Hon. James E. Garrison, (Ret.) - ADR Systems

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Garrison, James

Hon. James E. Garrison, (Ret.)

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Hon. James E. Garrison, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in wrongful death, personal injury, commercial and construction disputes.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Construction
  • Contract
  • Eminent Domain
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 10-year judicial career including serving as an Associate Circuit Judge, Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, 2001-2010; Supervising Judge, Will County Arbitration Program; Civil Jury Call, 2003-2010
  • 34-year legal career in private litigation practice in Will County, Illinois, 1966-2001
  • Experienced in conducting numerous trials and pretrial settlement conferences, resolving numerous personal injury and other civil cases

Representative Cases

  • Successfully resolved insurance company agent dispute regarding compensation on severance
  • Smith v. Marvin: $2 million verdict upheld in medical negligence and informed consent case
  • Sperl v. C.H.Robinson: Verdicts of $23 million upheld for wrongful death personal injury case
  • C.H.Robinson based on agency/vicarious liability; evidence sufficient to establish agency relationship
  • Softcheck, John Doe et al v. Bishop Joseph Imesch et.al.: Upheld regarding complaint alleging sexual abuse by catholic priests
  • Shore Development v. City of Joliet: Upheld city’s ordinance regarding road improvement costs was valid exercise of police power

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Adjunct Faculty, Joint Commission Accreditation Health Care Organizations
  • Adjunct  Faculty, Masters Program Hospital and Health Care Administration, University of St Francis Joliet Il
  • President, Will County Bar Association
  • Illinois Supreme Court appointee alternate faculty for experts seminar
  • Chair, Will County branch Chapter Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Chair, Foundation St. Joseph College of Nursing
  • Board Member, McKenna Woods Home Owners Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Illinois Judges Association
  • American Judges Association


  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
  • B.A., Northern Illinois University


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

Judge Burke is an excellent mediator.  He has one of the best demeanors of any judge I have appeared before in court.  He is also one of the most knowledgeable mediators as well.  His background provides him with an innate ability to spot the issues early on.  He works hard to get it done.  I would not hesitate for a second to use him again.

Mark Bazzanella, Esq.Mark Bazzanella Law Offices