ATTORNEY PROFILE

Santa Cruz Divorce & Family Law Attorney

Solutions to your Family Law and Estate Planning needs.

Thomas S. Stinson

Tom focuses his practice on Family Law and Estate Planning.  He takes a client centered approach that provides solutions specific to your circumstances and goals.  In divorce and Family Law, Tom is a zealous advocate focused on creative and cost effective solutions to your problems.  In Estate Planning, Tom takes a detailed approach to make sure your estate passes to your heirs free from complications, and in a manner that takes full advantage of tax avoidance strategies when applicable.    

Prior to law Tom earned his degree in Business Management Economics in 2005 from the Univerisity of California, Santa Cruz achieving honors designation within the major and overall in the college among his graduating class.  After graduation Tom worked in the financial reporting group of a national publicly held corporation and as a project engineer before attending Santa Clara University School of Law.

While studying law, Tom gained legal experience through externships in a corporate legal department, with a San Jose law firm practicing construction, real estate, and business litigation, and working with the Honorable Judge Brian C. Walsh in Santa Clara County Court's Family Division.

Upon passing the bar in 2012 Tom practiced law as a solo practitioner assisting clients in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties with myriad matters ranging from drafting documents, to personal injury cases, to litigating family law cases through trial when necessary.  Subsequently, he joined a small botique Family Law Litigation office in Monterey working on cases in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties involving issues ranging from straight forward divorces to those with complex property divisions and difficult custody issues.  Thereafter, Tom was recruited to a law firm in San Jose that practiced business, real estate, and construction litigation.

Tom has been fortunate to provide legal representation and services to clients in a diverse range circumstances and involving applications of diverse areas of the law.  These experiences gave him perspective and the realization that he takes the greatest honor in serving families' legal needs when it matters most.  Thus, while Tom has the experience to serve clients in all areas of civil law, he now focuses his practice in the areas of Family Law and Estate Planning.

When Tom isn't working on solutions to clients' Divorce, Family Law and Estate Planning needs he stays active in the legal community with the following associations:

  • California State Bar Association
  • California State Family Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Bar Association
  • Santa Cruz County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Santa Cruz Family Bar Association 
  • The Advocates

In his personal life,Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.  He also enjoys youth sports coaching, community volunteer opportunities, DIY home improvement projects, mountain biking, weight training, running, and enjoying the rich costal environment Santa Cruz life offers.

If you have a Family Law or Trust & Estate matter you are seeking advice or representation in call Mr. Stinson now for a consultation to see how he can serve your interests.