Michael Paul Thomas is a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley and has also pursued graduate studies in Public Policy and Criminal Justice at California State University, Long Beach. He is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; all California Federal District Courts; and all California State Courts.
Mr. Thomas is widely recognized for his expertise is representing crime survivors in civil litigation against perpetrators and other responsible parties at both the trial and appellate level. For over a decade Mr. Thomas has been named in The Best Lawyers in America, universally regarded as the definitive referral guide to the nation’s best legal talent; has been repeatedly named a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics Magazine, an honor bestowed upon only 3% of Southern California lawyers; and has received an “AV” rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory, denoting the highest level of ethics and legal ability. He is also a multi-time member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to trial lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.
In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Thomas is a well known author and educator. He is co-author with Justice Eileen C. Moore of the authoritative six-volume California Civil Practice; co-author with two respected attorneys of California Premises Liability; and author of the highly regarded treatise California Civil Courtroom Handbook and Desktop Reference. He has also published over 150 articles in numerous publications such as California Lawyer Magazine, and the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal newspapers. As a law professor, he has taught courses in Civil Procedure, Lawyering Skills, and Legal Research and Writing at several Southern California law schools including Chapman University College of Law, Western State University College of Law, and Whittier Law School. He has also taught numerous continuing legal education courses, served as an instructor for the National Insurance Crime Bureau Advanced Academy, and is frequently called upon to provide expert legal commentary for newspapers, radio, and television.
Mr. Thomas has served as a judge pro tem and is a CADRA certified mediator. He is a long time member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council, a former member of the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services, and a former member of the Southern California Tourism and Safety Association Advisory Board.