With nearly 35 years of combined experience, having participated in approximately 1,500 mediations and arbitrations as both an advocate and neutral, Mr. Oesterreich’s passion for the ADR process has led him to dedicate his practice to full-time neutral work. He represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of personal injury matters, including wrongful death, premises liability, product liability including lemon law, and transportation/motor vehicle. His experience also includes business litigation and a wide variety of professional malpractice matters. He also has represented Fortune 100 corporations, small businesses, and business executives in matters including breach of contract, trade secrets, employment, and partnership dissolution matters.
Additionally, for more than 20 years, Mr. Oesterreich has volunteered as both an arbitrator and mediator for the Los Angeles County, Orange County, and Riverside County superior courts. He is a member of the Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Coupled with his high energy, Tom works extremely hard, and his personal style is one that is outgoing and incredibly engaging. One client commented, “Tom was instrumental in bridging the communication and understanding gap between the parties. His dedication to the mediation process allowed for the parties to reach resolution as he saw the case to completion.”
All types of Personal Injury
Hobbies & Interests
Tom enjoys time at the beach, traveling, wine tasting, golf, and Dodgers baseball.
"Never thought a mediator could settle this one, but he was creative and tenacious and got it done."
- Attorney on a Real Estate Commercial Matter
"Very friendly approach to resolving issues raised methodically, good knowledge of the case of each party and less pressure but determined to settle the case for the parties."
- Attorney on a Warranty of Habitability Matter
"He is the first mediator EVER who did not stress me one bit and he really earned his fees! Tom is a fantastic mediator. I would propose and use him for any of my cases as long as the other side agrees. He had taken his time to read the briefs and he is really knowledgeable about the applicable law. He is patient, extremely polite and a good listener, and a good negotiator."
- Attorney on an Insurance Coverage Dispute
"I was very impressed with Tom’s energy and he is so smart. The case wasn’t ready to settle but we covered a lot of ground and will be on a path to resolve it next week."
- Attorney on a PI Matter
Full-Time Mediator & Arbitrator, Judicate West (Present)
Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP (2000-2021)
Settlement Officer, Orange County Superior Court (2018-2021)
Associate, Lynberg & Watkins (1996-2000)
Associate, Nyman, Johnson & Maguire (1990-1996)
Education & Professional Affiliations
J.D., University of Houston Law Center (1986)
B.B.A. Loyola Marymount University (1983)
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (2020-Present)
Member, Southern California Mediation Association (Present)
Member, Orange County Bar Association, Masters Lawyers Division, and Alternative Dispute Resolution section member (Present)
“Mediating the Litigated Case”, Pepperdine Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (2018)
Orange County Superior Court Pro Tem Program (2018)