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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2015|
|California Divorce Superlawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|2014 Top Lawyers||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2014|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Desert Bar Association||2013|
|Top Lawyer||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2013|
|Top Lawyer||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2012|
|Top Lawyer||Palm Springs Life Magazine||2011|
|Certified Specialist - Family Law||State Bar of California||2010|
|Member, Environmental Law Journal (Law Review)||Lewis and Clark Law School||1981|
|Degree With Honors||UCSB||1979|
|Certificate of Academic Excellence||Reed College||1975|
|Mediator||Desert Family Mediation Services||2009 - Present|
|Founding Owner||Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold, III, C.F.L.S.||1982 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers||Fellow||2016 - Present|
|Mediators Beyond Borders||Member||2010 - Present|
|Association of Certified Family Law Specialists||Member||2010 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers||N/A||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Member||2008 - Present|
|Family Law Section, California State Bar||Member||2001 - Present|
|Riverside County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Desert Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|International Association of Collaborative Professionals||Member||N/A|
|International Association of Holistic Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Family Law Section, Desert Bar Association||Chair||2011 - 2013|
|American Inns of Court||Member, Warren Slaughter Chapter||2001 - 2003|
|Inside the Minds (Aspatore Books)||The Growing Role of Mediation and Collaborative Law in Family Law Cases||2012|
|CuttingEdgeLaw.com||Consider Choosing a Peacemaking Lawyer||2010|
|Martindale-Hubbell publication||Lawyers as Front Line Crisis Responders||2010|
|CuttingEdgeLaw.com||In These Economic Times Consider Mindful Divorce||2010|
|CuttingEdgeLaw.com||The Power of Forgiveness in Divorce||2010|
|TransitionalFamilyResources.com||The Pursuit of Whose Happiness? Men?||2010|
|HG.org||Overcoming Addiction as a Coping Response to Domestic Violence||2010|
|Lewis & Clark Coll Northwestern SOL||Family Law||Juris Doctorate||1982|
|Univ of California Santa Barbara||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Loma Linda University||Family Sciences||N/A||N/A|
Posted by Ryan
The Law of Office of Thurman W. Arnold III, specifically Mike Peterson, were a god-send during my divorce. My wife separated and filed for divorce while I was deployed and Mike provided professional and personal advice that helped keep on track on a, relatively speaking, drama-free divorce w/ children.
I was a bit concerned at first considering the retainer fee and the hourly rate however, Thurman Law Offices don't waste your time or money. Professional and stream-lined, I have owe much to Mike Peterson and his staff's handling of my case... while I prefer not to be divorce and a single-dad, Mike set me up for a future unencumbered by the financial woes inherent to divorces.
Highly recommend and would refer the law of offices of Thurman W. Arnold III anytime to anyone.
Posted by anonymous
This review is limited to the short experience I have had with this attorney's office. I called in to ask if they could review my divorce settlement, provide me with legal consultation and help me make the changes I wanted to see in my divorce settlement.
I was told that they do not review cases but only take new cases. I asked what the reason for that was. I was put on hold for a few minutes and then the answer i was given was "We just don't do it".
I see. So my personal interpretation is that this office did not want to bother with my case because they wouldn't make a lot of money from me. They were all interested initially until they heard it was "just" a review of my case and then turned me down quickly.
Well, that is terrible! Of course everyone has the right too make their own business decisions, but this is borderline discrimination. It's like kicking a customer out of your store because he doesn't purchase enough.
Very disappointing Mr. Thurman! One Star for unethical behavior.
Posted by Doug H.
This is an honest five star rating I am happy to give, with some length, for the benefit of those who are facing real legal situations that can have real long-term consequences:
I spoke directly with the chief attorney, Mr. Thurman Arnold himself, Feb. 1st, 2016. He gave me a second opinion on my legal case, divorce with children, discussing several aspects at some length, a case that has been protracted for coming on three years with numerous difficulties and anomalies. As is not uncommon in divorce, "Oh that I knew then what I know now." I was relatively new to California and certainly did not know which attorney to choose at the outset in 2013. Wish I had known at the outset about Mr. Arnold's law firm ... which is WHY I am giving this review and recommendation ... perhaps others searching the internet for attorney reviews can benefit from this and all the other reviews that paint a consistent (hard worked for) glowing review of this Law Firm, from experience. Had I been astute enough to check reviews of my former attorneys, I would NOT have hired them, but divorce is a dark tunnel so often entered with many pressures and much ignorance of the road ahead.
WEBSITE! I first have to say that I was already impressed with Mr. Arnold from his amazing website! Wow! Here is an attorney who not only is an obvious consummate professional with exceptionally broad and deep understanding of Family Law, but a man with ethics and perspective. I believe he even uses the word "holistic", which is to imply a perspective that Family Law deals with actual people, parents and children, adults, who have had a life before and will have a life after legal dissolution.
MEDIATION! His firm also offers "mediation", which I truly believe is the BEST route whenever possible, and that is a big whenever possible. Initial Mediation at the outset of divorce, at the worst: would educate parties to the law and options and typical outcomes in the real world, still leaving open the option to pursue adversarial litigation, trials, emotional and financial affliction [think about that option!]. At best, Mediation can resolve the entire matter in the most timely, least hostile and most cost-effective manner, preserving and mapping out considerate livable outcomes for everyone. I used to be a Real Estate Broker on occasion doing Mediation, and have raised many children and done plenty of mediation between spouse and Ex, (I am 57 yrs young), so I have some experience with the role. Most of us know there are cases where it is not possible to be reasonable, amicable or fair in dissolving a relationship that has all kinds of tangents to it, as in my case.
EDUCATION & PERSPECTIVE: Did I say Mr. Arnold has an amazing website? I have had two previous attorneys in my case, at the outset, then of necessity going self-represented ("Pro Per") for the bulk of time including two lengthy separate Trials addressing Custody/ Visitation & complex high finances. I am the "out-spouse" as Thurman calls it, the one without the money after separation, but a fairly well-educated pro per at this point of Appellate filings, extensive litigation with documentation in law and case-law studies, evidence and briefs, "blah, blah, blah" (as Thurman would realistically say). Mr. Arnold's website is loaded with so much valuable information it is outstanding among outstanding loaded websites, going FAR beyond a sales pitch, offering, FREE of charge, knowledge and insight that is incredibly useful and educational. I have used some of his shared knowledge already in my filings. Again, his 'holistic' approach is one of being strong to secure a decent lawful position in a dispute, but an approach that is sensible and cognizant of the big picture and what is realistically going to come from the rights and views of "the other side" in courts. His discussion with me reflected this in person, giving realistic while encouraging advice.
I wish you well, Sincerely, Doug H.
Gretchen Taylor, Family Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have had Mr. Arnold appear in my Courtroom over the years and now that I am retired , I have had the pleasure of collaborating with him on numerous projects and cases.He is dedicated and hardworking and has at the heart of his practice the clients needs and best interests foremost. He is able to litlgate a complicated matter with great skill as well as to resolve through mediation and settlement those cases that are amenable to alternate dispute resolution.A really great lawyer and leader in forward thinking Family Law issues.
Gordon Meyer, Family Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I have been an attorney for 37 years and am a Certified Family Law Specialist. Mr Arnold and I have opposed each other in trial. He is very competent and an experienced attorney. Despite a partial trial, we were able to successfully resolve many issues without a lengthy trial. He has passed the written exam for family certification. Upon completion of the certification process, he will be a very fine addition to the list of certified family law specialists.
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