Thurman W. Arnold III, CFLS, AAML
Thurman III is a Palm Springs' native. He attended Reed College in
Portland, Oregon in 1974, earning its "Certificate of Excellence."
Steve Jobs was a "Reedie" during that era. In 1979 Thurman graduated
with Honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He next
attended the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he
helped edit its nationally recognized
Environmental Law Journal. He earned his
Juris Doctorate in June, 1982.
In November 1982 Thurman joined his father's Palm Springs legal practice,
established in 1953. Formerly a civil trial lawyer with considerable jury
experience, today Thurman's energies are devoted to using these skills
in helping people to move through the fraught emotional and financial
complexities that plague the breakup of intimate relationships.
Protecting rights and resolving disputes is an Arnold tradition spanning
185 years. Thurman is a fifth generation attorney. His grandfather,
Thurman Arnold Sr, authored a number of books on law and economics realism that remain in
print today, and taught at the Yale Law School from 1930 to 1938 together
with his lifelong friend,
William O. Douglas - one of the great liberal United States Supreme Court Justices of our
time. In 1938 President Roosevelt appointed Thurman Sr. Assistant Attorney
General of the Antitrust Division for the U.S. DOJ. And so, Thurman Sr.
took aim at the bullies like Standard-Oil and other mega-companies that
had helped to bring about the Great Depression.
[George Arnold; Frances Arnold; Jasmine's Earlier Incarnation who attended
Thurman Srs.' Yale law school classes; Thurman Arnold Jr.; Thurman
Sr. Circa 1939]
In 1943, Arnold was appointed to become a judge of the
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, succeeding
Wiley B. Rutledge, who had been promoted to the
U.S. Supreme Court. He was "kicked upstairs" by FDR to the Court of Appeals in
order to get him out of the Antitrust division. Although it had some responsibility
for review of decisions by federal administrative agencies, during Arnold's
tenure the court's primary role was reviewing decisions of local trial
courts involving routine civil and criminal matters arising in Washington,
D.C. Thurman's grandfather was not happy during his time on the court,
resigning after two years on the bench. In explaining his decision, he
notably remarked he "would rather be speaking to damn fools than
listening to damn fools."
In 1946 Thurman Sr. formed the Washington D.C. Law Firm of Arnold, Porter
& Fortas, which became
Arnold & Porter in 1965 when Abe Fortas was appointed by President Johnson to the United
States Supreme Court. In the 1950's this law firm stood alone against
Senator Joseph McCarthy by representing government employees, Hollywood
writers and personalities, and private citizens who were prosecuted falsely
or unfairly as alleged communists,
pro bono. Arnold & Porter was then and now a law firm that early on honored
diversity, hiring women lawyers and advancing them into firm partnership
based upon merit - and not gender.
Thurman III strives to do honor to that legacy as part of his DNA. He is a vigorous writer with a passion for "The
Internet of Everything Divorce" and family law. All content on this
website, including our
Enlightened Divorce Blog™, is our own.
When he is not working his butt off for our beloved clients,
Thurman is busy taking pictures of birds and other vulnerable creatures! Visit his Flickr page!
Licenses, Memberships, Honorifics and Public Service
- Editor, Envionmental Law Review, 1980-1982
Admitted to State Bar of California (1982)
Admitted, Central District Court of the United States (1983)
Past Member of the Warren Slaughter,
American Inns of Court™
- Certified Family Law Specialist, California Board of Legal Specialization,
2010 to present
- Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Rated
- Palm Springs Life™ Magazine Top Lawyer 2011-2017
- Member, Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
- Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- American Bar Association, Family Law Section
Author, Thomson Reuters Aspatore "Inside the Minds" Series, for
Strategies for Family Law in California (2012)
- Co-Founder of the Riverside Courts' County-Wide Private Family Law
Mediation Panel and of the Indio Family Court Voluntary Settlement Program (2012)
- Chair, Family Law Section of the Riverside County, Desert Bar Association,
for 2013 and 2014
Presenter, Strafford Publications,
Evidentiary Challenges in Divorce Cases: Traditional and Electronic Communications,
- Desert Bar Association Special Recognition for "Excellent, Devoted,
and Innovative Service" (2014)
2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
Divorce and Family Law California Super Lawyer™
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML)™
Thurman is an avid photographer.
We serve divorce and family law clients particularly within the desert
cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage,
Joshua Tree, Blythe, Hemet, Twenty-Nine Palms, Cathedral City, Indio,
Desert Hot Springs, Yucca Valley, Riverside, and Rancho Cucamonga!