Thomas M. Usdin

Mediator & Arbitrator


Thomas M. Usdin has been a maps mediator since 2003 and has handled over 3,000 mediations. His areas of mediation experience includes: Admiralty Matters, Insurance Coverage Issues, Securities Litigation, General Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Business Disputes, Family Business Disputes, Toxic Tort Cases, Employment Discrimination Disputes, Property Disputes, Contract Disputes, Construction Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice, Sexual Abuse, and Health Care Disputes.


  • B.A., Connecticut College
  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law
  • Completed Harvard Program on Negotiations
  • Advanced Mediation Training, John Haynes Institute


New Orleans Bar Association (Former Chairman, ADR Committee)

Adjunct Faculty, Tulane Law School, teaching ``Negotiations and Dispute Resolution``

National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) Mediation Program.


One of 12 lawyers in the country appointed on a bipartisan basis to serve on the appeals panel of Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damage Settlement Program, the largest environmental settlement in U.S History.


CLE Presentations: “Breaking Impasse in Mediation”, “How to Make Mediation Work in Almost Any Case”, “Practical Issues in Mediation”, “When and How to Use Mediation Effectively”, “Mediating Financial Issues”, “Ethical Issues in Mediation”; Featured Speaker: “How to Utilize Mediation in Maritime Cases”, National Conference of Offshore Marine Services Association; “Mediating Securities Disputes,” Tulane Business Law Society; “How Businesses Can Utilize Mediation”, This Week in Business Publications; “The Use of Mediation to Reduce Litigation Costs”, Magazine of Louisiana Association of Business & Industry; “Resolving Family Business Disputes through Mediation”, Briefly Speaking; “The Mediation Roundtable”, Louisiana Bar Journal.

Admiralty & Maritime, Asbestos, Bad Faith Litigation, Banking, Breach of Contract, Class Actions, Mass Torts & Multi-District Litigation, Clergy Abuse, Commercial Litigation, Construction Defect, Environmental & Toxic Tort, Insurance Coverage, Jones Act, Labor & Employment, Legal Malpractice, Louisiana Arbitrators, Louisiana Mediators, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Homes & Assisted Living, Oil & Gas, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical Litigation, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Securities, Specialty, Sports Law, Successions