After attending Colorado College and Mendocino Community College, J. Thomas "Tom" Diepenbrock received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University. Tom attended Santa Clara University School of Law, in the Silicon Valley, graduating in 1985 in the top fifth of his class. Tom passed the California Bar Exam in his first sitting, and was admitted to practice in California in December 1985.
In his first 10 years of practice, Tom was primarily engaged in large and complex lawsuits. He spent several years heavily involved in defending hundreds of cases in state and federal court which were part of investment fraud litigation arising from the collapse of a high-profile investment firm. Tom then began defending injury and medical cases in California trial and appellate courts. In 1997, Tom joined a practice specializing in employment cases. In December 1999, Tom established an independent practice in San Jose, California, emphasizing business litigation and employment matters.
In July 2005, Tom and his wife Caroline and four of their children migrated east, to Asheville, North Carolina, joining two of their daughters who had previously moved to the area. Tom and his family members moved here to work with some close friends to establish a church community, now known as Resurrection Christian Center, a non-denominational, evangelical, Bible-based church. Tom is an elder and associate pastor.
Tom sat for and passed the North Carolina Bar Exam in February 2006, and was admitted to practice in North Carolina in May 2006. He established an office in downtown Asheville in October 2006.
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