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Mediation Experience:
Advocate in over 60 mediations as a practicing divorce attorney. Volunteer Settlement Master (VSM), Family Court, First Circuit. Volunteer Mediator, Hawai'i Appellate Mediation Program (APM), Advanced Mediation Training, 2009,Pepperdine School of Law/Straus Institute.

Born July 13, 1941, Holyoke, Mass.
Raised on East Coast; first came to Hawaii in 1965 on an Army troopship; returned after law school; Hawaii resident since 1969.

Cornell University, A.B., 1964
Cornell Law School, J.D., 1969

Hawaii State Bar, 1970

Attorney Positions:
Associate, Ashford & Wriston (1970-1973)
Partner, Kelso, Spencer, Snyder & Stirling (1973-1978)
Partner, Spender, Snyder & Stirling (1978-1982)
Partner, Stirling & Kleintop (1982-2008)
Thomas L. Stirling, Jr. AAL (2008-present)
Practice now limited to estate planning, pre-marital agreements and divorce mediation

American Bar Association (1970-present)
Hawaii State Bar Association: Director, 1997-2000;
Treasurer, 1982; Secretary, 1976;
President, Young Lawyers Section, 1975;
HSBA Family Law Section (Vice-Chair, 1977-1985; Chair, 1985-1988)
Hawaii Estate Planning Council
(Director 1977-1978; 1989-1990; 2006-2007)
Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1981-2008)

U.S. Army (Active duty 1964-1967),LT COL, USAR (Ret) U.S. Army Reserve (1968-1996)
Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program/Hawaii, Acting Chairman (1986-present)
American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Coach, Director and Referee 1976-1981
Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (fka Hawaii Lawyers Care) Director 1991-2000; Board President 1994-1995
Cornell Club of Hawaii (Interviewing Chair 1972-79; President 1980)
First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu (Elder, 2006-11)

The Best Lawyers in American (1987-2008)
"Hawaii's A+ Attorneys" (1993), "Hawaii's Top Lawyers"(1997, 1999) and "Hawaii's Best Lawyers" (2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007); HONOLULU Magazine

Contributing Author to Publications of Hawaii Institute of Continuing Legal Education:
Hawaii Divorce Manual (Chapter on Divorce and the Older Person)
Financial and Estate Planning Forms Manual (Chapter on Pre Marital Agreements)
Encyclopedia of Financial and Estate Planning (Chapter on Impact of Divorce)