ADR Systems

Neutrals

Thomas J. Shanahan, Esq.

Illinois

Thomas J. Shanahan, Esq., is a skilled mediator, arbitrator and settlement expert. Mr. Shanahan is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU). He has extensive experience in resolving employment, commercial, and insurance disputes. He has practiced law for more than 30 years and is currently Senior Counsel at Sears Holdings Management Corporation.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • American Disability Act (ADA)
  • Antitrust
  • Auto Liability
  • Class Action
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Harassment
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Subrogation
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trademark
  • Whistleblower

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Senior Counsel, Sears Holdings Management Corporation:  transactional and commercial work including counseling on employment, liability, compliance, and license matters, 2012-present
  • Thomas J. Shanahan, Attorney at Law, 2010-2012
  • Vice President Legal and Risk, National Express Corporation, reviewing and negotiating contracts across all segments of the organization, including procurement, professional services and software licensing; oversaw all commercial, tort, employment and environmental litigation; counseled for all employment related issues, including discrimination and recruiting; counseled on intellectual property and marketing practices; oversaw claims, litigation and worker’s compensation, 2008-2010
  • Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Bridgestone/Firestone Retail and Commercial Operations, LLC,  advised on labor and employment law, corporate, commercial transactional, liability, insurance and workers’ compensation issues; managed outside counsel and directed all litigation; revised and implemented corporate dispute resolution program, 2001-2008
  • Partner, Litigation Department, Arnstein & Lehr, employment law, litigation, commercial/transactional, 1998-2001
  • Senior Claims Litigation Counsel, CNA Insurance Companies, architectural malpractice, medical malpractice and insurance defense litigation, 1994-1998
  • In-House Counsel, Amsted Industries Incorporated, litigation, employment law and commercial/transactional, 1989-1994
  • Associate, Judge & Knight, LTD, employment and insurance defense law, 1987-1989
  • Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago, 1983-1987

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Arbitrator, Cook County and DuPage County Mandatory Arbitration Programs
  • CPCU designation, American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters
  • Member, Association of Corporation Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, CPCU Society
  • Instructor, Insurance School of Chicago

Education

  • J.D., Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • B.A., Loyola University of Chicago

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois State Bar

My thanks to ADR Systems and their mediators for all of the successes that we have experienced in mediations.

Louis C. Cairo, Esq.Senior Partner, Goldberg Weisman Cairo