ADR Systems


Hon. Carl McCormick, (Ret.)


Hon. Carl McCormick, (Ret.) is a former Illinois Appellate Court justice and a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. Justice McCormick has extensive experience in the resolution of highly charged emotional cases. He is known for his competency, patience and calm demeanor.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 10 years as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County including Jury Trial Judge, Law Division and Supervising Judge, First Municipal District, where he supervised 85 judges
  • 4 years as a Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, including serving as the Vice Chairman, Executive Committee and Chairman, Personnel Committee
  • Former Legal Advisor to the Office of the Cook County Treasurer
  • Former General Counsel, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, where his duties included heading its Legal Department that advised and represented the District in labor negotiations, employment disputes, condemnation proceedings, real estate acquisitions, drafting and interpreting ordinances, intergovernmental agreements, complex construction contracts, licensing agreements with major utilities, injury and workers’ compensation claims
  • Independent Hearing Officer for appeals of employee discipline and hiring for the Board of the City of Chicago
  • 18 years engaged in general law practice as a sole practitioner
  • Senior Litigator, former Law Offices of Jones, Ware & Grenard

Representative Cases

  • Successfully mediated settlement matters of wrongful incarceration, in which claimants spent decades in prison for crimes that they did not commit
  • Successfully mediated a complex case involving a contractual dispute between an entertainer and his agent

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Received “highly qualified” or “highly recommended” ratings from the Chicago Bar Association and many other Bar Associations
  • Former Faculty Member, Illinois Judicial Conference where he lectured state court judges on topics including evidence, jury selection and electronically generated evidence
  • Former Presenter, Cook County new judge seminars
  • Numerous awards from bar associations and other professional organizations


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.S. , Roosevelt 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