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Christopher Dale Thomas

Family Attorney at Honolulu, HI

4.5   20 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 19 years
    Colorado - CO 24 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    50%
    Assisted Community Treatment (ACT); Assertive Outpatient Treatment (AOT); Guardianship; Family Law Mediation; Family Restraining Orders; Extreme Risk Protection Orders; Divorce and Separation; Child Custodial Issues; Pre Nuptial Agreements;

    18 years, 1,200 cases

  2. Military law
    25%
    Military Investigations; Military Criminal Defense; Military Courts Martial; Military Administrative Action and Non Judicial Punishment; Military Separation Issues; Military Divorce Issues; Security Clearance (DoD) Investigations and Appeals

    24 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Mediation
    15%
    Formally Trained and Certified Mediator; Family Law Mediation, to include Divorce Property and Asset Division, Financial Support Issues; Child Related Issues.

    13 years, 150 cases

  4. Criminal defense
    10%
    State, Federal, and Military Criminal Courts, including Appeals

    24 years

Experienced Trial Attorney, specializing in complex litigation.  Honolulu-based; serving select clients on all Islands.  Huge baseball fan who enjoys coaching Son's little league teams.  Also enjoy all outdoor activities; camping, hiking, ocean sports.

Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
2014

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Contact Christopher

Christopher D. Thomas, AAL, LLC
1001 Bishop St. Suite 2925
American Savings Bank Twr.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-3429
Law Off. of Christopher D. Thomas
1001 Bishop St
American Savings Bank Twr.
Honolulu, HI, 96813-3429
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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  20 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | September 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
Christopher Thomas is an excellent lawyer, working well with me as a customer and being able to personalize my case. He was able to answer all of my questions and ensured me that we were working well on each assignment.
Posted by Adele | February 2, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Got the job done
Chris accomplished mediation in less than two days compared to the roundabout I did trying to get divorced for over 1 year. He laid the ground work and did exactly what we discussed, and loved the direct approach. I am happy that he accepted and offered his services. For anyone reading this… Chris is your lawyer hands down! Cutthroat, direct and will get the job done!
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Posted by PC | January 28, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Satisfied Client
I apologize for the delay but I would be deficient for not acknowledging the expertise and professionalism of Mr. Thomas law office. Whether in Hawaii or the mainland you would be hard pressed to find a litigator more stringent and strategic with his approach. Christopher and his team were professional, responsible and diligent in giving me the absolute best service from the minarets details to the absolutely most intricate details of my case . I was constantly reassured and put to ease in the entire process. In short if you want the reassurance you go to a lawyer to find, if you don’t pick Chris’s team you have done yourself a tremendous disservice.
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped me prepare my divorce decree
My husband and I filed for divorce pro-se, but needed help drafting our final divorce decree. Chris did a great job of helping us do that and was responsive to our questions about the process.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent
Christopher understands how the government/military works. Also help me out with some review board issues. He keeps in touch with his clients. He is upfront in a good way and will not lie to you,has a great staff.
Posted by Cari | June 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Astounding!!
Mr. Thomas and his staff did an amazing job representing me in my case. I don't live on the island, but he didn't hesitate in taking my case and researching the vast history and details of my case. He was extremely helpful, organized, respectful and compassionate and was a fireball in court! I couldn't be any more pleased with his work on my case and was amazed that he would be so understanding of my situation for never even having met me in person. He even suggested a conference call with my attorney out of state on a different case. Highly recommended and very thankful!! Thank you, Chris!!
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Posted by Derrek | February 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Honest, Dependable, and Good
I was blown away by the work done by Chris and his team. I expected any lawyer dealing with my divorce to be strictly profit-minded and not care. He demonstrated a true concern for my case, was diligent in every matter, and provided service above what I could have asked for. Moreover, he was extremely reasonable and fair in his pricing. He helped me navigate through a messy situation and actually was very supportive of working out of divorce papers toward reconciliation. I greatly appreciated everything he did and would recommend him in a heart beat for a variety of matters.
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Posted by anonymous | January 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Focused and caring service
Mr. Thomas and his staff did a remarkable job in handling my personal needs. They were very informative, caring, and made sure to answer any and all questions I needed. The process specific to my case was explained fully to me and easy to follow. Would definitely recommend to anyone considering his services.
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thank you
Mr. Thomas is an exceptional lawyer who took his time and made sure that I was represented very well during my time of divorce. He was straight up and honest. I am very grateful and really appreciate the time him and his staff put into my divorce.
Posted by Louis | December 12, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas is an excellent lawyer, he is professional and understanding. He provided me with upfront information for my divorce. His staff is professional, helpful and accommodating. I highly recommend him as he is more than I expected in an attorney.
Posted by Nicole | September 15, 2014
Review for Mr. Thomas
Mr Thomas is a true professional. Extremely trustworthy, thoughtful and understanding. He took the time to explain everything and made sure my concerns were addressed. His staff is amazing as well. I am extremely pleased and highly recommend his services.
Posted by Sio | September 12, 2014
Satisfied client review for Christopher Thomas
Christopher Thomas and his staff were very accomodating and very trustworhty. He provided the best law practice that anyone could ask for. He took on my case with short notice and provided the best law advise. I am very grateful to Mr. Thomas and his staff and highly reccomend his law firm.
Posted by Bryant | September 12, 2014
Best lawyer on island!!!
Mr. Thomas is the best lawyer on island in my honest opinion. I had no doubt that he would get me the results I desired and every time he exceeded expectations.
Posted by Bill | September 8, 2014
Chris is a natural in the courtroom, incredibly knowledgable, and a great advisor too
Most importantly - Chris Thomas gets the job done. But also - he works fast - which will help you save $! He also provides excellent advice and honest expectations and feedback - which goes a long way in helping the client (like me) realize what is fair to expect as an outcome or solution. When all parties are emotional to different degrees this is critical to keeping the ball moving and it was definitely very helpful for me. I know Chris keeps busy but he made me feel like I had his undivided attention when I had his time.
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Posted by Aeri | September 6, 2014
"Much appreciated"
Mr.Thomas is a very personable, knowledgeable, responsive, warm, friendly attorney that truly listens to your concerns. I am introverted and sensitive person. Even though I am shy talking with new people, I could be honest and totally open-minded to tell him about how my marriage was and he sympathized in the first interview at his office. George Santayana said: There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with. He is an intelligent and aggressive attorney who's impressed me greatly. I got great result in my case. He kept me informed and advised me of the options in my case. He checked see if everything is okay with my concerns. I contacted him whenever I have a question and concerns. I am satisfied with his services. He even generously listened my other issues and concerns. His basecamp web portal allowed me to contact him and other staff was ready to assist me at all times. Also he always informed me when he is out of the honolulu office. I really appreciate everything what he did for me. Even the price I paid to him wasn't enough for his great services. I would highly recommend Christopher D. Thomas Esq to anyone who needs legal services. If I need additional legal advice from him I would call him right away.
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Posted by Jeffrey | October 6, 2011
Much Recommended
Spoke with Mr. Thomas within days of my issue popping up; was knowledgeable, responsive, and thorough in ensuring that I resolved my situation. Much appreciated.
Posted by Mike K | September 12, 2014
Divorced and Have Custody.
Christopher Thomas was a great attorney that went beyond what I expected from a lawyer. I was deployed in the military going through a divorce and custody battle. I am now divorced and have sole custody of my daughter. He made my feel comfortable and calm going through some rough times. I highly recommend Mr. Thomas especially if you are military due to Mr. Thomas being prior Military law.
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2014
Hes a "BULLDOG" in court!
Chris is very motivated, very knowledgeable and very prepared in court situations...He's fair and trustworthy. The only drawback i believe is that at times he assumed that i was aware of what was going on during the divorce/child custody process...i.e It was not explained to me that by agreeing to joint physical custody, but only actually receiving 3 days every week would affect my child support payments! Although in the decree I am awarded joint physical, according to CSEA(child support enforcement agency) it is considered extended stays and therefore child support is calculated differently from actual joint custody...MORE! Overall good attorney! Two thumbs UP!!
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Posted by Mitchell | November 27, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sleazy and stupid
What a terrible lawyer. I paid $1250 for my case and sat around for 6 months with him telling me to just wait. He kept telling me to do work and then he would look at it and screw up the details as he was trying to edit it. I watched him type relevance and underscores below 11 pages of time line I wrote instead of copying and pasting for an hour and then I had to go back and delete the underscores because as most people know you can't type on top of them. I found out later he charged me $300 for that day. He also charged me for a lot of things that weren't in our contract when I got a bill for an additional $3000. I told him I wasn't paying it because I read the contract and he violated his own contract. Billing more for paralegal time and for phone calls he wasn't supposed to be talking to certain people. He said I was going to have to pay and I told him to sue me for it and I would win because he was a crappy lawyer and broke the contract. That was over a year ago and he hasn't gotten a penny from me. Then he told me he would sue me for libel if I left him a bad review. We'll guess what, challenge excepted. I'm leaving you a terrible review for you being a terrible lawyer who did nothing for me and in the end I was cleared because I was innocent and just sat down and spoke with the investigators and cleared my name against his advice. Almost $1300 down the drain for exactly 2 pages of handwritten notes that are illiterate saying don't do anything. Thanks but I could have done that for free. I wanted a lawyer to be with me by my side but he was always too busy. He would email and then you would respond and I saw he auto deleted your response. He wanted you to respond on a program even he didn't use. He was never available to answer your call and you would be told be his office he would call and then he wouldn't. Horribly unprofessional, unclean and disorganized office place. Find a lawyer that isn't such a wuss and know what they are doing. Go ahead, try sueing me and I'll make you look stupid.
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Posted by Antonio | September 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beware Horrible Service
I hired this attorney to file guardianship paperwork for my incapacitated brother. If I had to do it all over again I would not use this attorney and I would not recommend anyone use this attorney. My brother was homeless on the street and this attorney lagged in filing the paperwork to get the process started to get him off the street. He lied about filing the paperwork and when addressed with concerns his response was fire me. Paperwork was never filed until a month after he was hired. A week after a news story was aired on my brother. His team made it seem as if we were waiting for the court to issue a court date but when I called the court they confirmed nothing was ever filed. I was told that because the news story had aired they hoped it would light a fire and get the process started when in fact the whole time they failed to even file the paperwork. This whole time my brother was homeless on the street in very bad health. It’s one thing to be behind on your duties but it’s another thing to lie about it and then rectify the issue with saying fire me when you are addressed with the concerns. Fast forward to today we were notified by the court that the lawyer failed to follow up with required paperwork needed by the court in regards to the granted guardianship. I would not hire this lawyer again and thank god my brother is no longer in Hawaii and in very good health today.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • LEAD COUNSEL
  • LAW OFFICES OF CHRISTOPHER D. THOMAS
  • 2010 - Present
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force Reserve
  • 2007 - 2014
  • Special Ass't U.S. Attorney ( Air Force SAUSA)
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force Jag
  • 2000 - 2006
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Education

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • Creighton U.
  • MA - Masters
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • In the Matter of J.Y.
  • Pending
  • JR V. IR
  • Affirmed Order of Trial Court in Client/Father' Favor
  • CC V. DD (2017)
  • Affirming Opinion of Trial Order in State of Hawaii Supreme Court
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Associations

  • Veteran's Administration
  • Accredited Claims Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • Hawaii Court Appointed Arbitration Program
  • Arbitrator
  • 2012 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals For The Armed Forces
  • Attorney
  • 2000 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Air Force Achievement Award and Medal
  • United States Air Force
  • 2003

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (3)
Endorse Christopher
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Thomas is a dedicated and thorough counsel whose experience is obvious to those who have seen him in action. I strongly endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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Honolulu Family Lawyer Christopher Dale Thomas
Christopher Dale Thomas
Family Attorney
Honolulu, HI
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available