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 Diane Wayne is widely recognized for her professional competence and approachable manner and is one of California's most highly regarded neutrals. She is well regarded for her unique ability to quickly evaluate a case and grasp key issues.

Judge Wayne is passionate about getting involved with a case early in the process and managing the parties’ relationships – encouraging better cooperation amongst all. She encourages the attorneys to look at each other as people, instead of opponents, which most often results in a more cost-effective route for the parties.

Since she began her ADR career, she has been involved in over 50 court reference matters. Among others, her roles have included: Declaratory Relief Action, Deposition Monitoring, Discovery Referee, In-Camera Reviews, Master Privilege Logs, and Settlement Agreement Disputes.


  • Attorney Fee Disputes
  • Breach of Contract
  • Class Actions
  • Construction Defect
  • Defamation
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Trusts
  • Fraud
  • Health Care (Non-Malpractice)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Insurance
  • Negligent Misrepresentation
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate
  • Partnership Disputes/Dissolutions

Representative Matters

  • Multi-party matter involving businesses servicing the airline industry; dispute encompassed allegations of trademark infringement, breach of fiduciary duty, misappropriation of trade secrets and interference with contracts which encompassed many states.
  • Matter involving nursing home and its alleged failure to ensure proper monitoring and prevention of infections, proper monitoring of medications, proper charting and record keeping, proper hygiene, proper nutrition, and proper turning and positioning to prevent skin breakdown.
  • Class-action matter against mobile-home park alleging that individual leases had been broken and various CA statutes had been violated based on deleterious conditions (unsanitary/defective sewage system, a defective electrical system, bad water and lack of security, failure to maintain physical improvements, common areas and facilities in good working order and condition).
  • Employment matter in which Plaintiffs, current employees of Defendant alleged that over a period of years they were discriminated against, variously, based on their race, sex, pregnancy and/or ethnicity, and they were also retaliated against for opposing such alleged discrimination and harassment. They assert that they suffered adverse employment decisions including imposition of discipline, demotion and failures to obtain promotions and specific work assignments.
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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