Who We Are
Established in 1948 by John Stokes Jr., we here at Stokes, Hamer, Kirk & Eads are focused on providing excellent services with the highest levels of client satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
With a variety of legal services to choose from, we are sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
John R. Stokes Jr., Founding Partner
Upon his death in 2001, Mr. Stokes was memorialized by Mike Thompson in a congressional tribute:
“John Stokes grew up in Southern California and received his undergraduate education at Santa Barbara State College. In 1942 he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps and was trained to fly the Martin B-26 Marauder. Stationed in England, he flew many missions over France. His 29th mission was the D-Day bombing of the Normandy Coast. After the liberation of Paris, Group Commander Stokes, based in France, made his last combat flight on March 13, 1945. He served with valor and distinction and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with ten Oak Leaf Clusters. Throughout his life, he stayed in touch with survivors of the 344th Bomb Group with whom he had shared the perils of war. He returned often to France to visit with French comrades.
John Stokes returned to California and entered Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation in 1948, he moved to Arcata, California with his wife Edith where he practiced law for more than fifty years. He served that community as City Attorney from 1950 to 1983. He was a member of the State Bar Board of Governors from 1979 to 1982 and was Chairman of the Committee of Bar Examiners from 1985 to 1986. Many young lawyers, new to the practice of law, were grateful for his guidance and counsel.”