Academy Member Inducted 2023

Thomas P. Whelley, II, Mediator, Dayton, Ohio.

Thomas P. Whelley, II

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Fifth Third Center
1 S. Main Street, Suite 1300
Dayton, OH 45402
Tel: (937) 463-4931
Fax: (937) 449-6405
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Recognized to Ohio Chapter for Mediation
  • Practice Commenced2011
  • # of MEDS (as of 6/12/23)200
  • # of ARBS (as of 6/12/23) 
Current Practice


Tom is a Harvard Law School trained mediator and an experienced neutral. He has overseen many complex cases as a court appointed and privately retained mediator. He encourages litigants to think creatively to arrive at soilutions that all sides can accept as fair.

In addition, he has decades of complex litigation and trial experience. These cases include shareholder disputes, accounting malpractice, employment and product liability matters. The knowledge he gained preparing and trying cases helps him understand a wide range of substantive issues, and how costly and time consuming litigation can be.

With this in mind, he works with litigants to develop strategies for finding resolutions short of the courtroom. He is experienced in negotiating clients through arbitration proceedings and understands the importance of mediation in resolving disputes. By placing a premium on learning each client’s operations and objectives, he  tailors his approach to fit their needs and help guide them to efficient, cost-effective resolutions. 

Tom’s knowledge and experience in litigation is not limited to the courtroom. For more than 25 years, he taught Civil Trail Practice and Evidenced to 3rd year law students at the University of Dayton School of Law.  He sought to pass on his knowledge and experience to train the next generation of litigators and trial lawyers. 

Case Experience

  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of Dayton School of Law  (J.D.1977)
    • University of Dayton School of Law Review, editor-in-chief
  • Kings College  (B.A.1972)
  • Harvard Law School Mediation Training

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Equitas Health, board member (2018-present)
  • Dayton Bar Association, president (2009 - 2010)
  • Court of Common Pleas
    • Mediator
    • Panel member
  • Dayton Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, treasurer (2014 - 2015)
  • Fellow of the Litigation Council of America
  • University of Dayton School of Law
    • Board of Advisors (1993 - 2014)
      • President (2000 - 2008) 
    • Adjunct professor Civil Trial Practice (1987 - 2014)
  • Dayton Bar Association Foundation Board, president (2013 - 2014)
  • Montgomery County Public Defender, commissioner (2009 - 2012) 
  • Law Leadership Institute, board member (2009 - 2012) 
  • Master of the Inn of Court
  • Dayton Early College Academy (DECA), past board member
  • Montgomery County Legal Aid Society, past board president
  • National Conference for Community and Justice, past board member
  • Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, past board member
  • Dayton/Montgomery Historical Society, past board member
  • Red Cross,
    • Past board member
    • Personnel Committee, chair
  • Children’s Hospital Youth Drug Program, past board member

Rates Information

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