Professional Resume


Thomas Reese A full time arbitrator and mediator, formerly a trial attorney, licensed to practice law in California. Profession: Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator


Professional Experience:


1994 - present: Full time mediator, arbitrator, and referee.
1988 - 1994: part time mediator, arbitrator, and referee.
1988 - present: Judge pro tem Santa Clara and San Mateo County Courts.
1969 - 1996: Partner and senior litigator, Lakin Spears (Palo Alto, CA).
1967 - 1969: Partner, Norton & Reese (Palo Alto, CA)
1961 - 1966: Associate, Low, Ball & Norton (Menlo Park & San Francisco, CA)
1960 - 1969: OCS; Assist. COM Officer Twelfth Coast Guard Dist. LT US Coast Guard Reserve.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Experience:


Arbitration: 100, plus, judicial arbitration; 150, plus, commercial and consumer.


Panels: NASD; NYSE; PSX; RTC and FDIC Roster of Neutral; Kaiser Permanente Health Foundation; US Dist. Court, First Dist.; Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, and Alameda County Court ADR panels.


Property damage, personal injury, or financial loss: arising from construction, earth movement, “toxics”, product failure, car crash, slip and fall, professional malpractice.


Relationship and transactional: employment termination and/or discrimination, securities, real estate, business partnerships, trade secrets, “Silicon Valley” contract and shareholder disputes, insurance coverage, and estate distribution.


Training: US Dist. Court Arbitration Training; NASD, NYSE, and PSX Arbitration training; NASD Advanced Arbitration training; NASD Chairperson training; American Arbitration Assoc. Arbitration training; International Commercial Arbitration and Advanced International Commercial Arbitration trainings by the American Arbitration Association; and US Postal Service Transformative mediation training.


Mediation and ENE: 300, plus, in all of the experience areas in arbitration.


Panels: US Dist. Ct.; NASD; California First Dist. Court of Appeal; US Postal Service Redress panel; Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, & Alameda County Court Mediation and ENE panels.


Training: Harvard Law School Mediation Workshop; US Dist. Ct. Mediation and ENE Training; American Arbitration Association Mediation training.


ADR Training Responsibilities:


  • Coach, Interest Based Negotiation Workshop, by Michael Fogel
  • Coach, Mediation Workshops by Steven Rosenberg
  • Coach, Stanford Law School Mediation Seminar, by Dana Curtis

Frequent panelist for Santa Clara, San Mateo, & San Francisco Bar Assoc. MCLE seminars: on current arbitration legislation in California; on Early Neutral Evaluation; the conduct of an Arbitration or Mediation; on judicial Arbitration; on Discovery. Organized and chaired Commercial Arbitration Panel for national conference of the former SPIDR (Society for Professionals in Dispute Resolution), now ACR (Association for Conflict Resolution.)




Both Lawyers and Retired Judges Offer Private Judging: Is there a difference? San Mateo County Bar Association, The Docket.


ADR of Estate Litigation: Time to Upgrade. San Mateo County Bar Association, The Docket and Santa Clara County Bar Association, In Brief.


How M.A.P. is Being Drawn. San Mateo Bar Association, The Docket


Professional Licenses: Practice law before US District Courts and the Courts of California.


Profession Affiliations:



  • Diplomat Member, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • 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




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


Fee Schedule: California State Bar Number: 31540