After 30 years as a civil trial lawyer in cases involving professional liability, general liability, insurance litigation and other significant tort claims and years as a claims representative, Mr. Handweiler has made the transition from trial attorney to full time mediator/arbitrator. In addition to years of service as a Pro-Tem for the Orange County Superior Court and Mediator on the Los Angeles County Superior Court panel, Mr. Handweiler has received mediation training at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution and has effectively and successfully mediated and arbitrated thousands of matters in almost every type of injury dispute. One litigator, who was impressed with Mr. Handweiler as a mediator, used him again as an arbitrator and said "I was equally as impressed as his decision was sound, concise and addressed all the relevant issues raised by the parties. Both sides' clients were very impressed with how he handled it and the result was fair." Another attorney commented, "He is a consummate professional who knows the law and has experience with all types of cases."
Mr. Handweiler is a spectator of almost all types sports. He enjoys running, reading, travel and finance.
"Well prepared, knowledgeable of attorneys involved and this negotiation styles."
- Attorney on a Medical Malpractice Dispute
"I would like to commend Martin Handweiler for a fantastic job in getting our case
resolved. Marty was relentless and was determined that this case would resolve.
He worked hard throughout the day and into the night. His calm demeanor, his
unending patience, his pragmatic approach and his knowledge of the case and
the intricate medical issues involved, were all factors in getting this case
resolved. It is always a pleasure to mediate with Marty. He is a credit to Judicate West."
- Prominent Defense Attorney, Los Angeles, CA
"I have used Martin on several occasions and I find his work to be the finest of any mediator
that I have ever seen. Martin is very impressive with how manages a lot of the ego we see
often, and he really sticks with a case when others would give up. His communication and
knack for bringing the lawyers in together at the perfect or giving them space and time
when needed is outstanding. And he is always a gentlemen throughout the whole process."
- Attorney, Beverly Hills, CA
"Understood issues and open to creative resolution"
- Attorney on an elder abuse wrongful death dispute
Full-time Neutral, Judicate West (2002-Present)
Martin C. Handweiler, Inc., specializing in civil litigation, personal injury and with an emphasis on professional liability (1982-02)
Judge Pro Tem for the Orange County Superior Court, involved in the resolution of numerous injury, professional liability and other cases, (1979-Present)
Handweiler & Bahan, Inc., (1979-82)
Trotter, Handweiler & Bahan, Inc., specializing in civil litigation, personal injury with an emphasis on professional liability (1972-79)
Claims Representative, Hartford Insurance Co (1968-70)
Education & Professional Affiliations
Pepperdine University School of Law (1972)
Mediating the Litigated Case, Pepperdine School of Law -Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution
American Board Trial of Advocates, Associate (1994-2013)
Orange County Bar Association (1972-2002)
Member, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (1972-2000)
American Board of Trial Advocates since 1994, honored as Orange County Chapter's Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer of the Year award, 1996
Board of Directors, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (1975)
Achievements & Awards
Honored by his peers in 1996 when ABOTA's Orange County Chapter named him Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer of the Year
Speaker, California Continuing Education of the bar, legal seminars dealing with primarily with Civil Procedure Before Trial (1977)
Speaker, Orange County Trial Lawyers seminars involving jury selection and discovery procedures (1978)
Speaker, ABOTA seminars involving cross-examination of expert witnesses