Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.) - ADR Systems

ADR Systems


Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.)

Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.)

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Hon. Joseph N. Casciato, (Ret.) is a senior mediator and arbitrator at ADR Systems. His trademark is his ability to guide even the most recalcitrant parties to settlement, settling more than 91% of his mediations. He is well known for his thorough case preparation, positive attitude and pleasant personality.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Bad Faith
  • Business Dissolution
  • Class Action
  • Construction
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Defect
  • Contract
  • Employment
  • Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
  • Fiduciary Duty
  • Franchise
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Partnership Dispute
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Property Damage
  • Re-Insurance
  • Retaliatory Discharge
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Subrogation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Since joining ADR Systems in 2004, Judge Casciato has served as a full time mediator, arbitrator, discovery master and independent neutral
  • 22-year judicial career including Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division, Law Jury and Motion Call D
  • 10-year legal career including Of Counsel at Rusin Maciorowski & Friedman, Ltd. and Assistant Corporate Counsel, City of Chicago; Associate, William J. Harte, Ltd.
  • Approved mediator, Circuit Court of Cook County

Representative Cases

  • Class Action: mediated more than 1,000 cases involving a grocer-branded tea
  • Class Action and Insurance Coverage: involving E-Coli and complicated insurance coverage issues; settled more than 4,500 claims
  • Fiduciary Duty, Franchise and Restrictive Covenants: dispute between large Chicago pizza chain and franchisee; resolved in tri-panel arbitration
  • Construction Defect: multi-party case involving claims of faulty design in construction of bridge
  • Contract and Franchise: multi-state restaurant chain break-up and reorganization; settled disputes with all franchisees
  • Insurance Coverage and Construction Defect: settlement of a large, multi-party defect case involving many insurance coverage issues
  • Product Liability: mediated lead paint case
  • Product Liability: complicated case involving several product liability issues and the federal preemption doctrine; case ultimately decided in the US Supreme Court
  • Medical Malpractice: case involving the Petrillo Doctrine
  • Toxic Tort: mediated numerous cases involving lead paint

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Former Adjunct Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law
  • Former Chair, Illinois Supreme Court Discovery Committee to review and draft the Supreme Court rules in civil litigation
  • Appreciation Award, CBA Young Lawyers Association
  • Man of the Year Award, Ferternal Order of Police
  • Leading Lawyers, Top 10 ADR, Personal Injury Neutral
  • Board Member, Illinois Racing Board, appointed by the Governor
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Member, Justinian Law Society
  • Member, Illinois Judges Association
  • Former Contributor, Cabrini Green Legal Clinic
  • Legal Consultant and Advisor, National Hockey League Players Association

Presentations and Publications

  • Presenter, “Complex Litigation and Civil Procedure,” CBA and ISBA
  • Presenter, “Motion Practice,” CBA, Young Lawyers Section
  • Presenter, various presentations on behalf of the Law Division of the Cook County Circuit Court
  • Presenter, various presentations on behalf of the ISBA
  • Presenter, “Summary Judgments,” Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Conference
  • Presenter, numerous Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs for ADR Systems on various topics


  • JD, DePaul University College of Law
    o Bancroft-Whitney Award for excellence in commercial law
    o Dean’s List
  • BA, Loyola University Chicago


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


I was a sitting judge for over 22 years, have practiced law and have been a mediator since 2004. Many attorneys have tried cases in my courtrooms or mediated or arbitrated a case with me.

Additionally, I have one family member working at Curcio & Casciato.

The disclosures listed above will not affect my neutrality in this dispute.

Judge Haddad is not afraid to express an opinion about the strengths and weaknesses of a case. He does not overdo it, but is clear and forthright.  Judge Haddad's extensive trial experience gives great weight to his comments.

James W. Ford, Esq.Ford & Britton, PC