John Thomas

Attorney

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My clients should be confident that no matter what challenges are presented in their case, I am completely prepared for them.

John Thomas

John Thomas has a wide range of experience in the practice of family law, which provides him with the problem-solving skills and perspective to best represent his clients. He has worked with a diverse array of people, from CEOs of billion-dollar corporations to public school teachers. Additionally, he has represented indigent individuals who were the victims of domestic abuse and has successfully navigated many serious child custody cases.

"Family law is easily the most dynamic area of practice," says John. In his experience, a great family law attorney needs to understand the practice of law in contracts, tax, criminal defense and prosecution, business and finance, and many other areas—as well as how to proceed when these areas intersect in a family law case. "My clients should be confident that no matter what challenges are presented in their case, I am completely prepared for them."

Being prepared is the key to John's strategy in successfully representing his clients' best interests. He strives to minimize both costs and emotional turmoil by resolving issues without litigation if at all possible, and finds that the best way to achieve this is to prepare every case as if it will be litigated.

"I pride myself on my ability to prepare every client's case thoroughly and efficiently," says John. "Achieving successful results so that my clients can see a happy future before them is why I choose to do this."

Known for his ability to analyze complex legal problems and apply legal principles to resolve intricate issues, John was elected president of the Kern County Bar Association Family Law Section within three years of entering the field of family law. He also served as vice chair of the family law executive committee for the State of California, a committee which reviewed all pending family law legislation for the state legislature.

John is a recent transplant to Seattle from Bakersfield, California, where he learned to cook a mean spicy chili. When he's not working in the McKinley Irvin Tacoma office, he explores the Pacific Northwest wilderness and dreams of one day getting to the summit of Mt. Rainier.

Memberships

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, King County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member, California State Bar Association – Family Law Executive Committee

Appointments

  • Vice Chair, Kern County Standing Committee – Family Law Executive Committee
  • Former President / Former Treasurer, Kern County Bar Association – Family Law Section
  • JD, University of California - Davis School of Law
  • BA, History/Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles

John regularly represents clients in:

  • South King County
  • Washington
  • Pierce County
  • Washington
  • Kitsap County
  • Washington
  • Thurston County
  • Washington
While John practices primarily in these counties, he represents clients throughout Washington, the U.S., and internationally who are involved in Washington State family law matters. Contact us if you think you have a family law issue we can help you with.

Presentations

  • "The illegally obtained e-mail: The admissibility of illegally obtained electronic evidence," Southern Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Trial Institute, 2012
  • "Watching it happen: Advanced evidence in the courtroom," Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Spring Seminar, 2011
  • "Illegally obtained e-mails: Using, excluding, and analyzing the problems of using stolen e-mails in marital dissolution proceedings," Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Annual Conference, 2011

Publications

  • "The new laws and statutes of 2013 affecting family law," Kern County Family Law Bar Association, 2013
  • "The new laws and statutes of 2012 affecting family law," Kern County Family Law Bar Association, 2012
  • "The new laws and statutes of 2011 affecting family law," Kern County Family Law Bar Association, 2011

Distinctions

Avvo.com 10.0 “Superb” rating

Practice Areas

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  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce.aspx_Divorce
  • /Practice-Areas/Domestic-Violence.aspx_Domestic Violence
  • /Practice-Areas/Divorce/High-Net-Worth-Divorce.aspx_High Net Worth Divorce
  • /Practice-Areas/Relocation.aspx_Relocation
  • /Practice-Areas/Unmarried-Couples.aspx_Unmarried Couples
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