Hon. Daniel Weinstein

Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) is a preeminent international mediator for complex commercial, securities and environmental disputes as well as high-profile entertainment, intellectual property and sports matters. As a founder of JAMS, the world’s largest provider of mediation services, Judge Weinstein is a pioneer in the development of mediation and teaches fellow mediators and lawyers across the globe. He is also the founder of the widely acclaimed Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship program, which has provided opportunities for more than 60 qualified individuals from 50 countries to study dispute resolution in process in the U.S. in order to advance the practice in their home countries.

Judge Weinstein is internationally recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party, high-stakes disputes and has settled some of the largest and most contentious financial sector, intellectual property and environmental cases of the past two decades—including those involving major financial institutions like Goldman Sachs, international corporations like Swiss reinsurer Converium, foreign governments, and high-profile celebrities. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and has served on the bench of the California Supreme Court, the Municipal Court of San Francisco, and the Superior Court of San Francisco.


  • Designs the process and oversees the resolution of challenging securities class action, intellectual property (patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark), antitrust, entertainment law, financial sector, insurance allocation, environmental, professional malpractice, and partnership disputes.

  • Mediates cases with aggregate values of billions of dollars annually, while designing innovative processes tailored to unique, complex, and highly sensitive cases.

  • Former California Judge and a founder of JAMS, the world’s largest provider of mediation and arbitration services.

  • Founded CASA (Class Action Settlement Administration), a JAMS subsidiary dedicated to the fair and speedy allocation of settlement funds in large scale matters, e.g., the Union Oil Carbide settlement, African American Farmers discrimination claims, and compensation and overtime claims in retail industries.


Multinational Financial Disputes:

  • Served as the U.S. Special Representative to Bosnia for privatization to oversee $14 billion transfer of funds to Muslims, Croats, and Serbs (1999-2000).
  • Mediated numerous major mortgage and bankruptcy cases arising out of market collapse, involving Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bear Stearns, Prudential, Lehman bankruptcy, Adelphia, and Qwest.
  • Mediated high-profile international cases involving financial institutions including the Swiss Converium case, the Parmalat case, and the Shinsei Bank financial disaster in Tokyo; also mediated Madoff- and LIBOR-related disputes.
  • Mediated numerous, high-dollar reinsurance cases in Amsterdam and England from 2006 to the present that involve all major international insurance carriers.
  • Mediated complex securities fraud cases following public offerings and reverse mergers of major Chinese energy and resource companies.
  • Mediated disputes for Volvo, BMW and Porsche.
  • Resolved large class actions and financial institution litigation arising out of Adelphia, Qwest, IPO, and Enron financial “meltdowns.”
  • Resolved tax shelter cases, including international claims involving international accounting firms Deloitte and KPMG, among others.


  • Founder of Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship Program supporting individual pioneers in mediation practice worldwide from Bhutan to Egypt, Afghanistan to Cameroon, Ecuador to Armenia; mentoring of international fellows worldwide
  • Distinguished Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution International Advocate for Peace Award, 2014
  • American Jewish Committee, Distinguished Learned Hand Award, 2003
  • U.S. Representative to the Bosnian Privatization Commission, overseeing the transfer of $14 billion of state-owned assets to the citizen constituencies, 1998-2001
  • Co-founder and President of 7 Tepees Youth Program for disadvantaged youth in San Francisco
  • Founder and President of Baja Coastal Institute to preserve reefs throughout the world
  • Board of Directors, Environmental Law Institute, 2009
  • Founder and President of Cabo Pulmo Learning Center for Mexican youth
  • Recognized as a “Top California Neutral,” Daily Journal, 2002, 2004-2012
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Category, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2015
  • Recognized as a “Top Master,” Daily Journal Top California Neutrals List, 2013
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, San Francisco Magazine, 2006, 2009, 2011-2014
  • Recognized as one of the 500 Leading Judges in America, Lawdragon Magazine, 2006
  • Selected as the Bay Area’s Most Popular Mediator, The Recorder, 2002
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association first recipient, Distinguished Mediator Award, 1999
  • Former Chairman of the Northern California CORO Foundation, No. California Special Olympics, and The Midnight Basketball League
  • Visiting professor, Mediation Advocacy, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, Fordham Law School
  • Northern California Selection Commission for Federal Judgeships, Feinstein Committee


  • Superior Court of San Francisco, 1982-1988
  • Associate Justice Pro Tem, California Supreme Court and the First District Court of Appeal, 1984
  • Municipal Court of San Francisco, 1978-1982
  • Chief Assistant District Attorney of San Francisco, 1976-1978
  • Private practice for seven years, specializing in litigation of federal cases
  • L.L.B., cum laude, Harvard University Law School, 1965; B.A., cum laude, Stanford University, 1962