ADR Systems


Hon. James D. Egan, (Ret.)


Hon. James D. Egan, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in personal injury matters. He is known for his straightforward manner and fair assessment of each case, including construction, estate, partnership and professional liability disputes.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Accounting Malpractice
  • Auto Liability
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Estates
  • Fee Dispute
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 21-year judicial career including the last six years as a trial judge assigned to the Law Division and Law Motion Call, and 15 years as a felony trial judge in the Criminal Division
  • 13-year legal career including three years in the State’s Attorney’s Office’s Civil Division assigned to Federal Litigation and Real Estate Tax and ten years in the Public Defenders’ Office assigned to the Felony Trial, Misdemeanor and Appellate Divisions
  • 40-hour Mediation/Arbitration Training, Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County

Representative Cases

  • Paper Recovery v. Segerdahl Corporation:  Commercial litigation, complex and longstanding suit involving a breach of contract for the supply and grading of waste paper
  • James Quintas v. Asset Management:  A complex commercial case involving allegations of not providing proper advice on the exercising of multiple Lucent stock options
  • Piotr Lisowski v. Analia Martinez and Arturo Negron:  Multiple auto accident, settled with further proceedings for adjudication of medical liens
  • Zakoff v. Thomas Achoe:  Cab versus pedestrian accident, settled with further quantum meruit proceedings to adjudicate attorney liens
  • Ha Ngo v. Robert Richardson, MD:  Complex medical malpractice involving neurosurgery and standard of care
  • Suzanna lshoo v. General Growth Properties, Inc., et al.:  Appellate published opinion affirming trial court’s determination in a slip and fall suit involving a shopping mall, security services and a cleaning contractor
  • Jane Doe et al. v. Norbert Gleicher et al.:  Appellate published opinion affirming trial
  • Court’s determination in a case involving a fertility clinic with allegations of breach of contract, breach of confidentially, invasion of privacy and accounting for embryos
  • 1227-1231 Isabella Townhome Association et al. v. Val-Mar Construction Company:  Appellate order affirming the trial court’s rulings in a case involving construction and excavation
  • Charles Olson v. Galbreath, Inc.:  Appellate order affirming trial court’s rulings in a case involving a construction accident and a product liability action
  • Behrooz Moradi et al. v. City of Chicago et al.:  Appellate order affirming trial court’s determinations in a case involving wrongful demolition and intentional trespass
  • Kerrie Khan v. Jeffrey Bressman and Jonathan Lerner:  Appellate order affirming trial court’s rulings in a case involving dentist and attorney defamation
  • Latonya Moore v. Julia Elliott, et al.:  Appellate order affirming trial court’s rulings in a motor vehicle versus pedestrian which involved Calumet City and a various claims of tort immunity
  • Maria Occhpinti v. Salid V. Doshi MD et al:  Complex medical malpractice involving a tonsillectomy, standards of care for the surgeons, emergency room care, critical and cardiac care and nurses

Professional Activities and Awards

  • American Legion Award of Excellence Post # 808
  • President, Class of 1972, University of Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • Panelist, National Business Institute, Judicial Forum “Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation”
  • Circuit Court Extern Program
  • Panelist, Judges Symposium/Motion Practice, Law Bulletin Seminar Series
  • Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, “Courtroom Decorum and How Young Lawyers Can Practice Successfully”
  • Circuit Court Extern Program
  • Trained Mentor, Cook County Judicial Mentor Program
  • Certificate of Recognition, American Legion, Illinois Division
  • F.O.P. Chicago Lodge #7 Wield Wisely Award
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association


  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame


  • Illinois State Bar
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


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