ADR Systems


Hon. Michael J. Hogan, (Ret.)


Hon. Michael J. Hogan, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator known for his creative settlements in resolving complex matters. Judge Hogan has extensive experience in adjudicating or settling some of the most noteworthy and far-reaching civil lawsuits in the areas of negligence, medical malpractice, personal injury, contracts, UCC, construction defect, product liability, nursing home, commercial, defamation and employment related matters.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Subrogation
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 19-year judicial career as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County; Law Jury for 17 years, presiding over Motion Call F during the last 12 years
  • As a Law Division judge, presided over an unprecedented number of pre-trials (2-4 a day) with an exceptionally high settlement rate
  • 4 years with the Attorney General’s Office focusing on civil rights 1983 class action, securities litigation, administrative review and various tort matters
  • 12 years in private practice with Hartigan & Ward Law Firm in a general litigation practice concentrating in municipal law, securities, real estate, commercial and tort law

Representative Cases

  • Tuff v. Acme Barrel:  Toxic tort with hundreds of plaintiffs
  • Rago v. Federal Signal:  Hearing loss cases for thousands of firemen
  • Castro v. Brown’s Chicken:   Wrongful death; seven murdered employees
  • Van Horne v. Muller:  Defamation; first amendment argument
  • Piel v. Nonskog:  Negligent supervision and entrustment resulting in death of a child with mental health issue
  • Settled several dozen medical malpractice cases as a mediator

Professional Activities and Awards

  • 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
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • 2003 Celtic Man of the Year Award
  • Leading Lawyers, Top 10 ADR: Personal Injury Neutrals


  • J.D., Loyola University College of Law
  • B.A., Loyola University


Illinois State Bar

Judge Etchingham has a terrific demeanor, and made my client feel very comfortable.  He took time to thoroughly prepare, coming to the table with a clear understanding of the case.  Judge Etchingham offered insightful advice that kept negotiations from reaching a standstill.  I wish I had been able to practice before him when he was on the bench; Judge Etchingham is a real find for ADR Systems.

Jeffrey E. Martin, Esq.Law Offices of Jeffrey E. Martin, LLC