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Hon. Cyril J. Watson, (Ret.)


Hon. Cyril J. Watson, (Ret.) has more than 19 years of distinguished service with the Circuit Court of Cook County. Prior to his retirement in August 2004, Judge Watson served nine years as the Supervising Judge of the Mechanic’s Lien Section of the Chancery Division. He has heard and settled numerous complex commercial cases involving large construction companies with multiple subcontractors, banks and owners.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Mechanics Lien

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 19-year judicial career as Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County focused on commercial litigation and case settlement including nine years in Chancery; one year in Law Division; nine years in the Municipal Division of Cook County
  • 11-year legal career that includes two years as Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County; nine years in private practice where he focused on Commercial Litigation and Business Contracts law;served with the Judge Advocate General Corp. in the Army Reserve
  • Civil Mediation Certificate, University of Nevada, National Judicial College

Representative Cases

  • LaSalle Bank v. HPCH:  Bank foreclosure with multiple lien claims v. Real estate owner and bankrupt lessee at University of Chicago
  • ADCO Mechanical v. Reed Illinois:  Multiple lien claims on American youth hostel building
  • Matrix Construction v. Parkway Bank at State & Division, LLC:   Bank foreclosure with multiple subcontractor lien claims
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital v. Progress Construction:  Section 34 cases by owner against General Contractor and multiple subcontractor lien claims

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army Reserves, JAG Corp
  • Member, Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys


  • J.D., DePaul University, College of Law
  • B.A., Texas Christian 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