and/or developed by Executive for Employer during the Term of this Agreement, other than Executive's personal address lists, telephone lists, notes and diaries, are solely the property of Employer, and that Executive has no right, title or interest therein. Upon termination of Executive's employment, Executive or Executive's representative shall promptly deliver possession of all such materials (including any copies thereof) to the Bank. 7. Key-man Life Insurance. Employer shall have the right to obtain and hold a "key- man" life insurance policy on the life of Executive with the Bank as beneficiary of the policy. Executive agrees to provide any information required for the issuance of such policy and submit himselfto any physical examination required for such policy. 8. Unsecured General Creditor. Neither Executive nor any other person or entity shall have any legal right or equitable rights interests or claims in or to any property or assets of Employer under the provisions ofthis Agreement. No assets ofEmployer shall be held under any trust for the beneflt of Executive or any other person or entity or held in any way as security for the fulfllling ofthe obligations ofEmployer under this Agreement. All ofEmployer's assets shall be and remain the general, unpledged, unrestricted assets of Employer. Employer's obligations under this Agreement are unfunded and unsecured promises, and to the extent such promises involve the payment ofmoney, they are promises to pay money in the future. Executive and any person or entity claiming through him shall be unsecured general creditors with respect to any rights or benefits hereunder. 9. Business Protection Covenants. (a) Covenant Not to Compete. Executive agrees that he will not, during the Employment Period, voluntarily or involuntarily, directly or indirectly, (i) engage in any banking or financial products or service business, loan origination or deposit-taking business or any other business competitive with that ofthe Bank or its subsidiaries or affiliates ("Competitive Business") within Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County and San Bernardino County (the SMRH:485126413.3

"Market Area"), (ii) directly or indirectly own any interest in (other than less than three percent (3%) ofany publicly traded company or mutual fund), manage, operate, control, be employed by, or provide management or consulting services in any capacity to any firm, corporation, or other entity (other than Employer or its subsidiaries or affiliates) engaged in any Competitive Business in the Market Area, or (iii) directly or indirectly solicit or otherwise intentionally cause any employee, offlcer, or member ofthe Board or any ofits subsidiaries or affiliates to engage in any action prohibited under (i) or (ii) ofthis paragraph 9(a). (b) Inducing Employees To Leave The Bank: Employment ofEmployees. Any attempt on the part of the Executive to induce others to leave Employer's employ, or the employ of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any effort by Executive to interfere with Employer's relationship with its other employees would be harmful and damaging to Employer. Executive agrees that during the Employment Period and for a period of twelve (12) months thereafter, Executive will not in any way, directly or indirectly: (i) induce or attempt to induce any employee of the Employer or any of its subsidiaries of affiliates to quit employment with Employer or the relevant subsidiary or affiliate; (ii) otherwise interfere with or dismpt the relationships between Employer and its subsidiaries and affiliates and their respective employees; (iii) solicit or recruit any employee of Employer or any subsidiary or affiliate or any former employee of Employer or any subsidiary or affiliate. (c) Nonsolicitation ofBusiness. For a period oftwelve (12) months from the date of termination of employment, Executive will not, using Employer's trade secrets or confidential information, divert or attempt to divert from Employer or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, any business Employer or a relevant subsidiary or affiliate had enjoyed or solicited from its customers, borrowers, depositors or investors during the twelve (12) months prior to termination ofhis employment. (d) Bank's Ownership of Inventions. To the extent that Executive has intellectual property rights of any kind in any pre-existing works which are subsequently incorporated in any work or work product produced in rendering services to Bank, PMB or any their subsidiaries or affiliates, Executive hereby grants Bank a royalty-free, irrevocable, world- wide, perpetual non-exclusive license (with the right to sublicense), to make, have made, copy, modify, use, sell, license, disclose, publish or otherwise disseminate or transfer such subject matter. Similarly, Executive agrees that all inventions, discoveries, improvements, trade secrets, original works of authorship, developments, formulae, techniques, processes, and know-how, whether or not patentable, and whether or not reduced to practice, that are conceived, developed or reduced to practice during Executive's employment with Employer, either alone orjointly with others, if on Employer's time, using Employer's facilities, or relating to Employer shall be owned exclusively by the Bank, and Executive hereby assigns to the Bank all of Executive's right, title and interest throughout the world in all such intellectual property. Executive agrees that the Bank shall be the sole owner of all domestic and foreign patents or other rights pertaining thereto, and further agrees to execute all documents that the Bank reasonably determines to be necessary or convenient for use in applying for, prosecuting, perfecting, or enforcing patents or other intellectual property rights, including the execution of any assignments, patent applications, or other documents that the Bank may reasonably request. This provision is intended to apply to the extent permitted by applicable law and is expressly limited by Section 2870 ofthe Califomia Labor Code, which is set forth in its entirety in Exhibit A to this Agreement. By signing this Agreement, SMRH:485126413.3

Executive acknowledges that this Paragraph shall constitute written notice of the provisions of Section 2870. (e) Bank's Ownership of Copvrights. Executive agrees that all original works of authorship not otherwise within the scope of paragraph 9(d) above that are conceived or developed during Executive's employment with Employer, either alone or jointly with others, if on Employer's time, using Employer facilities, or relating to Employer, or its subsidiaries or affiliates, are "works for hire" to the greatest extent permitted by law and shall be owned exclusively by the Bank, and Executive hereby assigns to the Bank all of Executive's right, title, and interest in all such original works of authorship. Executive agrees that the Bank shall be the sole owner of all rights pertaining thereto, and further agrees to execute all documents that the Bank reasonably determines to be necessary or convenient for establishing in the Bank's name the copyright to any such original works of authorship. 10. Resignations. The Executive agrees that upon termination ofemployment, for any reason, he will submit his resignations from all offices with the Bank and PMB and all of their respective subsidiaries and affiliates. 11. Other Agreements. The Parties further agree that to the extent ofany inconsistency between this Agreement and any employee manual or policy of Employer, that the terms of this Agreement shall supersede the terms of such employee manual or policy. 12. Notice. For the purposes of this Agreement, notices, demands and all other communications provided for in this Agreement shall be in writing and shall be personally delivered or (unless otherwise specified) mailed by United States certified or registered mail, retum receipt requested, postage prepaid, or sent by facsimile, provided that the facsimile cover sheet contains a notation ofthe date and time oftransmission, and shall be deemed received: (i) if personally delivered, upon the date ofdelivery to the address ofthe person to receive such notice, (ii) ifmailed in accordance with the provisions ofthis Section 12, two (2) business days affcer the date placed in the United States mail, (iii) if mailed other than in accordance with the provisions ofthis Section 12 or mailed from outside the United States, upon the date ofdelivery to the address of the person to receive such notice, or (iv) if given by facsimile, when sent. Notices shall be addressed as follows: IftotheEmployer: Ifto the Executive, to: Pacific Mercantile Bank 949 South Coast Drive Third Floor Costa Mesa, Califomia, 92626 Attn: ChiefExecutive Offlcer Mr. Curt A. Christianssen 3 Williamsburg Irvine, CA 92620 or to such other respective addresses as the Parties hereto shall designate to the other by like notice, provided that notice of a change of address shall be effective only upon receipt thereof. SMRH:485126413.3 10

13. Arbitration. Any dispute or controversy arising under or in connection with this Agreement, the inception or tennination of the Executive's employment, or any alleged discrimination or tort claim related to such employment, including issues raised regarding the Agreement's formation, interpretation or breach, shall be settled exclusively by binding arbitration. The only exception to the requirement ofbinding arbitration shall be for claims arising under the National Labor Relations Act which are brought before the National Labor Relations Board, claims for medical and disability benefits under the Califomia Workers' Compensation Act, Employment Development Department claims, or as may otherwise be required by state or federal law. However, nothing herein shall prevent the Executive from filing and pursuing proceedings before the Califomia Department of Fair Employment and Housing, or the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (although ifExecutive chooses to pursue a claim following the exhaustion ofsuch administrative remedies, that claim would be subject to the provisions of this Agreement). In addition to any other requirements imposed by law, the arbitrator selected shall be a retired Califomia Superior Court Judge, or an othenvise qualified individual to whom the parties mutually agree, and shall be subject to disqualiflcation on the same grounds as would apply to ajudge ofsuch court. All rules ofpleading (including the right ofdemurrer), all rules of evidence, all rights to resolution of the dispute by means of motions for summary judgment, judgment on the pleadings, andjudgment under Code ofCivil Procedure Section 631.8 shall apply and be observed. The arbitrator shall have the immunity ofajudicial officer from civil liability when acting in the capacity of an arbitrator, which immunity supplements any other existing immunity. Likewise, all communications during or in connection with the arbitration proceedings are privileged in accordance with Cal. Civil Code Section 47(b). As reasonably required to allow full use and benefit of this agreement's modifications to the Act's procedures, the arbitrator shall extend the times set by the Act for the giving of notices and setting of hearings. Awards shall include the arbitrator's written reasoned opinion. Resolution of all disputes shall be based solely upon the law goveming the claims and defenses pleaded, and the arbitrator may not invoke any basis (including but not limited to, notions of "just cause") other than such controlling law. By this binding arbitration provision, both Executive and Employer give up their respective right to trial by jury of any claim one may have against the other. 14. Waiver of Breach. Any waiver of any breach of this Agreement shall not be construed to be a continuing waiver or consent to any subsequent breach on the part either ofthe Executive or of Employer. No delay or omission in the exercise of any power, remedy, or right herein provided or otherwise available to any party shall impair or affect the right of such party thereafter to exercise the same. Any extension of time or other indulgence granted to a party hereunder shall not otherwise alter or affect any power, remedy or right of any other party, or the obligations of the party to whom such extension or indulgence is granted except as speciflcally waived. 15. Non-Assignment: Successors. Neither party hereto may assign his or its rights or delegate his or its duties under this Agreement without the prior written consent ofthe other party; provided, however, that: (i) this Agreement shall inure to the beneflt of and be binding upon the successors and assigns of Employer upon any sale of all or substantially all of Employer's assets, or upon any merger, consolidation or reorganization of Bank with or into any other corporation, all as though such successors and assigns ofthe Bank and their respective successors and assigns were the Bank; and (ii) this Agreement shall inure to the benefit ofand be binding upon the heirs, assigns or designees of Executive to the extent of any payments due to them hereunder. As used SMRH:485126413.3 11

in this Agreement, the term "Bank" or "Employer" shall be deemed to refer to any such successor or assign ofthe Bank or Employer referred to in the preceding sentence. 16. Withholding of Taxes. All payments required to be made by Employer to the Executive under this Agreement shall be subject to the withholding and deduction ofsuch amounts, if any, relating to tax, and other payroll deductions as Employer may reasonably determine it should withhold and/or deduct pursuant to any applicable law or regulation (including, but not limited to, Executive's portion of social security payments and income tax withholding) now in effect or which may become effective any time during the term ofthis Agreement. 17. Section 409A. IfExecutive determines, in good faith, that any compensation or benefits provided by this Agreement may result in the application of Section 409A ofthe Intemal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code"). Executive shall provide written notice thereof (describing in reasonable detail the basis therefor) to Employer, and Employer shall, in consultation with Executive, modify this Agreement in the least restrictive manner necessary in order to exclude such compensation from the definition of "deferred compensation" within the meaning of such Section 409A of the Code or in order to comply with the provisions of Section 409A ofthe Code, other applicable provision(s) ofthe Code and/or any rules, regulations or other regulatory guidance issued under such statutory provisions and without any diminution in the value ofthe payments to Executive. Any payments that, under the terms ofthis Agreement, qualify for the "short-term" deferral exception under Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A- l(b)(4), the "separation pay" exception under Treasury Regulations Section 1.409A-l(b)(9)(iii) or another exception under Section 409A of the Code will be paid under the applicable exceptions to the greatest extent possible. Each payment under this Agreement shall be treated as a separate payment for purposes of Section 409A ofthe Code. Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, ifat the time ofExecutive's separation from service within the meaning ofSection 409A ofthe Code, Executive is considered a "specified employee" within the meaning ofSection 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, and if any payment that Executive becomes entitled to under this Agreement is considered deferred compensations subject to interest, penalties and additional tax imposed pursuant to Section 409A of the Code as a result of the application of Section 409A(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Code, then no such payment shall be payable prior to the date that is the earlier of (i) six months and one day Executive's separation from service or (ii) Executive's death. In no event shall the date of termination of Executive's employment be deemed to occur until Executive experiences a "separation from service" within the meaning of Section 409A of the Code, and notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, the date on which such separation from service takes place shall be the Date ofTermination. All reimbursements provided under this Agreement shall be provided in accordance with the requirements of Section 409A of the Code, including, where applicable, the requirement that (A) the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement during one calendar year will not affect the amount of expenses eligible for reimbursement in any other calendar year; (B) the reimbursement of an eligible expense will be made no later than the last day of the calendar year following the calendar year in which the expense is incurred; and (C) the right to any reimbursement will not be subject to liquidation or exchange for another benefit. Notwithstanding the foregoing, Employer makes no representation or covenant to ensure that the payments and beneflts under this Agreement are exempt from, or compliant with, Section 409A ofthe Code. SMRH:485126413.3 12

18. Indemnification. To the fullest extent permitted by law, regulation, and the Articles oflncorporation and Bylaws ofBank and PMB, the Bank and/or PMB as appropriate shall pay as and when incurred all expenses, including legal and attomey costs, incurred by, or shall satisfy as and when entered or levied a judgment or fine rendered or levied against, Executive in an action brought by a third party against Executive (whether or not the Bank isjoined as a party defendant) to impose a liability or penalty on Executive for an act alleged to have been committed by Executive while an officer ofthe Bank and/or PMB; provided, however, that Executive was acting in good faith, within what Executive reasonably believed to be the scope of Executive's employment or authority and for a purpose which the Executive reasonably believed to be in the best interests of the Bank or the Bank's shareholders and the best interests of PMB or PMB's shareholders, and in the case ofa criminal proceeding, that the Executive had no reasonable cause to believe that Executive's conduct was unlawful. Payments authorized hereunder include amounts paid and expenses incurred in settling any such action or threatened action. All rights hereunder are limited by any applicable state or Federal laws. Anything herein to the contrary notwithstanding, this Agreement is subject to the requirements and limitations set forth in state and federal laws, rules, regulations or orders regarding the indemniflcation and prepayment of legal expenses, including Section 18(k) of the FDIA and Part 359 of the FDIC's Rules and Regulations or any successor regulation thereto. Further, and to the extent that there is any conflict between state and federal law, federal law shall supersede and control. 19. Severabilitv. To the extent any provision ofthis Agreement or portion thereof shall be invalid or unenforceable, it shall be considered deleted therefrom (but only for so long as such provision or portion thereofshall be invalid or unenforceable) and the remainder ofsuch provision and ofthis Agreement shall be unaffected and shall continue in full force and effect to the fullest extent permitted by law ifenforcement would not frustrate the overall intent ofthe Parties (as such intent is manifested by all provisions ofthe Agreement including such invalid, void, or otherwise unenforceable portion). 20. Payment. All amounts payable by the Bank to Executive under this Agreement shall be paid promptly on the dates required for such payment in this Agreement without notice or demand. Any salary, benefits or other amounts paid or to be paid to Executive or provided to or in respect of the Executive pursuant to this Agreement shall not be reduced by amounts owing from Executive to Bank. 21. Expenses. Each party shall pay his or its own fees and expenses incurred by him or it in the drafting, review and negotiation ofthis Agreement. 22. Authority. Each of the Parties hereto hereby represents that each has taken all actions necessary in order to execute and deliver this Agreement. 23. Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together will constitute one and the same instrument. 24. Goveming Law. This Agreement shall be construed, inteq^reted and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Califomia, without giving effect to the choice of law principles thereof. SMRH:485126413.3 13

25. Entire Agreement: Amendments. This Agreement and written agreements, ifany, entered into concurrently herewith constitute the entire agreement by Employer, on the one hand, and Executive on the other hand with respect to the subject matter hereof and merges and supersedes any and all prior discussions, negotiations, agreements or understandings between Executive and Employer with respect to the subject matter hereof, whether written or oral. This Agreement may be amended or modified only by a written instmment executed by Executive and Employer. With regard to such amendments, alterations, or modifications, facsimile signatures shall be effective as original signatures. Any amendment, alteration, or modiflcation requiring the signature ofmore than one party may be signed in counterparts. 26. Further Actions. Each party agrees to perform any further acts and execute and deliver any further documents reasonably necessary to carry out the provisions ofthis Agreement. 27. Time of Essence. Time is of the essence of each and every term, condition, obligation and provision hereof. 28. No Third Party Beneficiaries. This Agreement and each and every provision hereof is for the exclusive benefit ofthe Parties and not for the benefit ofany third party. 29. Headings. The headings in this Agreement are inserted only as a matter of convenience, and in no way define, limit, or extend or interpret the scope ofthis Agreement or of any particular provision hereof. 30. Regulatorv Approval ofthis Agreement. The Parties acknowledge and agree that entry into this Agreement is and payment ofseverance under paragraph 5 may be subject to receipt of approval from the FRB pursuant to Section 1828(k) and Part 359 of the FDIC Rules and Regulations, the FDIC and the CDBO. If such approval is required but not obtained or if such approval is conditioned upon modifications specified by the FRB, the FDIC or the CDBO the Parties agree to negotiate in good faith to amend this Agreement to provide for substantially equivalent terms consistent with regulatory requirements. [signature page follows] SMRH:485126413.3 14

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties have executed this Agreement as ofthe date first written above. PACIFIC MERCANTILE BANK By: Name: TITomasVertin Title: President and ChiefExecutive Officer EXECUT SMRH:485126413.3 15

EXHIBIT A California Labor Code §2870 Employment agreements; assignment of rights (a) Any provision in an employment agreement which provides that an employee shall assign, or offer to assign, any ofhis or her rights in an invention to his or her employer shall not apply to an invention that the employee developed entirely on his or her own time without using the employer's equipment, supplies, facilities, or trade secret information except for those inventions that either: (1) Relate at the time ofconception or reduction to practice ofthe invention to the employer's business, or actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development ofthe employer; or (2) Result from any work performed by the employee for the employer. (b) To the extent a provision in an employment agreement purports to require an employee to assign an invention otherwise excluded from being required to be assigned under subdivision (a), the provision is against the public policy ofthis state and is unenforceable. SMRH:485126413.3 16

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