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Jill Andrea Thomas has over 29 years’ litigation and appellate experience. Her areas of practice include complex civil litigation in a wide variety of areas including business and real estate litigation, employment litigation, professional liability, construction defect litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, and insurance bad faith. She has successfully tried, arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases.
Ms. Thomas has successfully handled over 100 civil appeals and writs for over 25 years before the California Supreme Court and the Courts of Appeal throughout the State of California as well as the United States Supreme Court and federal circuit courts of appeals.
She has been certified as an appellate specialist by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 2001. Reported cases include Ridgley v.Topa Thrift & Loan Association (1998) 17 Cal.4th 970, an important Supreme Court decision concerning real estate prepayment penalties; First City Properties v. MacAdam (1996) 49 Cal.App.4th 507; People v. Wills (2000) 86 Cal.App.4th 383; and Shekhter v. Sunset Masonry & Concrete (2004) 121 Cal.App.4th 1055.
Ms. Thomas was a research attorney for the Orange County Superior Court in 1982 and also worked as specially appointed appellate counsel for the California Appellate Project for the State of California from 1997 through 2001.
Ms. Thomas graduated with honors from Immaculate Heart College where she was the recipient of the California State Scholarship and the Young Artists’ Award.
Ms. Thomas was admitted to the California Bar in 1980 and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern, Central, and Northern Districts of California. She is an active member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Orange County Bar Association, and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
Languages spoken: French
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Appellate Specialist||State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization||2001|
|Young Artists' Award||Immaculate Heart College||1972|
|California State Scholarship||State of California||1968|
|Senior Attorney||Callahan & Blaine||2004 - Present|
|Senior Attorney||Hollins, Shekhter||2003 - 2004|
|Senior Attorney||Veatch, Carlson, Grogan & Nelson||2001 - 2003|
|Sole Proprietor||Law Offices of Jill A. Thomas||1996 - 2001|
|Senior Attorney||Lewitt, Hackman, Hoefflin, Shapiro & Marshall||1993 - 1996|
|Associate||O'Flaherty & Belgum||1991 - 1993|
|Associate||Gustlin, Golob & Bragin||1986 - 1991|
|Associate Attorney||Ross, Fields, & Zaks||1983 - 1986|
|Research Attorney||Orange County Superior Court||1982 - 1983|
|Associate||Law Offices of Richard L. Knickerbocker||1980 - 1981|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Bar Association||N/A||2004 - 2009|
|Southern California Defense Counsel||N/A||2002 - 2005|
|California Women Lawyers||N/A||1996 - 2003|
|Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles||N/A||1996 - 2006|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||N/A||1982 - 2006|
|American Bar Association||N/A||1982 - 1990|
|Ridgley v. Topa Thrift & Loan (1998) 17 Cal.4th 970||Supreme Court ruled in favor of my client|
|SHEKHTER V. SUNSET CONCRETE & MASONRY||Dismissal of negligence claim reversed|
|PEOPLE V. WILLS||Reversal in favor of my client|
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|National Institute of Municipal Law Officers (NIMLO)||Municipal Aviation Law - Recent Developments||1979|
|Southwestern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Immaculate Heart College||Music (Performing)||BA - Bachelor of Arts||N/A|