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
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.