Thomas Reese, Mediator & Arbitrator, based in Palo Alto, California.
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Thomas Reese
Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator
80 Kirby Place, Suite A
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Tel: (650) 323-2450
Fax: (650) 323-2426

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In fulltime mediation and arbitration practice since 1993, Tom Reese is widely recognized for his skills as a neutral. In particular, he is much sought after as a Referee in probate matters, and as a Special Master. Tom is recognized as a Fellow by the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Calendar Last Updated: 9 Nov 18


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Serving the following Counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz

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Thomas Reese has experience in settling the following civil matters:
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Biographical Notes:
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Tom Reese is a full time neutral who has been mediating and arbitrating since 1988, becoming full time in 1993. He is on the panels of FINRA; the United States Postal Service; the Kaiser Permanente Panel of Neutrals; the US District Court, First District; California First Appellate District, and the Superior Courts for San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.

He is a fellow in the College of Commercial Arbitrators; past President of the California Dispute Resolution Council; past appointed member of the State Bar Standing ADR Committee; member and presenter of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section, member of The Mediation Society.

Tom trained at the Harvard Law School mediation workshop; AAA mediation training; US District Court ENE, mediation, and arbitration training; AAA International Commercial training; First District Court of Appeal training; NASD advanced and chairperson training; and the US Postal Service Redress training.

His neutral practice experience is primarily in the areas of estate distribution (often appointed as a Referee by the Probate Court), personal injury and property damage, real estate and construction, insurance coverage and "Silicon Valley" type commercial disputes.

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  • JD (LLB) Stanford Law School
  • MA International Economics; Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts/Harvard
  • BA Occidental College

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Memberships & Affiliations :
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  • Immediate Past President California Dispute Resolution Council
  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Appointed Member, California State Bar's Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, American Bar Association
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections, Exec. Bd., San Mateo and Santa Clara County Bar Associations
  • The Mediation Society
  • California State Bar
  • A V Martindale Hubbell rating


Rates: $350 per hour, usually shared by the parties
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Cancellation Policy:

  • $600 if cancelled within 2 business days
  • $300 if cancelled within 3-5 business days

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