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 Bernthal’s calm demeanor and deliberate approach helped us settle a very difficult case which had failed in a prior mediation.  His ability to put my client at ease and gain her respect was instrumental in getting the job done.  I would not hesitate to have Judge Bernthal mediate any of my future cases.

James J. Hagle, PartnerFrederick & Hagle