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I am a trial lawyer who will help solve your dispute before trial or give you the best chance to win at trial. Aggressive yet practical. 30 years experience. My clients affectionately call me "The Hammer" because I get results. I handle all types of real estate and business disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, construction, broker, buy-sell, partnership and commercial lease disputes. I have represented many of the largest real estate development and management companies in Orange County and thoroughly understand that clients want and expect excellent service and results at a fair price. That's what I deliver. AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. 


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 20%
  2. Construction & Development: 20%
  3. Commercial: 20%
  4. Business: 20%
  5. Civil Trial: 20%

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Thomas P. Aplin

28202 Cabot Road
Suite 300
Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderLaw Offices of Thomas P. Aplin1994 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Klamath River v. CicalaAfter a 3 week jury trial, all defendants won a defense judgment. We also received an award of attorney's fees exceeding $200,000, which was recovered. Confirmed on appeal.
Brooktree v. LloydAfter a two week court trial, we won a defense judgment and recovered attorney's fees.
Bank of America v. WestWe defensed the case at the demurrer stage and received a cost award. The bank appealed and the case settled.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of RedlandsN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteResidential and Commercial Evictions1996
National Business InstituteResidential and Commercial Evictions1994