ADR Systems


Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.)


Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.) is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. His trademark is his ability to guide even the most recalcitrant parties to settlement, settling more than 91% of his mediations. He is well known for his thorough case preparation, positive attitude and pleasant personality.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Bad Faith
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Action
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Re-Insurance
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2004, Judge Casciato has successfully pre-tried, mediated or arbitrated more than 2,600 cases
  • 22-year judicial career including Circuit Court of Cook County, served in Law Jury; presided over Motion Call of the Law Division involving litigation of tort, contract, UCC and jurisdictional issues for 12 years
  • 10-year legal career including Of Counsel at Rusin Maciorowski & Friedman, Ltd. and Assistant Corporate Counsel, City of Chicago; Associate, William J. Harte, Ltd.

Representative Cases

  • In Re Salmonella Litigation:  Class Action; mediation of more than 1,000 cases, Jewel Tea Company
  • Abassi v. Paraskevoulakos:  Decisive lead paint litigation
  • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine:  Federal preemption and product liability issues (ultimately decided in United States Supreme Court)
  • Burger v. Lutheran General Hospital:  Medical malpractice Petrillo Doctrine
  • Parinello, et al. v. Catercorp, Inc., et al.:  E-Coli Class Action with substantial insurance coverage disputes, settling more than 4,500 claims
  • Varelis v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital:  Medical malpractice and wrongful death
  • Wrightwood Premises Liability Porch Collapse:  Coordination of discovery and pre-trial motions
  • Litigation of Congressional Redistricting (1980):  U.S. District Court, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Appointed by Governor to Illinois Racing Board
  • Illinois Supreme Court Discovery Committee Chairman
  • Adjunct Professor for 12 years, DePaul University College of Law, Civil Litigation, Tort Contracts and Complex Litigation
  • Lecturer, series of lectures on Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure
  • Lecturer, Chicago Bar Association, Motion Practice Seminars; Law Division, Circuit Court of Cook County; Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association; Moot Court Series; Illinois State Bar Association; Supreme Court Judicial Conference, Summary Judgments
  • Appreciation Award, Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Member, Justinian Law Society; Illinois Judges Association; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association
  • Cabrini Green Legal Clinic Contributor
  • Leading Lawyers, Top 10 ADR: Personal Injury Neutrals


  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, Dean’s List
    • Bancroft-Whitney Award for Excellence in Commercial Law
  • B.A., Loyola University


  • Illinois State Bar

As a mediator, Judge McGann manages to be both realistic and persuasive, as well as composed and unbiased. This has resulted in successful mediation on matters that he has handled for me.  It takes a unique personality to accomplish that.  Judge McGann has it.

Leon C. Wexler, Esq.Law Offices of Leon Wexler