Thomas W. Dominick

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in San Bernardino, CA

Fullerton Lemann Schaefer & Dominick, LLP
 | 215 N D St, San Bernardino, CA 92401
Phone: 909-889-3691
Fax: 909-888-5119
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Thomas W. Dominick has been helping clients in Riverside County and the San Bernardino, California, area for decades in estate planning, real estate, business, probate and many other legal matters. A partner at Fullerton Lemann Schaefer & Dominick, LLP, he is also chairman of the firm’s trusts and estates department.

    With a law degree obtained from the University of San Diego School of Law, Mr. Dominick is admitted to practice in the California state court system and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, as well as the Central and Northern districts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. He has been certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law.

    Mr. Dominick is a member of numerous professional organizations, such as the State Bar of California, the Hon. Joseph B. Campbell American Inn of Court and the San Bernardino County Bar Association, where he served as director from 2005 through2009 and president from 2009 to 2010. He is also an active participant in the American Bar Association and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

    In recognition of his legal ability and high ethical standards, Mr. Dominick has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been honored during the course of his career by various organizations, including the Bureau of National Affairs and the Rotary Club.

    *AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.



    Practice Areas
    • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
    • 40%Estate & Trust Litigation
    • 10%Real Estate: Business
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Will Contests


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    Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

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    About Thomas Dominick

    Admitted: 1985, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Jack R. Freeman "Service Above Self" Award, San Bernardino Rotary North Club, 2012
    • Joseph P. Hertel Outstanding Rotarian Award, San Bernardino Rotary North Club, 2009
    • Selected as one of Southern California's Super Lawyers, 2006
    • Bureau of National Affairs Law Week Award, 1985
    • Client review rating "5 out of 5" from Martindale-Hubbell,
    • Peer rating of "AVVO" from Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Certified Specialist in Probate Law as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
    • Certified Specialist in Trust as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
    • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member and Director of Western San Bernardino County Bar Assocation
    • American Bar Association National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member, State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section,
    • Member of the Riverside and American County Bar Association
    • San Bernardino County Bar Association, Director 2005-2009
    • U.S. Claims Court, 1986
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1986
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1986
    • Northern District of California, 1986
    • Central District of California, 1986
    • U.S. District Court, 1986
    • Southern District of California, 1986 
    • California and U.S. District Court, 1985
    • Member of Probate Section of the California State Bar Association
    • Member and President (2009-2010) of the San Bernardino Bar Association
    • Master of the Bench of the Joseph B. Campbell Chapter of the American Inns of Court
    • Judge Advocate General, Seal Beach Yacht Club, 2003-2005

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member of the San Bernardino Rotary North Club since 1986
    • Volunteers as a Fee Arbitrator for the San Bernardino County Bar Association in fee disputes betweeen clients and lawyers
    • Regularly donates his time to Cal-State University San Bernardino College Legal Clinic
    • Regularly donates his time to the San Bernardino County Legal Aid Society

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Frequent Lecturer, Probate and Trust Law, University Of California Riverside
    • Frequent Lecturer, Probate and Trust Law, San Bernardino Valley College
    • Frequent Lecturer, Probate and Trust Law, National Business Institute


    • Estate of Bonanno (2008) 165 Cal.App. 4th 7 (Trial and appellate counsel) Estate of Garrett (2008) 159 Cal.App. 4th 831 (Trial counsel)


    Educational Background:

    • B.A. Business Administration, California State University San Bernardino, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • CalNAELA
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    215 N D St
    San Bernardino, CA 92401

    Phone: 909-889-3691

    Fax: 909-888-5119

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