Hon. Diane Wayne (Ret.)

T: 213-620-1133
F: 213-620-0100
Personal Injury/Torts
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

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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

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