ADR Systems


Hon. Patrick J. Hitpas, (Ret.)


Hon. Patrick J. Hitpas, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, employment and probate disputes. He is well known for his integrity, impartiality, good-natured temperament and legal ability. Judge Hitpas has presided over more than 250 jury trials. He has also tried hundreds of civil bench trials in a variety of areas.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Trusts

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 17-year judicial career including Circuit Judge, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Illinois, presiding over civil and criminal trial docket, 1992-2010
  • 20-year legal career including general civil practice with law firms in Belleville and Carlyle, Illinois, 1974-1992; State’s Attorney, Clinton County, Illinois, 1976-1980; Assistant Circuit Attorney, St. Louis, Missouri 1972-1974
  • Mediation Training, Lane and Calkins Masters Series, 2009
  • Mediation Training, National Judicial College, 2006
  • Dispute Resolution Skills, National Judicial College, 2000

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases
  • Supreme Court Planning and Oversight Committee for a Judicial Performance Evaluation Program
  • Faculty Member, New Judges Seminar
  • Topic Editor, Illinois Judicial Bench Book on Civil Law and Procedure
  • Mentor, New Judges Mentoring Program
  • Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association Seminars on Civil Practice
  • Member, Board of Directors, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, ISBA


  • J.D., St. Louis University School of Law
  • B.S., St. Joseph’s College, cum laude


  • Illinois State Bar

ADR Systems is a perfect fit for commercial disputes that would otherwise find themselves in state court. Though they may no longer have the ability to formally wield the gavel, the former judges at ADR Systems still demand the respect necessary to get parties to the table.

Sang-yul Lee, Esq.Partner, Locke Lord Edwards, LLP