Crosby ADR

About Tom Crosby

Tom Crosby’s extensive background as a civil trial attorney representing both plaintiffs and defendants, combined with his passion for the mediation process, enables him to successfully help attorneys and their clients resolve their disputes.

Tom started his litigation practice with Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May. He then began working with Gordon & Rees LLP, where he became a partner, managed the “RATpack” (Railroad, Asbestos and Tort Defense Group) and served on the firm’s executive committee.

In 2001, Tom and Buddy Rowell founded Crosby & Rowell LLP. Tom’s cases have included claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, toxic torts, railroad hearing loss, professional malpractice, sexual harassment and wrongful termination, public entities, and commercial disputes. He has represented both defendants and plaintiffs.

Tom began training in mediation in 2005, when he attended the highly regarded “Mediating the Litigated Case” at Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law. He has undergone additional advanced mediation training by Steven Rosenberg.

Tom closed his litigation practice in 2016 to pursue his dream of developing a full-time alternative dispute resolution practice: Crosby ADR. 

Tom serves as secretary to the ACBA ADR executive committee board. He is a member of The Mediation Society and holds mediation positions with both the San Francisco and Contra Costa Bar Associations.

Headquartered in Oakland, Tom serves clients throughout Northern California and is available to travel. Please contact us to inquire about our mediation services and determine if Crosby ADR is right for you.


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We at Crosby ADR know that finding the right mediator to resolve your conflict is not a choice to be taken lightly. Please call us to discuss your case and determine if Tom Crosby is right for you.

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Juris Doctor, 1981

B.S., Economics, 1977

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Past/Present Affiliations

  • Board: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area

  • Board: Legal Aid Society of San Francisco; Member Committee on Minority Recruitment and Retention

  • The Mediation Society

  • Alameda County Bar Association ADR Executive Committee Board Member


Bar Admissions

  • California, Federal District Court