ADR Systems



Eric L. Routman, Esq.


Eric L. Routman, Esq. is a highly qualified commercial mediator and arbitrator. Mr. Routman is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and specializes in resolving insurance coverage disputes. He has expertise in commercial property and casualty policies, professional liability and directors and officers liability policies, fiduciary and employment liability policies and facultative and treaty re-insurance agreements.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Bad Faith
  • Construction
  • Directors & Officers (D&O)
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Re-Insurance

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 25-year legal experience as a commercial litigator including, Principal at the Law Offices of Eric Routman, Northbrook, IL, 2006-present;Partner, The Krafsur Law Group, LLC, Chicago, IL, 2004-2006;Vice President at ALAS, Inc., a Risk Retention Group, Chicago, IL, 2000-2004, ALAS is the largest captive insurer of large law firms in the United States; Associate and Partner at Rivkin Radler & Kremer, Chicago, IL, 1989-1999
  • More than 10 years experience as a mediator and arbitrator and commercial dispute resolution specialist
  • Conducted seminars on Managing Insurance Coverage Disputes, Trial Practice, Underwriting and Claims Management, Reinsurance

Representative Cases

  • Policyholder and insurer claims and counterclaims relating to the scope of coverage under commercial general liability insurance policies; $85 million in liability limits at issue
  • Policyholder and insurer claims and counterclaims relating to the duty to defend under commercial general liability policies; Claims related to underlying environmental contamination claims, additional insured claims arising from underlying construction claims, product liability claims and premises liability claims
  • Policyholder and insurer claims and counterclaims relating to professional liability policies; $20 million in limits at issue
  • Policyholder and insurer bad faith claims
  • $10 million fiduciary liability coverage claim
  • $30 million inter-insurer dispute over apportionment of loss over a multi-year loss period
  • $15 million dispute between primary and umbrella liability insurers relating to professional liability coverage
  • $17 million facultative re-insurance dispute relating to environmental loss

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Member and Vice-Chairman, American Bar Association
  • Liaison to the ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Association International Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Author, lecturer and instructor on insurance coverage topics, and frequently presents at national insurance industry conferences
  • Board Member and Faculty, Insurance School of Chicago
  • CPCU designation, American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters
  • Board Member and Former President, Chicago CPCU Chapter
  • Co-Founder and Former Chair, CPCU national section Consultants, Litigators and Expert Witnesses
  • Former National Governor, CPCU Society
  • Former Member, CPCU Society Executive Governing Committee

Presentations and Publications

  • “Investigating the Feasibility of a New Off-Shore Captive Domicile: An American Indian Reservation,” CPCU Journal
  • “The Insured Filed for Bankruptcy: What’s Next for the Insurer,” Journal of Re-insurance
  • “Back to the Future: Coverage Claims Under Corporate Predecessor Liability
  • Policies for CERCLA Liability,” CPCU Journal
  • “Declaratory Judgment Expense: Who Pays?,” Global Re-insurance
  • “Cleaning Up America: Superfund and its Impact on the Insurance Industry,” CPCU Journal


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • BA., George Washington University


  • Illinois State Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

We were pleased with the outcome of our settlement, and with the efforts put forth by Judge Bronstein.  It was a marathon session, but Judge Bronstein worked with both clients and urged us to be patient until there was sufficient movement towards settlement.  Thanks to Judge Bronstein and ADR Systems.

Steven Gleason, Esq.Nilson, Stookal, Gleason & Caputo