Edward J. Thomas
Edward J. Thomas has been given virtually every honor and recognition a lawyer in his profession can receive. He was named one of the “Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in California” by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. The National Association of Distinguished Counsel recognized him for being “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 him on their respective lists of the top 100 family law trial lawyers in the United States.
Mr. Thomas was named the Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” for Los Angeles and its surrounding area by Best Lawyers in America, a lawyer ranking partner of U.S. News & World Report. The Southern California Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML”) named him the Southern California Family Law Person of the Year. Based on a vote of his peers, the Bakersfield Californian named him “Bakersfield’s Best Family Law Attorney.”
For over 30 years, Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and most influential lawyer ranking service, has given Mr. Thomas its highest rating of AV for his exceptional legal abilities and his strict adherence to ethical standards. When the even more exclusive ranking of Pre-Eminent AV was created, Mr. Thomas was one of the first lawyers in the United States to be given that designation. For over 15 years, and again this year, Best Lawyers has included Mr. Thomas on its annual list of “The Best Lawyers in America.” He is also one of the very few lawyers included in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Los Angeles Times annually includes Mr. Thomas on its list of Southern California “Super Lawyers.”
Mr. Thomas is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers—an invitation only professional organization whose membership is limited to family law lawyers who, in the judgment of their peers, are the top 100 family law trial lawyers in the United States.
He is the only lawyer in the history of Kern County who has ever been invited or selected to be a Fellow of either the AAML or the International Association of Family Lawyers (“IAFL”). As an AAML Fellow, Mr. Thomas has served as Chapter President, as Program Chairman, as Dean of its Eighth Annual Institute of Trial Advocacy, as a member of both the national organization’s and the chapter’s Board of Governors, and as Counsel to the national President. Mr. Thomas is also a past President of the United States Chapter of the IAFL, which is the largest chapter of a worldwide organization whose membership consists of the top international family law experts from over 28 different countries.
When the California State Bar instituted its Family Law Specialization Program, Mr. Thomas became one of California’s first Certified Family Law Specialists. An active member of the Family Law Section of the Kern County Bar Association, Mr. Thomas has held virtually every office in that organization, including that of President. In addition to both the Kern County and California Bar Associations, Mr. Thomas is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of California Family Law Specialists. He is a former member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the California State Bar.
Having made family law presentations to lawyers and other family law experts on four continents, Mr. Thomas is a frequent lecturer at state, national and international conferences.