Our Record

The international lawyer rating service of MARTINDALE-HUBBELL has awarded the firm’s founder, F. Vaughn Thomas , attorney at law, with its AV rating.

The AV rating awarded to Mr. Thomas applies to the entire Thomas Law Firm, and, as asserted by Martindale-Hubbell, identifies the firm with preeminent legal ability, reflecting expertise, experience, integrity and overall professional excellence in the firm’s practice areas. The rating system employed by Martindale-Hubbell indicates that the firm holds and demonstrates the highest professional and ethical standards.

Biographical data on all attorneys rated by Martindale-Hubbell are included in the Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator.

Professional Memberships

  • California State Bar
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • New Mexico Federal District Courts
  • California Federal District Courts
  • United States Tax Court
  • Federal Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit
  • Federal Appeals Court for the 10th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • New Mexico Estate Planning Council


  • University of Utah, (cum Laude) 1974
    • Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
    • Bachelor of Science in Finance
  • University of Utah, 1975
    • Master of Business Administration (with honors)
  • Southwestern University School of Law, 1979
    • Juris Doctor with honors


  • Campbell Law Firm: 1979 – 1986
  • Ashford & Thomas, P.A.: 1985 – 1998
  • F. Vaughn Thomas & Associates, P.A.: 1998 – Present

Speaking Engagements

F. Vaughn Thomas is a frequent lecturer in Continuing Legal Education seminars sponsored by:

  • American Bar Association
  • New York University
  • Southern California Estate Planning Council
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • University of Southern California
  • National Business Institute

F. Vaughn Thomas, attorney, speaks monthly at the Going Into Business workshop presented by the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), Albuquerque, New Mexico chapter.