Thomas Paine Dunlap

Of Counsel


Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court, Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court, Southern District of California

U.S. Court of International Trade


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, Order of the Coif

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Appellate law requires a special skill set; a case has been tried and a decision issued by the court. One of the parties now seeks to overturn that decision in the Court of Appeal, challenging the trial court’s interpretation of the law or of the facts. Whether you are the party who prevailed in the trial court and want to preserve your victory, or you are the party who lost and wants to overturn the ruling, you need an attorney experienced in this unique aspect of the law. Tom Dunlap has led a successful career in appellate family law, earning the respect of peers not only for hard-fought victories, but in some cases, winning published opinions that establish new precedents or clarify existing principles in family law and policy across California.

A family law practitioner for over 30 years, Tom believes continuing education is crucial for the family law legal community. He has authored articles for a variety of legal journals and publications, given lectures on varied family law topics, and volunteers as a fee arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Bar Association.


Career Highlights

Lead or solo appellate attorney for more than 20 published cases.



Martindale-Hubbell, AV rating

Los Angeles Magazine, Super Lawyers



Los Angeles County Bar Association, State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, volunteer


Publications & Speaking

“Is the Minor’s Counsel Statute Unconstitutional,” Family Law News & Review, Feb. 2008, Vol. I, No. 1

“Children of Fortune” Los Angeles Lawyer, April 2000, Vol. 23, No. 2 and Family Law Reference Book, LACB Association and Los Angeles Superior Court

“Property Law of the Marshall Islands,” Hawaii Bar Journal, Spring 1977

“Marshallese Property Law” California State Bar Journal Nov.-Dec. 1977, Vol. 52, #6

Appellate Review in Family Law, AAML Trial Advocacy Institute, 1996

Records, Briefs, Sanctions and Fees, Beverly Hills Bar Assoc. Annual Symposium, 1996

OSC High Earners, Calif. Society of CPAs and State Bar 2000 Family Law Conference

Set Asides, Writs and Appeals, CFLR Advanced Family Law Course, 2011