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BRADLEY S. THOMAS, ESQ.

  • Based in Northern California, available in All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

Mr. Thomas has participated in hundreds of mediations throughout California as a practicing attorney. He was invited to join the initial appellate mediation panel for the Third District Court of Appeals and served as a Settlement Officer in Department 59 in the Sacramento Superior Court. After years of having served on these panels and with his extensive mediation training, realized his passion and skill for resolving disputes. In 2018, after having tried in excess of 100 civil jury trials, he made a commitment to become a full time neutral. His considerable experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants has earned him a reputation for being an effective mediator who can see a dispute from all angles. Based in our Sacramento office, he is available to mediate and arbitrate personal injury, business, professional malpractice, employment and insurance coverage matters.

Specialties

  • All types of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
  • Business/Contractual
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Professional Negligence
  • Product Liability

Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, bicycle riding, photography and woodworking.

Testimonials

"He’s very smart, gets to the heart of the issues and his no nonsense approach had respect of clients and lawyers in the room. Great demeanor. He’s willing to and is following up on the case to try to resolve it."
- Attorney on a business/contractual dispute

"I appreciate him taking the time to speak with the carrier presentative and work to address her points."
- Attorney on a Premises Liability case

"Brad’s experience, background, reputation and ability to read lawyers and people are HUGE assets to his mediation practice."
- Attorney on a Premises Liability Matter

"Brad did a great job communicating with the client and listened to the concerns regarding the process without being judgmental."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Auto Matter

"Brad was great, smart, diligent [and] committed to getting the case resolved."
- Attorney on a Personal Injury Slip & Fall Matter

"Clearly presented weakness, strengths of both sides to achieve settlement."
- Attorney, Sacramento County, California

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Neutral, Judicate West (Current)
  • Managing Partner, The Thomas Law Firm (2014 – Present)
  • Mediator, Third District Court of Appeal, Sacramento (2008-Present)
  • Settlement Conference Officer, Sacramento County Superior Court (2000-Present)
  • Partner, handling civil litigation, Mason & Thomas (1984-2015)
  • Attorney, handling civil litigation, Stumbos & Mason (1978-1984)
  • Trial and appellate counsel for cases that resulted in five appellate court decisions: Menasco v Snyder (1984); Hernandez v Modesto Portuguese Pentecost Ass’n (1995); Pemberton v Compass Orthopedic (2018); Vasilenko v Grace Family Church (2017) [California Supreme Court]; Williams v Fremont Corners, Inc. (2019)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D. University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1974-1977)
  • B.S., University of California, Davis (1970-1974)
  • Third District Court of Appeal, Mediation Programs
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), (1988-Present)
  • Member, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (1980-Present)
  • Member, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, with Emeritus Status (2005-Present)
  • Board of Directors Member, CalABOTA (2004-2007)
  • President, Sacramento Valley Chapter of ABOTA (2004)

Achievements & Awards

  • AV “Preeminent” Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Directory
  • Named, Best of the Bar, Sacramento Business Journal
  • Named, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Sacramento Valley Chapter of ABOTA (2017)
  • Recipient, Professionalism and Civility Award, Sacrament Valley Chapter of ABOTA (2008)
  • Panel Member, Masters in Trial Programs, ABOTA (5 years)

Legal Experience

  • All types of Personal Injury including Wrongful Death
  • Business/Contractual
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
  • Professional Negligence
  • Product Liability

Recent Representative Cases