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Ralph William Thompson III

Ralph William Thompson III

Practice areas:

Litigation, Estate Planning, Probate, Mediation

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About Me

Ralph has more than 40 years of estate planning, and estate, trust, and civil litigation experience. He is committed to professional excellence, the highest ethical standards, civility in his business and professional relationships, and service to the community. He is listed AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  Ralph and his firm represents clients in matters throughout California. He also acts as co-counsel and local counsel for other firms, including out-of-state firms.


Ralph is a California native, married and has three adult children and six grandchildren.  He enjoys adventure travel, tennis, snow skiing, and backpacking.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1968

  1. Litigation: 70%
    45 years
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
    45 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    45 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    33 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Barbara Jo May

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Barbara May Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

  • Jane Ellen Bednar

    Ralph has a sterling reputation in the community, for good reason. He is committed to excellence and to succeeding for his clients. Besides that, he is one of the nicest people I've ever known. You're in good hands with Ralph.


    Jane Bednar Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Thompson Mediation & Arbitration Center

580 Calle Principal First Floor
Monterey, CA, 93940




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Commendation from California State AssemblyContributions to Monterey County Mediation Program2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Robert C. Littlefield Award for Community ServiceMonterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Chief Justice Gibson Award for Outstanding Community ServiceMonterey County Bar Association2003
Alumnus of the Year AwardLoma Linda University (La Sierra)1985

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal AttorneyThe Thompson Law Office2012 - Present
Managing PartnerThompson & Bileci, LLP2007 - 2011
Professor (Part time)University of California, Santa Cruz1997 - 2001
Principal AttorneyThe Thompson Law Office1997 - 2007
Adjunct ProfessorGolden Gate University1971 - 1986
Managing PartnerPanetta, Thompson & Panetta, et al1971 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Monterey County Superior Court Mediation PanelMediator2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Monterey County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration PanelArbitrator1999 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationPast President1995 - 1995
California Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1984 - 1990
Monterey County Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1984 - 1995
American Arbitration AssociationMember Roster of Neutrals1978 - 2005
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
California State Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Geertz v. AusonioPlaintiff won the appeal -- case then settled

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
Loma Linda UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Loma Linda UniversityPolitical ScienceMinor1964
Loma Linda UniversityFrenchMinor1964

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
10th Annual Retired Judges ConferenceMediation and Arbitration Issues1998
National Convention Association for the Advancement of Medical InstrumentationProduct Defects (infant incubators)1987