Christopher D. Thomas, AAL, ACL

Firm Overview

Christopher D. Thomas, Attorney at Law was established in 2009. The focus of the firm is to provide quality legal representation to those facing crisis; those in Family Law disputes, under criminal investigation or prosecution, and also to represent military members in all aspects of military adverse proceedings to include Courts Martial, discharge proceedings, non-judicial and administrative punishment, etc. The firm utilizes the most up-to-date and cutting edge technology to represent clients in the most diligent and cost-efficient manner possible.Example casesFamily Law: Regularly handle highly contentious and emotionally charged family law issues, including disputes over child custody matters , relocation of minor children, marital property division, and all issues attendant to family law disputes.

Military Law: As an active duty USAF JAG Officer, I tried over 35 Courts Martial involving prosecution or defense of serious assaults, sexual assaults, theft, drug and alcohol offenses, security clearance violations. Courts Martial were held throughout Pacific rim, including military facilities in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Guam, and Hawaii.

Prosecution Experience: Previously responsible for Felony-level prosecution as a Special Assistant United States Attorney involving jury-trial.
Main Office
American Savings Bank Tower 1001 Bishop Street
Suite 2925
Honolulu  HI  96813
  • (808) 261-7710
  • (808) 356-0276


Free Initial Consultation?
Yes, via phone or initial office visit for one hour.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
No, fees are based upon complexity and novelty of representation.
Hourly Rates

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Evenings and weekends by appointment.
Office Manager
Stephanie Perkins
Emergency After Hours

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I enjoy working with people. I am not suited as a transactional attorney; I need to work with people, for people.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I am an advocate of individuals utilizing available resources to educate themselves; with the caveat that they utilize reputable sources that actually provide a benefit to the researcher, rather than being led in the wrong direction concerning subject matter, representation, etc.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

Always willing and available to review as long as client is informed and consents that review does not constitute active representation.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Again, with the caveat that such advocacy does not constitute active representation (client must sign acknowledgement and waiver).

Christopher D. Thomas

I was previously a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate serving in the Pacific. As a Judge Advocate, I worked for the United States Attorney's Office, District of Hawaii as a prosecutor. I was later designated as a Defense Attorney for the United States Air Force (USAF), serving in the Pacific, to include Court Martial work in Japan, Korea, Okinawa, Guam, and Hawaii. Following my release from active duty as a USAF JAG, I joined the USAF Reserves and continue to serve as a reserve Judge Advocate. Upon release from Active Duty, I joined the Honolulu-based law firm of Coates and Frey, AAL, and was an associate with that firm for five years prior to opening my own practice. As an associate at Coates and Frey, the focus of my work was on Family Law, Criminal Law, and Military Law.

I have a traditional Midwest U.S. upbringing, which I believe instilled a very strong work ethic. My education was via a Jesuit university (Creighton) which advocated service to the community. I believe that my extensive travels and life experience has made me a very resourceful and flexible professional; able to handle very complex and stressful situations with positive results.

Energetic, resourceful, creative, and personable.

Personal interests:

I enjoy outdoor activities and have a strong personal interest in all things baseball. My sons and I go to as many baseball games as we can, collect antique baseball cards, and play baseball non-stop.

  • Bar Number: 008203
    Hawaii , 2004
  • Bar Number: 31309
    Colorado , 1999
  • Creighton University
    J.D. , 1999
    Omaha, NE
    Moot Court; Pro Bono Legal Clinic Attorney; Clerk to Federal District Court Judge.
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University
    B.A. , 1995
    Lincoln, NE
    Political Science
  • Creighton University School of Law; Werner Institute of Dispute Resolution.
    M.A. , 2011
    Omaha, NE
    Candidate (currently completing degree) Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediation/Arbitration.

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