Thomas Denver, Esq. has been exclusively committed to dispute resolution since 2000, following a 27-year career handling civil litigation matters. The strength of his reputation as a neutral is built upon his ability to effectively resolve multifaceted and complex cases. His sharp legal mind, coupled with creative problem-solving skills, has enabled him to facilitate lasting resolution in thousands of cases.

Mr. Denver has achieved an extraordinarily high settlement rate while mediating in excess of 1,000 matters. In addition, he has arbitrated over 600 matters and has served as a referee or special master in dozens of cases in both state and federal courts, by court appointment and at the request of the parties. As a litigator, Mr. Denver has tried over 50 jury trials and is a current member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Mr. Denver is a founding member of Mediation Masters, was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (1997-2013), and was a former Chairman of its Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is consistently listed among Northern California’s ‘Super Lawyers’.

Mr. Denver has substantial expertise with alternative dispute resolution, having served as a settlement Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court for more than 25 years, and serving as a Judge Pro Tem for both State and Federal Courts. He has also been a frequent lecturer in CLE educational programs, teaches at the Stanford University Law School Trial Practice Program, and has been an instructor for the Santa Clara County Bar Association and Superior Court.

Areas of Expertise

  • Complex/Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Intellectual Property
  • Personal Injury / Products Liability
  • Professional Liability (Medical and Legal Malpractice)
  • Real Estate

ADR Experience

  • US. District Court, Northern District of California, Mediator and Early Neutral Evaluator
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Approved Mediator, Arbitrator, and Special Master
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Former ADR Task Force Chair
  • Center for Public Resources Institute for Dispute Resolution, Distinguished Neutral
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Member

Training and Certification

  • Harvard Law School, Basic and Advanced Mediation Skills Programs
  • Harvard Law School, Negotiation Project Program
  • Pepperdine University, Basic and Advanced Mediation Programs
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Basic and Advanced Mediation Programs
  • World Intellectual Property Association, Trained and Certified Mediator
  • International Centers for Arbitration, Certified Arbitrator and Mediator


  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D.
  • University of Washington, M.S.
  • Syracuse University, B.S.


Mediator - Arbitrator - Special Master

96 North 3rd Street, Suite 350

San Jose, California 95112

Tel. 408-293-1113