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Hon. Wayne Rhine, (Ret.)


Hon. Wayne Rhine, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator known for his pragmatic approach to settling cases. He has extensive experience in settling construction, contract, personal injury, tort, product liability and landlord-tenant matters. In addition, Judge Rhine has developed a program of on-sight inspections for construction disputes that almost always result in settlements.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Construction
  • Fee Dispute
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Subrogation

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 24-year judicial career with a focus on commercial litigation, torts, subrogation, personal injury, construction matters, contract disputes and landlord-tenant disputes, including extensive litigation involving the Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance; Supervising Judge, Non-Jury Tort and Contract section of the First Municipal District, supervised six courtrooms and responsible for more than 82,000 cases, 1998-2006; Motion Judge for Jury Trials, 1997-1998; Traffic Court, 1996-1997; Jury Trials, 1987-1996; Traffic Court, 1984-1986; Forcible Detainers, Traffic Court, 1983-1984
  • 18-year legal career that includes Associate, White, White & Berman, 1965-1973; Associate, Maragos, Richter, Berman, Russell & White, 1973-1981; Village Prosecutor, Village of Calumet Park, 1977-1979; Special Attorney, Department of Insurance; State Board of Elections Attorney; Berman, Fagel, Haber, Maragos & Abrams, 1981-1883;  Member, Glenview Board of Zoning Appeals, 1981-1983

Representative Cases

  • American Society of Lubricating Engineers:  Upheld imposition of sanctions for violation of pre-trial settlement
  • Greenberger vs. Catalfo:  Upheld judgment for attorney fees against mother of litigant
  • Kalensky v. CTA:  Upheld jury’s verdict on the largest jury verdict in the First Municipal District
  • Brentwood Nursing Center v. Viney:  Confirmed the use of additur on jury verdict
  • Debt Purchase, Inc. v. Sharon Banks:  Found 521.43% interest on a payday loan unconscionable

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Author, “Barratry, A Comparative Study of Recent Barratry Statutes”
  • Lecturer for new Judges, Pro se litigants and operation of non-jury tort and contract section on First Municipal District
  • Lecturer, CBA,  Municipal Committee
  • Lecturer, CBA, Civil Practice Committee
  • Lecturer, Young Lawyers Sections of the CBA, First Jury Trial
  • Lecturer, CBA Young Lawyers Federal Bar Training Course
  • Lecturer, Illinois Creditor’s Bar, Creditor’s Rights
  • Lecturer, Illinois Creditor’s Bar, Trusts and Contracts
  • Lecturer, CBA Civil Practice Committee, Non-Jury Torts and Contracts
  • Lecturer, CBA Young Lawyers Committee, Trying Your 1st case
  • Participant, Cable Television Program, Judicial Perspective
  • Speaker, CBA-Successful Practice in the Municipal Department seminar, Practice in the Non-Jury Contract and Non-Personal Injury Tort Section
  • Member, First Municipal District Advisory Committee
  • Legal Advisor, “The People’s Court” Television Program
  • Former Member, Chicago Bar Association, Municipal Committee
  • Member, Jewish Judges Association of Illinois
  • Former Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Former Member, Nu Beta Epsilon Legal Fraternity
  • Chair, New Judges Seminar, Committee on New Legislation
  • Member, Alternate Dispute Resolution Committee


  • LL.B., DePaul University of Law
  • National Judicial College
  • University of Illinois


  • Illinois State Bar

Judge Burke is an excellent mediator.  He has one of the best demeanors of any judge I have appeared before in court.  He is also one of the most knowledgeable mediators as well.  His background provides him with an innate ability to spot the issues early on.  He works hard to get it done.  I would not hesitate for a second to use him again.

Mark Bazzanella, Esq.Mark Bazzanella Law Offices