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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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Summary

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
Fees
  • 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
California
California
9th Circuit
Languages
  • English
Professional Experience
Owner
Thomas A Grossman Law Offices
- Current
Self-Employed owner of Law Practice
Owner
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
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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.
Education
Pepperdine University School of Law
Certificate of Completion (2005) | Mediation Seminar (35 hours)
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Southwestern University School of Law
J.D. (1977) | General Law, Personal Injury, intellectual property
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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
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Honors: Pledge Scholar 1966
University of California - Los Angeles
B.A. (1967) | English Literature
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Awards
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
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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
Member
- Current
American Association of Justice
Member
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Activities: Active Member
Riverside Superior Court, Indio Branch
Judge Pro Tem
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Activities: Acted as Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court (Indio Branch) handling Settlement conferences and Court Mediations.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Legally Speaking
PalmSpringsGuides.Com
Certifications
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
Website
Website
Legal Answers
333 Questions Answered

Q. Do I still have to pay a membership for a gym that already closed.
A: Unless you have a signed contract with the gym in question, I don't believe you have to pay for a gym membership. I would suggest not paying membership fees. I doubt they will try to sue you for it. Good Luck.
Q. Hello, quick question. Is BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS CODE SECTION 21660-21669.1 a state code?
A: To my knowledge, all of the codes in California are State (i.e. California) codes. The Code you referenced appears to be a section of the California Codes which references multiple State codes (i.e. 21660 through 21669.1). Hope that helps.
Q. Got a letter to terminate my tenancy under section 1949 (until July 19) . can I leave b4 30 days since I paid 4 June
A: It is hard to tell from the information that you gave what kind of tenancy you have. Assuming that you have 30 days to move out, and that you gave the landlord a security deposit, the main question may be whether or not you get your security deposit back. Landlords love to find excuses for not giving you back your security deposit. If you left the place clean and without damage, you should be alright. Good Luck. Tom Grossan
Q. Can we sue a realtor for false information about a seller accepting our offer and terms?
A: It sounds like the Realtor was waiting for the best offer, before he/she accepted the financing. While that is not a very professional way to operate, I don't think you can sue the Realtor unless he/she went forward with the offer without telling you. I would call or write the Realtor and demand a return of your documents immediately. I would then find another Realtor.
Q. I had an agreement with a former classmate of mine to help fund his start up business.
A: Unfortunately, without a signed agreement it is more difficult to convince a person to pay back money he or she owes you. The emails help somewhat, as that confirms that an agreement was reached, even if it was not signed. Also, the mere fact that he acknowledges the debt is helpful. I would start by nicely asking this person to set up a schedule of payments. If he refuses, you should then tell him that you will take him to Small Claims Court if he doesn't start the payments immediately. I don't know how much money we are talking about, but you can sue for up to $10,000 in Small Claims Court. You have nothing to lose by doing so. Good Luck.
Q. Who has the legal right to initiate a 60 day to vacate?
A: If you have a lease, then you should be given 60 days notice to vacate the property. Only an original, signed Notice is valid. If you only received unsigned copies, they can be ignored. I would point this out to the Landlord and make him give you another full 60 days before vacating the property. Good Luck.
Q. My father passed away in January. I found his life insurance policy from Seaboard Life Insurance. Still active?
A: I suggest you call the Life Insurance Company and ask them about the policy. There are lots of different forms of life insurance (short-term, long-term, etc.).
Q. I bought a home 10/2018 cash, personal money. I put my g/f's name on title/deed with me. Can I have her taken off?
A: Unfortunately putting your girlfriend's name on a deed is like giving her a half ownership interest in the property. I don't think you can get her off of the deed unless you buy her out. Hopefully you can work it out with her, but be sure that you have a written contract drawn up showing that she consents to the terms of the agreement. Good Luck.
Q. Does buying a property at a tax sale also wipe out all past HOA dues/liens?
A: Generally speaking, the only liens that are eliminated are those that are recorded on the deed or trust deed.
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