Jonna M. Thomas joined HARTOG, BAER & HAND in 2011. She serves clients in the firm’s litigation, planning and administration groups. Jonna received her LL.M. in taxation with honors from Golden Gate University in 2014, emphasizing in trusts and estates. Ms Thomas earned her Juris Doctorate with distinction from Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the State Bar of California in the same year. She was honored twice with Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in legal study and is a member of the Traynor Honor Society.
Ms Thomas has a distinguished reputation in public litigation and trial work. She has conducted over one hundred court trials. She has litigated matters in both state and federal courts. She was a founding attorney with East Bay Children’s Law Offices, a non-profit law firm, where she represented abused and neglected children and mentored a new generation of child advocates. Ms Thomas is a former attorney for the Counties of Alameda and Tulare, and she has an insider’s understanding of public agencies, including those serving the elderly.
Ms Thomas is committed to continuing legal education for herself and her peers. Ms Thomas presented on “Statutes of Limitations and Creditor’s Claims” at the East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers’ September 2013 Probate Litigation Boot Camp. Ms Thomas is an assistant editor of the following Lexis Nexis and Matthew Bender publications:
- John A. Hartog & George Dirkes; California Trust Practice; (Matthew Bender).
- John A. Hartog and Albert Handelman; California Wills & Trusts Forms, Vo.l 1-3; (Matthew Bender).
- John A. Hartog and Albert Handelman; California Wills & Trusts; Vol 1-3; (Matthew Bender).
Ms Thomas is also a proud mother of twin preschoolers. In her free time she enjoys taking them on wilderness adventures throughout the bay area.