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Law Office of Edward J. Thomas

A Professional Corporation

The only “First Tier” Family Law
Firm in Central California

~US News & World Report~

Bakersfield’s Only “First Tier” Law Firm
In Any Area Of Practice

~U.S. News & World Report~

"One Of The 100 Best Family Law Trial Lawyers
In The United States"

~American College of Family Trial Lawyers~

Southern California "Super Lawyer"

~Los Angeles Magazine~

Among “Best Lawyers in Northern California”

~The Wall Street Journal~

"Bakersfield's Best Family Law Attorney"

~Bakersfield Californian~

Bakersfield's "Best Family Law Attorney...As Voted by his Peers"

~Bakersfield Life Magazine~

"Southern California
Family Law Lawyer of The Year"

~American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers~

Family Law "Lawyer of the Year"
for Los Angeles and its Metropolitan area

~Best Lawyers in America~

"AV Preeminent Rating
The Highest Possible Rating"


About Our Firm

In its annual ranking of the “Best Law Firms” in the United States, U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly named the Law Office of Edward J. Thomas as (i) one of California’s few “first-tier” law firms, (ii) the only “first-tier” law firm in Bakersfield in any area of practice, and (iii) the only “first-tier” family law firm in Central California. For client satisfaction, the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys has named the firm one of the top 10 family law firms in California.

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys named firm founder, Edward J. Thomas, one of the “Top 10 Family Law attorneys in California,” and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel recognized him as “a Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent” of family law lawyers. Both the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and the National Advocates include Mr. Thomas on their respective lists of the top 100 family law trial lawyers in the United States.

A Message From Firm Founder, Edward J. Thomas

Ninety-five percent of our clients’ cases settle because of our reputation for working harder, preparing more, and obtaining better results at trial than other lawyers. If your case does not settle, we have an experienced, sophisticated, and powerful trial team that is willing, able, and fully prepared to go to court.

Every divorce, like every family, is unique. You must have a divorce strategy that meets the individual needs of you and your family. Let us help you with your family law problems.

Areas of Expertise

Child Support

It pays to have an attorney that knows how the statutory formula works and how to ensure that correct numbers are used in the child support calculation.

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Custody and Visitation

We handle all parental rights areas, including paternity, rights of single parents, national and international child abduction, contested guardianships, and more.

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Our practice has the knowledge and experience as a specialist in divorce and family law. As a result, we've built an outstanding reputation with a high success rate.

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Domestic Violence

We have years of experience in domestic violence practice areas and, therefore, have a track record of winning the best possible outcome for our clients.

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Modification of Orders

If your legal circumstances changed an existing order, let our law firm help you modify court orders so that your rights remain protected.

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Premarital Agreements

Properly drafted, these agreements establish the financial rights of each spouse. Let our team help design an agreement that meets both your needs.

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Property Division

Characterizing, tracing, and valuing problem assets is probably the expertise for which this firm is most well-known. Consult us to advocate on your behalf today.

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Setting Aside Agreements

Our firm has litigated this issue many times and can, therefore, assist you in moving forward by enforcing and setting aside such agreements and judgments.

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Spousal Support

If you need assistance in these areas, our office has had as much, if not more, experience in dealing with complex spousal support issues than any firm in Kern County.

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Edward J. Thomas
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