A trial attorney for over 23 years, Tom has resolved hundreds of matters through arbitration, mediation, and trial, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. For the past 16 years, he has utilized his extensive litigation experience and mediation training from Pepperdine University's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution to pursue a full-time ADR practice, focusing on mediation and arbitration.
Prior to joining JW, Mr. Dillard was a founding partner and full-time Mediator/Arbitrator with Resolve It, a conflict solution company. To date, Mr. Dillard has mediated in excess of 3,000 cases and arbitrated more than 500 litigated matters. His experience encompasses a wide range of civil litigation, with particular expertise in medical malpractice, elder abuse, product liability, construction accidents, insurance coverage, and all types of personal injury.
Both plaintiff and defense attorneys have commented favorably on Mr. Dillard’s ADR abilities, crediting his demeanor, ability to listen, perseverance, and his diverse background representing both plaintiff and defense clients. One attorney commented, "His patience, skill, and insight are the only reason this case settled." Another attorney added, "He is very knowledgeable, perceptive, and persistent. His demeanor is excellent for a neutral."
Hobbies & Interests
In his spare time, Mr. Dillard enjoys running, acting and golf.
"He dealt candidly and realistically with the parties and worked diligently to arrive at a fair resolution."
- Attorney on a Civil Rights Dispute
"It is always a pleasure having Mr. Dillard as a mediator. He is always very calm and even-tempered, even when he is handling a difficult matter!"
- Attorney on a personal injury/workers compensation dispute
"Thomas was very adept at gaining the trust of my client."
- Attorney, Whittier, California
"It was clear that Mr. Dillard wanted to get the fairest result for both sides. His expertise was apparent and I was very impressed. We Settled"
- Attorney on a personal injury auto dispute
"Thomas was a good mediator and had a no nonsense attitude."
- Attorney, Costa Mesa, California
"On behalf of my firm and my client -I want to thank Tom for the thoroughness of his written decision. There can be no doubt that Tom seriously considered all of the evidence which was presented."
- Attorney, Los Angeles County, California