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Daniel A. Thompson

Associate Attorney
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Phone: (951) 587-2222

1 Better World Cir #300
Temecula, California 92590

AAOA BadgeDaniel Thompson is an employment law and business litigation attorney with jury trial and arbitration experience. His academic accolades include a Juris Doctor from Western Sierra Law School and an LL.M. in Public Law and Policy from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

As one of eight children born to a small business owner, Mr. Thompson understands the struggles of small and family-owned businesses. Growing up in Fallbrook, Mr. Thompson experienced first-hand the growth of business in Temecula and the surrounding areas. His familiarity with government and business is what inspired him to become a business lawyer.

Land of LiabilityIn May 2020, Mr. Thompson published a book titled, Land of Liability: A Guide for California Employers. Relying on his many years of experience as a litigator, Land of Liability helps small business owners navigate through the landmines of California labor laws. The book should be essential reading for any California employer and can be purchased through Amazon as a paperback or eBook.

In July 2019, Mr. Thompson was named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys” in the area of employment law by the American Academy of Attorneys. As a Temecula employment lawyer, Mr. Thompson has an impressive track record of litigating wrongful termination and discrimination claims, earning millions for his clients. Other areas of expertise include retaliation, harassment, unpaid wages and meal and rest period violations.

Mr. Thompson has quickly gained a reputation as a proficient leader in the field of employment law and maintains a blog dedicated to subject. The blog articles and related videos discuss current issues involving the employment relationship with the purpose of educating both employers and employees on the requirements of California law. Interested readers can locate the blog at southerncaliforniaemploymentlaw.com.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Thompson offers a wide range of business services directed at ensuring that his business clients are compliant with state and federal law. These services include drafting employee handbooks and contracts, presenting employee trainings, participating in alternative dispute resolution and conducting workplace investigations.

During his legal carrier, Mr. Thompson has represented corporations, public entities and individuals throughout California, including Riverside, San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino counties. Mr. Thompson has litigated cases in the federal and state court and has found success in front of a jury.

Mr. Thompson is also an accomplished author and publisher. In 2013, he published “Peter Pomperfield and the Battle for Grandma’s House,” which was followed by two sequels, “Siege of Fair Oak Elementary” and “War for Camp Willalacky.” In addition, Mr. Thompson has republished many books that were seemingly lost to history, including two books written by his great grandfathers in the 1800’s. He remains a dedicated author and plans to publish more books in the future.

He and his wife, Michelle, have been married for over ten years and have four children. Michelle is an elementary school teacher and active in the Temecula/Murrieta community. In his spare time, which is rare, Mr. Thompson enjoys sports, retro videogaming and playing the guitar.


J.D., Western Sierra Law School, San Diego, California

LL.M., McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California
Major: Public Law and Policy

Bar Admissions State Bar of California, 2011
United States District Court Central District of California
United States District Court Southern District of California
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

American Academy of Attorneys

Temecula Chamber of Commerce

Valley Young Professionals

Riverside County Bar Association

American Bar Association

J. Reuben Clark Law Society

Boy Scouts of America

Past Employment Positions
  • California State Senate and City of Folsom, Intern
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During an employment dispute, I sought help from an Attorney. Choosing a strong, local firm was important to me. Mr. Thompson of DWD is a knowledgeable, supportive attorney who took the time to answer my questions, investigate, and advocate on my behalf. I highly recommend Dan Thompson if you are ever in need of legal advice or assistance. Michelle