Byron J. Beam, Esq.

Mediator / Arbitrator / Discovery Referee


  • University of Southern California - B.S.  1961
  • University of California Boalt Hall - J.D.  1964
  • Pepperdine University Strauss Institute - 2002 


  • Admitted to practice before California and the Federal Courts 1965
  • Parker, Stanbury, McGee, Peckham & Garrett1965-1971
  • Beam, Duffy & Ure 1971-1977
  • Beam, DiCaro, D’Antony, Stafford & Brobeck 1977 - 1986
  • Beam, Brobeck & West 1986-2006
  • Beam, Brobeck, West, Borges & Rosa 2006 - present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) 1970 - present
  • American Inns of Court Robert Banyard Inn 1987 - present
  • George Francis Civility Award 1998
  • Angelo Palmieri Professionalism Award 2000
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer review rated "AV Preeminent"
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel 1975-1978
  • California Medical Legal Committee 2000-present


  • Pepperdine University School of Law Adjunct Professor 1976-1977
  • Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) Lecturer 1977-1992
  • University of CA Irvine College of Medicine Lecturer 1989, 1990, 1994

A.D.R. Experience    

Orange County Superior Court Arbitrator 1977-2008
American Arbitration Association Arbitrator 1969-2000
47 years in practice, 60 jury trials, hundreds of mediations, arbitrations including: serious personal injury, physician liability and privileges, physician and attorney professional liability, medical and law firm: employment issues, termination, governance, hospital staffing/governance, dental liability, pharmaceutical and cosmetic product liability, fertility-reproductive liability, governmental liability, landfill and toxic waste, construction defect, subsidence, insurance coverage, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, accounting malpractice, complex business disputes. Byron J. Beam, Esq. is considered by trial attorneys and defense counsel to be one of the most fair, conscientious and respected neutrals in ADR. His very pleasant demeanor, humor and respect for people coupled with his ability to listen, analyze and isolate relevant issues are some of the reasons he is requested by all junior and senior counsel in highly contentious and complex legal matters. 

Retention:  Mediator, Arbitrator, Discovery Referee