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Born in southern California, Mr. Thomas moved multiple time to various states before returning to California and graduating from California State University, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting. Mr. Thomas continued on to receive his Master in Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California. In 1998, was admitted to the California State Bar, following his receipt of a Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University, College of Law.


Previously a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Mr. Thomas became a Certified Public Accountant in 1984 and was employed by a “Big Eight” accounting firm until he moved into private practice as Controller. Mr. Thomas worked as either a Controller or Chief Financial Officer for multiple private and publicly held corporations. His experience with varying industries includes, banking, oil and gas, high-tech, construction and investment banking companies. Although retired as a CPA he remains a member American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Mr. Thomas started his own financial consulting firm and became involved in workers’ compensation industry in 1991. Later Mr. Thomas started his own law office specializing in business litigation, workers’ compensation and employment issues.


Leadership & Membership

Mr. Thomas joined the firm of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, APLC as an associate in 2000 and became a partner in 2006. His predominate area of practice is workers’ compensation, representing injured workers. He is a member of California Applicant Attorney Association, and is on their Board of Governors and is the current Orange County chapter’s President.



Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 85%
    19 years
  2. Business: 15%
    19 years



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  • Edgar J. Reynoso

    I endorse Joel Thomas wholeheartedly. He is a sharp, experienced, and dedicated attorney who works hard to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients.


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  • Steven Francis Schroeder

    I have known Joel for the better part of 13 years. He is a great attorney who sincerely cares for the welfare of his clients.


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Contact info

DiMarco, Araujo & Montevideo, a PLC

1324 N. Broadway
Santa Ana, CA, 92706-3903


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in CaliforniaThe Legal Network2014
Hall of FameWestern State University College of LawN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerDIMARCO | ARAUJO | MONTEVIDEO2000 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Applicants' Attorneys Association chapterPresident2007 - Present
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationMemberN/A
American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsMemberN/A
Orange County Hispanic Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaMemberN/A
Orange County College of Trial AdvocacyMemberN/A
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMemberN/A
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Southern CaliforniaFinanceMBA1986
California State University, Los AngelesN/AOther - Bachelors1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Uninsured Employers, Dealing with Cases involving the UEBTFUninsured Employers2014
California Applicants' Attorneys AssociationObtaining 100% disability post SB8992010