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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
129 Questions Answered

Q. Hello. we've just purchased a house (closing was 4 days ago) and a few events make us suspect foul play from owner
A: You may be able to demand an Arbitration proceeding, but that is under California Law. California has different laws than Massachusetts. Under California laws, most real estate purchase agreements contain such clauses. I don't know what Mass. laws say. You should review the paperwork. Good Luck.
Q. Seller of a property I purchased did not comeplete Work in time they agreed to in writing? What action can I take?
A: Without seeing the papers, I cannot tell you much. Depending on whether or not you are in escrow, you can probably back out of he escrow (and seek damages), or sue the seller in Court. Suing is always an expensive proposition, show maybe you should simply allow another extension.
Q. Living in a hotel for last 6 months. Am I a tenant? Do I have any rights? Can the hotel randomly increase my rate?
A: You are technically never a "tenant" when staying in a hotel. You are a "guest" or a "visitor." Since you have been staying there so long, I would assume that you signed a contract. Your contract would tell you the terms of your stay, and whether they have/had the right to raise your rates for certain events, or the right to terminate your stay.
Q. Can install cameras inside of bars as part of a feature for an app in California?
A: It probably depends on whether or not the owner of the bars will give you permission to do so. I doubt you can force the issue.
Q. Can a utility company put ALL responsibility on homeowner in case of damage to a shallow buried gas line?
A: I don't know that an Oklahoma Supreme Court decision will help you any in your case, as it is in a different sate, and judges can go one way or another. If there has been no lawsuit filed, you can probably go to your local small claims court and file your own small claims case against So Cal. If you win, they can appeal to superior court. If you lose, you cannot appeal.
Q. I have a restraining order against an ex, who moved back to the city I live in. Can I break my current lease to move?
A: I have a couple of answers for you. First of all, you should immediately contact the police if your ex violates the restraining order in any way. Second, it is probably up to your landlord whether or not your ex's presence in Rancho Cucamonga is grounds for breaking the lease. If your landlord is nice, he might let you break the lease. Third, if your ex is bent on continuing the domestic violence, you should do whatever you have to do to get away from him. Having the police involved would be the best situation, especially if he violates the restraining order and goes to jail. I hope that helps. Good Luck.
Q. My friends daughter was hit by an elderly woman as she was crossing the street. She died as a result of her injuries.
A: You are not bound to stick with the lawyer you have, as a client can discharge his lawyer at any time. I don't know the facts about the case, but the insurance company may be arguing that the daughter was J-walking at the time, and claim so kind of comparative negligence on her part (under California law). Insurance companies don't like to pay money. Your attorney has had plenty of time to get this case rolling. I would look for another attorney. You should have a police report that tells you who was at fault. Since the accident happened in Oregon, you will need to have an Oregon attorney.
Q. Who do I need to get a hold of? I live in California's poorest county. The town I live in has only 1 service station.
A: The answer of William Light, below, may be correct. The best thing to do is buy an inexpensive air pump that you can plug into the cigarette lighter, and always keep your own water and coolant in the car. There must be an auto parts store in the County you live in. The pump and my own water has saved me numerous times from being stranded. And, you can inflate your own tires, and put water in your radiator any time or place you need too.
Q. Hello, If I have a judgement against me, in my name, can the other party put a lien on my business bank account?
A: If the Judgment has been entered and served on you, the creditor can file a Writ of Execution and execute on your personal bank accounts(s). If your business is also named in the Judgment, the creditor can also execute on your business account. Sometimes banks screw up and allow their employees to allow execution on your business accounts by the creditor, even though that account has not been named in the Order. Caveat emptor.
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