Diane Wayne

Hon. Diane Wayne (Ret.)

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator, Referee/Special Master, Neutral Evaluator

Case Manager
Giana Dittmar
T: 310-309-6202
F: 310-396-7576
1925 Century Park East, 14th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Diane Wayne is available to conduct cases virtually. JAMS is equipped to provide virtual ADR services on a variety of online platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, and more.


Judge Wayne has been appointed arbitrator to over 200 cases since joining JAMS. She is one of California's most highly regarded neutrals, serving as a mediator, arbitrator, and discovery referee. Judge Wayne has a unique style that enables her to excel in highly-charged matters in which parties are extremely adversarial.

Judge Wayne has served as a mediator/arbitrator in various types of disputes. She has also served as a neutral evaluator in non-binding evaluations of various types of claims, as an “arbitrator” in mock arbitrations conducted by one of the parties to a case and appointed mediator or special master by various courts.

Representative Arbitrations

  • Chairperson of a three-arbitrator panel in a dispute surrounding fraudulent inducement to enter a purchase agreement, stockholder agreement, and stock pledge agreement
  • Chairperson of a three-arbitrator panel in a dispute involving a brokerage firm which failed to comply with rules of NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange
  • Chairperson of a three-arbitrator panel in case regarding termination and re-assignment of a patent agreement
  • Member of a three-arbitrator panel case involving breach of insurance
  • Sole arbitrator for a claim regarding breach of an exclusive distribution agreement of a new music album
  • Sole arbitrator for class action regarding an Investment Management Agreement
  • Sole arbitrator on an exclusive license agreement dispute involving among other things, exclusive distribution rights
  • Sole arbitrator on breach of contract case involving aviation issues
  • Sole arbitrator on fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, breach of contract, intentional interference with contract, and conspiracy to commit intentional interference with contract case
  • Sole arbitrator for breach of contract in an agreement for legal services
  • Sole arbitrator for dispute arising out of purchase and sale of a residential property
  • Sole arbitrator on Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy dispute
  • Sole arbitrator in suit seeking damages for failing to pay past Profit Participation payments and a past Equity Participation
  • Sole arbitrator on breach of oral contract, employment discrimination, slander, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligence case
  • Sole arbitrator on multiple insurance coverage and subrogation cases
  • Sole arbitrator on multiple large-scale personal injury matters
  • Sole arbitrator on several legal malpractice and professional liability cases
  • Sole arbitrator for breach of written retail installment sales contract case
  • Sole arbitrator for case involving dissolution of a medical practice
  • Sole arbitrator in disputes over audits from movies; claim brought by company for reimbursement for funds pursuant to license agreement between parties
  • Sole arbitrator in a case to determine whether an Employment Agreement violated California Labor Code 2855(a), the Seven-year Rule
  • Sole arbitrator in claim regarding failure to pay past profit participation and past equity participation pursuant to a sale of a company
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Member, The President's Commission on White House Fellowships, West Coast Panel, 1993-present
  • Ernestine Stahlhut Award, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, 2011
  • Recognized as a Top 50 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2012
  • Recognized as a Top 40 California Neutral, Daily Journal, 2007 and 2008
  • Recognized as One of the 500 Leading Judges in America, by Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Trial Judge of the Year and honored with the prestigious Alfred J. McCourtney Award, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, California Judges Association, California Women Lawyers Association and Association of Business Trial Lawyers; Board of Directors, Los Angeles Women's Foundation
  • Received comprehensive training in JAMS in-house Entertainment Law workshops including, but not limited to:
    • “Net Profits and New Media: The Future of Entertainment Litigation”
    • "Legal Issues and Developments in Video Game Law"

ADR Profiles

  • Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Judge, Los Angeles Municipal Court
  • Partner, Christy and Wayne, specializing in civil litigation
  • Trial attorney, Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services
  • Trial attorney, honors program, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Faculty advisor for several law schools
  • Former Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern University
  • Lecturer for the CEB, CJA, CJER, and the Rutter Group
  • Authored Employment Litigation (published by Bancroft Whitney), as well as articles on civil procedure, employment, and trade secrets
  • J.D., University of Southern California
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Counsel Comments

    • "[Judge Wayne] has a unique skill to connect with the parties on a personal level. She's able to articulate empathy in an authentic way."

       Partner at California Litigation Firm
    • "Judge Wayne is well prepared and commands a thorough understanding of the subtle issues at play between the parties."




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