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Thomas Reese, Mediator & Arbitrator, Palo Alto, California.

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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Recognized to California Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Special Master


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.

Case Experience

  • Banking & Finance
  • Commercial/Business
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 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 Information

$350 per hour, usually shared by the parties

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