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Thomas Daniel Nares

Divorce and separation Attorney at Carlsbad, CA

4.3   13 reviews

also known as Nares & Levandoski, LLP

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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Successfully representing clients in divorce, custody, paternity, and other family law matters for years. Delivering a high level of service at a reasonable rate.

    28 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorce disputes can be very difficult for the adults and children involved. We take considerable time to guide clients through the process by explaining the law and helping them understand their rights. Get proper guidance today.

    28 years

  3. Domestic violence
    With 30+ years of legal experience Tom fights to find a unique solution for every case. Reach out for free consultation today.

    37 years

  4. Family
    With Family Law being such a broad term, getting personalized attention is that much more important. Reach out today to get guidance through the confusing legal system.

    28 years


            Our firm handles all areas of family.  If you have a divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support or any other family law related matter, we can help.  

            I have been on the list of trial skills instructors for ACCESO, an organization at California Western School of Law, OASIS/Justice in Mexico, Universidty of San Diego, CWAG (Conference of Western Attorney Generals), National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade and others.  These organizations provide instruction to attorneys throughout Latin America on trial skills needed for the transition to oral trials pursuant to legal reforms set forth in the criminal codes in many Latin American countries. 

           Reasonable rates.  Spanish speaking. Payment plans available.


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Nares & Levandoski, LLP


4.3 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by Gary | April 10, 2010
Tom Nares helped me & my son
I am honored to share my overwhelmingly positive experience being represented in court by Tom Nares. After successfully representing me during my divorce, I knew exactly who I would want to represent me a second time when I fought for full custody of my son. During what was possibly the most stressful and uncomfortable time of my life, Tom Nares was professional, caring, understanding and above all, incredibly knowledgeable about my case. He was honest with me each time I had difficult questions about my custody case, and understanding about my concerns along the way. His staff was always helpful, easy to reach and approachable. The first time Mr. Nares represented me, I was going through a divorce. I was faced with the daunting task of paying more than half of my salary to my soon to be ex-wife in spousal and child support even though she had a college degree and worked sporadically at various full time jobs during the course of our marriage. Mr. Nares suggested doing a deposition that proved my wife was more than capable of working, which lessened my payments to her considerably. Mr. Nares was also successful in helping me gain 50% custody of my only son, which was the most important issue of the court proceedings, as far as I was concerned. Without Tom’s help, the amount of time I spent raising my son could have been lessened. I have him to thank for this. After several years, and many discussions with my son, it became clear that he wanted to live with me full time, as events in his mother’s home had changed drastically with the arrival of a boyfriend that took up most of her time and left my son feeling unwanted. Now faced with the task of trying to gain more than 50% custody from my ex-wife, I knew exactly who would give me the best legal advice about this case….Tom Nares. My new fiancé and I talked with Tom about our honest chances of gaining full custody of my son, even though we were not yet married. Mr. Nares was honest with us at every turn, and was excellent in asking for the proper documentation to support our case. He coached us very well at every step of the process, and handled the case expertly in court, ultimately winning our case and changing our lives for the better in every way! We can honestly say that we owe Tom a debt of gratitude for helping us navigate the difficult legal proceedings with grace, dignity, knowledge and understanding! Should we ever need to go to court again for any reason, we would happily choose Mr. Nares to be our attorney. Respectfully, Gary and Jodi Gonzales
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Posted by Adrianna | August 30, 2012
Most Recommended Family Law Attorney
I hired Mr. Nares to represent me in a custody/visitation and child support matter. After learning that the father had not been in my child's life for about ten years, Mr. Nares assured me that he would be there for me along the way. His approach was straight forward and honest, yet caring which made me feel comfortable. It can be frustrating to know that you spend thousands of dollars on an attorney that took you nowhere but Mr. Nares is reasonable and will fight for you until the end. He takes pride in his work and to him you're not just another client with a big dollar sign. Not only did I have a knowledgeable attorney but an attorney who actually cared about their client (me) and cared about what was in the best interest of my daughter. Mr. Nares, explained the process . He provided me with legal advice, including citing code sections so that I would have a better understanding of the legal aspect. He educated me throughout the entire process. As client's we all get emotional or angry, especially when its involving our children but Mr. Nares always seemed to have a solution to the problem. He was reachable and available to answer any questions I had. Most importantly, he is a hard worker and devoted attorney. At the end, I was really pleased with the custody/visitation and child support order. My child support order increased. In addition, father was ordered to pay one-half of my daughter's tuition and one-half of her extracurricular activities. I cannot thank him enough for everything that he has done for me and my family. For this reason, I would highly recommend him to friends and family. Thank you, Adrianna
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AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Nares & Levandoski, L.L.P.
  • 2022 - Present
  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Thomas D. Nares
  • 1990 - 2022


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983


  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Past Vice President
  • 1990 - 1991

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Lawyer
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Capacitacion de Juicios Orales
  • Ethics-Oral Trial
  • 2015
  • Oral Trials Skills-UNAM
  • Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses
  • 2014
  • Destreza para el Juicio Oral Mexico City
  • Cross Exam of Expert Witness
  • 2013
  • Conference for Prosecutors and Judges
  • Oral Trials Practice-Break out Groups Mexico City
  • 2013
  • Procuraduria del Estado de Mexico
  • Principals of Direct Examination
  • 2012
  • Advanced Cross Examination Skills
  • Cross Exam of Expert Witness (Break out group)
  • 2012
  • Symposium on Oral Trial Skills, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Principals of Cross Examination
  • 2011
  • Poder Judicial Del Estado de Tabasco-Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
  • Taller International de Capacitacion en Destrezas de Litigacion Oral
  • 2011
  • Intermediate Trial Technics, Michoacan, Mexico
  • Cross Examination Technics and Demonstration
  • 2011
  • Intermediate Level Trial Technics, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
  • Oral Trial Technics
  • 2011
  • CWAG Presents: Capacitacion Para Ministerios Publicos, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Ethics in Oral Trials for "Ministerios Publicos" (Prosecutors)
  • 2011
  • CWAG Capacitacion Para Jueces-Mexico City, Mexico
  • Overview of Cross Examination Skills and Theory
  • 2011
  • CWAG Alliance Partnership, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Prosecutorial Ethics
  • 2011
  • ACCESO-Oral Trial Skills for Latin American Lawyers-CALIFORNIA WESTERN SCHOOL OF LAW-San Diego, CA
  • Direct and Cross Examination; Closing Argument
  • 2011
  • Oral Trial Skills for Latin American Lawyers
  • 2010
  • 2010 CWAG ANNUAL CONFERENCE, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Oral Trial Advocacy Skills
  • 2010
  • CCIA Monthly Meeting- Vista, CA
  • Overview of Criminal Motions for Court Interpreters
  • 1987
  • CCIA Conference-Vista, CA
  • Understanding Evidentiary Objections
  • 1986
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
Endorse Thomas
Unknown Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Other
"A brilliant attorney, and highly respected in the legal community. I can definitely endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Thomas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tom form several years, he is an excellent lawyer in family law and in criminal defense as well. I have had the pleasure of teaching trial skills to other lawyers with him. He is a good communicator, and has excellent trial skills. I recommend this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is the attorney I would go to for my divorce, if I wasn't so happily married! More importantly, Tom is the go to man for almost any family law or criminal case that you may have in San Diego County...and that's why he is the first attorney I recommend to client's who need someone other than myself. He IS my attorney of choice!"
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