Member Profile: Thomas Reese

Thomas Reese
Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator
80 Kirby Place, Suite A
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Tel: (650) 323-2450
Fax: (650) 323-2426

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Special Master


Calendar Last Updated: 24 Oct 16

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Thomas Reese has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Contract Disputes
Health Care
Legal Malpractice
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Real Estate
Shareholder Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Wrongful Death



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.


  • 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


$350 per hour, usually shared by the parties


Thomas Reese is a member of our CA chapter, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California's premier roster of preeminent mediators and arbitrators. The CADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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