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


Judge Diane Wayne has extensive experience in catastrophic personal tort and products liability matters, and is particularly skilled in complex, multi-party cases. She has a special sensitivity to the families' emotional issues and is able to leverage her unique style to achieve settlement.

Representative Matters

  • Automotive:
    • After-market design modifications
    • Airbag deployment and seatbelt malfunctions
    • Crashworthiness
    • Gasoline tank design failure, including Pinto
    • SUV rollovers
    • Tire failure
    • Unintended acceleration
  • Aviation:
    • General aviation design defects
    • Life-limited parts failure
    • Maintenance issues
    • Metallurgical fatigue
  • Construction defects:
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning from swimming pool heater
    • Cruise ship chimney collapse
    • Water heater burns
  • Equipment and tools:
    • Defective crane cases resulting in permanent disfigurement and death
    • Delamination, crush, and amputation injuries from dye and stamping machines
    • Electrocution
    • Ladder defects
  • Medical devices:
    • Breast implant cases
    • Dalkon Shield
    • Prosthetic malfunctions
  • Toxic substances:
    • Asbestos
    • Chemical spills
    • Environmental contamination
    • Insecticide poisoning
    • Toxic paint
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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