Thomas H. Jamison

Thomas H. (Tom) Jamison specializes in land use, real estate, and environmental law. He has practiced law in Monterey since 1978. Mr. Jamison was born in Fresno, California, on December 29, 1947. He was raised in Fresno and attended public schools there, graduating from high school in 1966. In high school he was elected Student body President and was selected as the “Knight of the Year” by the students and faculty his sernior year. Mr. Jamison attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, graduating in 1970 with a BA degree, cum Laude, majoring in French. At graduation he was awarded a Benedict Prize for his academic study in French. Among other activities he was a two-time Williams College Golf Champion and competed in the 1970 NCAA Division I Golf Championships. Mr. Jamison received his J.D. degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1975. He graduated 4th in his class of 470 students. He was elected to Order of the Coif and the Thurston Honor Society, and was an associate editor of the Hastings Law Journal. During his third year in law school, he also served a semester as a law clerk to William P. Clark, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Jamison served a one-year term as law clerk to Ralph M. Holman, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Oregon.
Mr. Jamison served six years in the California and Oregon National Guards, completing his military service in 1976 with an honorable discharge. Mr. Jamison is a member of the California and Oregon bars, and the Monterey County Bar Association. He has taught law at Monterey College of Law, lectured on land use law before the California Association of Economic Development Commissions, and participated as a presenting panelist in several educational forums, including a California State Bar Convention presentation on agricultural land development and one on coastal land use and development issues at the University of San Francisco Law Review Symposium. He is coauthor of the chapter on Options in California Real Property Sales Transactions (1st ed.) published by the California Continuing Education of the Bar. Mr. Jamison has acted as lead land use counsel on a number of completed projects in the California coastal zone, including the Spanish Bay Resort in Del Monte Forest. Other projects include commercial shopping centers, a community hospital, residential subdivisions, marine museum and research facilities, independent schools, and coastal dependent industrial operations in the coastal zone. Mr. Jamison has handled the gamut of Coastal Act issues, including LCP certifications, coastal development permits and permit appeals, vested rights cases, and enforcement actions.