Since 1971, Ralph W. Thompson III and his firms have provided quality legal service throughout the Central Coast and Northern California. Mr. Thompson co-founded Thomas, Panetta & Thompson in 1971, Donald A. Thomas was appointed Judge in 1972, and Alan P. Murphy and Leon E. Panetta joined the firm. Mr. Panetta was elected to Congress in 1976, served as the President's Chief of Staff, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Defense Secretary. Mr. Murphy retired in 1992 and Mr. Thompson established The Thompson Law Office in 1997.. The Thompson Law Office and its attorneys represents clients in Civil and Commercial Litigation; Business and Real Estate Litigation; Probate,Trust and Estates Litigation; Wills and Trust; Professional Negligence and Insurance Litigation; Serious Injury and Wrongful Death Claims on the Central Coast throughout California. The Firm also serves as co-counsel and local counsel for other firms,including out-of-state firms. The firm is committed to professional excellence,the highest ethical standards,civility in its business and professional relationships,and service to the community. The firm is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.