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Thomas A. Grossman

Thomas A. Grossman

Thomas A. Grossman, Attorney at Law, currently practicing in the Coachella Valle
  • Business Law, Real Estate Law, Personal Injury
  • California, California
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Born in Wisconsin, raised in L.A., moved to the Desert in 1977. 39 year experience in civil litigation, contract law, real estate (licensed broker), personal injury, alternative dispute resolution (Mediations and Arbitrations) and more. Active hiker, swimmer and singer.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury
Additional Practice Areas
  • Car Accidents
  • General Civil
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Lemon Law
  • Free Consultation
    Up to half hour free consultation, if I can help you. More time if warranted.
  • Contingent Fees
    I will take certain cases on a contingency, mostly personal injury or other injury cases.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    $300/hr. Free phone consultation up to 20 minutes.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
9th Circuit
  • English
Professional Experience
Thomas A Grossman Law Offices
- Current
Self-Employed owner of Law Practice
Thomas A. Grossman, Professional Law Corporation
- Current
Mr. Grossman has operated his law practice and mediation service (Desert ADR) by way of his professional law corporation, since 1994. He has handled a variety of personal injury, business, HOA, and real estate matters, as well as several cases of wrongful use of image in high profile body builder and model cases. He also handles credit issues, and forms corporations, partnerships and LLCs. Mr. Grossman now spends most of his time operating Desert ADR, a full service dsipute resolution service serving Riverside County, Califonria, and the Desert, since 2002.
Owner, Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator
Desert ADR
Thomas A. Grossman, Esq., along with Judge Robert G. Taylor, Ret., has owned and operated Desert ADR, an alternative Dispute Resolution Service located in the Desert area (Coachella Valley) of Riverside County, California, since 2002. Now solely owned and operated by Mr. Grossman, we offer four experienced mediators and arbitrators, including Judge Taylor, Ret. and Mr. Grossman. We handled a variety of matters, including personal injury, real estate and business matters, HOA disputes, divorce and family law cases, insurance claims, employment matters, probate and other civil disputes. Mr. Grossman now on his own, and still handles mediations and arbitrations, as well as business matters, real estate issues, personal injury, corporate, credit issues, and othe civil matters. I welcome your inquiries.
Pepperdine University School of Law
Certificate of Completion (2005) | Mediation Seminar (35 hours)
Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. (1977) | General Law, Personal Injury, intellectual property
Now in private practice in areas of Arbitration and Mediation; Real Estate Law; Business Law; Personal Injury and Police Misconduct
Honors: Past Member Warren E. Slaughter Inns of Court, Palm Springs, CA.
Activities: Judge Pro Tem for settlement conferences and mediations for Indio Superior Court District; Judge Pro Tem for Mandatory mediations for Riverside County Mediation Program 1990-2013
University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1967) | English Literature
Honors: Pledge Scholar 1966
University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1967) | English Literature
Received the Distinguished "Bird Award" from the Desert Bar Association.
Desert Bar Association
I have been a member of the Desert Bar Association for 40 years. I have spoken at the "Bird Awards" dinner on numerous occasions, and have received the Award on 3 occasions. It is an award only given out by the Desert Bar Association to attorneys who have donated time to various DBA related events.
Professional Associations
Desert Bar Association
Arbitrator, Fee Dispute Resolution Program
- Current
Activities: Handle arbitrations of fee disputes betweeen local attorneys and their clients. I have arbitrated 35+ cases, and wrote the Opinion Letter on non-refundable attorney fees, that is circulated to all Arbitrators in the Program with each new Arbitration.
California State Bar # 71052
- Current
American Association of Justice
Activities: Active Member
Riverside Superior Court, Indio Branch
Judge Pro Tem
Activities: Acted as Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court (Indio Branch) handling Settlement conferences and Court Mediations.
Articles & Publications
Legally Speaking
California Supreme Court
All California Courts & Fedearl District Court
LIcensed Real Estate Broker
California Department of Real Estate
LIfetime Teaching Credential
California Community Colleges, since 1989
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
300 Questions Answered

Q. Should I accept a $2k settlement or proceed to arbitration in a substandard bathroom remodel complaint against Lowe’s?
A: I would take them to the nearest Small Claims Court and ask for damages for $5,000. if you lose, you cannot appeal the Court's decision. If you win, the defendant (Lowe's) can appeal the decision and ask for a trial "de novo" (a new trial). Or you can file a civil lawsuit and serve it on Lowe's. The mere filing and serving the lawsuit might force them to up the ante.
Q. My HOA is voting Yes/No to purchase EQ Ins. if a majority of Home Owners vote No, what are the HOA Board obligations?
A: The simple answer is that, assuming that the vote should be decided by all members of the HOA. If the response of the voting is a "no," you can always purchase separate Earthquake insurance to protect your personal property and other assets. I agree that all HOAs should have earthquake insurance to cover the buildings and common areas. But, not all owners want to spend the money.
Q. if my contract has a mandatory mediation and arbitration clause and my attorny fails to do so is it considered
A: Assuming that you are talking about a real estate purchase contract that has a mandatory mediation/arbitration clause in it, and both parties have initialed those clauses, your attorney should represent you at those hearings. if he doesn't want to do that, you should get another attorney. I would also not pay the attorney any more money. Good Luck.
Q. Bicycle accident premises shopping development; 4-inch drop on cement pathway where elsewhere similar pathways none
A: I would need more details of the accident to give you an answer at this time. I would need to know: Where (in what City) the accident occurred? What part of the premises of the development were you on at the time of the accident? Was there a painted yellow line just before the cement walkway where you fell off the bicycle? Where you riding carefully when the accident happened? Did you fill out a claim form after the accident; If so, who did you direct the claim to? Do you have photos of the exact sport where you fell? When did the accident happen? Did you go to a Hospital or emergency room immediately after the accident? Find a good lawyer to represent you. Good Luck Thomas A Grossman, Esq.
Q. I've contacted my apartment complex 7 times about mice - their solution is traps in which are catching them daily
A: Yes. You should contact your landlord in writing that you are going to withhold rent until the mouse problem is taken care of. If they threaten you with eviction, you can tell them that the mouse infestation has made the apartment unsafe and a health hazard, and that the landlord has "breached the warranty of habitability." I would pay no more rent, until they fix the problem. It is my guess that the mouse problem is in many of the adjoining apartments, and that is why they can't fix the problem. You should confirm this with your neighbors, and you might be able to sue the landlord.
Q. If a nonprofit benefit corporation has several directors whose terms have expired, can the directors stay on until
A: Common sense tells me that once a Director's Term has expired, he or she is no longer a Director, unless the Board acts to extend their term. The best way to handle this would have been to have elections for new Directors, so that they could take their place on the Board immediately upon the expiration of the terms of the current Directors. The current Directors would have to give up their positions at the end of their terms.
Q. Can a business who is limited to sue in small claims court for only $5,000 sue for $10,000 in California?
A: In California an individual can sue for up to $10,000 on a personal matter, but is limited to $5,000 on a business matter. You can learn a lot more by using the internet to find the Small Claims Court in the County where you live; logging in to their website, and reviewing the information on Small Claims Court.
Q. I've been paying rent through my building's autopay for years and now they want backpay for years of "raises" What now?
A: Technically they can't ask you to pay past rent unless you had notice of that from the date the rent was raised. Proper notice would have been sending a notice to you about the new rent. You can accept it or you can fight it. My guess is that, now that you know they have raised the rent, it is your choice to stay there or pay the new rent. I would nonetheless complain to them about how they handled this matter. They are partly at fault for waiting two years to let you know about the new rent. I would consider using small claims court to complain about the new rent. However, if you are on a month-to-month rental, they can give you a proper notice of the "new" rent, and then you would have to accept it or move out in 30 days.
Q. My HOA violation notice request.
A: You can demand a copy of the pertinent documents from the HOA, but don't expect them to give them up willingly. HOAs are notoriously poor at giving up documents. I still suggest you demand a copy of the pertinent documents. Good Luck.
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Palm Springs, CA 92262
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