Neutral Profile



  • Available in Orange County, Los Angeles
  • Arbitration Only


Tom Weaver brings to his ADR practice three decades of experience as a court settlement conference officer, and service as a court-appointed arbitrator. For the last 20 years of his 35 years as a trial lawyer, he handled medical malpractice cases exclusively. In 2010 he made the transition to full-time mediator and arbitrator, after receiving training at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Having reviewed thousands of cases in all areas of tort law, he is able to quickly grasp the key elements and subtleties of complex facts. His litigation experience is of substantial benefit in appreciating all of the factors that come into play when a case goes to trial or arbitration.

Additionally, his insight in understanding how both sides are viewing the case is of particular value in helping to achieve a satisfactory resolution. His arbitration practice encompasses both Kaiser and other contractual medical malpractice cases, as well as uninsured motorist arbitrations – and he believes that in writing his decisions, the parties have worked hard and deserve a through explanation of his reasoning process and conclusions.An attorney client said, "With his medical and legal knowledge, he knows how to test the positions of the attorneys." Another attorney said, "Tom has a way of making people comfortable, calm and cooperative."


  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Elder Abuse
  • Personal Injury

Hobbies & Interests

In his spare time, Tom enjoys cabinet and fine woodworking and is a member of the Model A Ford Club (1931 Cabriolet).

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Full-time ADR Neutral (2010 - Present)
  • Private Practice (1981 - 2010)
  • Settlement Officer, Orange County Superior Court (1980 - Present)
  • Court Appointed Arbitrator & Mediator (1980 - 2016)
  • Partner, DiCesare & Weaver (1976-1981)
  • Private Practice (1974 - 1976)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • J.D., University of Southern California (1974)
  • B.A., California State University, Northridge (1971)
  • United States Coast Guard (1965 - 1969)
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (various courses 2008 - 2013)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Consumer Attorneys of California (1976 - 2011)
  • Member, Orange County Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors 2001 - 2011)

Achievements & Awards

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1980
  • Invited Speaker, Orange County Superior Court and O.C.B.A., ADR section
  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer of the Year (2003) - Orange County Trial Lawyers

Legal Experience

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Elder Abuse
  • Personal Injury

Recent Representative Cases

Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 3400
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

Mediators Los Angeles

San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation


980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation