Staff Profile for Attorney Thomas Shields
As a family law attorney and mediator for Wine Country Family Law & Bankruptcy Office, Thomas helps clients navigate divorce and custody disputes by listening, coaching, advising, negotiating, mediating, and – when necessary – litigation. He has significant courtroom experience helping survivors of domestic violence obtain restraining orders. He advocates vigorously for his clients, and he is a certified mediator and skilled negotiator.
During college he majored in Economics with a concentration in Computer Applications and minors in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Communications. While studying full time at Sonoma State University he learned to solve a Rubik’s Cube and worked three jobs: teacher’s assistant, associate at an electronics store, and tutor in statistics. In 2006, he moved to Shanghai, China for a year and taught English to elementary school kids. Before law school, he worked as a lifeguard at Camp Mendocino for the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club.
A few lesser known facts about Thomas are that he lived for a short time in New York on Long Island, that he worked a summer fundraising for the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco, and that he worked in the slots department at a casino. One of his favorite life changing experiences was summiting Mt. Shasta over the 2015 summer solstice. In his free time, Thomas enjoys volunteering on his friend’s organic farm, skiing weekends in Tahoe, cooking gourmet meals, and playing challenging strategy board games.
Thomas has represented hundreds of clients from diverse backgrounds under strictly established schedules set by the Domestic Violence Prevention Act. Such cases often involve stressful and extreme emotion. Thomas handles cases in a patient, caring, and professional manner. His former clients come from all walks of life; including adults and minors of various gender expression, age, mental or physical ability, ethnicity, income bracket, sexual orientation, injury, medical condition, and/or primary language.
Thomas’ broad background and demonstrated commitment to diversity helps him relate to his clients and understand what they are going through. He knows that clients want to be treated as more than just a name in a file. They want to be heard, kept informed and receive vigorous, competent representation. He understands the importance of respecting clients’ emotional needs and delivering services as cost-efficiently as possible.
University of California Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California -Juris Doctor with a concentration in Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2011
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California – Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a concentration in Computer Applications, 2006
Sonoma County Bar Association Pro Bono Special Recognition, 2013
Areas of Practice
- Family Law
- Family Law Mediation
- Child Support
- Child Custody and Visitation