"In my mediation and arbitration practice, I believe
that each side deserves to be heard patiently and impartially and to receive a
careful application of the facts and the law. In mediations, I strive to help
the parties realize that settlement, rather than a costly trial, is often in
everyone’s best interest."
Tom Kleinschmidt joined the firm in 2000 after more than 20
years as a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court and
the Arizona Court of Appeals.
Judge Kleinschmidt started his legal career in 1966 as an
associate with a large law firm in Phoenix, where he became a partner. In 1971,
he became an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. In
1977, he was appointed to the Maricopa County Superior Court where he served for
five years, two as the Presiding Civil Judge.
In 1982, he was appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals for
Division One. Judge Kleinschmidt served as the Chief Judge of Division One from
1994 through 1996, and he remained with the Court of Appeals until 2000.
Since joining Schneider & Onofry as of counsel in 2000, Judge Kleinschmidt has worked on several complex cases and served as a private
mediator, arbitrator, special discovery master, and appellate consultant.