ADR Systems

Neutrals

Hon. Rodney B. Lechwar, (Ret.)

Illinois

Hon. Rodney B. Lechwar, (Ret.) is the former Presiding Judge of Will County and a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of civil and criminal cases. Judge Lechwar has presided over matters including probate, divorce, juvenile, zoning, condemnations and administrative reviews.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Family Law
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Professional Malpractice

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 23-year judicial career including serving as Presiding Judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois Juvenile Division, 2003-2010; Chief Judge, 1997-2003; Chief Presiding Judge, Civil Division; Chief Presiding Judge, Criminal Division; Circuit Court Judge, 1990; Associate Circuit Judge in Three County Circuit (Will-Iroquois-Kankakee) and subsequent Single County Circuit, 1985-1990
  • 12-year legal career including Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, First Assistant, 1976-1985 and Assistant State’s Attorney for Will County, 1974
  • Arbitrator, Will County Arbitration Program

Representative Cases

  • Medical malpractice case involving hospital liability and wrongful death associated with descending aortic aneurism and surgical processes
  • Union negotiations settled involving multiple union contracts for the County of Will
  • Construction oversight for the River Valley Juvenile Justice Center

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Chairman, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
  • Board Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Board Member, Will County Juvenile Justice Council
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Will County Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Oversight and Evaluation of Judicial Performance, Death Penalty Committee and Juvenile Law Committee
  • Member, Supreme Court Judicial Speakers Bureau
  • Member, Illinois Attorney General’s Speakers Bureau
  • Speaker and Director, Courses in Lawful Use of Force Seminars for over 40 police departments including panel discussions with criminal law, juvenile law, civil liability and responsibilities of police personnel and students’ rights
  • Instructor, Joliet Junior College, Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure Courses

Education

  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.A., St. Joseph’s College

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar

I want to express our firm’s appreciation to ADR Systems for providing us with an outstanding CLE program.  I received numerous positive comments from our partners; everyone thought that the Hon. F. Keith Brown, Patrick E. McGann, and Stuart A. Nudelman provided us with useful and interesting insights.  I think that our Chicago partners (and anyone else who might do a mediation in Chicago) would be delighted with any of them as a mediator or arbitrator.

Alan Becker, Managing PartnerLitchfield Cavo LLP