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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
311 Questions Answered

Q. If you rent a mini storage unit and their hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. can they limit your time to 2 hours?
A: I don't see how the storage company can limit your time at all, unless there are too many people running around. It's your right to have time to spend in your storage unit.
Q. My lawyer just quit on my case asking to dismiss without my consent
A: Your lawyer can ask the court to allow him to withdraw from the case. Usually, there must be grounds for that request. However, most attorneys simply state in their request to be relieved from the case that there are unresolvable differences between you and your lawyer. I suggest you find another lawyer.
Q. background actor won't sign release form for video?
A: I practiced intellectual property law for several years. The general rule is that if a person in the background of a movie scene is unrecognizable, they probably cannot sue for anything. However, the company's promise to send him a contract complicates matters somewhat, and could come up in Court as question of fact. He could sue the company, but I don't think extras make a whole lot of money, so I don't think he would collect very much. I would offer him, or his attorney, a two or three hundred bucks for a signed release by both parties. If he wants to sue, he is probably not going to get much. If he were George Clooney, that would be another matter. Good Luck.
Q. Can a text message be use as a promissory agreement.
A: If the promise to pay you was verbal, it may be difficult to get the payment. If he signed an email and sent it to you, promising to pay you back, then you should confirm his promise and the terms of the payment.
Q. Can I be charged a storage fee if I said I moving out on a Monday but did not come get my things until that weekend
A: While a minor cannot legally enter a contract in California until he is 18, any contract (including a verbal contract) would be void. However, since you are now 18 they can probably request that you pay some storage fees. I would bargain with them if they give you a hassle about it. Good Luck. Tom Grossman
Q. Can I file a motion to compel arbitration after the plaintiff has sent a request for discovery? Re: debt collection
A: Probably. But you will probably need to coordinate the timing with the Court. You also must be in a Court that allows you to compel an arbitration hearing, or have a contract that has an arbitration clause in it.. Since I don't know what documents are involved (e.g. is there a contract with an arbitration clause in it). That's the best I can do.
Q. can i sue my realtor and the seller to pay for my roof leaking?
A: I suggest you sue the seller and the roofing company. And, if your realtor knew of the problem, you should sue her too. Depending on the escrow papers, you may have to have a mediation and arbitration before you can file a lawsuit. If neither party signed the clause requiring an Arbitration, then you can go directly to the Courts.
Q. I am in the framing business. How long do we have to keep completed orders that haven't been picked up?
A: When you said you were in the "framing business," I assumed you meant house framing. I now understand that you frame works of art. I think that, because you have a disclaimer at the end of your invoices as to the length of time you must hold onto those invoices (and/or the artwork), you should make one last call to each of your clients that are either owed money or owe you money. Give them two weeks to respond. If they don't, I would donate the art to a charity. Depending on many pieces we are talking about, you could even hold your own mini-auction. I, myself, have 50 pieces of art that I have collected over the last 20 years, that I can't seem to sell. I spent about $100,000 on these works of art, but I guess many of them are outdated. They are mostly in a storage unit. I am about ready to give away the artwork. If you are interested, maybe we could work something out (I live in Palm Springs). Do you also repair art, or do you limit yourself to framing? I have a couple of works that need some small repairs. I think Pasadena is good place for artists and artwork (and framers), but the Desert area is very snobbish. I would like to get rid of my art one way or another, without losing all of the money I put into it. I know it is unusual that an attorney is asking you for advice, but maybe we can help each other. Let me know if you are interested. Either way, I hope my advice will help out your situation. My phone no. is 760 327-7447. Good Luck.
Q. How do I locate information about a specific state case law that was based on my case in California Civil Court?
A: If you know the name of the case you can look it up on the internet in "Find Law." However, you must know the exact name and date of the case (e.g. Jones v. smith, 1990), and the case citation (e.g. 24 California 145 at page 230).
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