Neutral Profile



  • Based in Orange County
  • Arbitration Only


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."

Practice Areas

Hobbies & Interests

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

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • 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

Legal Experience

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical, Dental and Legal Malpractice
  • Auto, Premises and General Liability
  • Product and Governmental Liability

Representative Case Information

Recent Representative Cases

Professional Malpractice

Medical Mal Dental

  • Dental malpractice for negligent placement of multiple implants causing need for surgery and replacement implants
  • Dental malpractice stemming from negligence while placing implant causing damage to inferior alveolar nerve with permanent residuals

Medical Malpractice

  • Medical malpractice based upon failure to detect breast cancer due to claimed misinterpretation of mammogram. Claims of injury and likely wrongful death, loss of consortium.
  • Medical malpractice based on alleged delay in diagnosing colon cancer with issues of non-compliance by patient and lack of causation.


Catastrophic Injury

  • Claims of brain damage from golf cart fall due to negligence of security guard, auto driver and condition of premises with comp lien

Personal Injury

  • General negligence - severe dog bite injuries with permanent damage to minor with significant coverage issues.
  • General negligence - dog bite to elderly person with claims of traumatic brain injury versus defense contention of early dementia

PI Auto

  • Auto accident with phantom vehicle and defense of "sudden emergency" with plaintiff who underwent lumbar surgery.
  • Auto accident with significant issues of causation and aggravation of pre-existing condition.

Premises Liability

  • Premises liability involving sexual assault when hotel maid improperly allowed entry of guest into another guest's room
  • Action against college District for negligence in training a recruit who fell from a ladder sustaining lifetime orthopedic injuries/disability

Wrongful Death

  • Action against school district for wrongful death of special needs student due to negligence