Hon. Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) is one of the preeminent mediators of complex civil disputes in the United States. Judge Weinstein is also internationally recognized as one of the premier mediators of complex, multi-party and high-stakes commercial and political disputes. He is the recipient of the 2014 International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution, whose past honorees have included: former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The National Law Journal has recognized him as an ADR Champion (2017-2018). In January 2020, the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, presented Judge Weinstein with the Peacemaker Award, its highest honor. The award was last presented in 2013 to Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Judge Weinstein is the former Envoy of the United States to Bosnia, where he mediated a $14 billion transfer of funds to Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. He 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 founder of JAMS, the world’s largest private mediation provider, the JAMS Foundation, and the Weinstein JAMS International Fellowship program, named to honor his leadership and generous financial contribution. He is the founder of the Weinstein International Foundation, a nonprofit initiative begun in 2018, dedicated to making mediation available and accessible worldwide in the face of increasing global challenges and conflict.
A former head of the Juvenile Court in San Francisco, Judge Weinstein founded the Danny Weinstein Youth Foundation and is Chairman of the Board of Seven Tepees, a non-profit, community-based organization he co-founded that provides comprehensive services to under- resourced youth in San Francisco. He is a dedicated environmentalist and serves on the Board of the Environmental Law Institute. He founded and is president of the Baja Coastal Institute in Mexico, where his efforts are dedicated to preserving coral reefs around the world.