Kleinschmidt, Thomas

Hon. Thomas C. Kleinschmidt, Mediator, Arbitrator
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Hon. Thomas C. Kleinschmidt, Ret.


Tom Kleinschmidt joined the firm in 2000 as a mediator and arbitrator, after more than 20 years as a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court and on the Arizona Court of Appeals.

"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."
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.
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, 1982-2000: Chief Judge, 1994-1996
  • Maricopa County Superior Court, 1977-1982: Former Presiding Judge
Professional Memberships
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • “50 Years of Service to the People of Arizona,” James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, June 2016
Bar Admissions
  • Arizona, 1966
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • J.D., Duke University, 1965
  • B.A., Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 1962
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