ADR Systems


David J. Gubbins

David J. Gubbins, Esq.


David J. Gubbins, Esq. is a seasoned mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in commercial, personal injury, aviation, guardianship, medical malpractice, wrongful death, construction and probate matters.  In addition to managing his own law firm, David J. Gubbins, Ltd., Mr. Gubbins is often court-appointed to serve as Guardian Ad Litem to minors and disabled adults, Friend of Court and discovery master.  He has acted as guardian ad litem and Friend of Court in several high-profile aviation cases.  Mr. Gubbins has argued numerous complex motions during his career and is known throughout the legal community for his thorough knowledge of the law and dispute resolution skills.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Action
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • E-Discovery
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Family Law
  • Fee Dispute
  • Guardianship
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Mass Torts
  • Mechanics Lien
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Multidistrict Litigation
  • Non-Compete
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Qui Tam
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Subrogation
  • Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)
  • Toxic Tort
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark
  • Trusts
  • Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Claims (UM&UIM)
  • Workers' Compensation

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2016, Mr. Gubbins has served as a senior mediator, arbitrator, discovery master, independent neutral evaluator and continues to be appointed by the court as a guardian ad litem
  • 43-year legal career including David J. Gubbins, Ltd., 2002-2016, specialized practice with all services rendered as the result of court appointment, including more than 1000 appointments as Guardian Ad Litem for minors and disabled adults representing the interests of those affected by catastrophic accidents, personal injury and other causes; President of David J. Gubbins, Ltd., 1985-2002, focused on personal injury, construction and probate matters
  • Partner at Vitell, Greenfield, Johnson, Goldstein and Gubbins, 1978-1985; focused
    on workers’ compensation, personal injury and probate matters
  • Associate at Asher, Greenfield, Gubbins and Segal, 1973- 1978; focused on personal
    injury and probate matters; selected as independent arbitrator for multiple UM&UIM matters

Representative Cases

  • Aviation: appointed Friend of Court and Guardian Ad Litem for all eligible minors of plane crash victims; helped oversee distribution of attorneys fees and issues regarding the estates of the deceased
  • Aviation: appointed Guardian Ad Litem to minors of plane crash victims; helped facilitate successful settlement negotations and establish structured annuities for minors
  • Class Action: appointed Guardian Ad Litem and Friend of Court in toxic tort class action involving over 500 individual claims; helped court with discovery schedule, reviewed wrongful death petitions and assisted in pre-trial settlement conferences
  • Construction Defect: Mediator in Discovery for case involving the remediation of an apartment complex; complex owner sued contracting company claiming that the final product had multiple defects
  • Construction Defect: dispute between luxury home owner and contractor; homeowner alleged that final product had over $1 million worth of defects
  • Contract, Fiduciary Duty and Fee Dispute: case involving law firm alleging breach of fiduciary duty by former employees who independently represented clients while employed; employees brought counterclaim against firm alleging breach of a contract in which they were to receive a third of fees for all business they brought in; selected as arbitrator for case after unsuccessful mediation
  • Contract, Non-Compete and Restrictive Convenants: Mediator in Discovery for dispute involving health care clinic seeking restitution for unjust enrichment and breach of contract by former head physician
  • Employment: Mediator in Discovery for case involving a plaintiff claiming their former employer owed them back wages
  • Non-Compete, Patent and Restrictive Covenants: Mediator in Discovery involving company claiming that former employees used patented technology to start a competing company
  • Trademark: Mediator in Discovery for infringement dispute between German and Chinese companies that involved patent troll actions
  • Wrongful Death and Personal Injury: served as independent neutral evaluator and later mediator for more than 50 death cases as the result of an airliner crash in Peru;  retained by global specialist insurer to mediate the remaining 25 cases, all cases successfully mediated


  • JD, IIT – Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • BA, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Loyola University


  • Illinois State Bar

I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC