ADR Systems

Neutrals

Hon. Lee Preston, (Ret.)

Illinois

Hon. Lee Preston, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator. Judge Preston has extensive knowledge in business, corporate, and commercial matters. He deftly applies his expertise in commercial cases with detailed preparation. Judge Preston has been a well-respected and well-liked member of the judiciary since his election as a circuit court judge in 1994.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Antitrust
  • Class Action
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Directors & Officers (D&O)
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Errors & Omissions (E&O)
  • Estates
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Fraud
  • Government
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Mechanics Lien
  • Non-Compete
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Probate
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Qui Tam
  • Real Estate
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Tax
  • Trusts
  • Whistleblower
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 22-year career as a corporate and business transactional attorney and General Counsel for a multi-million dollar company, Kronos-Central Products, Inc., overseeing all types of corporate matters, including mergers, acquisitions, contract, employment, licensing and real estate
  • 18-year judicial career serving as Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County; Supervising Judge of the Commercial Section of the Law Division; Presiding Judge of Calendar 16 in the Chancery Division

Representative Cases

  • Class action settlement involving American Airlines and its AAdvantage (frequent flyer) members
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims against law firm
  • Complex construction dispute settlement involving the University of Illinois
  • Physicians and others non-compete agreement disputes
  • Condominium owners’ disputes with condominium association

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Founding Board Member and past Vice President, American College of Business Court Judges, a national organization of state and federal judges hearing business, corporate and commercial matters
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Guest Lecturer,  Loyola University of Chicago Law School, De Paul College of Law and the University of Chicago
  • Past Chair, Commercial Litigation Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Past President, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Past President, Congregation Ezras Israel
  • Former Member, Illinois Supreme Court Legislation Committee

Presentations and Publications

  • Instructor, Judicial Education Conferences
  • Speaker, various committees of the Chicago Bar Association
  • Presenter, various judicial and lawyer Continuing Legal Education programs
  • Testified at hearings of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee regarding changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 216 Requests to Admit Facts

Education

  • Postgraduate study in Bible, Talmud and Jewish History, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
  • J.D., De Paul University College of Law
  • B.S., University of Illinois

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar
  • Florida State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

I direct all of my attorneys to explore ADR on their files.

David Petrich, Esq.Senior Partner, Sandman, Levy & Petrich