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Ralph W. Thompson

Ralph W. Thompson

For over 40 years Mr. Thompson and his firm have provided quality legal service throughout the Central Coast and Northern California. His practice has included estate planning and litigation involving business and real estate; probate, trust and estates; professional negligence and insurance, including coverage issues; sexual harassment, discrimination and employment disputes; and serious injury and wrongful death claims.

In 1996, Mr. Thompson began providing ADR services through Thompson Mediation & Arbitration as an adjunct to his law practice. In 1998 he was selected speaker/panelist at the California Judges Association's 10th annual Retired Judges Conference on mediation and arbitration issues. He is a former member of the American Arbitration Association's Roster of Neutrals (1978-2005), and is a member of the Monterey County Superior Court's Mediation and Arbitration panels.

In September 2015, Mr. Thompson retired from the practice of law and closed his law office. He will maintain his active membership with the California State Bar and continue providing ADR services as a private and court-appointed Mediator and Arbitrator, and will also be available to the Courts for appointments as Special Master and Discovery Referee.


Areas Of Experience

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Business and Real Estate Litigation

Probate, Trust and Estates Litigation

Wills and Trust

Professional Negligence and Insurance Litigation

Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Claims.


California State Bar, 1968

U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1968

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1972

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1981


Juris Doctorate
California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA
June, 1967

Bachelor of Arts
Major: History
Minors: Political Science & French
Loma Linda University, Riverside, CA
June, 1964

State of California Standard Teaching Credential (Life)

Classes/Seminars Taught

Criminal Law and Criminal Evidence
Instructor in Law, 1969–1977
Monterey Peninsula College

Administration of Justice, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, and Political Science
Adjunct Professor, 1971–1986
Golden Gate University

Legal and Public Policy Programs, Civil Litigation, Civil Procedure, and Tort & Personal Injury Practice
Professor, 1997–2001
University of California, Santa Cruz

Speaker/Panelist, 1987
National Convention Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation

Speaker/Panelist, 1989
California Trial Lawyers Association Advocacy College

Speaker/Panelist, 1990
California Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention

Mediation and Arbitration
Speaker/Panelist, 1998
California Judges Association 10th Annual Retired Judges Conference


American Arbitration Association
Former Member Roster of Neutrals, 1978–2005

Monterey County Bar Association
Member, 1968–Present
President, 1995

Monterey County Superior Court Judicial Arbitration Panel

Monterey County Superior Court Mediation Panel

California State Bar Association
Member, 1968–Present
Chair Litigation/Jury Instructions Section, 1984–1986

American Bar Association

Legal Services for Seniors
President and Member, Council of Advisors, 1993–1995

Past Positions

Assistant Trust Examiner, 1967–1968
U.S. Treasury Department

Deputy District Attorney, 1968–1971
Monterey County District Attorney's Office


Alumnus of the Year Award
awarded by Loma Linda University (La Sierra)

Chief Justice Phil S. Gibson Award for Outstanding Community Service
awarded by Monterey County Bar Association

Robert C. Littlefield Award for Lifetime Achievement
awarded by Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

AV® Rating
as Published in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers