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Thomas P Kelly III

Litigation Attorney at Santa Rosa, CA

4.9   58 reviews
  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 12 years
    Oregon - OR 15 years
    California - CA 19 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

I practice predominately in Sonoma County, but also handle matters in Marin, Lake, and San Francisco counties. I am focused on bankruptcy and civil litigation in both state and federal court, with a focus on matters that arise from consumer financial issues, including wrongful foreclosures and debt collection practices. I am a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles and earned my law degree at Seattle University (Sullivan Hall) where I graduated cum laude. In addition to California I am also admitted to practice in Oregon and the District of Columbia. I am a native of Santa Rosa, where I shared an office with my father, Thomas P. Kelly Jr., who was an attorney in Sonoma County for more than forty years, and I am also a British citizen by descent.

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Thomas P Kelly III
50 Old Courthouse Square Ste 609
Santa Rosa, CA, 95404

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4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Sarah | August 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made a hard time easier
Doing a bankruptcy was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made. A lot of anxiety, stress, and having to lay out what I felt were failures. From my first phone call with Mr. Kelly, I felt better about the process. I had credit cards calling and making threats and didn’t even want to open the mail. He just took all the documents and entered all of them on the lists, and he gave me checklists of everything I needed to do. It really was painless, and I a huge weight has been lifted from me. Thank you!!!
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Posted by Don | June 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Made my bankruptcy painless
Had big medical bills and my insurance didn't cover all of it. Had to file bankruptcy to discharge it. Did not want to, and really felt like a failure. Could not have asked for better help. I only had to meet with a court trustee for 10 minutes, and the rest was just painless paperwork and Tom handled it all for me. So relieved.
Posted by Greg | May 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Put in the time to solve my debt problems
I really need a good bankruptcy attorney to help me with a growing financial problem, and had no idea where to turn. I didn’t know anything about bankruptcy, and I was anxious about the process and what might happen. A friend referred me to Tom, and he was outstanding from the start. I had to take the long route to complete the process, but that was because Tom put together a long-term game plan that worked, even though it meant he had to put in work for me without getting paid until the case was started. He was fantastic about returning calls and responding to emails, and always took the time to explain the steps I was taking. I cannot tell you how relieved I am now that it is behind me. Thanks Tom!!!!
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Posted by Nick | May 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Made me feel much better about filing
I hired Mr. Kelly for help with my giant debts. Nobody likes to talk about bankruptcy. Even the thought of it made me anxious. But Mr. Kelly met with me for a first consultation that was free. He was very knowledgeable, and I really liked the way he spoke to me. No judgment or tone, and it’s pretty clear he has the same anger at the banks that I have. But what was best is that there was no pressure file right away - he actually recommended I wait and think about it. I spoke with another attorney on the phone and they really tried the pressure sales tactics on me saying that the case had to be filed right now. After talking with Mr. Kelly, and after he explained the issues, it was pretty clear that was not true, and I was felt so much better and comfortable about it. If you are hesitant about bankruptcy, I recommend giving him a call. He really helped me.
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Posted by Nicole | May 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me put it all behind me
I was referred to Tom Kelly by a close friend, and I am so grateful for his help. I did not want to file bankruptcy, or even if I should. Tom spent a long time with me explaining the process, and he made it very clear and easy to follow. It took a bit to get my case started because I had to get some information to him, but he kept in touch with me and gave me some reminders. Did a chapter 7 which wiped out the mountain of credit card debt I had built up when my hours got cut at work. I always though things would turn around, and tried getting a second job, but it got to the point where I couldn’t even afford the minimum monthly payments. The best part was how Tom explained that bankruptcy is not this giant black mark against you for the rest of your life. I really felt like a failure, and it seems everybody thinks it is, and that’s what the credit card companies want you to think. It really isn’t, the whole thing was pretty simple and no judge yelling at me or anything like that. Just a five minute meeting with a trustee. I am so relieved that all this is behind me.
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Posted by Andrea | April 29, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Put an end to the fear and stress
Tom turned my life around. I lost my job and was living on credit cards to keep going. The banks had filed three lawsuits against me and starting trying to take the only money I had left in my bank accounts. It was awful, and couldn’t sleep. Bankruptcy felt like failure, and it was humiliating to have to start calling attorneys. I spoke with several, and Mr. Kelly spent almost an hour on the phone with me explaining the process, and I felt so much better after talking to him. What was so different was that he was the only one I spoke to that took that time to explain it, and gave me some hope this would end. The case is over now and the lawsuits and debts are all gone. I’m finally getting back on my feet, and even though I hated doing it, was worth it. Tom really helped make the process painless.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
This man saved my life!
Forget the stereotypes and lawyer jokes, this attorney is what the profession needs more of! I stumbled into Tom's office penniless, hopeless and literraly broke. Burried alive by an insurmountable debt, my mindset was that of an overwhelmed and hopeless individual with over $500,000 in credit card and student loan debt compounding at 8% to 12.5%! I had judgments, liens, private student loans and federal student loans. I had debt collection agencies, lawyers, banks, universities and credit card companies calling and chasing me EVERYWHERE I went. Rather than treating me like the 7 lawyers that I saw before him, all of which dismissed my case as "very complex" and "expesive," Tom immediately showed a genuine interest and compassion for my situation. He first sought to address my emotional state and only then proceeded to ask for the factual details of my case. He immediately came off as articulate, personable, and most importantly, he cared about his clients. He had one of the most impressive offices of any of the attorneys I consulted with before him and was the only one to provide a payment plan option and not demand any type of huge retainer up front. You could tell he loves what he does with a passion and isn't just about the money! Most of all he shared the same passion and disdain for the manner in which some of my creditors had treated me. The end result was that he handled my case with the utmost professionalism and kept me in the loop every step of the way. It is because of this man that I have a new lease on life. He's altered the course of my life in a way that I could never even begin to describe and I will be indebted to him for the rest of my life! Tom, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
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Response from Thomas Kelly April 28, 2017
You are very, very welcome. It was the kind of fight that makes this job worth it. All the best going forward, and contact me anytime if they try any nonsense - they lost and it's OVER!
Posted by Kathy | April 25, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Really helped with our mess
I hired Mr. Kelly to deal with my financial mess and loan mod nightmare. Four applications, constant run-around by the bank, endless demands for more documents, phone tree delays, and they kept telling me they needed my new paystubs because the others were too old now that they had delayed it for months. Mr. Kelly wrote them a letter laying out the case he was going to file, and the bank quicklyfixed the problem. We got the loan mod papers in a few weeks. We have hired him for a bankruptcy as well, but he saved our house. Thank you!!!!!
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Posted by Max | April 13, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me with a tough situation
I was facing a serious financial situation, and I met with Mr. Kelly because I thought I would have to file for bankruptcy. I really did not want to, but he was able to provide me with several different options, and I hired him to form a plan to handle my situation that avoided a bankruptcy. The plan worked, and I cannot thank him enough for the work he put into helping me.
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Posted by Chris | April 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Saved our home at the last minute!
Tom helped us save our house. We were about to get a loan mod after months of being run around by the bank, and they pulled it at the last minute. We had a foreclosure three days away Tom was able to see us that day after six, get an emergency bankruptcy put together and filed which stopped the foreclosure. We called two other attorneys and they would not take our case because they would not meet with us that late even though we told them what happened. We would be on the street if he had not gone the extra mile for us. If you are facing this, give him a call. He will help.
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Posted by Hera | April 4, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Bankruptcy, look no further. Thomas is the answer to your bankruptcy problems. I’m so blessed that I found him. Thomas was extremely professional and at the same time compassionate. Throughout the entire process he had time to answer all of my questions and handled my bankruptcy in a promptly manner. Very satisfied with the attention I got. If you’re need of help of your bankruptcy, will definitely recommend you Atty. Thomas and he will be there to guide you step by step. No regrets.
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Posted by Erik | April 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Put in the extra time and listened to me
I was laid off several years ago, and found work again, but I had to live on credit cards and once I was working again, there was just no way I could repay them. Was getting letters from lawyers, calls all the time, and didn’t even want to open the mail. Went in to see Tom to see what could be done and he spent two hours with me explaining my options. Ended up filing a bankruptcy case, which I didn’t want to do, but it was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be. Had to meet with a trustee but that only took ten minutes. If you are looking for someone who will actually listen to you, give him a call.
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Posted by Hannie | April 3, 2017
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Amazing firm to deal with.
Amazing firm to deal with. They are the best lawyers that you can attain to your financial struggles. During the entire process, they had time to answer all of my questions and concerns. I was very impressed with their determination and expertise. They never “dropped the ball” and the outcome could not have been better. There is no doubt that I would definitely recommend them to anyone who may be considering bankruptcy.
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Posted by Marian | April 1, 2017
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Saved our home!
I lost my job, and was out of work for several months, and we fell behind on the mortgage. When I started working again, we kept trying to get a loan mod but the bank just kept demanding more documents and it went nowhere. We were going to lose our house and Tom really turned it around. We didn’t want to file bankruptcy but he got us into a plan in Chapter 13 that worked for us and it stopped everything. I just don’t know what I would have told my kids if we hadn’t gotten this done. I really thought it was going to be a disaster, but we are still here and Tom, I cannot thank you enough!
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Posted by Leila Gibb | April 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great to deal with
Atty. Thomas is an excellent communicator, has a great deal of experience and handled everything with great attention to detail. His expertise as a lawyer is a top-notch. - handled our bankruptcy professionally. They answered all of my questions and put me at ease during my rough situation. They explained everything I needed to know. If ever you are in need of a lawyer that will handle your major bankruptcy or legal question or concerns. I’ll definitely recommend Thomas P. Kelly and you won’t be disappointed.
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Posted by Brenda | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Atty. Thomas is a person that you can rely on when it comes on handling your bankruptcy case
Atty. Thomas is great about what he did and good person as well; As he really focused on your needs. The level of his professionalism is on top. He outlined clearly how my bankruptcy case would be handled and best of all in my opinion; he provided me all the information that I needed to know, so I was well prepared and knew what to expect throughout the process. They far exceeded my expectations and made what can be an arduous process very carefree. I feel so blessed and fortunate to have him as my lawyer.
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Posted by Phoebie Steel | March 24, 2017
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A lawyer that you can count on
I’m problematic of where I can find a better lawyer that will help to solve my bankruptcy. I’m so glad that a friend of mine recommends Thomas P. Kelly. I was thrilled how Thomas handles my bankruptcy case. He always communicates with me throughout the process and kept me up-to-date on what was happening. He also gave some free advices on how to take control of your finances and how to handle it. Thanks, Atty. Thomas for sharing your knowledge about finances. I had a great time talking with you. I would strongly recommend Thomas, if you’re looking for a professional lawyer that will handle your bankruptcy case.
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Posted by Fabian | March 16, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
He listens and did a great job
My wife lost her job a while back, and the bills started to pile up. We just could not make it on one paycheck and we had to borrow money from family to pay bills. I went in to see Tom (and yes, he wants you to call him Tom, not Mr. Kelly) and he listened to my situation and explained my options very clearly. But the best was that I left feeling a lot better than I felt going in to see an bankruptcy attorney. I felt awful, and when my wife and I went back in to see him, she also told me how much better we felt after talking to him. The whole process was very smooth, and our case was completed without any problems. And he responds to emails fast. I tried contacting some other attorneys and they were not nearly as responsive or helpful. Go see him and you will see the difference.
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Posted by Julian | March 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Helped me with a tough time
Tom helped me handle a really difficult time in my life. I did not want to file for bankruptcy and just gave up on it. When I called he answered the phone even though it was after 7 and he answered all of my questions. I filed the case with him and it went really good. No problems, no fuss. Just had one hearing that took less than ten minutes and it was done. If you want a lawyer that will actually talk to you instead of some assistant, Tom is the best.
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Posted by Alexis | March 12, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Made a hard situation much easier
I hired Mr. Kelly for help with my medical bills and just overwhelming debt. I tried several other bankruptcy attorneys before calling him, and the biggest difference was that he took the time to listen to me, and answered all of my questions. We filed the case several months ago and it was nowhere near the nightmare I thought it would be. Highly recommend.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Thomas P. Kelly III
  • 2004 - Present
  • Contract Analyst
  • Reliant Resources
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Legal Assistant Clerk
  • Baker Botts, LLP
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Infantry and Combat Engineer
  • United States Army
  • 1989 - 1991
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Education

  • Seattle University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of California - Los Angeles
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • Sonoma State University
  • MA - Masters (enrolled)
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Movshovitz v. US Dept. of Education CAND A.P. No. 16-01096
  • $300,000 in student loans discharged.
  • Casey vs. US Dept. of Education CAND A.P. No. 14-1059
  • $500,000 in student loans discharged.
  • Laguens vs. Briggs CAND AP 11-01154
  • Verdict for my client plus $25,000 in punitive damages.
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Associations

  • US Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2016 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2016 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals - Fifth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2016 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2016 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Notary Association
  • Notary
  • 2010 - Present
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Better Business Bureau (A+ rating)
  • Listed
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Sonoma Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2006 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • United States Tax Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2005 - Present
  • US Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2004 - Present
  • Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Sonoma Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section
  • Chairman
  • 2012 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • 5.0 Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Graduated cum laude
  • Seattle University School of Law
  • 2001
  • Member
  • Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society
  • 1994
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sonoma State MA Program
  • Assassination of Pertinax and the Third Century Crisis of the Roman Empire
  • 2016
  • Sonoma State MA Program
  • Bronze Age Collapse of the 12th Century BC
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

Received (20)
Given (22)
Endorse Thomas
Litigation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Kelly is one of the most dedicated attorneys I know, even working nights and weekends. He takes great care of everyone I refer to him. Determined litigator and staunch defender of rights."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelly is always prepared. He is an excellent attorney who takes pride in his knowledge of the law and obtaining excellent results for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Kelly are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Thomas is a highly skilled, diligent and knowledgeable attorney who is well-known in the legal community for his outstanding professionalism. He was able to obtain satisfactory results even for clients whose cases were incredibly difficult by dedicating his time and effort to achieve the best results. I certainly endorse this lawyer and have no doubt he will be of great help to anyone seeking legal advice or representation within his main areas of practice."
Chapter 13 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Kelly is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for his clients."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tom has an excellent understanding of the legal system and is a great source for Bankruptcy and Litigation. More importantly he is really good with clients and keeping them informed and positioned well."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom and I have worked on several cases together, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Tom is an excellent litigator with extensive knowledge of the law and procedures. He is very responsive to his clients and on top of his cases. He works very hard for his clients and achieves excellent results. Tom is a very strong skilled lawyer who I would recommend to anyone needing a shark to protect them."
Litigation Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Kelly is a knowledgable and professional attorney along with being a very likable and friendly person. Not two sides of a coin that often go together. Over the time I have known him, he has shown extensive skill and expertise in his areas of practice and has always been attainable when needed for advice. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer for always showing dedication to clients."
Litigation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly skilled attorney who provides detailed responses to the AVVO community. Great asset to AVVO."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a great Bankruptcy attorney. His knowledge on the subject is impressive and beyond extensive. I am confident in his skills on all bankruptcy matters and feel that my referrals to him are in great hands."
Litigation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Top-notch, well-rounded and respected litigator among the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know Mr. Kelly for a few years through the Sonoma County Bar Bankruptcy Section and I assure you he is well respected by his peers. Whenever I want opinions on an issue he is one of the first attorneys I ask. He is extremely knowledgeable and in my opinion a great bankruptcy attorney"
Litigation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an aggressive litigator who fights for his clients to get results. He's also a really nice guy to work with."
Litigation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom and I have had extensive discussions on the rapidly changing nature of CA law regarding foreclosure litigation. He knows this field quite well and is a great asset helping borrowers understand and enforce their options."
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