ADR Systems

Neutrals

Hon. Michael C. Zissman, (Ret.)

Illinois

Hon. Michael C. Zissman, (Ret.) is an experienced mediator and arbitrator and former Cook County Circuit Court Judge. He specializes in personal injury matters including catastrophic injury, slip and fall, wrongful death, automobile accident, property damage, and contract matters.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Contract
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Damage

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 18-year judicial career as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division and assigned to Pretrial Sector, Child Protection, and First Municipal District
  • Legal career included Assistant State’s Attorney of Cook County and private practice

Representative Cases

  • Commercial cases including salmonella, medical, dental, legal malpractice matters
  • Personal injury cases including catastrophic injury, slip and fall, wrongful death, automobile accident

Professional Activities and Awards

  • National Judicial College Civil Mediation 40 hour program

Education

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law
  • B.A., North Park College

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar

Judge Burke mediated a settlement in a matter where the parties were extremely far apart, with almost no common ground.  He pushed both sides to rethink their positions, outlined a post-conference approach and made himself available on short notice.  I do not believe anyone else could have settled the matter.  He will be my first choice for future mediations.

Lisa M. Lilly, Esq.Lisa M. Lilly Law