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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
239 Questions Answered

Q. Do you have any statutes for a) Motion to Dismiss Complaint, and/or b) Motion for Sanctions?
A: Generally it is up to the Judge to respond to a Motion to Dismiss a case. You can find most of the forms by going to your computer and pulling up the local Branch of the County Court you are in. Then search around that website and you should come up with a Form for your motion. Since I know little about your case (I assume you are in a lawsuit), I can only guess. If you are going to file a motion to dismiss, be sure that you have all the paperwork you need. You will have to support it with a Declaration under Penalty of Perjury. As to the sanctions, you can request those as part of your motion to Dismiss, but you should be sure to request those sanctions as part of your Motion. Eg: MOTION FOR DISMISSAL OF CASE; AND MOTION FOR SANCTIONS. Good luck.
Q. What are a couple of questions that should be asked during a screening Interview?
A: You should ask the prospective attorney the following questions: How long have you been practicing? How many personal injury cases have you handled? Do you take cases on a contingency basis? (if they don't, move on). Do you advance costs? (This is crucial). What is the breakdown of your contingency fee"? Is it 30%, 40%, 50%? Attorneys usually use a sliding scale for fees, such as 30% if the case settles quickly; 40% if suit is filed, and the court requires the case to be set for trial; and 50% if you go to trial. This is fair because attorneys can spend thousands of dollars on your case, and they get nothing if you lose at trial. And, not all cases are winers. Hope that helps. Tom Grossman
Q. Do I need to file a silent partnership agreement with the city of Los Angeles in order for it to be legal?
A: You state you filed your business with the City of Los Angeles, but that does not establish any rights to the business name. Usually, cities simply collect a yearly fee from you because they can. The easiest thing to do is file a fictitious business name Statement with the County of Los Angeles. That allows you to protect your business name (once you have one), and protect it for (I think) five years. You can form a written partnership, but to do it properly usually requires the help of a good attorney. However, the process of forming a partnership is helpful to answer a lot of questions that might not otherwise come up. A partnership is taxed as a partnership, with the partners splitting the profits and/or losses. A form "K" must usually be filed for that purpose, one for each partner. A bank account should be opened in the name of the business. Forming a good partnership runs about $1,000 to $1,200.
Q. Car sold on Craigslist in CA to NJ buyer. Was represented honest but didn’t meet buyer expectations, threatening to sue.
A: Simply put, it depends on what kind of written agreement you have. If you don't have an agreement, signed by both parties, you are stuck with a verbal agreement. You can try to work it out with the other side.
Q. Can I request a mediator in my eviction case at any time?
A: Without knowing more about this matter, you probably can request a mediation (many courts now offer mediation as a choice), but it will have to be set up by a mediator, and the Court usually picks the mediator. I assume you are in civil court, as I don't think small claims court offers a mediation. If their is a case no. assigned to your case, look up your case on the internet and find the Superior Court of the County you are in. Then, find the option that allows you to access your case, and pull it up. The papers in Superior Court usually have all of he documents in the Clerk's File. If you don't have a case no., you will not find your file. Your case number should be filed on the first page of documents that you received.
Q. If we have to sue for legal malpractice is there lawyers that work on contingency for cases like this?
A: You may have a malpractice case if the lawyers who abandoned you sent you to another law firm, and that new law firm failed to protect you from the statute of limitations by filing an action. There could be a dispute on this between the two law firms. As a general rule, attorneys want to handle good cases, and these attorneys may have concluded that you didn't have a good enough case. If neither firm told you that they would file suit for you before the statute of limitations runs, and didn't do it, you may be suing two attorneys. I am not a malpractice lawyer, but I would think that any firm that says they are going to represent you, and then bails out at the last minute, has committed malpractice. In the meantime, call some other lawyers who are actually interested in your case. It is more difficult to do that when the SOL date is quickly approaching, but with luck you will find one.
Q. Are all parties' signatures required for an Interpleader case to be filed?
A: Assuming that a lawsuit has already been filed, and the plaintiff and defendant have both filed their respective papers (a Complaint and an Answer), and assuming that you are the person who wants to interplead into the action, I am pretty sure that you would have to prepare papers as an "interpleader" and sign them in order to be allowed into the action. I am also pretty sure that you would be required to pay a filing fee in order to do so. Hope that helps. Tom Grossman All advice is given based on correct facts, and is not a guarantee of accuracy.
Q. I have a dispute with my solar leasing company.
A: Since you won your case, you probably have the right to sue the company for fraud, damages, or restitution (return to you of what you paid). You might be able to do this through a small claims court action, or file a "Limited Civil" action in Palm Springs Civil Court. Hope this was helpful. Tom G
Q. Can a CEO/ President of a sub chapter s corporation in Arkansas legally not pay dividends to shareholders?
A: I'm not positive, but I think payment of dividends is optional in a Sub S Corporation if the President has a majority interest in the shares.
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