Michael Weaver

Michael J. Weaver, Esq.

JAMS Mediator, Arbitrator and Referee/Special Master

Case Manager
Jenny Truex
T: 619-237-0805
F: 619-236-9032
401 B Street, Suite 2100, San Diego, CA 92101


Mr. Weaver has served as an arbitrator and mediator on numerous matters involving professional liability issues. His experience includes resolving claims for standard of care, malicious prosecution, breach of fiduciary duty, non-disclosure, fraud, and negligence in disputes involving law and accounting firms, as well as individual attorneys and accountants.

Mr. Weaver gained significant experience in the practice area as a trial attorney and was called upon to represent firms in matters involving professional liability claims.

Highly regarded among counsel for his expertise, he has also conducted numerous presentations for law firm managers to provide guidance on business practices and ethical issues.

Representative Matters

  • Accounting firm’s alleged misuse of standards or methodology in valuation engagement
  • Arbitrated fee dispute involving client’s claims that attorney’s advice led to unnecessary and inappropriate claims resulting in excessive fees and disadvantageous settlement
  • Claims against national law firm and senior partner arising from alleged malpractice that deprived claimant of benefits from large probated estate
  • Dispute over amount of money owed to predecessor by successor attorney after settlement obtained
  • Malicious prosecution matter involving five regional and two national law firms
  • Malpractice claims in connection with property division in marital dissolution
  • Matter involving claims for malpractice and fraud for conflicts of interest arising from law firm’s representation of company and senior employees. Dispute involved allegations that senior partner for firm provided government with information that led to criminal prosecution of one senior employee.
  • Mediated dispute between former client and attorney involving claims that attorney failed to prepare case for trial and then forced client to accept disadvantageous court-supervised settlement
  • Mediation involving allegations that attorney induced client to transfer property to attorney based upon promises to transfer back at later date, with attorney later disavowing any obligation when client requested return of property
  • Mediator for dispute involving claims that attorney was alleged to have failed to sequester and transfer funds to judgment lien creditor
  • Multiple mediations stemming from investors’ related claims that attorney was co-conspirator and induced investment into real estate partnerships and later concealed problems with venture. Matter involved significant issues related to conflict of interest in attorney’s representation of several claimants, as well as target defendant.
  • Numerous standard of care mediations involving allegations that attorneys failed to adequately represent clients’ needs
  • Various matters involved in accounting firm’s winding up and ending its affairs, including resolution of outstanding claims and related intra-firm disputes
Completed Virtual ADR training conducted by the JAMS Institute, the training arm of JAMS. 

  • Top Ten Lawyers in San Diego, Best Lawyers in America, 1992-2012
    • One of three lawyers recognized as handling “bet the company litigation,” 2007-2012
  • Fellow, American College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Director, National Conflict Resolution Center
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Executive Committee and Master of the Bench of the Inn, American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • Adjunct professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  • Founding member of Board of Directors and original director, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter
  • Board of Directors, San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Association
  • Director, San Diego Aerospace Museum, 1982-1996
  • President and Director, San Diego Kidney Foundation, 1979-1983

ADR Profile

  • Partner, Latham & Watkins, 1999-2012
  • Partner, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, 1986-1999
  • Associate/Partner, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps, 1975-1986
  • Law clerk, Hon. Gordon Thompson, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 1973-1975
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of San Diego School of Law
  • A.B., California State University, Long Beach



Practice Areas

Available nationwide


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