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 as a partner at Clifford Law Offices.

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

Judge Nudelman was excellent.  Many times, attorneys on the case wanted to terminate the mediation, but Judge Nudelman kept us going until it was resolved.  Great job!!

Thomas J. Lyman, Esq.Partner, SmithAmundsen