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Thomas D'Arcy Ferreira

Mediation Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

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  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1987
    Active No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    Primarily focused on divorce, child custody, support and division of property. Dissolution of marriage and domestic partnerships, annulment and legal separation. Co-mediate with Certified Divorce Financial Analysis to assist in settlement of complex financial issues.

    15 years, 30 cases

  2. Divorce and separation
    Current practice devoted to divorce, annulment, dissolution of domestic partnerships, child custody, support and property division issues. Litigation before San Diego and Riverside County branches of Superior Court.

    15 years, 15 cases

  3. Adoption
    One contested adoption, and both of my own children are adopted, one through an agency and one through an adoption facilitator.

    15 years, 5 cases

Not only am I a divorce lawyer and mediator; I am also a divorced lawyer and mediator. During my divorce five years ago I learned how to transform a difficult, conflict-filled marriage into a high-cooperation coparenting relationship. My ex-wife and I are both remarried; we both have blended moreover share joint custody of our two mutual children, Isaac, age 6 and Isaiah age 7.

In mediation I am able to draw on my personal experience to assist couples in developing long-range plans, learning to cooperate in the endeavor of coparenting and developing win – win solutions to issues of support, division of assets, handling of community debts and the sharing of parenting responsibilities. my approach to divorce is to ask the question, "how can I preserve important aspects of family life?" After all, what would you give for your family? Which of your assets or possessions would you trade for a high-quality relationship with your son or daughter?

A mediator cannot be effective unless he or she addresses not only the important tangible financial issues, but also critical intangibles, such as friends, family members and other important family considerations.

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Attorney-Mediator Thomas D. Ferreira is an experienced California lawyer with 24 years in the litigation trenches. Thomas changed his area of practice to divorce and child custody mediation after divorce visited his family. Thomas Ferreira solve problems.

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Law Offices of Thomas D. Ferreira
2244 Faraday Avenue, #115
Carlsbad, CA, 92008-7208


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Posted by anonymous | May 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Too many cases, too little time
Mr Ferreira took my case with 2 weeks of anticipation for evidentiary hearing, my case has been going on for 8 years and there is a volume of actions in the history of the case. I wanted to recover my lost joint legal and increase my custody time with a female judge that has not been sympathetic with rights of the father. He said he was going to be prepared and spent time studying my case but that he also had other cases that he needed to finish. At our hearing, he was not able to litigate the credibility of the moms allegations or present valid objections to the opposing party arguments. I didn't feel protected or looked after much less defended or advocated. Seem like he was putting up a show with no direction or goal and did not presented or establish evidence correctly in front of the judge. This greatly help my opponent. In addition, after he was told to prepare OAH, took 9 months to submit to Judge for final approval. This is clearly against the local rules which established a clear period of time if opposing counsel don't respond. I will definitively stay away from this attorney do not recommend. Don't waste your money.
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Response from Thomas Ferreira March 8, 2018
I'm sorry that you had a bad experience with our firm. We strive to give every client excellent customer service and, if you are the person I think you are, I recall spending hours on your case in preparation, and cross-examining the opposing party rigorously during the hearing. Unfortunately with an eight-year history on your case, and being retained two weeks before trial, there were some built-in obstacles to getting the result you wanted.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney – Mediator
  • Law Offices of Thomas D. Ferreira
  • 2008 - Present
  • Managing Shareholder, San Diego Office
  • Kegel Tobin & Truce
  • 1990 - 2007
  • Associate Attorney
  • Egger & Hallett
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Offices of Thomas W. Moga
  • 1988 - 1989
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  • Univ of California San Diego
  • undergraduate
  • N/A
  • Univ of San Diego SOL
  • law
  • N/A


  • North San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Mediation Credential
  • National Conflict Resolution Center
  • 2009
  • Williams, Brundage & Zellman Award for Excellence in Labor Law
  • Williams, Brundage & Zellman
  • 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Labor Law
  • American Jurisprudence
  • 1987

Speaking Engagements

  • Second Saturday
  • Legal Aspects of Divorce
  • 2011

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