ADR Systems


Hon. Thomas Ewert, (Ret.)

Hon. Thomas M. Ewert, (Ret.)


Hon. Thomas M. Ewert, (Ret.) was a judge for the Twelfth Circuit of Illinois for 25 years. He has been with ADR Systems since 2001 and is an experienced and efficient mediator and arbitrator.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Business Dissolution
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trusts
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Of Counsel,  Spesia & Ayers, 2001-present
  • 22-year judicial career including Presiding Judge of the Civil Division, and Circuit Judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois
  • Founder, Will County’s Mandatory Arbitration and Court-Annexed Mediation Programs
  • National Judicial College Mediation Training
  • 20-year judicial career including Circuit Judge, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, DuPage County

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Chairman, Pipeline Commissioners Panel – conducting hearings for condemnation cases for the construction and placements of a pipeline through Northern Illinois; appointed by the Federal Court
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Will County Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
  • Former Member, Joint Committee on Judicial Ethics
  • Former Chairman, Capital Litigation Committee


  • J.D., University of Illinois
  • B.S., Northern Illinois University


  • Illinois State Bar

Over the years, I have worked with many mediators and settled many class actions.   A case I brought to ADR Systems proved to be the most difficult.  Through great efforts, Judge McGann guided us to a deal.  I do not believe any other mediator I’ve worked with could have settled this case.  Judge McGann is a joy to work with, and at the top of my list.

Kenneth Payson, Esq.Davis Wright Tremaine LLP