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After 47 fulfilling years, effective September 30, 2015, I retired from the full time practice of law and closed The Thompson Law Office.  I will maintain my active membership with the California State Bar and continue providing ADR services (part-time) as a private and court-appointed Mediator and Arbitrator, and be available for appointment as a Special Master and Discovery Referee.  My ADR expertise includes business and real estate matters; professional negligence and insurance issues; sexual harassment, discrimination and employment disputes; personal injury, wrongful death and third-party workers’ compensation claims; and probate, trust and estate issues.



Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 70%
    46 years
  2. Estate Planning: 15%
    46 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    46 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    34 years

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    Ralph has a sterling reputation in the community, for good reason. He is committed to excellence and to succeeding for his clients. Besides that, he is one of the nicest people I've ever known. You're in good hands with Ralph.


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Contact info

Thompson Mediation & Arbitration

P.O. Box 1401
Pebble Beach, CA, 93953


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2012
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2011
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Commendation from California State AssemblyContributions to Monterey County Mediation Program2009
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Bar Registry of Preeminent LawyersLexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell2008
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Robert C. Littlefield Award for Community ServiceMonterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce2007
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Chief Justice Gibson Award for Outstanding Community ServiceMonterey County Bar Association2003
Alumnus of the Year AwardLoma Linda University (La Sierra)1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyThe Thompson Law Office2012 - Present
ADR NeutralThompson Mediation & Arbitration1996 - Present
Managing PartnerThompson & Bileci, LLP2007 - 2011
Professor (Part time)University of California, Santa Cruz1997 - 2001
Principal AttorneyThe Thompson Law Office1997 - 2007
Adjunct ProfessorGolden Gate University1971 - 1986
Managing PartnerPanetta, Thompson & Panetta, et al1971 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Monterey County Superior Court Mediation PanelMediator2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Monterey County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration PanelArbitrator1999 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
California State Bar AssociationMember1968 - Present
Monterey County Bar AssociationPast President1995 - 1995
California Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1984 - 1990
Monterey County Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident1984 - 1995
American Arbitration AssociationMember Roster of Neutrals1978 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Geertz v. AusonioPlaintiff won the appeal -- case then settled
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
California Western School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1967
Loma Linda UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
Loma Linda UniversityPolitical ScienceMinor1964
Loma Linda UniversityFrenchMinor1964
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
10th Annual Retired Judges ConferenceMediation and Arbitration Issues1998
National Convention Association for the Advancement of Medical InstrumentationProduct Defects (infant incubators)1987