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Hon. Jerome Orbach, (Ret.)

Hon. Jerome M. Orbach, (Ret.)


Hon. Jerome M. Orbach, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator and arbitrator with extensive experience in the resolution of highly complex multi-party personal injury and commercial matters. Known for his tenacity, integrity and creative settlement approach, he enjoys a 90% success rate on settling mediations.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Condominium Board Dispute
  • Construction
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 16-year judicial career including an assignment to the Law Division in the Second District, upon expansion to the northern suburbs and the Second Municipal District, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1988-2003
  • Prior to joining the bench, he served as 46th Ward Alderman, City of Chicago, Chairman, Code Revision Committee, 1983-1987; Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago, 1973-1983, Supervisor and Prosecutor, Building Code Violations; Legislative Assistant to Senate President Cecil Partee, Illinois State Senate, 1971-1973

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Faculty Member, National Judicial College
  • Co-Founder, Cook County Domestic Violence Task Force
  • Judicial Liaison, Senior Citizen Community
  • Judicial Liaison, Area Public and Private Schools
  • Secretary of the Board, Northwestern Home for the Aged
    (non-proprietary nursing home facility)
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Member, Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Member, Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Member, Advocates Society of Lawyers
  • Certified Counselor, Lawyers Assistance Program
  • Participant, ABA National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Participant, Illinois Traffic Court Conference
  • Participant, National Judicial College, Domestic Violence
  • Participant, National Judicial College, DUI Training
  • Participant, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Continuing Education Program
  • Recipient, Outstanding Service to the Judiciary, Northwest Suburban Bar Association Award
  • Recipient, Ninoy Aquino Movement Award for Freedom, Justice and Human Rights
  • Speaker, “Mediator Ethics,” 40-hour Mediation Skills Course, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies
  • Evaluator & Collector of Fine Art, Antiques and Jewelry
  • Former Owner, Intuit Gallery of Chicago

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, Risk Management Plan, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies


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


  • Illinois State Bar

Judge Burke put forth extraordinary effort to settle.  He was extremely well prepared and spent a great deal of time working with each party toward a compromise.  Thanks to Judge Burke's follow-up efforts, post-mediation was disposed of by compromise.  My client was extremely impressed with the preparation, effort and atmosphere established by Judge Burke.

Rudolf G. Schade, Jr., Esq.Partner, Cassiday Schade LLP