ADR Systems


Hon. Daniel M. Locallo, (Ret.)


Hon. Daniel M. Locallo, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of personal injury, premises liability, professional malpractice, nursing home and construction, and negligence matters. Judge Locallo is well known for his fairness and integrity. He has presided over more than 100 civil jury trials and over 100 criminal jury trials.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Construction
  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 23-year judicial career as a Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, Jury Section, 1999-2009; Criminal Division, Felony Trial Division, 1992-1999; First Municipal District, 1988-1992; Third Municipal District, 1986-1988
  • 9-year legal career including serving as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Torts Division for the City of Chicago, 1985-1986; Associate at Plaintiff’s firm Lou Goldstein & Associates, 1984-1985; In House Counsel for the Central States Pension Fund, 1983-1984; Assistant State’s Attorney for the Cook County, 1978-1983

Representative Cases

  • Yoder: $38 million verdict affirmed, where the main issue was whether or not settling parties were required to be on verdict form
  • LaSalle Bank: Defense verdict upheld; Judge refused to use the new professional negligence instruction, I.P.I. Civil 105.01
  • JAC Masonry: Construction case in which plaintiff alleged cost overruns and architectural misconduct
  • Lopez: Environmental hazard case in which plaintiff alleged use of diacytel in food flavoring caused pulmonary complications leading to the need for a lung transplant
  • Mobil Oil:  Environmental hazard case involving exposure to asbestos; summary judgment was granted to Mobil Oil based upon Statute of Repose applicable to construction
  • Aguirre: Verdict of $6.75 million affirmed for three plaintiffs who sued police for malicious prosecution
  • Gillespie: Directed Verdict for defendant in medical malpractice case upheld on the grounds that a physician/patient relationship had not been established
  • Lockhart: Verdict of $14 million in dart out case affirmed
  • Hernandez: Verdict for defendant in Structural Work Act case affirmed

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Appointed Member, Committee to Study and Reform the Illinois Death Penalty
  • Appointed Member, Executive Committee of the Illinois Judicial Conference
  • Appointed Member, Complex Litigation Committee for the Illinois Judicial Conference
  • Member, DUI Subcommittee for the County of Cook
  • Chair, Illinois State Bar Association Criminal Law Section Counsel
  • Instructor, New Judges Statewide
  • Instructor, New Judges Seminar for Cook County
  • Instructor, Illinois Judicial Conference including “Capital Litigation,” “Professional Negligence,” and “Conduct of Death Penalty Cases”
  • Adjunct Professor, The John Marshall Law School
  • Lecturer, Cook County Judges, State’s Attorney’s Office, Public Defenders Office and numerous Bar Associations on matters concerning Capital Litigation, Criminal Law, Evidence, Reckless Homicide, DUI, and Traffic related subjects
  • Presenter, Illinois Supreme Court Rule 218, Circuit Court Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Recipient, The John Marshall Law School Distinguished Service Award
  • Recipient, Illinois State Bar Association “Virgil E. Tipton Jr. Publications Award” for Outstanding Service in Producing Publications for the ISBA
  • Author, Illinois State Bar Association’s Summary of Death Penalty Decisions
  • Co-Author, “Illinois Objections” with Judge Gerald F. Grubb
  • Author, numerous Memorandum Opinions in the area of Criminal Law regarding Search and Seizure, Motions to Suppress Evidence, and in the area of Civil Law regarding Motions to Dismiss


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.S., University of Illinois at Chicago


  • 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